Category: Sideline Slants

Concussions: Are we using our heads?

Statistics can be mind-numbing. Some, though, are downright scary. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the annual incidence of football-related concussion in the United States is estimated at 300,000, and nearly 45,000 football-related head injuries were serious enough to be treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2009. Researchers at the Nation?wide Children?s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and […]

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Pros have problems, too

It?s inevitable. Kids who love sports can?t help but dream about becoming a professional athlete. Never mind that the dream is usually unrealistic. Hope springs eternal when you?re young. I don?t think the ridiculous money paid to athletes is necessarily the primary motivation for someone 10 to 12 years old. It?s more about the fame and glory associated with playing […]

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Win our lose, keep your perspective

Let me state up front that I?ve never been a good loser. Whether playing checkers, Ping-Pong or a game of ?HORSE? on the basketball court, I played to win. I also was a lousy loser when my favorite college or pro teams lost big games. As a kid, I can remember tears running down my face after watching my team […]

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Logic isn?t always the end result in big-time sports

It?s clear that when the Big 12 will have only 10 schools in its conference next year and the Big 10 will have 12 teams, something doesn?t add up for these institutions of higher education. At the very least, math doesn?t appear to be their strong suit. Perhaps the Big 12 will call itself the Big XII ? II, and […]

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Tabor?s Brubacher still prefers soccer

Here?s a pop quiz: What was the biggest news in sports this summer? If your answer is the LeBron James one-hour, made-for-TV event announcing his decision to play for Miami, you?re wrong. If you said the changing landscape in major college athletic conferences, you?re still wrong. From a global perspective, the biggest news in sports this summer was the World […]

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Is more always better, especially in KCAC?

All the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference wants is a level playing field. The answer? The Sports Regulation Initiative. This might be the most significant change to the league in the last 20 years and a step toward making the KCAC competitive on the national level. When the KCAC Board of Presidents voted to ease restraints on practices and the number […]

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Ways to make the games harder for the top athletes

Golf is hard enough to play under the best conditions. But golfers in the U.S. Open play in conditions that are so difficult they are scary. Hard, fast greens and difficult rough are a given. No tournament in golf sets up a course with so little margin for error. Golf fans are a little masochistic. Admit it?who doesn?t enjoy watching […]

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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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