Safety Vests


Some guy on Twitter asked me why a system couldn’t be built based on PitchFX that would serve as an early warning system for injuries. Now, it can, to a small extent, but not a pure heuristic system like this guy wanted. A = B is not the case. There are things we can see, but they serve as notes…

All is forgiven.


Five minutes ago my phone rang. The display showed Gruber’s name. I pick up.

“Hey, Mike, this is Pete Rose and I just wanted to say ‘Fuck the Yankees’.”


I am putting this here so I can save myself some headaches, some carpal tunnel, and some time.

Rule 1: Game Time Decisions mean just that. I do not have a time machine. If you ask me before game time, I will not have an answer.

Rule 2: Your joke might be funny. But I have a bunch of followers…


We knew it would be a busy week here at “Diamonds in the Rough” when, by 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, we already had SEVEN players on our watch list.

By the end of the night on Sunday, 11 players had made their major league debuts, and there were three more on tap for this coming week already in…


From the Kansas City Star, November 21, 2010

Kansas City makes its claim as college basketball capital of America


The Kansas City Star

Declaring yourself a capital city does not come without much thought and consideration. And meetings. Yes, there must be meetings.

John McCarthy thought about it, considered it, called meetings and yes, came the conclusion, Kansas City could be — no, deserved to be — called the college basketball capital of America.

“Hey, it’s a great attention getter and we want it to be great publicity for Kansas City,” said McCarthy, the NAIA tournament director and bundle of energy driving the idea.

Besides, nobody else stepped up to clam it or designed a logo.

Kansas City did both. The skyline in a basketball.

What better time to let the hoops nation know a center of gravity has been claimed than today, as some of the nation’s best teams and many of the game’s great historical figures gather for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction celebration.

Basketball legends like Jerry West and David Thompson, college heroes Christian Laettner and Sidney Wicks, coaching greats Tex Winter and Davey Whitney and behind-the-scenes stalwarts Tom Jernstedt and Wayne Duke will be honored.

On Monday and Tuesday, one of the nation’s best early-season tournaments tips off at the Sprint Center with top-ranked Duke, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 11 Gonzaga and Marquette on the CBE Classic card.

Undoubtedly, the eyes of college hoops nation will blaze on Kansas City for a few days. But is that enough to hold up the city as the sports’ focal point over, say, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky., or the North Carolina triangle?

This is the sound of Indianapolis clearing its throat.

“I just wrote a column the other day comparing Indianapolis to Louisville as basketball cities,” said Bill Benner, senior associate commissioner of the Horizon League and former Indianapolis Star columnist. “I didn’t include Kansas City.”

Benner was OK with Kansas City calling itself the college hoops capital because he thinks of Indianapolis as having “a more global view about it. We’re in the Final Four rotation, we’ve had the NBA Finals, our high school tradition, I’d say we’re the capital of all of basketball.”

Yeah, but we have a logo and a plan.

McCarthy’s group, formally known as the Kansas City Collegiate Basketball Association, has met four times in the past two months and came up the several branding ideas like creating a basketball season kickoff event, selling games in Kansas City as a season ticket, marketing through billboards and social media.

Those attending the CBE Classic are likely to hear the same introduction announced at UMKC games: “Welcome to Kansas City, the college basketball capital of America!”

But are we, really?

When it comes strictly to the college game our present isn’t too shabby and nobody touches our history.

“We’re talking about what’s here now and the historical pieces,” McCarthy said.

At the moment, Kansas City is an epicenter of three teams currently ranked among the top 15 in Kansas State, Kansas and Missouri. They all play regularly in Kansas City, which is home to Division I UMKC.

The Big 12 men’s and women’s tournaments as well as the NAIA and MIAA tournaments are fixtures. The sport’s hall of fame is here, as is the national headquarters for the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Then there’s the historical part that McCarthy has some familiarity with, but he had no idea how deeply college roots are planted when he arrived from Ohio in 2007. He had been a sports consultant, created a sports travel business and had been the athletic director at Lynn University in Florida.

It didn’t give him much opportunity to know that Kansas City has been home to more Final Fours, regional finals and NCAA Tournament games than any other city. Or know this is where the greatest championship player and coach — Bill Russell and John Wooden — won their first titles.

And that both of them, along with Dean Smith and Oscar Robertson, were honored in Kansas City during the inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony in 2006.

“It really is incredible the contributions of Kansas City,” McCarthy said.

There’s much more. The Big Eight Holiday Tournament started just after World War II, the NAIA Tournament debuted in 1937, the Olympic playoff series of 1936, the National AAU Tournaments of the 1920s and 1930s, even the 1905 series between the Kansas City Athletic Club and Buffalo Germans dubbed “The World Championship of Basketball” all helped mold Kansas City in a hoop destination.

Catalysts that promoted hoops in the region were the game’s inventor James Naismith, who arrived to teach physical education at Kansas in 1898 and spent much time refereeing games throughout the area; Phog Allen, who marketed then starred in the big KCAC event and later became a KU star and legendary coach; Municipal Auditorium, opened in 1936 and gave the NAIA and NCAA tournaments a showcase palace; and the downtown offices of the NCAA and Big Eight, which meant some of college sports’ most influential people called Kansas City home.

When the NABC got behind the formation of the Hall of Fame, then-Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson put it like this, “Every school, every conference has a home base, but what’s college basketball’s home base? It’s Kansas City.”


One of the (great) trends that browsers are doing these days is “getting out of the way”. That is, less “chrome” more space for content. I was curious to how we’ve been improving in this area, so I asked Jason to do some math, and here’s what we came up with.

So, given a desktop that you log in,…


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From the bleachers, the blast of stampeding cheering to the beat of “We will, we will rock you!” can be heard. Some daring students can be seen colored from face to toe in blue and orange body paint―the official school…


By: Kim Yoonah ( 


From the bleachers, the blast of stampeding cheering to the beat of “We will, we will rock you!” can be heard. Some daring students can be seen colored from face to toe in blue and orange body paint―the official school…


During my recent massive annual spring ritual of house-cleaning, file-cleaning and computer-cleaning, I’ve come across some of my favorite columns and articles that I wrote in years past. Thought it might be fun to re-print them here.

With the three players on my “Players You’d Let Your Daughter…