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The Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female NFL Coach

posted by Angela Guzman

The National Football League appears to be making the same strides toward gender equality by hiring Jen Welter who is the first female NFL coach. The Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hinted towards the hiring of a female coach […]

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“The Great” Hope Hits Theaters Today

posted by Corine Gatti

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy “The Great” Hope, a junior middleweight boxing champion in “Southpaw.” Hope had all the riches he could dream of–a solid family and a soaring career. Then in one moment it was all taken away after an accident […]

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Anchor Stuart Scott Honored at ESPYs for Perseverance

posted by Corine Gatti

ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott offers strength to many on air. It’s not only for his smooth delivery or a career that’s spanned over two decades-it’s fighting a deadly form of cancer since 2007. This week Scott, 48, was presented the […]

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United States Advances to Round of 16 in World Cup

posted by Matthew Corbett

Despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, the United States Men’s National Team has advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup. Expectations for the team this year were relatively low, especially given its placement in the “Group […]

Keith Olbermann Pays Tribute to Baseball Legend Tony Gwynn

posted by Matthew Corbett

Hall of Famer and 15-time All Star Tony Gwynn, who passed away on June 16th, was more than just a remarkable hitter; he embodied the qualities of sportsmanship, humility, and excitement that make baseball such a great American sport. Gwynn played 20 […]

Kevin Durant Named 2013-14 NBA MVP

posted by Matthew Corbett

Keven Durant, small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the 2013-14 regular season on Tuesday, May 7th. This is Durant’s first time receiving the award, after having finished second in the voting […]

YouTube Sensation Kevin Grow Signed to Globetrotters

posted by Matthew Corbett

It would be remarkable for any 18 year old to have the opportunity to play with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters. Kids all across the country dream of playing basketball in front of a massive audience with one of America’s most […]

What a Sister and What a Hero!

posted by Corine Gatti

US twin biathlete Tracy Barnes did one of the most selfless acts a sister could do. She gave up her spot on the Olympic Team so her sister Lanny could compete in Sochi. Lanny fell ill during trials in Ridnaun, […]

Be Bold: What Diana Nyad Teaches Us

posted by Corine Gatti

Diana Nyad became the first person to not only swim without a shark cage from Cuba to Key West, Fla., but showed that at 64-years-old, anyone can achieve their dreams. Nyad clocked 53 hours to realize her 35-year dream to […]

Controversial NFL Star Michael Vick Prepares to Release Autobiography

posted by S. Russ

Michael Vick is easily one of the most controversial athletes in recent memory. After serving jail time for participation in a dog fighting ring, he has worked hard to move forward with his life. His new autobiography Finally Free chronicles that […]

Exclusive Interview with Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum, Stars of “The Vow”, on Relationships

posted by Evan Derrick

I had the chance to sit down the other weekend with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum and talk about their new film (opening this weekend, Friday, February 10th ) called “The Vow.” Now, just so you know, I am NOT […]

“Senna” Challenges, Inspires, and Makes Me Want To Be a Better Person

posted by Evan Derrick

A new documentary is getting ready to hit the circuit called “Senna,” about one of the world’s most famous Formula 1 drivers, Ayrton Senna from Brazil. If you’re like me, you know little to nothing about Formula 1, have never […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A skate boarder empowers kids, a green musician is honored and a movie star spits for a good cause. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas An Olympic champion sees the impact, heavy metal stars rock out for Armenia and a celebrity chef stages a Food Revolution. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Apolo Ohno […]

Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel’s Job in Jeopardy

posted by Corine Gatti

Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Jim Tressel reportedly knew of players selling memorabilia for money and other benefits eight months before they were suspended for infractions in December. It appears that the well-liked coach’s job could be in jeopardy, […]

TREVOR BAYNE’S DAYTONA 500 MIRACLE

posted by agreyson

By Chad BonhamIt was just four months ago when Michael Waltrip Racing dropped 19-year old Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne over sponsorship issues. Even though Bayne was ranked seventh in points and was clearly one of NASCAR’s rising stars, the […]

Super Bowl XLV Stories That Inspire

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I grew up watching the Steelers and the Iron Curtain dominate the NFL so of course, I was cheering on my favorite team to win yet another Super Bowl and crying in my yellow towel when they didn’t win. But […]

Top 5 Feel Good Superbowl XLV Commercials

posted by Evan Derrick

The much-anticipated Superbowl commercials this year have been mostly rude (hello Brisk and Eminen), crude (I’m looking at you, PepsiMax), and lewd (ugh, GoDaddy). Let’s be honest, though: they almost always are (and to be even more honest, they can […]

