Category Archives: BP Sports Columns

The Danger of Lionizing the Living

Commissioner Jim Delany announced recently that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s name would be removed from the Big Ten Football Championship trophy.

For the first time in its storied history, the Big Ten will feature a championship game to cap off the regular season. The trophy to be awarded to the winner of that game had been named the Stagg-Paterno Trophy, but now it will just be the Stagg Trophy, according to the Big Ten commissioner.

The story of the removal of Paterno’s name from the trophy is really just a footnote in terms of its importance in the ongoing saga of the Penn State scandal. But it is also a poignant symbolic reminder of the epic fall of Paterno in the public’s eye because of the epic fail in his leadership in private some nine years ago, and perhaps going back even further.

Read the rest of my latest BP Sports column HERE.

Should a Christian Hunt for Sport?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)–Sarah Palin killed a caribou and Aaron Sorkin is not too happy about it. In a piece for the Huffington Post, the Hollywood producer takes Palin to task for her hunting trip that aired on The Learning Channel.

After confessing that he is indeed a carnivore who owns leather clothing, Sorkin shifts into a self-righteous smack down of Palin, comparing the nature of her hunting trip to the crimes of Michael Vick, calling her “a phony pioneer girl” and “deranged,” and accusing her of murdering a moose for political gain.

Read the rest at BP Sports HERE.

Labonte Growing Spiritually During Career Drought

All true NASCAR fans have one driver they pull for above the rest, with Dale Jr., Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon being the circuit’s most popular drivers. I would not consider myself to be a “true” NASCAR fan. I only watch the highlights on occasion and I couldn’t tell you who won last week, although I am pretty sure Jimmie Johnson is poised to win his 4th straight NASCAR Cup. Anyway, my main man is Bobby Labonte. I chose him because (a) he is purported from multiple sources to be the real deal as a Christian and (b) he is a champion.

In a recent BP Sports article by Lee Warren, Labonte commented on how he is handling a low point in terms of success on the track,

It’s definitely a struggle from one day to the next…I’ve been reading the Bible more and more and getting a lot of support from family and friends, especially my wife.”

Read the whole article HERE.