Twitter Tuesday from Indy: four great/awful videos, more Border War, delicious beer, my own sports team, T-Rob's defense, and elbow-dropping Babb
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Indianapolis — Perhaps one of the best signs of a good rivalry is when fans from each side can read the same story and be pissed off, when they can read the same story and write in pissed that I didn’t mention some very specific facts that were actually very specifically mentioned.
But, whatever. Mizzou fans are geeked this week. KU fans the same. It’s a beautiful thing.
Moving on, we have media day here at the Super Bowl today, the ultimate bundle of hype within the ultimate week of hype and, if I may be so bold, the inspiration for baseball’s new dress code for reporters.
Anyway, today’s column is on the absurdity of Tom Brady’s adversity.
One more housecleaning item. I assume you’ve seen Blake Griffin’s dunk from last night by now, but if not, holy crap:
On with the mailbag…
@W_Quantrill please rank power towell/ #ecokat, we are mizzou, and ku clap song in order by wich is worse.
We did this once before, after the EcoKat video (since deleted), but with a new contender in our midst it’s probably time to revisit.
So just for fun, here’s the lineup:
First, I’m not sure how so many seemed to think the “We Are Mizzou” video was done seriously. Like those kids were after a record deal or something. They confirmed as much to your boy Terez, so that one probably shouldn’t be considered for the top (bottom?) spot.
Of the others, they’re both terrible. Obviously. And because they’re done without any hint of self-awareness or humor, they are even worse.
I deduct extra points from the K-State video, though, because Josh Freeman and Ron Prince and others who should’ve known better got involved. The KU thing, that’s just some band kids.
Ecokat was probably worse than any of them, though.
@navyguy5735 r bruce chen’s jokes acceptable or 2 cheesy
And a fine sequitur. Chen’s jokes are funny because of the delivery, because the whole point is that they’re the cheesiest thing he can think of saying, which means that if you don’t at least chuckle a little bit, you’re just being a jerk.
@TheNumber65 How’s the weather in Indy? #jealous
Indy lucked out this year, which is kind of the opposite of what happened to Dallas last year. I know people tend to roll their eyes when they hear about Indianapolis, but I’m telling you, cross my heart, this is a much better place for the Super Bowl than New York/New Jersey will be next year.
Indy is a great big event town, everything walkable, and what it lacks in surface sex appeal it makes up for in convenience and comfort.
I’m a big believer that the Super Bowl and Final Four should only be in San Diego, New Orleans or Miami. But if they’re gonna stray, places like Indy are solid.
@revive85KC In honor of Monday Night Raw being in town tonight, can you hit Kent Babb with a flying elbow-drop?
This is the best idea I’ve heard all week.
Get a mouthpiece, Babb.
@PhilGarver why is a loss at Ames worse than a loss in a half empty arena in Stillwater?
Well, it’s not.
And I think what we have hear is something we might call Fan Selective Hearing Bias. Who is saying this? That losing at Iowa State is worse than losing at Oklahoma State?
Oklahoma State played terrific against Mizzou the other night. Shot 60 percent, had Nash go off. The way that game played out, Mizzou should take some criticism for blowing the lead against an inferior opponent, yes, but the Tigers also caught an opponent on an inspired night.
There’s nothing to be ashamed about losing at Ames, against a jacked crowd and a guy who should probably end up on the all-league team.
But whatever. Doesn’t matter which loss was better, which one was worse.
What matters is that Mizzou and KU are a half-game apart in the Big 12 standings right now, and assuming KU beats Oklahoma tonight, Mizzou could make it a tie at the top by winning on Saturday.
Or KU could take an enormous step toward an absurd eighth consecutive league title.
@thillsman What was your favorite part of the Pro Bowl? It looked like a high school alumni game. Or the Harlem Globetrotters.
My favorite part was not watching it. Honest question: is there anything else in sports that is more widely made fun of than the Pro Bowl?
Besides the WNBA?
Anything else in life, really? What else do we have that’s watched by millions and made fun of by nearly every single one of them?
I guess Jersey Shore might come close.
@PowercatZac #TT is is time to start the annual “is Frank Martin losing his team” discussions?
I like this. What’s happening with KU and Mizzou is distracting from a really interesting season with K-State.
