Category: Sideline Slants

Working around college hoops fun but no productive

If research is to be believed, fan devotion to March Madness could cost employers at least $3.8 billion in lost productivity, as workers slip away to check NCAA Tournament scores, participate in office pools, read stories about the contests, or watch free streaming videocasts of games on their office computers.

Hold that thought. I?ve got to check the KU-Portland State score.

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All underdogs suffer from proverbial ‘lack of respect’

The odds are stacked against them, but some underdogs overcome the odds.

Perhaps they catch lightning in a bottle, or the more talented opponent has an off day, or a combination of both, but upsets happen.

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Last thing a coach wants to hear somebody say is ‘outcoached’

There are a number of words or terms that coaches probably never want to hear. Chief among them might be ?loser,? ?overrated? and ?can?t win the big one.?

But I have a hunch the word that irritates coaches more than anything is the accusation that he or she was outcoached.

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Open letter to Don Brubacher

Dear Don,

You may have seen it coming, but I didn?t. I thought you?d complete
your long career at Tabor as athletic director before riding off into
retirement. But I didn?t know someone in administration wanted you out.
And I know that you know that even if 99 percent of the people think
you?re doing a good job, one higher-ranking administrator trumps
everything.

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Brubacher’s TC tenure turns oddly

On the surface, all that was left to complete the storied history of Don Brubacher?s tenure at Tabor College was the final chapter. Considering that Don and Janette recently finished building a new home, it was generally assumed they would start and finish their careers in Hillsboro.

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Officials try hard but are not perfect

Officials aren?t perfect. It?s not for lack of effort. More people are working harder than ever before to help officials improve, even those of us who have been officiating for 34 years.

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A few resolutions made to be broken

Resolutions are made to be broken. Maybe that?s why it isn?t my style to make New Year?s resolutions. Perhaps it?s the fear of failure. I don?t know. But I have a hunch that a lot of coaches, athletes and administrators treat resolutions the same way I do.

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Bad press is better than no press for college football post-season

The college bowl season may give Excedrin headaches to many pundits, but not for my agent I.M. Slick.

It?s not that Slick believes the Bowl Championship Series, aka BCS, is a
great method for determining a national champion in football, but he
believes there?s nothing that contributes more to college football
staying in the news than the BCS.

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Father-son bond is inspiring, and metaphor

?Tis the season to be cynical?steroid use by athletes, win-at-all-cost coaches, unethical officials, unruly fans, out-of-sight salaries paid to professional athletes and college and professional coaches, to name just a few.

Or ?tis the season to remember that sports and athletic competition can actually heal and bring people closer together.

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Cross country isn?t for the attention-hungry athlete

You?ve heard the line, ?If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound??

Similarly, if you are a cross-country runner and no one is around to see you run, did you really run?

Such is the fate of athletes who compete in what has to be among the most invisible of all high school and collegiate sports?cross country.

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