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Sports Spectrum Podcast

Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, Sports Spectrum is an interview driven podcast that features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Jul 30, 2018

Lary Sorensen pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Brewers, Cardinals, Indians, A's, Cubs, Expos and Giants. 

After finishing his college pitching career at the University of Michigan, Lary made his MLB debut in 1977 at the age of 21, and a year later, was an All-Star in 1978, winning a career-high 18 games for Milwaukee. 

During his MLB career, Lary began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. After being suspended in 1986 and then retiring in 1988, his life began to take a downward spiral.

From 1992 to 2008, Lary was arrested for DUI seven times. He was in and out of rehabs and life was getting out of control.

And then something changed in 2013 when he stepped through the doors of a church at the age of 58. 

On this powerful episode of the podcast, Lary Sorensen shares his journey from MLB player to alcoholic to follower of Jesus.

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Jul 26, 2018

Since 2014, Tress Way has been punting in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. The Oklahoma University grad led the NFL in punting in 2014 with 47.5 yards per punt.

Undrafted out of college, Tress had to overcome being cut twice by the Chicago Bears at the end of the 2013 and 2014 preseason before finding himself in our nation's capital. 

In 2016, Tress signed a 5-year extension with Washington in March of 2016 that will keep him with the club through 2020. 

Tress is married to his wife Brianna Turang, a former softball and soccer star at the University of Oklahoma. Brianna is also the daughter of former MLB outfielder Brian Turang and the sister of Brice Turang, who plays in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The couple became parents to twins (a boy and a girl) in April of 2018.

In his spare time, Tress is also an entrepreneur and has started a game company called "WAY FUN GAMES" --- His first board game "What's Your Bid?"is now available on Amazon.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Tress about punting, preparing for the 2018 season, his faith testimony, inventing a board game, meeting his wife in Oklahoma, his epic proposal and how he ended up in Washington after being cut twice by the Chicago Bears. 

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Jul 23, 2018

Maria Taylor is becoming a household name on sports broadcasts. In 2018, the ESPN host and reporter has been covered College Football's National Championship Game, College Basketball, the NFL Draft, the NBA Combine, the NBA Draft and the ESPYs .... and it's only July. 

A graduate of the University of Georgia in 2009, Maria played basketball as well as making All-SEC honors in volleyball for the Lady Bulldogs. 

It was also during her time in college that she began to investigate her faith. After joining FCA, Maria began a journey that culminated in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Maria's passion to serve the Lord and give back culminated in 2014 with her co-founding the Winning Edge Leadership Academy. The Academy provides a place where college student and young professionals, particularly women and minority leaders, can get professional development to prepare them for the sports business world. 

On this episode of the podcast, Maria Taylor shares about her journey to faith, covering her first NBA Draft, what it was like working College Football's National Title Game as a Georgia Alum, why she wanted to start a leadership academy, and why prayer is the first thing she would do if someone asked her about her faith in Jesus. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 20, 2018

Jordan Matthews is a wide receiver with the New England Patriots. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and played 3 seasons there. 

In August 2017, he was traded from Philadelphia to Buffalo and spent last season with the Bills. A few months later, in April of 2018, he signed a 1-year deal with the Patriots.

Jordan attended Vanderbilt University, where he had 262 receptions for 3,759 yards and 24 touchdowns, setting many school records.

The athletic pedigree for Jordan runs in the family as his second cousin is former NFL hall of fame Jerry Rice. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Jordan about his passion to serve, transitioning from the Eagles, Bills and now with the Patriots, why his wife is his best friend, how an Eagles teammate helped him grow spiritually, and why he says his identity is not found in his job as a football player. 

Jul 18, 2018

Denard Span is a centerfielder with the Seattle Mariners. He was traded to Seattle on May 25 from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a 4-player deal.

He was selected in the first round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins out of high school at the age of 18. After 6 years in the minor leagues, Span would make his debut in April of 2008 at the age of 24. He would play 5 seasons with the Twins from 2008-2012 before being traded to the Washington Nationals where he would play 3 more seasons in D.C.

In January of 2016, he signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants where he’d play two more seasons until being traded in December of last year to Tampa.

Span is red-hot right now, hitting .351 in the month of July as the Mariners look to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Near and dear to Span is his foundation, the Denard Span Foundation, whose mission is to serve and empower single parent homes. The foundation is dedicated to creating strong sustainable home environments where both parents and children can thrive physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Span about his desire to give back and help those in single parent homes, being traded in the middle of the season, the biggest difference between playing baseball at 24 compared to 34, and where how he continues to  trust in the Lord during a long MLB season.

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Jul 16, 2018

Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,200 US outlets daily and in more than 130 countries.

Dr. Evans launched the Tony Evans Training Center in 2017, an online learning platform providing quality seminary-style courses for a fraction of the cost to any person in any place. The goal is to increase Bible literacy not only among lay people but also among those Christian leaders who cannot afford nor find the time for formal ongoing education. 

