Figures of speech are not just ornamentation. They can shape the way we think about what they express. Dana Milbank, annoyed with the way Barack Obama keeps saying everything is a “game-changer,” points out how the use of sports metaphors in discussing politics and government today is distorting the way we think about them. [Read more…]
A noted sports figure came out of the closet. Not Jason Collins of the NBA saying he is gay. ESPN commentator Chris Broussard revealing himself to be a Christian, something far more controversial than what Collins did. [Read more…]
There was a time (I’m sounding old) when community activities were never planned on Sunday mornings. There was never such a thing as a soccer or little league practice scheduled for the time when most families were in church. That has changed. Now children’s sporting events are routinely scheduled on Sunday mornings. In fact, new research suggests that children’s sports contributes significantly to the decline in church attendance.
My question: Why would Christian parents let their kids be in sports when that keeps them from going to church? [Read more…]
Louisville beat Michigan to win the NCAA basketball championship.
In our Cranach contest, no one picked the winner, but quite a few picked Louisville to be in the final two: Dr. Fundystan, Aletheist, A. MacPhee, and EGK. Dennis gets another imaginary prize for coming the closest to predicting the little school that comes out of nowhere to get into the Final Four as happens nearly every year: namely, Wichita State.
That’s pretty good prognosticating, another tribute to the quality of my readers on this blog.
For details of the game: News from The Associated Press.
The NCAA basketball tournament is all set. You may fill out your brackets: 2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket – March Madness Tournament Brackets – ESPN. While a good part of America’s workplaces will be turned into gambling parlors, we will host a simpler pool: What two teams will play for the national championship, and which one will win? [Read more…]
I usually cast a jaundiced eye at efforts to change the name of sports teams that refer to Native Americans. After all, I reason, fans love their teams, so there can hardly be anything demeaning in what they call them. I do understand tribal sensitivities in regard to mascots–misusing tribal symbols such as eagle feathers and perpetuating stereotypes–but I salute the Seminole Nation,for example, in affirming the dignified reference to their tribe by Florida State.
But Washington “Redskins”? Yeah, that’s pretty racial and hard to justify. Change is going to come eventually. So, if the name of the football team that represents our nation’s capital is going to change, what should it be? I am looking for suggestions both serious and humorous. [Read more…]