The Beautiful Side of Sports

Godandsports:

Another gem.

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“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

It was once said that sports and the competition that is found in each athletic contest is much like life…every emotion that you find in sport competition are the same ones that you find in everyday life. Joy, happiness, fulfillment, discipline, hard work, endurance, perseverance, anger, frustration and sportsmanship…just to name a few.

In today’s blog, I would like to share a video of a great story that shows us the beautiful side of sports. Sportsmanship and the belief of having a mind set of helping others, despite when things do not go our way, it a tremendous attribute to possess. It is my hope that you will be inspired by today’s video.

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Where’s Your Focus?

Godandsports:

Another great sports blog from a new site I found called “The Game Huddle.”

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Photo Credit: Coach Rose in action with one of his teams "TRP!" Photo Credit: Coach Rose in action with one of his teams “TRP!”

Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Coach Rose is one of the founding members and contributors to this site, “The Team Huddle.”  He was also the opposing coach of the high school that I used to attend and I remember him distinctly as a man and coach who not only enjoyed his craft of coaching but most importantly loved the Lord.

In today’s article, Coach Rose will share some his thoughts about his personal life, coaching career, and what him become the man that he is today. It is our hope and prayer that the following commentary will be a blessing and encouragement to you today!


My coaching career began many, many years ago, in 1976 (Far longer than I would like to admit!)…

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It Feels SO Good!

Godandsports:

A great blog. Let Love Win.

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“An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.” Proverbs 24:26

Sometimes the most kind and loving thing to do is to say it like it is. It could feel as good as a kiss planted squarely on the lips. Still, we tend to avoid that, just like the way we do in most countries and cultures – we kiss but never directly.

What hurts most often is not the truth we bring. What hurts is the intended ambiguity, indifference, or silence we offer, not wanting to let others really know where they stand. What hurts is when these others discover that we’ve leaked our candid thoughts to still others instead of the intended ones. We veil our thoughts, feelings, and opinions, believing this is a better route to go…but then end up unloading this content on third parties instead…way too freely…

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Nowhere To Go But Up

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Ever felt like you’d hit rock bottom, and then the bottom fell out? Ever felt like you were flat on your back staring up at the ceiling? Ever felt like it was over, you were finished, and the fight was finaled out? Well, if that’s where you are or where you’ve been lately, there’s hope. You have nowhere to go but up.

And for the subject, verb and predicate of today’s lesson we have the Philadelphia Phillies. They have the worst record in baseball, ergo they are the worst team in baseball, and they just traded two of their best pitchers, Cole Hamels, who just threw a NO-HITTER mind you, and a viable relief pitcher.

But I get it. I absolutely get it. The Phils are “rebuilding.” So dump all of the overpaid, overpriced, under-achieving, under-performing old farts while you can still get something for them, and move on.

Here’s what one tweeter said of the Hamel (and possible Howard) trade: “I think if they trade Howard and Hamels to the Braves for a 46th round draft pick they will eliminate two H names from their roster and be in a better balanced position in the universe.” HA! LOL!

And here’s what another tweeted: “In order to win you need a Killer Instinct.” Amen. You need to go for the jugular every time. And in order to win, you take no prisoners. Period.

So there are 3 kinds of teams,
Level 1 ” It’d be nice if we could win.”
Level 2 “Maybe we can win.”
Level 3 ” What do you mean, “Maybe?”

The Phils are on Level 1. In order to rise, they need a gung ho player who will get in the face of someone who does not produce. And so do you. When you aren’t producing, you need someone to recognize where you are and help you get to where you need to go.

I’d rather be a level 3 team. How about you? So rise up and stop wallowing in the past. Stop wallowing in defeat and dejection and depression. Rise up.

After all, you have nowhere to go but up.

You Don’t Cheat. You Just Don’t — a.k.a. Deflate-Gate: Is Brady “Tom Terrific” or “Tom the Terrible?”

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I don’t like the New England Patriots. I don’t. But there are a lot of people, especially in New England, that do. Patriot’s fans are crying foul over their beloved Tom Brady’s four game suspension, now upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The crux of the matter is that Brady is accused of destroying his cell phone just when League officials were investigating “Deflate-gate.” This appears to be why the League was so hard on Brady, as it appears that he had something to hide.  

For those that don’t know, a report commissioned by the NFL concluded that Tom Terrific, as Brady is called, “was at least generally aware” of plans by Patriots personnel to underinflate footballs to Brady’s liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch before or during the 2014 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. Ok. I get it. But does the punishment fit the crime?

I don’t like the New England Patriots because they defeated my Eagles in 2005 en-route to their third Super Bowl victory in four years. Brady, the most valuable player of this year’s Super Bowl and the league’s golden boy, is a sure future Hall of Famer — and yet he is associated with cheating to gain a competitive edge – which is a major No-No. You don’t cheat. You just don’t.

And the Patriots organization has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar before: (in 2007, the Patriots were fined $250,000 — and Belichick $500,000 — for videotaping Jets coaches’ defensive signals during a game at Giants Stadium.) This time they were fined $1 million and lost a couple of draft picks, including next year’s first-rounder.

