Tuesday is unofficially athletes behaving badly day on the Plog. We have football players with pot, and basketball players with "impermissible benefits" and new court dates. And then there's Kansas City Chief Shaun Smith, who apparently was caught calling Chad Ochocinco a "fag" during a Twitter flame war.
Since Smith is a grown man, he should know better (c'mon, he has to have better judgment than Larry Johnson, right?). Commenter Jazmine Leigh broke it down for us:
And the faggot thing is outdated. People don't use that anymore once they grow up. I don't think Shaun Smith is old enough to play in the pros yet.
The state of Missouri is denying survivor benefits to the partner of a Missouri Highway Patrolman killed in the line of duty -- on Christmas Day last year, no less. The state dedicated a stretch of Interstate 44 to Cpl. Dennis Engelhard, who died while trying to help a motorist. While honoring Engelhard, the state is still denying benefits to Engelhard's partner of 15 years. No, it doesn't make sense. Today's comment of the day goes to Charles, who has a modest request.
"how can people hate so much? it breaks my heart. boycott that state."
We wish we had the answer, Charles.
Kansas City Royals fans aren't feeling optimistic about the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers. But Brewers fans are saying KC made off with a good haul for the former American League Cy Young winner. Let's hear from Brewers fan CB, who left commented on our post asking whether the Royals got a good deal for Greinke:
KC is getting some excellent prospects. Escobar's numbers might be a
little frightening, but he's going to be an excellent defensive
shortstop, and when he gets on base, he's a huge threat to steal. If
the batting coach can work on his plate presence, he will be a star
infielder for years to come.
This has been another heavy week in Kansas City, so let's leave on a lighter note (an not one to skeeve out Thomas Jones). This week's craziest story put an end to the mystery of the missing meerkat. This one line from the story says it all: "Santhuff admitted he'd jumped into the exhibit, stole the meerkat and stuck it in the stroller, and said that Bradley pushed the stroller out of the zoo and kept the meerkat at his mother's." It's a story crazy enough to get a dead president to talk. So we leave you this week with the words of Abraham Lincoln:
"Jacob Bradley AND Jacob Pullen need to stop ripping off my sweet beard idea, g*ddammit!"
Gunshots interrupting the funeral of a homicide victim is shocking even for Kansas City. But that's what happened yesterday just as mourners walked out the doors of a church at 25th and Benton. It's impossible to understand. Kc Rissa attempted to explain in the comments section, while pleading for help. Here's KC Rissa's unedited comment:
"Everybody looks at young kansas city teens like we are the problem, We had influences! The community makes it hard for black people, especially black men to get eduications, we have other thinngs to worry about like feeding our kids and trying not to get killed. Coming from me a kansas city teen, honestly school is the Last thing on my mind.
The neighbors of CSL Plasma Center want the Broadway cash-for-plasma business and its clients gone. They consider the place a "major source of blight" on the block, especially with the 80-year-old Chatham apartment building on the verge of restoration.
But the big question becomes: Where to put CSL?
One Anonymous reader has a brilliant idea, worthy of Comment of the Day:
I think the best place for CSL would be across the street from theSounds good to us.
Midtown PD on Linwood. Plenty of parking, along transit routes, and
When people are killed in this oftentimes awful city, we don't know much about the victims without the help of our commenters. Sometimes comments help fill in the blanks. Today's Comment of the Day goes to CB for telling us a little more about Doug Tipton, the man who died after a fight at Plaza sushi bar Kona Grill in the wee morning hours. CB says:
I know Doug Tipton very well --- he has not been sick a day in his life -- he was celebrating another successful chapter in his business growing in KC -- he leaves a wife and 3 children -- Doug was only 31 years old. Seizure my a**!
I know that getting an anchor tenant for the Sprint Center is the longest of long shots. But I'm still a fan of the Sprint Center and what it's done for downtown Kansas City. HeavyKev, not so much. He's got visions of empty arenas dancing in his head. The floor is yours, Mr. HeavyKev:
This is another reason why building the Sprint Center in the first
place was not a good idea. It was a political firestorm that fueled
voters to pass legislation for the SC, and it will be Funkhouser's
demise after he fails to bring in a team to fill it.
The SC will have
the same fate as Tropicana Field in Tampa; built to attract potential
tennants, able to fill for concerts and other entertainment for a few
years, and left standing dormant for 20 years until someone finally
moves in, only to take a decade to become competitive.
Kansas City had
its chance for basketball and failed. "Further fueling speculation that
the Hornets could move is their paltry attendance" sounds very, very
familiar. Go to your local library, pull the KC Star's archive from
1985, look at the sports section...ney, front page...and you'll find
something like, "Further fueling speculation that the Kings could move
is their paltry attendance". Yet another reason I thank God I live in
The story of how Spring Hill football player Nathan Stiles died -- from a rebleed of a subdural hematoma suffered during a game -- caught the attention of former pro football player George Visger, who's lived with the results of the violent sport. Visger expressed his sympathy for the Stiles family's loss:
My prayers go out to Nathan and his family. I played DT for Colorado
76-79, and with the SF 49ers in 80 & 81. I developed hydrocephalus
from repeated concussions and underwent emergency VP Shunt brain
surgery during the 81 Super Bowl season. I am now on emergency VP
shunt # 9, and on anti seizure meds to control my gran mal seizures.
My Orange Bowl and Super Bowl rings are not worth the price my family
has paid dealing with my football injuries.
I pray the Stiles family can find solace in their loss knowing that
many, many of us ex ball players throughout the country are deeply
saddened by their loss and feel their pain.
A few readers of The Pitch Action News Team's recent look into the high provided by new strains of synthetic weed were disappointed with the results, but none more so than John, who seemed to find our methodology lacking. Take it away, John:
so you didn;t get high, but you got the munchies. This review fuckin
sucks.You guys are fucking retarded hit a gb and tell me it doesn't fuck
you up, and yes that many people are on probation. This is the worst
article and "test" I've ever read, sounds like you hate this syn shit
and you're a complete faggot. spell xanax right you stupidcunt.
Misinformed shithead. Go smoke weed, do some opana, drink a little, take
some benzos, get on board you fuckin twat. suck a cock.
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