Quickly after starting my teaching career at an all-boys high school, I realized sports would have to be my prime analogy for theology. I posted this Scriptural verse on the wall:
“ATHLETES EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL IN ALL THINGS; THEY DO IT TO RECEIVE A PERISHABLE WREATH, BUT WE AN IMPERISHABLE ONE." (I Cor. 9:25).
On this theme, NY Times Magazine has a wonderful memoir on an old coach and on growing up. (from Amy Welborn) What's true on the baseball diamond is at least as true in the Church.