Category: Sideline Slants

Beyond Belief: the Josh Hamilton story

Josh Hamilton might be Major League Baseball?s version of the Bible?s prodigal son. Hamilton, a rising star since grade school, became the top pick in the 1999 MLB draft after graduating from high school. He signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for $3.96 million, a record amount at the time for a top draft pick. Playing minor league baseball, […]

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Sidd Finch near the top of sports’ April Fools’ Day superstars

Be honest. Have you ever fallen for something that sounded too good to be true? If so, you?re probably in the majority. Does the name Sidd Finch mean anything to you? I?ll have more on that shortly. Most of us have been victimized by a bogus offer or a practical joke. I’ll bet even those with a relatively high IQ […]

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Long arms of big-college recruiters getting longer

Oklahoma University basketball coach Jeff Capel was in the crowd during a Wichita City League high school basketball game I was officiating between Heights and Kapaun Mt. Carmel in February. I?ll go out on a limb and say I?m quite sure he wasn?t there to watch me. Capel came to watch Perry Ellis, the freshman phenom from Heights, a talented […]

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What’s wrong with winning 100-0?

No single high school basketball game this season has received as much nationwide publicity as the 100-0 victory by The Covenant School, a private Christian school, over Dallas Academy. The Texas high school girls basketball game also caught the attention of my agent I.M. Slick, who thinks the coach of the winning team is getting a bad rap. Joe: Please […]

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QB Warner is a real NFL legend

Depending on your emotional state, the following story will either be inspiring and too good to be true, or it may affect your gag reflex. Hey, not everyone marches to the same drummer.

One of the better-known love stories in professional sports involves Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda.

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Dungy stands out as coach and human being

Coaches expect to be evaluated on the basis of wins and losses. In Tony Dungy?s case, his life supersedes an outstanding record.

I?ve never met Dungy, but I?ve always respected his coaching style. He has been described as thoughtful, classy and a winner to boot.

When he recently announced his resignation as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, the accolades poured in. Dungy has 148 career wins, including the playoffs, and ranks 19th all-time in victories.

He was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, the first coach in league history to reach the postseason in 10 consecutive seasons, and the only coach to preside over six straight seasons of 12 wins or more.

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More questions than answers in sports FAQ

Before the new year turns into an old year, here are some questions begging for answers.

n Now that former sports and entertainment celebrity O.J. Simpson is behind bars, who will pick up his ongoing quest to find the real killer of his wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman?

n How long will college football keep making teams wait a month or more from the end of the season until they play a bowl game? Is there anyone who seriously believes it?s logical to wait four or five weeks from the end of the regular season until some bowl games are played?

n Florida was the national champion in football, but are they really No. 1? Based on the current system they are, although Utah is the only team that doesn?t have to explain away a loss.

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Facts defeat BCS in historic matchup

I don?t want to rush into another year without first bringing a number of critically important matters to my readers? attention.

n With the government bailing out so many financial institutions, etc., will BCS change its name from Bowl Championship Series to Bailout Championship Series?

n According to one e-mail I received, if BCS logic had prevailed in determining the winner of World War II, Germany would have won and the United States would have finished fourth. Here?s how.

After determining the Big 12 championship game participants, the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany to be the winner of World War II.

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Local coaches’ contributions matter more

The following men have a lot in common: Bill Self, Mark Mangino, Bill Snyder, Frank Martin, Darrel Knoll, Nathan Hiebert, Shawn Winter, Leonard Coryea, Mike Gottsch and Micah Ratzlaff. All are head coaches in football or basketball.

There?s also a lot they don?t have in common.

The first four are household names in Kansas. The last six are household names only in Hillsboro.

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The lack of black head football coaches is hard to explain

When it comes to diversity, America has come a long way, but not far enough.

Whether you liked the presidential election results or not, the election of Barack Obama is Exhibit A demonstrating that things are far different than they were a century, or even 25 years ago. But there are still some gross inequities in our world and the playing field isn?t level, notably in college football.

Following the dismissals of K-State?s Ron Prince and Wash?ington?s Tyrone Willingham, and the resignation of Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State, there are only three African-American head college football coaches out of 119 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, the lowest total since 1993.

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