Sports

Lebron James to (gasp) Cleveland...

Everyone was sick of the drama. Now it's over and it's a real shocker. To see a man loyal to his roots despite the intense acrimony surrounding his departure four years ago makes me think better of Lebron James. 

What hurdles did he face as he considered returning to Cleveland?

His wife and mother. James told Sports Illustrated:

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough.

To paraphrase Vladimir Putin, maybe toughness is not the worst quality for a mother. But why would James's wife or mom object to returning to Cleveland?

Again, James explains:


Brazil's passion and Germany's discipline...

Listening to the talking heads doing a postmortem on Brazil's epic loss to Germany last night, I was fascinated to hear former soccer heroes lampooning Brazil's "passion." They kept saying things like, "it takes more than passion to win a football game" and "Brazil's emotions came up short against Germany's discipline."

For years I've been embarrassed for all the Christian men who take every conceivable opportunity to announce to the world what they're passionate about. I'm waiting for one of them to tell me he's passionate in bed with his wife, but of course that is what is never said. Instead these men simper and coo about their great passion...


Men who won't bear responsibility but know how to cry...

If you're younger than forty, you'll think this post is the product of a neanderthal born before the time when feminists finally gave men the freedom to get in touch with their emotions and cry. Let me set you straight. The author is quite capable of crying when crying is not a betrayal of his manhood. When Lazarus is dead, for instance. And he is a Presbyterian pastor who is gentle and kind, especially to his wife—which is much more than I can say for a host of men under forty years of age. In other words, what he writes here is not the product of being unenlightened, repressed, out of touch with his feelings, or beastly; nor is he a sexist or misogynist.

So here's the e-mail from our correspondent...


Tim Howard's World Cup record sixteen saves...

Former USA keeper Kasey Keller said it well:

I just wish someone could have gotten that goal for Tim. He really deserved a win.

 

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World Cup predictions...

Yikes, I think he's right.

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Tenderness is manly...

A kindness by the Dodgers' Matt Kemp following their away-game loss to the Giants Monday night. Heres' the back story.


Sports or worship...

Here's a good piece titled, "The Final Four, travel teams and empty pews: Research on sports and religion."

Whether flute recitals, a travelling soccer tournament, or the Final Four, men and women who love Jesus Christ wouldn't think of choosing music or sports over joining the Body of Christ in Lord's Day corporate worship. If you and your daughters or sons have chosen sports over worship, think about it, pray about it, then go to your sons and your whole family and tell them you have led them in worldliness rather than godliness, and things are going to change.

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Lessons from Lance Armstrong's admission...

I was a father to the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know. I broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth. - Job 29:16, 17

So now, twenty years later, Lance Armstrong has admitted it. But with him, "sorry" does not seem to be the hardest word—dispassionate doesn't begin to describe his performance.

Yet by some strange logic Armstrong's admission has given comfort to Hein Verbruggen, the man who ran the International Cycling Union's filthiest years, 1991-2005. Now named ICU's honorary president, Verbruggen responded to Armstrong's admissions: "(It is) good that Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping... (At the ICU) there was no cover-up."

If anyone still needed to to be told, Armstrong's admission put the final nail in the coffin of those faithful ones still holding the flame for professional cycling's honor the past twenty years. Armstrong said as he saw it, even with doping he competed on a level playing field and had no unfair advantage.

Think about it: this precise admission is what emboldens the man who presided over such systemic cheating and deception to issue a press release saying he's now vindicated. Boggles the mind.

He held the final position of authority...


God resists the proud...

Adrian Peterson is channeling The Lance and The Donald:

Inside, I'm my own MVP.

Yes, Mr. Peterson, we're sure you are. Makes you want to root for the Pack, doesn't it?

Speaking of The Lance, did you hear he's pondering a mea culpa?

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A soccer ball fit for Africa...

Having grown up in Africa, I learned at a young age that football (alright, soccer) is best played with bare feet. Playing on grass is nice, but not required.

A ball, however, is not optional. That's why this article caught my eye. Apparently, Sting has funded the development of a soccer ball that even the rough, grassless pitches on which the game is generally played in Africa can't destroy.

Too bad for Bono. And he thought he was going to save Africa...


