Recent Comments by kcfan4life

Spectator Sues Little Leaguer Over Errant Bullpen Throw

I've never seen a serious accident happen to a fan that involved a youth player. Of course, I've never seen anyone sit 5 feet away from an 11 year old tossing a ball unless there was a backstop between them.

posted by kcfan4life at 10:01 PM on June 22

Cat-Murdering Dog with Dorito's Wins Super Bowl Ad Meter

I liked the Doritos ad with the baby in the slingshot best. Probably because by the time it aired, I was about ready to put a baby in a slingshot.

That's hilarious!!

posted by kcfan4life at 07:02 PM on February 06

Chiefs Spoil Packers' Undefeated Season

What was McCarthy thinking going for a 4th and 9? Arrogance or stupidity? Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. I think he just figured he really needed to get something, anything, going in the right direction.

I knew the Pack had a banged up line, but now I wonder how bad the line play coupled with the "bend but don't break" defensive philosophy will hurt them in the playoffs. They've been pretty successful letting teams run wild between the 20's because they could hang offensively up until now.

posted by kcfan4life at 07:26 PM on December 18

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week 14 2011

with Stram wired for sound

65 Toss Power Trap

posted by kcfan4life at 07:49 PM on December 11

Royals All Time Leading Pitcher Paul Splittorff Has Died

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posted by kcfan4life at 08:37 AM on May 26

Legendary KC Broadcaster Bill Grigsby Dies

Fan favorite around these parts for years. Will certainly be missed. Every Sunday before kick off, he'd describe the smell from the tailgating and tell everyone that it was a BEAUTIFUL day for football.

posted by kcfan4life at 12:28 PM on March 01

Two-handed-bowler-wows-way-to-state-title

He's certainly within the rules, and there's a lot more of this than is publicized, though barely any have much luck with accuracy.

I don't know what the oil pattern was at this tournament, but my guess would be that he doesn't score as well on drier patterns. I would be interested in finding out what types of equipment he carries, or how he adjusts to different patterns. He obviously knows what he's doing, even if he shot a bunch of 300's on a house shot.

posted by kcfan4life at 08:50 AM on February 23

Kim Clijsters Gives TV Commentator a Tennis Lesson

Videogames did.

It was the Madden games, wasn't it?

posted by kcfan4life at 09:48 AM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Man.....is that dude death walkin', or what??

posted by kcfan4life at 12:44 AM on January 22

Vernon Wells traded to Angels for Mike Napoli & Juan Rivera

And even after all that, this isn't the most surprising deal to happen tonight...

Didn't see that one coming. It looked apparent that Damon was going to the Rays, though.......but Manny?

posted by kcfan4life at 11:58 PM on January 21

8% of Fans Leave Sporting Events Legally Drunk

I actually thought the number would be higher given that legally drunk is typically .08 (or lower). I would bet in some venues the number of intoxicated fans is higher.

posted by kcfan4life at 02:20 PM on January 19

NFL Lockout Looming

Isn't "stop your griping" what we're all told by our bosses when we're told to work extra hours, days, weeks, forfeit vacation, take pay cuts, etc.? These days everyone makes it pretty clear that we can all be replaced. Check out the unemployment line.

I'm not unsympathetic to any workers when they feel they're treated unfairly, but it's easy to see Atheist's point. Go tell some 50 year old construction laborer that runs a jackhammer 12 hours a day that the NFL players don't want to play 2 more games, and see how sympathetic he is.

And maybe we're not comparing apples to apples. I don't know what is on the table for the players. Will their salary increase with an extended season, or will they make the same pay since they're paid for preseason games already?

posted by kcfan4life at 04:06 PM on January 12

Nick Folk's Foot Helps Jets Defeat Colts

(Anyone else laugh when Collinsworth said that Sanchez "has been high all day"?)

I wondered if I heard him correctly.

posted by kcfan4life at 08:29 PM on January 09

The Hoser's NFL Postseason Picks 2010 -- Week 1

Yeah, what a great round. I wouldn't have bet that way, but for a fan with no vested interest in either team........fun day. Especially Seattle, underdog thing and all.

posted by kcfan4life at 11:26 AM on January 09

Royals Flush with Top Prospects

We here in KC always look forward to this time of year when we start hearing how great our farm system is.....and how wonderful our prospects look at each level. Of course, by the end of May when we're eliminated, we look forward to football season, and watch as the Royals dump payroll.

