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Royals Review

The baseball season unfolds like a soap opera: The Royals bullpen blows its umpteenth save, slugger Mike Sweeney injures himself pulling up his socks, and Royals owner David Glass offers only a scowl as fans criticize his self-imposed salary cap. For the real dirt, you can't turn to the sports page. The quotidian nature of the sport lends itself to blogging, and no site captures the despair of being a Kansas City baseball fan better than Royals Review. Its keeper, Will McDonald, has a flair for words (he's working on a Ph.D. in literature at the University of Iowa) as well as a head for analysis (he's acquainted with chic statistical tools such as VORP). The blog also features such fun items as profiles of stations that belong to the Royals Radio Network. The site gave props to an AM signal in Waynesville, Missouri. Waynesville is closer to St. Louis than it is to KC, leading McDonald to judge that it had "a renegade, Ôbehind enemy lines' feel." McDonald is also tough on the Royals, as any thinking fan should be. After the team stumbled to a 10-35 start, he pleaded with Glass to act: "Pretend the Royals are a Wal-Mart that lets workers take extra 15-minute breaks or something if it helps."

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