Saturday, October 9, 2010

Missouri Tigers Host Colorado Buffaloes Tonight In Columbia

It's been 20 years since the infamous 5th down game almost to the day. Missouri is hosting Colorado this evening just like it did in 1990 in what is likely the last game between the two teams for a long, long, time with Colorado leaving for the PAC 10 next year. In Twenty years, lots of things have changed. In the late 80's, early 90's, Missouri could not buy a win against the Buffaloes - 1990's Fifth Down Game was the rare exception of a competitive match. Of course, even in that game Missouri was aided by the infamous Omniturf playing surface it used at Faurot Field at the time. Those were some dark days for my beloved Tigers - one coach after another (Widenhofer, Stull, Smith)- poor facilities - bad luck. Yes, sometimes it's hard to be a Tiger fan (not to mention a Royals Fan).

In recent years, the tables have turned. Mizzou's football program is no longer a laughing stock, and Coach Gary Pinkel seems to have Colorado's number. In their last four meetings, Missouri has beat Colorado by a combined score of 177-40 - that's an average margin of victory of 34 points. No team has been dominated by the Tigers like Colorado has. Missouri not only has recent history on it's side, but also has the more talented team and home field advantage. All of this points to another Tiger blowout - even Vegas agrees - the point spread is around 11. College Football pundits around the country don't give Colorado a chance in this one.

All this being said, Mizzou is Mizzou, all the crushing defeats and last second losses are burned into the psyche of the Tigers fan. Football games aren't played on paper - the Tigers need to take care of business on the field. After all, it is the "Show Me" State.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Kansas City News Site - Best of 2009

Our humble little Kansas City News site was born on July 12th, 2009 and we wanted to post a "best of" list of articles from our first year.  Thanks to the writers that contributed to the site in 2009 and the great work of our current contributors we have reached a steady position on page 2 of Google for the search term "kansas city news".  We are now positioned above a few local TV news stations and most of the radio news sites, and we are steadily working our way up.  We should be on page 1 of Google by year's end and thus a real force in the Kansas City news arena.  Without further adieu, here are the best KC news blogs of 2009:

Most Read - Highest Number of Hits Award
Kansas City Number 1 Abandoned City
- Received the most hits and continues to be a hot blog.

Most Humorous
Revised Articles to the Constitution - Well now that's just funny.

We Got There First
Michael Vick Traded to The Eagles - was the 1st to break Michael Vick's trade to the Eagles (2 minutes after announcement!).

Best Local News Article
Kansas City Light Rail Controversy - Great insight on the Kansas City Light Rail.

Most Controversial Article
Kansas City Neighborhoods - Moving to Kansas City - This article caused so much controversy that we republished it in 2010 HERE - where it caused even MORE controversy.

Best Story Writing
Kansas City Parking Nazi - To qoute Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, the best writing comes from things that actually happened to you.

Keep the hits coming 2010 staff - we will be a prominent voice in Kansas City very soon.

NBA Comes to Kansas City Tonight

Kansas City will be an NBA town for one night only, as the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder square off in a preseason contest. The event is sold out with the game starting at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 when players will begin warming up. Before the game, H&R Block will be hosting a block party in which fans can win last-minute tickets. The party is free.

Lebron James is always a must-see attraction, but even more so now that he stabbed Cleveland in the back and formed a superteam in Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Love him or hate him, James always puts on a show, and tonight should be no different.

Not only does this game feature the NBA's new possible dynasty, but it also features a team that Kansas City almost had. When moving from Seattle, many thought the Sonics would move to Kansas City. Instead, the Sprint Center was not built fast enough, and Oklahoma City got a talented young team with future MVP Kevin Durant. Kansas City fans can watch both the most hyped team in recent history compete with a talented young team that should have been its own. At the very least, it should be a good game.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Rout Kansas State Wildcats

What was billed as a close contest and a battle for the Big 12 North (by local folk, anyway), was anything but as Nebraska absolutely rolled Kansas State in Manhattan last night. The final was 48-13, but the game wasn't even that close. Redshirt freshman Quarterback Tayler Martinez burned the Wildcat defense all night running for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns, including runs of 35, 40, and 80 yards for scores. But it wasn't just the Taylor Martinez show, the Nebraska line was opening up huge holes that yours truly could have run through and with Martinez's blazing speed the K-State defence didn't stand a chance. It's going to be a few tough years for Nebraska's opponents with this kid on the field.

On the other side of the ball, K-State's leading rusher Daniel Thomas could not get it going. Nebraska's "BlackShirts" defence held him to under 3 yards per carry. He had been averaging six yards/carry in their first 4 games. This caused problems as K State's passing attack has been suspect all year. After the game Coach Snyder said he was opening up competition at the Quarterback position this week.

Kansas State was rightfully embarrassed by their performance. As one Wildcat player noted, This one hurt. To have a HATED rival come into your home stadium and put the beat down on you is unacceptable. Rumors that the Wildcats also let the Huskers sleep with their girlfriends could not be substantiated. The only thing worse would be to lose to a terrible Jayhawk football team next week when they visit Lawrence.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

K-State vs. Nebraska Could Decide the North

Stop if you've heard this before: Nebraska and Kansas State have a big game that will likely decide the North title. No, it isn't 1997, 2001 or last year. The winner of tonight's K-State Nebraska will once again gain an inside track to making it to the Big 12 title game in Dallas.

K-State got to this point (undefeated and first in the North standings) the way it always does under Bill Snyder - running the ball, controlling the clock and not making mistakes. While the cats haven't beaten anyone impressive, they have executed on both sides of the ball all year long and should contend for the North in a weak year for the Big 12.

Most insiders predict Nebaska to win this game and the North, and for good reason. The Huskers finally have a playmaker under center in Taylor Martinez, and its offense has looked explosive at times this season. Despite losing all-world DT Ndamukung Song to the NFL, the defense is in typical Bo Pelini form.

Nebraska appears to be the better team from top to bottom, but don't count out the Wildcats. K-State has a hall-of-fame coach and will feed off of what should be a great home crowd. The game should remind us of the great Nebraska vs. Kansas State matchups from the late 90's and early 2000's. The winner of this game gains a big inside track to the North title, and with the Big 12 South being down, a shot at a Big 12 crown and BCS berth is not out of the question.


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