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Kansas City’s Side-By-Side Stadiums   Leave a comment


The Harry S. Truman Sports Complex is a sports and entertainment facility located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is home to two major sports venues: Arrowhead Stadium—home of the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs, and Kauffman Stadium—home of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals. The complex also hosts various other events during the year.


Kauffman Stadium at bottom has a capacity of 40,000.  Arrowhead Stadium at the top has a capacity of 76,420.






Posted October 17, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Get Dancing Gabe in EA Sports’ NHL 17!   1 comment

dancing gabe

Follow the link below and sign the petition.

Posted October 12, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Yogi Berra passes on to the Big Ball field in the Sky   1 comment

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1946–63, 1965), all but the last for the New York Yankees. An 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player, Berra had a career batting average of .285, while compiling 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only four players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. Widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.


Yogi was known for his funny quotes:


“I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.”

On “fan” mail:

“Never answer an anonymous letter.”

On education:

“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

On the future:

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

On travel:

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

“Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.”

“The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

On social life:

“Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.”

“It gets late early out here.”

On youth sports:

“I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”

On the human anatomy:

“I don’t know (if they were male or female) fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.”

On receiving advice:

“Take it with a grin of salt.”

On weather:

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

On finance:

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

On baseball:

“In baseball, you don’t know nothing.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”

“If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

“Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

“All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”

“We were overwhelming underdogs.”

“Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”

“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”

“I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”

“I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won 25 games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.”

“I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.”

On being thought of as a philosopher:

“I didn’t really say everything I said.”

On death:

“You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”


He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.

Yogi Bear was named after Yogi Berra.



Posted September 23, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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2015 Rugby World Cup   Leave a comment

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament is currently being hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October. Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final.

England was chosen to host the competition in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa. The competition’s organisers, Rugby World Cup Limited, had recommended England to the International Rugby Board (IRB; now known as World Rugby).

Of the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup, 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams qualified through regional competition. Of the 20 countries that competed in the previous World Cup in 2011, there was only one change – Uruguay replaced Russia.


A total of 20 teams are playing in the final tournament. They are listed below, along with their pre-tournament positions in the World Rugby Rankings. The list of teams is the same as in the 2003 tournament.



Rugby players are big and mean. They go all-out for 80 minutes of action. The top players are on the field for most of the game. They grapple, poke, eye-gouge, squeeze and tackle opposing players.

They don’t wear pads like North American football players, but there is a reason for that. Most of the motion in rugby is lateral, side to side and then a surge forward. In American football much of the contact is head-on. 250 pound players running straight at each other and then colliding full force.

As the chart below demonstrates, football players are slightly bigger, especially in the weight category. On the left is a random sample of 2015 World Cup Rugby players, and on the right is a sample of the Dallas Cowboys roster.


Rugby players are steamers (play really hard), no doubt about that.







Eye-gouging and pants pulling seems to be a regularity



Posted September 20, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Gainer the Gopher banned from Banjo Bowl in Winnipeg   Leave a comment

The Banjo Bowl is an annual regular season CFL football game played in Winnipeg between the Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  The game is named after the hillbillies in the movie Deliverance who played the banjo. Former Bomber Troy Westwood coined the name referring to Rider fans as hillbillies. 

I hadn’t attended a Banjo Bowl in 4 years, during the game I noticed that there was no Gainer the Gopher, the Roughriders mascot. A Rider fan sitting in front of me said the gopher was banned from the Banjo Bowl. Why?



It seems that Gainer was banned to prevent him from rallying the thousands of Roughrider fans that attended the game. Lame excuse. I guess Bomber management wants to win so bad they blacklisted an 8 foot tall gopher.

Or maybe they didn’t want to cut into the thunder of the 2 Bomber mascots, the short Buzz and tall Boomer.


The Blue Bombers won the game.


Thousands of Saskatchewan fans attend every year


A green Tinker Bell was there


Fans in Rider Jerseys

Great sunset



Posted September 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Distinct and Cool Names of Oakland A’s Pitchers from the early 1970’s   Leave a comment

You don’t get names like this in Major League Baseball these days. The NFL and NBA have some interesting names. But not in the baseball Big Leagues. The strange thing was, the players with these wild and groovy names all landed up on the same team, at the same time, with the powerhouse Oakland Athletics of the early seventies.

“Blue Moon” Odom

Johnny Lee “Blue Moon” Odom (born May 29, 1945) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who won three consecutive World Series championships with the Oakland Athletics in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Odom was nicknamed Blue Moon in grade-school by a classmate who thought Odom’s round face resembled the moon. Odom led Ballard-Hudson High School in Macon, Georgia to two consecutive state championships while amassing a 42-2 record and pitching eight no-hitters. He signed with the Kansas City Athletics upon graduation.


