Category: Sideline Slants

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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Ask not for whom the beep tolls; it tolls for these

The standard answering machine message says, ?You?ve reached Joe Blow. I?m sorry I can?t come to the phone right now, but if you leave your name, telephone number and a brief message, I’ll get back to you.? Over the years, people have devised interesting, humorous and/or obnoxious messages. Assuming we had phone numbers for celebrities and sports icons, wouldn?t it […]

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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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