Honorable protests

Oct 9, 2017 by

Few protests are remembered for 500 years, like Martin Luther’s. Or even 50, like anti-Vietnam War marches. Dem­onstrations by National Football League players this fall may be historic or fleeting, but...

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Watson: In defense of football

Jan 30, 2017 by

For many of us, January’s cold snaps and post-holiday haze mark an important annual ritual: playoffs in the National Football League. It is an event that, when we stop to think, strikes a dissonant chord...

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Armless Archer inspires

Oct 10, 2016 by and

Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world-class athlete. Stutzman, of Fairfield, Iowa, returned home in September from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de...

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Taking a stand by sitting

Sep 26, 2016 by

Certain stripes of patriots recoiled in horror on Aug. 26 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem to protest oppression of people of color. The controversial action...

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Book review: ‘Overplayed’

Mar 28, 2016 by

When my 13-year-old son announced last spring that he wanted to play baseball again, I cringed. I had hoped the days of watching tedious games in freezing Oregon springtime were far behind us, our son having...

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Anabaptist visions of sport

Oct 6, 2015 by

This November, I’ll be one of many scholars giving a paper at The Spirit of Sports, the 2015 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I’ll be part of a session organized...

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Football’s fair share

Jun 22, 2015 by

The beautiful (Mennonite) game is coming to the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. Teams of many cultures and languages will pass, shoot and maybe shove just a little bit around football...

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Century of football yields stories of tapped potential

Apr 24, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Sheldon Nunnally would likely never have come to Bethel College if it weren’t for the chance to play football. The senior, who transferred to Bethel as a junior from Compton (Calif.)...

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‘Fast Jason’ achieves his Ultimate goal

May 12, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Jason Yoder, a 2008 Goshen College graduate and doctoral student at Indiana University Bloomington, somehow finds ample time to play with flying discs as a member of the Indianapolis...

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