Category: Sideline Slants

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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Getting to the line is half of the battle

Making free throws can help sway the outcome of close games. Of course, if your team can?t get to the free-throw line, it?s hard to make them. Last month, I sought input on free-throw shooting from my panel of three basketball coaching experts?Don Brubacher, director of athletics at Hillsdale College and longtime men?s basketball coach at Tabor College; Rusty Allen, […]

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When practice doesn?t lead to free-throw shooting perfection

College and high school coaches around the country are proving that practice does not make perfect, at least when it comes to making free throws. Even the best free-throw-shooting teams in the country sink only about 77 percent of their attempts. Counting games through Jan. 24, Wichita State was eighth nationally in free- throw percentage, making 75.5 percent of its […]

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Out with the old, in with new money-making ideas

Much of a child?s education occurs outside the classroom. Take the frequent fundraisers? please. For some reason, band programs were the most notorious for fundraising projects when I was in school. We sold candy bars and magazine subscriptions among other things, and the school?s band program, in turn, got the profit. Those of us gullible enough to take this fundraising […]

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A conversation with McCarty

The architect of one of the great turnarounds in Tabor College football history is Tim McCarty. After turning the program around, he left Hillsboro to take the head coaching job at East Central Oklahoma Univer?sity, an NCAA Division II program. McCarty then tasted what it was like at the Division I level when he was one of the top assistants […]

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Gardner will need time to retool Tabor back to gridiron success

During the past 40 years, with the possible exception of maybe four or five years, there never has been much excitement in Bluejay nation about Tabor football, much less coaching searches. Coaches came. Coaches left. Recruits came, but after a year or two, most left. Tabor has hired a lot of coaches in its football history. Most were not met […]

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Putting football in perspective: a lesson worth learning

Football and niceness don?t typically go together. Football is a rough and often violent game. However, the following story reminds us that football is still a game, and sometimes the game is secondary to lessons that are taught when people do something nice. On Nov. 7, 2008, a high school team from Faith Christian School in Texas made national headlines […]

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