Tuesday’s tidbits while thanking everyone for visiting our website as our numbers continue to rise every week, especially the sports and Sell on Sports links...
• WONDERFUL PHOTOS — Speaking of our website, I continue to be amazed with the quality photos contributing photographer Kendall Shaw provides us.
Kendall, who also is contracted to shoot photos of Kansas State football and Wichita State basketball, sends us a sample size to post and then he generally has expanded galleries on his website.
If you want to see his work, visitwww.outdoorkansas.zenfolio.com
I know after various McPherson High events the athletes are checking the website continuously to see just what tremendous photos Kendall has come up with. What I really like is that he tries to take photos of as many players as possible, not just focusing on two or three players, which would be easy to do. In football, he tries to get linemen pictures as well as defenders to go along with the standard skill-position players.
We at Midkansasonline.com are very fortunate to have such a good working relationship with Kendall and he improves our website dramatically.
If you would like to learn more about what his website offers, give him a call at 242-7232. I’m sure he’d appreciate the shout-out.
• ROYALS RESILIENT — You have to hand it to the Kansas City Royals, they aren’t going down without a fight.
Even though the odds are stacked against them to win the American League’s Central Division — they have six road games left and Detroit has six home games — the Royals have put themselves in position to have a chance.
Monday was a very good day for the Royals. While they pretty much knew they weren’t going to win the suspended game, to bounce back and shade Cleveland 2-0 in the nightcap behind the wondrous pitching of Danny Duffy and three relievers is a testament to this team’s heart.
Cleveland has been a tough nut for the Royals to crack. Some of the biggest numbers of the year against the Royals’ sterling pitching have been achieved by the Indians, most notably Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana.
Tonight’s game could put the Royals at the doorstep of the playoffs. A win and they basically eliminate Cleveland. While they haven’t given up on catching Detroit — they’re just a game back — the wild-card is more likely. KC, Oakland, Seattle and Cleveland are battling for two spots and the Royals got some help last night from Toronto, which pounded the Mariners. Seattle is now two games back.
If the Royals can receive another big winning effort from the red-hot Yordano Ventura, their confidence will be off the charts. If they could somehow find their offense over these final six games, we could have playoff baseball in Kansas City.
• NO ARRESTS MONDAY — This just in — no NFL arrests on Monday.
When’s the last time we’ve been able to say that?
More often than not this season, the lead story of the NFL is which player has made the daily police blotter.
The NFL’s image has taken a crushing hit. The outbreak of domestic violence of its players has reached epic proportions and given the league an image of thuggery. It’s overshadowed all the DUIs and dope bustings.
Wouldn’t it be nice for the actual games to make headlines? How many people have gotten past all the ugly off-the-field incidents to notice that we have only three undefeated teams and what an unlikely trio it is — Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Arizona. No Seattle, no Denver, no Green Bay and no New England.
Speaking of Green Bay and New England, what in the name of 300-yard passing days has happened to quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, respectively? Rodgers was my first pick in our Fantasy Football draft and has been a bust in two of three games, the lowlight coming on Sunday when his offense produced only 7 points against normally generous Detroit. Brady, the quarterback gold standard along with Peyton Manning, has yet to throw for 200 yards in a game this season and the Patriots have scored just six TDs in 34 series. No wonder I was able to pick up Brady midway through our draft, unlike most years when he’d be gone in the first five to eight picks. Everybody else apparently knew something that I didn’t.
Brady’s next opponent is none other than Kansas City on Monday night. You can bet Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking, though he’ll be facing a Chiefs secondary that has been retooled because of injuries and attrition.