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Super Sunday? HE ROMAN numerals tell us that we've endured a quatter-century of Super Bowls. XXV years of Sundays set aside to stop the world and get off on football. A whole generation of new Super Sunday couch potatoes has sprouted up and is ready to assume the inherited position tubeside for the XXVth showing. For these couch potato chips off the old spud, here are IV Super Sunday Suggestions to help them get started. l. Go buy a good book. If the game' s a blowout (more than II touchdowns), as XIV of them have been, you' ll have something to do between commercials. II. If your church has a Sunday night service, go. The game will still be in progress when you get home. The halftime alone takes II or Ill hours, so you' ll get back in time for more football (or reading, depending on the score). Ill. Screen your fellow watchers carefully. Don't allow anyone in the room who might say things like, "In light of tht< crisis in the Middle East, how signi ficant is this game?" Or "What do they call that man who stands behind the fat man in the middle and gets the ball?" Or, after every highlight film play says, "Hey! I could do that!" or "That Joe Montana's not so great!" IV. Don' t videotape the game.





You already have XXXVI hours of stuff you've never even looked at. Old NBA final s, a couple of episodes of Matlock, and that video of you washing the car. Don't put any more pressure on yourself to relive still another part of your life. Enjoy the game.

Tough Sports IT' S AN ARGUMENT that never gets settled: Which is the toughest sport? A basketball player who has just finished a 2 1/2 hour practice of marathon running, killer windsprints, manto-man fullcourt defenses, and bruising rebounding drills thinks he or she knows. But ask a hockey player to compare the toughness of the two, and he' ll just laugh at the absurdity of anyone thinking basketball is as difficult as hockey. Then talk to a quarterback who just got fl attened by a steamrolling lineman about toughness, and he' ll peel himself off the turf and show you his bruises. Then there's soccer, where "timeout" is a foreign expression. And marathon running. Or its nasty cousin triathlon. Athletes in each of these sports must learn to persevere- to outlast those inner voices that tell them to stop. And the athletes who do overcome the strain ai·e the ones we admire- they are the ones who endure. There's another set of sports figures who might have it even tougher. The coaches. But their agony is different. Although they avoid the physical side of things (except for an occasional chair




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toss or a headphone fling or an umpire dust kick), coaches grow old fast. Day after day after day the team is on their mind. What players should I use? Is my offense right? Is the general manager happy? If we lose three straight, am I gone? Questions. Questions. We asked some questions of Dan Reeves, head coach of the Denver Broncos. Questions that will reflect what has been happening to him in the past year. As you get some insight into what makes Dan Reeves tick, think about what it would be li ke to coach an NFL team in a highexpectations place like Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Tell Someone SPORTS SPECTRUM is a magazine with a message. Our goal is to let you in on the lives of some of the biggest names in sports to show you that they understand the value of the spiritual dimension of life. Athletes like All-Star relief pitcher Tim Burke, who told us, "Instead of having baseball as number one in my life, I had to put Jesus Christ first." We want all kinds of people to read what these respected athletes have to say. That's where you come in. Why not tell someone you know about Sports Spectm111. Let him or her borrow your copy. Help us let America know about the magazine with a message. •

6 The Mize Guys Larry Mize survives on the PGA tour with a little help from his friends with Kyle Rote Jr.

10 The Ultimate Challenge What does it take to keep going when life says quit? by David Egner

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Fascinating facts and terrific trivia from the world of sports

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Bronco coach Dan Reeves talks about how to get out of the valley by Ken Walker Volume 5, Number 1 SPORTS SPECTRUM MAGAZINE A DISCOVERY HOUSE PUBLICATION. PUBLISHER Dave Burnham; MANAGING EDITOR Dave Branon; PROOUCnON MANAGER Tom Felten; ART DIRECTOR Sieve Goer; ATHLETE LIAISON R~k Wanman; CONSULnNG EDITOR Ralph Dtolonge<; MARKEnNG DIRECTOR Craog Fonkel; ADVISORY COMMITTEE Clu:l< SWWsl<y, Spoflseaster, WGN, ChiCago; DICk Mason. President. DIS<:Ovety House Publishers; Aa!ph Oronnger. PreSKient, Sports OJtreachAmerica; Kyle Rote Jr., TV sports commentator; STAFF WRITERS John C&rvalho, Karen Oro nger, Kyle Rote Jr.• Of. G1enn Town, RICk Wattman; COVER PHOTO Scon Ha!leratVADsport SPORTS SPECTRUM is ptoduced and publtshed sue Lmes a year by Discovery House Publ1shers, wMh is aH1bated Wtth Radio able Class, a nondenomNtionaJ Christian organization whose purpose Is to lead people of a, nations to lcl!th and matur1ty in Jesus Chfist by teaching principles from the Bib!&. Printed rn USA. Copyright Cl 1990 by Discovery House Publishers, Grand Rapids, M1chigan. Btble quotatons, unless noted. are taken from the HOLY BIBLE. NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright C>1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Socitty. Used by permission ot Zoodervan B•ble Publ•shers. ProdLiCtion assistance for SPORTS SPECTRUM is provided by New Focus. Inc.• Second Floor, Vanir Tower, San Bernardino, CA 92401. SPORTS SPECTRUM subscriptions are avallab'e for $15/year or 519.50 outside the USA (in US funds) by wt'1ting to SPORTS SPECTRUM subscriptions, Discovery House, Box 3566. Grand Rapids, Ml 49501-3566, or by cafting ton free, 1·800·263·8333.


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Marathon Man NICK GARCIN is ready to give new meaning to the track term cross-country. On April I, Garcin is scheduled to begin a biking and running excursion that will take him from Los Angeles to New York City. From New York, 29-year-old Garcin plans to run and bike to Dallas. If all goes well, lronman Nick will run 15 miles and ride 85 miles every day until he covers the entire 6,000 miles. Crossing huge expanses of ten·a firma is nothing new to Garcin, a French national who recently moved to the United States. A couple of years ago he covered 171 miles in a 24-hour triathlon in Europe. First, he swam 12 miles. Then he pumped out another 11 2 miles on his bike in 21-degree weather. For his finale, he ran 47 miles. Nobody has ever gone as far in one 24-hour time period in this event as Nick Garcin. And now he wants to conquer America. But this spring's Ultra Endurance Event is not the most difficult challenge of Garcin's life. That, he says, was defeating an alcohol and drug problem that haunted him just a few years ago. "I tried to get free from drugs and alcohol by myself, but I couldn't. For a year and a half, I went through a lot of pain and struggling. I was still competing, but my results were miserable. My life was miserable." "When I took drugs, it was because my life was empty. Then Christ set me free. I experienced the power of the living God. Before my wife introduced me to the Lord, Jesus was, to me, a baby in the stable, not a real Person who could help me. He has ful filled my life." Now Garcin wants to tell others about Jesus. "I'm going to use the run as a platform to share the gospel and speak out against

drugs, alcohol, and abortion." So, if you happen to cross paths with this ultimate crosscountry runner in April or May, listen to him. He's a marathon man who is willing to go the distance to tell others his exciting story of deliverance. •

Model Women LOOKJ NG FOR POSITIVE female role models in the sports world? Then pick up the new book Grace and Gl01y by Karen Rudolph Drollinger. Karen, a Sports Spectrum writer, has talked with women such as LPGA golfer Betsy King, track star Madeline Mims, weight-training specialist Rachel McLish, Olympic basketball coach Kay Yow, and triathlete Jan Ripples to find out what is important in their lives. Grace and Gl01y is published by Word Publishing, PO Box 1790, Waco, TX 76796 and is available through Christian bookstores. • Orel's Surgery A FEW YEARS AGO, Orel Hershiser's life was a dream come true, as he explained in his book Out of the Blue. Last season, however, this 1988 Cy Young Awardwinner was thrown a curve. A career-threatening injury took him from the pitcher's mound to the operating table. His affliction is medically termed a subluxation of the shoulder joint. This means that every time Orel fired a pitch, the bone · in his shoulder would slip a little and pound against soft tissue. Orel chips in with another part of the problem, "There's a piece of cartilage called the labrum that is like a golf tee holding a golf ball, and it holds the shoulder joint in place. I wore that out completely, and they had to build me a new one." He is the first major league pitcher to undergo a revolutionary surgical technique that has

allowed 92 percent of R'1rT'I!'i. .I!M God has in store for the 200 or so patients him may surpass his receiving it to go wildest dreams. • back to doing the things they used to Darryl's do. Surgeons now Double? repair the shoulder MATI and joint without STEIGENGA, a junior jumping-jack detaching the rotator cuff muscles as they forward for the once did. Jim Michigan State McMahon of the Spartan basketball NFL's Philadelphia team, brought the Eagles had this same house-and rimsurgery not long ago. down in a preseason Orel has begun an game at his former extensive rehabilitahigh school. tion program that The Spartans involves isometrics, were in Grand weight lifting, andRapids (MI) to play yes- lobbing basean intrasquad game balls. The speed and before the South frequency of pitches Christian High during workouts have Matt Steigenga spoiled faithful who had his own homecoming increased. with a glass-shattering watched Matt lead The Dodger ace the Sailors to a state slam. would like to pitch championship a few next season, but he is years before. But waiting for God's plan to unfold. they'd never seen anything like His ultimate desire is to do God's the gym-rattler Matt saved for will. "Having Christ in your life this night. can keep you on an even keel. It More than 3,000 spectators helps you go through some fantas- had paid $3 for the honor of seetic moments like being in the ing Sir Slamalot in action. And World Series, to supposedly hitSteigenga was ready to give them ting what the world would consid- their money's worth. The opener rock bottom in having a careering tip went to Matt's team, and ending injury. It allows you to he raced down the floor to fill the continue to be the same person left lane. A teammate lobbed the held up by the same God. He ball somewhere between the rim shows his might in our weakand Saturn. Steigenga rose into ness," he states. the air like a rocket, grabbed the As Orel strives to trust God's ball, and floated toward the basket. He jammed the ball down, plan for his life, Hebrews II : I has been particularl y important to doing his best Darryl Dawkins imitation. When he landed,the him: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of rim was still in his hands. what we do not see." As the shattered backboard glass Orel Hershiser asks Sports fell to the floor, the crowd stood Spectrum readers to pray that he and went nuts. With one sweet might see God's plan and also that slam, Vanilla Thunder had ended the game 5 seconds after it began he might be healed and return to pitching at the big league level. (there were no replacement backBut even if he can't return to boards) and created a new name baseball, Orel knows that what for himself. •






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R~Ut&h When the ups and downs of the PGA tour begin to bother Larry Mize, he knows whom he can depend on for support. With Kyle Rote Jr.

MAGIN£ HAVING a job in which you get paid only if you do better than most of your fellow workers. And some weeks when you show up for work, your superiors make you lly out just to see if you can even work that week. That's something like the high-pressure world of the professional golfers tour, where nothing is given to you free and the rewards are there only for those who can persevere. Kyle Rote Jr. talks with PGA golfer Larry Mize to find out how he survives on the tour.

