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O Rebels, Where Art Thou? (An MSU Fan’s Ode to Ole Miss)

O Rebels, Where Art Thou? (An MSU Fan’s Ode to Ole Miss)
Hugh Freeze is the new head football coach at Ole Miss. Before you ask, “Hugh?” (sometimes pronounced “who?”), just think of The Blind Side. The goofy high school coach at Memphis’ Wingate Christian School who answers his cell phone on the sidelines during a game is a fictional representation...
January 9th, 2012 | Sports | Read More

Play Ball!

Play Ball!
“Say it with me, Royals’ fans. Let’s ‘Play ball!’” The stadium announcer says it every game right before the Royals take the field. Those two words are key to the start of a game. When it was my turn to pitch in ball games growing up, I remember the umpire shouting, “Play ball!” and...
May 23rd, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Sports | Read More

Auburn v. Oregon – There Can Only Be ONE

Auburn v. Oregon – There Can Only Be ONE
Last year, Chad Gibbs flew me out to Birmingham, Alabama to see a football game between his beloved Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Ostensibly, Chad was doing this for his book, God and Football – Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC.  He claimed he wanted a perspective from...
December 8th, 2010 | Featured, Sports | Read More

The Redemption of Michael Vick

The Redemption of Michael Vick
Michael Vick’s life is unfolding like a Disney movie, just not one with talking dogs, thank you very much. At the time of this writing, Vick possesses the highest quarterback rating and has not tossed a single interception all year. His Eagles are poised to make a run for the NFC East Division Title...
November 19th, 2010 | Featured, Sports | Read More

Turnovers: A Year in Sports Hubris

Turnovers: A Year in Sports Hubris
I grew up in an era of great sports athletes. Bo Jackson. Magic Johnson. Wayne Gretzky. These were my childhood idols. As young boy living in Los Angeles, I was given the privilege of viewing some of the most dynamic athleticism in sports history. More importantly I maintained a naivety during these...
October 15th, 2010 | Featured, Sports | Read More

Venison Virgin

Venison Virgin
If the bodies of the approximately three million white-tail deer harvested annually in America were to be laid end to end, the column would stretch from New York to San Francisco. If we added in the elk, antelope, moose, mule-deer and black-tail deer, we would be well on our way to a complete round trip....
October 6th, 2010 | Featured, Sports | Read More

Burnside Fantasy Football League Openings

For a few years now, we’ve been running a Burnside fantasy football team.  This year, we have between one and three openings.  It’s a Yahoo! league, and the draft is scheduled for 2pm PST on Saturday.  We need you to fill our openings. That came out wrong. Anyway, it’s a lot of fun. ...
August 31st, 2010 | Blog, Sports | Read More

Pre-season: An Excerpt from “God and Football,” by Chad Gibbs

Pre-season: An Excerpt from “God and Football,” by Chad Gibbs
Editor’s Note: Burnside contributor Chad Gibbs recently traveled to the twelve schools of the SEC to explore the intersection of faith and fandom. Chad recounts his journey in “God and Football” (Zondervan). The book is funny and insightful no matter what conference you belong to. It...
August 18th, 2010 | Books, Burnside Sells Out, Featured, Sports | Read More

College Football, Star Wars and Baby Behemoths

College Football, Star Wars and Baby Behemoths
A few months after this site started up, which seems like 10 years ago, I received an emailed article about golf from some Alabamian named Chad Gibbs. “No one cares about golf,” I muttered.  But I read it anyway, and it was surprisingly funny, so we ran it. Then Chad sent another article,...
August 6th, 2010 | Books, Burnside Sells Out, Featured, Sports | Read More

Truth, Justice, and the MMA Way

Truth, Justice, and the MMA Way
It’s probably not right for a pastor to watch MTV. Especially when it shows people getting beat up in an eight sided ring by professional cage fighters. So I’m confessing that my favorite show is an MTV reality series called Bully Beat Down. The premise of the show goes like this: guys who have...
August 4th, 2010 | Featured, Sports | Read More