Friday, September 28, 2007

Why You Should Have a Good Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 5:02 PM


(Thanks, Robert.)


Crankytown: Week in Review

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 3:47 PM


Tonight’s installment of KCPT Channel 19’s Week in Review involves yours truly, along with my media colleagues Micheal Mahoney from KMBC Channel 9, Dave Helling from the Star and Jim Davis from the Business Journal. Host Nick Haines had a lot for us to talk about, and we blew through quick punditry on the Sprint Center ticket madness (i.e., Kansas City discovers that big-name concerts sell out fast and are very, very expensive); various discomforts related to parks board and Minuteman member Frances Semler; Matt Blunt’s craven political pandering – uh, excuse me, big-hearted effort – to restore health coverage to poor people (which he took away a couple of years ago); and the possibility of casinos around the Kansas Speedway. The show airs at 7:30 tonight and again at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 30.

The discussion was moving so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to say this about the Sprint Center ticket craziness. It’s an extremely painful point to make, but here it is: Hearne Christopher Jr. is doing the Star’s best reporting on the issue so far. (My fingers exploded as soon as I wrote that, so now I’m typing with my chin.)

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Who Butchered Barbecuelooza? We're Looking At You, Lenexa.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 3:29 PM


With the American Royal Barbecue competition on next week at Kemper Arena’s parking lot, around 150 teams from across the country are looking for an edge as they battle over smokers in the parking lot. So it’s suspicious timing for the American Royal’s mascot – Barbecuelooza – to be beheaded.

Sure, the official story sounds plausible. Susan Fox, sponsorship manager for the American Royal, parks the bull on a flatbed trailer in front of her Northland house. She wakes up to dogs barking at 3 a.m. In the middle of the street, Barbecuelooza has been toppled and beheaded like a statue of Saddam Hussein. Sponsorship coordinator Chad Mantooth thinks the likely culprits are rowdy teens, considering that Fox’s home isn’t far from a high school.

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Weekend Events, Suggested by David Foster Wallace

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 11:29 AM


The weekend’s loud and sponsorially christened Nextel Cup Kansas 4001 comes thundering into the Kansas Speedway (400 Speedway Boulevard) preinstalled with unexpected narrative twists of a type that in decades past would have induced, inter alia, fedora-wearing sportswriters to dive toward phone booths, the stopping of presses, and preadolescent cries of “EXTRY! EXTRY!”

Rousch-Fenway racer Carl Edwards – he of the acrobatic post-victory backflip celebrations2 and the pole winner of the 2007 Nextel Open – was, after winning Sunday’s race at the Dover International Speedway, subsequently penalized 25 points by NASCAR when his car was found to be suspended too low in the right rear quadrant, a major structural infraction, the penalties for which are draconian.

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Number of Coming Acts, 3. Average age, 52.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 9:09 AM

Our shiny new radial tire in downtown, the Sprint Center, is set to open for some seriously aging stars. And no, we’re not talking the Chiefs. The headliners include Van Halen, Elton John and, now, Garth Brooks. To help put some perspective on these aging showmen, here’s a look at their careers:


Elton John

Age: 60

First hit: “Your Song” in 1970

Last hit: “Answer in the Sky” in 2005

Lowest point: There’s many, but in 1997, for his 50th birthday party, Sir Elton performed in an $80,000 Louis XIV costume

Second job: Agreed in 2001 to appear on a BBC’s quiz show but backed out hours before filming and was replaced with a cab driver who worked as an Elton John impersonator

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

No Spoon For You!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 4:07 PM

The Spoon concert, scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, is canceled. We've heard it straight from the show's would-have-been promoter, Jacki Becker.

Sorry, kids.

And now, A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

Model Looks

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 12:19 PM


Kansas City Fashion Week kicked off in the West Bottoms last night with a party and style show at the Foundation Room. Fashion Week continues with events at the Foundation Room through Friday. For a rundown of events, see

For more photos, keep reading.

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Mike Gundy's Tantrum Still Doesn't Beat McRae's

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 10:28 AM

No doubt this blowup by OSU football coach Mike Gundy will go down as one of the best tirades ever in sports. But come on, Gundy, couldn't you at least throw a phone or send the entire contents of your desk flying?

Because here in KC, that's how a good sports temper tantrum goes down. I'm talking the best of all sports outbursts, Hal McRae's classic blowup. The best part comes at the end, in this timeless line: "Now, put that in your [bleep] pipe and smoke it."

Ah, but there's more.

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Welcome Home, Vets

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 9:45 AM

Anyone who just got back from a tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan and is worried about health care should stop by the Welcome Home celebration Thursday at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, 4801 Linwood Boulevard, from 3 to 5 p.m. The ads bill it as a party, but more important, it’s a chance to get the “nearly free healthcare” you’re entitled to.

“We’re mostly trying to raise awareness that there is a two-year window of virtually free health care available to these soldiers,” says Glenna Greer, public affairs officer with the VA Medical Center. “Many think they need to set up appointments or go through a lot of paperwork, all they need to do is enroll.”

Greer says veterans are eligible for the two years of health care starting from the time of their discharge. She’s not sure how many people miss out on it, but she’s heard of a few. Veterans who qualify will be able to enroll at the celebration. All you need are discharge papers or a pay stub that shows combat pay. Bring the family, too. They’ll have games for your kids. – Peter Rugg

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