Friday, September 30, 2011

Kansas City News Headlines Friday September 30th, 2011

The American Royal BBQ 2011 - Kansas City News
The 2011 Contest and Kansas City event is under way this evening as over 100,000 people will pass through this year's American Royal BBQ 2011. Tickets are available to purchase at the gate but remember, just because you get into the event doesn't mean that you can get in to any of the parties and tents that are there. The tents and private areas are by invitation only, and are all just like small private parties. Some will have Kansas City DJs for entertainment, some will have live bands such as the Bayer Tent who will be featuring Spike Blake and Honky Tonk Rodeo. The American Royal will run through Sunday, October 2nd and will feature the "World Series of BBQ" contest. American Royal BBQ prizes are as follows:

Grand Champion:
Trophy & $10,000!

Automatic Return Invitations to American Royal Invitational Contest for next five years.

Reserve Grand Champion:
Trophy & $5,000

Second Runner-Up:
Trophy & $2,500

Third Runner-Up:

Fourth Runner-Up:

For each of four categories:

1st Place...................Trophy & $1,000
2nd Place.....................Ribbon & $500
3rd Place......................Ribbon & $400
4th Place......................Ribbon & $300
5th Place......................Ribbon & $250
6th -10th Places.........Ribbons & $100
11th -15th Places.....................Ribbons

The Zeros LIVE! at The Power and Light District - Kansas City News
If you don't feel like fighting the crowds at The American Royal BBQ 2011, you can head down to the Power and Light District and catch The Zeros, Kansas City's favorite 80's tribute band. The Zeros put on a great show, performing only "new wave" 80's music, none of the idiotic 80's hair band music. The Zeros hit the stage around 10pm and will rock until they shut the place down. The Power and Light District is losing momentum as it's owners, Cordesh Inc. continue to evict businesses in the district including the most recent closing of Raglan Road Irish Pub in September.

DUI Checkpoints in Kansas City - Kansas City News

Waldo Rapist Bernard Jackson Receives 18 Life Sentences - Kansas City News
It all started in 1977 when Bernard Jackson was convicted of his first rape at the age of 19. 6 years later, Jackson was released and he continued to torture, rob and rape women in the Waldo area until 1985 when Bernard was convicted of rape again and sentenced to 30 years. Jackson was then paroled in December of 2008, and was subsequently charged with additional rapes that occurred after his 2008 release. Bernard Jackson, a.k.a. the Waldo Rapist was sentenced today to 18 consecutive life sentences by assistant district attorney Ted Hunt for the rapes that Jackson committed back in the 1980's in light of new evidence that has been analyzed. Bernard Jackson's attorney, Carie Allen looked like some kind of bad joke today, her hair was fried out and she actually was seen laughing out loud several times during the case, yes, Carie, murder and rape are very funny topics, and your client is a ghetto stank piece of shit that belongs in jail - FOREVER.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

American Royal 2011 Kansas City Contest

Well, it's hard to believe, but it's here again, The American Royal BBQ in Kansas City 2011.

From the American Royal 2011 press release:

Come join the fun at one of Kansas City’s biggest parties! We have live entertainment, barbecue teams competing in the “World Series of Barbecue“, award-winning barbecue for the public to purchase at Taste of the Royal, Fireworks both Friday and Saturday and a festival atmosphere you won’t want to miss!

Gate admission is required on Friday, September 30 after 12 p.m. and on Saturday, October 1 after 10 a.m. There is no gate admission on Thursday, September 29 or Sunday, October 2. Remember that most sections of the American Royal BBQ are private parties and are by invitation only. Just because you get into the main gate of the American Royal does not guarantee you entrance into the individual parties and tents inside the Royal. Parking is FURIOUS so try to get there before 5pm if possible, or you will end up parking about 1 mile away.

