The Holy Huddle: Checking in on Christians in Sports

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  The secularization thesis, as defined by sociologists, economists, and psychologists, argued that the value of religion would gradually decrease in the minds of a more sophisticated, emerging society. After all, no thinking person could continue to consider religious belief in an age of enlightenment. Apparently Weber, Marx, and Freud forgot to consider the … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: What Elders Can Learn from Larry Bird

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Last week, the NBA handed out the Executive of the Year award, not to MBA-types like Jerry Colangelo and Gar Forman. This year's winner was Larry Joe Bird—as in Basketball Jesus, 12-time All Star, 3-time NBA Champion, Dream Team Member, and 1981 Rookie of the Year. With this award, Bird has become the only person to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year, MVP, … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Sports Figures, The Hunger Games, and Sociological Terminology

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  As with any job, being a professional sports athlete requires a separation between personal and professional perspectives. Failing to do so, results in the professional side suffering due to personal troubles. In the past month, the sports world has tuned in to a soap opera of professional/personal balance that centers on the statements of three … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Hamels's Plunk and the Root of Sports Violence

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Bryce Harper is a punky 19-year-old baseball phenom. And Sunday night, Cole Hamels put Harper in his place . . . sort of. With a flick of the wrist, Hamels sent a 93-mile-an-hour fastball into Harper's upper back, and with it a message: "Welcome to the big leagues, kid." With that pitch, Hamels's actions revealed something universal about the human condition … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Is Albert Pujols Baseball's Job?

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi quipped one of the better sports adages of all time when he said, "It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up."  Although this saying is probably true in life, it provides a prophetic contrast to the win-at-all-costs mentality that has come to dominate the … [Read more...]

Sports Violence and the Temple of God

On March 2, 2012 the NFL announced the findings of an investigation into the "bounty system" operated by, then New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.  Since 2009, Mr. Williams operated a program of pay-for-pain wherein defensive players were given bonuses for intentionally hurting opposing players.  In the process of indefinitely suspending Mr. Williams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also suspended the New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for the entire … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: "Metta" Cognition And The Rush To Speak Out

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Metacognition is the process of thinking about what you are thinking about.  It is what James 3:8 is referring to when it calls believers to tame their tongue---think before you speak (And Tweet)!  And, it is an important discipline for the Christian life. Consider the recent travesty from April 22. Los Angeles Lakers' forward Metta World Peace (MWP), … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Petrino and Guillen, A Tale of Two Coaches

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Two coaches.  Two press conferences. Two sets of consequences. One was fired for a failure to be honest.  The other was suspended for being too honest. The ordeals of Bobby Petrino and Ozzie Guillen reveal an inherent ambiguity within 21st-century sports culture between the ideal and the practice of leadership. Consider the two headlines from April 10, … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: The 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tournament Final Four Recap

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  With the deafening sound of this primordial growl, Baylor University clinched the 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tournament Championship by virtue of a win against Xavier University.  As providence would have it, the winner of the Christian Education Division would up playing the winner of the Christian/Education Division. While Baylor ultimately lost the … [Read more...]

The 2012 CaPC Theology Hoops Tourney Sweet 16 Recap

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.  With so much unfolding in just a short weekend, I will cut to the quick recap of the Sweet 16 action.  Remember, in this tournament we advance teams based on these rules. Recapping The Theology Hoops Sweet 16 Christian/Education Division  Lehigh over Duke.  Bottom line, this matchup occurred in MM and we imported the outcome into our bracket. Vandy … [Read more...]