The Pointless Media Hand-Wringing Over Manti Te’o

Tim Layden makes his contribution to the orgy of media navel-gazing in the wake of the tragic death of Manti Te’o’s pretend girlfriend: Prominent amid the animus directed at media in the wake of the Te’o story is that sportswriters are too willing accept the details provided to them in their pursuit of what mid-20th century New York City sports More …

Tale of the Tape: A.J. McCarron’s Girlfriend vs. Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend

They’ve both been in the news a lot lately, so let’s do a compare/contrast between the two college football sweethearts: A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua Physical attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10 Eleventeen (using Musburger notation) [null set] Achieved fame when… Alabama scored third unanswered touchdown and announcers really needed something to talk More …

They Are the Brute Squad

The hosts of ESPN’s NFL Kickoff cram their show full of Princess Bride quotes. For what reason I do not know, but I think every time they say one, what they’re really saying is, “I love you.” (Courtesy of Joe Carter)

Stooping Leaux

From Dr. Saturday comes this story of LSU airbrushing crosses out of a picture of students at a football game. Pause, and now read that again. Yes, that’s right–airbrushing out crosses. Here’s the original: And here’s the retouched, administration-approved version: From the story: In reproducing the photo for a campuswide email, LSU made the decision to airbrush out the crosses on More …

How Much Better Have Olympic Athletes Gotten?

Slate has a post showing how Olympic champions of the past would hold up against today’s best athletes. Spoiler alert: Even after a hundred years of scientific advances in athletic training (and steroids), yesteryear’s Olympians do surprisingly well in some events. The guy from Chariots of Fire only loses to Usain Bolt by a second.

Bad Sports Rhetoric

A must-read for anyone who’s thinking of calling in to a sports talk radio show, Spencer Hall expounds on the foundations of bad sports rhetoric: “I respect your opinion*, but in my gut** I just doubt the man in crunch time,’ and other phrases like this are crucial operators here.  *Crucial non-deferent deference simultaneously cloaks your inability to counter-argue effectively More …

The Place of Christians in Sports

Justin Taylor offers a couple of perspectives of the proper role for Christians in competitive sports. Interesting, although it’s to the disadvantage of the the “con” position that it’s offered by noted presidential pants-admirer David Brooks. I personally don’t see any problem with Christians participating in competitive sports. I don’t want to imagine a world where Tim Tebow has to More …

A Little Boston Marathon Perspective

I’m not a runner, but Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai’s time of 2:03 sounded so ridiculously amazing to me that I wanted to break it down into terms that non-runners could understand. Bear with me, and please, double-check my math. There are 1760 yards in a mile, which means that in running one mile you run 17.6 consecutive 100 yard More …

"Their eyes aren’t open like mine are open."

Former Alabama and current San Francisco 49er running back Glen Coffee is leaving football because God has something bigger for him. What, he doesn’t know. But I bet it will be bigger. “I feel like it’s His will,” Coffee said. “It’s something that I really felt like I shouldn’t have entered the NFL in the first place. I don’t know More …

Loyalty

Image by Craig Hatfield via Flickr Let me get this straight: the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted LeBron James because they won the right to do so in a lottery. (Remember?) Now LeBron has chosen to play somewhere else, and everybody hates him because he’s disloyal. To the team that won him.  In a lottery.  If the ping pong balls had bounced More …

He’s Dunking in Heaven Now

Mary Katherine Ham points to a NY Times profile of recently deceased Manute Bol, who, it turns out, is the kind of guy you wish could’ve stuck around longer: Bol, a Christian Sudanese immigrant, believed his life was a gift from God to be used in the service of others. As he put it to Sports Illustrated in 2004: “God More …

Imperfect

It’s almost a blessing that the ending of Armando Galarraga’s perfect game went kablooey.  If it hadn’t, then it would’ve been just another statistic.  But now it will forever be a cornucopia of allegories about human frailty, coping with loss, all kinds of things.  Can you imagine how many sermon illustration are going to come from this game?  If Galarraga More …

God and Football

They’re two of our favorite things here in the South, but they kind of exist in contrast to one another. Pastors love to chide their congregations about being more enthusiastic about football than they are about church. But really, do they even want that kind of enthusiasm in their churches?  When a sermon illustration falls flat, can the audience boo More …

Celebrity Quiz of the Day

Q: Recently, sportswriter Paul Finebaum and his celebrity doppelganger C. Montgomery Burns dropped by the University of Alabama for the annual A-Day Game.  Can you tell which one is which? A: Neither can we!

The (Belated) Bracket Challenge of (Almost) Everything

Alright, I thought I had covered all the bases in the Cynical Christian Bracket Challenge of Everything.  However, recent events have thrown off the fundamental balance of the universe and turned all truth inside-out. I’m talking of course about the recent release of the KFC Double Down chicken sandwich–the sandwich that uses to pieces of fried chicken instead of bread. More …

The Bracket Challenge of Everything: The Sweet 16!

It’s the Sweet 16 round! Who is the Butler of this tournament? Could it be candy?  Or maybe broken-in jeans? Stay tuned for the shocking results, and share your two cents in the comments. 1. Back Rubs Because, who doesn’t like a good back rub, hmmm? vs. 13. Good Parking Place photo by Zach K Wait, is that a handicapped More …

The Bracket Challenge of Everything: Round 2

And now it’s really on! There were some thrilling, heated contests in round one. The survivors square off in round two of the Bracket Challenge of Everything: Region #1 1. Back Rubs Because, who doesn’t like a good back rub, hmmm? vs. 8. Billy Mays  By all rights, he should be extremely annoying, but instead he actually made you want More …

The Bracket Challenge of Everything – Region #4

The 4th and final region for the most exciting bracket challenge in all of March, except for the basketball one! Region #4 1. Bacon  photo by shawnzam Mmmmm… bacon. vs. 16. Amusement Parks photo by doraemon Would be seeded higher, except for all the freaking lines! 2. Winning photo by Libby Marr As in, winning a game or contest of More …

The Bracket Challenge of Everything – Region #3

Region 3 of the increasingly thrilling 1st Annual Cynical Christian Tournament Bracket Challenge of Everything! Region #3 1. Laughing photo by cindy47452  A strong #1 seed to say the least. vs. 16. Cheesy Scrambled Eggs photo by avlxyz Not just scrambled eggs, mind you; scrambled eggs with cheese. 2. Sunshine photo by » Zitona « On my shoulder, makes me More …

The Bracket Challenge of Everything – Region #2

If you can stand any more excitement, here are the match-ups for Region 2 of the 1st Annual Cynical Christian Tournament Bracket Challenge of Everything. Region #2. 1. The Beach (not the movie; the real beach) photo by rayced Where do people who live at the beach go on vacation? And why? vs. 16. Movie Theater Air Conditioning photo by More …