Category: Sideline Slants

Discipline dispensed in variety of ways for student-athletes

It may surprise you to know that my behavior during baseball practice at Tabor College many years ago required some extra running. I’m sure some of you are shocked and appalled that such a model student-athlete would do something to warrant even this mild form of punishment or corrective behavior. Let’s just say that my freedom of speech wasn’t fully […]

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World Series was fun while it lasted

Wow! Was that an exciting World Series or what? The Royals exceeded all expectations by being in the World Series in the first place and coming so close to winning it all. You can say, “So close and yet so far.” Or, “Turn out the lights; the party’s over.” Or, “What a bummer, er, Bumgarner.” Yes, in a team sport, […]

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Can a coach be both liked and successful?

Back in the day, Vince Lombardi was extremely successful as coach of the Green Bay Packers. His persona was gruff, rough and tough, but he was considered to be a great coach. His line, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” became legendary. I don’t know how well- liked he was by players, but he won, so it didn’t really […]

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Sports stories you may have missed

Expensive football stadiums aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. OK, maybe cracked up was a bad choice of words. This headline caught my eye: “$60 million Texas High School Stadium Deemed Unsafe for Football.” That’s disturbing on a number of fronts. The obvious one is a high school stadium that costs $60 million. The second is that the […]

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Coach offers a memorable pep talk

Pep talks are a tool coaches learn to give in all kinds of circumstances. There are pre-game pep talks, halftime pep talks and post-game pep talks. There are even pep talks during some time outs. As a former athlete, I can honestly say that most of them aren’t memorable. While I don’t remember specific words, some talks made a bigger […]

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Even Bill Snyder says college athletics has sold out

College athletics, as we know it, will never be the same. Whether that’s good or bad is up for debate. But the genie is out of the bottle when it comes to NCAA Div. I athletics. Without a doubt, television is the driver for most of the money and power and growth in college athletics. The debate is not whether […]

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Warning signs have been clear

We know a lot. We’re allegedly smarter than ever. We’re enlightened. But all too often, knowledge doesn’t lead to action. No matter how compelling the facts are, most people live the way they’ve always lived with an attitude of “Don’t confuse me with the facts; I’ve got my mind made up already.” I saw a story by ABC News and […]

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Some summertime musings to ponder

So much to write about and so little time. Let’s cut to the chase and look at some timely topics. The Kansas City Royals have a decent team, but no one will confuse them with the old Bronx Bombers. The Royals addressed their lack of hitting by changing hitting coaches. But no matter how many hitting coaches the Royals try, […]

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Determining a champion imperfect at best

I don’t care if we’re talking about high school, college or pro sports. Devising the best way to crown a champion is complicated. Nearly every year, one organization or another goes about tweaking its system. High school sports may be the most constant because they don’t have a lot of money to invest in changing the system. The most noticeable […]

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Respect, not envy, for marathon runners

There are some devoted, albeit crazy, people in our community. My dad used to be one of them. I’m talking about those who run marathons for the fun of it. Frankly, I respect them. I admire them. But I don’t envy them. It makes no sense to me why so many people pay race organizers for the privilege of running […]

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