White Cloud Family Makes Championships Glow At Kansas Junior High Rodeos And Well Beyond

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When it’s in the genes, blood-running-rodeo, so to speak, and most every night rain, mud, sun, sleet or snow, is spent in the practice pen, there’s a pot of gold with the rainbow. That might seem a roundabout way of describing Reed Boos, but it’s certainly most accurate for the 14-year-old White Cloud cowboy recently […]

All-Terrain Utility Vehicle Tour of Flint Hills To Benefit Emporia Charities

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Fun in the beautiful green Flint Hills of Kansas will benefit four most worthwhile causes. It’s the “Gator Rally” Wednesday through Saturday evenings, June 10-13, starting at the cattle pens right off the Kansas Turnpike just 17 miles south of Emporia. “The Gator Rally is planned by PrairieLand Partners John Deere Emporia as a special […]

Kansas High School Rodeo Association Finals Again Set For Topeka

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The Kansas High School Rodeo Finals will be in Topeka again this year. Yearend championship competition featuring the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in all events at high school rodeos throughout the state last fall and this spring is scheduled June 2 – 7, at the R.R. Domer Livestock Arena in Topeka’s Kansas Expo Centre. […]

Jake’s Takes: MLB and Royals Prediction 2015

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The 2014 MLB season was a year that Royals fan will remember for the rest of their lives. It was a season/trip/journey that Kansas City fans will talk about for years to come.  Not a day goes by when you and your buddies are talking about the Royals and someone always brings up “Should Jirschele […]

Sit With the Guru – For A (Final) Day in the Life

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In everyone’s life there come various events that provide watershed moments, the kinds of things that lead to changes. Certainly one of those occured February 1, 2014, when my mother passed away. I had overseen her final seven years since she moved here from Omaha, a life mission that provided its share of ups and […]

Sit With the Guru – Remembering A Legend

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I have to admit I was never a fan of North Carolina basketball growing up as a child, and for that matter, even into adulthood. Part of that is, unless I have a specific rooting interest, I didn’t (and still don’t) really like teams or individual players (like in golf) who seem to dominate their […]

Sit With the Guru . . . Into the Future . . .

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“Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ . . . into the future.” Those words were sung by Steve Miller on his massive hit “Fly Like An Eagle” back in the mid-70’s. And it could be a description of the Big 12 Conference today after it was left out of the College Football Playoff despite having […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 12

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The November 8th weekend didn’t feature the close games we thought we would see, instead it produced some big time blowouts.  TCU and Baylor looked very impressive in their wins over Oklahoma and Kansas State and KU got their first Big 12 win as they took down the Cyclones. Three games remain for each team […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 11

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November 8th has been the day every Big 12 football fan has had circled on their calender.  Two monster games are scheduled. Sixth ranked TCU hosts 7th ranked KSU and 12th ranked Baylor travels to 16th ranked Oklahoma.  The two games are pretty much college football playoff elimination games.  Last week was a perfect week […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 10

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It is week 10 for the college football season and it is another full slate of Big 12 games this weekend. The College Football Playoff rankings came out this week as well, I guess it is important cause it was the first ever rankings for the playoffs. But it doesn’t really mean much in the […]

Sit With the Guru – Will the Royals Be An Outlier?

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The 2005 Houston Astros. The 2007 Colorado Rockies. The 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. All three of these teams were participants in the World Series for the first time in that team’s history. And the only time, as it turns out. They were all underdogs, and the Astros and Rockies were more improbable than anything (especially […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 9

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Week eight of the conference schedule produced two upsets that shook up the Big 12 standings.  West Virginia and their potent offense took care of Baylor and the Wildcats went to Norman and handed the Sooners their second big 12 loss.  Kansas State now sits alone at the top  of the standings with a 3-0 […]

Sit With the Guru – And Keep Expecting to Party

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Nothing like waiting until less than two hours before game time to post an analysis of the coming World Series – especially when I could have written this over the weekend and said pretty much the same thing.  Which is this – I expect the Kansas City Royals to complete their two year rags-to-riches fairy […]

Jake’s Takes: World Series Prediction

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The 2014 Fall Classic is here.  Royals vs Giants. Experience vs Inexperience.  That is about the only difference between the Royals and Giants.  Payrolls are a little different, 154 million dollar pay roll for the Giants vs 92 million for the Royals, but its not a gigantic gap. The Giants have the seventh highest payroll […]

