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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The new Kansas City streetcar logo looks like a backyard electric smoker

The new Kansas City streetcar logo looks like a backyard electric smoker.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

There's finally a name for the KC streetcar: they're calling it "KC Streetcar."

That's the big news coming out the Kansas City Streetcar Authority's meeting on Thursday in which the board approved a branding package for the downtown transit line, brought to the city by Westport marketing firm Willoughby Design (which got paid $80,000 for its work).

It includes a logo that looks like an alien ship, a barbecue smoker or a streetcar coming down the tracks, depending on if you're paranoid, hungry or needing a 2-mile lift down Main Street when you look at it.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Why does Jack White look so annoyed in Kansas City?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM


The only thing that remains constant among Jack White's visits to various different baseball venues this summer is his scowl. 

Late in July, the guitar virtuoso was spotted at Wrigley Field in Chicago wearing an expression of contempt. He hardly flinched from a surly gaze as he threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game three days later.

And Monday, White took on a churlish look as he stood before the mural outside the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum near 18th Street and the Paseo in advance of his evening show at the Midland.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ikea: I shopped there once, and it wasn't a big deal

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM


Back in 2012, when I was working as the real-estate reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, I got a tip that Ikea was snooping around town looking for a location.

I told my editor about it, and his eyes lit up. He said that "Ikea" was a common search term popping up on the newspaper's online archive, which made him wonder whether something was afoot locally with Ikea.

So I made some calls, sifted through some documents and came away fairly certain that Ikea would land in Merriam, despite the company's backpedaling away from my inquiries about the matter. A few months later, the Swedish furniture retailer announced that it would build one of its monstrous blue cubes in Merriam off Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Chiefs say Tony Moeaki is now physically unable to perform

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

One of the best moments of Chief football in 2010
  • One of the best moments of Chief football in 2010

This feels like it came out of nowhere. The Chiefs announced today that they were putting tight end Tony Moeaki on the physically unable to perform list.

Moeaki had a hell of a first year with the Chiefs in 2010. His stunning one-handed catch into the end zone against San Francisco was a season highlight. Moeaki is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to the new season, along with the fact that the Chiefs signed his former Iowa Hawkeye QB, Ricky Stanzi. If I can digress for a second here, Stanzi is erratic, yes, but that dude keeps his cool and he can come back when he's in a hole. Which I can't say about certain nameless players with arrowheads on their helmets ...

Watch your back, Cassel.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur: Rookie Pot Smokers?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 3:18 PM



Psst. Wanna get high?

According to ESPN, former Jayhawks Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were booted from an NBA rookie program on Wednesday after allegedly being caught in their hotel rooms with marijuana.

It's a surprising story. Not because Chalmers and Arthur brought the University of Kansas a national championship. What's odd is that the NBA cares.

Considering current and former players have attested to the widespread smoking of pot, it almost seems like there's something missing from ESPN's story. Perhaps what led to the violation wasn't that they were smoking a bit of grass but the way in which they were smoking it.

Arthur and Chalmers, just out of college as they are, could've been wasting their weed in rolling papers instead of a pot-conserving water bowl. An NBA official could've stumbled upon the scene and fined them $20,000 apiece for flagrant disregard of the bud, something that's probably a rulebook violation in the pros.

Or perhaps it was their alleged lonely method of smoking out. No entourage? No bitches? No group of teammates puffing smoke out of a cracked window so housekeeping didn't detect the smell?

There's always the possibility of a source-sharing violation. The two were lighting up at the Doral Arrowwood resort in Rye Brook, New York. Can you imagine how hard it would be to find a source in a tiny town like Rye Brook? Maybe they found a valet or the dude at the smoothie place. And they just smoke it up, just the two of them, while surrounded by pot-loving NBA players?

Not cool, Mario and Darrell. Not cool.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Come October, Royals Don't Need All Those Seats

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 6:25 AM


I got word recently that my Royals season tickets are in a section closed off for construction of Kauffman Stadium. It seems the team assumed they would be out of the playoff run way back at the start of the season, figuring they wouldn't need my section by October.

When I brought my new tickets to the stadium recently, I discovered a bonus. The new tickets they sent me were for another section that was also closed off for construction.

When told of this, the usher said, "Sit wherever you want."

That wasn't so hard considering the crowd looked like this:


Friday, August 29, 2008

Katy's Open Letter to McGriddle Arrowhead Stadium

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:31 PM


Here I was about to write about the cheapening of the name of Arrowhead Stadium when I came across this well-put version of the same idea at the blog See Katy Write. The author, local magazine editor Katy Ryan, laments about the fact that the Chiefs want to "besmirch the name of the greatest football stadium in the nation" by naming it after a sponsor.

Do you seriously expect me to hold a stadium named after some blood-sucking corporate entity in the same esteem as the hallowed Arrowhead? And your compromise is to keep the original name somewhere in the title. Super. I can't wait until I attend my first game at McDonald's Double Cheeseburger Arrowhead Stadium.

Ryan gives cred to her stance with her own tales of suffering through "the cold, the snow, the rain, the heat," only to see the team flounder. She even backed up her premise with a photo to prove she's been through the worst.


Yep, that photo says it all. Nobody wants to wear ear muffs to Double Cheeseburger Arrowhead.

Trey Hillman: Jerk

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 6:05 AM


Royals manager Trey Hillman acts like a dick on occasion, and the media are

starting to call him on it.

A few weeks ago, the Royals faced Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. In preparation for the game, Hillman, an ex-infielder who fooled around with a knuckler in his playing days, tossed batting practice.

810 WHB's Nate Bukaty tried to engage Hillman in a light conversation about his knuckler. But Hillman was having none of it. His terse answers suggested a man who had just buried his dog and broken up a fistfight in the clubhouse.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Chiefs Rumble with Obama — Tonight!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 3:17 PM



If you're debating between watching Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination or catching the Chiefs in the final preseason game, here's a primer.

Fans expected to watch Obama speak at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium: 76,273

Fans expected at Arrowhead Stadium: 27 (estimate)

First lady credentials at Mile High: A seasoned lawyer and mother, Michelle is an impressive speaker in her own right.


First lady credentials at Arrowhead: Kelli Croyle doesn't hurt the eyes.

Possible spoiler at Mile High: Hilary Clinton supporters continue to call for her nomination.

Possible spoiler at Arrowhead: The return of Trent Green, now playing for the Rams, overshadows the three backup-quality quarterbacks fielded this year by the Chiefs.

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Have the Royals Gone Conservative with 'Hug Cam'?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 6:29 AM



I got a text message last night at 8:58 from a friend with some pretty big breaking news. The Royals, he reported, have dropped the Kiss Cam for a more Disney-style version called the Hug Cam. "Dunno for sure but if so that is too creepy conservative," he wrote.

Admittedly, I haven't been to the 'K in a couple months, so I called someone who had been to a recent game. Yep, on Monday night, he saw the Hug Cam but no Kiss Cam.

These sources did enjoy the beverage selections at the 'K. That, of course, leads to the need to visit the concourse facilities. So both of them could've missed the Kiss Cam while headed to the can. So I called the Royals to find out if they had, in fact, turned the Kiss Cam conservative.

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