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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Dungy, Braves, and Angels

Hello. I'm still trying to get caught up on these articles. Here's some more tonight. First of all, an article about what Colts head coach Tony Dungy, a Christian, did the day before the Colts big game against the Patriots on November 4th: He spent the day at his All Pro Dads Kids Experience in Indianapolis helping men to become better dads. He was joined by wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen and punter Hunter Smith, both also Christians. Here's the article:;_ylt=AruJ0gjIdRJ3tCLiYkvLhkJ.T4h4?slug=ap-dungy-familytime&prov=ap&type=lgns.

Here's an article about Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur's (a Christian) wedding to Catie McCoy on November 3rd, and what his now father-in-law thinks of him:

Next, another article on Tony Dungy, this one on how he has chosen his assistant coaches. Some of his former assistants have gone on to be NFL head coaches: Bears head coach Lovie Smith (a Christian), Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Another former assistant is former Alabama head coach Mike Shula. Also Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin considers Dungy a mentor (see the chart on the left side of article and enlarge for more). Here's the article: (originally found at:

Going back to the Braves, here's an article about new Braves general manager Frank Wren and how he got into baseball and his current job. While he was playing in the Minors, he had a benign tumor removed from his brain, which ended his playing career. Here's a quote from Wren about that:

"The big thing for me is that I came from a strong family. My mom and dad taught us values and belief in God, and I always thought things happen for a reason," he says. "Someone much bigger than me was in control. ... Baseball was taken away from me so I could turn the page and go on with my life. I kind of look at that as a blessing now, though I didn't at the time."

Here's the article:

Also, an article about a baseball experience for kids with special needs that the Angels held last week at their stadium. Angels pitcher Justin Speier and broadcaster Rex Hudler helped out, with Hudler's son taking part. Here's a quote from Speier about it:

"It's truly an honor and a blessing for me to see the joy these kids possess," Speier said. "Just to be out here on the field is a great time for them."

Here's the article:

Here's an article about Pirates pitcher Matt Morris wanting to follow former teammate Scott Rolen of the Cardinals lead in building a camp for underprivileged kids:

Lastly, for now at least, a couple of articles about what Tony Dungy did on November 5th, the day after the Colts big game against the Patriots. After taking his kids to school that Monday morning, he presented a couple of awards to a couple of men who had started father-child breakfasts at two local high schools. He gave the awards at a conference in Indianapolis sponsored by the White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Here's the first article: Here's the second article, which includes a video: (originally found at:

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