Category: Sideline Slants

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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Is momentum in sports real or mirage?

The Atlanta Falcons had momentum in the first half of this year’s Super Bowl game. Suddenly it vanished. The New England Patriots took the momentum in the fourth quarter and carried it over to the end of the game in overtime. Old Mo is fickle. One minute, it’s with you. The next thing you know, it vanishes like a puff […]

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Final thoughts on March Madness

OK, so maybe KU, WSU and KSU didn’t make the Final Four this year, but two former K-State coaches (Dana Altman and Frank Martin) and former KU coach Roy Williams had teams in the Final Four (Oregon, South Carolina and North Carolina). • It’s difficult to please KU fans. The following tweet appeared on Twitter minutes after the Jayhawks disposed […]

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Should professional athletes be allowed days of rest?

NBA fans aren’t happy when coaches rest players, especially if the fan is attending the game. It’s easy to understand why. Tickets are pricey, and if you fork over a hundred dollars or more to watch the stars come out, you want to see them play. Imagine having tickets to watch Steph Curry of Golden State, or Cleveland’s LeBron James, […]

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In sports, fairytale endings are usually that: fairytales

Sports fans are all too familiar with the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Our local basketball teams are a case in point. The ongoing success of Tabor College men’s and women’s basketball is remarkable. If dynasty isn’t the right term, try juggernaut. Both teams annually continue to win either the conference or KCAC post-season tournament. The fact […]

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You say it’s fun to go traveling? Not refs

It won’t surprise K-State basketball fans who watched KU benefit from a missed call at the end of a game in Lawrence this year that traveling is one of the calls most often missed by officials. For what it’s worth, I don’t blame the officials for the Wildcats’ loss. The call was a factor in the outcome, but it wasn’t […]

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Officials often double as fashion police

One frustrating aspect of being a basketball official, or any official for that matter, is having to double as the fashion police and babysitters. Rules specify that uniforms are to be worn properly. That sounds simple enough, right? Ah, no. Those seemingly simple rules can lead to confusion when discussing those concerns with a coach before the game. One of […]

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A reminder: life is fragile for everyone, famous or otherwise

Yordano Ventura was only 25 when he died. He’s not the first and won’t be the last professional athlete to die in their prime. Football player Pat Till­man was 27. Baseball player Jose Fernandez was 24. Basketball players Len Bias and Hank Gathers were 22 and 23, respectively. The cause of these deaths varies, but each one was a shock. […]

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Officials’ reviews create lengthy delays

Anyone who watched the national championship football game between Clemson and Alabama saw a classic. But only true fans stayed up until the end of the four-plus hour game. One reason the games are so long is to allow an official to review whether a player was in or out of bounds, or whether the ball was caught. My agent, […]

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College football’s highest paid coaches

Can you name the five coaches who make the most money in college football? Honestly, if you follow college football closely, it shouldn’t be too hard compiling the list, although getting them in the correct order may be a challenge. Former Texas coach Charlie Strong wasn’t on the list, although he was close behind at No. 6 with a salary […]

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