Category: Sideline Slants

A ?Slick? response to all things sports

Your humble and sometimes humbled columnist has never claimed to have all the answers to all the vexing problems of sports. But my agent, I.M. Slick, has never shied away from an opinion on anything. When he caught up with me the other day, he tried to push some buttons, aka story ideas. Slick: So when are you going to […]

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Why do we expect athletes to be role models in our culture?

Fair or not, it?s undeniable that athletes are viewed as role models. Elementary and middle school students look up to high school athletes. High school athletes admire college athletes. College athletes desire to be like professional athletes. Fans envy successful athletes. I don?t know if professional athletes envy anyone, but something tells me that many of the rich and famous […]

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Talking up their signees puts college coaches on the spot

What do Cameron Leflar, Leah Blackburn, Joshua Murphy, Katelin Marie Thompson, Dewayne Buggs, Luke Matthews, Curtis Dick, Gabe Leatherman, Ethan Burgess, Daniel Hann, David Simmet, Nicholas Ouzounis, David Ewert, Caylan Blythe Thompson and Emily Post have in common? Chances are you have no idea unless you are related to one of them, you?re a Tabor College coach or you follow […]

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Woods should learn class from Watson

The recent British Open makes you appreciate TW more than ever before. That?s TW as in Tiger Woods and Tom Watson. When Tiger Woods failed to make the cut, it was headline news in the sports world. He rarely misses a cut anywhere, anytime, much less at a major tournament. We?ve unfairly come to expect Tiger to be at or […]

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Baseball pitching coaches learn to count to 100

Baseball has always been a statistician?s dream, but in recent years, a relatively new statistic has emerged: pitch counts. Let?s be clear that at the Little League level, the danger isn?t just overusing a young arm. The greater risk might be from young kids trying to throw a curve ball. As for Major League Baseball, pitchers used to stay in […]

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Finding Coryea?s successor proving a big challenge for Hillsboro High

Coaches come and coaches go. When a high school coach steps down from a head coaching position, but stays at the school to teach, there?s good news and bad news. The good news is that administrators don?t have to fill another teaching position. The bad news is that they have one less teaching position available while searching for a coach. […]

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Stadium rennovations provide entertainment

After seeing a KC Royals baseball game in newly renovated Kauffman Stadium on Memorial Day, I was in a daze. Some of you are thinking, ?So what else is new,? but let me explain.

This stadium has it all?flashing lights, a loud sound system, wider concourses, a variety of dining options, a Hot Dog Derby, a colossal hi-def scoreboard, a play area called the Outfield Experience and more.

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Who holds the Royals HR record?

Summer will be over before you know it and it will be time for Tabor?s and Hillsboro?s new football stadium to open. But, let?s slow down, relax and ponder a plethora of sports trivia. n Is it an oxymoron to say the Kansas City Royals have an all-time single-season home run leader when the record is only 36? Do you […]

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If coaches said what they really thought during those TV chats…

At the professional and major college level, we?ve become familiar with post-game press conferences in which coaches and some athletes sit at a table taking questions from reporters. But when did the media begin encroaching on coaches during games? It happens all the time, before or after halftime of college football games, during quarter breaks in NBA games, and between […]

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TC athletics spared from cuts…wisely?

In spite of all the government bailouts, 2009 may well be remembered as the year of widespread layoffs and cutbacks. Few businesses, including area colleges, are recession proof. Cutting positions is never easy; nor should it be. Being an administrator is challenging under the best of circumstances, but when the economy goes in the tank, it becomes especially difficult. I […]

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