From bad guys to good guys in a single year, or so it seems…
Last year Entercom Kansas City played the role of villain by refusing to accept Kanrocksas music fest advertising on any of its eight local radio stations. Nor would it help promote Kanrocksas, give away tickets or even mention the event on its airwaves despite that it featured many of the artists Entercom’s Buzz and other stations played and supported on a regular basis.
The reason: Kanrocksas went down in August a scant two weeks before Entercom’s Buzz Beach Ball at Livestrong Sporting Park. And as the promoter of Beach Ball, Entercom stood to lose a lot of money by detouring listeners to the competing fest.
Net result: Kanrocksas flamed out, reportedly with $5 million in losses.
That was then. Continue reading
After finishing my Oktoberfest story last night I had the pleasure of sampling some of the food the Gunauer crew was preparing for today and tomorrow’s big celebration under the tents…
And I must admit to you, the brats, potato salad, pretzels, sauerkraut and red cabbage all passed my German taste buds with flying colors. The seasoning and preparation of all of the sampled food items were right on the mark – as good as in my Mother Country.
So believe me when I say that I’ll be back!
There’s also a case to be made about the beer being served at Grunauer. Continue reading
Munich’s Oktoberfest ranks as the world’s biggest bier festival…
It’s 16 days and nights of sheer lunacy during September and traditionally runs through the first weekend of October.
This year’s 179th celebration of bier, roasted chickens and pretzels kicked off on the fairgrounds of the Bavarian city on September 22nd and continues non-stop through October 7.
It’s 150 carnival rides placed between all kinds of arts and crafts, food and beer booths. Continue reading
Remember the little ditty about not believing everything you read?
Check out yesterday’s editorial in the Kansas City Star. The one sticking up for reporter Steve Everly‘s six-year campaign to stamp out hot gas (and maybe win a Pulitzer).
“Kansas Retailers get a pass on ‘hot fuel,'” the editorial’s headline reads. “A costly verdict hurts consumers.”
That in reaction to a unanimous, 10-person Kansas jury that ruled earlier this week that gasoline-selling retailers were not ripoff artists engaging in the deceptive practice of selling “hot fuel.”
But before we delve into the questionable “science” behind Everly’s hot fuel concept, a brief lesson on how journalism often works…. Continue reading
Google is trying to land some local sports team’s broadcasts and outbid Time Warner Cable. We’re all hoping this leads to the eventual purchase of the Kansas City Royals.
Finally some good news for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin. He is now slightly more popular than NFL referees!
Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz wants everyone to refer to the school as Kansas State UNIVERSITY. Calling the school “K-State” was a tradition started by students who had trouble with five-syllable words. Continue reading
This popped up when I Google Imaged “drunk barbecue” so my hands were tied.
Aside from some cool shows, there’s also a huge game going down at LIVESTRONG Friday night.
I’m told it may be the toughest Sporting KC ticket of the year thus far. So have some faith people…
The game is against the second place Chicago Fire, who are nipping at Sporting’s heals 55-53 with just a couple games left in the regular season. I’ll be in Lot F with the chicken wings… Continue reading
In the future—2074—there will be time travel…
Just one problem though, it’ll be illegal and only available on the black market. But hey, when the mob wants to dispose of someone, they simply send him 30 years into the past where a “Looper” or hired gun—is waiting to execute him.
Think of it as a gangland garbage disposal. Continue reading
Who knew that the Aggies of Kansas State University had their hearts set on appearing – would you believe – “scholarly”?
But that’s the plan. The Lawrence Journal World scooped the Star on the story by a day with the details yesterday.
“Don’t call Kansas State University, K-State anymore,” the Journal World began. “K-State President, er, Kansas State President Kirk Schulz said the school wants to be known nationally as Kansas State.”
Something about upping its standing among the more scholarly national universities. Continue reading
A car carrying the U.S. ambassador to China was mildly damaged after becoming the target of boisterous anti-Japan demonstrators who were expressing outrage over a territorial dispute and marking the 81st anniversary of Japan’s invasion of China….
The State Department said in a statement last week that Ambassador Gary Locke was unhurt in the incident and that diplomats have expressed concerns to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Oh really now… Continue reading
Maybe I’m destined to owe the Chiefs an apology…
According to NFL statistics the Chiefs are a great team..right now. Yes sir, nobody has a better offense in the AFC.
Don’t believe me?
Well, according to team rankings the Kansas City Chiefs are the number one ranked offense. The Chiefs are number one in rushing with 575 yards thus far and we’re 9th in passing with 750 yards. So overall WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN OFFENSE.
Happy now? Continue reading
You’ve probably seen, read or heard various news accounts about Dickinson Theatres difficulties these past couple days….