Cuteness of Puppy Bowl Threatens To Eclipse Super Bowl XLV

posted by Evan Derrick

I think the cells that process cuteness in my brain are about to be overloaded. Superbowl counter-programming typically entails running marathons of Law & Order or CSI, but Animal Planet trumps all of them with Puppy Bowl VII. Starting at […]

Microphone Glitch Inspires Hockey Fans, Country

posted by Corine Gatti

Elizabeth Hughes, 8, made her national anthem debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s, affiliate (AHL Norfolk Admirals) during a home game against the Connecticut Whale (Rangers) last Friday night. How it started was amazing. Hughes has a voice of an […]

Michael Vick Continues His Road to Redemption

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With Philadelphia on a winning streak at the hands of Michael VIck, the discussion about VIck’s criminal past and whether or not he is truly reformed has resurfaced with surprising intensity. It’s a fascinating dialogue that’s taking place with some […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A famous director shares more thoughts on aging, a musician rocks out on the golf course, and Movember gets hairy. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Nora Ephron: Telling […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas “Funny or Die” takes on the very serious issue of voting, a “Fairy Jobmother” helps families get back on their feet, and Major League Baseball stands up to Cancer–here are this week’s […]

Deanna — Not Brett — Favre for MVP

posted by agreyson

While the world talks of racy text messages and the Twitterverse jokes that those messages were intended for Brett Favre’s wife but were not surprisingly “intercepted,” Deanna Favre looks to a Bible verse she has taped to her fridge, Isaiah […]

The Spirit of Harry Potter Lives through Quidditch!

posted by Donna Freitas

With part one of Harry Potter VII about to release in movie theater in November, we all have Harry Potter on the brain lately. (Or at least us fans do!) So one of my favorite little news clips I’ve come […]

Study Shows that Meditation is Good for your Health

posted by Donna Freitas

Just the other day I posted about how meditation and happiness are connected, and the new book “Why Meditate” makes a case for how the practice fosters such positive outcomes. Now today in the Science section of The New York […]

God Wants Kurt Warner to Keep ‘Dancing’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

God is on Kurt Warner’s side on “Dancing with the Stars.”

MSU Coach Dantonio Will Overcome Latest Challenge with Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Mark Dantonio has strong faith to help him in his health crisis.

Finding Faith and Inspiration at the World Cup

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tim Howard has become my favorite soccer player as I learn to love the World Cup.

Will ‘A-Team’ Make This A-List?

posted by Douglas Howe

“The A-Team” is out today, the latest television show to be made into a movie. Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen recently posted about Hollywood movie remakes with a great list of the best and worst ones. Most of us love TV […]

World Cup Scores: All Tied Up

posted by mkress

After all the hoopla, all the anticipation, the World Cup 2010 competition opens with… a 1-1 tie between Mexico and host country South Africa. Yes, folks, sports can end in a tie, a draw, Even Steven, and not just in […]

My Meeting With Coach John Wooden

posted by Douglas Howe

Today is the one week anniversary of the death of Coach John Wooden. I am amazed–and thrilled–that the accolades and chat about him continues to thrive throughout the media universe we live in. Somehow, this man of Christian faith, family […]

Orthodox Jewish Boxer Takes to the Ring, After 9:14 PM

posted by mkress

I am not the world’s biggest boxing fan, which is my way of saying that two grown men pummeling each other seems to me like a criminal act, not a sport. Still, I make exceptions now and again, and I […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Secretariat’

posted by dross

In honor of the Preakness on Saturday, check out the trailer to “Secretariat,” which tells the real-life story of Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) and her Triple Crown-winning horse Secretariat. The movie also stars John Malkovich and hits theaters October 8, […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Karate Kid’

posted by dross

In this remake of the 1980s classic, a young American boy (Jaden Smith) and his mother (Taraji P. Henson) move to China where he is taught kung-fu by a master (Jackie Chan). The film releases June 11, 2010.

Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy: Entering the NFL Draft, God is Still First and They are Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I am a huge college football fan, but I can’t say I pay that much attention to the NFL draft when it rolls around. But talk about one college football player’s faith and his NFL prospects caught my attention yesterday […]

USA Rugby and NCAA Deal Faith Losses on the Field

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Religion took a double hit on the sporting field in recent days.First the NCAA banned messages embedded in eye-black–those stripes of glare-killing grease football players wear on their cheeks, and that Florida quaterback Tim Tebow imprinted with biblical verses.

