Sports

Should We Encourage Children To Be Involved in Sports? Part 1

Most parents living in the Western hemisphere must eventually address the matter of their children’s involvement in athletics. This may seem a moot point for children who rank joining an athletic team only slightly higher than a visit to the orthodontist. Other parents are driven nearly insane by their children’s obsession with sports. But what seems to escape many parents is the reality that a child’s involvement in athletics is a weighty spiritual matter that demands skillful parental leadership.

Parents—and most particularly dads—need to actively steer their children’s involvement (or non-involvement) in athletics in such a way as to purposefully magnify the splendor of God. Parents who merely respond to what their children want to do (or not do) athletically are guilty of spiritual negligence. A child’s participation in sports constitutes a crucible in which a parent’s moral skill and loyalty to God are put to the test. We must proceed in the conscious fear of God or we will proceed as idolaters. As always, there is much at stake.

In an essay to follow, I address guidelines by which athletic participation may redound to the glory of God. In this article, I address only secondarily parents who enthusiastically support their children’s athletic interests. I speak more directly here to parents minded that athletics are a waste of precious resources and generally to be avoided. I address those who think the spiritual temptations and/or physical risks inherent in athletics render such involvement unjustifiable. I also address parents who simply respond to their children’s desires without consciously appreciating and strategically tapping the benefits of athletic involvement. To such readers I offer the following apologetic for children’s athletics.

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Dazzled, a Recap

by Todd Wood

I like to be dazzled.

Someone in my church family placed on my office chair section D of USA Today (July 16, 2007). I picked up the paper and stared at a road pedal bike made by KGS Bikes in San Antonio, costing $22,180.96, twice the amount I could round up even if I sold both of my cars. Here is just a small portion of the components: (1) a Parlee frame—$5,950, (2) Lew Racing wood_biking.jpgfull-carbon wheels with ceramic bearings—$6,495, (3) a set of Orion carbon brake calipers—$1,475, and (4) a Garmin Edge cycle computer with customizable display, GPS-based altimeter, cadence counter, and heart monitor. The bike is state-of-the-art. The paint job alone cost $800.

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WEEK 16: PLAYOFFS ROUND TWO

Some big upsets and surprises as we move into the divisional championships this week. 
For the Eastern Division Championship:
#2 Matt Tolosa plays #4 Thomas Pryde
For the Western Division Championship:
#1 Jay Camp plays #2 Michael Riley
Consolation brackets are also ongoing to render the final standings after Week 17.
To take a closer look, go to: http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leagueoffice?leagueId=59691

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WEEK 15: PLAYOFFS ROUND ONE

The SharperIron Fantasy Football League has reached the first round of the league playoffs. 
In the Eastern Division:
#1 Brian Cooper plays #4 Thomas Pryde
#2 Matt Tolosa plays #3 Cliff Banks
In the Western Division:
#1 Jay Camp plays #4 Duane Braswell
#2 Michael Riley plays #3 Brian McCrorie
In addition, the remaining 12 teams have also been seeded in a consolation bracket and will all three weeks of the playoffs.

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WEEK ELEVEN STANDINGS

Here are the top five in the SI Fantasy Football League based on win/loss record and most points earned:
1. Brian Cooper (9-2)
2. Jay Camp (8-3)
3. Steve Bradley (7-4)
4. Thomas Pryde (7-4)
5. Frank Sansone (6-5)
Stop the presses!  Steve Bradley makes his first appearance in the Top Five by roaring straight to the #3 spot.  Where did he come from?
You can take the smack talk here.

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WEEK TEN STANDINGS

Here are the top five in the SI Fantasy Football League based on win/loss record and most points earned:
1. Brian Cooper (9-1)
2. Jay Camp (7-3)
3. Frank Sansone (6-4)
4. Matt Tolosa (6-4)
5. Michael Riley (6-4)
Riley makes his first appearance in the Top 5.  What is his secret weapon?
You can take the smack talk here.

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WEEK NINE STANDINGS

Here are the top five in the SI Fantasy Football League based on win/loss record and most points earned:
1. Brian Cooper (8-1)
2. Jay Camp (7-2)
3. Frank Sansone (6-3)
4. Matt Tolosa (6-3)
5. Jared Page (5-4)
Cooper and Camp continue to dominate.  Playoffs are looming. Who will survive?!
You can take the smack talk here.

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