Category: Sideline Slants

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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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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