Category: Sideline Slants

Common sports metaphors come to life

One day, my attention was captured by a story online. The story, by Laura Hale Brockway, was called “A handy guide to common sports metaphors.” Sports metaphors (or phrases or idioms) are used universally in the workplace. For those readers who have never played or followed sports, sports metaphors can be a headache. I’m going to tell you how Hale […]

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Points of emphasis affect how games are called and played

At the beginning of the NFL season this year, it didn’t take long for players, coaches and fans to cause a minor uproar. What was so egregious? The competition committee made a “point of emphasis” concerning a 23-year-old rule that prohibits defenders from landing on a quarterback with their full body weight or driving him into the ground with excessive […]

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Kaylee Foster wins crown and football game on same night

So did that really happen? Just about the time you think you’ve seen it all in sports, something new happens. Kaylee Foster likely accomplished something for the first time in high school football history. In case you haven’t heard, she became the Ocean Springs (Mississippi) High School Greyhounds homecoming queen and star of the football team on the same night. […]

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Credit Alex Smith for much of Chiefs’ success

Sports is all about competition. But not everyone can play at the same time. And there’s the rub. Everyone wants to play. When the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes as the No. 10 pick overall in the NFL draft two years ago, the writing was on the wall for Alex Smith, then the Chiefs’ top quarterback. Teams don’t draft […]

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Being a football fan can make your head hurt

True confessions: I never played competitive football with helmets and pads. Some of the touch- or flag-football games I played in were pretty competitive, albeit far less physically dangerous. However, this isn’t another column about the dangers of playing football, concussions, etc. Rather, the cause of my headache is the all-too-frequent stories about the behavior of football coaches. Ever since […]

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Pride vs. humility in sports

Suppose we could measure pride and humility in athletes today. Which trait would come out ahead? Would it even be close? I’m surprised some athletes (or politicians, for that matter) haven’t written a book titled “The 10 most humble people, and how I met the other nine.” Or, “Humility and how I attained it.” By definition, humility means meek, deferential, […]

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Kleinsasser writes a column with something for every sports fan

As the seasons change, it’s time to address a number of topics quickly. I probably shouldn’t promise something for everyone, because when I officiated, I cringed when a coach told me, “They’re traveling every time.” I’d try to say something witty like, “Really, every time?” To which the coach would usually mutter something like, “Well, maybe not every time.” So […]

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Columnist weighs in on life lessons and quotes about sports

In my job as director of news and media relations at Wichita State University, I’ve often told reporters, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” That usually elicits a laugh, a smile or groan. Well, this week I’m going to take it one step further with my column, which falls in the midst of the so-called dog days […]

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Teaching baseball players to sacrifice is hard to do

After my pastor gave a sermon on Romans 12:1-3 earlier this summer, the thought crossed my mind how unpopular this passage would be for professional baseball players. The context of what the Apostle Paul wrote wasn’t about baseball, but here it is anyway: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as […]

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NFL creates more heartburn over national anthem and patriotism

The NFL can’t get out of its own way when it comes to the national anthem. Last year’s controversy about how players were sitting or kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest had waned, only to have the NFL devise a policy on how players should behave. By season’s end, protests were at a minimum. No one […]

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