Phil at The Masters: Phamily, Phidelity, Phantastic!

posted by Douglas Howe

Did you catch the Masters’ Tournament this weekend? If not, I can some it up simply and easily: Phamily Phil pulled it off. Phidelity Phil beat Terrible Tiger. The right guy won. The nice guy finished first. Lefty did right. […]

NCAA Basketball Championship: Almost Butler!

posted by Douglas Howe

Such was the line from “Hoosiers,” the best basketball movie ever made, and the line repeated all over the Butler University Campus. It was one of the Top Five memories from one of the most inspirational NCAA Basketball Finals we’ve […]

Tiger Woods Press Conference & Buddhism

posted by Douglas Howe

Tiger Woods faced the world through 206 media representatives, multiple television cameras and a host of digital cameras. As anticipated, the questions ranged from his personal life to golf to his personal life to Augusta to his personal life to […]

5 Tiger Storylines From Outside the Ropes

posted by Douglas Howe

While the sports world wonders whether or not he will win as he enters the Holy City of Augusta in a few weeks, here are my Top Five Tiger Woods storylines as it relates to his role not as professional […]

March Madness Inspiration

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the more religious practices in our country is taking place this month. And no, it’s not “Lent!” Okay, well, actually “Lent” is taking place for many faithful Christians across the land, but my guess (and what seems to […]

Olympic Medalists: Not Showing Enough Mettle?

posted by Ellen Leventry

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have had their share of athletes who competed hard and partied harder. Is it just blowing of steam or just too much?

Johnny Weir, More Than Meets the Eye

posted by shuang

Recently, more than Johnny Weir’s status as a good role model was questioned when two French-speaking Canadian sports commentators made politically incorrect and insensitive comments about Weir’s gender and sexuality during the national broadcast of his long program performance. In […]

Say It Ain’t So, Mark Buehrle

posted by Paul O'Donnell

My favorite White Sox fan is an 12-year-old from the far South Side of Chicago, who summers at his family’s beach house in Massachusetts, where news of the outside world comes but slowly. So as I watched Mark Buehrle, the […]

Ice Dancing: When Siblings Shimmy and Shake…Together

posted by shuang

Here are three reasons I loved last night’s gold medal ice dancing winners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: They had spectacular chemistry on ice, they were the first North Americans to win the gold medal (in their first Olympics!), and…they weren’t […]

Tiger: Only Thing Missing Was ‘Thank You, Mr. President.’

posted by Douglas Howe

I believe that history will show that Tiger Woods launched his professional political career today, with his well-crafted and publicized press conference. He is no longer the golfer or the celebrity or the superstar. He is the cultural icon who […]

Johnny Weir: A ‘Fallen Angel’ on Ice

posted by shuang

If you’ve been watching the Winter Olympics and following the men’s figure skating competitions, you’ve probably familiar with Johnny Weir. You might have also heard the word “redemption” thrown around a lot by commentators across different sports at these Olympics–the […]

Will Tiger Woods Repent in Public?

posted by Douglas Howe

The media world was abuzz this week with the news that Tiger Woods is going to hold a press conference (sort of) to answer questions (actually not) regarding the recent revelations about his indescretions (which has dominated the news) and […]

Video: Stars of ‘The Office’ Tell Their Favorite Olympic Moments

posted by dross

Check out this video where actresses from NBC’s “The Office” talk about their favorite thoughts and memories from Olympics past. My favorite line comes from Mindy Kaling (who plays Kelly Kapoor), who gives her thoughts on female figure skaters. She […]

The ‘Sweetest’ Super Bowl!

posted by Douglas Howe

Well the Super Bowl has a life of its own and it keeps on living after the game! This weeks web is full of debriefs of the day, from the unlikelihood of the Saints’ victory to the most watched advertisement […]

Tackling the Tebow Super Bowl Ads

posted by Ellen Leventry

Paradoxically, the controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ads, may have been the least controversial of the broadcast.

The Olympics Are Almost Here!

posted by Douglas Howe

I miss the Olympics. Worse than that, I think I’ll miss ’em some more when they’re over. The Winter version of the Olympics starts on NBC in about a week. But so far, I’m just not feelin’ that Olympic spirit […]

My Top 5 Winter Olympic Moments

posted by Douglas Howe

With the Olympics only about a week away, one of the best ways I know to get fired up is to remember some of the great moments from Winter Olympics past. I know the Olympics is supposed to be about […]

What Do You Do with a Problem Like Tim Tebow?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Somewhere in academia, a grad student in cultural anthropology is already writing his or her dissertation using Super Bowls ads to deconstruct the history of modern America, a job that got easier last week when CBS reversed its policy against […]

NFL’s Kurt Warner: A Classy Man of Faith

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most unlikely NFL stars of the past (or any) decade has decided to retire. Kurt Warner, surrounded by his family, announced that he was leaving the NFL for a variety of reasons, and said it was what […]

CBS Nixes Gay Online Dating Ad for Superbowl, Accepts Pro-Life Spot

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

CBS rejects a proposed Superbowl ad from gay online dating site ManCrunch.com, but accepts a pro-life advocacy commercial from Focus on the Family.

Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad: Touchdown or Fumble?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Tim Tebow to be featured in Focus on the Family-sponsored Super Bowl ad: Spokesman for family above all or hubristic quarterback heaving it out of bounds?

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Olympics History

posted by dross

As the world gears up for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics XXI in Vancouver (February 12-28), test your knowledge of the religious history of the Games. You’ll be sure to amaze and dazzle your friends and family with new trivia! […]

‘Make It Or Break It': Most Inspiring New TV Show?

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s official: my favorite new television addiction is ‘Make It Or Break It’–the one hour weekly gymnastics melodrama airing its second season now on ABC Family. The show revolves around four girls, all gymnasts, Emily (the poor, scholarship girl), Payson […]

“Onward Christian Athletes”: What Mark McGwire and Tiger Woods Have in Common

posted by Donna Freitas

The publication this past October of “Onward Christian Athletes” by Tom Krattenmaker couldn’t be more timely, what with Mark McGwire all over the news acting explicitly penitent as he discusses his steroid use, and don’t get me started on the […]

McGwire’s Confession…Finally

posted by Douglas Howe

Mark McGwire is the new Pete Rose. He is the new Jimmy Swaggart. He is the new Richard Nixon. I wish he could have been Charles Colson. Mark McGuire has made his place in history and its certainly not the […]

A Yeah for Brit Hume!

posted by Douglas Howe

I wish to formally nominate television newscaster and commentator Brit Hume for, well, whatever I can nominate him for! You’ve probably heard by now about the controversy and web buzz because a television commentator suggested that a public figure who […]

Tebow’s Farewell Tour Overshadowed by Tiger?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tim Tebow may not win the Heisman, and he is being overshadowed by Tiger Woods, but he deserves all the praise he is receiving from peers this week.

Waiting for Word From Tiger’s Pulpit

posted by Douglas Howe

If there was ever a person at the intersection of culture, sports, faith and the public view, it is Tiger Woods. In our time, he has been the single most famous sports celebrity, the most successful spokesperson and endorser of […]

Tiger’s Trangressions…and Redemption?

posted by Douglas Howe

“What we have here is the first superstar athlete chased down by a digital posse,” says Rick Reilly of ESPN Magazine. “Rightly or wrongly, the tabloids and the gossip sites got their man in breathtaking speed,” he continues. “To bring […]

‘Friday Night Lights’ Does Church Right

posted by Kris Rasmussen

FNL’s latest focuses on Julie Taylor’s thoughts on church.

New Sports Inspiration Page!

posted by Douglas Howe

“I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” “I just wanna go the distance.” “You’re an impertinent man, Mr Hobbs!” Perhaps you remember one of these quotes from a certain kind of movie. A special kind […]

Girardi the Good Samaritan

posted by Douglas Howe

“I’m goin’ to Disneyland!” …Or so went the story of what champions used to say to the camera after winning the world championship. In an inspiring twist to a great evening for Gotham, New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi provided […]

The World Series is Here!!! Uh…

posted by Douglas Howe

The World Series starts this week. “Yeah!” say the Yankee fans. “Yeah!” say the Phillie fans. “Dang,” say the Southern California fans, whose Dodgers and Angels both lost in the semi-finals. And, unfortunately, “Yawn” goes the rest of the country. […]

Faith in Sports: Authentic or Superstitious?

posted by Douglas Howe

“And I’d like to thank God Almighty,” reads the headline in a current USA Today.com feature. “In big-time sports, God often gets a prominent place on the field of play,” it goes on to say. “A shout-out here, a prayer […]

Book Excerpt: ‘Role of a Lifetime’

posted by dross

Read an excerpt from sports host James “JB” Brown’s new book “Role of a Lifetime.”

Will Tony Dungy Save Michael Vick?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tony Dungy has agreed to mentor Michael Vick.

Michael Vick: Repentance, Forgiveness, or Refusal?

posted by Douglas Howe

Michael Vick, who was just released from jail after financing and hosting a dog fighting operation, will be given another chance to play for the NFL. Here’s why I’m going to pray for him and draft him onto my fantasy team.

Respects to All, Including Mr. McNamara

posted by Douglas Howe

Apparently death isn’t a strong news story if there’s too many at one time. I fear our pop culture has become such a strong force in our nation that it may have more of an impact than it should upon […]

Roger Federer and Tiger Woods’s Weekend Wins

posted by Douglas Howe

Sometimes sports television crosses over into the world of pop culture, and this year’s July 4th weekend certainly marked such a time. Roger Federer won his historically best 15th Grand Slam tennis title, and Tiger Woods won the tournament he […]

Jews in Sports? It’s a Fantasy…Camp

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The famous joke goes: “One person asks, ‘did you hear someone published a book about Jews in sports?’ and the other person says, ‘yeah, it’s a pamphlet.’” With a few exceptions, Jews are not so well-represented on the athletics side […]

