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

Each week in┬áThe Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.┬áBryce 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...]

Sports and Slurs

Sports have often been used as a kind of educational tool. This is one reason people share a fanatical bond with their favorite sport. For many, a game, season, or team remains forever branded in their memory because of the lessons learned and experiences derived from it. Sports can instruct in discipline, work ethic, teamwork, and submission to authority.Recently the NBA decided to use an ad to take on a controversial subject matter: the bullying of homosexuals. In the ad the NBA focused … [Read more...]