Why I Run

Oprah’s influence upon our society is evident. Because of her, we eat more sweet potatoes. We have Dr. Phil. And we run.Yes, run.According to an article posted on NOLA.com (a New Orleans, Louisiana, news site), Oprah’s 1994 marathon finish made long-distance running “accessible” to the person who valued fitness but not necessarily competition. Since then, long-distance racing has increased exponentially.I’m one of those noncompetitive fitness runners.My history with running goes way back … [Read more...]

College Football and the Seedy Undercurrent Within

Have you ever been swimming in a lake or river and had the time of your life, only to have that joy snatched from you when you see, only a short distance from where you were swimming, something that was more akin to the lodging of Swamp Thing or the origin of Cabin Fever than a family retreat area? That’s what I am beginning to feel for the sport I love above all others.I am a passionate fan of college football. I grew up rarely ever missing College Gameday on Saturday mornings, planned my w … [Read more...]

The Lakers Go Down Swinging

“What will you do when the chips are down?” That is the age-old question that always seems to be asked at the wrong time. No one asks the question before the proverbial chip falls to the ground. Honestly, I can’t fathom walking into life situations with the normal expectation that it will take a turn for the worse. In fact contemporary psychology would say that such thinking would go further to create one’s outcome as a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy than it would merely prepare for the worst. … [Read more...]

Roller Derby Part 1: Battering the Temple

Do you ever just want to do something that could be potentially dangerous? I don’t mean wanting to do something dangerous because it is dangerous. I mean having the desire to do something specific, like football, for example, that you’re pretty much guarantees you'll get hurt in some way while taking part?I was recently taken to the roller derby here in Los Angeles by a friend of mine. The LA Derby Dolls, a league of several different teams, have their own rink, which was where the Drew Barr … [Read more...]

When Our Heroes Fail: The Case of Jim Tressel

My love for all things Ohio State pre-dates conscious memory. I remember in 1995 going to my first football game. The band marched onto the field with military precision, 100,000+ clapping in unison to its rythmn section. Cold chills ran through me as I felt the pulsations ending in an eruption when the drum major bent backwards and touched his head to the ground. Eddie George, who would go on to win the Heisman that year, ran all over the field that game. I recall the many ensuing triumphs, l … [Read more...]

The Super Bowl: Super Awesome or Super Idol?

For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl has set a record for American television viewing.The Nielsen Co. said Monday that an estimated 111 million people watched the Green Bay Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers in professional football's ultimate game. That tops the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between New Orleans and Indianapolis.The series finale of "M-A-S-H" had held the title of the most-watched TV show in the United States for 27 years. It is now No. 3.What should … [Read more...]

Podcast #98: Who's Reggie Bush?

Let's get this straight: Rich doesn't know all that much about sports. But he watches it. That's pretty much all you need to know about this episode, other than the fact that the following topics are addressed:President George W. Bush's new book, Decision Points and the concept of legacy Kanye West and the graceless response to his antics Cam Newton and the mid-season crisis. Waiting for Superman and the failing education system. Thanksgiving and a pressure-less holiday.Click here to … [Read more...]

Podcast #97: A New Leaf

After a bit of a hiatus, the podcast returns! Now a twice a month, more casual affair, every episode we'll simply get together and talk about popular culture. What will we talk about? Whatever happens to be on our minds. It's that simple!This week:Violent video games and the Supreme Court Mid-Term Elections and a fickle public Halloween and scary media Brette Favre, Randy Moss and ethical sportsmen The Rocky Horror Picture Show & The Rocky Horror Glee ShowClick here to listen!We … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Why I Will Always Root for the Home Team

Editor’s Note: RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases.This Week: As college football starts to ramp up, we share this meditation by Chase Livingston on what it means to be a fan.I grew up at the tail end of an empire. That empire was known as the Crimson Tide. As far as I knew, every living soul loved Alabama Football with the exception of terrorists and baby killers. Their number one fan just h … [Read more...]

Podcast #92: I Was Born in a Small Town

The podcast is back! This week we welcome special guest, Riley Byers who was nice enough to come dressed (in an FFA Jacket, Muleshoe football shirt, and cotton gin hat) to fit the part of general small town expert. We get an opportunity to talk to him about his unique hometown, and how religion, sports and popular culture help or hurt relationships in that context. We also explore the differences between living in a small town and living in a big city.Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett … [Read more...]