Opinion

San Francisco World Series celebration parade a party for the ages

The jubilant San Francisco Giants paraded down a euphoric Market Street on Wednesday and Owen Creese of San Jose absolutely had to be there. After all, like so many in the throng, he’d waited his whole life to see the Giants crowned champions and celebrate in a giddy love-fest amid a shower ...

A look back at the MLB postseason

Long after Brian Wilson fired a slider past Nelson Cruz for the final out in the Giants’ 3-1 victory, fans lingered near both dugouts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.Fans wearing orange were euphoric, celebrating the Giants’ first World Series victory since the franchise left the Polo ...

Tyshawn Taylor appears to have grown up

KU vs. WashburnSlash and ’burn: Marcus Morris torches ’BodsWashburn coach, players laud JayhawksGary Bedore’s notebookWe all grow up at different rates. For example, maturity-wise, I’m looking forward to my teenage years.Kansas University junior guard Tyshawn Taylor often didn’t seem ...

Baldwin High football a team of power

Baldwin City ? The score already had taken root deep in the brains of the Baldwin High football players before they made it off the field at the end of a first-round, Class 4A playoff game last November: Bishop Miege 62, Baldwin 0.After Monday’s practice, Bulldogs coach Mike Berg recounted ...

Mecham should start at quarterback again

Kansas vs. Iowa StateBox scoreHurry-up offense wears KU outMatt Tait's KU football notebookHalfway decent: Bad half dooms KansasAmes, Iowa ? The coaches simplified the offense, running the ball up the middle to open up the pass for the quarterback making his first start, and it largely ...

Resiliency rallying cry for Rangers

Arlington, Texas ? Derek Holland, sweet little 12-year-old-looking Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, had a couple of angry texts awaiting him after his Game 2 performance.“You bleep. Bleep you.” And many variations thereof, with the general theme being: “You lost us the World Series, ...

Seven magic number at tonight’s LHS-FSHS football showdown

Every coach heading into every rivalry game sounds pretty much the same. They talk about how each one on the schedule is important. They count the same in the standings. Meanwhile, in the stands the emotions run far deeper, tell a different story.This time, the coaches are right. Far more than ...

Giant party in McCovey Cove

San Francisco ? Things are a little crazy out here on the water to begin with, and then the water polo team shows up, dragging along a floating goal.Hey McHale, I think I found your navy.McCovey Cove is insane this World Series, full of kids-at-Christmas smiles and all manner of flotsam and ...

Business partners, rivals to lead teams in Free State vs. LHS

The state of the lawn-mowing service industry has grown so competitive in Lawrence, it’s hustle all day every day all summer or go bust.“Hello,” the young man introduced himself to my wife after a ring of the doorbell. “We’re AMR Mowing. Would you like us to mow your lawn?”Her ...

Bay Area, Texas link continues

We’re going to mess with Texas. Again.Our Bay Area sports teams often turn to the Lone Star state for a major breakthrough, creating some of our greatest memories.None will be bigger than when the Giants beat the Texas Rangers and deliver San Francisco its first World Series since Major ...

KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush describes ideal defensive end

Carl Torbush, coordinator of a Kansas University defense that has had trouble hassling the quarterback, described the ideal physical characteristics of a defensive end.“The best ones I’ve had have been 6-3, 6-4 guys,” Torbush said. “I go back to Julius Peppers, who coming out of high ...

Give Big Three and Miami Heat time to warm up

Boston ? Hours before Tuesday night’s historic Miami Heat season-opener, Dwyane Wade’s new commercial for Nike’s Jordan brand began airing nationally, with Wade portraying a superhero performing impossible, daredevil stunts on a motorcycle.The spot ends with him, saying, “Now THIS, my ...

It can be, has been, worse for KU football

The history book, otherwise known as the Kansas University football media guide, informs us it has been worse.For example, the season-opening loss to North Dakota State must be considered the worst of this season, but it’s not the worst ever. Kansas lost to Kansas City YMCA, Nov. 27, 1890, in ...

Refs, Miami blow it in loss to Steelers

Miami ? Go ahead. Blame the refs, if it soothes the pain. They blew it. They didn’t make the right call at the end.They didn’t make a call at all on who recovered Ben Roethlisberger’s fumble near the goal line Sunday and so returned the football to Pittsburgh at the one-yard line. With ...

Football spoils homecoming vibe

KU vs. Texas A&MBox ScoreNobody's home: Fans flee scene of latest KU setbackQB shuffle suits AgsMatt Tait's KU football notebookOpurum OK in start at DEA most pleasant evening. The smell of bratwursts riding the strong wind, crashing into the scent of fried doughnuts. Generations of ...

Kemp gives MU a deep threat

Columbia, Mo. ? Missouri’s offense, in the first five games this season, was decidedly two-dimensional. If quarterback Blaine Gabbert wasn’t passing the ball to T.J. Moe, he was passing the ball to Michael Egnew.The team’s top two receivers combined for almost two-thirds of the Tigers’ ...

Buffs’ Boyle on the rise

Kansas City, Mo. ? The seating arrangement at Thursday’s basketball Big 12 Media Day at Sprint Center could not have worked out better. Texas A&M’s fourth-year coach Mark Turgeon sat at his table, and directly to his right was Colorado first-year coach Tad Boyle, his former ...

Contract favors Turner Gill

Antsy fans of Kansas University football already dreaming of a coaching change won’t like the reality of Turner Gill’s contract. It’s as one-sided in Gill’s favor as the recent outcomes have been for KU’s opponents.If Gill were asked to leave at season’s end, the athletic department ...

Boise State keeps good company

Boise State proved very little by smoking San Jose State, 48-0, on Saturday.San Jose State is a minor member of the threadbare Western Athletic Conference. It is Boise State’s conference, too, and the Broncos are required to play conference games against conference teams. It’s in the ...