Mike Tyson’s Daughter Dies

posted by dross

Mike Tyson probably isn’t the most well-liked person in the world (being that he’s a convicted rapist whose been known to fight dirty in the boxing ring), but your heart just has to bleed for him knowing that his 4-year-old […]

Photo Exclusive: ‘More Than a Game’

posted by dross

The exclusive photo above, titled “Team in Prayer,” is from the documentary, “More Than a Game,” which opens October 2, 2009. The film follow five young friends from Akron, Ohio–one of whom would grow up to become NBA superstar LeBron […]

10 Most Inspiring Baseball Movies of All-Time

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN recently invited its I-reporters to opine on the greatest baseball movie of all time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of “Field of Dreams” and “Major League.” At least one of those two is a must for your DVD collection. […]

Hulk Hogan Leans on His Faith

posted by dross

Wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hugan has been in the news a lot the last couple of days for a quote he recently gave Rolling Stone magazine during an interview about his pending divorce from wife Linda. The quote: […]

Is LeBron James Jewish?

posted by mkress

LeBron James, basketball phenomenon…. and a Member of the Tribe? I often tease my people about our collective obsession with the question of whether this celebrity or that is Jewish. But this one is a real mystery, and a big […]

Inspiration from the Masters, and Then…

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most inspirational and highly watched events of the television sportscasting year took place Sunday, as the Masters beamed out from Augusta to a staggering number of interested homes on Easter. Ratings for the first days of the […]

Another Opening Day is Here, and Thank God for It

posted by mkress

Despite the rain pouring down here in New York City, despite the recession, despite the unsettling feelings pervading so much of our lives these days, another Opening Day is here for Major League Baseball. And not a moment too soon–a […]

New Yankees Retrospective Details Last Season at Historic Stadium

posted by dross

As a Yankees fan, I was thrilled when a gorgeous new coffee table book, “The Final Season: The Official Retrospective” by Alfred Santasiere III and Mark Vancil came across my desk. The book details the final season at the original […]

Curt Schilling Retires from the Red Sox

posted by mkress

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has announced his retirement, and I read the news with a mixture of sadness and admiration–sadness that we won’t get to watch one of the most dominant pitchers of our time anymore, admiration that he’s […]

March Madness: Good and, Um, Well…

posted by Douglas Howe

Okay! Two days down. Three weeks to go. And our national holiday rolls on: March Madness! I don’t remember when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament became a national holiday season. I don’t remember when employers decreed that taking time away […]

Zzzzzzz: Time for March Madness!

posted by Douglas Howe

Bring on March Madness–we need it! For a competitive guy like me–and Paul the Apostle competed so I know it’s a good trait–this is a lousy time of the year to watch television. There’s not a lot of drama. There’s […]

Was A-Rod Blaming God?

posted by idol chatter

By Brad A. Greenberg This post is reprinted with permission from The God Blog. Alex Rodriguez seemed mature yesterday when he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003. Maybe even a bit contrite. But I can’t shake the […]

A-Rod’s Steroid Use Further Heightens Baseball’s Fall

posted by Douglas Howe

The Rights of Spring are becoming the Wrongs of Swingers, and the Boys of Summer may soon be the Boys of the Slammer. It’s not an encouraging story, and I’m growing dang tired of it. Sports Illustrated broke the story […]

Michael Phelps Bong Bust

posted by dross

Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps is just the latest sports figure to get caught doing something stupid that could cost him his career–he was photographed at a house party smoking pot shortly after his Bejing win. This is the swimmers […]

Seeing the Super Bowl as an American Holy Day

posted by Donna Freitas

I have to be honest and tell you that I woke up yesterday morning, not even realizing that it was Super Bowl Sunday. I’m visiting friends in Vermont, and a long time girlfriend and I made plans for a lovely, […]

Hutt, Hutt, Hype!: The Best Ways to Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday

posted by Douglas Howe

Yes, the Super Bowl is here! That also means that the Super Bowl Ads are here, the Super Bowl halftime show is here, the extended Super Bowl pre-game and post-game shows are here and, thankfully, the Athletes in Action Super […]

My Top 12 Super Bowl Moments

posted by Douglas Howe

Next week’s Super Bowl marks what has become something of a national holiday. New TV sales go through the roof, parties are found on every other block and open seats are available on flights! Bruce Springsteen will perform. Alicia Keys […]

What Does Yoga Have to Do with the Economic Crisis?

posted by Donna Freitas

Well, apparently, keeping everyone from having a simultaneous spiritual, emotional, and physical breakdown, that’s what. At least according to the New York Times. In a recent article, “Staying Healthy in a Sick Economy,” reporter Mandy Katz had this to say […]