He’s not all the way there, but Frank Martin is approaching Bill Snyder territory with me. I may not understand it, but what he does seems to work, in the end, so I’m willing to trust it.
I assume that his methods have a shelf-life. It’s hard to imagine him being a lifer at K-State. But in the meantime, it sure seems like exactly the time you want to write him off is when he comes back to prove you wrong.
@rmccarthy11 How nice would it be for the #Royals to sign Eric Hosmer to extension this year? #twittertuesday
All together now, people:
And it’d be nice if I could be an astronaut.
@brianhodgekc what is ur favorite seasonal brew? #chocolateale
This is one of those I’ve-always-been-honest-with-you-guys-so-here-goes moments, but I’ve actually never had Chocolate Ale.
I looked for it last year, but it was sold out, so I was happy to hear Boulevard is making more of it this year. Might even stop on the way home from the airport on Monday.
But to answer your question: Bob’s 47.
And you didn’t ask, but the best beer I’ve had is this Arend tripel. Only problem is I haven’t been able to find it in Kansas City. Any assistance would be appreciated.
@pjarnold 1st I am a Jhawk. Why is no one talking about the lack of def by TRob. He appears to be scared of getting into foul trouble.
Well, actually, I think he SHOULD be scared of getting in foul trouble. I’d be telling him the same thing. Not to play scared, obviously, but that he’s absolutely critical and can do no good for that team on the bench. I’d want him with one or zero fouls at every halftime.
My only (small) criticism of Robinson this year is that he doesn’t always run up and down the court. I assume he’s conserving energy — he’s averaging 31 minutes, and plays them hard — so it’s not a huge gripe, but there are times it allows the opposing team easy opportunities.
@EvanUebe Can we get an early over/under on #smallsamplesizebutstill tweets from you for this Royals season?
Goodness help all of you if the Royals get off to a really hot start.
Or a really cold start, actually.
So to answer your question: many.
@SteveMac5000 If Bill Gates left you all his money, what sports things would you do? Buy a team? Build a University? Anything?
Great question. This should be its own blog post someday, but in the meantime, and I totally realize I’m being altruistic here and spending money that’s neither mine or real, I would buy a small-market baseball team^ because I think that’s where this kind of money would make the most impact.
^ Any ideas where I could find one?
I can’t remember where I saw it — it may have been on a past Twitter Tuesday, actually — but there was a great idea about a sort of fan motivation program in which the best seats would be given to the best fans.
I’d give away a thousand tickets a game to local charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters, invite random fans to the owner’s suite, and tell MLB to screw off about their not wanting close plays shown in the stadium.
I’d also give every scoop and insight to the ruggedly handsome local newspaper columnist.
@jakedk06 Did #KUbball and #Mizzou get the ranking they deserve?
Based on how good each team is relative to the rest of the country? Probably not.
Based on what they’ve done this year — which is really the only thing that matters — probably.
@mmMOUF #TT SKC preseason is starting, will you be keeping a closer eye on the team and league or continue a pedestrian approach?
I’ll do more than last year. At least that’s the plan. These things are very fluid, though. If Sporting tears it up, I’ll be out there a lot. If they suck, and the Royals are hot, I’ll be out there much less.
@admcgregor3 What is the KU equivalent of Lon Kruger beating K-State? Danny Manning as a head coach? #twittertuesday
Depending on how strict you are with this analogy, yeah, it’d be Danny Manning as a head coach. Mark Turgeon isn’t the same, obviously.
But I think the best comparison would be the first time KU played North Carolina after Roy Williams left.
@craigabrenner Who is worst dressed in sports dept at KC Star? Excluding the obvious choice of yourself. I mean we know its you but after you.
First of all, my look is clean. Jaw-dropping. Awe-inspiring. Damn near illegally sexy. Comfortable.^
^ It’s one of these, anyway.
As for my co-workers, there are a lot of strong contenders. I often wonder if an 11-year-old girl picks out Kent’s wardrobe, for instance, and he gets extra points deducted for that stringy, greasy hair.
But I think I’ll go with Teicher. I’m pretty sure he has two pairs of jeans (both acid-washed), and maybe three different shirts. It’s a tight, monotonous, awful rotation.