Given available evidence, what's the basis for thinking they will take advantage of this chance rather than trade them all away for peanuts once they break out?

No basis whatsoever. But, I like this guys take on it

http://www.royalsauthority.com/?tag=david-glass

Leaves me with some hope.

posted by kcfan4life at 07:05 PM on January 04

UConnís win streak ends at 90 in loss at Stanford

I liked his comment during Post Game......"This losing stuff is getting old".

posted by kcfan4life at 11:51 AM on December 31

Chiefs' Jamaal Charles Making NFL History

At the end of last week's game, he broke an 80 yarder. That sure didn't hurt his stats any. They're using him perfectly. He's not built to handle the load of a "featured" back, so the Chiefs should have 2 fresh backs with him and Jones if they wind up in the playoffs.

posted by kcfan4life at 12:21 PM on December 22

Zack Greinke Traded to Brewers

They gave Greinke and an undisclosed amount of cash. Tell me....how does this help the Royals?

posted by kcfan4life at 03:31 PM on December 19

Michael Vick Wants to Get a Dog

"I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process"

I have to assume he means the rehabilitation of his "image".

posted by kcfan4life at 09:22 AM on December 16

Jets Coach Trips Dolphins Player

I don't know about getting a second chance, but he should be disciplined AT LEAST as severely as those DB's illegal hits on receivers, although IMO this is far worse. I also see this as a reflection of leadership on that team, or lack thereof.

posted by kcfan4life at 11:46 AM on December 13

Chinese Basketball League Increases NBA Imports

Ok.....never mind. I just looked up the translation, which made my joke "unfunny".

posted by kcfan4life at 06:23 PM on December 09

Chinese Basketball League Increases NBA Imports

阿,我很喜欢篮球。

I disagree. I think the Brave Dragons have a good chance of winning it all this year if their D plays half as good as it did last season.

posted by kcfan4life at 06:21 PM on December 09

Source: Greinke Would OK Trade to Yankees

"Back in the day" (1955 - 1967) this was the situation that existed between the Yankees and the Kansas City Athletics.

Yep. They were considered the Yankees farm team.

posted by kcfan4life at 05:12 PM on December 05

Source: Greinke Would OK Trade to Yankees

Man, it's tough being a Royals fan.

posted by kcfan4life at 08:52 PM on December 03

Child Dies After 50-Foot Fall Out of Luxury Suite Fall at Lakers Game

If one good thing comes from this discussion it might be that the tragedy we are discussing serves to remind us how even one moment of poor judgment or a momentary lapse in attention combined with unlucky circumstance can result in a tragedy.

And to just be glad to be able to spend the time with our loved ones this holiday. Well said Atheist. I would also like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

posted by kcfan4life at 03:45 PM on November 24

Child Dies After 50-Foot Fall Out of Luxury Suite Fall at Lakers Game

My wife and I worked conflicting hours when my kids were toddlers (they're only a year apart). I enjoyed hanging out with the kids. I had season tickets to Royals Stadium back then, so we enjoyed countless games together. I didn't hesitate to take them out to eat, movies....you name it. They were pretty well behaved. But when it was an adult gathering, it was time for a babysitter. Anyone that has kids knows that you can't take your eyes off of a 2 year old. It's bad enough at home, where you've child proofed everything. If you want to enjoy a night out with friends, don't take the kids.

I'm not trying to beat up on the parents. They're facing a horror that will never go away, and thoughts and prayers should be going out to the family.

posted by kcfan4life at 04:08 PM on November 22

Vikings Fire Brad Childress

Ummm, the 'Boys did fire their coach.

Sorry.....that was in haste......not thinking. Still turned out to be a bigger mess.

posted by kcfan4life at 02:33 PM on November 22

Vikings Fire Brad Childress

Man, the Vikes turned out to be a bigger mess than Dallas this year. Towards the beginning of the year, I really thought they would turn things around and the Cowboys would be the ones firing coaches.

posted by kcfan4life at 01:40 PM on November 22

Bucs Receiver Mike Williams Arrested for DUI

Actual impairment varies ...

