Various notes on a rainy Thursday

By Steve Sell
August 28, 2014

Thoughts that have been popping in my head on a rainy Thursday...

• I really hope the rain stays away Friday so McPherson High can get in its annual Fall Sports Preview at McPherson Stadium, with volleyball at the Sport Center. I always enjoy the atmosphere, it’s much like a carnival. Fall sports are here and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling...

• After watching several McPherson High football practices, I have to say the Bullpups may be better than I first envisioned. There’s a lot of team speed, especially on the defensive side. MHS may not be as physical as past years, but it’ll make up for it by being fleet of foot...

• St. John High’s Dean Wade, who played with McPherson High’s Kyler Kinnamon and Bullpup newcomer Payton Stephens on the summer basketball circuit with the Mid Kansas team, has rocketed to the 107th-rated senior in the country byRivals.com.  Wade was just outside of the Top 150 in the last rankings, but his performance at St. Louis, Dallas and Las Vegas has colored his stock to blue. It also doesn’t hurt that Kansas State and Wichita State reportedly have extended scholarship offers and that KU is even starting to sniff around. The 6-8 swingman has great versatility and skills, which were on display this summer in the McPherson College Summer League. St. John, which is coached by Clint Kinnamon, is seeking a third straight Class 1A state title and I can’t imagine them being anything but the favorite...

• I’ve really been wondering who is going to replace John Hubert as Kansas State’s starting running back. I can’t ever remember a year when the Wildcats were so uncertain at the position. Apparently Charles Jones is the frontrunner with former Wichita prep star DeMarcus Robinson the backup after seemingly waiting forever to get his big break. The Wildcats need to have some semblance of a running game to keep the heat off quarterback Jake Waters, who could be one of the nation’s most underrated players...

• I keep telling people the Royals are getting ready for a great collapse. But after the events of the last two nights — Alex Gordon’s walk-off home run and a six-run eighth-inning rally to pull the fat out of the fire — I’m close to becoming a believer. Emphasis on the word “close”...

• A lot of national talking heads are slamming Kansas City manager Ned Yost for his comments about the Royals’ paltry 13,000-plus crowd of Tuesday. I’m not one of them. This team has been busting its fanny to win the division and it can’t even fill Kauffman Stadium to 50 percent capacity? It’s obvious there’s still a lot of Royals fans who are skeptical...

• The Chiefs play at Green Bay tonight in their final exhibition game. I’m not going to watch since none of the starters are going to play. Do they still charge full price for games like these?...

• Cleveland’s Josh Gordon gets a year suspension for repeated substance abuse and Baltimore’s Ray Rice gets just two games for battering his then-girl friend, now wife, unconscious? Something is rotten in the NFL office...

• Don’t look now but the Yankees are charging. Given up for dead a month ago, the Yankees have worked their way back into the AL East race, not to mention the wild-card race. It would be hard to imagine the Yankees missing the playoffs in Derek Jeter’s final year...

• I have to attend a Fantasy Football draft next week. I have been in the same league for nearly 30 years and it’s still a crapshoot. All I know is that when I’ve had Tom Brady, my team — The Fearless Forecasters — has finished high in the standings. But now he’s probably just the fourth-best quarterback behind Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees...

• What has happened to my beloved St. Louis Cardinals? Pitcher Adam Wainwright’s back apparently has gotten sore from carrying this team and nobody is picking up the slack. A playoff staple the last few years, my gut is telling me they’re going to miss them this year.


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