Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 19 August 2008 14:27Maybe the summer heat is taking its toll. Or, maybe it's just me. But here are some things I wonder about.
n A number of people from Hillsboro have run marathons or biked across Kansas. Those are impressive accomplishments, but why do you have to pay to participate? It seems like a racket, if you ask me. To my way of thinking, shouldn’t the organizers pay someone to run 26 miles and bike across the state?
n With all due respect, the day I have to pay to officiate a basketball game is the day I’m hanging up my whistle.
Although, now that I think about it, if the price of gas continues to go up as much as it has this past year, I may be paying to officiate before long. I guarantee you the pay for officials isn’t keeping up...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 05 August 2008 14:38There are numerous trends in baseball, most of which have little to do with the game.
Bobbleheads are everywhere. That’s OK. That’s one of the better promotions really. But they don’t make bobbleheads like they used to.
A couple of years ago, my cousin sent a Jim Kleinsasser bobblehead doll to me as a present. It was part of a “Got Milk” promotion using Minnesota Vikings football players. What made the gift special, though, was the typo on the box, which said Joe Kleinsasser.
My bobblehead didn’t stay intact long though. My son Ryan grabbed the doll by the head, the head came off and the doll lost its bobble. However, it still makes for an interesting topic of conversation.
I have an idea—hold a bobblehead night in late...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 22 July 2008 14:53Tabor College President Jules Glanzer faced a bit of a dilemma. A nationwide search for a new athletic director came up empty. He resolved it by turning to familiar faces and expanding the leadership role of the athletic department.
As far as the failed search goes, it turns out that finding someone with the desired skill set wasn’t as easy as Tabor leadership must have thought. Either that or the school was victimized by bad timing.
Here’s what we know. Rusty Allen is the new vice president for athletics. And, unless there’s a change in plans, it sounds like Karol Hunt will be named half-time athletic director and Dave Kroeker will be a part-time associate athletic director. That’s a substantial increase in athletic...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 08 July 2008 15:19Back in the day when baseball really was America’s pastime, you went to a game to see a game. Nowadays, the game almost is a sideshow to all of the marketing gimmicks and promotions used to draw fans to the ballpark.
Americans love free stuff and they love fireworks. In fact, there are more than 140 fireworks displays across Major League Baseball this season. The Royals have one after every home game played on Friday. The good news is it’s a pretty good show. The bad news is it’s usually better than the game.
Not easily deterred, the White Sox tried a seat-cushion promotion. My cousin attended the game in which a home run wasn’t a home run in old Comiskey Park. In that case the fans put the issue to a vote, casting their...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 24 June 2008 15:25With all due respect to former pro baseball player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, baseball isn’t just a funny game. It’s also an unusual game.
Name another sport where the dimensions vary from stadium to stadium. Football fields, soccer fields, basketball courts all use standard dimensions. Not so baseball.
Some dimensions are consistent, i.e., the distance between bases and the distance from the home plate to the pitching rubber. But ballparks are not created equal.
For instance, there’s Fenway Park, with its short left-field fence and famous Green Monster, and Wrigley Field, with all of its nooks and crannies along an outfield wall covered with ivy. Baseballs have been known to get lost in that ivy.
And what used to be easy...
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