Category: Sideline Slants

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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Tim Tebow: Still

living the dream

Let’s play word association. When you hear the name Tim Tebow, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Heisman-winning quarterback at the Univer­sity of Florida? Former Denver Broncos quarterback who won a playoff game against Pittsburgh in overtime? Great all-around athlete who wasn’t good enough to stay in the NFL as a quarterback? Professional baseball player wannabe? All-around […]

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Hillsboro swimmers perform ‘swimmingly’ well

The Hillsboro swim team has become a big deal in summer. It may have replaced softball and baseball as the sport with the most participation. Summer basketball camps, MAYB basketball and other activities have likely resulted in a decline of baseball and softball participation. I assume you could play summer ball and still be on the swim team though, since […]

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Say it slowly: Baseball is not too slow…

There are a lot of arguments for speeding up the game of baseball, but I’ve rarely heard any for slowing it down. At the beginning stages of the game for young kids, there are time limits so games only last about one hour. If you’ve ever watched kids play, you’ll see that their attention span wanders early and often, especially […]

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All a person needs is Slick incentives

My agent I.M. Slick stopped by to renegotiate my contract with the Hillsboro Free Press. I’m not overly optimistic that his strategy is going to work. You be the judge. Slick: I read recently that tailback Eddie Lacy weighed 250 pounds or less recently, and, as a result, will receive $55,000 from the Seattle Seahawks. Apparently the payoff is part […]

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The NBA has a competitive balance problem

The long NBA season has concluded and will start again before you know it. The question is, what’s the point? We’ve seen this act three times: Golden State vs. Cleveland in the finals. Is there a reason to think Act IV will be any different? If the answer to the question above is no, then what’s the point of an […]

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Dynasties: Hard to build, harder to maintain

If winning were easy, everyone would do it, right? Well, not exactly, because for every winner there has to be a loser. In professional sports, there aren’t many dynasties because it’s hard to win consistently. Almost every team goes through ups and downs. The downs seem to be longer for some than others. If losing builds character, there are some […]

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Officiating should not be a matter of life and death

During my 40-year basketball officiating career, I remember a fan in a small high school gym taking exception to one of my calls. The gentleman stomped down six or so steps before he stopped short of the court and gave me a piece of his mind. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I’m quite sure he wasn’t inviting […]

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From intros to media timeouts, it’s about entertainment

Major college basketball teams and the NBA love elaborate pre-game introductions. The player introductions may slightly delay the start of a game, but they don’t factor in its outcome. They’re largely for entertainment value. Earlier this spring, when I was traveling on business, I had some free time, so I attended a Miami Heat at Washington Wizards game. The Heat […]

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