Category: Sideline Slants

Football teams playing for pay goes back more than 100 years

Maybe I’m too easily amused, but I’ve always found it interesting how much universities pay other teams to come to “their house” to play a football game. If you are naïve enough to think that college football isn’t a big business at the NCAA Div. I level, I can’t help you. KU football paid its first two opponents more than […]

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When is it time to call it quits?

Athletes, coaches, and refs enjoy what they do — at least most of the time. Athletes and coaches are competitive by nature, and officials enjoy being around the game and the challenge that it involves. But there comes a time when it’s time to move on. Everyone eventually says, “Enough!” When I officiated basketball, I didn’t want to have fans, […]

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Want cheap entertainment? Follow @Big12Refs on Twitter

Even if you aren’t a social media fanatic, you might find this column about Twitter amusing. Twitter is the social networking site that launched in 2006. It is one of the most popular social media platforms available today, with 100 million daily active users and 500 million tweets sent daily. You don’t have to actually send a tweet to enjoy […]

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How do you respond when life throws you a curve?

If you’ve handled your emotions perfectly throughout life, stop reading. Actually, if you think that’s the case, you’re in denial. You definitely should continue reading. If you can admit to being human and you’ve said or done something you later regretted, join the crowd. Granted, the problem of keeping emotions under control isn’t identical for everyone, but that doesn’t mean […]

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Off-the-field issues present challenges for athletes, coaches and their teams

High school, college, and professional teams take an inconsistent approach in dealing with athletes who have off-the-field and off-the-court struggles. That isn’t surprising, considering the complexity of some situations that arise. Domestic violence and related incidents rank among the NFL’s biggest off-the-field problems. The only crime category with a larger number of arrests involving NFL players is DUI. Still, the […]

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Caution: You’re entering the replay zone

With football season rapidly approaching, it’s time to revisit the role of replay. We can debate to what extent replay should be used in football, but there’s little doubt it’s here to stay. Let’s start with the premise that the goal of replay is getting the proper call made on the field in a reasonable amount of time. In the […]

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Talent plus youth equals big payday

We know that Major League Baseball players make a boatload of money, right? Consider that at least 10 players are making $100 million or more because they can hit, pitch, or field a baseball. In the five months since free agency began last year, teams committed to around $4 billion in future salaries to players. Mike Trout is getting upward […]

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‘A time to cry; a time to laugh; a time to grieve’

Parents lost a son. Siblings lost a brother. Friends lost one of their own. Hillsboro lost a 16-year-old student, who also was known as an athlete and actor. The news that Demarius Cox died while attending a church camp last month in Colorado came as a shock and gave the community a real gut check. Many people commented on social […]

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Undrafted Kansas player leaves mark on NBA

It’s hard to conceive that former Wichita State University basketball star Fred VanVleet outscored all-star Steph Curry in game 6 of the NBA finals to help the Toronto Raptors win the NBA championship. Some would say VanVleet was fortunate to even be on an NBA team, much less contribute significant minutes and points against Golden State. Unlike most NBA athletes, […]

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The Royals are the best bad team in baseball

The fall from the penthouse to the outhouse didn’t take all that long for the Kansas City Royals. After winning the World Series in 2015, the Royals lost more than 100 games three years later, a feat they may duplicate yet again this year. But don’t lose heart, Royals fans. This year’s team was called “the best bad team in […]

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