Kyle: You have had the joy of 1987 when you won the Masters Tournament, and you ' ve had years that weren't as good. How do you handle the emotional swings that go with the ups and downs of a career? Larry: Whether in golf or life, it is in our tough times that we grow. I think I became a better Christian because of the mistakes I made-and I don't like the mistakes. When !look at it clearly, I know it's a learning process for me to become the person God wants me to be. I keep going forward. Frankly,




A s Mize proved a t the 1987 M asters , " your s hort g a m e can make you or break you." That's why L a rry offers this tip : " I s p e nd 5 0 perce nt of my tim e practicing my s hort game a nd 50 p e rce nt on my long game." SPORTS SPECTRUM路 J AN U ARY/FEBRUARY 199 1


1988 and 1989 were not my greatest years on tour. After the 1989 tour ended, I talked with Larry Moody, who leads our Bible study on tour. I said, "You know, it's been an okay golf year, but spirituall y it' s been a fantastic year because of the tough times." God was continuing to show me that my significance is from Him and not from golf. The best thing about my golf is that it's a way for me to glorify God, and it's a great platform for me to share my faith. The bad times of 1988 and 89 taught me a lot about golf from the mistakes I made; but more important, God taught me to be a stronger Christian. I learned not to worry as much what other people are thinking and to keep my eyes focused on Him. Last year, the Scripture that was on my mind a lot was Galatians I: I0, which asks, "Are you going to please men or God?" When I am out there on the tour, I can easily get caught up in trying to please man by trying to be liked by somebody or trying to fit into a group or trying to live up to somebody else's expectations. That's not what I want to do. I want to please God and do the best I can. He' ll take care of the rest. Kyle: Most of us are hackers who appreciate the ability you professional golfers seem to have to overcome adversity. In your 1987 Masters sudden death win, you showed an ability to put behind you, to use a biblical phase, what's in the past and to press on ahead. After hitting a poor second shot, you chipped the ball in for a birdie and the win. As you made that long walk to hit that third shot, you had to regain your confidence. Tell us about the mental process and perseverance and confidence this game takes. Larry: One of my favorite Scripture passages is Philippians 3: 14, which tells us to press on. Golf is a crazy game. You never know what' ll happen. I mean, my winning The Masters is a perfect example. People thought Greg [Norman] was in the driver's seat, and all of a sudden, because I don' t lose confidence, I chip in the winning shot. So, you just hang in there. As Christians, we have a reason to persevere. But I wonder about non-Christians. If you don't believe in God, there is no reason. Why have anything? If there's not an eternal being who started the entire world, why is there any meaning, any morals, or any anything? In life, you might as well do whatever you want to. Who cares? Because we're all goi ng to die, and that's it. It's over. We're done. But there is a God-an eternal being, a personal God. He's the reason we persevere. Kyle: You've been on both ends of the extreme in the game of golf-the highs and the lows. Is most of golf up and down, or is there a middle ground that you wade through? Larry: Yes, golf is up and down. In 1986 at The Players Championship (TPC) I had a four-shot lead on the last day, and I think I had a four-shot lead with four or five holes to play. The tournament was mine, and I ended up blowing it, losing by one. I believed in God, then, but I wasn't a Christian. I didn't live a life for Christ. Coming out of those last few holes, I was suddenly nervous because I realized, this is it. Golf is it. Man! can' t blow it. Let's not mess up. But I did. Then in 1987, I was a Christian. The Masters was a big deal. I was born and raised in Augusta. l wanted to B

No matter what happens on the golf course, Larry says, Bonnie Is "always behind me, letting me know she loves me."

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wi n that tournament. But I wanted to win that tournament to glori fy God. I was nervous, but I had the peace that only God can give me, because I knew that whatever happened I was secure with my faith in Him. That's where the two lives differ. Whether it's golf or business, or whatever you' re trying to do, you can get so wrapped up in it that yo u don't allow yourself to function. And I think that happened to me. I still get nervous, and I still mess up, but it's not to the same extent, because now I can shake it off and keep on going. Kyle: Let's ta lk about cO<Jmsv:.uRâ&#x20AC;˘us sPORrsw..R another challenge and perhaps a frustration. Athletes in team sports have the benefit of team paid travel, team paid doctors, and in many cases, guaranteed contracts. In golf, it is totally different, isn't it? Larry: Yes, it is. We pay all of our expenses, our flights, our hotel bills. It costs somewhere between $50,000 to $100,000 per year to play the PGA tour, depending on how you want to live and how well you play. Then you have your expenses at home on top of that. The general public probably doesn't think about all of this. I am not fussing, mind you. I'm just answering your question to let people know that there are a lot of expenses and it's not free. One thi ng I reall y like about the tour, though, is that every year you start over. When the tour ended for 1990 and the money lists came out, Greg Norman was the leading money winner. Well , in 1991 everybody is at zero and we start all over. It ki nd of gets the competitive juices flowing. It keeps you goi ng, because if you were tenth on the money list last year, you're nothing this year. You have to go out and be tenth again, if you want to be the same. So there's nothi ng guaranteed. I think it's great. We know we' re out there by ourselves, and I enjoy that. I like it all being on me. Kyle: Unfortunately, people don't let you start over. Some people clai med you choked in 1985 and 1986. So you got a reputation. And then in 1987 you had that fine Atlanta Classic when you were playing great golf, but it still wasn' t good enough. What about the frustrations of reputation and image? Larry: It came to a definite head in '86 at TPC when l blew that four-shot lead. All of a sudden, I was Larry Demise. Every time I read the paper, it was Larry Demise, and every time I went into the press room there would be questions about choking. Guys would even ask me straight out, "Do you think you choked?" The only way to handle that is head-on. If you avoid it, it just makes it worse. So I handled it head-on, but I didn't like it. When I won The Masters in 1987, I was tickled to


death because that stopped all of that. My faith defi nitely helped me through that- not as a crutch but as an entire way of life. Through all of this, I can show people that my faith in God is strong. The most important thing in life is not whether I choked or whether I won a golf tournament. It's whether I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And as long as I keep my head focused on that, everything will work out right. I' m not worried about pleasing people, I'm worried about pleasing God. And when I please God, people who are thin king straight will be pleased. Kyle: Let's change directions and talk about some of the people who have encouraged you durin g those times of ups and downs. In a sport that focuses on what's the last major you won and what did you do for me this week, how does your wife Bonnie, as well as other people like Larry Moody, help you keep the proper perspective? Larry: Well, I guess we'll start with Bonnie. She's the best. She is, no doubt, the mate God planned for me. I know that God planned for us to be together. I feel very strongly about that. She is a great help to me in golf and even more important in spiritual things. She's always behind me, letting me know that she loves me no matter what, in the same way that I know God loves me no matter what. The players on tour are very fortunate to have Larry Moody. He's helped my spi ritual growth a great deal. He has helped nurture me to where I am today. He always seems to know how to help us with our problems. Sometimes we get down, and Larry helps us with that. Kyle: Most of us who watch golf on TV aren' t aware of what goes on during the week. All we see is you guys hitting the ball around I!l holes on a weekend. What goes on during the week? Larry: The most important thing is our Wednesday night Bible study. We meet from 7:30 to 9:00 at a location we set up beforehand. Larry comes out 20 or so weeks a year and leads us. At other times, one of us players will lead it, and sometimes we' ll have guest speakers. With Larry we went through the gospel of John. It was great teaching. Kyle: You talked about Bonnie's unconditional love. Is it fair to say that Larry and some of the other people involved in support ministries have at least an unconditional concern, in that they don' t treat you any differently based on what the leaderboard says? Larry: There's no doubt. Larry doesn' t treat us any differently whether we' re playing good or bad. He wants us to do the best we can, but he doesn't treat us any different. He has an unconditional love for us all. Those of us in the Bible study have that feeling toward each other. I guess Scott Simpson is the closest friend I have on the tour. I'm also close to Larry Nelson, Morris Hatalsky, Steve Jones, just to list a few. It's great, because we need the fellowship. We're not supposed to go through things on our own- we need other Christians to help us along. That's what we do out there. We' re able to love each other and help each other any way we can. When one of us is playing poorly, the others will try to help him play better. Or when things are tough spiritually, we'll talk to each other. There is a

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MIZE has known about God for a long time. He grew up io a churchgoing family, and he ~tven knew what Jesus Chris bad done for him. Yet something else was his qod during his high chf ol, co i ege, and earlY, pr9~ess~9 1a?ars~g If.

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about Go 11na Jesus, his life was dedicated to golf. Then his son David was born. It was a transforming experience for Larry and his wife Bonnie. "I had gone through a career of bad and good, and in the birth of David, God was trying to put priorities back in my life. I had been successful on tour, but it was still up and down. I was thinking, 'There is something missing.' And I think God was letling me know what it was. If golf was my god, I could be happy and have joy only if I was playing well. If I was playing poorly, I was going to be miserable.' When I saw the miracle of David being born, God spoke to me. I turned my life around and rededicated my life to Christ. Bonnie and I both did, and we've been growing in our faith ever since. We started living out our belief. I've given Christ charge of my life, and I know why I'm playing golf: To glorify God." Now Larry not only knows about God, he knows Him personally. And he wants to "show people that you can be successful and still have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."• For more information about knowing God, ask for the free booklet What Is a Personal Relationship With God? Write to Sports Spectrum, Box 3566, Grand Rapids, Ml 495013566.

bond. There should be. If we don't show love for one another, then we' re not walking as we should- we're not being the Christians we should be. Kyle: You know you' re not out there alone. Larry: Yeah, it's true. Thi s year more than ever before-and this is exciting for me- l thought about the other people in the study and prayed for them. I' ve been really pulling for them and thinking about them in their hard times. I felt more this year, and I hope this will continue to grow, that I'm not in this alone. I hope the other guys know that we are pulling for them, praying for them, and wishing for them to do their best and for God to work His will in their lives. And I think it' s got to help them persevere. Kyle: Larry, did it help you in 1989 knowi ng that those guys were praying for you? Larry: Yeah, there is no doubt. Larry Moody and I had a long talk. I called him because I was really down in the dumps, and it was really getting to me. When I got off the phone, I cried like a baby for 30 minutes because of all the sin and guilt that was inside of me. I finall y released it. It was kind of li ke God cleansing me, and I needed that. I was letting my bad performance on the course eat at me more than it should. You know, you' re going to play bad and anger is a normal response, but you can't hang on to it. If you're going to get upset, then forget it and go on. I was having a hard time with it. It definitely helped me persevere to know that all those guys were pulling for me and praying for me. Kyle: Some people might not be able to relate to this. You're out there competing against these guys, and yet one of them is helping you with a stroke technique. How do you put that in perspective? Larry: If I'm competing agai nst Larry Nelson or Scott Simpson or Morris Hatalsky, I'm trying to beat them and they're trying to beat me. There's nothi ng wrong with that. But at the same time, I' m hoping they do well. I' m not wishing anybody else bad. I' m on the golf course, and I' m praying, "Let me have a good day and glori fy You and do my best." I'll do the same for them. I want them to do their best. Kyle: I would guess that you' re not only competing against another player, indirectl y, but very di rectl y you're competing against the golf course. Larry: That's right. You don't want to get caught up with the other player, because it' ll mess you up. You just want to go out and play the golf course. And you know, I never want to go out and wish anybody ill will. When guys are having a tough time, you think more about them. Yo u have guys who aren' t going to do well. They're on your mind, because you want them to get their li velihood, and they' re brothers in Christ. I think it's when the guys are havi ng a hard time that it reall y jumps in your mind. That's when they really need the support of my prayers. Kyle: What you just described is a community of faith that would seem to give you greater strength to deal with the frustrations that can normally happen in a season or a career. We appreciate your insights into how God is working in your life- not onl y on the mountaintops but also in the valleys that life brings to all of us. •





