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Baloney

Baloney
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
One day, one of the more veteran employees opened his lunchbox and flew into a rage. “I can’t believe it,” he exclaimed. “Baloney again! I hate baloney.”
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Transfer Trends

Transfer Trends
Friday, January 23, 2015
Over the years, some states have relaxed their transfer rule and others have refined their transfer rule. In either case, the transfer rule remains an imperfect rule, an imperfect net.
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Patience

Patience
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Perhaps it is in the DNA of Australians to be patient ... for they are certainly among the most polite populations I've encountered.
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A Different Language

A Different Language
Friday, January 16, 2015
In crossing both the international dateline and the equator last month, I learned a helpful lesson for those of us who try to communicate about school sports.
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Perspectives on Popularity

Perspectives on Popularity
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The NFL’s longest waiting list to become a season ticket holder is found in the NFL’s smallest market, Green Bay, where the waiting list to become a Packer season ticket holder is now 30 years. 
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Story Power

Story Power
Friday, January 9, 2015
More people visit our websites on a typical day than visit our office in East Lansing during an entire year.
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Committee Work

Committee Work
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
It is appropriate for committees to ask: Who was not in the room when this recommendation was drafted? Who will not be served well by this change?
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Rocket Science

Rocket Science
Friday, January 2, 2015
There cannot be a problem of school sports that is more complicated than those of space exploration, except for one feature – which is that our problems deal with people ...
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A Can-Do Response

A Can-Do Response
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The challenge is to balance the negative effects of an “arms war” in high school sports against driving students toward non-school programs. It’s the balance of too few vs. too many rules out of season.
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Growth Industry

Growth Industry
Friday, December 26, 2014
These late, scrambling and sometimes inadequately vetted enrollments are one of the many problems attendant to the increasing numbers of J-1 and F-1 visa students enrolling in Michigan each year.
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Football Scheduling

Football Scheduling
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The most serious and legitimate complaint about the season-ending playoffs is the stress it has placed on conferences and the struggles many schools have in building nine-game regular-season schedules.
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Stacking

Stacking
Friday, December 19, 2014
Appealing to personal integrity works with most coaches, but not all; so the issue of stacking festers, and it frustrates many coaches.
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An Athlete’s Father

An Athlete’s Father
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
He was especially adept – instinctively, not by any book of instruction – at being an athlete’s father.
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Simons Says

Simons Says
Friday, December 12, 2014
When I see advertisements that promote travel as an escape, I cannot agree. For me, travel is a change from the daily routine, but it’s hardly an escape.
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Seeding Thoughts

Seeding Thoughts
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
If it can be done without too much controversy and if it has the potential to increase crowds without increasing travel costs for schools and the MHSAA, then seeding may make sense.
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On Purpose

On Purpose
Friday, December 5, 2014
There is a difference between solving problems and creating a future.
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The Goldilocks Solution

The Goldilocks Solution
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
And so it continues ... finding that sweet spot that fits the perspectives and problems of a very diverse membership that supervises a wide variety of sports.
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Priming the Pump

Priming the Pump
Friday, November 28, 2014
Try as we might to diversify our revenue, all our non-tournament revenue sources combined continue to account for less than 15¢ of every $1 the MHSAA generates.
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Change for Worse

Change for Worse
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Much of the change that has come to our homes has not improved our daily lives. Much of the change that has come to our schools has not improved the quality of education our children receive.
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Research

Research
Friday, November 21, 2014
We freely admit that a state high school association is much better at running tournaments than conducting research. ... (But) there is a small body of research that is unique to the MHSAA.
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