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“30 for 30″ on Shawn Bradley

shawn-bradley-M4When I was in seminary, I was a night manager at the Dallas Mavericks’s practice facility. I don’t have many stories, but I do have a couple. I once fixed their shot clock with a butter knife. I also once tried to throw Steve Nash out of the facility during the 1998 NBA lockout. But I digress.

The point of this post is Shawn Bradley. In the years that I worked at the facility, Shawn Bradley was a player. Do you remember him? He was the 7’6″ center who was supposed to change the game. He turned out not to be the dominant player that everyone thought he would be. He was finishing his career just as Nash and Nowitzki were leading the Mavericks out of the wilderness of non-contention. Continue Reading →

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Kevin Durant offers emotional MVP acceptance speech

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder won the NBA’s MVP for the 2013-1014 season. In an emotional acceptance speech earlier this evening, he gave thanks to God and honored his teammates. But perhaps the most poignant moment came at the end when he honored his mother. His remarks to her begin at 4:58, and it’s worth your time to watch.

(HT: Matt Damico)

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Why the NBA is right and Mozilla is wrong

As you no doubt have heard by now, the NBA has banned Donald Sterling for life from the league (see announcement above). They have also fined him $2.5 million and are pressuring him to relinquish his ownership of the LA Clippers. All of this happened in the wake of revelations that Sterling had made racist remarks in a private conversation.

Folks are rightly wondering about the consistency of supporting the NBA’s decision to punish Sterling’s unpopular views on race while opposing Mozilla’s decision to punish Brendan Eich for his unpopular views on marriage. Isn’t this inconsistent? I don’t think it is, and I explain why in a short piece at “The Federalist.” Read it here.

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Mavericks and Spurs game three finish for the ages!

The NBA playoffs are a happy time for more reasons than one. When the playoffs are on, school is almost over, and summer is almost here. And the games themselves are often quite fun, especially when they’re close. If you missed game three of the Mavericks and Spurs playoff series today, you really should see the highlights. It had quite a finish. Watch above.

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The most satisfying thing to the inventor of the jump-shot

Kenny Sailors is 91 years old. He is credited with inventing “the jump shot as an alternative to the two-handed, flat-footed set shot.” He won an NCAA championship, and he played in the NBA. He was married to his sweetheart for sixty years. And yet there is one thing that has been the most satisfying thing to him in all his life. Watch the video above to see what it is. Continue Reading →

The tragic case of Richard Jewell

In 1996, a bomb exploded at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. In the immediate aftermath, a hero emerged who had saved lives by warning people to flee to safety. Within a matter of days, that hero unjustly came under suspicion. He was tried and condemned in the press and in the court of public opinion. When the truth finally came out, no one was paying attention anymore, and a man’s life was ruined by a false accusation.

The ESPN documentary above tells the story of Richard Jewell. It’s a tragic example of what happens when we act as if news reports are flawless depictions of reality. They are not. It also confirms the wisdom of the Proverb:

“The first to plead his case seems just, Until another comes and examines him.” -Proverbs 18:17

Draft hopes dimmed by coming out of the closet?

You have no doubt heard that news that the SEC’s defensive player of the year has come out of the closet. This revelation could potentially make Missouri’s Michael Sam the first openly gay player in the NFL. But first, he has to get drafted. That is why one particular report caught my eye today. It says that Sam’s draft prospects are dimmed by his revelation. NBC Sports reports:

Sam publicly announced that he is homosexual, putting the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year in position to be the first openly gay player in the NFL after May’s draft. Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans of SI.com spoke to eight NFL executives and coaches, none willing to put his or her name to their opinion of a man revealing part of his identity, on Sunday to find out how Sam’s choice to take that on will affect his position in the draft.

Because Sam had come out to his teammates already, one person Thamel and Evans spoke to said that 90 percent of teams already knew and had dropped Sam on their draft boards as a result. Others said that the NFL would be ready for an openly gay player “in the coming decade or two” and that being openly gay would “break a tie” with another player going before Sam. An NFL assistant said Sam’s move was not a smart one.

Read the rest here.

Tim Tebow signs with ESPN

It was announced today that Tim Tebow is joining ESPN to be an analyst for its SEC Network. While he still wishes to play professional football, this is his gig for now. In a statement, Tebow says this:

I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity… When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.

I know nobody wants to hear this, but I just thought I remind everyone that it only took Tim Tebow one season to equal Tony Romo’s playoff win record. I just can’t believe he’s not playing somewhere. All he does is win. Just saying.

The greatest college game ever?

There have been some epic finishes in the history of college football, but has there ever been one bigger than what we saw tonight between Auburn and Alabama? It’s an unlikely win off a most unlikely play–a returned field goal for a touchdown. I guess lightning strikes twice in the same place after all because this is the second miracle that Auburn has pulled off this this season. There really isn’t much to be said. What a great game for the ages. Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers!

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