Category: Sideline Slants

Celebrations range from annoying to awkward

Celebrations used to be saved for special occasions in sports. Now they?re a dime a dozen. In fact, when the NFL started cracking down on excessive celebrations, people joked that NFL represented the No Fun League. The New York Giants started the Gatorade shower tradition in 1985. It gained popularity in 1991, when linebacker Carl Banks doused coach Bill Parcells […]

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Not yelling is an effective coaching style, too

Some coaches are screamers and intimidators. Others are teachers. Still others use a variety of motivational techniques. Chances are you?ll find successful coaches who fit one of these styles or a combination of these styles. One size doesn?t fit all. I?ve long thought that a coach should be a psychologist to better understand how to communicate effectively with individual athletes […]

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NFL?s attendance decline comes as no surprise

Whenever I have the urge to attend a pro baseball or football game, I wish Hillsboro was closer to Kansas City. But after thinking about all the pros and cons, I decided life is pretty good for sports fans right here. The undeniably successful National Football League may have reached a saturation point. After years of growth on TV, the […]

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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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