Articles By: Joe Kleinsasser

Officials try hard but are not perfect

Officials aren?t perfect. It?s not for lack of effort. More people are working harder than ever before to help officials improve, even those of us who have been officiating for 34 years.

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A few resolutions made to be broken

Resolutions are made to be broken. Maybe that?s why it isn?t my style to make New Year?s resolutions. Perhaps it?s the fear of failure. I don?t know. But I have a hunch that a lot of coaches, athletes and administrators treat resolutions the same way I do.

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Bad press is better than no press for college football post-season

The college bowl season may give Excedrin headaches to many pundits, but not for my agent I.M. Slick.

It?s not that Slick believes the Bowl Championship Series, aka BCS, is a
great method for determining a national champion in football, but he
believes there?s nothing that contributes more to college football
staying in the news than the BCS.

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Father-son bond is inspiring, and metaphor

?Tis the season to be cynical?steroid use by athletes, win-at-all-cost coaches, unethical officials, unruly fans, out-of-sight salaries paid to professional athletes and college and professional coaches, to name just a few.

Or ?tis the season to remember that sports and athletic competition can actually heal and bring people closer together.

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Cross country isn?t for the attention-hungry athlete

You?ve heard the line, ?If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound??

Similarly, if you are a cross-country runner and no one is around to see you run, did you really run?

Such is the fate of athletes who compete in what has to be among the most invisible of all high school and collegiate sports?cross country.

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Tasting wins makes losing hard to swallow

Watching Tabor College football this fall was deja vu all over again.

Tabor?s football history has far more lows than highs. And while the past four to five years ranked anywhere from good to great to amazing, this year came closer to resembling the norm.

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Compassion fixes homecoming popularity contest, touches a life

Homecoming never was a big deal to me in high school or college. The festivities were OK, but I never was into the king or queen, or host and hostess contest.

Maybe it?s sour grapes because I was never a candidate, but I don?t think so. Even then I realized that it was a glorified popularity contest. Besides, the kids who won usually were friends of mine.

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Coaches like limelight more than criticism

Nobody said coaching is easy. Well, maybe some disagree with that opinion, but there?s more to coaching than coaching. Got that?

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Paterno asks team to clean stadium, polish reputation

Coaches use many forms of discipline when dealing with undisciplined or misbehaving student-athletes. Run extra laps, bench a player, suspend a player for a game?these are the routine forms of punishment.

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An open letter to USD 410 regarding the mental health risks of recess games

To whom it may concern:

Whether you want it publicly known or not, my entire K-12 education occurred in Hillsboro and USD 410. I had my ups and downs, but I really didn?t have any complaints . . . until now.

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