Showing posts from 2007

A Sporting Christmas on Twitter

Mark Dixon shares what he likes about Twitter . E. g. he likes Tweet Scan and thus encouraged me to restart our once famous series of summaries of sport and spirituality on twitter . Not on a regular basis, but at least occasionally. Now here comes A Sporting Christmas on Twitter: There were 37 workout-tweets on Christmas Eve. These are our favorites: Hannes' Xmas , MJ's shopper , kjo48's gift , Shawn's run , allify's holiday , Shannon's cookies and Josh's SMS There were 20 workout-tweets on Christmas Day. These are our favorites: Mike's Triceps , paugren's Christmas , meetmeinmontauk's bliss , Daniel's thumbs and calinative's pain .

2007 Top 10 Most Popular Stories

1. Kaka planning future as evangelical minister ( soccer ) 2. NBA's Nastiest and Most Unusual Records ( nba ) 3. Thanksgiving Day Prayers and Football ( nfl , thanksgiving ) 4. Jon Kitna doesn't have to go to hell ( nfl , thanksgiving ) 5. Fast forward to the 5th Stage of Grief ( nfl ) 6. NHaiL Satan ( nhl ) 7. Ferocious ( boxing , myspace ) 8. South Park: Jesus wins! ( boxing , branding , wwe ) 9. Robert Guerrero Knockout Video ( boxing ) 10. blogs4God ( blogs )

Top 10 Sports Moments

Near the end of the year it's time for lists. Holy Trinity! is #1 of TIME's Top 10 Sports Moments

American Gladitors reinvented for Epiphany

NBC is reinventing the classic competition series American Gladiators and is currently filming a brand new series with new Contenders and a new team of Gladiators for their upcoming premiere season. Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali ( Muhammad Ali's daughter ) will be the brand new hosts for the series which airs 6th January 2008 on NBC . That day is Epiphany (Greek: επιφάνεια, "appearance" or "manifestation") - a Christian feast intended to celebrate the "shining forth" or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. Some Christians commemorate the visitation of the Magi to the child Jesus on this day, while others use the day to commemorate the baptism of Jesus as an adult.

Christmas Cheerleaders

75558017WM016_Chicago_Bears Epic Carnival welcomes you to the holiday edition of Cheerleader Friday . Instead of focusing on one cheerleader or one team's cheerleaders, DCScrap has decided to post completely random photos of cheerleaders in holiday attire.

Christmas Card from Real Salt Lake

The RSLFM Report combined stadium construction site photos with Christmas songs aka Christmas Card from Real Salt Lake... via sports books | spirituality books

Michael Air Jordan vs. Santa Claus

"You better watch out, you're better not proud..." Once you defeated Santa on court you better give him a warm huck, because "he knows if you are good or bad, so be good for goodness' sake!"

All an NHL player wants for christmas

are his two front teeth ;-) via sports books | spirituality books

Generation X-mas

America has a new favorite Christmas movie: A Christmas Story, the 1983 tale about Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), a 9-year-old in 1940s Indiana, and his lust for a Red Ryder air rifle. And it's overtaking Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and the rest. This is one of those little pop-cultural shifts--football overtakes baseball, salsa defeats ketchup--that signal bigger changes: here, in the relationship between the community and the individual. In a traditional Christmas story, the larger holiday is a social good. Read more at

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Blogs in Plain English

lemon from Church 2.0 - the blog is reminded that there are still a number of folks who don't share appreciation of the medium "weblog" and thus recomends watching "Blogs in Plain English". With the help of blogs, "a sports star can share news with fans". That's Church 2.0 at its best.

Judeo-Christian Legend

In his fascinating latest movie " I Am Legend " Will Smith is the last man on earth. His routine of the day begins with exercise: treadmill and pull-ups. Later on a Judeo-Christian theme gets introduced, the creatures lay siege to the townhouse, and Robert discovers the antidote for the plague. via sports books | spirituality books

Catholic Sportsman of the Year

Brett Favre was named 2007 Sportsman of the Year . His fan store offers a 2006 season photograph taken by Jim Biever inside the Packers' locker room during a prayer before a home game on Dec. 21st. Catholic Online is happy that Brett Favre and Wife Deanna Credit Catholic Faith . sports books | spirituality books

Tebow Wins Heisman

The Lord's reaction to Tim Tebow's Heisman win ? "Pure joy", says the Sports Frog . sports books | spirituality books

Sporting Hanukkah

During these days of Hanukkah some will receive one box that needs no unwrapping: a tzedakah box , used to collect coins for a good cause. Tzedakah (Hebrew: צדקה) is a Hebrew word most commonly translated as charity, though it is based on a root meaning justice (צדק). The Jewish Museum Shop offers the pictured tzedakah box. It features a collage of antique sports images and words. A nice gift for the bar mitzvah boy or sports enthusiast. via

South Park: Jesus wins!

