Monthly Archives: July 2015

Heartland Soccer builds capable, strong referees

JULY 2015 – In every soccer match there are actually three teams taking the field. There are the two teams most people immediately recognize – those competing to score more goals than the other.

There is also a third team made up of referees.

Although often unnoticed until they don’t perform well, the referee team is just as important to the match as either of the other teams. 

Is MLB instant replay good for the game?


JULY 2015 – Since Major League Baseball (MLB) began using “instant” replay (instant used very loosely here), baseball fans have been asking if they like it.

Theoretically, I feel there is nothing wrong with getting close calls right, so I have enjoyed watching the managers pick their arguments more efficiently.  I do miss the funny and often showmanship antics of the Billy Martins or Earl Weavers, who intimidated umpires with their anger-filled spitting and dirt kicking.

The Golf MD is the right fit


JULY 2015 – Relax and let the club do the work. Many players have heard these sage words from instructors or respected elders, and they ring true especially if you have the right club.

Mike Dickerson, a.k.a. “The Golf M.D.,” is ready to help make sure you do have the right club.

Summer swim training


JULY 2015 – Summertime is the ideal season to get your swim training in. Pools are more accessible and the weather sometimes seems to require that cooling off time. Although you might be hot from the summer heat, your muscles are most likely cold and need to be warmed up by stretching before jumping in the pool for your workout.

A few ‘minor’ questions remain as Chiefs open camp


JULY 2015 – The John Dorsey/Andy Reid regime leading the Kansas City Chiefs enters its third edition in 2015. As they get ready for the start of training camp later this month, there are questions that still need to be answered if the Chiefs are going to be successful.

Fortunately, the questions are in only three areas. Unfortunately, they are: offense, defense and special teams.

Looking back at Chiefs quarterbacks – Who is No. 2?


JULY 2015 – I recently watched the ESPN 30 for 30 about the 1983 NFL Draft: Elway To Marino and was instantly reminded of our blunder of drafting Todd Blackledge with the seventh pick, the second quarterback selected that year.

Yes, we the Chiefs could have selected Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Richard Dent or even Reggie Roby (6th round). I sat there wondering if Kelly or Marino would have succeeded with the Chiefs during our miserable years in the mid to late 1980s.

We are only left to dream and ponder of what could have been.

Future is bright for youth hockey at Kansas City Ice Center


JULY 2015– Four years ago, Dean Nelson came to Kansas City from Rochester, Minn., to be the assistant manager of the Kansas City Ice Center. From one hockey hotbed to another, right?

Not so much.

But in four years, Nelson has changed the way hockey is viewed, especially by the youth in the area, nearly doubling the number of kids involved in the game in Johnson County.

Fans across the world vote for Royals for All-Star Game


JULY 2015 – I’m sure American League All-Star managers were scratching their heads many years in the 1990s and 2000s and wondering what Kansas City Royals player to put on the team.

There some baaaad Royals clubs in many of those years and quite frankly they did not deserve an All-Star selection. But Major League Baseball requires all clubs to have a representative.

From 1990-2012, the Royals had a lone pick in 20 of those 22 years.

Duffy, Ventura need to step it up for Royals


JULY 2015– Entering July, the Kansas City Royals have a firm choke hold on first place in the American League Central.

Yet, they have done it with only minimum production from Yordano “Ace” Ventura and Danny Duffy, who opened the season as the club’s No. 1 and No. 2 starters.

Ventura won his first two starts, while Duffy was 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA in April. Then Duffy did a 180-degree reversal and went 0-3 with a 13.03 ERA in May.