Articles By: Joe Kleinsasser

So, this is what happens when best-laid plans go awry

By now, most of us have broken our New Year’s resolutions, assuming we were silly enough to make them. But never fear. Those of us who call ourselves sports fans know what it seems like for best-laid plans to go haywire. Take Louisiana Tech football, for example. Early in the fourth quarter while trailing Mississippi State 57-14 last fall, Tech […]

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Tabor football: End of an era?

Isn’t winning fun? The football program at Tabor College has been living the dream. The Bluejays finished in a tie with Sterling for the KCAC championship with an 8-1 record. It’s the third consecutive year the Bluejays either tied or won the title outright. The amazing thing is how few games were close. Tabor’s margin of victory in the games […]

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Coaches know best most of the time

After officiating a difficult game, I’d sometimes ask myself, “Why does anyone officiate basketball?” I managed to stay with it for 40 years, so apparently I convinced myself that it was a good avocation. Truth be told, the good memories far outweigh the bad memories. I suspect that coaches go through a similar kind of thought process. I’m told that […]

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Losing games doesn’t make someone a loser

If you’ve lived very long and paid any attention at all to sports, you’re aware of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. I’ve never handled defeat very well. I’m not proud of it, either. I don’t like losing, period, whether it’s checkers or whatever. However, losing was easier to handle as a student-athlete than as a fan. […]

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NCAA finds no academic fraud by UNC – surprised?

If you were waiting for the hammer to come down on the University of North Carolina after a three-and-a-half year investigation by the NCAA, you’re likely disappointed but unsurprised by the outcome. In summary, here’s what we know: • The university sponsored fake classes for nearly two decades. • This was considered one of the worst academic scandals in college […]

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Latest shoe scandal isn’t that shocking, just disappointing

Not everyone is cheating in college basketball. It just seems that way. The most recent scandal in the sport wasn’t uncovered by the NCAA. Rather, it was the FBI. As a general rule, if the FBI is investigating one of your major sports, it’s not a good thing. In the latest scandal, 10 people, including four assistant coaches at big-time […]

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Football is more than injuries; it also inspires hope

I was preparing to write a column about how dangerous it is to play football, but that’s nothing new. We know that in every high school, college and professional game, there’s likely to be a relatively minor or season-ending injury to someone. It’s the nature of the sport. It’s mind-numbing to think about the number of concussions resulting from contact […]

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To protest or not to protest isn’t the only question

There’s a saying that united we stand, divided we fall. If that’s true, the United States of America is in trouble. I don’t know that the United States was ever fully united, but if sports are truly a microcosm of life, we’re less united than ever before. The divisiveness in America was evident before the most recent presidential election. But […]

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Trying harder doesn’t guarantee better play

There’s no way to prove that trying harder can actually be a disadvantage in sports, but plenty of experts will tell you that it is, especially in baseball. Every coach wants his or her players to give 100 percent effort, but there’s a fine line between giving a good effort and trying too hard. In sports and in life, trying […]

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Preseason polls are mostly for fans

Many coaches are not big fans of preseason polls. And who can blame them? If their team is picked to win the conference, they are playing with a big bullseye on their back. If their team is picked to finish near the bottom, there’s probably a good reason and fans will be anticipating a long season. Tabor College was picked […]

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