Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 01 June 2010 20:31
Radio broadcast legend Paul Harvey had a segment called “The Rest of the Story,” stories that contained unexpected endings.
In this age of nonstop media coverage, we are fed a steady dose of tidbits about sports celebrities. And for all we know, what do we know for sure? In some cases, i.e. Tiger Woods and Ben Roethlisberger to name two, we know more than we ever needed to know. Even so, we rarely, if ever, know the whole story.
Bob Huggins, former coach at Kansas State and Cincinnati and now West Virginia, has always had success, but his off-the-court reputation is not particularly great.
One wonders how he was given the nickname “Huggy Bear.” He is known for yelling and being intimidating. His teams had a 0.0...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 18 May 2010 19:11Graduating student-athletes, parents and friends: It’s a privilege to address you as you receive your high school or college diplomas. Congratulations on reaching this milestone. Although not all of you have experienced the same degree of success athletically, you’re to be commended for your time and effort while pursuing and completing your classroom education.
As student-athletes, some of you won individual championships. Others of you helped lead your team to a championship. Still others were good enough to have won a championship, but came up short. And, let’s face it, some of you weren’t overly talented and never had much chance of winning anything, but you improved your game and did the best you could.
But enough with...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:53The following story is likely fatuous and inane, but still funny. It’s been making the rounds on the Internet, so I’m sharing this creative take on the latest shocking athletics scandal with my Sideline Slants readers.
• AP — Butler’s run in the NCAA National Championship Game may be tarnished after reports surfaced today that all 13 players on the roster are being given good educations in an effort to help them find good jobs after they leave the school.
“It’s important to remember that right now these are only allegations—allegations that we are looking into,” said NCAA president James Isch. “But, obviously, if true, this would be very disappointing. The NCAA has certain expectations and standards. It’s not fair...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 20 April 2010 19:05Upsets aren’t what they used to be. They used to be rare, something special, something out of the ordinary. When you watch TV or read a newspaper today, they’re a dime a dozen.
Maybe it’s just a pet peeve of mine, maybe its semantics, but it seems that every time the favored team loses, sports reporters are quick to call it an upset. If I had a dollar for every time reporters used the word, I could retire early.
There are definitely times when players, coaches and fans get carried away with trying to attach more cosmic significance to a win than is warranted.
According to one dictionary, an upset is an unexpected victory or defeat. Does that mean when a No. 9 seed beats a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, it is...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 06 April 2010 18:57Some people know they don’t have answers to complex problems. Others like to think they do. Still others are trying to figure out what the questions are.
My opinionated agent, I.M Slick, called recently to offer his perspective on the perplexing issue of the budget crisis facing schools and possible cuts to athletic programs.
Slick: Did I hear that Hillsboro schools might eliminate up to five sports to meet the current budget crisis?
Joe: You heard right. Things are looking bleak.
Slick: And I assume you haven’t offered any solutions?
Joe: Well, no. I don’t have any great solutions.
Slick: Why does the Free Press pay you to write a column? Don’t you know by now that no one looks to you for answers? You only need to offer...
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