site. We think everyone else is "Golf is a crazy doing better, not working as hard, or has some unfair advantage. game. You never Because we are looking at others instead of the finish line, we ease know what'll hapup too soon. pen," according to • We are satisfied with a less honorable prize. It's hard work to Larry Mize. "My complete the race. A lot of dedication and self-discipline are needed. winning The In life, the race lasts a lifetime. Masters is a perSomewhere along the line we may say, "It's too hard. I can't do it. I'll fect example. just slack off a little and settle for second place." Wou ld an People thought Olympian do that if he could win the gold medal? No way. Greg [Norman] Or, to put it in a more spi1itual By David Egner was in the driver's context, we sellle for a cheaper prize. One that appeals to the lust seat, and all of a of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life ( I John 2: 15- 17). We accept the world's cup of cheap plastic when we could have the priceless sudden, because I don't lose conficommendation of Christ and a reward that would last forever. • We just simply give up. Partway down the track we stop cold. dence, I chip in the winning shot. So, We've had enough. We're like the third ru nner in an 880-yard relay you just hang in there." Hanging in race. The first two runners go all out and build a 5-second lead for their team. Then number three grabs the baton, takes off at full speed, runs there is the ultimate challenge for all of 80 yards, and then notices the people in the stands. "Look at them," he thinks. "They're just sitting there while I do all the work." So he lets us- in sports and in life. But how? up. The other runners rush by. He lets down not only himself, but also TWAS JUST AN NFL preseason game. But Buffalo's rookie cornerback made one of the most embarrassing mistakes I had seen in a long time. First, he intercepted a pass and raced for the goal line. He had a sure touchdown, but then feelings of confi'Cience overcame him. Ten yards short of the he slowed down and raised the football into the air in celebration. At about the 5-yard line he was squashed by two pursuing Minnesota Vikings. The Bills had to settle for a field goal. They ended up losing, by a couple points, a game they should have won-all because a rookie stopped too soon. It was an error we all make from time to time. We stop doing whatever it was that had brought us close to our goal. We quit.

Why Do We Quit? Overconfidence is just one of the reasons athletes-and the rest of us-quit too soon. Here are some more: • We look too much at others. Many times we feel superior, so we don't try as hard as we should. More likely, however, we feel the oppo10

those who ran so hard before him. He's like the character in the Bible named Demas. He was a compan ion of Paul, but he quit helping him because he loved the world (2 Timothy 4: I0). What if Jesus Christ had quit? What if He had obeyed God right up to the end, only to give up. What if He had said, "I don't have to do this" and walked away from the mob and the cross? But He didn't. He endured its shame as a sacrifice for us. And His perseverance is our example.

What Does It Take To Keep Going? How do we obey scriptural commands to persevere? We must have some of the same qualities that keep good athletes goi ng until their event is over. • A clear vision of the finish. The apostle Paul often compared his life to the running of a race. "Not that I have already obtained all this ... ,"he wrote, "but I press on to take hold of that for which Cluist Jesus took hold of me" (Philippians 3: 12). His was a spiritual goal- to reach the end of the race without faltering or dropping out. And what is your goal? That depends on your spiritual status. If you



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are not a follower of Jesus Chri st- if you haven' t trusted in Him for salvation-your goals may be admirable, but they won' t be eternal. They will be temporary things, like getting more money or a better job. As good as .. .. • .. • .... ... •• • your goals may be, they do not have lasting significance. Only when you know Jesus Christ as personal Savior do your goals take on a per- .. .. .. .. manent importance. If you are a believer, your goal will be to stay true to Jesus Christ until the end. To perse- • """ • vere. To be faithful to God in obedience and servi ce. To put Christ ahead of self. To do God's will. To believe, really believe, until the day of victory arrives. • The person who perseveres does not let anything obscure his vision of victory. • Au honest evaluation of yourself. Pro tennis players and golfers go to a teacher to tune up their games. Football and basketball teams look at game fi lms to correct mistakes, underscore strengths, and identify weaknesses. But what happens if they ignore the advice? Suppose a pitcher has been doing poorly. His pitching coach tells him, "You've changed your delivery. You' ve dropped down to sidearm. Bring your arm up again." But the pitcher says, "No way. They've just been lucky. There's nothing wrong." Then he goes out and loses again because he refuses to see his problem. We must be honest with ourselves. We must identify our fl aws, weaknesses, sins, and shortcomings-and then correct them. But we have to be realistic and humble to do that. "A man ought to examine himself ' ( I Corinthians 11:28). • The person who perseveres has the courage and humility to be honest with himself. • A strong reliance on God. We can 't li ve as God intended us to without His help. A!though we are gifted with strengths and abilities, we cannot depend on them alone. We need the supernatural help tliat God can provide. Others before us have trusted in God and stood strong to the end in spite of great mental, physical , and emotional stress. They did not falter even though they were being attacked. They kept going when they were hurt. The Bible says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us ... run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endu red the cross" (Hebrews 12: I,2). Who has gone on before? The men and women of deep faith named in Hebrews II . People like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Some were quite young. The three who "quenched the fur y of the fl ames" (v.34) were the youthful Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

persevereS haS th d eCOUrage an hUmility

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On May 9, /986, Philadelphia released a pitcher with a 6.57 ERA. He had pitched in only 12 games for them and had given up 20 hits in 16 innings. At 29, he looked like a washed-up hurler. But he didn 't quit. He signed qn with Triple A Tacoma and worked his way back. In 1988 he was named to the Sporting News American League All-Star team. From 1987 to 1990, he won 84 games for the Oakland A's. Dave Stewart refused to give up. Giving up is not the answer. Look at the following verses for some solid reasons to persevere.

Facing death in a fiery furnace for refusing to worship anyone but Go d, they looked Kin g Nebuchadnezzar in the eye and said, " ... we will not serve your god s or worship th e image of gold" (Daniel 3: 18). God protected them from harm. Others were im prisoned, tortured, and put to death (Hebrews II :35-37). God chose not to delivI. "Let nothing move you. Always er them. Even so, their faith remained strong. They stayed true give yourselves fully to the work of to God until they died in agony, the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" but not defeat. • People who persevere trust in ( I Corinthians 15:58). What kind of work does God promise to honor by God to the vet)' end. • A willingness to endure hard- making sure it "is not in vain"? ship. No professional athlete gets What does "not in vain" mean? through a long, gru eling season without pain. It starts with condition- 2. "Let us not become weary in ing exercises while in training. It doing good, for at the proper time continues with the assortment of we will reap a harvest if we do not muscle pulls, bumps, and bmises he give up" (Galatians 6:9). Have you or she gets during the season. As ever gotten tired of doing good long as possible, the athlete plays things for people? Why do we do that? What promise does the Bible through them with detennination. Paul the apostle was that kind of have for us if we don't give up? man in his life of faith. He wrote, "Everyone who competes in the 3. "We must pay more careful attengames goes into strict training. tion, therefore, to what we have They do it to get a crown that will heard, so that we do not drift away" not last; but we do it to get a crown (Hebrews 2: I). What would be the that will last forever. Therefore I consequences of drifting away from do not run like a man running aim- "what we have heard"; namely, the lessly; I do not fight like a man gospel? What might distract you? beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize" ( I Corinthians 9:25-27). • The person who perseveres keeps going even when it hurts.

T h e C h a lle n ge We are capable of enduring more than we think. We can persevere. We can make it. There will be setbacks. Disappointments. Hurts. It will seem impossible to go on. But following the example of Christ, we can make it to the end victoriously. Go ahead. Take the ultimate challenge. Persevere to the end. The reward will be worth the effort. •



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Baltazar. It's not a name you'll see in the box scores in American newspapers, but it is a name that deserves respect as he battles opponents, both physical and spiritual. •

Getting Kicked Around

TO MANY AMERICANS, soccer is hard to understand and appreciate. But apparently there's one thing about the game-no matter where it is played- that is all too familiar to observers of teams like the New York Yankees: strained relations between management and player. One world-class soccer player was able to look past all the bothersome aspects of coachplayer-owner relations and keep both his place on the team and his Christian testimony intact. His name is Baltazar, a key member of Atletico Madrid, a Spanish team in the European Liga Nacional, Primera Divisi6n or National League, First Division. When this Brazilian soccer star decided to play soccer in Europe, he was first pursued by a team in Italy. The Italian group offered him a contract he couldn't refuse, but he did. He wanted to play in Spain because he felt he would have a better opportunity to share his faith in Jesus Christ. Little did he know what difficulties his stand would cause him. Despite his obvious talents, his 1989 season with Atletico was a disaster. Apparently his coach also recognized his star quality, yet for some reason feared that Baltazar would overshadow him. This coach wanted center stage, and he was not about to allow this Brazilian import to share it. So Baltazar rode the pine through most of the season, scoring only two goals. Before the 1990 season began, the owner of the team, a very outspoken man in his own right, 12

•••••••••••••••• Breaking the Ice gave Baltazar a three-choice ultimatum. He could stay with the team and remai n on the bench, he could buy out his contract and move on, or, as the owner stated it, "0 que el at/eta de Cristo deja de ser/a," which means, "or that the athlete of Christ stop being that." In other words, he could denounce his Christianity. Baltazar chose to remain with the team and to avoid getting involved in the verbal war of words. Without complaining or responding in kind, Baltazar just went to work to demonstrate that he belonged on the field. The Spanish press noticed. Soon positive articles were written about Baltazar, commending him for his strength of character in the face of opposition from his coach and owner. One writer described Baltazar's experience by quoting a Spanish refrai n, which says, in English, "Through the greatest darkness, God shines down." Although the 1990 season began on a better note when a new coach was hired-one who allowed Baltazar to play- he still faced the wrath of the owner when the team did not perform to his expectations. At one point, after Atletico lost a game, the owner sarcastically suggested through the press that Baltazar "look in the Bible to see what the problem is."

