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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday Post #2: football, basketball, MLB, etc.

Hello, again. Here's the second post from tonight. I'm trying to divide up all the articles and stuff that I have to post so that it won't be so overwhelming for everyone. First of all, a great Christian article about the Lions and how last season God used starting quarterback Jon Kitna, then back-up quarterback Josh McCown (now with the Raiders), and wide receiver Mike Furrey to bring the team together and win souls off the field, even as they struggled to win on the field. Now the team is having an amazing season this year, today's loss to the Cardinals not withstanding. Here's the article, including a couple of vidoes with Kitna and Furrey: http://www.sharingthevictory.com/vsItemDisplay.lsp&objectID=D5C73473-97BD-484A-8AEBFDC539C2150E&method=display.

Here's a Christian article about Baylor track star Nichole Jones: http://www.sharingthevictory.com/vsItemDisplay.lsp&objectID=AC8A85E2-99A5-4CD7-8062DA0C4C47EB87&method=display.

Next, a Christian article about Delaware State men's basketball head coach Greg Jackson, and how the death of his wife made his faith in God stronger: http://www.sharingthevictory.com/vsItemDisplay.lsp&objectID=BEB647A3-407E-48A6-8AE09717BA277706&method=display.

Here's a Christian article about Boise State soccer player Nicole Tadman, who is also the wife of Boise State football player Marty Tadman: http://www.sharingthevictory.com/vsItemDisplay.lsp&objectID=EC581394-7932-4589-9AA9AA8E67695936&method=display.

Also, a first-person Christian article by Columbus Crew defender Jed Zayner, who I just have to point out went to college at IU: http://www.sharingthevictory.com/vsItemDisplay.lsp&objectID=5099C84F-29A1-4C62-B49A90591BBF6D65&method=display.

Sticking with IU, here's a blog post by IU runningback Bryan Payton, a Christian, and an excellent essay that he posted about late IU football head coach Terry Hoeppner, a Christian. Hoeppner died last June from complications from brain cancer, and the essay is about Hoeppner and his effect on Payton and the team. Here's the end of the essay:

God works in mysterious ways. I’m not sure why God took Coach Hep from us but I do know that there was a purpose for it. Hep feels no more pain, no more suffering; he has no worries, no sickness. Knowing that was, and still is, very comforting. I believe that God placed Coach Lynch as Hep’s assistant head coach for a reason. Coach Hep had full faith in him and so do the players.

Terry Hoeppner was an extraordinary man. He had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives and he will never be forgotten. We miss him dearly and this season is dedicated to him.

Here's the article: http://insideiufootball.blogspot.com/2007/11/coach-hep-remembered.html.

Next, an article about NC State women's basketball head coach Kay Yow, a Christian, and how her fight with cancer has inspired others. Here's a couple of quotes from her about inspiring others:

"When they say that, it really gives me a lift because it's at that time I know for sure that I'm not going through it for nothing," Yow said. "That means a lot to me. I have to go through it. I accept that, and I'm not panicked about it because the Lord is in control. But it just would be so saddening if I had to go through it and I couldn't help people.

"But then I see I'm helping others in a greater way than I ever have," she said, tears welling in her eyes. "That's the amazing thing, you know?" ...

"If you start to dwell on the wrong things, it'll take you down fast," Yow said. "Every morning, I wake up and the first thing I think of is I'm thankful. I'm thankful for another day."

Here's the article: http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaw/news;_ylt=AsoIwk4Tl7lw3eIgNSVvsU5.T4h4?slug=ap-ncstate-yowsfight&prov=ap&type=lgns.

Here's a Christian article from the Saved in Sports Blog about Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner: http://savedinsports.wordpress.com/2007/11/02/kurt-warner-the-first-thing/.

Also, a Christian article about former Yankees player and current broadcaster Bobby Murcer, and his battle with brain cancer: http://www.guidepostsmag.com/WEEKLY_FEATURE.ASP?DATE=11/19/2007.

Lastly, an article about Bills safety Donte Whitner, who hosts a contest for single mothers to win a day at a spa. He does it to honor his single mother and grandmother that raise him. Here's the article: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071102/SPT02/711020346/tbd/.

That's all for tonight. I'll add some more later this week.

2 comments:

savedinsports said...

Thanks for the link! I love how more sports players are blogging - makes for some good material to draw on!

Rena Ball said...

Yeah, there are several athletes who are blogging now. I try to include any blogs by Christian athletes here on my webpage. They're definitely interesting to read.