Category: Sideline Slants

When it comes to sports, security matters

Whatever the age of athletes, from T-ball to pro sports, we look forward to seeing athletes perform again someday. For those involved with game administration, thoughts will return to making the games safe for the officials and fans, especially at the end of the game. During my time as a soccer and basketball official, I wasn’t aware or that concerned […]

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Reflecting on one of the former great pitchers in baseball

Unless you enjoy watching replays of great sporting events of years gone by or enjoy watching former and current NBA and WNBA stars play games of Horse via social distancing, you probably aren’t watching as much sports as you did before COVID-19. That may not be entirely a bad thing. Look at the time and money you’ve saved. It’s probably […]

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Let’s ponder life issues in the midst of social distancing

It has been an interesting and weird year so far, wouldn’t you say? Bye bye NBA, NHL, March Madness, the start of Major League Baseball, the Masters Golf Tournament, the Kentucky Derby, and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. This is the first time in memory that the Kansas High School State Basketball Tournament canceled the semifinals and finals after playing […]

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Coronavirus brings sports as we know it to a screeching halt

When you turn on the TV to watch a sporting event, you often see thousands of fans cheering wildly. Is it real or a mirage? That was how I began this column before the coronavirus recently brought the sports world to a halt. This time March Madness actually was madness. I mean, people hoarding toilet paper? Seriously? We’ll live without […]

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Before you yell at the referees, let me tell you about my daddy

My cousin recently shared with me a blog post by Carolyn Moore. It’s worth a read as the basketball season reaches a climax in the next month or so. “Most of the time, you probably don’t even notice he’s there. But the official prowling the sidelines of your high school gymnasium isn’t just a zebra to shout angry words at […]

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Slick compaints about basketball uniform dress rules

My agent I.M. Slick dropped by the other day and asked me to write a column about basketball uniform rules. Here’s what transpired. Joe: Why should I write how players are supposed to wear their basketball uniforms? Slick: Why not? Joe: First, who cares how players wear their uniforms? And secondly, who cares how players wear their uniforms? Slick: You’re […]

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Resolution: Make memories for a lifetime

As we turn the calendar from 2019 to 2020, it’s common to wonder where the time went. The older I get, the more I realize time is fleeting. Was it really that long ago that I played junior high and high school basketball, or I was playing baseball and soccer in college? The short answer is yes, but I still […]

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Games are better when coaches, players, fans and officials stay in their lane

As a former high school and college basketball official, I found that the best games were those in which the players played, the coaches coached, and the officials officiated. You could add that it helped when fans supported their teams instead of trying to coach and officiate. It sounds so simple, but all too often, it isn’t. All too often, […]

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Adam and Eve syndrome is as old as the beginning of time

The basketball season hasn’t come a minute too soon for fans of Kansas University. All the talk about possible sanctions, however, is like a cloud looming on the horizon. It isn’t every day that a blue-blood school like Kansas might be penalized by the NCAA. As Jerry Tarkanian once famously said, “The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky it will […]

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Three Cheers for the Tabor College football alumni

It was worth going to Tabor’s homecoming football game on Oct. 19, if for no other reason than seeing the large number of football alumni who returned for the 40th- and 50th-year anniversary of Bluejay football. The game itself was fine. Tabor played well enough to beat St. Mary 24-7. What made the day fun, though, was running into so […]

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