Monday, August 17, 2015

Thrilling Royals condiment race must be seen to be believed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 1:02 PM

The Royals won in spectacular fashion last night, besting the Angels 4-3 in extra innings after a walk-off RBI single from Kendrys Morales. 

Preceding that high drama was a contest of lesser stakes: the pre-fifth-inning Hot Dog Race, where Ketchup, Mustard and Relish compete for glory. 

As you will see by watching the following Twitter video (courtesy of Lance Huebner), the race begins with Ketchup and Mustard bumping into each other and tipping over. Relish is poised to coast to victory. And then...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Streetside: CrossFit, annotated by an outsider

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 8:45 AM

CFMH coaches: Nutrition coach Sabrena Merrill, Matt Scanlon, Josh Snyder. - ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman
  • CFMH coaches: Nutrition coach Sabrena Merrill, Matt Scanlon, Josh Snyder.

Let me start by saying I’m not super-fit. I never have been. I never will be. I like cheeseburgers and chocolate, and my fries had better come with mayo. If my doctor saw me at a bar, she’d send me to detox. My version of a marathon involves Netflix and takeout.

So when I loudly told friends — and co-workers, and random people I met at shows and bars — that I was starting CrossFit, the response was a mix of amusement and concern. CrossFit, I was told, was for monstrously buff, protein shake–pounding freaks of nature. I didn’t even have enough muscles to open a jar, my roommate reminded me, laughing cruelly. How was I going to lift weights?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Undertaker and Brock Lesnar brawl all over the Sprint Center, John Cena is a good dude, and Dean Ambrose breaks a promise to Kansas City

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Cesaro, John Cena and Randy Orton stand victorious.
  • Cesaro, John Cena and Randy Orton stand victorious.

Last night's WWE Raw show at the Sprint Center featured the official return of the Undertaker. And, as is common with pro wrestling, there was a beer and a brawl (OK, a lot of brawls).

A night after repeatedly Tombstone pile-driving Brock Lesnar, the Undertaker explained that he was sick and tired of Lesnar and manager Paul Heyman's gloating. So he decided to shut them up.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Undertaker is back just in time for WWE Raw tonight at Sprint Center

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 9:18 AM


"The Deadman has risen," WWE announcer Michael Cole screamed last night.

The Undertaker returned to WWE at last night's Battleground pay-per-view, to kick Brock Lesnar in the crotch and Tombstone pile-drive him — twice! — in the middle of Lesnar's match against WWE World Champion Seth Rollins. That leads us to tonight's WWE Raw show at the Sprint Center.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

The NHL is expanding ... just not to Kansas City

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:20 AM

Once again, hockey fans, please calm down. We have documented very well over the years how Kansas City is not and never will be in the hunt for an NHL franchise. Sure, the city has the arena. Sure, Kansas City was essentially promised a team a couple of times. But it’s not going to happen. Now or ever.

For Kansas City hockey fans, there has been no better proof of that fact than this week’s announcement that the NHL — against all logic — is officially taking bids from cities and ownership groups for expansion franchises. Why are they looking to add to their 30 teams now? It’s unclear.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes, pro-wrestling legend, has died at age 69

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 3:25 PM


"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, the silver-tongued professional wrestler, has died at the age of 69. 

Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels Jr.) was by far the best talker that the business had ever seen. Rhodes was a fixture on the biggest circuits — WWE, WCW, NWA, AWA, Mid-Atlantic, Florida Championship Wrestling — and he frequented the Kansas City territory. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Metro Pro Wrestling celebrates five-year anniversary, brings ex-WWE star Tommy Dreamer to KCK Saturday night

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 7:36 AM


Chris Gough's Metro Pro Wrestling celebrates its fifth anniversary Saturday night at the Turner Rec Center. It'll be five years of body slams, bloody brawls and busted Rob Schamberger paintings since debuting June 5, 2010, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Gough admits he didn't know what he was getting into back in 2010. He'd previously worked as a writer with WWE before joining Time Warner Cable's Metro Sports. But the wrestling itch never left him.  

To celebrate the first five years, Gough is doing a little something different. Before the matches, he's hosting a meet-and-greet with ECW original and former WWE star Tommy Dreamer.

Longtime Metro Pro fans will recall that Dreamer starred on the very first Metro Pro card. Face-time with Dreamer goes down at 5 p.m. and $20 tickets are still available. Then at 7, the anniversary show begins, headlined by Dreamer taking on WWE Tough Enough hopeful Mark Sterling. Gough is also promising a special guest: a former WWE wrestler who has never appeared on a Metro Pro show.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kansas City keeps Big 12 men's basketball tournament through 2020

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 5:45 PM


The headline says it all. The Big 12 men's basketball tournament is staying where it belongs — in Kansas City through 2020. So even when the conference's leadership can't help itself from making missteps (controversial replay limits?), it goes and totally redeems itself. Well, sort of.

This seemed improbable after the University of Missouri bolted the Big 12 for the SEC. But here we are. And the tournament is healthy and thriving in Kansas City.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Woodlands documentary premieres tonight on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 12:52 PM

The dogs have left the Woodlands ... for now. - FUN ON THE RUN
  • Fun on the Run
  • The dogs have left the Woodlands ... for now.

Chris Gough's timing couldn't be better. His hour-long documentary on the Woodlands, Fun on the Run: The Story of the Woodlands, premieres tonight at 7 on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, and it comes a week after the Kansas Senate passed a bill aimed at reviving the racetrack, which closed in 2008. 

"Much like everything I do, it's all about nostalgia," Gough says. "It was Chiefs, Royals and then you'd have a spattering of other sports like the Blades. But then the Woodlands opened. ... The grandeur that came with the grand opening of that track was huge for the town.

"When the Woodlands opened, it was a big deal," Gough continues. "Why? It was like Atlantic City, Las Vegas and a spattering of horse tracks everywhere, and casinos weren't big at all at that point. There are just way more places that you can gamble now, and it's taken that dollar and cut it up into a million pieces."

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Kansas City Chiefs charged the federal government to salute military heroes during games

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Freedom ain't free. - KCCHIEFS.COM
  • Freedom ain't free.
Those heartwarming military tributes you sometimes see at NFL games? Taxpayers are footing the bill for those, according to a recent report from the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. 

Between 2011 and 2014, the Department of Defense paid more than $5 million to NFL teams for promotions and advertising, including on-field military salutes during games. Fourteen teams charged the DOD to promote the Army, Air Force and National Guard. 

The Chiefs were one of those teams. According to federal records, the Chiefs submitted two invoices of $125,000 each to the Department of Defense in 2011. We e-mailed the Chiefs inquiring where that money went; we'll update this post if we hear back. UPDATE: In a statement to The Kansas City Star, a Chiefs representative said, "The Kansas City Chiefs had a partnership with the Missouri National Guard in 2011. The agreement was for one year and was strictly for promotional and advertising elements." 

The other teams who charged the federal government to promote U.S. armed forces: the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams. The Rams' bill to the DOD was only $60,000. The Falcons were paid over a million dollars. 

In an interview with the Star-Ledger, Jeff Flake, a Republican U.S. senator from Arizona, questioned the ethics of the arrangement.   

"Those of us go to sporting events and see them honoring the heroes," Flake said. "You get a good feeling in your heart. Then to find out they're doing it because they're compensated for it, it leaves you underwhelmed. It seems a little unseemly."

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