American Royal BBQ 2011 Contest Information

Qualification Criteria Summary for US Teams:

Qualifying Period: The first weekend in August of 2010 through the final weekend in July of 2011


Only Grand Champions are invited. No pass downs are accepted.

Invitations will be extended to the qualified team name/head cook combination. Should the team name or head cook change after qualifying, the team must enter the American Royal Invitational under the qualifying team name/head cook combination. Should the same head cook have qualified with more than one team, he/she may enter the American Royal/KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest only one time.

An invitation will be mailed from the American Royal to the qualifiers in mid August with a deadline for returning the application by September 1st. If an invitational team would like to also compete in the Open Contest, it is MANDATORY for that team to complete the Open Application ahead of time so a space can be reserved.

Qualifying Contests Include:

  • Contests with a “qualifying state championship.” A state championship is a contest with a state proclamation signed by the Governor with at least 15 competing teams the first year and 25 competing teams each subsequent year.
  • Contests with a minimum of 50 competing teams are qualifiers and do not require a “state championship” proclamation.
  • A state with only one contest must have a minimum of 15 competing teams to be considered but does not require a “state championship” proclamation.

To be considered a “competing team,” teams must submit entries for all contest categories required to be the grand champion or overall winner of that event.

Automatic Entries Go To:

*Grand Champion of previous year’s American Royal Open Contest

*Grand Champions of previous five (5) year’s American Royal/KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest

*Grand Champion of previous year’s Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

*Grand Champion of current year’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest

*Grand Champion of current year’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest

Exceptions to any of the above criteria must be approved in advance by the contest organizer.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Royals Season Comes to and End

The Kansas City Royals have completed another losing season, leaving only 5 teams in the entire league with worse records than the Royals. Although this season ended on a positive note, with the Royals stringing together several wins and many players stepping up and improving their batting averages and ERAs, it was still just another losing season for a team that hasn't seen a decent win / loss record since 1985. Ah, thank God for the 1985 Royals, George Brett, Willie Wilson, the good old days...

I suppose the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about is David Glass and the way he refuses to spend money on quality players, and furthermore, the players who emerge from Kansas City as stars are immediately traded away.

The Kansas City Royals are talking a big game right now about how their farm team approach is ready for harvest in 2012, and that they are predicting a playoff appearance by 2013. KANSAS CITY, MO (January 25, 2011) – Baseball America, baseball’s preeminent authority on minor league prospects, has rated the Kansas City Royals farm system as the best in all of baseball in the soon-to-be-released 2011 Prospect Handbook.

"The Royals have one of the deepest and most talented farm systems in recent memory,” said Jim Callis, Executive Editor at Baseball America. “It's unusual to see a system with three stud hitters like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers, or four quality lefties like John Lamb, Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy and Chris Dwyer, and the Royals have both. To show how highly we regard the Royals system, we ranked it No. 1 before the Zack Greinke trade, which netted more top prospects. "Seven of the Royals’ top 10 prospects will be in Major League Spring Training camp next month in Surprise, Ariz. The group includes first baseman Eric Hosmer (ranked #1), third baseman Mike Moustakas (#3) and left-handed pitcher John Lamb (#4).

The Royals have been nurturing a great farm team system that is creating future star players, but how do we know that isn't just another way for Glass to make money? At what point will the Royals start trading away their star players, as they have done with every star player we've ever had since the 1990's? I started to get suspicious the minute they renovated Kauffman Stadium last season.

It is no accident that they turned Royals stadium into a giant BAR with the new renovations. Fans can now go to a game and not even watch the game, they can go to one of the many indoor bars, go watch a live band, pretty much anything but pay attention to just the game itself. Glass figures that if all there is to do at a Royals game is actually watch the Royals, then the fans would go home thus spending less money on concessions. Glass has figured out a way to make more money off the ever-losing Royals franchise and I think that they have no intention of EVER spending money on players, thus eliminating us from the big race indefinitely.

