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Marc Boerigter - KO 7th Steven St John - Split Decision
Nate Bukaty - Decision Aaron Swarts - KO 10th
Gary Lezak - KO 11th Mike Macfarlane - Decision
Nick Leckey - Split Decision Victor Ortiz - Unanimous Decision
Royals 1B Eric Hosmer – Decision KC Star’s Sam Mellinger – KO 6th
Royals PXP Ryan Lefebvre – Decision Stan Weber - Decision
ESPN’s Dan Rafeal – Decision Job Shadow Tommy – Split Decision
JayhawkSlant’s Jon Kirby – Decision Kevin Harlan - Decision
Hereford House Head Chef Eric – KO 9th Travis Marvin - KO 7th
Mike Boddicker – KO 7th Tim Grunhard TKO 10th
ESPN's Louis Riddick - Decision Gary Barnett - Decision
Gabe DeArmond - Decision Shane "Moose" Summers - Decision
UFC's James Krause - Decision Former Intern Sexual Chocolate - Decision
Jaime Bluma KO 8th
Todd Leabo- Decision
Fast Talkin' Rob - Decision
Jake Gutierrez - Decision
Promotions Pamela - KO 8th
Price is Right's Rob Manning - Split Decision
Kevin Kietzman - Decision (unless its fixed)
Doug Stewart - Decision
Soren Petro - Decision (possible disqualification for a re-match)
Kurtis Seaboldt - TKO 11th
ESPN's Buster Olney - Decision
Union Broadcasting President/CEO Chad Boeger - Decision
Mitch Holthus - Split Decision
Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole - Decision
Kansas ended its Non-Con portion of the schedule with a win over UNLV yesterday with an 11-2 record and looked good doing it. I think this season so far has been a head scratcher for many Kansas fans wondering what this team will ultimately look like. So let’s start with the positives first and in doing that you have to start with Frank Mason. This team has lacked leadership at the point guard position for the past couple of seasons and I always had a hunch that Bill Self might finally get his prototypical PG in Mason’s second year. A lot of his game reminds me of Sherron Collins, I know heavy praise but warranted I think. Mason loves the have ball in his hands to get the offense started and loves it even more out in transition. Mason has shown the ability over the past few games to be a bulldog when KU needs it and it will be interesting to see how his defense comes around. He is improving in that area and it will become a very important part, if not the biggest, once the season is over.
The problem with this team has been its struggles on the offensive end. In the loss against Temple you found guys lacking toughness around the rim and dejected when things weren’t going their way. This team needs Perry Ellis to get tough down low, to have Cliff Alexander be the enforcer on the block, for Wayne Selden to play up to the standards that people have for him. This team is best when all are involved in the offense, not just two or three. I’ve told some friends of mine, who love KU with a passion, that we have to take into consideration that these young players have always been the best player on any court they have been on growing up. Adversity has hit them and they are struggling with how to handle it while on the court. Their moves that they have relied on for years aren’t working against superior defenses and players out to “shut Kansas down”. Its starting to show that they are getting over that leading into the conference season and I think are getting used to what it takes to win on this level.
If Kansas wins the Big 12 again this year it will have been Bill Self’s best coaching performance since he has gotten to Kansas, The bottom line for this team to be successful they need to 1. Speed the game up and not let teams set up defenses against them that isolate their lack of size 2. Rebound the ball on both ends of the floor to set up their transition game and 3. Out tough their opponent. If you look at the win on Sunday the Jayhawks were the tougher team down the stretch and play best when they are the alpha dog, dictating how the game goes, When they are passive they lose and put themselves in a tough position to win games. Which Kansas team shows up on Wednesday against Baylor? That’s the question and answer Jayhawk fans are waiting for.
