Random thoughts on a lazy Thursday

By Steve Sell
July 03, 2014

Random Thursday thoughts bouncing around my head with nothing to stop them since I feel so brainless today...

• McPherson’s American Legion baseball team has rebounded nicely from a so-so start. With eight straight wins, Post 24 now has a shiny 13-5 record. While not a bunch of fence-busters, this team finds ways to manufacture runs. I know coach Tony Schmidt likes the run his team is on, but he’d also like to see a little better competition as the team is in the soft underbelly of its schedule...

• Speaking of baseball at the high school level, I got a chance Wednesday to meet new Bullpup coach Heath Gerstner, who has not been a stranger to the Legion games. He’s been on hand at least a couple of times to see what kind of talent he’ll be working with next spring. I’m looking forward to working with him, as he has a lot of knowledge of the area having played at Nickerson High School for the legendary Rick Krol and at Hutchinson Community College as a teammate of current Detroit Tiger Andy Dirks...

• It’s been kind of sad to see such a lack of activity at venerable Light Capital Diamond, the home for the high school and Legion baseball teams for many years until they moved to Grant Complex. What I don’t miss is those foul balls ending up in people’s yards and holding my breath as kids ran across the street, having to avoid getting hit by cars. All in all, I’ve enjoyed the move to Grant, but miss the charm of Light Cap...

• Very sorry to see that Chad Kerr is leaving Central Christian College, but I wish him the best of luck as he continues his coaching career at the NCAA Division II level at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, W.Va. He did a good job of improving the CCC softball team each year and was a joy to work with. I’m also sad that I won’t see the final two years of Chelsey Kerr’s McPherson High softball career, as I believe she would have been the best player ever to wear a Bullpup uniform. I really believe there will be a day when she plays at the D-I level...

• The Kansas City Royals need to stay on the road until further notice. They are 23-18 away from The K, 21-22 before the usual 20,000 who show up every night. Maybe playing before big crowds on the road brings out the best in them instead of the usual intimate gatherings they play in front of at home. Just wondering, do Royals fans even know they’re in a pennant race? You’d never know it with Kauffman Stadium half empty or less every game...

• Just when I thought there wasn’t a team that struggles more offensively than the Royals, along come by beloved St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis is staying afloat in the NL Central (second place, 5 1/2 back of overachieving Milwaukee) behind strong starting pitching. But its hitting is atrocious and like the Royals, it’s from the longtime staples — especially Matt Holliday and Allen Craig. There’s too much talent on this team not to make the playoffs...

• Now that the calendar has turned over to July, I’m starting to get that itch — you know, the one for fall sports. I love my summer down time, but I can’t wait for the fall, especially high school and college football. Can’t wait to see what coach Tom Young offers us this year, as the Bullpups are a team in transition and have the toughest schedule since Young has been at the helm...

• Speaking of the football schedule, it’s going to seem strange for the season opener to take place on a Thursday. MHS opens its season on the road at Salina South...

• Is there a better-run college athletic department in the country than Kansas State? John Currie, the AD, has been the master. Kansas State’s athletic department is healthy and operating in the black...

• Brandon Flowers, cut loose by the Chiefs because of his hefty price tag, has signed with the San Diego Chargers in part to prove to Kansas City that he still has some game. Flowers gave the Chiefs some good years, but his skills clearly had eroded. There’s no way he was worth the id="mce_marker"0 million the Chiefs would have flushed down the toilet had they kept him. Flowers has been quoted as saying he’s still among the best cornerbacks in football. I call that one man’s highly overinflated opinion of himself...

• Finally, a special thanks to all those who called, sent cards, emails, texts, etc., concerning the passing of my father. It truly was a blessing as his quality of life at the end was not what he wanted. The outpouring of sympathy from my McPherson friends as well as my hometown Independence friends was beyond anything I ever expected. Life goes on and hopefully I’ll make my Dad proud the rest of my life.


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