"I knew I would either break my elbow or bruise it. And so I gave it everything I had. It broke the ice, but it bruised my elbow. For 6 months I couldn' t use it. It was the price I had to be willing to pay." So it was that the world record (verified by officials of the Guinness Book of World Records but not entered in the

Please do not try this at home. THAT'S A SIGN that could be hung whenever Mike Crain, world champion karate expert from Dayton, Tennessee, puts on one of his demonstrations. Take his world record ice-breaking performance, for instance. The pastor of a church in Virginia was having a special emphasis on young people, and more than 4,000 kids were expected. So he wanted Mike to go for something special- something extra. He asked Mike to break a world's record in his church. Mike Crain makes an impact wherever he goes, Not one to back especially when he breaks a half a ton of Ice down from a chal- with his elbow as he did in a Virginia church. lenge like that, Mike began training 6 months before the event. "I was already able to book because of the danger break 7 feet thick ice, about involved), and not Mike Crain's I,000 pounds, so I just practiced elbow was broken. But that isn' t Mike's only punching with 20-pound weights and pulled through the whole world record. In 1989, he lay between two beds of nails, had a motion as though I was breaking the ice. I did that 2 hours a day I,600-pound slab placed on top for 6 months." of the nails, and had someone

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break the slab with a sledge hammer. Please do notlly this at home! Why would anyone risk life and elbow to do such things? Mike's itinerary answers that question. In one span last fall, Mike put on 30 demonstrations in 30 days. In one week alone, he appeared in 4 prisons in Florida. In the years he has been putting on his demonstrations, he has broken bricks and crushed ice in front of more than 3,000,000 people. "I have been in over 800 prisons. I go in these prisons and the men really come out to see me. They may not respect a preacher, but they respect somebody who is tougher than they are." And then this tough guy, who can break concrete with his head, tells his listeners about Jesus Christ. In schools, in churches, in prisons, he takt:s his karate gospel. "There's still a karate craze. People are interested in everything from Flash to Ninja Turtles- anything fascinating to do with fighting." When Mike does a demonstration for kids, they are spellbound-and often he is blindfolded. "I have cut watermelons off somebody's stomach, blindfolded, with a samurai sword. I pop balloons off people's teeth, blindfolded. With nunchakus (commonly called nun-chucks) going 180 miles per hour, I knock carrots out of people's mouth, right up against their lips. I do a lot of dangerous things, but I have done them so much, that it's just second nature to me." Please do not try•this at home. Afterward, the kids want to know, "Where do you get all the power? How can you break all that stuff?" "I explain that it's a lot of hard work and training. It's nothing mystical. Anybody can do what

I'm doing if they want to train for 25 years." "It's not just muscle strength. There are weightlifters who are stronger than I am. Most of my power comes from tremendous speed and concentration. The more velocity you have, the more power you have. So it is mainly speed and concentration." And courage. "The thi ngs I do are very dangerous," he warns. "If the average person would try it, it would kill him." At age 46, when most athletes have packed up their gear and signed up for a desk job, Mike Crain continues to keep his body in shape so he can draw people who need to hear the gospel. He may not want them to take his tricks home with them, but he does want them to go away with something- a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what Mike Crain wants you to lly at home. •

•••••••••••••••• Yankee Know-how SURVIVAL in professional baseball takes more than good slats. Players who stick around have to know how to handle the added pressures of life in the spotlight. Two members of the New York Yankees who seem to have a unique understanding of how to survive in the big-time are Kevin Maas and Jesse Barfield. One of the pressures on an athlete who has high moral standards is the problem of foul language. Although many in our society are pushing to eliminate the boundaries of obscene language, athletes like Barfield and Maas are trying to hold the line. "I try to stick to my guns," Maas comments. "As long as I don't stray, and it's tough


Newcomer Kevin Maas and veteran Jesse Barfield are the kind of players even long-time Yankee-haters could learn to love.

in this game, by staying on the right path and being true to God's Word, that's all I can strive for." Barfield has a plan for those times when profane language courses through the clubhouse. "We are all here for a reason, not to be judgmental, but rather to be an example to others. If someone comes up to me and tells me a dirty joke and I don't laugh, he usually looks at me and says to himself, well, maybe I did offend him. By doi ng things that way, instead of letting them think it is all right to say those things, I am setting an example." Another pressure on athletes is the fact that they are role models and examples for millions. And what do Maas and Barfield think about their responsibility in this area? Jesse says, "You want to go out there and be the best you can be. I think there's been a big misunderstanding of who Christians are. With athletes in general, I believe there too lies a


misconception of how the Christian athlete should perform. To me, we should want to be the best we can be to uplift our Father's name." Maas too knows how to take that role seriously. "I hope that I am a positive role model in the way I play, the way people see me, and in what people read about me in the papers, which I hope is positive, and always God-oriented." That's Yankee know-how like you've never seen it before. • Joseph 1. Pellegrino contributed to this report.


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EFORE MINNESOTA Timberwolves coach

Then at halftime, "Crazy George" Schower would wake

Bill Musselman began his alphabet-soup profes-

the fans up from their first-half doldrums with a spell-bind-

sional coaching career (ABA, WBA, CBA, and

ing ball-handling exhibition. Of course, soon the game

NBA), he was the highly successful coach at

would have to begin again and Ashland would win by a

Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. His defenseminded basketball team received national attention and won 129 games in 6 years with its ,1

junior high score of 33-28. With games like


that dusting up the scoreboard, onl y "Crazy George" could keep the fans in their places.

stingy defense.

Sitting in the stands

One year, the Eagles

for these pregame and

held their opponents

halftime light-and-

to an average of 33

sleight shows were

points a game. Yet

two brothers from

The world ofbasketball is Tanya Crevier's Jefferson, South there was a problem with the Musselman Dakota. A couple sphere of influence. With a ball in her style of play. It was of football players talented hands, she bounces around named Marc and about as much fun to the globe, spinning her hoops magic watch as a congressional Maurice Crevier. The in an effort to do what others filibuster. Crevier boys were So Willi am the Defender haVe done for her-make a impressed wit h th e "Crazy positive impact. found another way to get people to George" show , and when they fill up the seats. He created a Globetrotter-style program that was more exciting than the game.

returned to Jefferson on vacation, they told their li ttle sister Tanya all about him.

Before the game, Eagles fans were worked into a frenzy

When Marc and Maurice talked, Tanya listened. "My

of excitement as the team danced through a dazzling dis-

older brothers were my sports heroes when I was growing

play of Pete Marav ich look-ali ke drill s whil e Sweet

up." And although they didn't play basketball themselves,

Georgia Brown and Keep the Ball Rollin' blasted over the

they influenced impressionable Tanya with their "Crazy

loudspeakers and spotlights shined.

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By Dave Branon







Whether accompanying the Knicks to Barcelona or putting on a demonstration at a prison near her home in South Dakota, Tanya Crevier handles basketballs a nd her growing influence with e qual ski ll. SPORTS SPECTR UM â&#x20AC;˘ J A NUARY/FEBRUAR Y 1 991


f "I was not going to let some outside source like bad habits change who I was as aperson."

Spinning her magic at the McDonald's Open, Tanya gets nine basketballs going at once.

Tanya, as were most of the II Crevier children, was interested in sports. After hearing about the exploits of "Crazy George" and after watching Maurice and Marc demonstrate some of his tricks, Tanya was hooked. She began trying them on her own. By the hour she would practice spinning a basketball on her finger. Or dribbling figure-eight patterns between her feet. Or juggling basketballs. Even during the cold South Dakota winters, Tanya would practice in the garage. Influenced by stories of "Crazy George," Tanya was determined to become a basketball player. But not everyone was behind Tanya in her efforts. Some of her friends would say, "Tanya, you're just too short to make anything in basketball." "But I didn't let it bother me," she recalls. "Those people say ing that just made me work that much harder." Spurred on in a reverse-psychology kind of way by those negative comments, Tanya wou ld just keep practicing, all the time telling herself, ''I'm going to prove to them that I can do it, because I know I can. I had chosen to have that kind of attitude." Tanya attributes that positive, never-say-die attitude to her parents, who supported her in her efforts. "I got so many positive strokes from my parents and my family that I knew I should keep going," she says now. That positive attitude crystallized for Tanya at an early age. Still today she recalls a decision she made early in life- while she was in junior high school- not to get down when the going got tough. And that positive l-ean-do-it attitude paid off. Tanya's tenacity and years of practice first rewarded

her at Jefferson High School, where she was a star athlete. Then, at South Dakota State University, where she was a four-letter winner. And in her senior year, when she was named the Female Athlete of the Year in South Dakota. But that wasn't all. The little girl with the big ideas about a tall person's game wound up as a professional basketball player. She was the shortest member of the Iowa Coronets in the short-li ved Women's Basketball League. All this because of influences. • Tanya's brothers who helped instill in her a love for sports. e A basketball magician at a faraway college. • Friends who doubted her abi li ty. • Her parents by encouraging her in her interests and instilling that positive approach. These influences worked in unison to make her a very special athlete, one whose own sphere of influence now reaches around the world. Today some say that Tanya Crevier is the best female basketball ballhandler in the world. And no less a ro undball ex pert th an Michael Jordan has said, "When it comes to handling basketballs, Tanya is one of the best I' ve seen." Good influences. Good results. Three hu ndred times a year, Tanya pulls on her Converse, dumps out a bag of basketballs, and stands before thousands of people to show them what she can do with the big orange sphere. At schools, at prisons, at NBA halftimes-in North America, in Europe, in the Far East- Tanya puts on a dazzling display of basketball wizardry. She juggles four basketballs. She drib-




bles three basketball s. She spins that kind of vow, they will know nine basketballs at one time. She how to respond when a temptagoes through a dizzying repertoire tion comes. of hoops magic. /though most mortals have a hard Decision 2. She wan ts to And what is her favorite trick? time keeping one basketball under impress on those who watch her "What I really like to do is dribble control, Tanya would like to chalenthusiastic routine how important two basketballs and do a variety of fenge you to try three. Here is her it is to have the ki nd of positive tricks with them. Between my legs, explanation for learning this trick, outlook on life that she developed behind my back, dribble really low. which she says the kids who come as a youngster. And one way she With this drill, I can be so creative to see her can learn to do. does that is by providing oppOI1uand bring out my own personality." nities for yo ung fans to come Recent journeys have taken her down on the floor and try her to Barcelona, Spain, where she I tricks. At one event, she recalls, accompanied th e New York First, you have to learn to dribble she had fi nished using some kids Knicks, who were competing in two basketballs. This is the easy to demonstrate a routine and she the McDonald's Open. Later, after part. Make sure your left hand, had turned around to do somea bri ef stop bac k home in which is usually your weaker hand, thing else. A little boy took that Jefferson, she was off to Japan to dribbles the ball as high as the right opportunity to pick up a ball and show those people what a small hand. It shouldn't come up above put on a dribbli ng exhibition of his American import can do. your waist. own. "That was great," Tanya But Tanya's display of basketNow get a third basketball, and hold comments, "He was pretty good! ball prowess is more than show- on to all three of them. Put one in And if that made him feel good time. Tanya has a story to tell that your right hand and throw it straight about himself, then I wasn' t going she feels goes far beyond fancy up about as high as your head. Let it to stop it." Tanya wants her influ- DOUBLE DRIBBLE. ballhandling. "Before I go out on drop. Then, drop the two that you ence to make a difference in the Tanya's favorite trick, it allows her to bring out the court, I pray for God's peace, have in your hand, and bounce them lives of those who watch her. her unique creativity and because I know that 'the peace three times. Now the balls are all in a Decision 3. Whenever possi- her vibrant personality. that passes all understanding will line. You are now bouncing one on bl e, Tanya likes to tell about gu ard my heart and mind in the left and one in middle. another person who infl uencedChrist Jesus' (Philippians 4:7). I But you've got this one bouncing and changed- her life. It was a realize that my self-worth is not on the right. You want to switch over yo ung woman in college who seemed to be more genuine, more dependent on how well I perform, so that your left hand is dribbling the but it is in who I am as a follower one in the middle and your right since re than other friends. As of Jesus." hand is dribbling the one on the Tanya observed her, she began to After years of practicing and right. Dribble those three times. wonder what it was about her that performing, standing out there in One. Two. Three. Then you go back made her stand out. Was it a posifront of an arena full of people is to dribbling the middle one with your tive attitude like Tanya had? Was still a challenge for Tanya. "Sure, right hand and the one on the left it a vow to live a pure life as I still get nervous before a show. with your left hand. One. Two Three. Tanya had made? No, it was That's why I pray. I think there Switch. One. Two. Three. Switch. Tri something more. are times when, even if I do mess it, you'll like it. â&#x20AC;˘ This friend had trusted Jesus up, I come back and do the trick ._~~~--~---~---~ Chri st to be her Savior. When again. That's a greater testimony than just messing up Tanya found out that this was the difference in her life, and not trying again." she decided that was what she wanted too. So she asked Just as Tanya has been influenced in her life, she Jesus to forgive her and be her Redeemer. And now, wants to influence the people who come to see her. impressing her fans with the impor1ance of developing Besides showing them her basketball talents, she wants a relationship with Jesus is the most important thi ng she to tell them about three major decisions she has made in wants do for those who are attracted to her because of her life-decisions that she feels would help the chi I- her second generation "Crazy George" routine. dren, young people, and adults who are mesmerized by Bill Musselman put together the fanciest pregame and her unique ability. halftime program in college basketball for a couple of Decision 1. During her junior high days, Tanya di s- reasons. First, he wanted to psych the other team out covered that bad influences can sometimes lead to good with an awesome display of talent. And second, he wantresults. As a preteen, Tanya looked at what many of her ed to get people in the stands to watch his stingy defensjunior high friends were doing to themselves through es go to work. The showtime was never the main event. alcohol and smoking and other harmful habits, and she Likew ise Tanya ' s ball -handling programs are a made a life-changing decision. "I was not going to let means to an end-to share with her fans the wisdom of some outside source like those bad habits change who I choosing to develop a positive attitude and of commitwas as a person or destroy my positive attitude." ting themselves to pure living. And whenever possible, And now she wants to influence young people to Tanya uses roundball as her sphere of influence to tell make that same commitment- to say a memorable and as many people as she can about her relationship with heartfelt no to anything that will hurt them. Tanya feels Jesus Christ, the most influential Person the world has that if she can get kids to take that challenge and make ever known. â&#x20AC;˘