So I could get a DUI if I blow and come up at .001? Seems that too many things could factor into failing a Field Test. I could just be clumsy, tired, etc. And what if he would have registered a zero?

Isn't the .08 limit a pretty low threshhold?

Yes.

posted by kcfan4life at 01:23 PM on November 22

Bucs Receiver Mike Williams Arrested for DUI

I thought a field sobriety test was given just to see if a breathalyser is necessary. Field tests I've seen are walking the straight line, alphabet, checking pupil movement like following a pen with your eyes so they can see if their reaction is slow. I was given a field sobriety test once and not asked to take the breathalyser. I was caught speeding at 3am.....I would have suspected drinking if I was the cop, so I had no problem with it, but I had just worked late.

And why would you get a DUI if you're below the legal limit? Anyone know the law on that one? Anyone could be nervous during a traffic stop and screw up the field test.

posted by kcfan4life at 09:55 AM on November 22

DC Radio Host: 'I Want Redskins Reparations'

I'm sure a lot of us have felt this way a time or 2 (and just didn't vocalize it publicly). I've certainly had similar rants in front of the TV. I can't imagine what it's like to be a Yankees fan.......not having to begin every season thinking "This year could be different. We got Joe Schmo in the off season, and he's only 38....still plenty of life in him." Some of us just endure. Full of eternal hope and blind faith. Half way through every baseball season, thinking how great it will be when football season rolls around (because you're already mathematically out of it), and vice versa.

posted by kcfan4life at 04:09 PM on November 17

Photographer Makes Golf Shot of a Lifetime

What the hell is Groucho Marx doing wearing a turban?

Oh, that's priceless. Didn't notice that at first. Can't stop laughing now.

posted by kcfan4life at 11:36 AM on October 03

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Nothing much to add except that I love this song, and I want to see "God Bless America" kicked to the curb.

Just curious as to why it should be "kicked to the curb"?

posted by kcfan4life at 04:30 PM on July 14

Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner Dies

Never a Yankee fan, but always admired George. My favorite quote was when he was being hammered in an interview a few years back about revenue sharing. He asked the interviewer...."If K-Mart needs money, do you think Wal-Mart gives it to them?" I figured that was an obvious shot at our Royals Owner, but it made a lot of sense to me, nonetheless.

posted by kcfan4life at 02:38 PM on July 13

Ex-NFLer Randall Cunningham's son drowns in hot tub at Las Vegas home

I've always said there can't be anything worse than losing a child. My prayers are certainly with Randall and his family.

posted by kcfan4life at 05:43 PM on June 30

Ken Griffey Jr. retires

He is the greatest in my book. My favorite ballplayer to watch once the Pete Roses and George Bretts were gone. It was a pleasure watching Jr. throughout his whole career. It was sad to see him struggle so much recently, and I too am glad he bowed out gracefully. Good memories......

posted by kcfan4life at 09:50 PM on June 02

Jose Lima Passes Away

Nice piece, grum. The stuff I've been reading and hearing today have been nothing but great things about Lima. I guess the guy really loved his fans, and really loved being in a position to touch people in the way he often did. He'll obviously be greatly missed by many.

posted by kcfan4life at 06:12 PM on May 23

Jose Lima Passes Away

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Got to meet Lima once. He was a "friend of a friend" of a parent on a youth team I coached. The Dad got him to come to a practice once. He threw B.P., signed some stuff, talked to the kids, worked with the pitchers for a little bit.....made a good impression. He was fairly popular during his short stint here in KC. The guy had a lot of energy. I hope the energy was natural, and the heart attack wasn't the result of something else.

posted by kcfan4life at 02:23 PM on May 23

Nolan Ryan's Crusade

"Backing away from the pitcher's limits too far doesn't make a pitcher less vulnerable; it makes him more vulnerable. And pushing the envelope, while it may lead to a catastrophic event, is more likely to enhance the pitcher's durability than to destroy it."

This was always my argument. Conditioning for this starts at a very young age, and youth/H.S. coaches baby the "Stars" arms. Simply speaking......these guys just don't have the conditioning. It wasn't that long ago that closers were almost unheard of, and there were fewer relievers. Guys threw complete games in a smaller rotation. I guess you can blame money for most of it. These arms today are worth an awful lot of dough......and the contract is guaranteed.

posted by kcfan4life at 01:48 PM on May 21

Royals fire Hillman, select Yost as replacement

Former Milwaukee manager Ned Yost replaced Hillman effective immediately and will serve for the remainder of the season.

