I was pushed a bit Monday to weigh in on the post about Christians, Sports, and Compromise. I have to confess that it was hard for me to comprehend an author like Hoffman spending most of his life in sports […]
A recent report in Time.com suggests so, and I personally believe it is … so what to do? More education about what is actually happening to the brain and more rules that prevent head injuries. What do you think? Check […]
On the day I saw online the Christianity Today piece on sports and the Christian faith, the author of that article’s book arrived on my desk. It is called Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports . I begin […]
Mark McGwire, who some years back embarrassed himself in front of our country’s highest legislators, says now the time is right for him to come clean and admit that he used steroids to enhance his physical abilities during his incredible […]
Again, another great post from Jeremy Berg, and I’m keen to hear what you have to say. How do you respond to this mixture of football (sports) and faith? It has made the news here and here. Al Mohler has […]
From the Morrisey column in the Chicago Tribune… The way Lou Piniella saw it Sunday morning, the media were paying entirely too much attention to the Cubs‘ unfortunate lack of hitting. Why don’t we focus on the positive thing, which […]
Kris and I know Jonathan Williams well, and we are huge supporters of his efforts to give back to Rochester what he received from Rochester — and he is giving back by helping kids develop better life skills. His focus […]
Scot and Kris have been busy in South Africa – so no Weekly Meanderings … Tom Smith has some reflections on Scot’s visit. But I couldn’t pass on this and will take the opportunity to highlight a real sport for […]
Who can name the players in the famous game between UCLA and the University of Houston? I’ll give you two: Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Elvin Hayes (Big E). Do you know who won?
A-Rod has taken the hit of public suspicion that more than a couple baseball players have taken steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Today he openly confessed that he took such drugs during the 2001-2003 seasons. But … If A-Rod really […]
Here’s our grandson Aksel, listening to his dad telling him how to give the pitcher the sign for a curve ball.
1. Green: baseball is played on a green field; hockey on white ice.2. Wrigley, Fenway, Yankee Stadium: name one interesting hockey place.3. Names: Babe Ruth, Pee Wee Reese, Ernie Banks vs. Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr.4. Scoring: single, double, […]
What makes January such a good month for sports? 1. Nope, not because we have hour to hour college bowl games between teams I don’t follow.2. Nope, not because the Bears are out of the playoffs and that means we […]
CHICAGO – Bears football practice was delayed nearly two hours this morning after a player reported finding an unknown, white powdery substance on the practice field. Head coach Lovie Smith immediately suspended practice while police and federal agents were called […]
I promised my Jesus of Nazareth class that I’d buy donuts for the class if the Bears beat the Tennessee Titans today. Go Bears!
The Cubs had one of the best baseball teams in the Major League this summer — if you count the long haul. They had excellent pitchers and hitters, and were more than respectable in the field. But, the medals and […]
… for the Cubs and the White Sox to play in the World Series?
Wednesday: 5:30pm Thursday: 8:30pm Saturday @ LA: 9pm (All times Central) The Commish is out to get us; we are playing Thurs and Sat at ridiculously late times.
One of the most unusual players in Major League Baseball was Rickey Henderson. Not the least of his uniquenesses was “Rickey-Speak.” He once framed a million dollar check because he thought it was cool. (The organization had to call him […]
What about this story about Lolo Jones, one of our Olympians?
I’ve been to one Olympics. The last night of Track and Field in Atlanta. We are a sports family and we have always watched the Olympics, especially Track and Field, gymnastics and swimming in the summer Olympics. (I will admit […]
Years ago perhaps America’s finest sportswriter, Tom Boswell, wrote an essay on why baseball was better than football and, if I remember, the first reason was “Marching Bands” and the second reason was “Marching bands at halftime.” I loved the […]
My promise: The Cubs will win their division and the NLCS and will play in the World Series. And here’s the question:
Just in case you don’t know, our son Lukas is a scout for the Chicago Cubs. Which means, besides getting paid to sit at baseball games and evaluate amateur talent, today is the biggest day of the baseball year. Today […]
There’s lots of storm brewing in ChicagoLand about the Cubs announcing they could be remodeling Wrigley Field. Here’s a good site fighting off the move.
The Lady Pretz won yesterday and are about to begin to play for the State Championship. Basketball runs in Kris’ family very deep. Her brother, Pete, is the head coach of a legendary junior college program and he was interviewed […]
Congratulations to the women’s basketball team at Freeport IL for winning the supersectional to qualify for State. Our niece, Katie Norman, made the winning basket and at the link her picture can be seen. (Yes, the Freeport high school nickname […]
In Dubai, with a brilliant 65 and several holes ahead of Ernie Els, Tiger turns the pressure up and wins the Dubai classic. He’s won both tourneys he’s entered this year — and in this one he struggled on days […]
Inspite of a Packer victory, we at North Park University again extend our appreciation to the fine work of Mike Holmgren at the Seattle Hawks and the support of Mike and Kathy of North Park:
Tonight’s game between the Bears and the Vikings pits McKnight against John Franke.
First, these two teams don’t deserve to be on national TV. I’m glad I’ve got something to read. Second, the game has now become interesting … 3:23 left in 3d quarter.
