Wild week – funerals, apple orchard odysseys, corn maze deliverances – time to catch up…
If the shoe fits, be glad you’re not Jewish. And dead. Stanford’s Craig Glazer found out the hard way that when it comes to Jewish funerals in KC, money is no object. That is, if you use to go to Jewish funeral home, which he did. To the tune of just under $16,000 all in. And dad Stan already ponied the plot.
For the record, that’s nearly double what the Glaze would have been banged for had he gone to Charter Funerals.
The flip side of that deathmare: the rabbi Glaze was required to use laid down a kickass acapella rendition of R Kelly’s "I Believe I Can Fly."
"I thought he did a great job," Glazer says. "And he only had one day to learn the song."
S.O.S. Save Our Star!
A glimpse at yesterday’s Star illustrates why the newspaper’s been battling so valiently to hang onto the movie "directory" ads by AMC, Cinemark et al. Because without them, not only would the Star be forced to run the movie showtimes for free, like other newspapers, they’d likely lose those lucerative display ads the movie studios buy.
There were six on Friday for "Ides of March," "Love Crime," ‘Margin Call," "Three Musketeers," ‘Puss in Boots," and "The Rum Diary."
"Yeah, but only for certain studios," KCC movie guy Jack Poessiger says. "Not from the main ones. Warners Brothers doesn’t have anything. Paramount doesn’t have anything. The ones that did have ads were Sony, which is Columbia and ‘Margin Call’ is almost an independent company. And ‘The Rum Diary’ is a very small company. So I’d say about 60 percent of the major companies are out of the paper and Dickinson is out too. And I noticed today that The Legends ad is maybe a third smaller and Disney is out completely,"
Let’s do the movie math…
Friday’s FYI section dedicates no less than five full pages of movie reviews, writeups and content. Out of which around only 2/3 of a page are paid ads, or less than 15 percent. Far short of the 50 percent figure that would be considered respectible.
"The movie ads are shrinking away," Poessiger says. "Look at today’s paper – it’s pathetic. They have a two column by 3/12 inch ad for ‘Puss in Boots.’ A couple of years ago they would have had a really big ad for that and in full color. The handwriting’s on the wall – I don’t know, it’s pretty sad."
Forget About the Missouri Tigers, Go Chiefs!
You’ll have to look long and hard to find a more stoked football freak than KSHB TV weather wonk Gary Lezak.
Lezak’s take on MU leaving the Big 12 and going to the SEC? Who cares?
"I think Missouri leaving the Big 12 isn’t that big of a deal," Lezak says. "I don’t think they should do it, but it’s not the end of the world. I mean, they’re not moving – they’re still here. And with West Virginia coming, the Big 12 is going to be fine."
Oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi with KU on the line and Lezak’s not the slightest bit upset?
"No, it doesn’t matter," he says. "I’m not invested in MU like some people are. I’m for OU."
Moving along, are the Chiefs of the past three games for real or just a mirage?
"I think it’s real, but we’re going to find out soon," Lezak says. "Anytime you win six games in a row in the NFL, you’re legit. And if they beat San Diego here on Monday night, then beat Miami and then Denver at home, that’ll be six straight wins. And they have some talent they didn’t realize they had."
Lezak’s prediction for this season: "I would say if they win Monday night, they go 10 and 6 and are in the playoffs with a home game at Arrowhead. If they lose Monday, they’ll go 7 and 9."
Why The Star’s Sam Mellinger Wants Mizzou to Go to The SEC
To amplify on my point the other day about Star sportswriter Sam Mellinger‘s epiphany re MU leaving the Big 12 for the SEC…
Where Mellinger finally concluded that MU’s leaving will be a good thing for Kansas City because fans will be able to truck 120 miles to Columbia and see the Tigers play teams like Alabama in football and Kentucky in basketball.
Let’s get real…
The real reason Mellinger and other local sports media types are licking their chops is they will be the ones who get to go see those glam teams and write and talk about them. Instead of getting stuck in Ames, Iowa covering boring MU-Iowa State games, they’ll get to party in places like Nashville, Baton Rouge, Lexington, Fayetteville and Gainesville.
In short, it’s a journalistic bonanza.
Kansas City may lose $14 million a year, but for sportswriters and talk show hosts it’ll be like Christmas. Like getting that NBA or NHL franchise KC was promised, but never delivered.
Kansas City’s loss is the local sports media’s gain. Simple as that.
Scribe’s Lotus Splashes Down in Fairway
It took eight long months to pull the trigger, but Stanford’s Craig Glazer took delivery of his sleek, black Lotus Evora sportscar Thursday night in Fairway. But not without a bit of fanfare and a little confusion.
"Neither the delivery guy or I could figure out how to start it," Glazer says. "I finally noticed that there was a little button on the key that you have to push."
"When we were unloading it off the truck a bunch of cops pulled up to check it out," Glazer adds. "They didn’t know what was going on. They all live in the neighborhood and two of em called their wife and girlfriend and they came down and took pictures of the car. They loved it. They asked how fast it went and thought it cost $200,000 or $300,000."
For the record, the Evora tops out at a little over 170 miles-per-hour and can be had for under 100 grand.
And while Glazer has yet to have sex in the car – "I’ve only had it one day," he says – "I did get it up to 120 mph going to work Friday and it felt like I was going 40. I didn’t want to get pulled over, but I easily could have gone 140 or 150."