Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. Much of the baseball world is skeptical and derisive. But Joel Sherman compares Tebow’s baseball dreams with those of Michael Jordan, who also, after his basketball super-career, tried to make it in baseball. [Read more…]
An investigation by USA Today says that there is more to the Ryan Lochte/US swim team robbery story than the Rio police have said. Reportedly, a uniformed security guard did point a gun and demand money. In his mind, he was telling the swimmers to pay for vandalism they committed. In Lochte’s mind, the swimmers were being robbed. That communication confusing came from neither side understanding each other’s language.
Read the USA Today story after the jump. [Read more…]
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and three other members of the U.S. swim team lied about being held up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. Two of the swimmers reportedly admitted the fabrication.
What malice. What a black eye for the American team, which is dominating the medal count. What a black eye for America, as the foreign stereotypes about arrogant, disrespectful, unprincipled Americans are seemingly confirmed.
A rabbi writing in the Wall Street Journal offers reflections on Chariots of Fire, the 1981 movie about Olympic runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. The movie, of course, is about athletics as VOCATION.
Read an excerpt from the column after the jump, whereupon I offer some reflections about it, including the difference between Liddell’s Calvinist understanding of the vocation of an athlete and what a Lutheran view would add.
You don’t have to believe in the Roman Catholic cult of the saints to find it interesting that St. Sebastian–the one who was shot through with arrows–is the patron saint of athletes. Also of this year’s Olympics host city Rio de Janeiro. What is the connection? Find out after the jump.
Luther said that we should not pray to the saints, but that we can learn from their example. Note what we can learn about athletics from St. Sebastian. [Read more…]
While the rest of the country was celebrating the 4th of July, my state of Oklahoma mourned, as Thunder superstar Kevin Durant declared his independence and signed with the much-resented and already-too-good Golden State Warriors. But now we all feel better, as the Thunder’s other superstar, Russell Westbrook–instead of being traded as everyone expected–gave up next year’s free agency to sign a three-year $85.7 million contract extension.
He is staying! He is a thrilling player, who had been somewhat in the shadow of Durant but who excelled more than usual when Durant was injured. Westbrook, the two-time MVP of the All Star Game, is now the face of the Thunder. And Oklahoma’s favorite athlete. [Read more…]