Category: Sideline Slants

Tick, tock: Does high school basketball need a shot clock?

Shot clocks are everywhere in professional and college basketball. But they?re still the exception and not the rule in high school basketball. A recent article in the Wichita Eagle suggested that shot clocks won?t be used in Kansas anytime soon. Shot clocks have been used in the NBA since the 1950s. Women?s college basketball started using them in the 1970s […]

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Do we care about good sportsmanship anymore?

Is good sportsmanship an oxymoron? Do we really care about good sportsmanship as long as our team wins? Is good sportsmanship overrated? Should there be a law against bad sportsmanship? Uh oh. That just gave politicians an excuse to make up another law. Surely they won?t trample on our freedom of speech, will they? I witnessed some good sportsmanship and […]

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Classics basketball games are fun to watch anytime

In 40 years of officiating I saw a lot of good basketball games, so-so games and ugly games. Only a few games were truly great or instant classics. The three-overtime OU-KU basketball game last month on ESPN qualified as an instant classic. From an official?s view, well-played games are easier to call than games in which teams struggle to make […]

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KCAC?s new transfer rule has an origin

Tabor College football coach Mike Gardner garnered another Coach of the Year award in the KCAC. And why not? The Bluejays finished first in the KCAC with a 9-0 record, 10-2 overall. Actually, a good case could have been made as well for Kansas Wesleyan head coach Matt Drinkall. In his first year at KW, the Coyotes were near the […]

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What?s one more bowl game among football fans?

The Univer?sity of Alabama has been crowned the national champion in college football, and we finally know who is the best of the best. What we don?t know is who is best of the worst, or the worst of the worst, depending on your perspective. In 1995, football fans could choose from 18 postseason bowl games. A decade later, there […]

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Successful athletes depend on superstitious fans, right?

I?m not particularly superstitious by nature. I don?t think sports fans have much to do with the outcome of games played on the field or court. However, there?s no denying that many fans think that wearing a lucky cap, socks or jersey could influence the outcome of a sporting event. Seriously? It all seems so silly to me. Even someone […]

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Power is in the eye of the beholder

Sports fans and college alumni equate power with the quality and success of their sports teams. At the NCAA Div. I level, universities use power to flex their muscle to make rules that protect their interests in college athletics. Universities also use that clout to garner huge television contracts, which makes their athletic programs even more powerful. Successful coaches are […]

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Tabor College football back and better than ever

In sports, it?s hard to reach the top of your conference, let alone stay there and be relevant year after year. Take a look at the chart below and you?ll see Tabor football was outstanding in 2005, good in 2006 and not so good from 2007-2011. But Tabor has been good to great since 2012. You don?t have to look […]

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World Series crown fits Royals just fine

The Kansas City Royals took an interesting approach to postseason baseball?spotting opposing teams some early runs, only to rally in the last inning or two to pull out a victory from the jaws of defeat. Most Hollywood script?writers, save the series of ?Rocky? movies, would never write the same ending to each story. The Royals came from behind so often […]

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Mixing God, sports in the conversation

Most sportswriters are smarter than to broach the subject of how God views sports. Truth be told, most pastors, theologians and religious leaders know better than to mix the two. However, I?m not that smart, which is why I will share some thoughts on this controversial topic. It?s controversial because those who don?t believe in God don?t have any use […]

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