His latest project is a partnership is a digital app with his son Jonathan called iCoach. You can learn about that project at http://iCoachApp.org 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Dr. Evans about his work with the Dallas Cowboys, how he got started in sports ministry, where the state of faith is in the NBA, the biggest spiritual battles athletes face, and the church's role in the current climate that we live in today. 

For more check us out at http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 12, 2018

Dave Pasch is an announcer for ESPN as well as the radio voice for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. 

A graduate of Syracuse University in 1994, Pasch became the voice of the Cardinals in 2002 and then joined ESPN the following season in 2003 where he calls college football, college basketball and NBA games for the Worldwide Leader. 

Pasch may be most famous for calling college basketball games on ESPN with his partner, the hall of fame basketball player, Bill Walton. 

After growing up in a Jewish home, Dave came to Christ in the 1990's after spending time investigating the faith. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Dave about working with Bill Walton, the growth of his broadcasting career, becoming a Christian, the crazy schedule he has in the Fall, how a fellow broadcaster helped him in his faith walk, and what its like to be a believer in a very public job with ESPN and the Arizona Cardinals. 

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Jul 10, 2018

Mark Schlereth played 12 seasons in the NFL from 1989-2000 with the Redskins and Broncos. He is a 3-time Super Bowl champion, winning one ring with Washington and two with Denver.

After retirement in 2001, he joined ESPN, where he would work as an analyst until departing in June of 2017 for a new opportunity with FOX Sports. 

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Schlereth attended the University of Idaho on a football scholarship. After his college career ended, he was selected in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and head coach Joe Gibbs.

Known as "Stink" to many of his friends, Schlereth wheres many titles in his life including husband, a father, grandfather, an actor, an entrepreneur, a morning radio host and a television analyst.  

In Part 2 of our conversation with Schlereth, we talk about Mark's arrival in Denver, which Super Bowl ring is his favorite, the decision to retire after 29 surgeries, broadcasting at ESPN, acting with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and why being a grandparent is the most fun he's ever had. 

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Jul 9, 2018

Mark Schlereth played 12 seasons in the NFL from 1989-2000 with the Redskins and Broncos. He is a 3-time Super Bowl champion, winning one ring with Washington and two with Denver.

After retirement in 2001, he joined ESPN, where he would work as an analyst until departing in June of 2017 for a new opportunity with FOX Sports. 

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Schlereth attended the University of Idaho on a football scholarship. After his college career ended, he was selected in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and head coach Joe Gibbs.

Known as "Stink" to many of his friends, Schlereth wheres many titles in his life including husband, a father, grandfather, an actor, an entrepreneur, a morning radio host and a television analyst.  

In Part 1 of our conversation with Schlereth, we talk about Mark's departure from ESPN to FOX, how his football career almost ended in college, how Joe Gibbs impacted his walk with Christ, and where the nickname "Stink" actually came from. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 5, 2018

Riley Tincher was an All-American pitcher at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he was the Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Pitcher of the Year, a two-time first-team All-Region pitcher, a two-time first-team All-WIAC pitcher, a Max Sparger award recipient, and an All-Star in the prestigious Northwoods League

He’s now a mental conditioning coach with a master’s degree in sports pedagogy with an emphasis in sports psychology from Baylor University. He’s the owner of Coachability - a mentorship program that serves athletes, at every level (youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic), all throughout the country.

Coachability was created to provide athletes a safe haven they can go to, to talk to someone who has been through what they are going through. It was also created to teach athletes the principles to succeed in sports, and more importantly, in life after sports. It is the mentorship program Riley wished existed when he was younger.

Riley is also the author of the book "Pitching Against Myself," released in 2017. 

On this episode of the podcast, Riley shares his powerful story of baseball, success, struggle, depression and why his pursuit of a baseball dream almost caused his life to end. Riley shares why Jesus is the answer and how it helped heal him after multiple suicide attempts and how he's now taking his pain and turning it into purpose. 

Jul 2, 2018

Nick Foles began the 2017 season as a backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. In December, starting QB Carson Wentz injured his knee and 2 months later, Foles was the Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 373 yards and 3 TD in the Eagles 41-33 victory over the Patriots. Foles is also the only quarterback to ever catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.

Selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Eagles, Foles made the Pro Bowl in 2013, but a few years later, was traded to the Rams, released, signed by the Chiefs and then returned to Philadelphia in 2017. 

Foles' new book "Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure and Overcoming the Odds," released on June 26 and is a look inside his journey through football and faith. 

On this episode of the podcast, Nick Foles shares his reason for writing a book, how close he was to retiring from the NFL, cultivating a culture of faith in the locker room, going from MVP to backup, and why he doesn't want to be called a "starting quarterback."

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