You can make it true. Just use your A S D and arrow keys and Jesus wins. Comedy Central features a funny beat'em up South Park style. Besides having Jesus win the tournament, you can as well choose to show up as Satan and perform special moves more evil than resurrection, holy fist, slight healing or Santa's gift. One religious sign of the game is so small, but don't miss it: Kyle throws a David Star shuriken, if you like. Hardly sports, but surely religion.

Kaka planning future as evangelical minister

AC Milan playmaker Kaka sees himself becoming an evangelical minister when he quits playing soccer. "I would like that a lot," Kaka said in interview in the December issue of the Italian version of GQ, which was posted on the magazine's Web site on Wednesday. "It's a difficult road - you have to study theology and deepen your study of the Bible." via sports books | spirituality books


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Jon Kitna doesn't have to go to hell

It was a difficult day for the Detroit Lions as they fell to the Green Bay Packers in the 68th Annual Thanksgiving Day Classic. At least Lions quarterback Jon Kitna had something to be thankful for: "That I don't have to go to hell." Isaac asks : "If God is on Jon Kitna's side, who could be against him?" and delivers some background.

Answers to a Pool Player's Prayers

Don't be misled by the great title of this book. The only prayer the player says goes like this: "Oh Lord, please reveal to me the magical aiming secret."


There is a myspace profile around that list the following hero: "THE MAN THAT I THANK FOR EVERTHING HES DONE IN MY LIFE! GRACIAS DIOSITO! SIN TI NO PODIA SER NADA!" The Official Ferocious Fernando Vargas's Details are not as suprising: Status: Married Here for: Networking Orientation: Straight Hometown: Oxnard Body type: 5' 10" / Athletic Ethnicity: Latino / Hispanic Religion: Catholic Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius Occupation: Boxer/Businessman Two-time world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) clash in what will be a street-style brawl at Staples Center the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23. Check out some Quotes at KO Corner .

Thanksgiving Day Prayers and Football

Mary Fairchild compiled Thanksgiving Traditions and Trivia . The most tasteful ingredients are: - Bible Verses for Thanksgiving to assist you in giving thanks and praise - Thanksgiving Football as an important part of many Thanksgiving Day celebrations in the United States It was announced that the Goo Goo Dolls will hit the field for United Way, the Detroit Lions and National Football League during the Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show as part of the Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game at Ford Field November 22 at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX. The Goo Goo Dolls will perform “Better Days” and “Stay With You” from their recently released new album The Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - The Singles . "Better Days" is merely a Christmas song, Cuz everyone is forgiven now Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again

Fast forward to the 5th Stage of Grief

It did not come totally unexpected, yet the Death of NFL Europa shocked numerous people. "Death" is true as the sudden good-bye caused real processes of grief : A first spontaneous reaction was gathering signatures . The message of this was: "It can't be happening." A typical sign of the initial stage . I now propose a jump forward to the 5th Stage of Grief, Acceptance : "Life after NFL Europa is going to be okay." Let's take a look at football's situation in Europe: - There are tens of thousands of fans. - Numerous Sponsors have supported NFLE for years and would surely do it again. So there is just one alternative: A real NFL franchise in Europe! It should be located in Frankfurt because it offers good flight connections and the greatest fan base. Is that supposed to be realistic? This question has been asked twice on Yahoo! Answers. The first answer was a sneer . But there is a more precise result as well: You would have to pay $800,000,000

NHaiL Satan

Yahoo! Sports: Satan hopes to lead Islanders to fifth straight win via sports books | spirituality books

Sibling rivalry

According to "The New Science of Siblings" first-borns are tougher than their younger siblings. TIME put together a gallery of famous Brothers and Sisters, featuring a lot of professional athletes: The DiMaggios The Ripkens The Williams Sisters The Mannings Today's Christian published a Bible Quiz on Biblical Siblings . The Bible records some bitter sibling rivalries, such as the one that led Cain to murder his brother Abel. And yes: Cain was the first-born .

Infield Pontiff

A sporting summary of Benedict XVI's itinerary : The pope's visit will begin with an April 16 reception with President Bush at the White House, followed the next day by Mass at the new baseball stadium in Washington and separate meetings with Catholic educators and leaders of other faiths. On April 18, the pope will address the United Nations, then meet with priests and members of religious orders the next day. On April 20, he will visit ground zero and lead the Yankee Stadium Mass before leaving the country. Two questions remain: 1. Will they install a commemorative plaque in the Yankee stadium , too? 2. Will the new Nationals Park be completed on time?

