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G-O-A-T Acts 7:55-60


The label "goat" is usually an insult, following an egregious error in sports. But it can be a compliment.

At a Glance

Wilma Rudolph. Mariano Rivera. Serena Williams. Abby Wambach. Michael Phelps. Usain Bolt. And Stephen of today's Acts lection. It's possible that they're all GOATs.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Feed the Heart," May 22, 2011, at

In the world of sports, being a goat is usually a negative.

You do something really bad -- something that messes up a game, a series or even your career.

Think baseball player Bill Buckner, who made a fielding error that cost the Red Sox game six of the 1986 World Series.

Or basketball player Chris Webber, who called a timeout that his team didn't have. His mistake caused the Michigan Wolverines to lose the 1993 NCAA championship.

One simple error and you become a sports goat.

But sometimes, being a goat is a good thing. As in G-O-A-T: Greatest Of All Time.

According to Fred Bowen of The Washington Post, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is a GOAT. Probably the greatest relief...

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