Baseball Uniforms Should Be Crisp

This is a cross-post from the blog of Vitamin Z, where I am guest-blogging this week. I don’t know about you, but I find baggy baseball uniforms weird.  So does Wesley Morris, writing “The Sportstorialist” at Grantland.com.  Morris writes with a crisp, tongue-in-cheek style of recent sartorial changes to baseball uniforms: There’s no functional reason for a [Read More...]

Sportswriter Bill Simmons Profiled at Length in the New York Times

Some of you out there enjoy sports, and you read Grantland.com‘s Bill Simmons.  Simmons is not a Christian writer; his material can be racy, even gross.  If you enjoy thoughtful sportswriting, however, he is tough to beat.  I read him with discretion. The New York Times recently published a lengthy magazine piece entitled “Can Bill [Read More...]

LeBronadox

LeBron James is a paradox.  Hence, LeBronadox. Bill Simmons had some interesting things to say about the uber-talented Miami Heat forward.  Sometimes Simmons’s material gets salty, so read him with discretion. This section outlines the Grantland.com’s founder’s thoughts: Here’s my opinion in four parts: a. I think he’s one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. I will [Read More...]

The Tressel Fiasco: Christians and Their Sports Heroes

Do the moral failures of former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, an outspoken Christian, have anything to teach Christians?  I think they do. I do not know Jim Tressel.  His faith has certainly seemed in the past to be genuine.  (Update: here’s a resource showing a profession of faith from Tressel, albeit one that [Read More...]

The Gay Basketball Star and an Emerging Cultural Narrative

If you’re a sports fan, did you see the news about former Villanova Wildcats basketball player Will Sheridan coming out of the closet?  And the stories about Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts revealing the same?  Whether you like basketball or not, you should care about these stories as a Christian.  The way each [Read More...]

The Cornerback Who Was Killed, the SI Writer Who Is a Gordon Grad

Do you read long-form journalism?  You should.  There’s pressure today to make journalism short, to squeeze all such writing into bullet points and text boxes.  Surely there’s a place for that.  But there’s a massive place for journalists who take on a big story and tell it at length with great skill. Thomas Lake is [Read More...]

Naselli on Keswick, Paralyzed Rodney Rogers, and Kluck’s New Press

TEDS PhD student Andy Naselli just published his first dissertation with Logos, Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology (2010).  It is a rich and engaging analysis of Keswick theology that is a genuine contribution to the academic guild.  Graced with a foreword by Tom Schreiner, it is worth your [Read More...]

Does Money Bring Happiness? Pro Athletes: No

Well, they didn’t say it quite that openly.  But the stories of five prominent and now retired professional athletes, covered elegantly by the Washington Post, suggest that while money is not in itself evil, neither does it guarantee happiness.  In fact, it often does not. Here’s the tagline from the article on former NFL player Peter Boulware: [Read More...]

The Morality of Football: Children and Concussions

After a brief blogging hiatus–aided significantly by a defective modem and mind-numbing customer service–this blog roars back to life.  Look out. I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s come up again.  The NYT has a blog discussion called “When It’s More Than a Headache” going on right now about concussions in youth football. (Photo: Shawn [Read More...]

Sacrificing Children–to Sports, Not Molech

There is no way to make adolescence injury-proof.  Competition and sports can be very good things (Photo: GettysburgFlag site).  But when you see stats like this in a NYT article, you have to wonder about whether the harmful side effects of high-contact sports are worth it: “High school athletes in nine primary sports sustained an [Read More...]


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