Category: Sideline Slants

Football taking a hit because of injury?

As the most popular sport in America, football appears invincible, and it probably is for the near future. But as research on concussions continues to bring bad news, one wonders if football proponents will accuse those of us who are concerned about head injuries guilty of piling on. Fact is, the number of high school football players around the country […]

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More than one way to succeed in NCAA basketball

The formula for winning NCAA Div. I basketball games has changed over time. Decades ago, nearly all student-athletes stayed in college for four years. Imagine how good KU might be if all of its players stayed in school for three or four years. Once the rules changed, some talented athletes went straight to the NBA. More changes created what is […]

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Quite a year for local basketball

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something happens that causes you to shake your head in amazement. Hillsboro has been blessed with good to great high school basketball teams for several decades. But I don’t remember a year quite like this when both high school teams and both Tabor College teams won postseason tournaments to advance to state […]

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Pancake race unites food, competition

Many moons ago, some Klein­sasser relatives from California traveled to Hills­boro for a family reunion. Given our state’s, shall we say, conservative bent, they had to chuckle when driving through Liberal. Some would say Liberal, Kan., is an oxymoron, but that’s a column for another day. My purpose for writing this column is not to discuss the history of Liberal, […]

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Memories from an unlikely author

Milford Klaassen isn’t your typical author. In fact, before he passed away Jan. 21, 2013, at age 61 from flu complications, few knew he was writing a book. During his lifetime, Milford was known in the Hillsboro community as a school bus driver, farmer, owner of JAMM mowing business for 24 years, and earlier as a good student-athlete at Hillsboro […]

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Coach calling out players is entertaining

Southern Illinois Univer­sity basketball coach Barry Hinson was obviously displeased after his team lost its fourth consecutive game in mid-December. He delivered a post-game rant that ranks as one of the most entertaining in recent memory. It’s hard not to like Hin­son’s passion and sense of humor. All of which raises the question whether honesty is always the best policy […]

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Sideline reporters: Best or worst job?

Is there a better or worse gig in sports than being a sideline reporter? On the one hand, a sideline reporter gets to spend the majority of time close to the action and has a degree of access to coaches and players. On the other hand, a sideline reporter gets very little camera time and is viewed as a nuisance […]

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College hoopsters asked to play defense without hands

Before the college basketball season started, coaches were unhappy. Imagine that athletes would have to learn to play defense with their feet and not their hands. How radical is that? Back when I was growing up (I know, that’s a long time ago), coaches always taught us to play defense without using our hands, because if we didn’t, it was […]

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Take it as gospel: Sports is fast-growing religion in U.S.

What is the fastest-growing religion in America? It isn’t Christianity. Accord­ing to the latest U.S. Reli­gion Census released May 1, 2012, the fastest-growing religion in America is Islam. I don’t have any data to dispute that, but I disagree with the study. I don’t think it’s Islam, Christianity, Bud­dhism, Judaism, Hinduism or any other ism. I contend that the fastest-growing […]

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Bay or James: Who’s TC’s all-time best?

Tabor College has had some talented football players over the years. But until now, if you were asked to name Tabor’s best football player of all time, the conversation started and ended with Rolland “Bay” Lawrence. It was a no-brainer. Who else had his legacy of success? After all, Lawrence was not only a great athlete at Tabor, he became […]

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