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Everything Is Going to Be Okay: Austen Lane Opens Up About Failure

Everything Is Going to Be Okay: Austen Lane Opens Up About Failure

It’s always nice to come across articles that are honest about professional athletes’ lives, particularly the arena of failure. I do not mean that it’s enjoyable to hear about the failure for its own sake (in the schadenfreude sense), just that it brings them down to Earth and can serve as point of connection and sympathy. Such is the case for Austen Lane. In si.com’s recent piece, Lane revisits the day in which he was cut from the Jacksonville Jaguars. With honesty and vulnerability, Lane gives us a closer look into, well, simply not being enough, ht TB:

Why would they cut me? I’ve…

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Intellectual Honesty, A Theology of the Cross, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Intellectual Honesty, A Theology of the Cross, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

My four-year-old daughter Hazel is a Sports Illustrated subscriber. It’s a complicated issue of expiring airline miles; don’t ask. This week, the annual swimsuit edition was delivered. I remember, as a younger man, subscribing to SPORT Magazine (it was a cheaper monthly option than the weekly Sports Illustrated) and eagerly awaiting the swimsuit issue. SPORT, it should be noted, performed a service to its libido-crazed readership: it actually produced a normal sports-themed magazine to put around the models in bikinis.  In other words, when your mom looked askance at the cover, you could always complain that “it just took pages…

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The Low-Hanging Fruit of the ESPN "Body" Issue

The Low-Hanging Fruit of the ESPN “Body” Issue

Around these parts, sometimes we have to go looking for law/gospel illustrations in the nooks and crannies of the popular world. Sometimes, though, they come and browbeat us. Such is the case with the annual ESPN “Body” issue, on newsstands now. A “celebration of the athletic form,” the Body Issue is supposed to be, I think, an equal-opportunity (and more obviously sports-oriented) answer to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Oh, and there aren’t any swimsuits. Birthday suits only, in this one.

Interestingly (perhaps) is the fact that it’s not really the athletes bodies themselves that are the law to…

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Control vs. Chaos? NCAA Recruiting, Texting, and Freedom

Control vs. Chaos? NCAA Recruiting, Texting, and Freedom

In his “Point After” column in the June 25 issue of Sports Illustrated, Phil Taylor (who is usually, and unfortunately, cut from the Rick Reilly cloth) wrote a short piece called “Thumb Wrestling for Recruits.” The subject is the intricacies of NCAA recruiting rules, and the changes thereto. Until this year, college coaches were severely limited in their ability to contact recruits (“a phone call from once a month to twice a week, depending on the recruit’s year in school”). Beginning a few weeks ago, all restrictions were lifted. Here’s what Taylor writes:

I was prepared to hate the idea of…

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