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 as i … [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 culture of twe … [Read more...]

Baseball: Beautiful Game or Steroided Mess?

Baseball. America's pastime. That elegant competition praised by coarse cheers, lyric poems, and motion picture films. Spring plunges into Summer and sports fans in the U.S. increasingly turn their eyes to the baseball diamond.As the Boys of Summer kick into full gear, the lead story from the sport is full of controversy. Manny Ramirez, one of baseball's best (and most eccentric) hitters, tested positive for hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a female fertility drug and a substance banned … [Read more...]


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