The Royals have lost six of their last seven, often looking limp in the process, so maybe it’s a bad time to mention that the 2009 Zack-and-Billy-and-a-bunch-of-duct-tape Royals lost their hope with a seven-game losing streak in May.
But it’s true.
The Royals have only been blown out once in … Read More »
Had this friend in college, Jake, and his girlfriend cheated on him. He took it hard, as you can imagine. Didn’t want to go out much. Wouldn’t talk much to other girls. Got insecure about his hair, his body, his laugh, just about everything.
We got him out one night … Read More »
There are 122 days between right now and the Chiefs’ much-anticipated season-opener in Jacksonville, and of course by “much-anticipated” I mean that the NFL’s 27th biggest market is obsessed with it, the 29th biggest market may or may not sell enough tickets to take the tarp off their upper deck, … Read More »
More proof that I don’t know anything, but the Royals of last night remind me of a conversation with a forever baseball man during spring training. We were talking about the Royals, specifically the starting rotation makeover, and I mentioned that a hidden benefit is that it should make … Read More »
Greg Holland is taking a lot of heat for a closer who just gave up his first earned run since April 7, but that’s life in the big city and his 20 baserunners allowed in 12 innings are far too many.
Ned Yost is taking a lot of heat for … Read More »
So, to review: Ben McLemore’s former AAU coach is telling the world he took money and trips from a low-level somebody representing agents while the freshman was building a fabulous one-and-done season at Kansas.
Now comes the part where the NCAA has to decide what the heck any of that … Read More »
Alex Gordon often speaks in sarcasm. It’s confident, dry, direct. Like the time during their 12-game losing streak last season when I wrote that the team’s long-term future might still be bright, but that it was hard to see through a windshield covered in manure.
“Hey,” Alex said as he … Read More »
The idea is brilliant in its simplicity, its subtlety, and its symbolism. Go to a baseball game. Dress like it’s church. Honor a critical part of American and baseball history in the process. The power of social media has taken this from a wild idea to an actual thing, and … Read More »
Twitter Tuesday: Royals, Chiefs, Sporting, magic numbers, Black Keys, free food, KC’s booing Santa Claus moment, and comparing Twitter to my dog
The Royals are a good baseball team. I really believe that. They have pitching, they have defense, they have pitching, they have some guys who are hitting and more who should hit soon, and they also have pitching. That’s a .500 team, at least, a contender with the right breaks.… Read More »
After 22 games, the Royals are hitting .266 with a .324 on-base and .394 slugging percentage. They have scored 96 runs.
After 22 games, the 2012 Royals were hitting .261 with a .320 on-base and .420 slugging percentage. They had scored 86 runs.
After 22 games, the Royals are 13-9. … Read More »
NEW YORK — Man, what a sports day for Kansas City.
First, the bases were loaded in extra innings in the cold in Detroit when Alex F. Gordon happened.
Gordon said later that “there was a storm coming in that kind of blew it out,” but that ball … Read More »
NEW YORK — There sure does seem to be a growing buzz behind the Chiefs making Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher the first pick in tonight’s draft. You know well enough how these things work.
If there’s enough smoke, there is probably fire, but it’s also interesting that it’s … Read More »
NEW YORK — There is a frustrating thought among some Chiefs fans that goes beyond this merely being a rotten year to have the first pick in the NFL Draft.
The way things look at the moment — with Branden Albert unhappy over his contract and the Chiefs going far … Read More »
Predraft highlights from New York, including video of Luke Joeckel getting dominated by an eight-year-old
NEW YORK — I don’t know how they do it, honestly, but before we get to that let’s get something clear right here in this first sentence: these guys are in as good a position as you or I can imagine.
They are the NFL’s top draft prospects. Young, about … Read More »
Twitter Tuesday: Royals winning, Chiefs drafting, K-State fans hating, and a man’s evolution marked by food
First of all, to those asking, yes, I understand the absurdity of having a job where you basically think and talk and write about sports and then taking time off from said job. I get it.
But, yes, the week off was nice. The Smokeshow doesn’t get as much time … Read More »
Your first-place Royals are doing it with pitching, which isn’t much of a surprise. They are third among 15 American League teams with a 3.31 ERA. We tend to remember failures more than successes, so I think it’s important to note that the bullpen is performing essentially as well as … Read More »
The idea was to have a goal, something tangible, something to motivate me to workout during the time of February and March where it’s so easy to stay in bed an extra hour because it’s cold outside or the game went late last night or both.
So I did a … Read More »
The Royals’ magic number is 155. Some other facts, and feel free to pick apart the ones that mean something:
This is the latest in the season the Royals have been alone in first place since May 9, 2009, though they were in a first-place tie as recently as … Read More »
You may have already seen the wonderful news that the smart, hard-working, kind and thoughtful Vahe Gregorian is bringing his talents to Kansas City.
Vahe has been at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 25 years, covering just about everything you can imagine. He instantly becomes the smartest sports columnist … Read More »
The problem with a baseball season only being a week old is that everything is magnified. Like, take the Royals. They are 3-3, and by the end of the year they very well may be 81-81. Nobody should be particularly shocked at that.
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Rick Pitino is coaching the nation’s best team, with a fabulous backcourt and dynamic post player, inspired in part by a reserve guard’s gruesome injury, and the coach is only a few years removed from a shameful private embarrassment that went public.
John Beilein is the coach’s coach, having put … Read More »
The line of appropriate Royals reaction is thin and vague at the moment. The natural thing is to come down heavy, because all we have are two games, both losses, the Royals’ next lead will be their first of the season, Ervin Santana is continuing a dizzying pace of giving … Read More »
Three-hundred and fifty-one entries are in for the 2013 Totally Official DKTM Royals Over-Under Challenge, and before say anything more, a big thanks to Grant, the reader who set this whole thing up.
He is a saint, as far as I’m concerned.
As a reminder, the winner will get a … Read More »
CHICAGO — Well, this is probably going to end up sounding more fantasyland than I want. No sports inspires as much overdone poetry as baseball. The green grass, the crack of the bat, the boys of summer, the yada and the yada and the yada.
My intent here is not … Read More »
CHICAGO – You don’t need to twist your mind to come up with reasons to be optimistic about the Royals season^ that begins in the chilly air here this afternoon. This is a season with more hope than any since at least 2004, and if we’re thinking clearly, probably at … Read More »
Winning goalie Jimmy Nielsen’s MLS Cup runneth over
Sporting Kansas City won the MLS Cup after beating Real Salt Lake 7-6 in a penalty-kick shootout. For captain Jimmy Nielsen, who came to the team when it played in a minor-league baseball park, winning the title at Sporting Park didn't come without some emotion. Read more »
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