Some were correct or partially right, unfortunately many were based on hearsay, speculation and downright false information. Continue reading
The Lumineers’ meteoric rise in the music business is no ordinary success story…
The Denver based folk-rock band just released its first full album in April, after signing a management deal the prior Spring. The self-titled record turned out to be a simple, kind of quiet folk album that featured some cello, some accordion, you know the deal, girls really like it. But it rocketed up the charts almost immediately, and by mid-summer the feel-good sing-along single Ho Hey had sold over half a million copies.
It leaves music junkies like me pondering how it worked out for them like it did, while other talented musicians continue to slog it out and fight tooth and nail for every scrap of publicity and notoriety they can get. Continue reading
Did I hear somebody cry, uncle?
Probably not, but one has to wonder. Because after Star reporter Steve Everly‘s more than 30 articles banging the big bad oil industry for “deceptive” practices by selling “hot fuel” and ripping off consumers to the tune of billions of dollars, a jury of 10 of those consumers ruled that – wait for it – the gas selling swindlers were not guilty.
By the way, the jury verdict was unanimous.
Well, it was bound to happen. With replacement officiating entering its third OH-SO-PAINFUL week, it finally, unequivocally cost a team a game.
With seconds left on the clock, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson launched a ball deep into the Monday Night lights and into the arms of Green Bay Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings. Side judge Lance Easley, apparently oblivious to the fact that Jennings was wearing green and yellow instead of (ugh) aquamarine and neon green and sea-foam (?), signaled touchdown and halfway across the country, thousands of television sets were pelted by cheese curds and empty bottles of Leinenkugels.
And there were a million instantaneous explanations.
Jennings shared possession of the ball with Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and, well, tie goes to the runner and all that jazz.
Only this certainly didn’t appear to be a tie. M.D. Jennings—excellent name for a television show about a doctor, by the way—pretty clearly had that ball all to himself before Tate got his doughnut thieving paws on it.
This should have been an interception and a touchback, and a Packers victory. Continue reading
It’s hard to explain, football fans…
The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were all about punishing New Orleans Saints players for Head Hunting for money. All in the name of something called player safety. Yet here we are today today going into week four with no real referees on the field for the games!
And the players are getting hurt more than ever with costly mistakes made in almost every game. Like the Green Bay Packers bogus loss last night.
These are not even top notch college refs, they’re Division 2.
WTF? Continue reading
So where the hell have I been?
Not that the world ground to a halt or anything, but it is somewhat wondrous as to what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks – as opposed to, oh, writing say.
Well, I’ve been moving.
Moving simultaneously from both Kansas City and Topeka (yes, it’s true) to…LA. Or as most of you call it, Lawrence. You know, that little college burg just west of KC that pisses off MU and K-State types whenever I write about it.
So here’s the deal: Continue reading
Pretty, it was not…
For one thing, there were no goals – the game ended in a 0-0 deadlock. Plus the weather was rainy and cold for Saturday’s midday game in Montreal and Sporting KC used a makeshift lineup due to having played in New York a couple days earlier. Inserted in the starting lineup were defenders Michael Harrington and Lawrence Olum and midfielders Uri Rosell and Jacob Peterson.
The lack of cohesion showed early and often for Sporting, as they struggled to create much offensively. But Montreal was similarly ineffective which made for a long day of battling it out in the midfield trenches.
Not helping the matter much was referee Jorge Gonzalez. Continue reading
Well, it was a case of two bad teams playing for some sanity…
The Chiefs – badly outplayed in the first half – caught breaks and lucked out when Jamaal Charles decided to carry the team. With over 200 yards rushing, including a 91 yard dash to the end zone, KC saved some face. Not too much but some. Hey a win is a win. Continue reading
One whole year.
That’s how long I’ve been writing for this website now.
My first column was posted on September 13th, 2011. A simpler time, really. I was young, and naïve, untainted by the mercurial rants of the comment section, dumb enough to believe that the Royals where the TEAM TO BEAT! in 2012.
That’s right: my first piece, penned under oblivious pretense, boldly proclaimed “Next Year’s Kansas City Royals Could Be the Real Deal.” I didn’t write the headline. I do now, because I think headlines are funny and I enjoy writing them. Continue reading
Well, football freaks it’s been a tough start for our local ball clubs…
The Chiefs, as we talked about last year and early this season, seem to have quit on their coach and general manager. Not to mention the fans. Watching them in interviews you see no confidence and it seems as though the season is already over.
Here’s their chance.
The New Orleans Saints are also a head case. Sure they have the Brees, but we’ve got Matt THE FRANCHISE Cassel. Damn.
Is his house up for sale yet? Continue reading