Concerning that strange, lost Sports Illustrated Tebow epic

We are running out of football Sundays in this National Football League season, so I had better dig deep into my tmatt file of GetReligion guilt and write as short a post as possible about that amazing Tim Tebow feature that Sports Illustrated ran back before Christmas. Are there any GetReligion readers out there who [Read More...]

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Grantland gets the ghosts in the Baylor football saga

Regular readers will know that I have been arguing, for quite some time now, that it’s hard to believe that anyone would try to write the story of the Baylor Bears football team, and the story of Head Coach Art Briles in particular, without getting into all of that Baptist stuff. How do you not [Read More...]

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There’s that Baltimore Ravens faith ghost — again

The Baltimore Ravens have been playing some really, really wild football games in recent weeks, a few with endings that several commentators have been tempted to call “miraculous.” Sort of like that playoff game last year in frozen Mile-High Stadium in Denver (sorry, about that M.Z. Hemingway). Anyway, head coach John Harbaugh was asked, in [Read More...]

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Baylor’s Art Briles: Diehard Texan and what else?

Try to imagine national-level journalists writing about how a coach does or does not fit into the culture of Notre Dame University without mentioning Catholicism. Try to imagine sportswriters writing about how a coach does or does not fit into the culture of Brigham Young University without mentioning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day [Read More...]

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That holy ghost in Baylor head coach’s guilt and grief

Right now, Baylor University coach Art Briles is one of the hottest leaders in college football, the creator of the hottest offense in around. Last night, the No. 6 Bears clawed the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners to the tune of 41-12, even while losing three of their top four players on offense to injuries of [Read More...]

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The return of Baylor football, minus all that Baptist stuff

Way back when I was in college, soon after the cooling of the earth’s crust, the always confident folks at the University of Texas (rivals in the region would use a different adjective) fired an interesting salvo at a key rival. The marketers for the Tea Sippers created a burnt orange and white car window [Read More...]

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Football and prayer story: touchdown or incomplete pass?

A Washington Post sports story caught my attention with this intriguing headline: Faith and football collide on area public high school fields The 1,800-word story, published this week, starts with a revealing anecdote: Suitland football Coach Ed Shields called his team to the middle of the field after a mid-September practice and told the players the three-hour [Read More...]

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Zen Pastor Mariano Rivera and his vague, comforting karma

Lat’s state the obvious: It’s getting harder and harder for news consumers to figure out when they are reading straight news coverage and when they are reading columns, editorials and analysis pieces. Thus, it is common for veteran GetReligion readers to send me links to articles and, after clicking the URLs, I discover that many [Read More...]

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