Monday, October 4, 2010

Kids are Struck By Vehicles at Alarming Rate

Another Child was hit by a car near a school this morning. This is the third time in less than two months that a Kansas City Metro Area child has been hit by a vehicle. Two in a school zone, one died. For all of those not familiar, on your right is a SCHOOL ZONE SIGN. Please slow down and get off your phone / internet / texting / facebook device for 5 f-ing minutes, Asshole. This morning it was an eleven year old in a crosswalk IN FRONT OF the School he attends. Luckily, his injuries were minor.

The same cannot be said for Kade Meyer, a seven-year old Gardner boy who was struck and killed in front of Madison Elementary School. The boy ran between two parked cars to cross the street and was hit by an SUV. No charges were filed against the driver, but this situation illustrates the point that you must be vigilant when driving, especially around a school. Though in the eyes of the law, there is no negligence to file charges, and I honestly feel for the driver of the SUV that hit the boy - I would contend that when driving in front of an Elementary School, you need to EXPECT a child to dart in front of you. Let this be a lesson to the rest of us - SLOW DOWN. Same goes for driving in a neighborhood. I watch cars everyday drive down my dead end street in a subdivision at 35-40 miles/hour, half the time on the phone. There is no way you can react to a child chasing a ball, or family pet darting into the street.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Big 12 Football: A Look at Today's Games

With most Big 12 teams starting conference play this week, the conference's picture will soon come into focus. One game can make or break a season in college football, and week one in league play only supports this notion. We have already seen one thrilling game this week, with Oklahoma State knocking off Texas A&M 38-35. The win gives the pokes an inside track to compete for the Big 12 South title. Examining the remaining matchups on a game-by-game basis shows what each team has to gain (and lose) in week five.

21 Texas at 8 Oklahoma
This game almost always decides who will win the league and have a possible shot at an appearance in the national title game. This year may be no different, however both teams have struggled in the non-conference slate. Texas will look to rebound from an embarrasing loss to UCLA, while a win for OU would put them in the national title hunt.

Texas Tech at Iowa State
Both of these teams sit at 0-1 in the league after tough losses in rivalry games. The cyclones are solid, yet face a daunting schedule. Texas Tech is young and still needs a win to prove itself. Both teams need this game to avoid a big early season hole and a chance to get back into the bowl picture.

Kansas at Baylor
Both teams must win this game to have any shot at making the post-season. Kansas has been extremely up and down and traditionally struggles on the road. Baylor sits at 3-1 and will likely need to win this game to have a shot at a bowl in the tough South division. Stick a fork in whoever loses this one.

Georgia at Colorado
A matchup of two coaches who likely will not be back next season. Is this the game that finally gets Colorado going? Will Georgia start winning and save Mark Richt's job? Expect a sloppy one in Boulder.

Week one is full of great matchups and plenty of intrigue. By tonight, the Big 12 race will have some clear favorites. Let the fireworks begin.

Chiefs Shaun Smith Fined by NFL; Royals on Late Season Tear

Chiefs Shaun Smith Fined by NFL; Royals on Late Season Tear
In Sports, there is all kinds of touching between men that is inappropriate on the street. Hugging, ass slapping, and apparently crotch grabbing as our friends in the picture have illustrated (maybe that's only OK in St Louis). Chiefs Defensive Lineman Shaun Smith, or as the media is starting to refer to him, "The Genital Giant", has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for what it termed as "Unnecessary Roughness" for the crotch grab on San Francisco Lineman Anthony Davis. This comes after the second complaint by an opponent after as many games. This time the incident was (sort of) caught on camera. Though you really can't see the actually grab, it is obvious he does something very painful to Davis, who retaliated and was penalized 15 yards in the game. Smith said in an interview that he doesn't recall doing anything like that. You would think a guy would remember grabbing another guy's balls, but OK.

How about your Kansas City Royals. They are in the midst of one of their patented end of the season runs that does nothing but provide false hope for next season. They have won four of their last five (against two of the best teams in the League) and taken the Rays out of first in the American League East. Last night, Bruce Chen, pitched his first complete game shutout in a 12-year Major League Career. Chen took his season record to 12-7, the best on the Royals pitching staff. His ERA is 4.17 - the same as Zach Grienke's. Is Bruce Chen our new ace? God it sucks to be a Royals fan.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ochocinco Cereal Box Features Sex Line Telephone Number

If you have children, make sure you buy them Cheerios and other family friendly cereals. Chad Ochocinco's new cereal was suppose to feature a telephone line to link breakfast eaters to a "feed the children" hotline. Instead, the number leads to an adult chatline. And you thought the marshmellows were bad.

Kroger's grocery stores are now pulling all of
Ochocinco's cereal from the shelves. Unfortunately, many were already purchased and several have been featured in grocery store displays. PLB sports, who was responsible for the packaging, has accepted the blame for the error, and will be reissuing boxes with the correct number on them.

Ochocinco had urged his fans to buy his product and to "start your day with a lil suga!" He wasn't kidding. While the outspoken Bengals wideout and
reality TV star may have had his heart in the right place with this one, it is funny that he can't even support a charity to help children without some sort of controversy popping up. At least this media attention came from trying to do a good deed, rather than his previous attention-hogging antics like racing a horse or challenging Michael Phelps to a swimming contest. In the end, maybe this will help him sell more cereal and raise more money for his charity.

Kansas Speedway Buzz and Other Weekend Events

It's race weekend here in Kansas City again. The Nationwide Series-Kansas Lottery 300-race takes place on Saturday, with the Sprint Cup -Price Chopper 400- Race on Sunday. Sunday's race is the third in the "Chase for the Cup" series of ten races that determines the winner of the Sprint Cup. This is the second NASCAR event weekend held at Kansas Speedway this season, but the only Sprint Cup race. Tickets are still available at the Kansas Speedway website here. Be sure to check out the Legends while you are out at the speedway this weekend.

Leawood City Park (106th & Lee Blvd)

Leawood will be holding their 1st Annual Fall Festival today (Friday October 1st) from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. This event is primarily for kids with inflatables, pumpkin painting, hayrides, cake walk, etc. Admission is Free, but a $5 wristband can be purchased per child for unlimited activities. A Screening of Ghostbusters on a 16X18 foot screen will take place at 8PM after the activities.

Louisburg Cider Mill (3 miles west of US 69 on K68 in Louisburg)

Another Family Event is the Cider Fest - Saturday and Sunday - 9AM-5PM. Pancake Breakfast in the Morning followed by Barbeque dinner in the afternoon. Moonwalk and Pony Rides for the Kids, Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. There is a charge for the activities and food, but parking is free. For more information contact the Cider Mill at 913-837-5202.

16200 E Hwy 40, KCMO

From time to time, I like to highlight some of the more offbeat events around Kansas City. It doesn't get much more off-beat than the Kansas City Juggling Festival. Starting at 5PM on Friday, there will be continuous juggling until Sunday afternoon. Saturday afternoon many "World Records" will be attempted, with a public show and raffle on Saturday evening. Registration is $10 for jugglers, and $5 for non jugglers.


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