Category Archives: Sports

A Trash Bin

I think American football is in a downward spiral in many ways. As much as I admire players engaged in their communities, especially those protesting racial injustice especially in the face of white Republican owners, there are incidents like this … Continue reading

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Pontifical Council For Culture

We’ve been reading with the Pontifical Council for Culture for a few weeks now with their document on the way of beauty. This week Vatican News has a nice feature and interview with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi on the dicastery he … Continue reading

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American Football, Still King

That NFL coach, a presumed family man, still without a win, partying with young women in a bar. You have to wonder what these guys are thinking. The wonder extends even beyond the football team itself in North Carolina where … Continue reading

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NWSL: Heads Rolling

Exits, male as well as female, continue in the National Women’s Soccer League after the bombshell (but not surprising) revelation that a coach intimidated and abused players. The Caroline Courage ousted another offender. Two others were pink-slipped earlier this season. … Continue reading

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Gymnasts Go To Washington

A sex offender embedded in the US Olympic system was bad enough. Yesterday and today, media mainstream and otherwise is all over the sensational testimony of abuse survivors who anchored some of the most amazing Olympic teams in history. McKayla … Continue reading

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High School Football Has No Place on TV

So, 58-0 happened on ESPN earlier tonight. Live from Canton, Ohio. Post-game here. As a sports fan and church watcher, let’s see how many wrong things I can count. First, a few sportswriters think Bishop Sycamore lied to get on … Continue reading

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Vatican City @ Olympics, Not Yet

I see Pope Francis recognized the paralympic games began: Yesterday, the Paralympics kicked off in Tokyo. I send my greetings to the athletes and I thank them because they offer everyone a testimony of hope and courage. They, in fact, … Continue reading

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Kneel

So, Marcus Rashford was one of three England players to miss a kick at the end of yesterday’s Euro 2020 final. Italy won. Racist abuse followed. The outpouring of support here is heartening. My response remains: kneel today, kneel tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Getting Sloppy

A British football manager is quoted after more than half of his league’s matches were called off yesterday: Oxford United manager Karl Robinson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme some clubs were getting “sloppy”. “I can’t come on 100%, but … Continue reading

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Of Dodgers, And Not Dodging The Virus

I notice that Los Angeles has collected the second championship of the pandemic era. I had a good friend in ministry years ago in Virginia who was all things Dodgers. I imagine he is thrilled his favorite baseball team has … Continue reading

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Sponsoring

Speaking of soccer, I found another positive development from overseas: Swansea City’s head of commercial, Rebecca Edwards-Symmons, said: “I am thrilled to have Swansea University as our main sponsor for the 2020-21 season. This is the perfect partnership that encapsulates … Continue reading

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White Fragility On Display

As soccer returned to play this summer, I noticed a consistency in the players’ expressions for racial justice. In every game, players take a knee before the kickoff, and many black players raising a fist. Given the reaction to a … Continue reading

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If It’s About A Symbol, Let’s Start With Money

Frustrating things in 2020: having a lion’s share chunk cut out of my church ministry by a virus seeing the same Catholics whine about sacraments when they wanted to shut down viri probati in the Amazon and other places hitting a wall … Continue reading

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Opening Or Not

So the first US pro sports team backtracks from competition. In a blow for reopening, ten players and team personnel tested positive Monday. The Orlando Pride is staying home. Nobody’s admitting it was recreational drinking in Florida public, but that’s … Continue reading

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“Our Colour Is Not A Crime”

For US sports fans who bother to point their noses overseas, a few might find the extra-American practices curious. As soccer opened up these past days in Europe, players taking knees. In watching English soccer this week (League Two playoffs … Continue reading

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