- SI’s Frank Deford coins the term “sportianity”, and comments on the rise of “sports ministries”.
- GQ profiles Greg Cauley, “UNC Superfan”.
- Sports Business Journal’s Bill King writes about the 24/7 fan, and media strategies for fulfilling the constant desires of today’s sports fan.
- ESPN’s Tom Farrey on the first study on head impacts at the youth level.
- Grantland’s Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier consider the economic impact of the end of football due to the ramifications of head injuries and brain trauma.
- Jonah Lehrer on “The Fragile Teenage Brain”.
- Malcolm Gladwell muses on the [lack of] difference between football and dogfighting.
- The New York Times hosts a debate on the concussion issue, and reviews studies that seem to show a link between repeated concussions and depression.
- ESPN reports on the decision to allow San Diego Charger and Christian Junior Seau’s brain to be studied following his suicide.
- Slate magazine’s Daniel Engber challenges conventional wisdom on concussion and suicide.
- Owen Strachan writes on football and conscience at First Things, and on the morality of football and sacrificing children to sports at his blog.
- Martin Marty writes on the moral hazards of football.
- Benjamin Dueholm muses on the “unnecessary roughness” of football in the Christian Century.
- Strachan addresses the issues of sports idolatry and sanctification.
- For subscribers, Christianity Today’s Mark Galli speaks about sports idolatry in the world, and in the church.
- For those who want a book-length treatment, Ted Kluck writes a “Christian fanifesto” concerning sports, and did an audio interview with Al Mohler on the subject.
- Christianity Today’s Shirl James Hoffman on sports fanatics.