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Monday, October 14, 2013

Was this the best weekend for Missouri sports in the history of Missouri sports?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

On top.
  • USA Today
  • On top.
On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers football squad improbably upset the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, in Athens, 41-26. Later in the day, the St. Louis Cardinals went up 2-0 in their NLCS series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, increasing the likelihood that they'll soon play for a 12th World Series title. (Full disclosure: We are not rooting for the Cardinals.) And yesterday, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders and broke the world record for loudest stadium. The Chiefs are now 6-0. The Kansas City Chiefs have the best record in football. What the fuck is going on?

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Is this the ultimate Kansas City tour guide?

Is this the ultimate Kansas City tour guide?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

This is where you get BBQ!
  • "This is where you get BBQ!"

Something called Bottoms Up Comedy created and released a video tour of Kansas City last week. And it's pretty damn funny, complete with jokes about BBQ, coffee shops and various parts about town. The best joke is probably when our friendly guide tells us that you can see horses at Kemper Arena and "whores and douche bags" at the Power & Light. That's pretty solid. And there's a shot of Gilhouly's, one of the city's greatest bars. (Don't dispute this. I will fight you.)

Watch the video after the jump. Feel free to contribute your own jokes and tourism spots in the comments.

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  • Is this the ultimate Kansas City tour guide?

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Monday, December 10, 2012

In January, 3 percent of the U.S. Senate will be Mizzou grads

MU will have three alums in the U.S. Senate next year.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Mizzou graduates make up a sizeable chunk of the Senate.
  • Mizzou graduates make up a sizable chunk of the Senate.

In January, when the new crop of U.S. senators is sworn in, a full 3 percent of the legislative body will be graduates of Mizzou. That is to say, three members of the Senate got their degrees at the university. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill - who throttled Todd "Shut That Whole Thing Down" Akin in November, graduated from Mizzou in 1975. Newly elected New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich graduated in 1995 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Former Virginia Gov. Time Kaine, who was raised in Kansas City, is the third Mizzou grad. He earned a degree in economics in 1979. All three are Democrats.

The Columbia Tribunehas a nice article about the Mizzou trio and how they all came to Columbia and what they've done since leaving. As a Mizzou graduate myself, I say the creation of the Mizzou voting bloc somewhat makes up for joining the SEC and failing to reach a bowl game. Somewhat.

  • MU will have three alums in the U.S. Senate next year.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures pokes around Union Station

The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures pokes around Union Station.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Zak Bagans (center) and the ghost bros didn't find much at Union Station.
  • Zak Bagans (center) and the ghost bros didn't find much at Union Station.


Ghost Adventures' formula is simple: Tatted-up host Zak Bagans and his buds blow into a supposedly haunted place, set up a bunch of cameras, chat up the locals and try to find ghosts. It's must-see TV for dude-bros with a weakness for the paranormal and a cable package that includes the Travel Channel. And sooner or later, it was bound to find KC's Union Station.

We ran across the recently broadcast Union Station episode (also viewable on YouTube) and watched it so that you wouldn't have to. Spoiler alert: The only spirits are behind the bar at Pierpont's.

No, the chills in this episode are pretty earthbound. The part, for instance, when a security guard named Marcus tells Bagans (who is, surprisingly, not a hobbit - more like Guy Fieri trying out for the Scooby gang) that he once saw a woman's legs in high heels, and Bagans asks if they were nice legs. Icky. (Marcus says he tried to talk to her, but she disappeared - because obviously she was a ghost. "Ain't nobody can evaporate," he tells Bagans.)

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  • The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures pokes around Union Station.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Chiefs and K-State cover, but Mizzou and KU blow it for homer gamblers

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

"We covered! Woo-hoo!"
  • "We covered! Woo-hoo!"
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"We covered! Woo-hoo!"
Our weekly experiment in sports gambling homerism, where we track what would happen if you only bet on the home teams.

Last week, we proved that in the arbitrary world of sports gambling, you can get just as rich betting on your hometown teams as you can betting on the "winners" those tout services predict. This week, our theory was tested -- but we still aren't going broke.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Homerism: If KC gamblers have been betting on the home team, they've been winning

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Gamblers see this in their nightmares.
  • Gamblers see this in their nightmares.
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Gamblers see this in their nightmares.
Any addicted gambler worth his weight in credit-card debt will tell you: Never bet your rooting interests. It's a science, gambling, and there's no room for the heart in science.

On the other hand: That's bullshit. Sports gambling is a game of roulette, only instead of a spinning wheel, we fixate on slightly concussed men. That in mind, why not throw your money on the home side?

That's what I'll be doing all season, only instead of actually gambling, I'll just write about it, because gambling is illegal. Also, I'm a pussy.

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