But hey, I was lucky enough to actually ATTEND the big games in 1985, so I will always have that. I'm sorry that you young fans will probably never see Kansas City in a celebration of that magnitude in your lifetime. At least we will be able to watch the great players come through Kansas City next season for the All Star Game 2012.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway October 9th

After posting up the worst attendance and television viewing numbers in NASCAR history last year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race will be held again this year at the Kansas Speedway. The race will be called the Hollywood Casino 400, named after the new casino that is to open in February of 2012 near the raceway.

Hollywood Casino 400 Tickets
October 7th - Kansas Speedway's first NIGHT RACE! Sponsored by The Kansas Lottery and 98.9 The Rock, the Kansas Speedway will host it's first night race for Qualifying Day and the ARCA Racing Series. Tickets are $9.89 courtesy of 98.9 FM - Buy Tickets

October 8th - See future stars of NASCAR compete against some of your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in this NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. This second tier series is one of the premier racing series in NASCAR. Tickets start as low as $40.00
NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 - Buy Tickets

October 9th - at 2pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - Buy Tickets

There are also
Hollywood Casino 400 ticket packages available if you want to attend for more than one day.

Hollywood Casino Kansas City

Kansas City will be adding yet another casino in early 2012 when the Hollywood Casino opens up at the Kansas Speedway. Penn National Gaming, Inc. has been taking over and opening new casinos all across the United States, mostly building casinos in poor ghetto neighborhoods (i.e. Kansas City, Kansas) and Hollywood Casino will be yet another link in Penn National Gaming's chain. The Hollywood Casino 400 race is an advertising ploy to introduce the new casino's presence in Kansas City.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tony DiPardo's Daughter Patti Keeps the Music Going at Arrowhead

Over the years the entertainment has changed several times at Arrowhead Stadium. In the very early days when the Kansas City Chiefs first arrived here from Dallas (where they were known as the Dallas Texans) they had a small marching band who actually sat in the stands and performed the type of music that you might hear at a college game today. This band had many incarnations and was founded and led by trumpet player extraordinaire Tony DiPardo. DiPardo led The TD Pack Band, then the Zing Band and finally back to the TD Pack Band until his death on January 27th, 2011.

Since Tony DiPardo's death, his daughter Patti has continued to preserve the spirit of her father and the music entertainment at Arrowhead Stadium to this day. Patti took over as the band leader for her father in 1989, and when the owners retired the on-field stadium band to make room for more seats Patti continued to direct the music in what is called the Founder's Club at Arrowhead Stadium during home games. The Founder's Club features Kansas City dueling piano favorite Spike Blake and continues to energize the stadium with great music.

The spirit of Tony DiPardo lives on through his daughter Patti, who has dedicated over 3 decades of her life to providing quality entertainment during Chiefs games at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Chiefs Chargers 2011 Kansas City News

The Chiefs Chargers rivalry continues today at 3:05pm when the banged up and limping Chiefs take on the San Diego Chargers in their home town. The Chiefs are playing with a skeleton crew after losing star running back Jamaal Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki and starting strong safety Eric Barry. With those players missing from the Kansas City Chiefs lineup, it doesn't leave much left on the field. Matt Cassel is an average quarterback at best, and although Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin might be talented receivers, it doesn't matter if the quarterback can't get them the ball. Cassel made a few feeble attempts to throw the ball down the field last week vs the Lions, but Cassel's long pass attempts looked wobbly and weak and the receivers had to halt their route and turn around and come back to the floppy passes to try to make a catch. This is not the type of quarterback that you need to win games. Your team's quarterback should be able to throw the ball far down the field with zip and confidence or the opposing defenses will never respect the quarterback's arm and will be able to stack up against the run. It's that simple. As poorly as Cassel throws the ball, Jamaal Charles wouldn't have stood much of a chance anyway as defenses would have been keying on him heavily.