David Foster Wallace’s Religion

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The New York Times’s site has reposted a 2006 article about tennis star Roger Federer, not because of Federer’s resurgence at last month’s U.S. Open, but because the piece is by David Foster Wallace, the beloved and very funny writer […]

Prayer Puts Olympic Commentator in a Twist

posted by Paul O'Donnell

I can forgive NBC’s commentators at the Olympic gymnastics competition, Tim Daggett and Elfi Schlegel, their complaints about the judging, and nagging negativity; they are, after a fashion, journalists and they have to call it like they see it. But […]

At the Beijing Olympics, the Hijab Emerges

posted by dali

So far, the 2008 Olympics has been all Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, Chinese divers, Liu Xiang bowing out (gasp!), gymnastics, Usain Bolt, Redeem Team, U.S. men’s water polo, Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Trainer (this list is getting so long!) and […]

Most Uninspiring Olympic Moments

posted by dali

As I’m staying up late and watching coverage of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the spirit of the Games has once again taken hold over me: America’s Jason Lezak chasing down France’s Alain Bernard in the final leg of the […]

Olympics Bring Love to Countries at War

posted by Douglas Howe

Ah, finally, day 4, and the Olympics have finally officially started for me. Nope, the run-up and the hype didn’t do it. Every sports event this side of the World Poker Championships has a big build-up. No, the opening festivities–while, […]

Most Inspirational Olympic Moments of All Time

posted by dali

If you’re an Olympics junkie like me, then you’re probably salivating for the Beijing Games to start on August 8, 2008, at 8:08 pm. Every four years I just can’t get enough of the Olympics. Everything about the Games gets […]

Our Favorite Inspirational Sports Movies

posted by dross

If you’re a sports movie fan, you’ll love our new gallery: Top 20 Inspirational Sports Movies of All Time. It includes some of your favorites–like “Rocky I” and “The Karate Kid”–but you may be surprised by some of the other […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Let It Out’

posted by lmarcus

Are you excited about the Beijing Olympics? Get yourself ready to watch the 2008 games by reliving some of the most inspiring moments of Olympics past. For the documentary “Let It Out: The Movie” Kleenex traveled around the country asking […]

Those Ol’ Devil Rays

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The devil has a place in American baseball lore, thanks to the classic 1955 musical “Damn Yankees,” in which a beleaguered baseball fan named Joe Boyd sells his soul to Satan in return for the batting chops that help his […]

Laura Wilkinson May Give the U.S. Another Golden Moment

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though the Beijing Olympics are still over a month away, NBC is giving viewers plenty of opportunity to see what the U.S. athletes are made of as they broadcast both diving and gymnastics team trials last weekend. I watched the […]

AFI’s Best Sports Movies List Missing Two Greats

posted by Douglas Howe

The American Film Institute’s “Top Ten Sports Movies” of all time features many that you’d expect but excludes two obvious choices that stand out by their absence and undermine the credibility of the list. “Raging Bull” was the top choice, […]

Celtics’ Celebration is a Bleeping Dud

posted by Douglas Howe

This year’s NBA Basketball Finals show was a big Prime Time event for ABC and ESPN. It was scheduled to go up against the other networks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for two weeks. It went head-to-head against everything from […]

The Soul of Sports: Celtics vs. Lakers

posted by Idol Chatter

The epic basketball showdown has almost arrived. Televisions and sports bars around the country will all be tuned into the NBA Finals for the classic match up of the Boston Celtics versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams have experienced […]

A Red Sox Curse on the Yankees?

posted by dross

If you’re a Yankees fan like me, you probably have yet another reason to hate the Red Sox and their fans. Last week, it was announced that a Bronx construction worker, Gino Castignoli, working on the new Yankee Stadium, had […]

The Night the Rabbi Went 10 Rounds?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Which is more draining, world-class athletic training or rigorous spiritual and intellectual learning? Ask Yuri Foreman, a fighter who will defend his light middleweight boxing title tonight, and who is studying to become an Orthodox rabbi. The 27-year-old was born […]

God’s Workout?

posted by Donna Freitas

In this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Magazine, reporter Virginia Heffernan covers what she calls “God’s Workout” and its followers, otherwise known as CrossFit. “The superfit walk among us,” Heffernan writes. “They saunter or strut, depending on whether they’re showcasing […]

‘Is That How They Reverberate in Universal Harmony in Memphis?’

posted by vreiss

It’s a slushy Friday here in NYC, making it extra-nice to find this bit of breaking news in my inbox: Phil Jackson Yells At Pau Gasol’s Ch’i Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, evidently incensed over new acquisition Pau Gasol’s inability […]

Where Have Baseball’s Heroes Gone?

