Prayer and Action for Ukraine


Sending thoughts and prayers is a cheap way to evade taking responsible steps in a crisis. In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, sports authorities take spirited steps:

In preparation for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the United Nations joined the Olympic Movement in calling for a hallowed Olympic truce. Now, the IOC is forced to condemn Russia’s breach of the sacred peace:

Spirited action also comes from the soccer world: Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic are asking for their WCQ playoff matches to not be held in Russia:

Last, but not least, Boxing Champion Wladimir Klitschko lays out steps for the fight for freedom and democracy:

You can do something by mobilizing and organizing huge demonstrations. Make your voice heard. Make the voice of democracy heard. Say it loud and clear that international law and democracy are under attack, that war is the greatest evil and that life is sacred.

“No democracy without democrats“
By Wladimir Klitschko

PlayersPrayers is back

It’s been 10 years since we decided to suspend PlayersPrayers. A lot has happened since. Our three kids have established themselves in their own sports: swimming, MMA, and baseball. But most recently, the global COVID-19 pandemic has driven followers of sports and spirituality more to the screens. I recently attend my first in-person professional sporting event in over 18 months. We have begun to attend in-person church again. In our area poeple are going back to church and stadium. The intersection of sports and spirituality remains alive and well, and PlayersPrayers is back to shed some light on it. We remain open to all faiths and sports with an international perspective. Our platform may adjust. For now, Blogger is around and working, as are Twitter and and Youtube. All these channels will receive significant updates in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! PlayersPrayers is back! Please leave a comment about what you would like to see here in the future.

The End

PlayersPrayers was started on March 30th in 2004. This blog was a place where sport meets spirituality. On December 14th 2006 an international edition was launched. All of the international articles are now part of my consolidated lifestream at The two former blogs are discontinued. Old photos can still be viewed on flickr and videos on youtube.

Post # 200 and Top 10 of the Year

On this 18th day of December 2008 turns 200 posts old.
A good reason to take a look at this year’s Top 10 most favorite posts:
1. Spiritual NBA Player Nicknames (nba)
2. Jewish NASCAR (nascar)
3. Super Bowl XLII Prayers on Twitter (nfl, twitter)
4. McCain Explains It All For You (easter, nfl)
5. upgraded (branding, domain, nhl)
6. Church and Stadium Lego Edition (church, stadium)
7. Presbyterian Manning (church, nfl)
8. Easter workouts (bodybuilding, easter, twitter)
9. LDS NBA (nba)
10. Presbyterians walking (church, running)

sports books | spirituality books

religious state of the blogosphere

The 2008 State of the Blogosphere is out. Among other things Technorati is taking a look at the most popular topics, finding out that three-quarters of bloggers cover three or more topics. 19% of all blogs cover religion/spirituality and 16% cover sports. Religion beats sports. That is hard to imagine compared to TV ratings. Is the blogosphere really that different?
sports books | spirituality books

Church and Stadium Lego Edition

Lego turns 50 today. Google celebrates it logo-style and we ask:

What about lego stadiums and lego churches on the major Photo Sharing Sites?
Here are the facts:

flickr found 219 photos tagged with lego and church.
photobucket has 79 lego church images.

flickr found 37 photos tagged with lego and stadium.
photobucket has 9 lego stadium images.

On both sites churches are more popular than stadiums are. Amazing buildings, tons of bricks. Check the photos.

Marie Sophie Haas

Full of gratefulness and joy we are announcing our daughter’s birth:
Marie Sophie Haas was delivered by cesarean on January 9 2008 at 4:55 am.
She was 20.47 in tall and weighed 122.40 oz.
Mother and child are in good health.