Jake’s Takes: ALCS Recap and College Football Picks Week 8

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The Kansas City Royals are going to the 2014 World Series.  I still can’t believe that is a factual statement. The Royals are putting themselves in the history books with this remarkable run. Eight straight post season wins. No one has ever done that.  Eleven straight dating back to the 1985 World Series. Only the […]

Jake’s Takes: ALDS and College Football Picks Week 6

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Royals playoff baseball and college football make this October one of the most exciting months that I can remember since I joined 580 WIBW in 2008.  The Royals game on Tuesday was the greatest sporting event that I have covered. I understand I am only 30 years old but I have been to some terrific […]

Sit With the Guru – and Remember 1985

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“No outs to go . . . the Royals have won the 1985 World Series!” You have probably heard that legendary call by now, the words spoken by Royals Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews at the conclusion of Game Seven of that I-70 Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  I heard them live while […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 5

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Week four had just three games on the schedule but really all three were very competitive and interesting games.  Week five is almost a full schedule and after this week just Iowa State has a non conference game on their schedule.  Three Big 12 games on the schedule for this week, including the Thursday night […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 4

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It is a light slate of football games in the Big 12 this weekend. Just three games that will be played.  Last week was another good week pick wise in the Win/Loss decision, the only loss for me was the Red Raiders getting steamrolled by the Hogs of Arkansas. I did pick the Cyclones in […]

Jakes Takes: College Football Picks Week 3

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Week three is here for the Big 12 football season. No conference games on the slate but a lot of interesting power five conference match-ups.  Last week was a good week for my picks. 8-0 and was 3-1 vs the spread. So that means I am 15-1 straight up record and 7-2 against the spread. […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 2

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Week one of the college football season lived up to what college football is all about. West Virginia and Oklahoma State both gave the top two teams in the nation all they wanted and then some.  The saying “That’s why you play the game” is so true. West Virginia had a chance to pull off […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 1

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College football is finally here. The first Saturday of the college football season is one of the best days of the year. Teams have a fresh start, and they control their own destiny. The Big 12 should be fun and exciting season this year and they finally have some really exciting non conference games this […]

Sit With The Guru – Real or Not For Real?

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Close to three weeks ago in my last blog edition, I pretty much poo-pooed the Royals playoff chances. They had started 2-4 in their post-All Star break schedule and looked like, well, the same Royals that had showed up for much of the tenure of David Glass as the club’s owner.  And I wasn’t the […]

Sit With The Guru – Because TGIF

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Yes, the day this blog post appears is a Friday, but that’s not what TGIF in the title stands for – not in this instance.  No, it means “Thank Goodness It’s Football” – because that time is quickly approaching. The Royals have proved beyond all doubt that they aren’t capable of shedding mediocrity and going […]

Jake’s Takes: My Advice to People in their 20s.

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Today, I am no longer a man in his 20’s. I turned the big 3-0 today.  Some people are calling me old now, some people say your 30’s are the best decade of your life, some people say “it is how you feel not your age.” Lots of people giving me their opinion on this […]

Sit With the Guru – Just Past the Quarter Pole

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I have been this close several times the past few weeks about writing a blog entry pretty much giving up on the Royals. And just when the time seems right, here they go taking off on some small winning streak, trying to do their best to make me seem foolish for ever thinking such a thought.  Well, […]

Sit With the Guru – A Better Way to Do Things

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For those who know me well, I can certainly get cynical about certain things in life and sports, and my detector has been going crazy ever since reports started surfacing Thursday about Kansas senior-to-be point guard Naadir Tharpe transferring to another school.   So much of this column will be devoted to the opinion I have […]

Jake’s Takes: Royals and MLB Predictions

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Opening day is here, the Royals 2014 season is about to start with a Justin Verlander fastball thrown low and away to Royals lead-off hitter Nori Aoki.  This is such a great day in sports, this day ranks with the two opening round days of the NCAA tournament that just occurred a few weeks ago, […]

Sit With the Guru On Opening Day

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Let’s go for another trip in the way-back machine, folks – this time all the way back to April 3, 1989 – a date which will live in infamy (ha)! Actually, it was my first day as an actual on-air employee of WIBW Radio. I had checked in at the old station building on Menninger Hill each […]

