Long Shots

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
I have an old smelly hat that I have had now for close to five years. It’s black and it fits just right. There have been times when a new hat almost replaced it, but it just wasn’t the same.


Despite some close calls with the washing machine and nearly losing it when I stuck my head out of the car sunroof, it’s still my favorite hat.


And I figured I’d start tipping my hat to some great things happening around us in sports.


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— At the start of season, the Tabor College football program faced a mountain of expectations after climbing out of the cellar last season by winning three games.


This year the Bluejays may have made next year’s climb a little tougher by finishing at .500-only the third non-losing record since the program began back in 1969.


It seems that climbing mountains while quieting skeptics is becoming a common theme in the Bluejays’ camp.


I tip my hat to coach Tim McCarty, not only for a great season, but also for some of the most original quotes I’ve ever heard.


McCarty is an extremely talented coach, and he seems to be doing all sorts of things different-for the better.


When his team’s transportation didn’t show up for the McPherson College game Saturday, he took matters into his own hands. McCarty, his coaches and players ended up driving their own vehicles to the game.


“We got off to a good start,” McCarty said with a laugh. “The buses didn’t show. Have you ever heard of that?”


Well, I haven’t. But before this season I hadn’t heard of a Tabor team finishing with five wins-congratulations players and coaches.


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— What do a noseguard and a linebacker from Hillsboro High School do after the football season is over?


Well, they wrap themselves in blankets, dance gracefully and sing at the top of their lungs.


Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to stir up controversy through sarcasim or wit. I’m serious about this.


On Thursday night, I went to the Hillsboro High School musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”


I never thought I’d say it, but HHS football standouts Ronnie Davis and Carson Greenhaw gave new meaning to the word “dainty.”


Throughout the night, I had to keep reminding myself that these were the same two guys who were blasting running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers in football just a few weeks before the musical opened.


And I think that’s why I laughed a lot and enjoyed their performance so much.


These two young men should be embraced not just for their athletic ability, but also because of their ability to excel in activities other than sports.


I tip my hat to two guys who are exceptional athletes and talented muscians and actors-even if they are “dainty” at times.


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— Every week at the Free Press, we publish the scores, stats and information of different sporting events around the county.


I’m not much of a bowler, but I have noticed that there are some pretty darn good bowlers in our area.


I’d like to know who area bowlers would crown as the county’s best.


I think I have a good game at the bowling alley if I can get one of those “X’s” in a single night, or if my forearm isn’t sore in the morning.


I tip my hat to those bowlers in our area who can bowl a whole bunch of “X’s” and a whole bunch of those slanted “I’s.”


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— Hat “tippage” is also in order to the Tabor College stat team. The athletic department should be commended for its brainy stat team.


Whether it’s a football or basketball game, they have the play-by-play breakdown for us minutes after the game.


I wish other KCAC schools could spit out stats like that, or just stats in general.


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— Hats come in many different shapes, sizes and sometimes smells (in my case, at least.)


Next time you have the chance, tip your own hat-no matter how smelly.

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