The Chargers are also a little banged up, with Antonio Gates injured and on the sideline for this match. Look for Vincent Jackson to make some big plays behind the arm of Philip Rivers, and possibly some rushing yards from 2nd year running back Ryan Matthews.

As always with Kansas City Chiefs football games, if the Chiefs can somehow get into the end zone first, they stand a better chance to stay in this game. But with the incredible passing skills of Philip Rivers, the Chiefs really don't stand a chance. The Chiefs continue to build towards the "Suck for Luck" losing campaign. If the Chiefs can manage to lose all of their games this year, they will get the first pick of the 2012 draft and have a shot at getting a real quarterback in Andrew Luck. Let's hope that happens as we need to get rid of Matt Cassel immediately.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kansas City Plaza Art Fair in it's 80th Year

Now in it's 80th year, The Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City 2011 kicked off Friday night and will run through 6pm on Sunday. Although cumbersome to those who live on the plaza and have to try to find a place to park to get to their home, the Plaza Art Fair attracts over 300,000 visitors each year to take a gander at over 240 artists, 26 local Kansas City restaurants, and three live music stages with Kansas City bands that will line up throughout each day as follows:

MAIN STAGE - Plaza Art Fair 2011

Friday, Sept. 23
5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.| Low Standards
6:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.| LipRiddle
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.| The Zeros

Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.| LauraChalk
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.| Az One
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.| Lester Estelle & Friends
3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.| Kim Osborne Band
5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.| Red Guitar
6:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.| Jeff Jenkins
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.| Perpetual Change

Sunday, Sept. 25
11 a.m.-12 p.m.| Sara McMullen
12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.| Menage of Twang
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.| The Shanks
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.| Jayson Kayne

Techno / Emo Stage
Friday, Sept. 2
5 p.m.-6 p.m.| Dollar Fox6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.| DJ Sheppa of Nomathmatics & Brandon Draper of Quixotic7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.| Atlantic Fadeout8:45 p.m.-10:00 p.m.| Making MoviesSaturday, Sept. 2410 a.m.-11:00 a.m.| Blackbird Revue11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.| Everyday/Everynight12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.| Quiet Corral1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.| Vi Tran Band3 p.m.-4 p.m.| Antennas Up4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.| Spirit is the Spirit5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.| Hermon Mehari & Diverse6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.| David George Band8 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.| White Girl9 p.m.-10 p.m.| The Latenight Callers

Sunday, Sept. 25
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Margo May
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.| She’s a Keeper
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.| Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.| Grisly Hand

Acoustic Stage - Plaza Art Fair 2011

Friday, Sept. 23
5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.| Heather Thorton
6:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.| A La Mode
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.| Lyal Strickland

Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m - 11:30 a.m.| Brandon Miller
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.| Brian Ruskin
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.| Casey Todd
3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.| Brendan McNaughton
5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.| Sara B & Michael B
6:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.| Silver Soul Delight
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.| Terry Wright

Sunday, Sept. 25
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.| KC Raindogs
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.| Troy Ganson
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.| Kathleen with Quattro
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.| Sean McNown

Broadway Restaurants - Plaza Art Fair 2011

810 Zone
Royal bleu balls, Philly buster sandwich, smoked salmon salad, corn dog on a stick

California Pizza Kitchen
BBQ pizza, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, tacos, margaritas, Long Island ice tea, cherry sparkler, Bud Light, Oktoberfest, Boulevard Wheat, Corona, white wine, red wine

The Capital Grille
burgers, chicken sandwiches, steak sandwiches, Christopher Elbow ice cream, draft beer, bottled water, soda, wine, Stoli Doli

Coal Vines
Coal Vines award winning meatballs, pizza by the slice, wine by the glass, frozen drinks, beer

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue
Southern Jack pulled pork sandwich, brisket sandwich, turkey sandwich, beef burnt ends, hickory pit beans, cheesy corn bake, beer, wine, soda, bottled water

