Struck by Russ Ramsey, Free for CAPC Members
Death’s party-crashing ways are detailed in a new book by Russ Ramsey, titled Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death.
Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.
Metacognition is the process of thinking about what you are thinking about. It is what James 3:8 is referring to when it calls believers to tame their tongue—think before you speak (And Tweet)! And, it is an important discipline for the Christian life.
Consider the recent travesty from April 22. Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Metta World Peace (MWP), better known as Ron Artest, violently (not to mention recklessly and senselessly) elbowed Oklahoma City guard James Harden in the back of the head after scoring on an emphatic dunk. MWP was immediately ejected and Harden was carted off to the locker room where doctors later confirmed his concussion.
Because the play occurred in the first half, the remainder of the double-overtime game became an interesting case study in the rush to speculation and judgement in the twitterverse. While it is true that MWP has a history of violent acts during the course of a NBA game, the web response was nonetheless alarming. Consider the following tweets:
Some tweeters determined MWP’s suspension length:
Some attacked MWP:
Some defended MWP:
One prominent sports reporter attacked Harden:
Finally, some used the incident as an opportunity for cynicism and political stirring:
Compare these responses to the response of Grantland.com writer Rembert Browne:
While I respect an expert’s “expert” opinion, this is one of those times when everyone should just admit defeat and become comfortable with the phrase, “I just don’t know.”
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