What’s on your mind today?
Read below for the info on when Chris and I chat live today, as well as where you can go for commenting on all sports. I also have a topic of the day — why is size such a focus in sports?
From 1-2 p.m. today, Chris and I will be chatting live, so come on back to blogs.varsitykansas.com at that time and we will respond to questions, chat with you about whatever is on your mind and have fun.
Here’s information if you’re interested in a memorial regarding Goddard graduate Mitch Caster.
If you want to comment on any of the fall sports that are getting started, there are blog posts started on football, small-class football, tennis, golf, soccer, cross country and volleyball. We will run previews on all sports — Friday is soccer, Saturday is tennis, Sunday is golf and volleyball and Sept. 3 is cross country.
I had a story on Andale running back Jake Hattabaugh in today’s paper. He might be short, but he’s talented.
Let’s talk size in sports.
Hattabaugh is one of my favorite athletes because he isn’t a big guy, although he is compact. He’s quick and tough and dangerous on the field.
But guys who aren’t that big tend to get overlooked when it comes to college. Why the obsession with size?
If there’s a 7-footer playing basketball, people sit up and take notice, but how many times have you seen a big dude out there who can barely move? I’ve seen 6-5 girls playing ball who have no fundamentals of the game, but they’re playing because of that height.
Same goes with linemen. So often people will talk about Division I kids and talk only about those kids who fit that stereotype of what size a lineman should be — 6-4, 300 (or thereabouts). Big is in. College coaches figure they can teach technique, teach mobility if they have that size.
But what frustrates me is when I see a talent overlooked because that stereotype isn’t fulfilled. Take Hutch grad Josh Smith. That kid was talented, and while he’s at KU, he’s not on scholarship.
The hope has to lie in when we see people overlook the size and focus on that pure athleticism, that speed, that ability to know your position and the rest of your team’s, to see the field, to have those necessary instincts. The obvious example is Darren Sproles, a San Diego Chargers running back who went to Olathe North and Kansas State.
He has to give all the little guys hope.