Ingredient chopped salad, chicken fajitas, beer, and wine

Kona Grill
Chicken satay, shrimp skewers, Las Vegas roll, tuna roll, California roll, mojito, Boulevard Wheat, Bud Light, Free State Ad Astra

M&S Grill
grilled steak sandwich, smoked pulled chicken slider, potato bacon chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, red velvet cupcake

Central Restaurants - Plaza Art Fair 2011

Bo Ling’s
egg rolls, crab rangoon, sichuan chicken dumplings, sesame chicken, vegetable fried rice, homemade almond cookies, NEW! Bo Ling’s custom cake, Bo Ling’s combo plate: Egg roll/ crab rangoon/ sesame chicken/ vegetable fried rice, soft drinks, iced tea, bottled water

Classic Cup Café
thai pizza, hummus, artichoke dip, black bean chili, chicken corn chowder, nachos, quesadillas, crab dip, curry dip, lamb gyro, cookies, brownies, wine, beer, soft drinks, liquor, coffee, bottled water

Figlio Italian Restaurant
sausage and pepper sandwiches, breadsticks & marinara, Sonoma cheese tortes, chicken spedini, Boulevard Wheat, Boulevard Pale Ale, Bud Light, Miller Light, sangria, chardonnay, cabernet, white wine

Fogo de Chao
Grilled rib eye, grilled chicken breast wrapped with bacon, grilled sausage, Brazilian potato salad, peper dews, lime and strawberry caipirihnas, Xingo beer, gurana soda

Fred P. Ott’s
hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, full bar, Boulevard Wheat, Boulevard Pale Ale, Boulevard Stout, Stella Artois, Boulevard Pilsner, Bud Light, Miller Light, Newcastle

grilled chicken salad, chili, hot dogs, artichokes, spinach dip, dip trio: guacamole, salsa & cheese dip, steak sandwich, tortilla soup, chips, baby back ribs

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
chicken lettuce wraps, chicken fried rice, pork tacos

Starker’s Restaurant
fried green tomatoes with creole remoulade, Mexican grilled corn, creole rice fritters, bookbinder soup, chicken and andouille gumbo, gumbo z’herbs (Vegetarian), Carolina braised pork sandwich, shrimp remoulade sandwich, campo lindo chicken salad with local tomatoes, cucumbers and balsamic vinaigrette, steak sandwich with garlic bordelaise and aged provolone, Starker’s fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, creole beignets, Boulevard Pale Ale, Wheat, Pilsner, and Bob’s 47, Miller Lite, white wine, red wine, rose wine, watermelon coolers, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, water

Topsy’s Popcorn
popcorn, limeades, ice cream, hot dogs, Italian sausage, flavored popcorn, soda, bottled water

Ward Parkway Restaurants - Plaza Art Fair 2011

Blanc Burgers + Bottles
grilled burger, jalapeño cheddar brat burger, hand cut fries, sweet potato fries, lentil burger, gouda fries

Brio Tuscan Grille
lasagna, meatball sub, Italian sausage, margarita panini, hot dogs, anti pasto, carpaccio, Tuscan tasters, salads, funnel cakes, cannollis, peach bellinis, beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks

The Granfalloon Restaurant and Bar
cheeseburgers, brats, chili, Caribbean chicken salad, margaritas, liquor drinks, Red Bull, beer

McCormick & Schmicks
chocolate cones, calamari, baja tacos, chowder bowls, blackened tilapia, red and white sangria, Sauza Gold margaritas, Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka, Bud Light, Boulevard, Stella, Smirnoff Vodka and Red Bull, red and white wine, soft drinks, bottled water

The Melting Pot
chocolate fondue with pound cake, strawberries and brownies, shrimp with teriyaki dipping sauce, beef and chicken kabobs, chocolate martinis, margaritas, beer, wine, Coke products, bottled water

O’Dowd’s Little Dublin
chicken salad pita, turkey and avocado wrap, smoked salmon salad

