Reminder: Fall Preview is Friday

By Steve Sell
August 23, 2016

Tuesday’s thoughts...

• FRIDAY REMINDER – Just a reminder to McPherson sports fans, the annual Bullpup Fall Preview is scheduled for Friday at McPherson Stadium.

The “Drive 4 Ur School” event starts at 3 p.m. and runs throughout the day. Midway Motors sponsors the event and it’s a chance for MHS to add substantial money to the activities department. All you have to do is take a test drive and there's no high-pressure sales pitch.

Beginning at 5:00 are a number of activities and introductions planned for both MHS and MMS. There will be scrimmages for soccer, volleyball and football.

I will be promoting this throughout the week. MHS fans need to turn out en masse and support their teams.

• ROYALS FACE KEY STRETCH — Maybe I should take that fork out of the Kansas City Royals that I stuck into them about a month ago.

The Royals have reeled off 13 wins in 15 games and probably were disappointed to have an off day Monday considering the roll they have been on.

They now have a huge stretch coming up. They go to Miami for three beginning tonight and then will try to keep Boston's fence-busters in the park for a weekend series at Fenway. And then it's home for series against the Yankees and Tigers. That's a brutal stretch of 12 games against teams in the playoff chase.

The Royals have climbed back into wild-card contention and have the Minnesota Twins to thank for it. They have won six of seven games against the Twins in this hot stretch and have dominated the AL's worst team all season, losing just twice.

• BUTLER'S FALL FROM GRACE — Billy Butler was one of the Royals' most revered players during his long tenure with the team.

Everybody loved the man called "Country Breakfast." Remember his barbecue sauce, which was a rallying point in the 2013 season? 

But after 2014, the Royals decided Butler's increasing waistline and decreasing production were a bad combination. He left for Oakland, where he had a non-descript year. 

Now Butler, who is having an even more forgettable year, has been fined after getting into a fight with another former Royal, teammate Danny Valencia. Butler apparently can't punch, either, as he suffered a concussion during the ruckus that has landed him on the seven-day concussion list.

Who would ever have thought the fun-loving Butler would have gotten himself in this situation? Given how he's performed, the A's are probably regretting giving him a three-year, $30 million contract.

• BRING BACK COLLEGIANS — Everybody was excited after the men's basketball team won yet another Olympic gold medal, with only a couple of bumps in the road along the way.

I'm still not a big fan of letting the pros play. I wish we could go back to the old days when it was strictly amateur competition. Heck, even if it was collegians most of those players will be in the pros soon enough in this era of one-and-dones.

The women's basketball competition is even more lopsided. The U.S. team breezed through the tournament with nary a push. 

If collegians are brought back, I believe there would be much more intrigue.