posted by Douglas Howe

The beautiful American Dream of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet turned briefly into a near-nightmare today as one baseball’s strongest candidates for “hero” status—Roger Clemens—went before Congress to defend himself from allegations that he has used steroids to […]

The Patriots, Superbowl Sadness, Jinxes, and Superstitions

posted by Donna Freitas

I may live in Brooklyn, but during the college semester I head to Boston three days a week to teach at Boston University, and today is a day of mourning in this city. The Patriots’ Perfect Season hopes were dashed […]

Surprise! Baseball Players Use Steroids

posted by dross

George Mitchell’s report on steroid use among Major League Baseball was released today, linking a number of popular players to performance-enhancing drugs. Among them, Roger Clemens, Gary Sheffield, Barry Bonds, Paul Lo Duca, and many more. Although some viewed Mitchell’s […]

Jews in Sports Vs. Jews In Sports

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

This summer marked the opening season of the Israel Baseball League. It opened to some controversy, because the sport’s pretty American; in Israel, they play “football”, of course, and some basketball. But baseball? Could the society support a new sport […]

A Nation Turns its Lonely Eyes to A-Rod

posted by Patton Dodd

Barry Bonds is busted. He’ll probably never own up to his guilt, and his lawyers might successfully get him off or significantly reduce whatever sentence he may receive. But he’ll always be an embarrassment to baseball, and he’ll forever evoke […]

Father, Son, and Holy Rockies

posted by mkress

Patton Dodd may believe God likes the Colorado Rockies, but over at J-Walking, David Kuo wonders if Jesus wants the Rocks to lose the World Series. Are they pointing to a Heavenly Father-Son rift? Hardly. David’s not saying Jesus has […]

Sorry, Sox Fans, God Likes the Rockies

posted by Patton Dodd

This is the way Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly explains what is happening to the Colorado Rockies this fall: “When it seemed even [Rockies fans’] patience had run out, God looked down and said, ‘Oh, geez, are those people still believers? […]

Ghosts in the Outfield?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

October is for Halloween, and playoff baseball. Yesterday, the AP told a tale that suits both. This Spring, an old bronze plaque turned up in a storage room at Jacobs Field, the Cleveland Indians’ home stadium, commemorating former Indians shortstop […]

A Mets Fan’s Lament

posted by mkress

Dear New York Mets, I imagine that today, one day after your historic late-season collapse, you may be looking for a little religion, something to hold fast to, an anchor amidst the uncertainties and difficulties of life. Let me recommend […]

Play or Pray: Is That the Question?

posted by mkress

American Jews have always had a love affair with the stories of Jewish athletes. Sandy Koufax’s refusal to pitch on Yom Kippur is probably the best known and most beloved example. Now here comes Jewish High Holiday season, just in […]

Christian Prayer Vs. Football

posted by Paul O'Donnell

With all the high-fiving of heaven after touchdowns, post-game testimonials, and mid-field prayer meetings, football fans might not have noticed that the NFL is mildly hostile to open displays of Christianity. As this Christianity Today piece points out, the league […]

Punish the Patriots–Harshly!

posted by Douglas Howe

Football is everywhere these days, with games being played virtually every day of the week, televised nationally on cable and network TV. All the more reason for the NFL to set a dramatic precedent by dishing out an unparalleled punishment […]

More Patriots Bashing

posted by mkress

Over at J-Walking, our friend David Kuo has harsh words for the Patriots and their coach, Bill Belichick, over the football team’s cheating scandal. He goes even further than Doug does here at Idol Chatter, calling for Belichick’s head, or […]

Has Michael Vick Found God?

posted by lmarcus

You can’t escape from Michael Vick in the media these days. Since initial allegations rose a few months ago accusing the Atlanta Falcolns quaterback of participating in dogfighting. Now the state of Georgia is pressing criminal charges, and the NFL […]

Little League Baseball: A Source of Inspiration

posted by Douglas Howe

When did the Little League World Series become such a pop culture phenomenon? And more importantly, why? There was a time when–once a year–the Little League World Series final was broadcast nationwide (and then worldwide) from Williamsport, PA. Now, it’s […]

Sad State of Sports

posted by mkress

Baseball is about to annoint a new home run king who has allegedly boosted his late-career stats with the help of steroids. Basketball is coping with a referee accused of betting on the game, including games he worked. Football is […]

We’re All Barry Bonds Fans

posted by Patton Dodd

Until a few weeks ago, I pretty much knew what to think of Barry Bonds and his inevitable breaking of the home run record. I was on board with Michael Kress in thinking that Bonds was a great player, no […]

The Desperate Barry Bonds

posted by mkress

I’ll start by saying that I feel a sense of awe and history when imagining the moment when Barry Bonds’ 756th home run will sail over the outfield wall, sending him into the history books with the most career home […]

