My life as a “Conspiracy Theorist” began in 1980, during hostage crisis with Iran…
I had to have been the only kid in 8th grade who would go to bed at 9:30 PM and set my alarm for 1130 PM so I could get up and watch Nightline with Ted Koppel. Then afterwards I would reset my alarm for 6:35 AM, giving myself 25 minutes to get ready for school before Good Morning America with David Hartman and the news updates by Steve Bell that started at 7 AM.
I’d leave for school around 7:45 AM, riding my bike to get there around 8 AM- and the dash into the library where fresh copies of the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal awaited my eager perusal. The bell rang to go to class at 830AM where I would go through the motions of being a middle schooler. Until I could go home, gather the evening editions of the newspapers from my driveway – which I paid for by the way – and watch Eyewitness News with Jerry Dunphy and ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. To get the latest hostage news updates, of course.
I was one sick puppy. Continue reading
Jay Leno & Ray LaMar
Here’s a funny one…
Did hear the one about the chicken that – hold it -I mean, the column that Kansas City Star “public editor” Derek Donovan wrote about the importance of the restaurant inspection reports business reporter Joyce Smith runs regularly in the newspaper?
Perhaps you’ve seen them? Too bad for you if you haven’t because they’re “vital,” Donovan purports. I’ve got a question for the D Dog:
If running those mini vignettes about the restaurant workers who get dinged for not wearing hairnets or touching something with a bare hand are so indispensable, how come nobody at the newspaper thought to publish them until I spanked Smith for blowing a front page story about the closing of the fabled LaMar’s Donuts?
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The end of a fabled coaching era is approaching for KU basketball…
So says sports scribe Craig Glazer. That after Kansas coach Bill Self‘s rumored marital woes and comments this week indicating that he may be open to an offer to coach in the NBA.
“Wow. He sounded very interested,” Glazer says. “But you know, in defense of Bill Self, he’s given KU a decade and he’s already arguably the best coach KU has ever had.
“You want me to be honest? I think if Bill can get back to a title game and win it – and that could happen this year – I think he could be done at KU. I mean, can you blame the guy? They’re going to pay him a truckload of money. My gut is he’s going to leave KU within three years and it could be this year.”
Self let the cat out of the bag in an interview in the Oklahoman Monday. Continue reading
But with a caveat…
I love and support my friends in the gay community but this opinion isn’t going sit well with many of them.
This week “their” President said he has “no patience” for countries, like Russia, that intimidate and harm individuals based on their sexual orientation. Why do I say “their” President? Because 95% of LBGT political contributions go Democratic. You can spend your money any way you see fit, but why not be honest in your total assessment of Obama?
The prez took to the podium this week to ceremonially pimp slap Russia’s Putin for offering amnesty to fugitive whistleblower Eric Snowden and for saying Russia will enforce its anti-gay laws when they host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
No more Summit; I’m sure Puty is crushed. Continue reading
OK, so I’m a little biased…
I’m a Lawrencian, or an LFKer, or whatever (Sandrat?) — I live in Lawrence.
And yes, I’m more indoctrinated than recent transplant HCJ, who sees KU Basketball more as a cult than a pastime (which is blasphemy). I mean, I have a degree from KU – I have family in Lawrence – you get the picture.
What I’m saying is that this is a great weekend to take the little jaunt down K 10 or I-70 and spend a little QT on Mass. Much like Libertarianism, it only feels dirty the first time…. Continue reading
It was certainly no easy task getting to Esteli, Nicaragua for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League. After the long flight to Managua, where Sporting Kansas City spent the night, they got up and took a 3 hour bus ride to the stadium in Esteli, a city of about 100,000 known best for its cigar production.
Though by all standards Real Esteli is an inferior team, games like this are always a challenge. There’s the travel, the accommodations which are sometimes lacking, the food, the playing surface, the referees (I’ll get back to this part). Continue reading
I wasn’t really sure how to go about writing a final chapter for the smartman…
Witty beyond belief at times, shockingly crude and crass at others, the comments section dude whose real name was Marti Dolinar was a piece of work. And as I pointed my Fiat Abarth towards the highway heading to the smartman’s funeral, Lynryd Skynyrd’s Free Bird began to play. Continue reading
Good news! None of the Royals were suspended by Major League Baseball because none of our players could afford performance enhancing drugs. Yet another advantage of being paid by the hour.
K-State football coach Bill Snyder admitted to flunking out of the University of Missouri as a freshman in 1958. This explains why he went on to have great success at K-State!
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A-Rod’s Plan B?
I’ve been in touch with people in A-Rod’s camp and they seems as disappointed as he is with the suspension handed down by baseball and the negative reaction from the crowd as he took the plate in Chicago Monday night. He’s deeply discouraged and wants to leave the game on his own terms.
To that end, we have it from insiders that A-Rod will begin immediately training for the Tour de France, seeing a huge void left by Lance Armstrong’s exit and thinks he may be the man to fill that void.
A-Rod already has sponsorship commitments from Biogenesis and the FDA and is selling yellow rubber bracelets for $5.00 inscribed with the words “I’m Riding for My Life, With Both Balls.” They can be purchased locally at It’s a Beautiful Day, Temple Slug, and 7th Heaven. Continue reading
Where was I?
