Category: Baselines

KU-MU border war was a family affair

It hard for me to imagine a world in which the three or four times the University of Kansas plays the University of Missouri in football and basketball each year is not a huge occurrence. Maybe that’s because this Jayhawk was nurtured by Tigers. My late father and former Tiger mother (who converted to KU-ism) are what you could call […]

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Gardner building Bluejays into winners

In the first season of his return as the Tabor College football coach, Mike Gardner did in one season what his predecessor couldn’t do in three: win four games. Starting with a narrow 23-20 loss to a Kansas Wesleyan team that finshed its season 7-3, Tabor fans noticed the difference in the effort and organization from their team. It seemed […]

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Here are the top 5 worst athlete ’dos

I have always owned a set of hair clippers. It’s not because I don’t like paying for hair cuts or that I try to keep as well-groomed as possible. In fact, I hardly ever use them. I own hair clippers because every so often I get a wild hair to grow my hair as long as I can stand it. […]

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New technology measures effort

Advances in technology may help the New York Knicks out of the NBA’s Atlantic Division basement. A microchip device sewn into the practice jerseys of the overhauled Knicks roster will help second-year head coach Mike D’Antoni keep track of who is and who is not putting forth effort in practices. The device sends a signal to a laptop, gauging effort […]

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What happened to the vintage gym teachers?

Does anyone remember the movie “Mr. Wood­cock” with Billy Bob Thornton? Thornton played a junior high physical education teacher that used politically incorrect tactics to toughen and educate early-adolescence boys. As with most Generation X males, I had a junior high P.E. teacher—back when it was still called “gym”—similar to the one depicted by Thornton. In today’s coddle-our-kids-or-sue-the-school society, he […]

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‘Marty Ball,’ 46 defense resurrected in New York

Having reached the AFC championship game in 2010, the New York Jets have found new success with the second generation of Buddy Ryan’s 46 defense and Marty Schottenheimer’s “Marty Ball” offensive strategy. Head coach Rex Ryan (Buddy’s son) and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (Marty’s son) have taken proven NFL strategies and combined forces to rebuild the often mediocre Jets into […]

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Impressions from my first-ever KCAC football media day

Stealing the idea from my Free Press predecessor, Andrew Ottoson, I have decided to dedicate this week’s column to highlights of my first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football media day, which I attended Friday in Salina. • The biggest highlight was having 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ted Kessinger in attendance. Kessinger coached at Bethany for 28 seasons, […]

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‘The Decision’ was must-see television

Being the big man that I am, I will admit it: I bought into the NBA summertime free agency and found myself tuned into THE interview with LeBron James on ESPN radio on my way home from Lyons Thursday night. I even texted my wife to DVR the one-hour ESPN program. However strange a television event it turned out to […]

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Baseball movies that capture game’s spirit

Now that the NBA Finals have concluded and a form of the Big XII has been saved (for now), sports fans can focus on America’s pastime. With the steroid era over, the power offenses no longer dominate the game and baseball has returned to the game that had unparalleled popularity through most of the 20th century. Also unparalleled are the […]

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Pac 10 has plans to woo Big 12 schools

Following the lead of the Big 10 Conference, the Pac 10 is trying to raid the Big 12. Given the go-ahead to proceed with expansion in a meeting in San Francisco Sunday, Pac 10 commissioner Larry Scott is looking to add up to six teams from the Big 12. The teams that could receive offers are Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, […]

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