ESPN offers faith-free version of Isaiah Austin’s testimony

If you care about what is happening in modern, multi-platform journalism then you have to pay close attention to trends at ESPN — even if you don’t care much about sports. If you care about the media habits of mainstream American males, especially young males, then you really have to dig into ESPN. This brings [Read More...]

Short 30 for 30 slam dunk that gets the faith angle just right

You have to be a pretty intense hoops fan to remember many of the details of the career of Shawn Bradley. Other than, of course, you know what. Take a look at the YouTube at the top of this post some of the details will come back to you. Or even click here for a [Read More...]

About that prophetic USA Today story grilling Mark Jackson

It’s time for a quick trip into my very large folder of GetReligion guilt, that place where I put stories that I think deserve attention — once I get done with the news of the day. And then a day turns into a week and then a week into two weeks and so forth and [Read More...]

Why it’s no surprise the LA Clippers have a Jewish owner

A long, long time ago — pre-Internet for me — I wrote an “On Religion” column about Rabbi Robert Alper, who was billing himself in the early 1990s as the nation’s only rabbi who was “doing stand-up comedy — intentionally.” You can’t talk to a funny rabbi without digging into a question that, for some [Read More...]

NBA MVP Kevin Durant thanks God, but media fail to notice

I am not a big NBA fan, although I did attend Monday night’s Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game, thanks to my 16-year-old son Keaton, who bought me a ticket. I am becoming a big Kevin Durant fan. It’s hard to witness Durant’s rare combination of extreme talent and uncommon humility and not be impressed. The [Read More...]

Half-naked dancers and public prayers in Oklahoma City

“Gonna wear my Thunderwear in Times Square.” My friend Randy Roper, the preaching minister for my home congregation in Oklahoma, came up with that winning slogan in a 2009 contest sponsored by the Oklahoma City Thunder. As a result, Roper earned a free trip to New York for the NBA Draft Lottery. (That was, of course, before the Thunder [Read More...]

Pod people: Ghosts and crickets in Jason Collins coverage

I spent much of last week in Malibu, Calif., hanging out with the stars. Actually, I was speaking at an event at Pepperdine University, but I wore dark sunglasses and did my best to avoid the paparazzi — just in case the tabloid press ever takes a sudden interest in GetReligionistas. While buying deodorant at [Read More...]

The Broussard brouhaha and why context matters

Context matters. Take the brouhaha that has brewed over comments ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard made concerning basketball player Jason Collins publicly coming out as gay. From USA Today to the Los Angeles Times, major media latched on to Broussard’s comments concerning his personal Christian beliefs on homosexuality. Chris Broussard usually offers expertise on fast breaks and [Read More...]


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