Wrestler/Murderer Tests Positive for Steroids

posted by dross

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released lab results today indicating that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Chris Benoit had steroids, painkillers, and anti-anxiety drugs in his body when he killed his wife and 7-year-old son last month–before committing suicide. Although […]

Barry’s Cross to Bear

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Barry Bonds waits in full uniform in a hallway at PacBell park, waiting for a man to drop by with an item Bonds has told the guy to rush because he just can’t play without it. Steroids? No, an earring […]

Why I Love the All-Star Game

posted by Douglas Howe

Baseball’s All-Star Game was televised in prime time again last night, and it continues to endure as an underrated, understated institution that stands as the finest and brightest of all of the major sports’ all-star games. Why is that? A […]

Who’s to Blame for the Wrestler Murder/Suicide?

posted by dross

As someone who has never been a fan of the soap opera wrestling you see on TV, but who has been around it her whole life (both of my parents are long-time fans, dating back to the ’70s), I was […]

Golfing and Jesus on Easter Sunday

posted by Patton Dodd

One day in my junior year of college in 1997, I excused myself from my favorite class because my stomach was cramping so hard. When I arrived at my apartment, I tossed my backpack into the corner, collapsed onto the […]

Redemption on Opening Day

posted by Douglas Howe

I echo Michael Kress’s post yesterday about giving thanks for baseball’s Opening Day. There truly is something refreshing–if not anti-climactic–about the first day of a 162-game season. Most of the country saw the primetime emotion in New York, but I […]

A Word of Thanksgiving for Opening Day

posted by mkress

Amidst the intensity of Holy Week for Christians and the joy of Passover for Jews comes the secular festival known as Opening Day. Even as I frantically cleaned my apartment for Passover last night, I dilligently checked the Mets score […]

World Cup Cricket: When Passion Gets Out of Hand

posted by dali

Sports and passion have always gone hand in hand. Indeed, what makes any sport fun to play and watch is the passion with which we do so. When our team wins or loses, our happiness or disappointment can go along […]

A March Madness Moment: VCU’s Stunner

posted by dali

I’m on cloud nine this morning, and the first-round exit of the Duke Blue Devils from the NCAA tournament is the reason. But it’s more than the loss of this enemy college basketball team of mine that has me so […]

These Guys Are Better Players Than Actors…

posted by Douglas Howe

…and that’s a good thing! The National Basketball Association and the City of Las Vegas’ tourism bureau went prime-time on TNT on Sunday night, and we found out that these players are clearly gifted for high levels of competition, but […]

Sometimes a Game Is Only a Game

posted by mkress

Time was, not so long ago, that the game superseded just about anything for professional athletes. Perhaps a day off was warranted if a close family member died, but not much else could tear a player away from those temporary, […]

NFL = No Free Lunch

posted by Douglas Howe

When economics meets the spiritual journey, economics wins–at least as far as the NFL and its lawyers are concerned. And that’s a shame. The Bears-Colts match-up included a wonderful and historic storyline, as the first Super Bowl ever to have […]

Christmas and College Sports: Bah Humbug!

posted by Douglas Howe

I’m writing this after having just turned off the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) Selection Show, that is airing in prime time on the FOX, even though there’s still a half-hour left to go. The show’s now on its fourth commercial […]

Football Prayers & the NFL’s Absent Cameras

posted by Douglas Howe

What’s the deal with the networks not wanting to show prayers on sports television? What is so bad about athletes trusting in–or at least pursuing–God? After each game, when the fans are filing out of the stadium and the networks […]

Absolution: Notre Dame Football-style

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s well known that at the Catholic University of Notre Dame, football is its own religion. The school even boasts a mural of “Touchdown Jesus” on its campus. Notre Dame’s football coach since 2004, Charlie Weis, is a giant of […]

Vanity of Vanities, Is Baseball All Vanity?

posted by mkress

A few weeks ago, toward the end of a festive holiday meal, the rabbi of my synagogue threw out a light-hearted challenge to us. This was back when both the Mets and the Yankees were still in the playoff hunt, […]

The Tigers Roar Into The World Series

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In Michigan our sports culture is typically focused on the Red Wings, the Pistons, and Big Ten football. Rarely is our attention centered on our hapless excuse of a baseball team, the Detroit Tigers. So imagine my surprise when I […]

The Tao of A-Rod?

posted by mkress

Could it be that Alex Rodriguez has let go of the superstitions that most athletes would have you believe decide their fate and instead hopes to achieve inner peace and self-love through self-help books? One of the more over-analyzed athletes […]

Here’s to the Playoffs!

posted by mkress

Sure, back in April I blogged about my love for baseball’s Opening Day, with all its hope and possibility. And I am sure I meant it at the time. But, 162 grueling games later, my N.Y. Mets are staring at […]

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