No, not with Cedric Benson going down. The Bears lost half their offense when the Broncos made it clear that, had they not kicked to Devon Hester, they’d have won the game. Who will kick to him now? I’ll give […]
Does anyone know what the little green/neon dot on the back of NFL’s quarterbacks’ helmets is all about?
The story has been around for a long time: the Cubs, the storied franchise that plays at the even more storied Wrigley Field — the finest sports venu in the world, are for sale. And Mark Cuban is clearly thinking […]
Tony, coming into Sunday night’s game I was worried the Bears could lose game after game, but now I’m not so sure. I suggest you get the Purple People Eaters up there to get themselves good and ready for a […]
OK, let’s chat about the Cubs. My first comment: we got into the playoffs; we had a good year, much better than last year. This series exposed the same weaknesses the Cubs had all year. What were they?
If you had your choice, would you rather watch a professional game — say baseball or football or basketball or hockey [soccer doesn’t count, not a sport] — at home or at the stadium?
I hope the ESPN commentators, Ron and Tony, are watching Grossman rip apart the SF Giants 49ers this evening. 24 points mid-way through the 2d quarter. Seven different receivers. Precision passing; great decisions.
Every summer Bill Roberts, a former student of my father’s, invites along with my mom and dad both Kris and me to a game at Wrigley Field between the Cards and Cubs. They are all Cards fans, but we endure […]
Now here’s a good clean fun kind of pastor, Bob Smallman.
Whose names are Hank Aaron and Roger Maris.
Sitting here reading and watching the Cubs play the Bucs in Pittsburgh, I got to thinking about how lucky we are to be Cubs fans. I began to feel sorry for everyone else, and then I got to thinking about […]
Who is the best baseball pitcher of all time? What we mean is this: Who, by dominance on the mound, beat his contemporaries and did so clearly that over time that person stands out as the best pitcher of all […]
Today is Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs, the mighty Cubs. The odds are in with a local furniture salesman — talk about confidence — and here’s proof! Note: a new pic added for abused, life-long Cubs fans.
Thomas Boswell, simply the best baseball writer in American history, got it right when he said this: “All baseball fans can be divided into two groups: those who come to batting practice and the others. Only those in the first […]
Casey Stengel was once asked about his own successfulness. Here’s his response:
I managed baseball teams for years and one of the fun games was coming up with signs that you motioned to players from the 3d base coaching box. I once had a spurt where I went through all kinds of […]
The top four seeds are right: Duke, UConn, North Carolina, and the Lady Vols. Fantastic teams and Kris and I love each of these teams — though I tire of Gino at times. We also like Wiggins from Stanford, so […]
What do you think of the pairings? Personally, I think Illinois’ ranking was too low; they beat Indiana 2x this year and had more wins, yet Indiana is 5 levels higher? C’mon. Who will win? Kansas won’t last long; UNC […]
Casey Stengel: “Good pitching will stop good hitting and vice-versa.”
Dale Berra, son of the famous Yogi Berra, was regularly compared to his father. Once he observed, “Our similarities our different.” (And who was on the AFLAC commercial?) Sounds like his dad’s famous “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” […]
Jimmy Piersall, famous broadcaster with the White Sox and well-known for saying that he was “sane and had paper to prove it,” on hitting his 100th home run and running the bases backward: “That way I can see where I […]
It was fun while it lasted — this run of winning games by the Bears — but they met more than their match. It sure seemed to us the Colts deserved about 60 points. Congrats to Dungy, the Colts, and […]
It’s time to begin some Saturday fun: we’ll call it Dugout Wisdom. The pitchers and catchers are now starting to pack their bags for Spring Training; our son is about to begin his season of scouting. The weather here is […]
Stars Hamo on priorities: Bible reading.
