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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

How to be good sports parents

We’ve all seen them—parents shouting instructions to their children during a sporting event or criticizing the coach in front of athletes during practice. While these might be obvious displays of bad sports behavior, many parents of children who participate in sports have questions about what’s right and wrong when it comes to their roles on […]

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Shadowman tackling tool helps prevent concussions

It’s a staggering number: 67,000. That’s how many U.S. high school football players are diagnosed with concussions each year, according to a recent study. With the spotlight on the permanent damage concussions can cause, teams nationwide are making every effort to minimize that risk. That’s where a new piece of equipment called Shadowman comes into […]

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Superbowl’s “NFL Experience” tickets are on sale

NFL Experience, Superbowl 2015

Tickets for NFL Experience Engineered by GMC, the NFL’s interactive theme park are now available for advance purchase. The event, held in conjunction with Super Bowl XLIX, will be open to the public from Saturday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Covering more than 850,000 square feet, NFL Experience gives […]

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Inside the mind of a high school referee

Scott Hanson has been deeply involved in sports his whole life. He was a member of his high school football, baseball and wrestling teams. After graduating from Northern Arizona University (NAU), he worked as a television sportscaster at KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff and then KPHO-TV in Phoenix. Since 1991, Hanson has been the president of HMA Public […]

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Valley hosts huge volleyball tournament…and more sports news

One of the largest volleyball tournaments in the world kicks off Sunday, June 23 with an Olympics-style opening ceremonies beginning at 5:30pm at US Airways Center. Tournament play begins at 8am Monday at the Phoenix Convention Center. The 30th Anniversary Volleyball Festival is a six-day event featuring guest appearances from volleyball alumni, live entertainment and […]

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Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.

My husband is a genius. Please do not, under any circumstance, reveal this information to him. However, I have to tell you that he has invented the single most brilliant behavior modification technique in the history of child-rearing. And it’s actually working!

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Flash football!

“But it’s only a matter of time before he becomes the laughing stock of the team. Then the kids will exclude him from everything. No one will ever pass him the ball. It’s just a disaster waiting to happen.”

“O.K.,” I said, rather astonished by his catastrophic prophecy. “But I think you’re maybe over-reacting. Does this per chance bring up something painful from your own past?”

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Flag football fanatic

I finally understand how people become psycho sports parents. Because honestly, if my seven-year-old son, Eli’s, football coach doesn’t start playing him more, I’m going to run into the field at the next game, hands poised in throat clenching position, tackle the man, and strangle him within an inch of his life.

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