Category: Sideline Slants

Local sports better than big-time in bang for the buck, enjoyment

There?s a saying that ?you get what you pay for.? When it comes to sports, I?m not so sure. Yes, the talent of major college athletic programs and professional sports teams far surpasses what you?ll see in Marion County. But for your money, I?d say the enjoyment value is far greater watching local athletes compete.

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Big sports scandals challenge even the most optimistic fan

?Life is great,? said my agent I.M. Slick. ?It doesn?t get much better than this.?

?What are you talking about?? I asked.

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How Clete Boyer?s death led to thoughts on golf

The e-mail I received recently from longtime friend Frank Mize was short and to the point.

?I just learned that Clete Boyer died yesterday, which immediately reminded me of you. Would you like to get together for lunch today? It?s my turn to buy.?

Hey, it seemed like a bit of an odd lunch invitation, but since Frank was buying, who was I to argue?

Like many kids growing up in the 1960s, Frank and I were big Yankees fans. We found it easy to jump on the bandwagon of such stars as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Bobby Richardson, Whitey Ford and Clete Boyer, to name a few. In any case, Frank recently sent an e-mail to me touting golf?s many virtues. He could always golf circles around me, which isn?t saying much since my golf game in high school was consistently erratic.

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SIDELINE SLANTS – Player draft hits last-picked kid hardest

Who would have thought that draft day would become a nationally televised phenomenon? On the other hand, in this age of reality television, perhaps it is entirely appropriate.

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SIDELINE SLANTS- Kids’ ‘Blastball’ may be too much too soon

If it?s true that too much pressure is put on children to participate in an adult-organized sport at an early age, then a case could be made that the Hillsboro Recreation program for 3- and 4-year-olds called BlastBall is unnecessary or at the least, premature.

Count me among those questioning the need for this summertime offering.

Nevertheless, I enrolled our 4-year-old son, Nathan, in the program to see what BlastBall was all about.

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SIDELINE SLANTS- Baseball has its share of all-star cheaters

How is it that we wink or look the other way concerning some aspects of cheating in baseball while we act shocked and appalled on other occasions?

A story on ESPN.com about the biggest cheaters in baseball noted that ?this could also be called the worst cheaters because the best cheaters are the ones we don?t know about who still haven?t been caught.?

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SIDELINE SLANTS- Hall of Fame has its share of scoundrels

Doctored baseballs, corked bats, performance-enhancing drugs, questionable grounds?keepers tactics, stealing signs with binoculars all have a part in the inglorious history of America?s pastime: baseball.

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SIDELINE SLANTS-Coaching bucks stop over there

The recent basketball coaching changes at Kansas State and Wichita State were interesting on several levels. At the very least it reminds us that capitalism is alive and well for NCAA Division I coaches.

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SIDELINE SLANTS- Ratzlaff is Brubacher?s hand-chosen successor

Tabor College football coaches have come and gone with regular frequency. In most cases, the head coach left with a gentle shove after a brief stay. There have only been a few cases where the head coach decided to leave on his own to advance his career.

The history of TC basketball is just the opposite. Yes, there have been times when a head coach was asked to leave, but more often than not, the men?s and women?s basketball programs have been models of consistency.

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Principal/coach story makes good prime-time fare

Even if it is not box office material, it still would make an interesting storyline for prime time.

Start with a high school principal who last coached basketball at the collegiate level 15 years ago. The principal is asked to dust off his coaching resume and take on additional duties as varsity girls? coach.

The principal/former coach somewhat hesitantly accepts the assignment and leads the team to a state basketball championship.

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