Jake’s Takes: The Big Dance and The Big 12

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The NCAA tournament is in full swing as the two most exciting days in the college sport season just finished up. The Thursday and Friday in the NCAA tournament are just fantastic.  32 games of just who the heck knows what will happen. If I wasn’t involved in sports I would take a vacation day […]

Sit With the Guru – In The Magic Chair

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There are several studios here at the radio station, and lots of chairs and microphones in each of them. One studio in particular is quite busy each day. It has a large round table that has a small opening at one end where one of the hosts of various local daily programs sits. Kelly Lenz, Roger Heaton and […]

Sit With the Guru – Because the more things change . . .

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If you listened to Sports Talk Friday, January 10, during the Sports Guru segment at 4:40 where I sit in with Jake and Mark to talk about the coming weekend’s events, you would have known almost to the exact number what the score of Saturday’s KU-K-State alleged Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence would be.  86-59 I […]

Jake’s Takes: The Year in Review

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The 2013 year is coming to a close and as everyone is gearing up for their 2014 New Year’s Resolutions, which most people will stop doing around February, don’t worry I am the same way, lets take a look back at what happened in 2013.  We do a segment every Monday on our Sports Talk […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Bowl Picks

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It is time for the college football bowl season. The first of 35 bowls starts up this Saturday with the New Mexico Bowl. This is a great time of the year. Love the Christmas time and throw in lots of food a few presents and lots of football, how can you go wrong.  One good […]

2013: The Sports Year in Review

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It’s hard to believe that 2013 is almost over. I know that’s cliché to say and we all say it, but as we get older that phrase is true more and more. I hope this past year was a good one for all of you in all aspects of your life: personal, professional and of […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 15

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The Big 12 football regular season comes to a close on Saturday. There is good news and bad news with the two game schedule. Bad news is that it’s the last week of Big 12 football, which always makes me a little sad knowing football season is coming to a close. The good news the […]

Ryan’s Rant: Losing Isn’t Fun, But Sports Are

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Sports should be fun. That is the thought on my mind as I return to work after a week off to spend time with family and friends while celebrating Thanksgiving. During my week away from the station, my beloved Kansas Jayhawks dropped a basketball game to previously-unranked Villanova and nearly lost another to a won’t-be-ranked-all-season […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 14

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. This is by far the best meal of the year. It has everything you want in a meal. Salad in every way, shape and form. Most of the time two different types of meat, a variety of sides and if your day is like mine, a choice between three different types […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 13

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We are coming down to the final few weeks for college football. After Saturday’s contests, KU, KSU, ISU, TCU, TT and WVU all have just one big 12 game remaining on their schedule.  We know who is going to a bowl game and who is staying home. Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State and […]

Sit With the Guru – Credit Where Credit is Due

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Of course I am talking about the Denver Broncos, who played a practically perfect game Sunday night in ending the Chiefs’ unbeaten season.  To be honest, even though I didn’t get a chance to say it on the air beforehand, this game was very predictable. Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning has, among other things, made a […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 12

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We are coming down to the final few weeks of the Big 12 season and three teams remain in contention for the wide open Big 12 regular season title.  After Saturdays games, Baylor will have three games left, ISU, KU, KSU, OU, OSU, Texas have two games left, and TCU, TT and WVU have just […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 11

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Normally Thursday nights are nothing to shout about, but tonight is a dandy of a College football night. Tonight is a two television setup if you have the capability to do so, which in this day and age is pretty simple to do. If you have two TV’s ,the only thing you need is a […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 10

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Week 10 of the college football season is upon us this Saturday and five teams, that would be half of the Big 12, still has a chance at winning the conference regular season title.  How fantastic will the last five weeks of the season be?  Baylor and Texas are 4-0, OU and Texas Tech are […]

Sit With the Guru – At the halfway point

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First I want to apologize for not having updated this particular blog very often.  I have had some issues away from work involving an ill parent that have taken much of my time over the past weeks, and likely will take more of it in the coming weeks.  I hope to add my two cents […]

