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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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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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A tribute to Yogi Berra and ?Yogi-isms?

Any dictionary worth its salt would define Yogi Berra as one of baseball?s greatest catchers and characters. Berra died last month at the ripe old age of 90. For those of you under 30, Berra was probably the second-most recognizable name in sports behind Babe Ruth. He was an All-Star for 15 consecutive seasons. Berra was a notorious bad-ball hitter, […]

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Sports: pushing the envelope is the norm

People are often encouraged to push the envelope or think outside the box. That sounds good in theory, but when it comes to sports, you don?t need to tell it to coaches and athletes because it comes naturally to them. I?ve often said the reason rules continually change in sports is because coaches and players push every rule to the […]

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Sports: Is the glass half empty or full?

Sports fans are interesting creatures. Some are fanatical. Many are blindly loyal. Some jump on the bandwagon. Others jump off. But generally, fans fall in one of two camps?they either view their teams through rose-colored glasses or they constantly think something bad is about to happen. In other words, fans are optimistic or pessimistic. Consider how a discussion might sound […]

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Is Royals ?Basebrawl? good or bad for business?

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. When my agent I.M. Slick stopped by to share his, I let him pontificate and get some things off his chest. I.M. Slick: I?m telling you, the Kansas City Royals are the talk of Major League Baseball. Joe: Yeah, they followed their surprising World Series appearance last fall with a hot start this spring. […]

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Odd bracket strategies you might consider

Filling out a March Madness bracket is easy. But making all correct picks is as likely as basketball officials calling a perfect game and teams making every free throw. According to Smithson?ian.com, the odds of filling out a perfect NCAA basketball bracket are one in 9.2 quintillion. You?re more likely to die an excruciating death by vending machine, become president, […]

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Football, football and more football

The college football season has finally ended and the Super Bowl is just around the corner. Here are some tidbits that you may find interesting about football. ? Watching college football on TV became virtually impossible by mid-December without access to ESPN. Out of 39 bowl games, I counted only four that were on network TV. Is that a good […]

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Can a coach be both liked and successful?

Back in the day, Vince Lombardi was extremely successful as coach of the Green Bay Packers. His persona was gruff, rough and tough, but he was considered to be a great coach. His line, ?Winning isn?t everything, it?s the only thing,? became legendary. I don?t know how well- liked he was by players, but he won, so it didn?t really […]

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