The Bible says that we should shun the very appearance of evil. Doing evil is bad, And the appearance of evil is bad too.  shunning the very appearance of wrongdoing is something that the Patriots have not done in at least two instances. Or so it seems. 

On the one hand, some agree with this statement: “They don’t deserve to be the Super Bowl champion.” But Super Bowl Champions they are. Again. On the other hand, last week, during an appearance by Brady at Salem State in Massachusetts, fans were rabid in their support of him and his team. They chanted and cheered and defended their hero.

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William C. Rhoden of the New York Times said that “we can expect more of the same. In fact, I expect Monday’s penalty will ignite a rallying cry from Patriots fans, who will be hoping to cheer their team on to yet another Super Bowl appearance. I can see it now: ‘Free Tom Brady’ hoodies everywhere. From where I sit, Monday’s penalty was a hard love tap: A billionaire owner loses a million bucks; a 37-year-old quarterback gets to take the first four games of the season off.” Go figure.

On the other hand, the Colts, who were cheated, get to stew over their 45-7 title game drubbing. The Patriots get to keep their trophy.

Where’s the justice?

Give It All You Got

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JULY 25: Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches  “No Hitter” against the Chicago Cubs on July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

First, I must apologize to all of the English teachers of the world, including Mr. Elly from Friends’ Central School in Philly and my Jr. Year professor I nick named “Grandma” (I forget her name) from the University of Maryland. I know that this phrase is grammatically incorrect. Give it all YOU got is informal and improper, casual and colloquial – but it’s real.

Give it all YOU’VE got implies that you have something that you can brag about and boast of. The contraction “you’ve” is short for “you have” and saying “you have” implies that you have something significant that will get you gain, and welcome in the win.

On the other hand, give it all “YOU” got indicates that you may not have much of anything left in the tank, but yet and still you give it because it’s your all and because “it” is all you got. It may be next to nothing or just a lot of a little. It might not be anything much to most, but it’s more than enough to muscle in the manifestation and materialization of your maturation.

Cole Hamel’s just pitched a “No-hitter.” And pitching a no-hitter is pretty much  a baseball miracle. Unfortunately for Philly fans, the ace pitcher who was the 2008 World Series MVP for the Philadelphia Phillies is about to be traded. His team is about to kick him to the curb and put him out to pasture; yet and still Cole gave his all and he gave his heart and he gave his soul. Cole gave all he had. Cole gave it all he got.

If this indeed proves to be Cole Hamels’ final start in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform, the left-hander made it count. The 31-year-old threw a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday evening at Wrigley Field. After the game, per Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, Hamels said, “Nothing will top winning a World Series… but this is right under it.”

And so Cole gives us a lesson to live by. Cole gives us an example to extol and a mockup to model. Cole, despite a dismal season and a declining fan base and a disappointing end to an otherwise delightful career in Philly, went out and pitched the game of his life. He threw a multitude pitches yet did not allow a single hit. He did not allow a single base runner or a single run. What a gutsy performance in the face of possibly much frustration and potentially minimal infuriation.

So give it all you got. It may not be much to most, but what you give is meaningful and motivating and moving enough for you to have a magnificent and glorious manifested miracle.

Of Bats and Balls and Bases

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What’s so big about baseball? Whats the big deal about bats and balls and bases and strikes and steals and walks and walk-offs and fly-outs and ground-outs and foul balls and relief pitching and wild pitches and double plays? Why do some like baseball so much? Then again, why do others like baseball so little? Why do some love baseball and others loathe it?

For the lovers, it’s all about the hot bats and the long balls and running the bases. And don’t forget about the lights-out pitching. Great hitters are fun to watch. They get on a hot streak and it seems like every time they’re up to bat, the ball is going to get hit and the bases are going to be run. There’s something about the talent it takes and the mental toughness that makes a good ball player.

Baseball is timing and technique and torque all rolled up into one. It’s velocity and veracity and pace and power and patience and speed and spunk and spirit that make baseball great. And all of these and a thousand other things besides are why we love baseball. And that’s why others don’t watch until there’s a pennant race.

Baseball, for some, is like watching paint dry. For most, a boring game between a bad bunch of bumpkins is worse than going to the dentist when you have a tooth ache. For all, enduring an ugly game between undisciplined teams is tantamount watching grass grow. It’s torture. But that’s true in any sport, and it’s especially magnified when you have awful, appalling teams battling for nothing.

And the same is true in life.  We all long for meaning. We sense the need for significance and substance. We all loathe meaningless and nothingness living.  Our gut tells us that our lives must mean something, or they aren’t worth anything. A meaningless game is, in my opinion, a waste of time. Yes games must be played because they’re on the schedule, but even the players know that a game that doesn’t MEAN something won’t be worth playing, or watching.  

And same is true with your life. Jesus Christ gives your life meaning. Jesus died because our lives have worth and value.  And life is worth living just because He lives. The bottom line is this: Jesus is the reason that life is worth living.

And so back to baseball. Since its mid-July and August is right around the corner, it’s time to check the standings to see where your team stands (this directive DOES NOT, of course, apply to Philly fans). It’s time to root, root, root for your home team. It’s time to follow those hot bats, gaze at those high, fly balls, and cheer the boys of summer on as they round the bases for home.