Jake’ Takes: College Football Picks Week 9

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Upsets have been pretty scarce during the  Big 12 portion of the  season. The only one that really sticks out is West Virginia taking down Oklahoma State in Morgantown.  Could this be the week in the Big 12 like week eight was in the SEC when a handful of underdogs came out on top.  Week […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 8

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Just when you think you have college football and the Big 12 figured out it takes a “U” turn and goes in a totally different direction.  I don’t know how many people thought Texas would beat Oklahoma last week, but I do know that not even die hard Texas fans thought they would handle the […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 7

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It was a full slate of Big 12 games last week and all the teams favored to win ended up victorious- Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas. Four games are slated for this weekend. West Virginia and Oklahoma State are both playing idle this week so should be an easy Saturday for the […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 6

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It is finally conference play the rest of the way. No more non-conference patsy’s, it is all Big 12 play from here on in. Iowa State and Texas got things kicked off in the Big 12 on Thursday night in controversial fashion.   For those that don’t know what happened here is the short version. […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 5

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The Big 12 has a very light schedule for week number five. Just three games will be played on Saturday. Iowa State took care of business on Thursday night beating Tulsa 38-21 and getting their first win of the season.  I do want to mention that the state of Kansas lost a tremendous individual on […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 4

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The Big 12 finished week three with two losses to non conference foes.  Iowa State couldn’t complete the comeback against in-state rival Iowa and the Jayhawks fell short against the Owls of Rice.  The Hawks and Clones were my only two loses of the week. I might be a little to high on the Big […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 3

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The Big 12, outside of Texas, played pretty well in week 2 of the college football season.  One Big 12 game is already in the books, Texas Tech defeated TCU 20-10 on Thursday night in Lubbock. Tech running back DeAndre Washington earned the “Do-Over” award. As he let go of the football on the half […]

Sit With the Guru – Never Say Die

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Well, certainly the Royals won’t say it.  And every time I think the trigger has been pulled, they just pick themselves up and jump right back in with a couple of victories.  That’s what happened again this week as they followed up a horrible loss in Cleveland – Progressive Field has been a death trap […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 2

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Last week I drank too much of the Big 12 Kool-Aid and my record showed it. Hopefully this week the Big 12 does a little bit better against Non-conference opponents. There is one Big 12 game on the slate this week. Lets get to the predictions. Last Week:  6-3 West Virginia vs Oklahoma: Oklahoma looked […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 1

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My Predictions for week number 1 Last Week : 0-0  Overall: 0-0  -NDSU @ KSU KState has basically their entire offense back they start a junior college quarterback who can put the ball on the money. The defense will be young and very new but will get the job done. The Bison of NDSU are […]

Sit With the Guru – Blogging in Memphis

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Well, that title isn’t exactly true since I am already back in Topeka after a few quite refreshing days off.  It would more accurately be titled Blogging About Memphis, which I will do in a moment – I just wanted to reference Marc Cohn’s 1992 hit song “Walking In Memphis”, one of my favorite tunes […]

Sit With the Guru – What’s Wrong with This Picture?

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I’m writing this on August 13, the day school starts in a good portion of Topeka and northeast Kansas.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s just WRONG!  Totally too early to start school . . . but I don’t have anything to do with it.   But the Royals – still playing meaningful games on […]

Jake’s Takes: Football Season is Almost Here

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These are the thoughts running through my mind this week: – 23 days until college football starts with K-State taking on the number one ranked team in the FCS, aka D-1AA, North Dakota State. -K-State’s media day was held on Monday, and first thing you notice is how nice the new West Stadium Center is […]

Sit With the Guru – A Different Perspective

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Since no one – and I mean NO one – can make heads or tails of the Royals right now, I will instead go back into my personal recollection files for a little something that leads up to the present in some different ways not involving baseball.  A little behind-the-scenes history is coming up next: […]

Jake’s Take: Recapping Big 12 Media Days

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These are the thoughts running through my mind this week…….. -The Big 12 Media Days are over in Dallas Texas. A few thoughts from the two days…. –Bob Bowlsby didn’t mince his words about the NCAA and the direction of college football.  Click to listen to my interview with him. Very interesting stuff. –The K-State player […]

