Monday, December 31, 2012

Romeo Crennel fired by the Kansas City Chiefs; Scott Pioli's future undetermined

Crennel is let go by the Chiefs, and Pioli's future is uncertain.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the firing of Romeo Crennel on the NFL's "Black Monday."

Crennel lasted less than a year as the franchise's head coach, finishing this season with a 2-14 record.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the franchise. "He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season.

"However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli.

"Finally, I want to personally apologize to our fans for our performance this season. We are blessed to play for some of the best and most passionate fans in the National Football League and they deserve better than what we gave them this season. I want our fans to know that I will do everything I can to provide them with a dramatically better team - both next season and in the seasons to come - and our entire organization appreciates their support."

Who's next, Chiefs fans?

  • Crennel is let go by the Chiefs, and Pioli's future is uncertain.

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State of Kansas files child support claim against sperm donor

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM

It should be an interesting start to the year at the Shawnee County Courthouse.
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  • It should be an interesting start to the year at the Shawnee County Courthouse.
In what is sure to be a landmark parental rights case, the state of Kansas is seeking child support payments from a sperm donor. The Topeka Capitol-Journal has the story of Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, a lesbian couple in Topeka, who after fostering and adopting several children, wanted to have a child of their own.

William Marotta, the man whom Kansas is suing for child support, answered an advertisement that the couple had placed on Craigslist. Schreiner was inseminated at home, and a girl was born on December 7, 2009. When Schreiner filed for Medicaid coverage for her daughter, the Department of Children and Family Services learned of Marotta (only Schreiner's name had appeared on the birth certificate). And even though Marotta (who is married), signed a contract waiving his parental responsibilities, the state of Kansas doesn't agree. A hearing has been set for January 8 in Shawnee County District Court.

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Best of 2012: Steve Tulipana of RecordBar and Thee Water MoccaSins

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM

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Before ushering in 2013, we asked members of Kansas City's music community to reflect on some of their favorite local moments of 2012. Today: Steve Tulipana of RecordBar and Thee Water MoccaSins (which happens to be playing a a New Year's Eve show at RecordBar tonight).

Highlights: "Successfully promoting the Swans and Xiu Xiu show at Beaumont Club on September 19. Kansas City proved to me that they have great taste and open minds and ears by attending one of the heaviest, loudest and most intense shows I've ever seen."

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Three New Year's Eve events to ring in 2013

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The New Riddim
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Murder By Death

A show by the aptly named group Murder By Death (murder ballads are its forte) isn't what jumps to mind for a New Year's Eve celebration. But the Bloomington, Indiana, quintet has cultivated a nice, bubbly fanbase in Lawrence. And local indie acts Cowboy Indian Bear and Y(our) Fri(end) ought to add a little life to the evening.

Monday, December 31, at the Granada, doors at 9 p.m., $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

The Golden Republic

Five years after splitting, the Golden Republic reunited for a couple of one-offs in 2011. The glammy pop-punk quartet does it again here with friends in Thee Water MoccaSins, who don't often play together, owing to geographic constraints.

Monday, December 31, at RecordBar, doors at 9 p.m., $12.

Nug Life New Year's Eve

You'll have to ignore the unbelievably terrible name, if you can, but this party has a lot of potential. I saw the reggae dudes in the New Riddim move some serious asses one random Friday night at Harling's earlier this year. And the 1990s-R&B-themed Booty Jamz is on the rise as one of Westport's best dance parties, even though it is totally biting the style of my on-hiatus DJ duo Pussy Monster. (Just kidding - Pussy Monster played only two shows, and nobody paid any attention.) Also on hand: DJ Clockwerk and Pocket Change.

Monday, December 31, at Riot Room, 8 p.m., $5.

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Potbelly Sandwich shop coming to KC in 2013

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Potbelly is coming for your belly.
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  • Potbelly is coming for your belly.
The sandwich shops in Kansas City are starting to become as varied as the sandwich toppings they have available. Potbelly Sandwich Shop (which is looking for job applicants on Craigslist) will be expanding into the Kansas City area in 2013. [I'm waiting to hear back on where and when.]

The Chicago-based sandwich chain's specialty is "A Wreck." That sub has roast beef, salami, turkey, hickory-smoked ham and Swiss cheese. The menu is standard: sandwiches, salads, soups (a daily selection and chili), and cookies. One novelty is that they offer shakes, malts and smoothies. At first glance, it looks to me like a hybrid of Planet Sub and Mr. Goodcents.

