What the L?
January 18, 2016
Topics: sports
Author: Matt Sieger
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A Groundhog Day Reflection on the Super Bowl
February 2, 2015
Author: Matt Sieger

What do the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day have in common? Absolutely nothing. What do the Super Bowl and the movie, Groundhog Day, have in common? Quite a lot, especially if you are the Seattle Seahawks.

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A Jewish Take on Deflategate in Light of the Super Bowl
January 30, 2015
Topics: sports
Author: Matt Sieger

By now, everybody from Bill Nye the Science Guy to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has given an opinion on Deflategate. In case you’ve been hibernating the last two weeks, Deflategate is the controversy over whether the New England Patriots let air out of their footballs to gain a competitive advantage in their AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

It was only a matter of time until the rabbis weighed in.

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October 3, 2014
Author: Matt Sieger

When injuries downed many of our beloved San Francisco Giants, our super subs came through!

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The Final Four Trivia Contest
March 18, 2013
Author: Matt Sieger

Nothing related to March Madness is trivial. But take your best shot:

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Whose Side is God On?
February 4, 2013
Author: Matt Sieger

According to a Public Religion Research Institute survey taken one week before the Super Bowl, nearly 3 out of 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. And 53% believe that God rewards those athletes who have faith with good health and success. If they are right,…

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God Squad II
October 24, 2012
Author: Matt Sieger

The San Francisco Giants host the Detroit Tigers in the first game of the World Series tonight. The Giants starter, Barry Zito, came to faith in Jesus last year, and at least five other Giants—Ryan Vogelsong, Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, Jeremy Affeldt, and Santiago Casilla—are also believers. In 1978 the Giants created a stir because…

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David Newhan: Nothing to Hide
December 22, 2009
Author: Matt Sieger

Maybe it wasn’t quite Lou Gehrig replacing Wally Pipp, but when David Newhan got a chance to play for the Baltimore Orioles in the summer of 2004, he made the most of it. The left-handed swinging sparkplug belted a 435-foot pinch-hit home run in his first at bat for Baltimore on June 18. Previously a…

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Michael Blatchford: Nothing to Lose
December 21, 2009
Author: Matt Sieger

How does a skinny kid with asthma end up competing against brawny sprint cyclers in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? Michael Blatchford, 24, grew up in southern California in Cypress, a suburb near Disneyland. Like any other kid, he rode his bike around town. But it held no fascination for him until age thirteen,…

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Ami Ortiz: No Hate
December 20, 2009
Author: Matt Sieger

Fifteen-year-old Ami Ortiz, who lives with his family in Ariel, Israel, stayed home from school on Purim, March 20, 2008. He was delighted to discover in the stairwell a gift basket with the message Happy Holidays.” But when he opened the package, it exploded in his face, filling his body with shrapnel, burning him all…

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Yom Kippur and the Jewish Athlete
December 19, 2009
Author: Matt Sieger

We are proud when a Jewish athlete succeeds, but a few have gained even more respect for refusing to play ball on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg recalled his 1934 decision: Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur came in September… and since we were in the thick of…

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