Daily Archives: February 6, 2015

Frank Mason III draws comparisons to Collins at KU

KU basketball's Frank Mason

FEBRUARY 2015 – Kansas sophomore point guard Frank Mason III calls Sherron Collins one of his all-time favorite Jayhawks.

And why is really not surprising. Not only was Collins one of the greatest point guards in school history who helped lead KU to a national title in 2008, he and Mason have striking comparisons.

Royals line up fairly set with Spring Training starting

Royals' Volquez

FEBRUARY 2015 – When the pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19 at Surprise, Arizona, expect little to no competition for jobs in the Kansas City Royals’ spring training.

Barring any injury, this roster has few vacancies outside of a backup infielder and a bullpen spot.

“It’s the mark of a good team,” manager Ned Yost said at the Royals’ FanFest. “There won’t be much competition. We’re pretty set.

Gill-Caesar shines for Tigers

MU's Gill-Caesar

FEBRUARY 2015 – Montaque “Teki” Gill-Caesar is eager to shine on the big stage.

In fact, the top prospect was so eager to get started that he jumped into Missouri’s recruiting class a year early.

Gill-Caesar, a 6-6 shooting guard, was considered a Top 50 recruit for the class of 2015 before reclassifying a year early to sign with the Tigers in August.

What does exercise form really mean?

exercise form

FEBRUARY 2015 – Think you have good form when working out?  What if there’s more to good form than meets the eye? Popular belief suggests good form means looking in the mirror or having a trainer watch you to ensure an exercise looks good.

However, you can look good in the mirror, yet be using all the wrong muscles to complete the task. 

Iwundu-rful stuff, but inconsistent at Kansas State

K-State's Wesley Iwundu

FEBRUARY 2015 – One game he’ll show up on the ESPN highlights with a high-flying dunk. The next game he’ll barely show up on the stat sheet. Welcome to the world of—channeling our inner-Chris Berman—Wesley Iwundu “What He’s Gonna Do Next.”

Iwundu, the talented, versatile 6-7 Kansas State forward, has pro potential if he can focus and channel his talents. But that’s a big “if.”

“I think he can be really good,” Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber said.

PECOTA projects 90-Loss season for KC Royals

Royals stats

FEBRUARY 2015 – My baby-blue eyes have to be betraying me. As I gazed at the computer screen. I read the PECOTA 2015 major league projections. When I think of Pecota, my initial reflections are to Bill Pecota, a Kansas City Royals utility infielder from 1986-91.

This PECOTA, however, is an acronym for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm. It is a sabermetric system for forecasting Major League Baseball players and team performances. Baseball Prospectus owns the system.

So how does PECOTA expect the defending American League champion Royals to do this year? Capture the AL pennant again? Take the World Series? Win 90-plus games, but settling for a wildcard? Win 89 games and miss the playoffs?

The answer to all of the above is a resounding NO!