Jake’s Take: College Football is Almost Here

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These are the the thoughts that are running through my mind this week: -College Football is approaching fast and it can’t get here soon enough its my favorite sport to watch and to cover.  -Big 12 Media Poll: OSU, OU, TCU, UT, BU, KSU, TT, WVU, ISU, KU.  -Six teams got a first place vote. […]

Sit With the Guru and hear a sad, sad tale

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Boy, I tell you – the Royals can rip off a long losing streak just as easy as pie.  We’ve talked about how they are a better team this year – not just me but all the sports bloggers and personalities here at WIBW.  But for all the additional resources the team has compared to […]

Ryan’s Rant: Grading the Royals

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Although baseball has eclipsed the midway point of the season, the All-Star break is a good time to evaluate teams from the first “half” of the season. Heading into the final weekend before the break begins, the Royals will be no better than 46-46 and no worse than 43-49. With that in mind, let’s go […]

Jake’s Takes: Mark Elliott Golfing with the Big Boys

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These are the thoughts running through my mind this week: -Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. Love the 4th. Anytime you can put beer, golf, fireworks, movies, steak and pool time, that is a win-win- win situation. -I am typing this in the media work room at the US Senior Open in […]

Ryan’s Rant: When Athletes Go Astray

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Aaron Hernandez is the newest addition to a long list of athletes who seemingly had it all and then lost it all because of their own stupidity. Hernandez was taken into custody this morning for his connection to a recent murder near his Massachusetts home. Less than two hours later, the New England Patriots released […]

Sit With the Guru – They are who they are

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Well, you can’t say the Royals haven’t at least tried harder.  They upgraded their starting pitching in the off-season – and spent more money to do it.  They have a better bench than in previous seasons and still have, for the most part, an excellent bullpen – the best in the American League statistically, if […]

Ryan’s Rant: I Could Get Used to These Royals

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Six-game winning streaks. Late-inning rallies against division leaders. Starting pitchers lasting seven innings. I could get used to all that. The Royals’ 3-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday afternoon was possibly the most exciting win of the season. Down to the final strike, Lorenzo Cain’s two-run, game-tying home run set up Eric Hosmer’s game-winning heroics […]

Jakes Takes: Wildcat Baseball Team Had a Great Run

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Here are the things that made me go hmmmmm this week.  -Great Season by the Wildcat baseball team. Didn’t think I would be staying up till 12:30 watching K-State Baseball this year. -Great production as well. 45 Wins. First conference title since 1933. First Super Regional appearance. -Be curious to know how many people stayed […]

Lefty’s Last Word: the 113th US Open

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This week is the 113th playing of the United States Open golf championship. Merion will host for the 5th time. In 1934, Olin Dutra won; in 1950, Ben Hogan struck the famous 1-iron onto the 18th to force a 3 man playoff which Hogan won by 4; in 1971, Lee Trevino shot 68 to Jack […]

Sit With the Guru – Eye on the Royals

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First of all, I welcome you to my official sports blog.  Since I have been nicknamed the Sports Guru – a nickname which goes back to a predecessor, Bruce Steinbrock – I thought it would be appropriate to use that reference in naming this blog.  Specifically the name comes from a minor hit record by […]

Ryan’s Rant: LeBron James Needs to be More Selfish

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How about some instant reaction (12 hours later) from Game 1 of the NBA Finals? I’ll cut to the chase: LeBron James is too unselfish when it matters the most. Last night James recorded his third career NBA Finals triple-double in a 92-88 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. In those three games, the Heat […]

Lefty’s Last Word: The Rules of Golf

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Well Jake has forced to me to get involved with the cyber world and join the year 2013. So from time to time I will give my opinion on something involved with sports. It could be golf or any sport or it could be about the reclassification of the classes in high school athletics in […]

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These are thoughts running through my mind this week: -Class 4A goes to two divisions starting in the 2013-2014 school year. I get that class 4A has a wide range in enrollments, 729-258, but 8 trophies for football and basketball is ridiculous. -Reform needs to start at the top. Reclassify the classes, Kansas does not […]

Ryan’s Rant: Eight High School Classifications is Too Many

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This morning the Kansas State High School Activities Association approved the split of Class 4A into two divisions. That wasn’t too surprising. What was surprising, however, was the margin by which it passed – a vote of 42-22 among 4A schools. Anybody involved with high school athletics knows there are problems. Unequal population distribution between […]