Obviously not in Kansas anymore—or was I?
Sure enough it was the grand opening of AMC Entertainment’s new Theatre Support Center located at the Park Place development in South Leawood.
Could’ve fooled me, because touring the new four story state-of-the-art facility had the feel of something you’d expect to see at the headquarters of a Google or Apple.
Luring AMC across the state line with those ever so popular Kansas incentives has now provided America’s second largest theater circuit with an iconic 21st century, pristine new age headquarters that would’ve made company founder Stan Durwood proud. Continue reading
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill looks to be one of the first candidates to venture into Iowa. Speculation is, she has hopes for a run for president in 2016. Iowa residents love her because she’s from the state that gave them our international airport.
A 25-year-old Iowa woman spent the night in jail after she allegedly became intoxicated and ran through the water spectacular at Kauffman Stadium. I’m not trying to read too much into this but her bail was paid by Claire McCaskill.
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Think updated NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION…
Except here they cross the border and things get a hell of a lot raunchier. WE’RE THE MILLERS is a hilarious road comedy that works. Its premise maybe far flung but its execution makes for an hour and 50 minutes of (often) laugh out loud sequences and happenings.
But be forewarned; some of the material said and shown would make the Griswold’s blush!
What we’ve got here is nice and easygoing, small time drug dealer – Kansas City refugee Jason Sudeikis – living the laid back neighborhood life.
That is until he’s robbed of his stash (and especially cash) which now leaves him with a major debt to his supplier. He’s Sudeikis old college classmate Ed Helms who’s become an eccentric, multi, MULTI millionaire and he’s not taking Sudeikis’ non-payment lightly.
Ah, but Helms puts a proposal on the table to even things out. Continue reading
Being well-wired, your well-coiffed scribe entails always being on the bleeding edge of what’s moving and shaking in the KC metro rumor mill…
Long before the others know it or bring it to the printed word. Case in point:
When Halls Plaza vacates its ritzy Country Club Plaza digs for their soon-to-be renovated new home at Crown Center downtown, their former home is slated to undergo an extensive remodel of 18-24 months, and ropen as….RESTORATION HARDWARE!
That’s right, go ahead and rub your eyes, it’s true. Continue reading
My favorite summer movie thus far?
THE WAY, WAY BACK which rolled into just three KC theaters in mid-July then added additional screens each subsequent week.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has successfully platformed this great little coming of age charmer from the very beginning. Had they dumped it immediately into wide national release it would’ve surely died a quiet death. It needed great word of mouth feedback—and it got it!
Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Jenney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet and Liam James all made this a memorable evening at the movies.
So is it all over now?
This was a First Friday weekend so I was slammed Friday-Sunday…
However in the few moments of calm amidst 5,000 people wandering through my little gallery, I started piecing together a story in my head.
All the men I’ve heard about the past two weeks that just need to turn in their man cards and get it over with. I offer the following sad excuses for your consideration:
Olathe resident Donna Limbaugh was sitting on her porch, reading the newspaper with a 6 pound Yorkshire sitting at her feet, when neighbor Carl Henrichson walked by taking his cancer stricken Lab for a walk. Precious, the 6 year old Yorkie, bolted and decided to chase the Lab. Continue reading
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My my, such sensitivity…
I’m talking about some of the reader reactions to Pitch foodie Charles Ferruzza‘s somewhat caustic review of spanking new Prairie Village mini movie and dining plex, Standees.
First, let me say, calling out a restaurant on the basis of poor execution and a substandard finished product is totally fair game. And Ferruzza was right on target there.
Second, based on my recent experience, Standees was in sore need of being called out.
Now on to the quarrelsome commentary by Pitch readers – some with apparent vested interests in Standees or its current chef – which while off topic at times, ultimately proved insightful.
It was a hot and humid early evening game at Sporting Park, pitting #1 vs. #2 in the Eastern Conference.
And my god, the record breaking crowd was amped.
The pre-match videos are getting out of control. There was a video touting KC as an All Star host, a 3 minute commercial that felt like a sitcom to sell season tickets, fireworks exploding, bass thumping. I know it’s been said over and over, but to think of the atmosphere just a few short years ago at Community America Park compared with what goes down every week at Sporting Park is absolute night and day. Continue reading
Well, THAT was unexpected.
Except, well, maybe it wasn’t. Because if Royals fans have grown accustomed to any one thing during general manager Dayton Moore’s tenure, it’s that nothing is as it seems. He’s a master illusionist of sorts, except the rabbit kind of suffocated in his hat, and he lit his sleeve on fire with the hidden lighter fluid. I suppose you can’t really complain, though, because he’s the kind of magician who you found on deep discount from a flier hanging on the Price Chopper bulletin board; eight years of doing his job cheaply and with seemingly little recourse has left him almost untouchable, it appears.
I’m speaking of course about the Trade Deadline That Wasn’t, where Moore not only didn’t sell Ervin Santana, Greg Holland and, oh, maybe even Luke Hochevar, but instead chose to not really buy, and not even really stand pat. Instead, he made a baffling move by trading pitching prospect Kyle Smith to the Houston Astros for fifth outfielder Justin Maxwell.
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