Category: Sideline Slants

A conversation with McCarty

The architect of one of the great turnarounds in Tabor College football history is Tim McCarty. After turning the program around, he left Hillsboro to take the head coaching job at East Central Oklahoma Univer?sity, an NCAA Division II program. McCarty then tasted what it was like at the Division I level when he was one of the top assistants […]

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Gardner will need time to retool Tabor back to gridiron success

During the past 40 years, with the possible exception of maybe four or five years, there never has been much excitement in Bluejay nation about Tabor football, much less coaching searches. Coaches came. Coaches left. Recruits came, but after a year or two, most left. Tabor has hired a lot of coaches in its football history. Most were not met […]

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Putting football in perspective: a lesson worth learning

Football and niceness don?t typically go together. Football is a rough and often violent game. However, the following story reminds us that football is still a game, and sometimes the game is secondary to lessons that are taught when people do something nice. On Nov. 7, 2008, a high school team from Faith Christian School in Texas made national headlines […]

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For every winner, there?s a loser

It?s not easy being the goat; the bigger the stage, the greater the pain. If you grew up reading the comic strip Peanuts, you know all about Charlie Brown?the round-headed kid who seemingly couldn?t do anything right. He was an awful pitcher on an equally lousy team. He whiffed kicking the football because Lucy always pulled it away at the […]

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Winning still a challenge at TC

Tabor College played in a nice, brand spankin? new football stadium this fall, but the challenge to produce a winning team on the field is as great as ever. There was some misguided sentiment that a new stadium would magically produce a winning football team. But the last I checked, new facilities don?t score touchdowns or tackle anyone. Tabor managed […]

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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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