Anybody had a chance to eat at Potbelly, and should I be excited that they're bringing their sandwiches to Kansas City?

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Who should the Kansas City Chiefs take with the No. 1 overall pick?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 8:21 AM

The Chiefs certainly didnt have Luck this year.
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  • The Chiefs certainly didn't have Luck this year.
The season didn't just limp to a close Sunday in Denver. It ended as it began with the boys in red on the wrong side of a blowout. And while helping the Broncos claim the number one seed in the AFC (it's hard not to think about what Peyton Manning would have done in a Chiefs' uniform), the Chiefs secured the first overall pick in the draft (Jacksonville did its best by losing, courtesy of an NFL record four returns [two interceptions, two punts] for touchdowns by the Tennessee Titans). In 2012, the Indianapolis Colts took Andrew Luck. A year earlier it was Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers. The Rams grabbed Sam Bradford in 2010, and the Detroit Lions picked Matthew Stafford in 2009. The past four years have seen a quarterback at the head of the draft, and the Chiefs certainly need a new helmet under center.

There are a lot of issues with the 2-14 team and a lot of uncertainties. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chiefs will fire head coach Romeo Crennel but keep general manager Scott Pioli. But one thing is certain. The Kansas City Chiefs have earned the number one overall draft pick. So who do you want?

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Black and Gold Club opens tonight in former News Room space

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

You can raise a glass to the News Rooms memory on Broadway tonight.
  • You can raise a glass to the News Room's memory on Broadway tonight.
The News Room has left the building, but the stories are coming back to 3740 Broadway. The Black and Gold Club - the bar taking over the Broadway dive - opens tonight for New Year's Eve. The Pitch's David Hudnall broke the news earlier this month in his Streetside column, where he took a moment to remember that little pocket of midtown seediness. Here's to new beginnings on Broadway for 2013.

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Best of 2012: Jody Hendrix of Club 906 and Them Damned Young Livers

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 6:37 AM

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Before ushering in 2013, we asked members of Kansas City's music community to reflect on some of their favorite local moments of 2012. Today: Jody Hendrix of Club 906 and Them Damned Young Livers.

"Two thousand twelve got intense for me personally, as I took over the booking for Club 906. There were a lot of naysayers spouting off about how live music wouldn't do well in the Northland. I think we proved them wrong with several amazing shows. At the top of the list is the COA/Mac Lethal Show on October 12."

"Another personal highlight for me wasThe Pitch Music Showcase. It was where I first saw Radkey. They're the best new band in KC. Hands down."

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bacon Explosion featured on The Bacon Show

The Bacon Show comes to Kansas City for the Bacon Explosion.

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Gillespie is having a very public love affair with bacon.
  • Gillespie is having a very public love affair with bacon.
The road for all bacon lovers apparently ends at the Bacon Explosion. In the latest episode of the Web series, The Bacon Show, former Top Chef contestant Kevin Gillespie takes his pork odyssey to Kansas City to sample the creation unleashed on the world by Burnt Finger BBQ, a local competition barbecue team.

Gillespie, who has more pig tattoos than you do, has tasted bacon lip balm and devoured a lot of maple bacon creations in search of the pig pinnacle. But he has never eaten the porcine equivalent of a turducken. Bacon Explosion creator Jason Day walks Gillespie through making a bacon weave (think latticed pig meat), laying down 2 pounds of Italian sausage and then adding another pound of fried bacon. The end result is bacon inside sausage inside bacon in a video that will either make you hungry or make you a vegetarian.

  • The Bacon Show comes to Kansas City for the Bacon Explosion.

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Best of 2012: Sean Hunt, aka Approach

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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Before ushering in 2013, we asked members of Kansas City's music community to reflect on some of their favorite local moments of 2012. Today: rapper Sean Hunt, aka Approach.

Highlights: "I saw some pretty impressive things this year musically, but one thing that stuck with me was seeing Radkey at the Lawrence Field Day Fest. They have a fan for life."

"Also, the Kansas City beat scene is about to explode. I was living out in California for four years and I got to witness firsthand the rise of producer-focused club nights such as Low End Theory (Daddy Kev, Flying Lotus, Dibia$e, Samiyam, etc.) and Funkmosphere (Dam Funk) in L.A. It's nice to come back home and see showcases like Suckafree and Elegant Knock give underrated production masters from the KC-Lawrence area - Lenny D, DRPLUS2, Dan Matic, Osiris-1, Barbaric Merits, Morri$, Starjammr - a place to showcase their skills."

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