Category: Sideline Slants

Manipulating luck biggest challenge for most coaches

What role does luck play in sports? Coaches and athletes try to remove luck from the equation as much as possible. Luck has been described as shorthand for random process. Is the outcome of a coin flip luck? Not in a strict technical sense, because it is dependent on its original position, the rate of spin imparted, the height of […]

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Umpire should have defended blown call?

A blown call by umpire Jim Joyce took away what should have been a perfect game by Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga. While most people applauded the way Joyce took the blame and the good sportsmanship by Galarraga, my agent, I.M. Slick, was thoroughly disgusted. Our discussion on this topic follows. Joe: Why are you so unhappy that Joyce admitted […]

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Firing of KC?s Hillman a sad ending for good guy

Why should I care if another Kansas City Royals manager gets fired? It isn?t the first time and it won?t be the last. Perhaps the Kansas City Royals, realizing they aren?t going to finish first this year, made sure they would at least finish first in something ? firing the manager. I don?t know if Trey Hillman is a good […]

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Whole story not always known

? Radio broad?cast legend Paul Harvey had a segment called ?The Rest of the Story,? stories that contained unexpected endings. In this age of nonstop media coverage, we are fed a steady dose of tidbits about sports celebrities. And for all we know, what do we know for sure? In some cases, i.e. Tiger Woods and Ben Roethlisberger to name […]

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What legacy will you leave, grads?

Graduating student-athletes, parents and friends: It?s a privilege to address you as you receive your high school or college diplomas. Congratula?tions on reaching this milestone. Although not all of you have experienced the same degree of success athletically, you?re to be commended for your time and effort while pursuing and completing your classroom education. As student-athletes, some of you won […]

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Basketball success and education? Surely not

The following story is likely fatuous and inane, but still funny. It?s been making the rounds on the Internet, so I?m sharing this creative take on the latest shocking athletics scandal with my Sideline Slants readers. ? AP ? Butler?s run in the NCAA National Championship Game may be tarnished after reports surfaced today that all 13 players on the […]

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Are you upset with upsets?

Upsets aren?t what they used to be. They used to be rare, something special, something out of the ordinary. When you watch TV or read a newspaper today, they?re a dime a dozen. Maybe it?s just a pet peeve of mine, maybe its semantics, but it seems that every time the favored team loses, sports reporters are quick to call […]

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?Slick? thoughts on budget dilemma facing school district

Some people know they don?t have answers to complex problems. Others like to think they do. Still others are trying to figure out what the questions are. My opinionated agent, I.M Slick, called recently to offer his perspective on the perplexing issue of the budget crisis facing schools and possible cuts to athletic programs. Slick: Did I hear that Hillsboro […]

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Adults? behavior is taking the sportsmanship out of youth sports

Most basketball games are played without incident. Players play, coaches coach and officials officiate. Nevertheless, there are still too many incidents like one that occurred recently during a youth tournament in Burnsville, Minn. As reported in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the recent incident occurred after a sixth-grade tournament game. A father of one of the players was upset over the timekeeping […]

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Would a bigger NCAA tournament be better?

March Madness, a college basketball junkie?s heaven on Earth, is finally here. Never mind that the madness spreads into April. March Madness sounds better than March Madness and April Sadness. There is talk that the NCAA might bump the field from 65 to 96 teams as part of a new TV deal. Most forget that the NCAA Tournament started with […]

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