• Keeping Score of Fascinating • Into the Night The first night game in major league baseball history was played on May 24, 1935, between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. The game drew 20,422 fans at Cincinnati's Crosley Field. President Franklin Roosevelt lit up the field by throwing a switch in Washington, D.C. • You KnolN, "Cagers" In the early part of the 20th century, basketball courts were required to be surrounded by cages. This was netting that surrounded the court on all four sides to a height of II feet. The rulebook called for the cage to be 65 feet long and 35 feet wide.

• A Good College Education Each of these winners of major tournaments (British Open, U.S. Open, PGA, Masters) were at one time NCM Division 1/ndivid!lal Champions: Player NCAA School Major Jack Nicklaus........... 1961 .................. 0hio State .......................All four Hale Irwin ................ 1967..................Colorado .. .......... U.S. Open 1979 Ben Crenshaw ...... ... 1971-73 ...........Texas .....................Masters 1984 Curtis Strange .......... 1974 .. ........ ........Wake Forest.. ..... U.S. Open 1988 Scott Simpson .......... 1976-77 ............USC ...................U.S. Open 1987 moth righthanded sluggers who hit those gargantuan drives? (JSPIS!~




5. What pro sports team is named after a world's fair? 6. What two professional sports teams from different cities in the same state share the same name? 7. What two pairs of team names are shared by baseball teams and football teams? Hint: At one time each pair was in the city.

Billy Ripken, who was batting for Brady Anderson. Then McClure threw a pitch that Ripken hit for a sacrifice fly, and the Angels brought in Mike Fetters to pitch. But before he came into the game, Ripken's sac fly was nullified because the umpi res had called a balk on McClure, scoring Rene Gonzalez from third. That meant Ripken was still up. However, when California replaced McClure with Fetters, Baltimore brought in Orsulak to pinch-hit for the pinch-hitter Ripken. (This is starting to sound like a 1040 tax form.) Fetters then threw two more balls and walked Orsulak, who was replaced by pinch-runner Dave

• Super BolNI I? Although many people date the beginning of civilization at 1967 when the first Super Bowl was played, there had been NFL cham. gto a 1. Cleveland Browns; 2. New York pionship games going • corn•n ""'(ou Rangers and Texas Rangers; 3. • The on long before that. Winnipeg Jets and New Yor1< Jets; 4. Venue !le:~an ahead and you Secret to The first time a playoff Phoenix Cardinals; 5. Montreal Expos; 6. Los Angeles Kings and Sacramento Perhaps you lll<.eh~r~ the really big Good game was held to Kings; 7. Phoenix Cardinals and St. want to \<.now w taking place in the Louis Cardinals, San Franclcco Giants Dunking decide the National events in sports are ou might want and New York Giants. When Spud Webb Football League next few years. Iffs~i~ list and put it on starts dunking a box of champ was 1932. The • HolNe Did to mal<.e a copy o reminder to make He Do It? Chicago Bears and the · rator as a·n plenty of ttme. · cookies and Michael your refnge Fairly Portsmouth (OH) Jordan begins slamyour ticket requests ' ming a six-pack of soft Spartans (now the Former hockey great January) e Super Bow l ( drinks into a treehouse, Detroit Lions) ended Howe amassed some sive totals in his long career 1991:'fampa . you know the art has the year with identical 2· Minneapolis reached new levels of 6-1 records, so a playin the NHL. \~~3·: Phoenix (tentative) importance. But what off game was set up. • Games played 1,767 PHilADELPHIA k tbaW s Final Four • Years played 26 most people want to can the Doctor's pre- The Bears beat • College Bas e know is how do they scription for dunking Portsmouth 9-0 on • Points scored I,850 (March) . make you soar? December 18, 1932, do it? How did • Goals scored 80 I 91: Indianapoll.s 19 and a championship game has Dominique, Spud, Michael, et. a/. • Assists earned 1,200 1992: Minneapolis been played every year sine~. Although he is in the top three leam the great art of slamming? \993: New Orleans Julius Erving has the solution, so in all of these categories, Howe : Charlotte if you are looking for pointers, did not make the top 16 in penal 1994 • The Name 1995: Seattle Nl take notes. Here, according to the ty minutes accumulated. Game I996: Meadowlands, great Dr. J. is the secret: "It's easy 1. Can you name the sports team All-Star Game (July) once you leam to fly." named after its original coach? • A Long Walk eBasebaII 2. Can you recall the name held The record shows that on 199 1: Toronto • Three Men and by both a pro hockey team and a September 7, 1990, California 1992: Pittsburgh a Baseball major league baseball team? Angels pitcher Bob McClure 1993: Balti~ore In the 78 years that baseball has 3. What two cities share the walked Joe Orsulak of the I994: San Dtego been played at Tiger Stadium in same name for their hockey and Orioles. The only problem is that Detroit- that's more than 6,000 football teams? McClure and Orsulak never faced • Olympics 'Summer Games) games-only 3 fair balls have 4. What pro football team' s each other. This is pretty complil992: Barcelona' Winter Games) been hit over the leftfield roof. complete name (city and name) is cated, so try to keep up. McClure Albertvi\\e, France ( N way (Winter) Can you name the three mamthe name of two birds? threw two balls to pinch-hitter 1994: Li\\ehammer, ~;Games) ' - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - -- - -- ; \996: Atlanta (Summ 20



• Can You Name that Ballpark? The names given here were at one time names for stadiums that now bear more familiar names. Can you match the old name with the currellf name?

movie rights for this at-bat are still pending. • The Good Old Days For a brief period of time in the early 1880s, the Cincinnati Reds were expelled from the National League for playing games on Sunday and for selling alcohol at their park. DAMIAN STAOHMEYEFVALlSPOFIT

• Hands-on Approach Not much slipped through the grasp ofSteve Largent during his 14-year NFL career. By the time he decided to hang up his helmet after the 1989 season, Largellf had grabbed the following NFL career receiving records: Most receptions .................................................................................819 Most yards receiving .................................................................... 13,089 Most touchdowns receiving ................. ............................................. 101 Most consecutive games with at least one reception ........................ 177

. ........ •.•...... .... ...... •.•....•...•. .•...••......... •.•.. .... .. • One Foot Every Gallagher. If you're keeping 33 Years score at home, McClure was On June 29, 1956, Charley Dumas charged with walking Orsulak, of the United States first crossed although they were not even on • the 7-foot barrier in the high the field at the same time. It was a : jump. The bar inched upward for six-player at-bat: Anderson, : the next three decades until July Ripken, Orsulak, Gallagher 29, 1989, when Javier Sotomayor against McClure and Fetters. The of Cuba completed the one-foot • The Next Van Lingle Mungo It's not unusual for people to name their children after sports figures. Even Pete Rose named his son after the great batsman Ty Cobb. So if you know a couple who is looking for a unique baseball name to give their little boy, suggest one of these names offormer major leaguers.

• Rivington Bisland, 1912-1914, Pirates, Browns, Indians • Bow wow Aift, 1948- 1952, Browns • Harry Cheek, 1910, Phillies • Snake Deal, 1906, Reds • Pickles Dillhoefer, 1917-1921, Cubs, Phillies, Cardinals • Sweetbreads (Abraham Lincoln) Bailey, 1919-1921 Cubs, Dodgers • Van Lingle Mungo, 193 1-1945 Dodgers, Giants • Orval Overall, 1905- 1913 Reds, Cubs • Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish, 1944-46 Dodgers, 1947-48 Pirates, 1949,5 1Cubs, 1956-59 Indians, 1960 Reds, 1961 White Sox, 1962-64 Phils

increment with a leap of 8 feet even. The halfway mark was reached on November 8, 1970, when Ni Chih-chin reached 7' 6". The last American to raise the bar was Dwight Stones, who moved the standard up to 7' 7 114" on August 8, 1976. • Hungry for Meaning When asked whether he wanted his pizza cut into four pieces or eight, Yogi Berra replied: "Better make it four, I don' t think I can eat eight." • Commenting on a crowded New York restaurant, Yogi once said, "It's so crowded nobody goes there anymore." • Summarizing his feelings of admiration for a new pitcher he thought was a top prospect, Sparky Anderson said, "If you don' t like Dave Rucker, you don' t like ice cream." • Board Meeting Although most people know that Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for most points in an NBA basketball game with his 100-


point performance on March 2, 1962, another of Wilt's records might be even more remarkable. On November 24, 1960, the Philadelphia Warriors' center battled Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics in one of their classic matchups. When the game was over, Wilt had amassed an incredible 55 rebounds. That effort, which surpassed Russell's 51 in a game a year before, still stands as the greatest rebounding show in pro basketball.

