Keep Score!

I didn’t play t-ball as a kid (I was always more interested in basketball than baseball). So when I attended my cousin’s t-ball game, I was surprised to find that no official score was kept. I had never played in an “organized” sporting event with no score. Of course, parents and players were keeping unofficial […]

Basketball, Brooklyn, Blatche, and the Bible

It seemed the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA were going to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season. One author said “scary good.” Another said the Nets were “overloaded” with stars, paying almost double the salary cap. The idea was that trading for experienced all-stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett […]

“I could probably do something else, but. . . .”

Preaching is important because it is the process through which God has chosen to convey the grace of Christ to the world (Romans 10:10-13). Any Christian should share the truth of the gospel with his neighbors and friends (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 5:13; Mark 16:15-16), but some take the opportunity to preach full-time, as Paul and […]

Kentucky Sports and the Handshakes

One of the most bizarre sports stories I have seen recently carries the following headline: “Bad sports: Kentucky school teams told not to shake hands after games.” ((CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57606614/bad-sports-kentucky-school-teams-told-not-to-shake-hands-after-games/ (2013).)) According to the story, there have been more than two dozen postgame confrontations among high school athletes in Kentucky during the past three years, and […]

On the Hot Seat

There are always coaches who are “on the hot seat,” or in danger of losing their jobs. Sometimes a coach loses his job security because of some infraction(s) off the field, such as Bobby Petrino at Arkansas last year (I personally have never seen a seat get so hot so fast). In other cases, coaches […]

Beer at the Games?

Every passage of the Bible that comments on intoxicating drink teaches that we should not drink it, with the exception of the drink for medical purposes. ((See Wayne Jackson, “Does the Bible Recommend Drinking Alcoholic Beverages?,” Christian Courier, https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1166-does-the-bible-recommend-drinking-alcoholic-beverages (2013); ibid., “What About Moderate Social Drinking?,” Christian Courier, https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/308-what-about-moderate-social-drinking (2013).))  When I was nine years old, my […]

The Air that Johnny Manziel Signed

As a college football fan, I sometimes come across headlines that are hard to believe. Sometimes they’re hard to believe because they tell about a player’s amazing physical feat. Sometimes they’re hard to believe because they tell about a player or coach doing something ridiculous off the field. Then there’s another category that I could […]

The Steroid Era and the Intrinsic Goods of the Game

I am primarily a basketball and football fan, but I have been watching Alex Rodriguez play baseball almost since I can remember watching baseball at all. All of his performance-enhancing drug use and anti-team attitude has made for a disappointing experience as a baseball fan, and the A-Rod news just keeps getting worse. Of course, […]

Serious Business

Some say that we Americans take sports too seriously. This is probably true in one sense and definitely not true in another. We take sports too seriously when we attend to sports while other important aspects of life suffer. If we sin in the name of games, e.g., through being cruel toward others or through […]

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