Lance Armstrong's disgrace...

Since the earlier Baylyblog post on Lance Armstrong, the sky has been falling on the man and we don't yet seem to be near the end of the obluquy pouring down on him. Here's an excellent article on doping in sports and Armstrong's disgrace. The article ends...


Lance Armstrong era was "the dirtiest ever..."

Most of us took joy in Lance Armstrong's Tour de France victories each year, although his divorcing his wife certainly did not burnish his sheen. But reading parts of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's brief disclosing the massive evidence of Armstrong's cheating just now, I felt sick and decided to post excerpts here with a link to the brief for any readers still wishing to live in delusion.

It is a kindness to honest athletes to expose the dirty ones and Lance Armstrong makes Barry Bonds look like an Eagle Scout.

Armstrong didn't simply dope himself. He required his teammates to dope, also, and to protect his reputation, he viciously smeared anyone who dared to tell the truth. (Note the brief's second addendum documenting Armstrong's smear of Betsy Andreu when she told the truth concerning his confession to doping in an IU Medical Center hospital room way back in October of 1996.)

If you haven't looked at the brief, here are...

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Leave the sidelines to Paterno...

Attention Everyone: the information contained in the Freeh Report is boringly predictable. Am I allowed to say that?

Andrew Dionne made this point well in his post yesterday:

...When the administrators and professors of our universities carefully create a culture in which their own sexual deviance is protected, promoted, and professed, can we be surprised that Jerry Sandusky could roam those revered halls and hallowed locker rooms for decades sodomizing 9 year-old boys? For many--certainly not for all, but for many--Jerry Sandusky is the embodiment of their very own lectures.

In other words, when we find that an institution dedicated to creating a 'safe space' for all manner of sexual deviance and training its students to embrace that sexual perversion, no one should claim to be shocked when we discover the leaders of that institution are themselves perverts. And to claim surprise at the institution's cover-up is like claiming to be surprised that Planned Parenthood covers up statutory rape and hides the abortions of minors from their parents.

Hello. They run a large-scale operation dedicated to murdering little children.

Is anyone surprised that Nazi perverts performed sexual "experiments" on Jewish children before they threw them in their gas chambers and ovens? But I'm getting ahead of myself...


Cubs/Diamondbacks delayed...

My iPhone just lit up with a text message from ESPN that reads as follows:

MLB - ARI at CHC has been delayed. THE START OF THE GAME IS BEING DELAYED DUE TO SNOW.

Honest.


Olympic track and field trials and Paris Hilton...

On the Upcoming USA Olympic Trials

Though readers of this blog know different, some Americans like to joke that Track and Field only exists every fourth summer. Ha Ha. That’s a good one. Pardon me while I gnash my teeth.

The Olympic Trials will begin on 21 June in Eugene, Oregon, the track capital of the USA. The first three finishers in each event will make it to the Olympic Games in London in August, provided each has met the qualifying standard set by the IOC (International Olympic Committee), a bunch of rich aristocrats whose grip on power would make some third-world dictators blush. But I digress. Here are some of the plot lines for this year’s trials... 

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Kudos to Lolo...

This past Tuesday ESPN aired a documentary on Lolo Jones, American hurdler extraordinaire. In the interview she mentioned she is a virgin which led to the internet and air waves echoing with snickers...


It's Chelsea...

Barca up 2-0 and Chelsea down a man, Chelsea equalized and is moving on to the final. Watch Ramires chip it. Then Torres at 90:48. And if you have the stomach for it. (TB)

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The Christian faith of Tom Crean...

Good article on IU's basketball coach, Tom Crean. Note the testimony of his players to the fruit of his confession of Jesus Christ. Praise God for his witness! May the Holy Spirit keep him from all the temptations he faces. (TB, w/thanks to David W.)


You couldn't make this up...

Speaking of the NFL, Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow joined at the hip just outside Gotham? I'm finding it hard to get my brain around this one. Little Red Riding Hood played out just four hours down the road from Darth Hoodie who's watching and wondering why he can't have the Jets. Meanwhile Denver's holding its breath--all season long--and Indy's hoping Pagano's another Crean with the Luck of the draw.

Speaking of Crean, tomorrow night's the game of the season excitement-wise.

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