I can’t even believe what is happening here in Kansas City with the Royals and their magical journey to the ALCS. I’ve worked at Sports Radio 810 WHB since 2000 and for years we’ve heard that a certain year was going to be “the year”. 2008 is the year, no 2012 when the get these young guys get up here, nope 2014 that’s the year and so on and so on. I’ve been labeled “pessimistic”, a “non-fan” and I admit that I am jaded and was jaded even as late as Sept 1, but to be a part of this is so amazing. I’m happy for this city and these fans whom have waited so long and seen so much bad baseball. I am happy to be wrong and to see that the second guessing of Ned Yost, The Glass family…etc… hasn’t effected what might be one of the best times in this city’s sports history. I hope that they take this all the way to the World Series and win, WE deserve it! Think of the difference this city will feel with a World Series Champion? Just to see young kids at the grocery store with their Royals gear on, Senior Citizens with their retro gear and the involvement of this community is the one of the more memorable things I will take of this experience. One city coming together as one to root for their favorite team; Wildcats, Jayhawks, Tigers…the fierce college rivalries are put aside as those same fans who hate each other are high fiving in the aisle at Kauffman Stadium, toasting in the local bar and hugging after wins.
Its stories like these that show you how important sports are in our lives. You see how it has changed the attitude at workplaces, the drop in crime, the feeling of pride in a sleepy Mid-West city that is the best hidden secret in the USA. This team was built for this city, unconventional, scrappy and a close knit group looking for respect. The country is watching everything unfolding here in KC, wanting to be a part of the crazy crowds at the K, wanting to be that underdog who is bucking the trend and wanting to be winners. Yes, this is our time, our time in the spotlight, our time to be the national story, our time to be winners.
Kids will tell their children about this year, parents will never forget spending the time watching these games with their kids, friends with friends, the older generation harking back to the days when this was the norm. Its all happening Kansas City and I for one am glad that I am a witness!
I know there are a lot of soccer detractors and people who never like the sport no matter how much it becomes popular. Working here at Sports Radio 810 it's always interesting to see what events people take interest in and ones that dont take off. Heres the secret of producing a radio show, EVERYONE HATES EVERYTHING! Yup, thats right, no matter what you put on the air someone will send you and email, call or Tweet how much they hate the subject and that they are turning the station. This can be Royals when they are on a ten game win streak, a day after the Chiefs draft or during the NCAA Tournament. Wthout a doubt we will haev someone call and hate that we are talking about any of those subjects. This past month of the World Cup is nothing out of the ordinary except the positivity out of the listeners for the World Cup. I say that we have had about a 4:1 ratio of supporters to people who flat-out hate soccer. Its understandable that people still dont like soccer, its not American enough for some people, its boring to others, "I dont like ties" is what I've heard callers say. When I hear those comments I respect them but disagree with the premise of their beef. I played soccer in high school, I was goalie and the plan to play high school soccer didnt happen until an injury in football. I was a wide receiver and loved playing football but when I got knocked out in an Oklahoma drill my Mom had seen enough and I couldnt disagree with her disdain for me putting on a helmet and shoulder pads again. I didn't want to play soccer but loved playing basketball so much that I wanted to stay in shape for the upcoming season so I gave soccer a try and loved it. I was all league my Junior and Senior year after throwing myself into the game that I played when I was in Pre-K. Now I know that you will never win over the haters who will never like soccer if theyre life depended on it, but the people who watched The World Cup, called up or came to us in person at the Power and Light watch parties and said how they hated soccer and now love to watch it, was incredible. I dont know why soccer has taken off so fast hear in KC over the past couple of years. Is it the success of Sporting, beautiful Sporting Park or homegrown players playing on the worlds biggest stage? I dont know. The one thing I do know is that soccer is here to stay and I think will eventually take over the popularity contest here in the USA when it comes to the choice of baseball of soccer. My hope to the haters out there is to go to one game at Sporting Park, just one! If you at least dont have a good time and see the game from a different view than you have before then I get it that youll never like the game. But maybe, just maybe, you do like it and when the World Cup comes around again in four years and you've watched your hometown team win a couple more championships you'll be the one I see down at Power and Light telling me your story of conversion.