Tuesday Commentary: Daytona, NBA, MLB & the Royals

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life. – Billie Jean King

This past weekend I watched some sports on television. By the way, I also scooped snow – lots of snow. Here are some thoughts about sports:

  • Daytona 500
  • NBA All-Star Game
  • MLB & the Royals

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Kansas City Royals: Crowned!

IMG_20151015_104041 (1)Baseball can be so cruel to players and fans. In the seventh game of the 2014 World Series (last year), the Kansas City Royals left the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth. The game was being played in Kansas City. Royals’ fans around the world watched as the San Francisco Giants celebrated their world championship on our field and in our city.

Fast-forward one year and the Royals were back in the series and on a mission. Up three games to one on the New York Mets, the Mets were just about to win game five and send it back to Kansas City for games six and seven. Mets fans had to be feeling pretty cocky.

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had pitched a jewel – his team was ahead 2-0 going into the ninth. Harvey wanted to finish off what he started and convinced his manager, Terry Collins, to let him pitch the ninth inning.

It seems the Royals had the Mets right where they wanted them. Earlier in the playoffs, the Houston Astros had the Royals on the ropes – just six outs from being eliminated, but the Royals prevailed.

Collins let Harvey pitch and the move may haunt the Mets forever. The final was Royals 7, Mets 2. It was a 12 inning game, and a classic in-your-face comeback that the country had come to expect from the Royals.

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K.C. Royals: Glory Days Return!

The Kansas City Royals are in the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs – for the first time since 1985!

As a fan from the Kansas City side of Missouri, I have fond memories of the 1985 World Series win against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was tough just getting to the World Series.

I remember the Royals being beaten by the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series in 1976, 1977, and 1978. Those were heartbreaking losses.

In 1980, I was in Kansas City’s famed Kemper Arena watching an Elton John concert when Sir Elton announced that the Royals were heading to the World Series. The game was being played at Yankee Stadium. That game is when George Brett pounded a Goose Gossage pitch into the upper deck for a three-run homer to seal the win for the Royals. After the concert it seemed everyone headed to the Plaza area in Kansas City to celebrate. It was a party.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” which means we are one day closer to the weekend!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm) just to make you smile or to make you shake your head.

This week I write about Hyundai, Montana Cash, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the USAF and Godzilla, unemployment, Turkey, the Preakness Stakes, John Conyers, Casey Kasem, Clinton v. Rove, George Brett, Joran van der Sloot, Big Sky Sampler, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are new here, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

PLEASE NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. This is your only warning.

This week I write about American Tradition Partnership, unemployment, Jay Z, Bob McDonnell, Steve Bullock, No More Names, Warrensburg, subscribers, NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls, Montana State Fair, George Brett, Ryan Braun, Liz Cheney, Mike Enzi, DUI, Hall of Fame game, student loans, and a lot more!

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Caught My Eye…

Wow.  It is the end of September. Where did it go?  To celebrate another month under our belt, I have written a special “end of the month edition” of Caught My Eye!  It is guaranteed to make your Friday go by just a little more quickly and get you started on your weekend.

Before we get started, I do want to remind you that you should wait a few weeks before wearing your Halloween mask.

Today we take a look at important stuff that happened on this date, a third party, fingers, Amanda Knox, opposition research, pot and guns, United Nations, debit card fees, my political inbox and much more – so read on… Continue reading

Steinbrenner

It was sad news this morning when I heard that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had died. Back the late 70s and 80s, I remember hating George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees with a passion!

Steinbrenner changed baseball forever. If you were a Yankees fan, you admired him for his desire to win. If you were a fan of another team, you detested him. He fired managers and traded players like children exchanging baseball cards at the local little league field. All he wanted to do was win and he did bringing the Yankees 11 American League Pennants and seven World Series titles.

George Steinbrenner was also an Air Force veteran. Salute!

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