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Advantage, Civilization: How Tennis Promotes Love and Respect


 

The law reveals our need, and we all need a box full of supportive faces.


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32 Questions about Football, CTE and Christianity


 

Including: Is loving football antithetical to loving our neighbors as ourselves?


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The Reliable Sadness of Tony Romo


 

A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Sound familiar?


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The Big Fundamental: On Tim Duncan and Spiritual Maturity


 


Last Monday, Tim Duncan, one of the all-time basketball greats, retired after 19 seasons in the NBA. He finished with five championships and host of other accolades. He’s probably the best power forward ever.

Much has already been made of his unselfishness and high character on and off the court. But when it came to actually playing the game, he was a man of fundamentals. He will be remembered for his classic bank shot. It’s a shot that many kids learn early in their basketball training but then leave behind for the beauty and glory of three-point swishes. For most players, the bank shot is what you accidentally do when your shot misfires, and at the last moment, you yell, “Bank!” — as if you meant to do it.

But Tim Duncan meant to. He made his living on bank shots. And for big men, there tends to be a monopoly on dunking the ball (think Shaq and Dwight Howard). Duncan made his enduring quality a shot that seventh-grade kids can master. But they never showed up on the highlight reels. Instead, the alley-oops and the 3-pointers are shown over and over and over. And we should enjoy those things — because those things are nearly impossible. Only a handful of people on the planet can make those crazy shots or dunks. And so those clips go viral, each click proclaiming our awe. But the bank shot won five championships, built a winning legacy and became one of the best of all time.

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The Pressure's Off: Reflections on the Retirement of No. 18


 


Peyton Manning retired last week. A speech 18 years in the making brought his career to a close. And in that retirement speech, Peyton let us in to his inner world. What was behind this man’s enduring greatness, his cutthroat preparation? He ended his speech this way:

 

There’s a scripture reading, 2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Well, I’ve fought a good fight. I’ve finished my football race and after 18 years, it’s time. God bless all of you and God bless football.

 

Manning’s words made me immediately think of the end of Paul’s life as he wrote 2 Timothy 4:7. I felt as though Peyton was saying that there was not only a finish to his football career, but a death, as well. A death of his constant fighting and never-ending racing for quarterback perfection. In sharing a passage from the end of Paul’s life, it was as if Peyton allegorized his football career into a life. And that life has now died to retirement. It’s a wonder what now awaits someone who has died while they’re still alive.

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