Whew! All is well now......

posted by kcfan4life at 07:03 PM on May 14

"I know a lot of rules and regulations."

It's unfortunate, but High School Coaches are judged on their record and not their personality. I agree with it being in very poor taste, but IF the events leading to the outcome are ever forgotten, his name will be on the Championship Banner in the Gym forever as being the Coach that beat a powerhouse team.

While I don't condone the actions at all, it would have been much worse in a Middle School, or Youth Rec league where there should be even more emphasis on sportsmanship and fundamentals.

I don't want to sound like I'm defending him........the guy's a douche in my book, but there are many more on the same level or worse at every level of play.

posted by kcfan4life at 10:45 AM on May 12

Congress Looks into Smokeless Tobacco in Baseball

And chewing tobacco requires its users to spit brown balls of goo all the time.

Not entirely true. They make those little pouches in several flavors that don't require you to spit, and folks wouldn't even know you're chewing. Realistically, anyone that's chewed for any length of time can swallow the juice anyway......unless you're putting half the can in your mouth like some of these guys do.

I've had the habit for 32 years now, and if someone forced me to quit abruptly, I don't know how I'd handle it. I just don't view it as the same as smoking. I chew all day at work and no one would have any idea if I didn't want them to know.

posted by kcfan4life at 09:51 AM on April 15

Congress Looks into Smokeless Tobacco in Baseball

I'm not sure how to feel about this. I'm all for not peddling tobacco products to kids, but I'm also for protecting what little freedom we have left. And chewing tobacco should be a personal choice, as you're only hurting yourself. I think we overdid it with the smoking bans all across the country.........and I hate smoking.

Being that these players are "role models", maybe it falls into a different category. Personally, though, I'd chew anyway. You don't have to have a huge dip....or even spit.

posted by kcfan4life at 05:39 PM on April 14

Are Athletes Becoming More Entitled?

You're right on, dviking. I quit at 14U as well. We started as a Rec team back in Tball, and wound up playing Comp level after a few years.....that's when it gets ugly.......and expensive.

After not coaching since July, I started to get a little ansy, though. So I began coaching my 13 yr old daughter's team (previous coach left). It's a Rec team, few practices, little money involved, weeknight schedule with no weekend tournaments (I can go fishing again). Ahhhhhh, just like the good old days. We started this week and I'd forgotten what it was like to coach a Rec team. Everybody plays, everybody's happy, and nobody is very good or they'd be in a Comp league. Fun environment, just like it was meant to be.

posted by kcfan4life at 07:41 AM on April 02

Chiefs' Larry Johnson Flips Out on Twitter

He said during training camp that he was determined to distance himself from the "old LJ," the irritable player who had become known more for his run-ins and mood swings than his considerable football talent.

Well, as with most power runners at this stage of his career, the talent is gone. I believe he would have been traded if anyone would have shown interest. And the "good boy" he promised to be sure didn't last long, but at least he's not beating women at night clubs anymore.

The guy's a Head Case, though......obviously. Ahhhhhh, where have you gone Tony G?????? This offense really is lacking in decent character these days.

posted by kcfan4life at 09:21 AM on October 27

Book: Cryogenics Workers Batted Around Ted Williams' Head

Drood........you read my mind. Futurama, man.....Futurama......

posted by kcfan4life at 08:15 AM on October 03

Jordan's Night to Remember Turns Petty

Some will say Chamberlain, others will say Russell or Magic or Bird and the list goes on but IMO, there's only one man that deserves that title and that's Michael Jordan.

I feel exactly the same way. Whether you like him or not, the man absolutely changed the game. People say no one can be bigger than the game, but guess what.......MJ pulled it off......bigger than the game. People actually watched the game based on whether or not he was playing. Look at the ratings for his comebacks.

