This grace accounts for the agony of defeat AND the thrill of victory. Not either/or. No, this Grace is both/and. I get it when he states "(four game) losing streaks will cause you to question just about everything: pick-and-roll defense, your star guard's usage rate, the spiritual principles that orient your life." In those raw moments, the reality of sport and of spirituality are equal bedfellows. I too will have to speak to my maker about my inordinate attachments (all things ND). And, to read "the experience you are having cannot be reductively explained by the effect of a ball going through a hoop. No, something else, something beyond the material—dare I say, something transcendent—is at play" captures what the madness, the frenzy, and the fanaticism is all about. I really do believe on the seventh day, God said "let's play two!"
Strand reminds all of us who seek, that we shall find. He found a vocation with the Society of Jesus and a deeper understanding of what March Madness—and its spirituality—does to us and for us. It's a great insight into all we can learn from studying Sport AND Spirituality and the relationship between the two.....All sports fans can benefit from this reflection. Enjoy