Royals Review April 19

Well, here we are after 13 games. A long season is still upon us. We die-hards will continue to watch every night if we can, and those of us who do can notice some trends along the way. Obviously, 13 games is a very small sample size based on a 162 game schedule. However, it’s worth noting a few things. As I write, the Royals hold a 2-run lead through 8 innings, which I can only surmise will be saved by Wade Davis and his magical right arm. With that being said, result not-withstanding, here are a few observations from the season thus far. Continue reading “Royals Review April 19”

MLB 2016 Preview

Well, it’s here again, Opening Day. It should be declared a national holiday, but since it falls on a Sunday this year, we’ll let it slide. A long and tiresome journey awaits baseball fans everywhere: Continue reading “MLB 2016 Preview”

Anchored down: Coaching to blame for Mizzou’s struggles?

It’s time to ponder whether Mizzou football has a prayer of making a bowl game this season.  It was an afterthought before the season began, as the Missouri fanbase was convinced that the Tigers would be able to replicate their recent success.  

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The Top 10 Sports Stories of 2014

What a year it’s been in the sporting world.  It seems as though there’s never been a more volatile, thought-provoking, polarizing year than 2014 for sports, both in America and around the world.  Narrowing a list like this is a two-fold process: first, the story has to be something that changes some sort of paradigm within the sporting world, and second, it has to have staying power.  With that being said, let’s talk about our “honorable mention” stories.

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Derek Jeter: The Consummate All-Star

“I’ve always enjoyed the All-Star Games, and I’ve always appreciated it, so I don’t think I’ll treat this one any differently. Everybody wants me to be so emotional all of the time, but I’m coming here to play the game, and anything else that comes with it, I don’t know.”

-Derek Jeter via USAtoday.com

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Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

LeBron James is returning home to once again play for the Cleveland Cavaliers!

My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”

Lebron James, via SI.com

These words were published today on SI.com by Lebron James, the undisputed king of the NBA, as told to Lee Jenkins. His essay conveys the thoughts of many young men and women in their 20s.  When he made “The Decision” in 2010, he was a young man who could be compared to a recent high-school graduate, pondering their choices for college. What am I still doing here? Where is the adventure in staying where I am?  Undoubtedly, the allure of South Beach, playing for championships with his buddies from the modern-day dream team, and living the high life weighed heavily on his initial decision to leave northeast Ohio to begin with. But as they say, “home is where the heart is”.

Lebron is now a more mature man than he was in 2010, when his infamous words, “I’ve decided to take my talents to South Beach” made him a polarizing figure within the NBA and the sports world in general. This time, there is no spectacle, no prime-time TV appearance, no pomp and circumstance. This time, there is a more mature, more grounded man who just wants to go home. He’s had his time in the sunny confines of Miami. Now he has sons to raise, a fanbase to win over once again, an owner to reconcile with, and a legacy to continue building.

Maybe the fans that burned his #23 jersey after the 2010 “decision” are regretting their haste.