• Any Questions? Beginning with the next installment of Stats Central, we will feature a sports information question and answer column. Answering your questions will be Chuck Swirsky, sports director at WGN radio in Chicago and host of Sports Spectrum radio. Send your questions about sports to Stats Central, Box 3566, Grand Rapids, Ml 49501-3566. 21

ROM LO SING Super Bo wl FEATURE I going to handle this?' But God makes that promi se [of helping you bear up] . XXIV by a lopsided margin to ••••••••••••••••••••• life-threatening hardening of There [are many promises] in the Bible that keep me goi ng every day, as I'm sure the arteries to professional controvers ies, Denver Bronco they do many Christians." coach Dan Reeves knows fi rstReferri ng to Romans 5:3 and 4, he notes that the Lord says we will develop hand the painful realities of life. charac ter in the midst of advers ity, Tracing his progress of the past year begins with the 1990 although the testing is neither enjoyable Super Bowl, where a sold-out nor easy. Indeed, the agony of last year's New Orleans Superdome and an championshi p trial sunk an ache deep into intern ati onal TV audi ence the pit of his stomach, the pain intensified by the know ledge th at many around watched San Francisco humiliate the Broncos 55- l 0, the worst him-and all of their re lati ves-were defeat in the game's 24 years. equally distressed. Ironicall y, Denver's coachNevertheless, joy arrived the day of the ing staff, including Reeves' game in the form of old friend Mike Ditka and his wiFe, Diana, the first faces to greet college mentor Marvin Bass, felt they were far better prepared this time him back at the hotel. "There' s no way that anyth ing I could than they were for their consecutive Super say could ease the pain of what Dan went Bowl defeats of 1987 and 1988. through," recalls Ditka (a teammate and "If I ever felt we were going to win a game, I thought we would beat the 49ers," co-ass istant coach in Dallas). " I can' t says Bass, who schooled hi s boss as a relate to losing the Super Bowl because I young quarterback at the Uni versit y of only went once and we won. But I can South Caroli na. "But pros can't afford to relate to my good friend. I thought friendship was important at that time." let losses get 'em down. Your Christian influence comes to bear when you face Thus, the comfort of the Chicago Bears coach and other close friends and family adversity. It's a real test of your faith." Months later, Reeves agreed, but not provided a living example of Proverbs before crossing over a desert of doubt. He 17: 17, "A friend loves at all ti mes, and a brother is born for adversity." And, when still wonders about the purpose of being embarrassed in fro nt of millions, and is the dust had settled, Reeves was better able to understam.l tht: value of walking aware of the continuing criticism: "You can' t win the big one." through the fire and emerging with a newfound maturity. He shrugs off the latter, acknowledging He especiall y appreciates how much that until the National Football League crow n resides in the Mile Hi gh City, he's grown since 198 1, when he became at the time the league's youngest head there's no defense he can offer. Nor is he coach at the age of 37. In 198 1, if the affected by critics who question his coaching acumen despite an 85-50-1 regular seaLord had promised him a losing trip to the Super Bowl every year, he doesn' t know son record in the 1980s, the best in the whether he could have detected the sucAmerican Football Conference. "My main concern is that our team has cessful side of that scenario. "There we re an aw ful lot of good confidence and we' re making progress as an organization," says Reeves, the NFL's things that came out of our '89 season," he reflects. "We had 17 new people and all-time leader in Super Bowl appearances as a player and coacq. "I think if anything good came out of last year, went from 8-8 the year before to the Super Bowl. We had some adverit's: ' How did I handle it? How did John [Elway] handle it?' I think tie sity we had to deal with during the season, personal things within the did a great job. team, and I grew from each one of those situations. "Everybody can't win; there's always going to be a winner and a "So, there's a lot of good that happened. I feel bad that we played as loser. That doesn' t make the losing team any less of an organization. poorly as we did in the Super Bowl, but I don't think we have to apolThis is a tough business, but life's rough and you have to deal with ogize to anybody." those things, learn from them and move on." Thus, his confidence never ebbed. A 17-7 victory over Seattle in last But Dan Reeves has good reason to keep going despite the pressure season's exhibition opener in Tokyo, Japan, further bolstered his trainof a nation seeing his team destroyed in the biggest sports event of the ing camp enthusiasm. year. Soon after returning to the States, though, a new difficulty was about "In the Bible, God makes a lot of promises to everybody," says the to enter Dan Reeves' life. It began when his customary 8-mile bicycle veteran Denver Broncos' coach. "If you're faithful to Him, He' ll be rides the following week were cut in half by a painful burni ng sensafaithful to you. He's never going to give you more than you can handle. tion in his throat and upper chest. Tests confirmed the doctor's suspi"A lot of times you have loved ones who are suffering or die, or you cions: atherosclerosis. Two obstructions, one an alarming 90 to 95 pergo through a Super Bowl and get beat and you're wondering, ' How am cent, were restricting the flow of blood to his heart.

If Dan Reeves had any

doubts who controls his life, he put them aside during 1990, a year in which he learned that adversity is a tool that builds strength.

By Ken Walker





Looking back, Dan Reeves can find strength in knowing that the adversities of 1990 were growing experiences.

"Your Christian influence comes to bear when you face adversity. It's areal


test of your failh."

After wei ghing various option s, Reeves flew to California and underwent a relatively new procedure called an atherectomy, a technique that cleans the blockage out of the arteries. As if to demonstrate the seriousness of the disease, less than 2 weeks later, 36-year-old Maine boxer Rick Craney died of atherosclerosis during a gym workout. Of his own flirtation with danger, Reeves says, "I had peace about the situation the whole time. The doctor said most people's blood pressure goes up during the procedure." But Reeves' didn't. "If you' re a believer, you have that confidence that the Lord is going to take care of you." "I think this was a warning, that God let somebody know, 'Hey, you need to get this taken care of.' For example, had I not exercised, gotten on the bicycle, and mentioned it to the doctor, I could have been walking around and all of a sudden had a massive heart attack." Instead, he spent a weekend relaxing with his wife, Pam, flew back to Denver, and rejoined the team just 5 days after the doctors projected a 2-to-4 weeks' absence. Afterward, he saw the hand of Providence in both his quick return and the "side benefits." Before his well-publicized malady, an atherectomy was an unheralded medical advance. Within a month of the surgeon scraping the coach's vessels, nearly 50 people slated for open-heart surgery chose the less complicated procedure. "That's another thing the Lord was doing, making people aware [of it)," says Reeves. "There's no question He works in mysterious ways, but He has a reason for what He' s doing. To have all these things come together the way they did was a miracle in itself." Lest you think he faced the doctor's knife without batting an eyebrow, he was praying intently for calm and the strength to endure the procedure- with the smooth results an immediate answer. Prayer. It 's an essential part of Reeves ' rather unusual morning routine. In the shower ("I probably take one of the longest showers in the world") he not only seeks divine wisdom about the day ' s difficult decisions but also thanks God for his blessings. Dan Reeves adds a new dimension to the phrase "showers of blessing." He also praises the Lord for the courage to face the third rung of the adversity ladder he must climb. There is often criticism awaiting him at the Broncos' suburban Denver headquarters.

AN REEVES went from playing football for Americus' team in high school in Georgia to playing for America's team in the NFL in Dallas. After leaving the University of South Carolina, Reeves signed on with the Cowboys as a free agent in 1965. As a running back, he played in NFL championship games in 1966, 1967, 1970, and 1971 . As a member of the Cowboys, Reeves found the solution to a dilemma that had troubled him from his youth. As a kid growing up in 24

The peaceful picture of a prayerful coach contrasts sharply with his sometimes acrid press relations. More than once, he has tangled with the media over announcing roster cuts, and they have grumbled over the timing of the release of the final cut lists. Just before the Broncos' opener last fall , a Denver newspaper ran a cartoon showing him pinned to the wall and refusing to talk. Also, one columnist quoted quarterback John Elway as saying Reeves was too "intense" and branded the coach difficult to work with. Reeves' eyebrows raise at this suggestion, but he comments, "The press is really difficult to deal with because it's constant. If I had to deal with 'em once a week, that would be great. But it's every day. And they're always [looking for] the negati ve stuff; that's what irritates me the most. "But that's the way our country is, sadly. Everything's investigative. Ever since Watergate every reporter's an investigative reporter. Look at the [TV) news every night: you don't see anything good anymore." It's not just the press taking potshots. More than one released player has aimed venom in Reeves' direction, such as one who called him a liar 2 years ago. That kind of talk hurts, he agrees, but it's not unusual for someone who loses his or her job to experience anguish. One reason this hurts Reeves is that he tries to be upfront and fair with everyone, and treat them like he wants to be treated. It's a principle he learned from his high school football coach, Jimmy Hightower. But in his position, Reeves also realizes he can't win popularity contests. Once again, it' s prayer that makes the difference. "I pray for wisdom and strength to handle those things," he says. "I definitely think that- not that all my decisions are right- but I'm not making them by myself. The Lord' s on my side, there's no question. "Because I'm a Christian, I have brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for me, and I know that helps." When life sacks you as many times as Dan Reeves has been hit in the past year, knowing people are praying to the God of promises can help turn those low spots into Rocky Mountain highs. â&#x20AC;˘

Ken Walker is a freelance writer based in Huntington, West Virginia. He has also written stories about such athletes as NFL players Reggie White and Allen Rice, and Olympic gold medalist Joe DeLoach. This is his first article for Sports Spectrum.

Americus, Reeves was afraid to speak out about something that was very important to him -his faith in Jesus Christ. He had problems reconciling the twin images of a "soft" Christian and a "macho" football player. But when he got to the Lone Star State and observed the way Roger Staubach and Tom Landry put their faith into action, he was impressed. Through their example, he saw that being a follower of Jesus did not relegate him to wallflower status. And now Reeves is as outspoken about his faith as his mentors were. A longtime mem-

ber of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has shared his testimony with numerous FCA, church, and youth groups. One of the highlights of his life of sharing his faith came when he appeared on the podium during a week-long Billy Graham Crusade in Mile High Stadium in July 1987. As a further proof that his faith is a living, dynamic part of his life of caring for others, Dan is also on the board of directors for the Denver Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Denver Bronco Youth Foundation. â&#x20AC;˘



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A look at ministry teams that are sharing the Good News in the arena of sports By Ralph Drollinger


Around the World with AlA

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I Up, Up, and Away with SOA IF YOU ARE INVOLVED in sports ministry- through your church or perhaps in a fulltime capacity-be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend the first annual Sports Outreach America conference, to be held April 27-30 in Dallas, Texas. SOA is an umbrella organization made up of sports ministries and churches that are interested in church growth through sports. Several hundred people involved in sports ministry will meet together at this conference to encourage one another and share resources, relationships, and strategies for reaching out by capitalizing on the popularity of sports in our society. In addition, SOA will be cooperating in citywide evangelistic efforts to share the love of Jesus Christ with whole cities through upcoming major sporting events. At this year's conference, SOA hopes to have as special guests

key laymen from each of the cities that have applied to be one of the twelve host cities for the World Cup of Soccer in 1994. 1f you' re from one of these cities and this conference interests you, please write to me at Sports Outreach America, 290 North D Street, Suite 202, San Bemardino, CA 92401. We'd like to help equip you to influence your city through this global event.

Calling All Campers NOW IS THE TIME to sign up for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer camp. If you're between junior high and college age and are looking for a sports camp to attend, call 1800-289-0909 or write to Roy Moran, FCA , 8701 Leeds Road, Kansas City, MO 64129. More than 30 campsites wi ll be functioning throughout America this summer. This is a life-changing, high-impact opportunity. And if you can' t attend, encourage someone you know to go!

ATHLETES IN ACTION will be sending approximately 25 summer teams in 12 different sports thoughout the world this summer. If you are an established collegiate athlete who wants a ministry opportunity that will change your life, contact Larry Amundson, AlA, 7899 Lexington Drive, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

Athletes in Asia LOS ANGELES DODGER pitcher Ore! Hershiser and 1989 French Open tennis champion Michael Chang, along with 8-time world badminton champion from Indonesia Rudy Hartano, shared thei r testi mony via videotape at the Billy Graham Hong Kong Crusade last November. This was Dr. Graham's largest crusade everreaching 30 Asian countries via satellite. The athlete segments were used "because we believe many people would watch the telecast and hear the claims of Jesus Christ who might not [otherwise] have been interested," said Jack Cousins, director of sports mini stries for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Together,


Ore! Hershiser goes international to make a pitch for the gospel.

