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Monday, October 30, 2000
Tunnel Vision
It's November! I hope to see you at the next sporting event in central Minnesota. Why not? For the last several weeks, parents of kids involved in athletics around the state and fans of the local teams have been blocking out their week nights to make sure they are in the stands to watch the local hichschool events. But for some reason when the locals are eliminated, the local attendance also drops off. What a shame. It's the tunnel-vision syndrome that I have come to detest.

The tunnel-vision that occurs when we watch our own children play. The thoughts that run through our uninformed minds....(Why doesn't my kid play more?....Why does that kid play so much?....What kind of a play call was that?....Where did we get these refs?...and more.)

Do you want to know why your local team was eliminated? Or see great coaching and outstanding individual performances? Then plan on being at the next round of the playoffs. And take that young athlete with you. It's your chance to see what kind of committment to a program and athletic talent it takes to make it to the next round...and the tunnel-vision begins to break up.

We all spend too much time watching Saturday and Sunday games on the tube. Get in the car and head for one of the great playoffs games yet to be played. And watch a great contest without the emotional attatchment. You'll find great plays are great plays no matter who makes them. You'll find coaches that make great calls at key times in a contest, and officials who are nearly invisible as they work a game.

Yes, your team may be out of the playoffs, but there are still some great contests to bring the fall sports season to a close. Lose the tunnel-vision become a high school sports fan again. Be your community's number one fan...But shed the tunnel-vision and really enjoy the game! Check out the tournament brackets on the home page of SportsCow.com...and I'll see you at the game!

In Sports,
Dan
Posted By Dan Skogen
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