UNPACKIN’ it Ministries is where sports fans go to unpack sports, faith, and life. We officially launched in January 2014 with our focus centered around a nationally-syndicated sports radio show. The show continues to broadcast weekly on over 30 radio affiliates nationwide, and now we provide additional ways to to equip passionate sports fans to become followers of Jesus…and more than fans.

 

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The UNPACKIN' it Podcast

Sports Fans Following Jesus
  • Conquering the Nemesis

    Until last night, Houston Astros’ starting pitcher, Dallas Keuchel, has had his way against the New York Yankees’ batters throughout his career. His performance in the 2015 wild-card game ended their season. Then in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series this year, he dominated again. Between those two games, he struck out 17 New York batters and allowed seven hits, two walks, and no runs in 13 innings. But with the series tied 2-2 and with Game 5 being in New York, the Yankees finally overcame the pitcher...

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  • Squandering the Lead

    This is a great time of year for sports fans! We have the MLB Playoffs heating up…football season rolling along…and the NBA kicking off its season. Last night the NBA games started with the Cavs taking care of the Celtics and their former teammate, Kyrie Irving, and then later with the regining champion, Warriors, going up against the new-look Rockets. Golden State received their championship rings, and their banner was revealed in front of the home crowd. Loaded with talent again, the Warriors led the Rockets most of the game...

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  • The Open-Door Policy

    The NBA returns tonight after a wild summer of trades and free agent signings. Huge stars have switched teams and fans are extremely curious to see how the new lineups work out. The Cavs and Warriors seem to remain the favorites to win the Championship, with the Rockets, Thunder, and Celtics keeping it interesting. After the San Antonio Spurs had a disappointing playoff run last year, there are loads of questions about the makeup of their roster and whether or not they have the right pieces to win a championship. One of the...

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  • The Panic Meter for NFL Teams

    ESPN.com currently has an article posted with a headline, “The NFL Panic Meter: How Every Team Feels Right Now.” Teams are put in the following five categories: Everything is fine. Good, but uneasy. Don’t get comfortable. On the brink. In an outright panic. According to the article, the Browns, Packers, Giants, and 49ers have hit a level five and asking “Where is the hope?” Just yesterday, the Packers lost their leader and star QB, Aaron Rodgers. The Browns continue to struggle across the board…the Giants finally got a win last night,...

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  • Mending and Breaking During Game 5

    The Chicago Cubs are heading to their third straight NLCS after coming out on top 9-8 in last night’s Game 5 against the Washington Nationals. With both teams laying it all on the line, reporter Jeff Passan used this intriguing headline in his article on YahooSports.com: “Nationals, Cubs Witness Cruelty and Glory of Baseball in One Incredible Game.” That is a great description of last night’s game. Each team had strong pitching, key hits, costly mistakes, favorable bounces, and heartbreaking plays at different times…and experienced both excitement and disappointment, as a result. The Cubs...

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  • “Routine to Greatness”

    Thursday Night Football’s matchup between the 4-1 Eagles and the 4-1 Panthers is a big one, as they are two of the top teams in the league right now. Having family in both Philly and Charlotte will make the game extra fun to watch…and I’ll be rooting especially hard for the Panthers to win so my uncles have to send me Tastykakes! One of the key Eagles players to watch tonight is their tight end, Zach Ertz. A second round pick out of Stanford, Ertz is in his 5th season and emerging as...

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  • Who Do We Blame for U.S. Soccer Losing?

    U.S. Soccer fans are upset and confused by the disappointing 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago last night. They are having a hard time believing the national team has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup, and are trying to figure out how it happened. The passionate conversation about this shocking elimination has led to finger-pointing and has placed blame on every aspect of U.S. Soccer. Coaches Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena are being criticized for putting the team in this position…and key players like Tim Howard, Omar Gonzalez, and...

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  • The Poison of Pride

    Alabama football has easily run through teams this season. Despite Texas A&M making it interesting on Saturday, the Crimson Tide has dominated most games and remain undefeated at 6-0. Year after year, Alabama makes their way into the championship conversation. Head coach, Nick Saban, always seems to know how to keep his team engaged and very well prepared. With Alabama’s success this season, the media is offering up plenty of praise. However, Saban doesn’t buy into their recognition and actually thinks it’s detrimental to his players. This is what he...

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  • Giving Rodgers an Opportunity to Win

    Yesterday’s NFL “game of the day” was probably between the Cowboys and Packers. With the teams having such a great rivalry, the game proved to be another instant classic. The Cowboys had the lead for the majority of the game until the 4th quarter when they went back and forth. Toward the end, Dallas took the lead back 31-28 after a 17-play drive that resulted in Dak Prescott running a QB-keeper for the touchdown. They put themselves in a strong position to win, but there was still 1:13 left on...

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  • “You Respect ‘Em, But You Don’t Fear ‘Em”

    The New England Patriots survived with a win last night against the Tampa Bay Bucs 19-14. Although this was an important game for the Bucs, their kicker missing three field goals proved to be costly. The Patriots-Bucs’ matchup didn’t live up to the hype, but I was able to take away a great quote worth unpacking today. Bucs’ key defensive lineman, Gerald McCoy, was interviewed by CBS’ Tracy Wolfson before the game, and was talking about the Patriots coming into Tampa as the Super Bowl Champs. McCoy made this profound...

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