Hershiser, Chang, and Hartano were given approximately 15 minutes of the international broadcast to tell the world how Jesus had changed their lives. â&#x20AC;˘

Ralph Drollinger played basketball for UCLA, Athletes in Action, and the Dallas Mavericks. He is the president of New Focus, Inc., a Sou them Califomia advertising agency, and he se1ves as execlllive director of Sports Owreach America. 25

THE SEVENTH FLOOR APARTMENT in the the attention. It seems uncharacteristic for him to hop on a transatlantic Madrid suburb was full of Americans. Some who flight, all the time knowing that when he arri ved on the other side of the lived there. Some who had just gotten off the plane ocean he would be on stage again for the next week. That he would face in Spain. Spanish sportswriters who would be hungry for news about the NBA. And one who was the center of attention-first in . That he would have to explain again and again, through an interpreter, several basketball clinics, later at a 5-on-5 basket- what he had been doing since he retired from the NBA, and would he ball tournament, and finally at a banquet to honor be interested in playing ball in Europe? That he would conduct clinics everyone who had helped make the tournament happen. That one and be introduced over and over to the applause of young Madrileiios American around whom all this activity would flow was Bobby Jones. eager to get close to someone who had an NBA championship ring. Jones' laid-back demeanor, his tendency to walk away from conBobby Jones, who surprised himself and many others in 1972 when he earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team as a sophomore at the University versation, and his inclination to listen while others talk would suggest of North Carolina. Bobby Jones, that if he had a choice Bobby FEATUR E Jones would rather stay home who almost saw his promising •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• career in professional basketball in Charlotte, North Carolina, cut short because of epilepsy and shoot hoops in the driveand the accompanying medicaway with his boys or go on a tion. Bobby Jones, who as a long bike ride wi th his wife, member of the Philadelphia Tess. Perhaps he had had 76ers was named to the allenough chall enges for one manto tackle in a lifetime. defensive first team 8 straight But here he was, sprawled years. Bobby Jones, who won the Sixth Man Award in the across an easy chai r in a Sixers' championship year of Spanish apartment for an 1982-83 as the NBA's best impromptu Friday night prayer meeting. player off the bench. After facing down all those First the Ameri cans who lived in Spain, the missionarchallenges for all those years, could it be possible that the ies, prayed. And then Bobby took a turn. When he did, all former Sixer forward was still eager for a new challenge? the questions abo ut whether or not he was still itching for Wasn' t it time to stay away a challenge were answered. from the crowds and the kids seeking autographs? "Thank You, Lord," Bobby prayed, "for stacking the sides Bobby Jones does not appear to be someone who would want against us so highly that when

Could 12-year NBA veteran Bobby Jones find a challenge in a schoolyard in Barajas, Spain ? By Dave Branon



the victory comes we' ll know it came from You and we can give You the glory." Obviously, he was ready for the challenge-but onl y because he was not going to face it alone. He knew he needed God to take care of it. And he was more than willing to be, for a few days at least, the main man in Spain. Tomeo de Basket- Barajas 90. That was the challenge. It was a small basketball tournament that was scheduled for an elementary school on a quiet residential street several ki lometers from downtown Madrid. Bobby knew about pickup basketball tournaments. He had appeared earlier in the year at the original Gus Macker 3-on-3 extravaganza in Belding, Michigan (the world's largest 3-on-3 tourney). But this had none of that state fair feel to it. Thi s was four baskets and a couple hundred kids. And Bobby knew about basketball tournaments in Spain. He had been aboard when the 1972 North Carolina basketball team fl ew to Madrid during Christmas vacation to compete in the Tomeo lntemational de Navidad de Balencesto, a tournament that Dean Smith's crew won. Now, though, winning thi s tournament was not what was on Bobby's mind. Instead, he wa nted to use th e growin g popularity of bas ketball in Spain to make an impact on young people. For a few days, the baskets would stand in front of the soccer goals on the cement playground, a tall testimony that in

Spain balencesto is gaining on flitbol, the ru naway favo rite sport. Among other things, Spain's 1984 silver medal Olympic team had influenced the young people that not all dribbling was done with quick feet. And recent visits of NBA teams such as the Boston Celtics to Madrid had further encouraged the growth of basketbal l. That one of the young Spaniards in the Tomeo de Basket showed up in a Detroit Pistons NBA-championship shirt was proof of the game' s growing interest in the land of the famous Real Madrid soccer teams. The Tomeo de Basket was the brainchild of David Stoner and Jack Shiflett, two Americans who li ve in Spain year-round in an effort to encourage the people in their barrio to consider the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They had al ready discovered that a smal l, storefront room eq uipped wit h a pi ng-pong table attracted young people. So they fi gured anoth er American sport import, a basketball tournament, would give them an opportunity to make a positive impact on even more teenagers and younger kids. But Stoner and Sh iflett didn' t know much about basketball. They needed someone to get the kids' attenti onsom eo ne who could teach them some fu ndamentals. Someone who could talk with them and te ll them what is reall y important in life. Someone like Bobby Jones. When a mutual friend of Stoner and Jo nes, Dr. Don Callan, the basketball coach at

Whether defending for the Sixers during his playing days or defending the faith now, Bobby Jones jumps at the challenge.



Cedarville (OH) College, approached Bobby about the challenge, he liked the idea. It fit right in wi th his game

win ner received fro m Bobby a pair of Philade lphia 76ers shorts. Another youngster who won' t soon forget the clinic pJ an for life, "What I \Vant to do is to honor the Lord • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • was the boy who got the chance to be in Bobby's shoes. through what He has given me. And what He has given me is recognition through my playing days. Although ........................ . Literally. Since Bobby's size 16 Nikes were only slightly smaller than most cars in Spain, the young boy who I've been retired for a number of years, basketball is very popular in Spain, so my name is still known and recoggot to put them on and model them for the others had a rough time getti ng around in them. But everyo ne ni zed. Tess and I prayed about it and felt that this is the enjoyed the incongruity of it. place where God can use us." And then there was the girl who wouldn't quit. Of the But how could Stoner get Bobby and Tess, along with Coach Callan to Spain on a missionary's budget? Enter ......................... eight girls who struted the clinic, she was the only one who stayed till the end. And then she stayed some more. Long sponsors. Just as tournaments across the U.S. seek corporate sponsors, David Stoner sought out-and got-sponafter most of the kids had gone home and the shadows sorship fron1 Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Iberia Airlines. ·••• ·••·•· ·• · · •• · · · · •• ··• were lengtheni ng on the court, this young teenager was still there. First, she broke the language barrier with hand With the money lined up and with Iberia providing the motions to ask Bobby to show her how to spin the ball on transportation, Stoner set up the tournament. her finger. After practicing that for a while, she would go The key to it all was Bobby Jones, because he added to another of the Americans and "ask" about another ballcredibility and stature to the tournament. He gave it handling trick. She was never far from one of the clinic respectability in the town of Barajas-and through the teachers, and she was always eager to demonstrate that she media, throughout Madrid. Of Bobby, David Stoner said, was catching on. Finally, after the basketballs were packed "What a difference a committed life can make. Because up, the equipment was put in the car, and the visitors from Bobby continues to use his talents for the cause of God, we can continue to reach out to these young people." across the ocean were on their way did she fi nall y say "Adios" and head home, SOJTY that this Friday night of basHere in the land of the 1992 Olympics was Bobby Jones, a man who knew the thri ll of worldwide attention ketball with some new friends was over. These were the kinds of kids Bobby Jones traveled through his participation in the Mu nich Olympics of 4,000 miles to help David Stoner and Jack Shiflett reach. 1972. How could this Tomeo de Basket compare? "What Kids who needed to hear him say as he concluded the is happening in Barajas in 1990," he ex plains in hi s di rect, sincere manner, "is a situation where we don' t clinic that night, "The people who make it in sports-or anything-are the ones with a stubborn mi nd." Then he have a whole lot of media. We are working with two mistold the Barajas boys and girls, "They are stubborn sionaries who are trying to establish themselves in a community to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you enough to keep from putting anything into their body that will hUJt it. They are stubborn enough to stand up to look at the eternal significance of either one [the 1972 SPOATsSPecTRUMPHOTo anyone, whether friend or family, who tries to get them Olympics or the 1990 Barajas tourney], I'd say the Lord When Bobby Jones · They have a m1n · d h · will decide that. I am confident that what we will do here signed on to help with to tak e drugs or dnnk. t at JS so stubwill be productive for His kingdom." Torneo de Basket, he born that they will not harm the body God gave them." Bobby knows what these young people face if they It was a warm, sunny afternoon as the boys and girls of knew he would be don' t commit themselves to staying pure. "The kids here Barajas gathered to get a taste of basketball knowledge surrounded by NBA live in a society where alcohol is just a commonplace from one of the game's top players. Exci tedl y they fans, Spanish style. th ing," he said later. "It is acceptable to get involved crowded under bas kets, hunting for rebound s and a with it at a young age. What I share with them is that chance to show Bobby what they could do. "C!Jicos y C!Jicas: Vamos a sen/amos y escuc!Jar a Bobby Jones!" we've been created, we've been blessed with certain thi ngs in our shouts Stoner into a microphone as one of Bobby's clinics, the one for lives. One is an amazing body. My encouragement to them is to take 10- to 14-year-olds, gets underway. "Boys and girls, let's sit down and care of what God has given them." listen to what Bobby Jones has to say!" From the apartments that surIn a career that spanned 12 years, Bobby Jones faced many chalround the school yard have come about 60 boys and 8 girls, all eager to lenges and achieved things that others just dream about. He earned a silver medal in the 1972 Olympics (which sti ll sits in a bank vault in learn from this huge American basketball star. With help from Dr. Callan and Bruce McDonald, former New York Europe as the team quietly protests their questionable loss to Russia in Mets minor leaguer and now chaplain for the 76ers, Bobby begins the the finals). He wears a world championship ring as a member of the difficult task of teaching fundamentals. Speaking through an interpreter 1983 NBA champ Philadelphia 76ers. He has collected numerous allto a group of Spanish-speaking kids who have received no coaching, and defensive team honors. Yet those treasures are for Bobby nothing more whose schools do not have interscholastic basketball, is not easy. But than a way to gain the right to be heard. "I am really thankful to the Bobby's relaxed manner and intense spirit make it work. Soon he has the Lord that he put the honors into my life to give me a platform to share kids stretching, doing Maravich ball-handling drills, and even shooting and to have a ministry for Him." That's the Bobby Jones challenge. To take a commodity that was left-handed layups. And of course, he knows exactl y when to add to his program the sight they've been waiting for- a couple of power dunks earned through years of hard work and determined practice- a wellthat they may never be able to do but will always remember. known name-and use it to as a way of getting the attention of some A hands-on clinic by an NBA star is a memory maker for every young people so they can learn about another name: Jesus. And if it means crossing an ocean and becoming the reluctant center of attention you ng basketball player. And at the clinic of the Tore110 de Basket, three or four snapshot images will stand out for some of these c!Jicos y for a few days, Bobby Jones is willing. A schoolyard in Barajas, Spain. It's not a sellout at the Spectrum or c!Jicas. One was a foul-shooting contest in which everyone participated. Make it and you stay. Miss it and you go. But those who missed an Olympic-sized audience, but in Bobby's way of thinking, it's a worgot a handshake and a pat on the back from Bobby Jones. And the thy challenge. A challenge of eternal significance. •