As far as his comments, who cares? I never knew him not to be arrogant and cocky. That's how I want to remember him. That's part of what I loved about him. It's his "I'm Michael Jordan and Your Not" attitude that makes him sort of special.

posted by kcfan4life at 05:43 PM on September 13

Tony Gonzalez now a Falcon

I'd love to post something about how I hope everything works out well for TG. Or that I understand wanting to leave this place for a contender. Or how lucky I feel just to have been able to watch, in person, the greatest Tight End of all time play the game.......but I'm just sick to my stomach at the thought of what I'll be watching next season.

posted by kcfan4life at 03:50 PM on April 23

Mark Teixeira is a Yankee.

I for one would be a fan of a salary cap in MLB. This all reminds me of something Steinbrenner said in and interview a few years back when they upped the revenue sharing and luxury taxes, which hit teams like the Yanks pretty hard. As you may or may not know, David Glass, owner of the Royals and ex Wal Mart executive, was leading the push for more revenue sharing. When the press asked Steinbrenner to comment, he said...."If Kmart goes broke, do they ask Wal Mart for money?" Of course he was defending his right to run a business within the rules of the MLB. He also pointed out that if any other owners wanted to pour that kind of money into their team, there are no rules against it. I'm not a Yanks fan by any means, but they go about business the way the way they want, pay their revenue sharing and taxes for it, and I agree that some other owners could let go of some money if they wanted to put a similar product on the field.

posted by kcfan4life at 12:10 PM on December 24

Chiefs trade Jared Allen to Minnesota:

I wonder how they'll spend those picks. Lot's of holes to fill and they don't have a history of great drafts. I'll cross my fingers and sit with hope like an idiot every year, even though the last SB they went to was the year before I was born. Anybody remember Carl Peterson's 5 year plan he had back in '88 when Hunt hired him?

posted by kcfan4life at 04:00 PM on April 23

Man Arrested for Forcing Son To Wear Packers Jersey

Earlier this season my daughter changed out of her Priest Holmes jersey at halftime........of the Raiders game.....and everyone knows how this season ended. I haven't spoken to her since. My hands are shaking as I type this. Oh, and none of my black friends beat thier kids.

posted by kcfan4life at 09:04 PM on January 17

Adam "Pacman" Jones

Did I hear correct....this happened Jan. 3? Why is it just coming out?

posted by kcfan4life at 04:52 PM on January 15

How Do You Get to 16 - 0?

Jersey-I think that name's already taken.

posted by kcfan4life at 02:02 PM on January 03

Report: Jets caught spying

So the J-E-T-S are cheaters, huh? Do we put an astrik next to their record, then?

posted by kcfan4life at 01:32 PM on December 12

8-year-olds suspended after hockey brawl

However this shakes out, there can't be a good excuse for what happened.

posted by kcfan4life at 09:25 AM on November 27

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week 10

6 bill, 6. And WTF is right.

posted by kcfan4life at 04:37 PM on November 12

Judge Hits Andy Reid Out of Bounds

I've sort of had some experience with this (jacked up kid of a very close family member). When I blasted the man for what he was allowing his kid to do and get away with while living in his house, I was told that I won't know until I have kids myself. Well......low and behold, I have kids and still feel the same way about it. The Reid boys are grown men and need to be shown the door at this point. There is the possibillity that Reid feels somewhat responsible and guilty for the way the boys have turned out. I wish the best for them all.

posted by kcfan4life at 01:45 PM on November 02

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

You're right Weedy, but honestly, after I peed my pants, I would then engage in some unchecked aggression without thought toward that coach. Seriously though, you do make a good point. But all this is after the fact with time to cool off. Plus the fact that none of this actually happened to any of our kids, so it's pretty easy to sit back and say exactly what we would do. I like to picture myself as the bad ass though, so please don't ruin that for me.

posted by kcfan4life at 12:02 PM on October 31

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

I do see your point, bd, and maybe my comment was a bit of a knee jerk reaction. But I've coached this age level, and seen some pretty nasty things, and going to the official would still be the first thing I would do. Understanding this was a scrimmage, then you go to the other kids coach and tell him to straighten it out. All the post said is that the looney coach's kid got blocked and knocked down. Buy him a tennis raquet and move on. Sorry, but I've about had enough of Youth Sports Coaches getting this kind of attention.

posted by kcfan4life at 10:48 AM on October 31

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

You're right, jay. And if I'm this kid's Dad, this story would become a whole lot more interesting. (or violent) This clown needs severe punishment.

posted by kcfan4life at 10:12 AM on October 31