Category: Sideline Slants

Classics basketball games are fun to watch anytime

In 40 years of officiating I saw a lot of good basketball games, so-so games and ugly games. Only a few games were truly great or instant classics. The three-overtime OU-KU basketball game last month on ESPN qualified as an instant classic. From an official’s view, well-played games are easier to call than games in which teams struggle to make […]

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KCAC’s new transfer rule has an origin

Tabor College football coach Mike Gardner garnered another Coach of the Year award in the KCAC. And why not? The Bluejays finished first in the KCAC with a 9-0 record, 10-2 overall. Actually, a good case could have been made as well for Kansas Wesleyan head coach Matt Drinkall. In his first year at KW, the Coyotes were near the […]

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What’s one more bowl game among football fans?

The Univer­sity of Alabama has been crowned the national champion in college football, and we finally know who is the best of the best. What we don’t know is who is best of the worst, or the worst of the worst, depending on your perspective. In 1995, football fans could choose from 18 postseason bowl games. A decade later, there […]

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Successful athletes depend on superstitious fans, right?

I’m not particularly superstitious by nature. I don’t think sports fans have much to do with the outcome of games played on the field or court. However, there’s no denying that many fans think that wearing a lucky cap, socks or jersey could influence the outcome of a sporting event. Seriously? It all seems so silly to me. Even someone […]

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Power is in the eye of the beholder

Sports fans and college alumni equate power with the quality and success of their sports teams. At the NCAA Div. I level, universities use power to flex their muscle to make rules that protect their interests in college athletics. Universities also use that clout to garner huge television contracts, which makes their athletic programs even more powerful. Successful coaches are […]

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Tabor College football back and better than ever

In sports, it’s hard to reach the top of your conference, let alone stay there and be relevant year after year. Take a look at the chart below and you’ll see Tabor football was outstanding in 2005, good in 2006 and not so good from 2007-2011. But Tabor has been good to great since 2012. You don’t have to look […]

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World Series crown fits Royals just fine

The Kansas City Royals took an interesting approach to postseason baseball—spotting opposing teams some early runs, only to rally in the last inning or two to pull out a victory from the jaws of defeat. Most Hollywood script­writers, save the series of “Rocky” movies, would never write the same ending to each story. The Royals came from behind so often […]

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Mixing God, sports in the conversation

Most sportswriters are smarter than to broach the subject of how God views sports. Truth be told, most pastors, theologians and religious leaders know better than to mix the two. However, I’m not that smart, which is why I will share some thoughts on this controversial topic. It’s controversial because those who don’t believe in God don’t have any use […]

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TC coaches teach in and out of classroom

College coaches have a full plate and a job that is virtually year round thanks to recruiting. But as much time as coaches spend recruiting and coaching student-athletes, it’s not uncommon, especially in small colleges, for coaches to also teach in the classroom. There’s no reason why a coach shouldn’t be proficient at teaching in the classroom. After all, coaching […]

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Sports: Is the glass half empty or full?

Sports fans are interesting creatures. Some are fanatical. Many are blindly loyal. Some jump on the bandwagon. Others jump off. But generally, fans fall in one of two camps—they either view their teams through rose-colored glasses or they constantly think something bad is about to happen. In other words, fans are optimistic or pessimistic. Consider how a discussion might sound […]

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