ELSEWHERE: Science, Sports, and the Spirit of Giving

Have you become jaundiced about the sports world?  Check out this story by Gwen Knapp about inventor Tim Jahnigen who invented a durably soccer specifically for low-income children in impoverished countries, where playing “football” is a simple joy sometimes denied such kids because the harsh environment tears up cheap material.  Knapp further elaborates on this story in an interview here. … [Read more...]

The CaPC Lance Armstrong Roundup

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Last night, Lance Armstrong sent shockwaves around the world with his confession to Oprah.Maybe shockwaves is too strong of a word. Ripple? No—still too much. I’m going with flutter, because, really, we’ve all known for some time now that Armstrong was guilty of something. We just didn’t know exactly what.Here at CaPC, our writers have watched the Armstrong story unfold, offering insights to why our heroes fall and why competitors are pressured to cheat. In case you missed them along the … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Ye Shiwen and the Kangaroo Court of Public Opinion

Each week in The Holy Huddle, various CaPC writers take a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. My wife and I love the Olympics. I love the opening ceremonies; I love the parade of nations; I love the drama and even the NBC–manufactured melodrama. As a person who is a mediocre athlete at best, I have tremendous admiration for the hard work and dedication these athletes display to get to the Olympian level. I truly love it. The Olympics, to me, are an … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Dr. Shaq's Best Quote, 'Don't Waste Your Life!'

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Shaquille O'Neal is known for his quotes. The Hall of Fame NBA center is widely perceived to be one of the best for interviews in professional sports. After all, who wouldn't want to interview a guy who said this? Or this? Or this? Or this?Shaq may be a jovial champion on the court, but his off the court way of life merits reflection and—gasp—consideration as a … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Disunity at the Olympic Trials

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. It has been anything but a shining week for individual sports in the Olympic trials. There may be no i in team, but some sports are definitely more I-centered than others.Consider the comments made by swimmer Tyler Clary, who spoke critically about his teammate Michael Phelps, who has "been asking to get beat for the longest time" by virtue of his paltry work e … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Football, Playoffs, and Fairness

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. We finally have a playoff system for the highest level of collegiate football. This past Tuesday, BCS presidents approved a four-team playoff for the national championship that begins in 2014. But, the question remains: What did fans gain with this new playoff format? Did we achieve the goal of settling the age-old debate about the true champion of college footba … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Lance and Roger, Ethics and Legality, Competition and Fairness

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Roger Clemens. Lance Armstrong.Texans. Hall of Famers. Transcendent athletes. Cheaters.Allegedly.In the past week, the sports world has discovered more details in the grand narrative of these two sports luminaries. This past Monday Clemens was acquitted of six counts of perjury and obstruction of justice charges in federal court. Armstrong was recently barr … [Read more...]

The Holy Huddle: Is Sports Fandom a Bastion of Hatred?

Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective. Quick. Name the connection between LeBron James and Tiger Woods. Here's what I came up with:Both are notable professional athletes. Both are child prodigies in the sports arena. Both are multi-millionaires. Both live in the state of Florida.Yes, those facts are true. But consider this fact as well:Both are hated in the sports world.Tiger and LeBron a … [Read more...]

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 vas … [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, Coach of … [Read more...]


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