Category: Sideline Slants

Worship comes naturally, but is it misplaced?

Unless you ignore sports, you’ve probably heard that Patrick Mahomes signed a 10-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs worth $477 million (which can reach up to $503 million) with a $141.48 million injury guarantee. Mahomes is the first player in league history to win league and Super Bowl MVP honors before his 25th birthday. Who knows how much he’ll […]

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An amusement park that had thrills, chills and more

Summer is fun for families at our nation’s plethora of amusement parks. But this summer? Not so much. Wearing a mask doesn’t sound like much fun in the sun and heat, but many amusement parks expect patrons to keep them on, except maybe for water rides and while eating. Standing in long lines at any amusement park will test your […]

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Love your neighbor

If I had told you a year ago that there would be no live sports for several months in 2020, you would said, “You’re crazy!” If I had told you the Hillsboro High School boys basketball team would be two wins away from potentially winning a state basketball championship only to see the tournament canceled, you might have said, “You’re […]

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‘I know other people struggle’

Most track athletes compete in relative obscurity compared to those playing popular team sports. Unless you follow college track closely, you’ve probably never heard of Wichita State’s Rebekah Topham, but she’s a winner. She has won nine conference track titles in the Missouri Valley Conference and American Athletic Conference, highlighted by earning Most Valuable Performance honors in the AAC 2019 […]

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Traditions: MLB may break a few this summer

Tradition was a major theme in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Thanks to COVID-19 we may see more than a few traditions disappear in a sport built on the status quo. Granted, some traditions have been eroding for awhile, such as the use of a designated hitter in the American League, but many traditions have remained intact. Assuming that […]

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In need of a pep talk? Don’t give up!

If you participated in sports in school or in a summer rec program, you undoubtedly needed or received an occasional pep talk from your coach. The fact is we all can benefit from a timely pep talk in life. COVID-19 and social distancing are the issues front and center in 2020. If you haven’t felt any anxiety, stress, or discouragement […]

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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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