The 2007 Weblog Award Winners

Based on 7,831 votes Kissing Suzy Kolber has been named the Best Sports Blog. Based on 3,461 votes What Does the Prayer Really Say? has been named the Best Religious Blog. Congratulations to both of them! via

NBA's Nastiest and Most Unusual Records

ESPN reprinted the most bizzare facts about the NBA by arrangement with the publisher. Take a special look at: First player suspended for refusing to stand for the national anthem Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf hadn't stood for the national anthem for most of the 1995-96 season as he claimed the anthem represented tyranny and a type of "nationalist ritualism" forbidden by his religion. Two days after being suspended, Abdul-Rauf changed his tune and agreed to stand. He said he would pray while the anthem was being played. Longest piece of biblical scripture tattooed on a player's body Larry Hughes left upper arm displays Psalm 23:4 via sports books | spirituality books

Robert Guerrero Knockout Video

First round knockout along with the post fight interview with Robert Guerrero . First of all he thanks Jesus Christ, who makes the boxer able to cope with all the ups and downs of the last weeks. Guerrero's wife is in hospital for cancer treatment. via sports books | spirituality books

Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass

Sometimes you think you had to pray for a successful passing game. Then for Catholics it's time to hail Mary . Homer Simpson and Ned Flenders join their powers to create a Noah -style Super Bowl Halftime show. Come the day of the Super Bowl, the audience is a little confused by Homer's show but seems to like it. When Ned appears and starts preaching however, the audience realize what's going on, and accuse Homer and Ned of trying to force Christianity onto the country and boo them off the pitch. Staging religion in a stadium may sometimes be as risky as throwing a Hail Mary Pass. sports books | spirituality books

The 2007 Weblog Awards

Voting for The 2007 Weblog Awards is now open. You can vote once a day in each category. Polls close November 8, 2007. You may vote once every 24 hours: Vote for the Best Sports Blog . Vote for the Best Religious Blog . sports books | spirituality books

NFL goes UK

TIME asked fans in the UK: "Are you ready for some Football?" Guess what the first action of Players in the film is? - Pregame Prayers , of course! And some Brits even want to host the SuperBowl. sports books | spirituality books

Ping-Pong Jihad

In Anti-Guantanamo jihadis are trained to rethink their extremist views. In a comforting area they play Ping-Pong, volleyball and video games. And it seems to work: The detainees cheer a TIME reporter for his powerful Ping-Pong forehand. They don't care anymore that he's an America. Allah bless Ping-Pong! sports books | spirituality books

pastoral running

Kent Shaffer delivers seven quick biblical lessons about running. That doesn't necessarily mean that great runners turn out to be great ministers or vice versa. But at least there are interesting guidelines for people engaged in both fields.

Alternatives to Halloween

Mary Fairchild lists 10 Christian Alternatives to Halloween . The most sporting suggestion is to organize a skate party at a local skate park or arena. The most protestant suggestion is to have Reformation Day parties. Dress up as your favorite Reformation character, play games maybe some trivia challenges.

Trinity Laterals

Maybe you think Trinity is incomprehensible, but what Trinity University came up with in this SCAC title game is definitely unbelievable. The players themselves cannot but kneel down after that touchdown to pray.

John DeFendis blessed by God

John DeFendis will be inducted into the WBBG Hall of Fame for his contributions to the fitness industries. David Robson spoke with John on the eve of his induction and they discussed his life as one of the world's best bodybuilder's and top personal trainers. Here you'll find the divine highlights: On workout "It was those seemingly endless moments in the gym that were responsible for the person that I have become: one that truly respects life, our God (probably because I was blessed to live through those moments), our journey and the legacy that we will leave behind." On lifesaving "My mother had some serious health problems and also weighed over 300 pounds. At 16 years of age I helped her and she lost over 180 pounds. It was a defining moment in my life. It was God's message to me. God was giving me the ticket to my mission in life, which was to help others to become healthier, and to live a better quality of life." On secrets "What are the s

God at the World Series

An Online Newshour about Poet Karen Zaborowski Duffy who has been a high school English teacher for 20 years. She's been a Philadelphia Phillies fan for even longer. Although her beloved team is not in this year's World Series, she shares a poem about being at the event years ago with her daughter, starting: "Even God, I think, is here, so high up in the stands..." via