Category: Sports

Spiritual Intimacy and Silent Knicks

Last Sunday the New York Knicks hosted the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden for a Sunday matinee of basketball. The Knicks have been desperate for good PR, given that a star player has been feuding with the front office and a former player recently had to be forcibly escorted by security out of the arena, so maybe that’s why they decided to try something new Sunday: a first half without any noise…  [more]

Ray Allen’s Jump Shot and the Sovereignty of God

I was born a year before Ray Allen was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks. I was 6 when the Bucks lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Eastern Conference finals. While Chicago wanted to be like Mike, up north we all wanted to be like Ray. I was in middle school when Allen won his first championship in Boston and I was in high school when he won his second ring with the Miami Heat. Until the last two years,…  [more]

The Chicago Cubs: Suffering to be Good

I do not like the Chicago Cubs. As a son of the Milwaukee suburbs and having worked at Miller Park in high school, my blood bleeds Brewers blue and definitely not Cubbies blue. Now, living in the Chicago suburbs for school, I find myself surrounded by Cubs fanatics.  Even as a cynical observer, though, I’ll admit the 2016 Cubs’ season has been very impressive. And one reason they’ve nearly won…  [more]

Colin Kaepernick and Christian Protest

Explaining why he has been refusing to stand for the national anthem at the start of the NFL’s preseason games, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick offered this: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the…  [more]

College Football Has a Perseverance Problem

Dark clouds shadow the beginning of the 2016 college football season. From the Baylor sexual assault scandal—which resulted in the firing of coach Art Briles—to NCAA violations at Ole Miss and Alabama, many fans wonder if/when their school will be next. This doesn’t bode well for America as a whole. In many ways, sports operate as a magnified expression of society. Want to track where a people…  [more]

Seeing Ourselves in the Refugee Olympic Team

Despite the Olympics’ long history, there are always a number of “firsts” each time the games take place. New sports will be introduced, countries will stand on the podium for the very first time, and world records will be smashed. This year in Rio, the most significant “first” occurred before competition began: the introduction of the Refugee Olympic Team. Waving flags featuring the…  [more]

The Imperfect Grace of Olympic Gymnasts

Like many others, I tuned in to the Rio Olympics earlier this week to watch the United States’ women’s gymnastics team win the gold medal in dominant fashion. Gymnastics is one of those sports that prompt the frequent use of the word “grace.” Announcers describe routines as being “done with such grace” or athletes as being “so graceful.” However, the grace we witness in…  [more]

Who’s a idiot? Hearing the beauty in “broken” English

J. A. Adande recently wrote an article titled “‘We gonna be championship!’: A new approach to 'fixing' quotes,” in which he explores the topic of reporters “cleaning up” the speech of professional athletes to make them sound grammatically correct. The article offered careful reflection about our culture’s policing of public speech, using the examples of NBA athletes…  [more]

The Augustinian joy of the Golden State Warriors

Saint Augustine once wrote, “When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other’s flame.” I don't think there is a better example of this than the Golden State Warriors right now. With five games left in the NBA regular season, the Warriors are four wins away from breaking the 72-10 record currently held by the Chicago…  [more]

A theology of winning (and cheating)

A recent Scientific American article details a fascinating psychological study. Researchers found that participants who had recently won a skill-based competition, or even recalled a recent situation where they had won, would be more likely to cheat in a subsequent task. Interestingly, participants who were asked to think about a time they had achieved a goal were not more likely to cheat. The researchers posit that…  [more]

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