Plaza III Steakhouse
steak sandwich, burger sliders, shrimp cocktail, steak soup, soft drinks, beer, wine, martini’s

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
prime sliders, crab cake sliders, tenderloin steak sandwiches with horseradish cream, mash potatoes, mixed drinks, beer, frozen margaritas and daiquiris

grilled chicken and pork carnitas tacos, braised beef sandwich, roasted garlic mushroom hongos, churros with dipping sauce, margaritas, sangria, Corona, Dos Equis, bottled water, soft drinks

The Plaza Art Fair in it's 80th year in 2011 has been blessed with near perfect weather, ranging from the mid 60's to the mid 70's throughout the day. If you're heading down to the Plaza Art Fair be ready to be dazzled by some great art, some delicious food and some of Kansas City's best live bands.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sunset Safari Kansas City Zoo Friday Night

Tonight will be a fun night at The Kansas City Zoo when they open the zoo up for Sunset Safari. The zoo will be open special hours tonight from 4pm to 8pm and it will feature dueling pianos from 5pm - 7pm as well as the following exhibits:

4:00 -7:30 p.m. Visit the Lorikeets 4:30 p.m. Tiger chat 5:00 p.m. Sea Lion Show 5:30 p.m. Tropics Chat 6:00 p.m. Elephant Demo 6:30 p.m. Discovery Barn Chat – upstairs 7:00 p.m. Polar Bear Chat 7:30 p.m. River Otter Chat

Sunset Safari is a great way to support The Kansas City Zoo and the animals. Sunset Safari is free for Friends of the Zoo Members and only $6 for non-members. Becoming a Friends of the Zoo Member has several benefits, sign up for membership here and support The Kansas City Zoo!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Antenna TV Kansas City by Fox 4 TV

Great news for those of you who have told Time Warner Cable to stick it, basic television now has a great new station: Antenna TV! A product of Fox 4 TV in Kansas City, Antenna TV has a great line up of classic television shows and classic movies. Antenna TV runs 24 hours per day and offers some of television's greatest shows that ever aired. Obviously modeled after Nick at Night, channel 4.2 is quickly becoming a household favorite in Kansas City.

Time Warner Cable is a complete rip off. If you currently have Time Warner Cable it may interest you to know that you should not be paying any more than $34.99 per month for digital standard cable (70+ channels). That's right, and if you're in your first year of service with Time Warner Cable, then you should only be paying $29.99 for digital standard cable (after 12 months the price goes up $5 to $34.99). If you are paying any more than this, you are getting ripped off and you need to call Time Warner Cable and complain. You may have to be tricky and tell them that you want to cancel all service at first so that they will transfer you to the "retention department" where those operators have the authority to offer good deals. If you are speaking to a regular customer service agent, they will not have the authority to offer any deals, you have to say that you want to cancel service and then they will transfer you to the retention department where they should make you an offer. If this doesn't work, try cancelling service completely, then wait a couple days and sign up for service using someone else's name (your spouse, other adult in the house, etc.) - they will offer you the new customer deal of $29.99, then, every 12 months, just cancel again and then reapply with the name you used 12 months ago.

In our case, we just cancelled Time Warner Completely, signed up with AT&T internet service ($29.99 per month and is TWICE as fast as Time Warner) and went to Best Buy, bought a high powered TV antenna for $39.99 and bingo, our TV and internet bills total $29.99 per month - and that's it. The HD that you can pick up now with just an antenna is much better quality than the HD that you get with a cable package. Not to mention that if you have internet service ($29.99 per month with AT&T) then you can get access to NetFlix which allows you to watch almost any movie and/or TV show you want.