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C telling Up INitll ••• ningest pro pitchers in the 1980s even though his career ended in 1988. After his baseball days were over, the precision pitcher whom some teammates dubbed "the doctor" became a licensed reverend. Ever since he laid down his glove, Scott has been filli ng the position of Youth Pastor at Rock Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He and his wife, Cara, minister to 90 sixththrough twelfth/1/l.//~ graders. Rock t?_ fVI(}(.-(' Church has an c::>OV' e pitcner "\976·1988 adjoining school, Ma\or \..eagu so the McGregors get to spend plenty of time with their young people. Scott is pleased with his students' progress, "We graduated Stats Glance: 15 kids in the last 2 years. - Won 20 games in 1980, Almost all of them are in college, totaled 138 career wins three of them went to Bible -Played in two World Series school last year. They' re really for Baltimore Orioles, 1979 doing well and are serving the and 1983 Lord. That's been the biggest Awards/Honors: - Named to AP's Major League thrill for us." All-Star team, 1980 The McGregors also pitch in -Selected for AL All-Star on a local program called team, 1981 Christian Youth Athletics. This is - Inducted into the Baltimore a team sports outreach that links Orioles Hall of Fame, 1990 many churches together to reach Most Memorable Career both church-going and Moment: -"The ultimate nonchurch-going youth. was in '83 when I pitched the Scott and Cara especially last game of the Series to enjoy spending time with the beat the Phillies." members of their home teamEric, Katherine, and Michael. And they're all avid bird watchers. The Baltimore Oriole variMCGREGOR wasn't regularly hit ety, that is. • big during his outstanding pitching career. But he was a big hitter in high school. During his senior year at El Segundo High in California, he outhit a fellow teammate who turned out to be a pretty decent player, George Brett. McGregor's real stardom, though, came on the pitching mound. Scott was one of the win-



to the field- first as a football player and later as a legendary gridiron coach. He will always be remembered as an innovative leader who projected a calm yet determined demeanor on the sidelines. His trademark hat gave him an air of sophistication and class-two terms that could also describe his team's play over many seasons. ~ _/' A0e£Rt~G.t.N/.I.IJ. F0hr£...Q/r~._, Through the years Coach Landry has had Dallas Cowb ..,.,? oy head coach, 1960-1989 one primary calling. Since committing his life to Christ at age 33, his desire has been to serve his Lord. Stats Glance: One important Bible verse for - Innovator of the "flex" defense Tom is 2 Timothy I :7. "It says and the multiple offense Christ does not give us a spirit of -20 consecutive winning seafear," Landry explains, "but He sons, 250 wins, 5 NFC titles gives us the power of love and - Won Super Bowls VI and XII self-control. for a football coach, Awards/Honors: that really helped," he comments, - NFL All-Pro defensive back chuckling. in 1949 - Inducted into the Pro Football Even though the clock has run Hall of Fame as head coach down on his coaching days, the - Appointed to the Presidential two-time Super Bowl champion Drug Advisory Council by coach continues to keep a super President Bush schedule. He speaks several times Most Memorable Career each week and continues to work Moment: with the Fellowship of Christian -"For a professional athlete, Athletes and serve on the Dallas the most exciting thing is International Sports Commission when you win your first Super among other activities. Bowl. To play in one and win is the highlight of our football Coach, family man (his favorite activity is to relax with his wife, kids, and grandchildren), scholar (he has business and industrial engineering ' XoMAs WADE LAN DRY degrees), speaker, businessman. was born in a place with a name These words help describe the that's a good description for his unique man under the hat. To life, Mission. As a young man he find out more about this man left this Texan city for his first with a mission, pick up Tom task- taking to the air. No, he Landi)', his new autobiography wasn't developing serious hang(Zondervan Publishers). time as a punter, but serving 3 But this isn't the most imporyears and 30 B- 17 missions as a tant book in his life. "To me, the first lieutenant in the Eighth Air Bible is everything," he says. Force during World War II. Good call, Coach. • After his last mission, he took



T PREDICTABLE times during the year, many of us resolve to shed our offseason layer of tallow and pursue lofty goals of physical prowess. In other words, we vow to get in shape. These "get fit" cycles are typically associated with that first warm, sunny day of spring or with viewing some athletic event- li ke the Olympics. We can also be challenged by the training logs of world-class athletes. Although these workout schedules make good copy, they make little sense to aspiring athletes. Typical pros might read: Thurman Fleetfoot is coming off a successful season where he was ranked 22 in the nation as a marathoner. Encouraged by several sub 2:20 races and contention fin ishes in Chicago and Boston, Thurman has increased his training from 100 to 120 miles per week. He has also added three track workouts to his extensive training program. This raises several questions about the optimal training program. Is quantity most important- if so how much is optimal? Or is quality the key-and how does one know how hard to push? Do we need both quantity and quality? The quantity/quality debate tends to follow the training philosophies embraced by the most visible athletes and coaches of the day. The peak of the quantity era was during Bill Rogers' successful Boston Marathon years, where his well-publicized 120 miles per week training logs were emulated. Predictably, these were also boom years for orthopedic doctors. Eventually the training pendulum swung to the quality extreme when thoroughbreds like Alberto Salazar talked of intensive track workouts as the key to success-even for marathoners. Again, the orthopedic doctors were the beneficiaries. So what is the right training combination? Sport professionals may not agree on the optimal training program, but there is common support for two neglected areas of concern- the importance for 30


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proper recovery time and the need to individualize training programs. If your goal is to be a competitive athlete, you must take risks. Competitive athletes often train I0 to 18 hours per week at extremely high intensities. If your training is targeted at maintaining good health, a continuous workout for 30 minutes every other day will serve you well. Are you trying to lose weight? The formula changes again. Here exercise sessions are extended closer to an hour, five to six times a week, but at a much more modest pace. Brisk walking or cycling works best. Successful exercising requires consistency. The next time you resolve to get in shape, make it your last. Like I tell my studentslet's get in shape one time! •

{).T EN I GET into decent cone/ition, but then something prevents me f rom continuing my workouts for a while. Is this a harmful exercise pattem? - B. H.

(the body maintains only what is needed). Fortunately, research has shown that conditioning can be maintained with as few as two workouts per week.

f·MA 20-YEA R-OLD female who is susceptible to shin splints. They especially occur when I do aerobics. What causes this condition, and how can I prevent it ~ from recurring?- L. Q. ' HISTORICALLY, ANY athlete with pain between the knee and ankle was thought to have shin splints. Sports physicians now classify leg injuries with much greater accuracy-to the point where this term is now rather meaningless. In general, shin splints is an overuse problem that results in inflammation of the sheaths that wrap muscle. The problem is aggravated when muscle becomes fatigued, tight, and inflexible. Aerobics can bring on this inflammation. Treatment, in general, consists of icing before and after activity, gentle stretching, and gentle progressive muscle strengthening. Some athletes find relief by applying an elastic wrap. Proper aerobic shoes and exercising on a softer surface will also help.

f·Ma 39-year-old male in good shape. Do we lose conditioning faster as we get older? I guess it's obvious why I'm asking. - J. B. REsEARCH HAS SHOWN that the older individual can demonstrate tremendous improvements through careful conditioning. In fact, the percentage of improvement is comparable to that in the young. As for loss in conditioning, most of the fitness benefits are completely lost after 4 to 8 weeks of detraining- regardless of age. The biggest problems with the agi ng process are the increased vulnerability to injury and the added recovery time needed.

THE PROCESS of getting in shape is rather traumatic and quite demanding on the body. Dr. Town is director of the Virtually every body organ exercise physiology lab at undergoes some adaptation to Wheaton College in Wheaton, accommodate the new physical 11/inois. demands. Undergoing the greatest demands are the heart, lung, • Ifyou have a training question : for Dr. Town, send it to Cross muscle, and bone. It may take months for full adaptation to take • Training, Sports Spectrum, Box 3566, Grand Rapids, MI 49501place. Unfortunately, all adapta3566. tions made can be lost quickly


MAGINE coming to work to find 65,000 people crowded around your desk to evaluate your performance. Never happen, right? lt does in sports. Every time we walk through the turnstile, we suddenly become eligible to hand out performance reviews to the players. Although none of us helped to prepare the team's game plan, the price of our ticket buys us the freedom to pass vocal judgment (often very loud vocal judgment) on every play. And if our team wins, we feel somehow that the victory is the result of our efforts.



lVhat Role Do Fans Play in Sports? By Rick Wattrnan

the Detroit Pistons finally overcame the Chicago Bulls in game seven of the tough 1990 Eastern Conference Finals, the players attributed the victory to the electricity generated by the cheers of their normally quiet fans. Yet some of the most dramatic instances of fan involvement have also been the most embarrassing. The Los Angeles Raiders began the 1990 season with a spate of violence in the stands that resulted in serious injuries and multiple arrests. At a Minnesota Viking game some years ago, a fan hit an NFL official in the head with a bottle. And although fans had helped the Pistons get to the 1990 NBA Finals on the way to becoming back-toback world champions, there was nothing left to celebrate


unrewarded. And these Sure, the players pull down the multimillion-dollar salaries for their part. But listen to any postgame interview from the winners, and you' ll hear mounds of thankful praise for the victor's loyal fans. Ask any athlete or coach who has just signed with a new franchise or has been traded to or from the team of his dreams (or nightmares), and each will tell you the same thing. "The support of the fans has been wonderful." It may sound phony, but why not acknowledge such support? The economics of sports today (including player salaries) are dependent on fan income, whether the faithful attend the game or watch from armchair control centers in front of the TV. For example, the Boston Celtics financial statements for the years 1987- 1989 show that 47 percent of their income was generated by ticket sales. An additional 33 percent came from TV and radio. Fully 80 percent of the Celtics' revenue over the period was dependent on fans. But what role do fans really play on the field and on the court?


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left deadeight afterpeople the Pistons polished • % off Portland. 28 8 64.4% These extremes --- illustrate that, although big time sports could not continue as we know them without the support a nearly 30 percent advantage in of thousands of fans in each football and basketball. Since What should we think when the community, spectators must be each team has that same advanactions of fans actually affect the careful not to abuse their influtage for roughly half the schedoutcome of a game? Today's fan ence. They must be willing to ule, the trick is to overcome the is more than an observer of the enjoy the game without interferhome team's edge on the road, contest, he or she is an active paring and celebrate without while exploiting it at home. And ticipant who generally seems to becoming a public nuisance. the home-standing team's fans enjoy this power. (Why else do Otherwise communities will be always seem more than willing thousands of screaming football forced to impose rigid controls to oblige. fans try to thwart a visiting quar(as was necessary to ensure fan When the Minnesota Twins terback's ability to call signals, safety at the Raider games). captured the 1987 World Series especially when he raises his Common courtesy dictates that over the arguably superior St. hands to plead for quiet?) By players, not fans, be allowed to Louis Cardinals, they did it with their presence, fans can buoy determine the outcome of the the unabashed- and aurally dantheir team's emotions or, as is the game. Otherwise it becomes not gerous-assistance of a thundercase with the frustrated quartera contest of strategy and skill, but ous Metrodome crowd. Since back, they can impact their oppoa battle of attendance and volthen, sound meters have become nent's ability to perform. ume. Sports then stops being a Statistics support the existence standard equipment in domed test of who can put together the of that nebulous motivational ! stadiums. Many teams routinely best team or game plan. It tool called the "home field • : prepare for forays into the domes becomes competition to produce by practicing with loudspeakers advantage" (see chart). Simply the toughest facility for visitors blaring on the field to simulate put, home teams win more to play in and the largest, most game conditions. games than visitors, ranging intimidating crowds. High decibel fan participation from as much as a 10 percent When that happens, we all is a natural in basketball. When difference in baseball in 1989, to lose. • '-



























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January/February 1991 - Vol 5 Num 1  
January/February 1991 - Vol 5 Num 1  

Larry Mize (cover story) - Tonya Crevier - Dan Reeves - Bobby Jones