Hey soccer, I thought we had a deal. Every four years we act like we care about the World Cup, and then you go away until the next time.
In its corrupt world soccer conspiracy, FIFA violated our unwritten agreement by getting back in the news. Sepp Blatter was elected to a fifth term as FIFA president; his sixth term might be in prison. He is the (ex-Illinois Governor) Rod Blagojevich of world soccer, and now says he will resign.
I'm pretty sure my uncle Mac had Sepp Blatter once after a long weekend in Las Vegas. Cranberry juice helped. more >>
Russell Wilson, the Christian Seattle Seahawks quarterback rumored to be dating sultry pop singer Ciara Harris, now has some onlookers wondering if he is also discipling her after she tweeted a scripture from Habakkuk touting vision.
Wilson, 26, has been vocal about his Christianity on social media where he often tweets Bible verses and makes it clear that he is a "Jesus follower" who is "too blessed to be stressed" and "too anointed to be disappointed."
Ciara, the 29-year-old entertainer who portrayed a preacher's daughter in the 2010 movie "Mama I Want to Sing," on the other hand, is not known to publicly discuss her faith. more >>
Christopher Norton sets a goal that almost seemed impossible. After suffering a serious spinal injury in 2010, he was told he would never walk again. With the help of Emily Summers, his fiancé, he does something no one was expecting!
He was once a football star but now he's an inspiration to everyone. A sports injury wouldn't stop this young man from reaching his ultimate goal. But he knew he couldn't do it alone. His fiancé has dedicated her time and effort to make him achieve his goals. On the special day, he got out of his wheelchair and began to walk forward and grab his diploma. It was a moment no one who was a part of his life will ever forget and an inspiration to those facing disability. God is GREAT!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." - Romans 15:13 more >>
As a child, I was captured by the stories that my grandfather told about life on the farm in Oklahoma in the early 1900s. The images I've held are not those of pleasant surroundings and ideal conditions; they are impressions of twelve-hour days spent working the land, dust storms that could devastate a crop, blistered and sunburned skin, and poverty unlike most Americans know today. Life, in general, was harder then, but interestingly enough, character seemed much stronger—it was a time when commitment, integrity, and honesty stood in place of contracts, disclosures, and bylaws. A handshake and a man's word were generally good enough. I'm not suggesting that we return to that time in history, but that we learn from the past and strongly encourage those same character traits today.
Through the 1960s until the 80s, my father, Jim Idleman, and his dad, helped build a Little League field in the small town of Quartz Hill, Ca. Baseball has been flowing through our veins ever since, and my brother started a baseball training center in this town a few years ago.
Recently, I was asked to manage a team. Stepping onto the field again, this time as a manager, many memories called out from the past. These several years later, I've found that, while some things have changed, others have not: more >>
Former New England Patriots were riding high on the heels of winning the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title three months ago, but dreams of a seamless off season have been deflated by controversy. Don Davis, the Patriots' linebacker-turned-chaplain who now serves as a player advocate for the NFL Players Association, is looking at the situation from a spiritual perspective and has a message for any Christian player potentially involved in the allegations that has resulted in $1 million worth of consequences for the team.
"Deflategate" and "Ballghazi," are terms used to describe allegations brought against the Patriots who were accused of illegally using under inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts last January. After an investigation was launched into the matter, a 243-page report, known as the "Wells Report," created in part by lead author and criminal attorney Ted Wells, cited that text messages between Patriots locker-room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski reportedly linked them to foul play involving deflating Patriots' game footballs.
The report also stated that team quarterback Tom Brady, the Super Bowl XLIX MVP, was "at least generally aware" of rule violations taking place. As a result, the NFL fined the Patriots $1 million, revoked their first round draft pick in 2016 and fourth round draft pick in 2017, while Brady was handed a four game suspension which will begin next season. more >>
International football star and ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz vowed to abstain from sex until after he's married in an Instagram post last week which included a picture from his recent baptism.
Luiz, 28, who plays for French football club Paris Saint-German and serves as vice-captain for the Brazil national team, was baptized into Hillsong Church in teammate Maxwell's in-door swimming pool. He posted a message alongside the picture which read "I have chosen to wait." Luiz said he will abstain from sex until he marries girlfriend Sara Madeira, according to The Telegraph.
He also included a verse from 1 Corinthians in his post. more >>