Monthly Archives: August 2015

Superstars and surprises lead Fantasy Football 2015

Fantasy-Football

AUGUST 2015 – A lot of study, preparation, skill and luck is involved in picking your NFL fantasy football team.Yes, injuries can wreck havoc with with your selections. Picking a relatively unknown rookie who bursts into NFL stardom can boost a fantasy team. When does Peyton become too old to pick? Will Tom Brady miss four games or none if he wins his appeal in federal court.? Will Robert Griffin III and Sam Bradford remain healthy all season, therefore putting up incredible numbers as both are capable. But shy away from those unstable picks when selecting your team. Have a lot of luck — make Andrew Luck your numero uno choice.

Can sleep give sports teams an advantage?

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AUGUST 2015 – Though we are learning about problems created by concussion in sports, we know virtually nothing about the sleep disorders those concussions can cause.

What do we know about sleep and sports? Everyone “knows” athletes tend to do better after a good night’s sleep.  But what’s the data?

A 1991 study showed sleep loss hurt a cyclist’s performance, and it did it by making the cyclist work harder, and get less for the energy expended, by causing more anaerobic metabolism, and increasing lactate production.

Merger of youth hockey programs in KC showing benefits

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AUGUST 2015 – Nearly six months after the merger between the two largest youth hockey programs on opposite sides of the state line was announced, things are progressing nicely. The biggest effect so far happens early this month as the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association (KCYHA) will hold its first combined tryout for the traveling teams.

The KCYHA—the new name for the combined effort—will hold tryouts August 13-16 at the Kansas City Ice Center. The KCIC is the home of the Kansas City Stars youth program in Shawnee. The next week, the Independence Events Center, the home of the Missouri Mavericks ECHL team and the Junior Mavs youth program, will host the second round of tryouts.

Guidelines to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke

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AUGUST 2015 – This is the time of year so many fall sports begin practicing. This is exciting long as you are careful with how hot it is outside.

Football gets the most attention about heat exhaustion injuries, but there are plenty of other sports teams out there practicing. All athletes need to be mindful of their condition of their body in the heat.

Three tips to help your running

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AUGUST 2015 – Whether you love running, hate running, or love to hate running here are three simple tips to keep you moving.

Before I begin, let’s set the ground rules. Running for fitness, for a sport or just for fun should not be painful. Running is a natural activity. Our bones, muscles, and joints have been designed for running. If running causes you pain or if you stopped running because of pain, odds are there is something wrong.

With a little guidance, most everyone should be able to return to pain free running.  So let’s not just roll out those ITB (iliotibial band syndrome) bands, calves, and hamstrings. Let’s discover what’s wrong and fix it!

Former Chief Deron Cherry: A Futbol Ambassador

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AUGUST 2015 – Kansas City sports fans recognize the name Deron Cherry. After all, Cherry starred as a Chiefs free safety for more than a decade, earning All-Pro honors six times and was named to the NFLs all-decade team for the 1980s.  In 1995, he became a part-owner of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, thereby becoming the first NFL minority owner.

It is in a different kind of football, however, where Cherry has garnered new recognition. While he still enjoys American football, futbol – or soccer – has become his passion, and Cherry has his family to thank for that.

Climbing out on a Twig: Chiefs will MISS the playoffs

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AUGUST 2015 – I seem to have a better grasp of predictions for the Kansas City Royals than I do the Chiefs. I tend to miss the Royals’ won-loss record by one or two games. Don’t believe me? Check my right-on forecasts the past three years for the Royals.

For the second straight year, I have been dyslexic in my Chiefs’ preseason predictions. Three years ago I was on fire, but after predicting 4-12 and 7-9 the past two years, then I am considering going with a 2-14 mark this year and watch KC dominate the AFC West.

KU, K-State and MU college football teams have many questions entering season

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AUGUST 2015 – With the college football season kicking off in September, a quick glance at the area teams brings up a lot of questions. Unfortunately for David Beaty, Bill Snyder and Gary Pinkel, there aren’t nearly as many answers.

Ben Zobrist take circuitous route to Kansas City

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AUGUST 2015 – It has taken several years and a few turns and detours, but Ben Zobrist has made it to Kansas City.

Zobrist’s father, Tom, is a pastor in Eureka, Illinois and was a graduate of Calvary Bible College in Kansas City. Ben was going to attend his dad’s alma matter.

Ben, however, did like playing baseball, but had no college offers after high school. At the suggestion of his high school coach, he attended a senior showcase in Peoria, Illinois and received a scholarship from Olivet Nazarene University.

Royals get their ace in Johnny Cueto

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AUGUST 2015 – Rene Francisco, the Kansas City Royals vice-president/assistant general manager in charge of international operations, was a Los Angeles Dodgers scout in 2004 and eyeballed a teenage right-hander in the Dominican Republic.

He was unimpressed. He did not recommend the Dodgers sign him.

“I didn’t remember him,” Francisco said.

Although he was short, listed generously at 5-11, the Cincinnati Reds liked him enough to offer him a contract in 2004, signing him for $35,000.

“I know who he is now,” Francisco said.

The pitcher was and is Johnny Cueto, who the Royals acquired to be their ace in a trade with the Reds, sending them three left-handed top-tier prospects – Brandon Finnegan, who was the Royals’ 2014 first-round pick and is the first player to appear in the College World Series and the Major League World Series the same year; John Lamb and Cody Reed.