Truth be told, all North Park folks are fans of Mike and Kathy Holmgren. Here’s the story (HT: Lukas):
This week is the academic annual meeting — called SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) — and Kris is going with me for the first time. It helps that we are in Washington, DC. I’m giving a paper in response to […]
The rumors in the news media here in Chicago revolve around these four names: Joe Girardi, Lou Piniella, Bob Brenly, and Bruce Bochy. Steve Stone is not being mentioned except by the fans. I wish Billy Martin were still alive […]
Our Annual Kermit Zarley Lectures are possible because of the donation of a good friend and former touring professional golfer, Kermit Zarley. If you want to know what a student athlete looks like, look at him: he won the NCAA […]
Kris and I were surrounded by Cardinal fans, kept our hope up and, sure enough, the Cubs won it in the 10th when Phil Nevin knocked the ball to the wall and drove in Jacque Jones. Other than seeing the […]
My father taught high school in the 1950s in a small village in central Illinois named Roodhouse. One of his students, Bill Roberts, has become a respectable attorney in Springfield. His offices have a Sky Box suite at Wrigley Field. […]
One of my high school history teachers, a certain Mr. Martin, used to announce that he went to church 50 weeks a year. He avoided the two remaining Sundays, nothing less than Christmas and Easter, for those who didn’t come […]
Here’s the problem with the World Cup. The problem is that they are playing soccer. And a good case in point were the games on Monday. 180 minutes of play, with another 10 or so for stoppage time, and then […]
Our son, Lukas, is a scout for the Chicago Cubs, and he was here this weekend to watch the Beloit Snappers. He went to games Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. His task is to watch baseball games: it’s hard […]
As many of you know, our son (Lukas) is a scout for the Chicago Cubs. What do they do? Let me tell ya:
Congrats to Florida and Maryland, and they are both so young. Some thoughts:
I came of age as a basketball player in the Johnny Wooden era. All those banners with a peerless moral leader of the old school like Johnny Wooden simply put UCLA on another level for me. And they’ve been there […]
Most I talk with think Barry Bonds ingested steroids in one way or another. I want to suggest another issue that may have had more impact on his inflated home run numbers than the alleged steroid abuse: Barry Bonds is […]
Some of you may know that I played a little basketball in my day. Well, my brothers-in-law were stars. Ron Norman, the oldest, played at Iowa with Sammy Williams and Freddy Brown, and his coach was the legendary Ralph Miller. […]
The Big Ten is the Big Zero this year. No one left in the NCAA — no one in the Sweet Sixteen. Dr. Naismith’s grave is rocking, I’ll tell ya. The major heartland of the USA teams are home for […]
That first round of games in the NCAA tournament is a test of wills — when the #3 rated Iowa Haw-geyes, the Big Ten Tournament Champion, took on the #14 seeded Northwestern State, from Natchitoches, La., one would think it […]
Well, register your guess now. Who will win the NCAA Men’s tournament? I’ve got two Big Ten teams in my top ten. I’ll revise this list as teams get eliminated.
Mike and Kathy Holmgren are huge supporters of North Park University, but it was especially difficult for me to be happy for them when Mike was the coach of the Green Bay Packers. But, now that he is in Seattle, […]
In the good ol’ USA, high schools and sports are combined. Which means, every high school has a “nickname.” Most recent debates about nicknames have bee about political correctness, especially with respect to Native Americans. (I’ll avoid that one for […]
The newspaper reports have it that the Cubs are working on a deal with Baltimore to bring Tejada to the Cubs. What we read in the paper is that the Cubs have talked about trading either Zambrano (a Knight-Ridder report) […]
My brother-in-law, Pete Norman, is the athletic director and basketball coach at Highland Community College, in Freeport, Illinois. He has simply amassed one of the best coaching records in the nation for Junior College (JC) basketball, and this year he’s […]
Time to vote. Who do you think was the most outstanding athlete/sportsperson of the year? This poll is for the male athletes, my next one will be for female. Too hard to mix them up.
This must be the best dancer ever, or there is some funky stuff going on with a video camera, but as my son reminds me, watch the tape long enough to see the guy in orange.
Some might suggest that football is the best thing going right now. If so, they’d probably point to: 1. Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning or 2. Chicago Bears with the best defense and the lumpiest offense ever.
Just in case you don’t follow soccer, and I’m happy to say that I’ve never played the game nor do I understand how people can stand around and watch 1-o games … well, just in case, the fierce North Park […]
I’ve been asked what I think of the White Sox winning the last series of games this year. My comment: why is Kerry Doyal living for last year’s results? That season is over and gone. It is time to focus […]
It is no wonder the White Sox walked away with the American League Championship Series: they played, as the game is meant to be played, like a National League team. They moved runners over, they played for runs and not […]
That football game between the Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, a true purple team… how do you describe what is going on with the Vikings, both on and off the field? (I’d rather they wear advertisements.) Like Saul, they began […]
The Amish and Old order Mennonites are known for their simple clothing and their simple homes and their simple life-style. Professional athletes need to learn from them. Why? I saw it again last weekend when John Daly was battling Tiger […]
I haven’t heard any official rain information about the Yankees deciding to cancel their game today, a game which could have seen the Yankees taking the deep bow in front of millions. But, knowing such fatalities, they up and cancelled […]
Randy Johnson, who throws fire at the plate, threw cool fire tonight. The Angels were getting hits on high fastballs, and the Yankee fans were booing. Cub fans would be glad to be there and would support their pitchers. Another […]
Lots of folks claim to be Cubs fans, but some of them are Parousiacs — that is, fans who hang on so they can participate in the final coming of ultimate victory when the Cubs win the World Series. Other […]
A 350 pound fat man wrestling with another 350 pound fat man so that the latter can manhandle a 215 pound quarterback standing still, or a sleek 200 pound man on the edge of life trying to hit a 95 […]
The answers are this simple: 1. No Yankees. 2. No George Steinbrenner. 3. The Cubs. 4. Wrigley Field. 5. Ryne Sandberg.
I don’t know your reasons, but for me the #1 reason baseball is superior is…
It is that time of the year when fans are starting to chat about who will get to the World Series. Who cares?, I ask. Why do you say so?, they ask back. Because the World Series is not, in […]
Recently, but only very recently, a new sect and heresy have been discovered. This group, evidently confined nearly entirely to Chicago but numbering in the hundreds of thousands, has managed to keep itself under wraps for all authorities. Who are […]