Now back to the great new TV station, Antenna TV, which in Kansas City is located on channel 4.2. The Antenna TV programs include such great classics as Three's Company, Married with Children, Sanford and Son, Good Times, All in the Family, Soap, and even the classic lost TV series featuring Ted Knight, Too Close for Comfort. The only drawback so far is that they show the lamest show ever "Mad About You" - sheesh, how did that stupid show stay on the air so long? But either way, here at Kansas City News we would like to welcome Antenna TV to Kansas City!

The Automatics Band Kansas City Celebrate 10 Years

Several local Kansas City bands have amazing history and credits to their name. Today, 10 years after they broke up, we celebrate some of the accomplishments of one of the most powerful funk bands that has ever performed in Kansas City, The Automatics. Here are a few things that this amazing horn powered band accomplished in just a few short years:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - The Automatics (then called the BWB band) performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The White House - The Automatics have performed at The White House
Jerry Seinfeld - They opened for Jerry Seinfeld when he performed at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
ESPN - The Automatics were featured on ESPN as the headline act for the NCAA Championship game.
Kansas Speedway - The Automatics performed with Brooks and Dunn at the Kansas Speedway on stage together.
Dick Clark's American Bandstand - The Automatics performed for the walk of fame Dick Clark's American Bandstand
The Automatics were made up of the perfect combination of Kansas City musicians including Johnny C (guitar / vox), Randy Malone (saxophone / vox), Shawn Cassity (trumpet / vox), Brian Reynolds (drums / vox), Adam Blue (keys / vox), and last but certainly not least, Greg "Coko" Henderson (bass / vox). They played relentlessly and they played whatever the hell they wanted.
They played as loud as any touring band, and they partied their asses off in the process. If a venue owner tried to tell them to turn down, drummer Brian Reynolds would happily point to the large sticker on his bass drum which read "If It's Too Loud, You're Too OLD". But if it was a concert-like environment you wanted, The Automatics delivered; a horn section that would peel your face off, a bass player in Coko Henderson that would make any white person who played bass just want to quit playing the bass on the spot, and a combined attitude of "fuck off, we're going to play, and we're going to play really loud". They don't make bands like that any more, ever since the acoustic strumming hippie acts have hit Kansas City, but we can always hope that the style of the Automatics is replicated sometime in the near future, or then again, maybe a reunion concert? Ay boys? Here's a slideshow video of one of the Automatics unforgettable performances:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jamaal Charles Out For Season Chiefs Fans Panic

The Kansas City Chiefs officially announced that running back Jamaal Charles is out for the season with a torn ACL, the same injury that cost the Chiefs Tony Moeaki and Eric Barry. Jamaal Charles was the most important player on the Kansas City Chiefs and his season ending injury is going to have a massive impact on the rest of the Chiefs 2011 season.

On a seemingly common run, Jamaal Charles was on his way out of bounds, with no defenders in site, planted his left foot awkwardly on the sideline, and tore his ACL resulting in a season ending injury. ACL injuries are tricky because as an athlete, if you have no prior history of knee injuries, you don't concern yourself with body movements that may cause an ACL injury. As far as Jamaal Charles knew, he could manipulate his body an any direction, make sudden stops, or plant his foot firmly with his upper body in an awkward position (as was the case in this injury). As an athlete with no prior knee injuries, you just don't think about being careful. As a body ages, the knees are the first to go when you are an athlete that's major function is to run, stop, juke and plant. If you don't know your body's limitations, you are most likely going to blow out a knee. ACL injuries often occur as a result of a firm planting of the foot, with little or no "give" from the playing surface. This is why AstroTurf has been removed from almost all sports environments, because AstroTurf "grabs" the feet of the athletes, promoting ACL injuries.

The Chiefs have been cursed this season with THREE major ACL injuries, and Jamaal Charles was probably the final blow to a team that was doomed from the start with or without Jamaal Charles, Eric Barry and Tony Moeaki.

Jamaal Charles was put on injured reserve today, leaving the Chiefs with only 52 players on their active roster. We can expect the Chiefs to sign someone off of the waiver wire sometime this week, most likely a running back.


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