Rollie Fingers

Roland Glen Fingers (born August 25, 1946) is an American retired professional baseball pitcher. Fingers pitched in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics (1968–76), San Diego Padres (1977–80) and Milwaukee Brewers (1981–85). Fingers is a three-time World Series champion, a seven-time MLB All-Star, a four-time Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, and three-time MLB saves champion. Fingers won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and Cy Young Award in 1981.

Fingers was on the Oakland Athletics team that accomplished the first modern-day “three-peat,” winning the World Series in ’72, ’73 and ’74. In 1974, he won the World Series MVP Award while with Oakland, earning two saves and one win.


Vida Blue

Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. (born July 28, 1949) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. During a 17-year career, he pitched for the Oakland Athletics (1969–77), San Francisco Giants (1978–81; 1985–86), and Kansas City Royals (1982–83). He won the American League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award in 1971. He is a six-time All-Star, and is the first of only four pitchers in major league history to start the All-Star Game for both the American League (1971) and the National League (1978).

3× World Series champion (1972–1974) with the Oakland Athletics.


“Catfish” Hunter

James Augustus “Jim” or “CatfishHunter (April 8, 1946 – September 9, 1999) was a professional baseball player in Major League Baseball (MLB). From 1965 to 1979, he was a pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, and New York Yankees. Hunter was the first pitcher since 1915 to win 200 career games by the age of 31. He is often referred to as baseball’s first big-money free agent. He was a member of five World Series championship teams.

Oakland A’s owner Charles O. Finley gave Hunter the nickname “Catfish” in 1965 because he thought his 19-year-old pitcher needed a flashy nickname. A story circulated that Hunter’s family gave him the nickname as a child when he went missing and was later found with a string of catfish; there seems to be no truth to that explanation. Hunter never played in the minor leagues and his first major league victory came on July 27, 1965 in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. In 1966 and 1967, Hunter was named to the American League All-Star team.



Posted August 23, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Confusion Corner Chaos!   Leave a comment


This is not about the infamous confusing intersection in Winnipeg.



Winnipeg Roller Derby League

Other teams:




A team from the past:



The Winnipeg Roller Derby League (WRDL) was founded in January, 2008 by a group of women determined to bring the exciting sport of women’s flat track roller derby to the River City. The WRDL welcomes women of all shapes and sizes, from any profession or background, and with any skating skill level!


Bring em on!!



Posted August 18, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Why do baseball players constantly grab their crotches?   Leave a comment

Baseball players are often noted for their throwing, hitting, chewing and spitting.  But they are notorious for grabbing their crotches.  This is done in front of packed stadiums and with millions of people watching on TV.  A player will walk up to the plate, and proceed to raise the bat with one hand and scratch his balls with the other, in front of everybody!  For some reason rubbing your own groin area is an accepted part of baseball.  Football, basketball and hockey players never do this, why do baseball players have this need?



Either the ball players are getting sand up their pants, or chewing tobacco, or more likely their athletic cups need re-positioning.  Probably the latter. They stand around so much you would think the cups would stay in place. I think it is like a hypochondriac who perceives he is sick when he isn’t, the ball players think the cup has moved when in actually it hasn’t. It’s all in the head, my cup moved, I must straighten it out so the family jewels are protected from this pitchers 90 mile an hour fastball.

A baseball protective cup for the groin


Photo courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

This groin grabbing has become institutionalized in baseball.  What a strange thing this is. It is almost as bad as watching a player in the dugout launch a gob of chew out of his mouth onto the floor.




Posted August 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper passes on to the big cage match in the sky   Leave a comment


Roderick “Roddy” George Toombs (April 17, 1954 – July 30, 2015), better known by his ring name “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler, film actor and podcast host. In professional wrestling, he was best known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Although he was Canadian, due to his Scottish heritage he was billed as coming from Glasgow in Scotland and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He earned the nickname “Rowdy” by displaying his trademark “Scottish” rage, spontaneity and quick wit. Despite being a crowd favorite for his rock star-like persona, he often played a villain. Aside from his ring name, he was also known by the nickname “Hot Rod”.

Toombs was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on April 17, 1954 and was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was of majority Scottish descent, with some Irish on his mother’s side. He attended Windsor Park Collegiate. His father was an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police while they lived in The Pas, Manitoba. After being expelled from junior high and having a falling out with his father, Piper hit the road and stayed in youth hostels. He picked up odd jobs at local gyms running errands for several professional wrestlers. As a young man he became proficient in playing the bagpipes, though he repeatedly stated that he was unsure exactly where he picked them up. His childhood (and lifelong) best friend is ex-NHL player and Stanley Cup winner Cam Connor.


Piper was a boxer and an amateur wrestler before he started to become a professional wrestler. He won the Golden Gloves boxing championship. He was awarded a Black Belt in Judo from Gene LeBell, American Judo champion, instructor, stuntman, and professional wrestler.

By the age of 15, he made his professional wrestling debut in Winnipeg against Larry Hennig. When Roddy made his way to the ring playing the bagpipes, the ring-announcer introduced him as “Roddy the Piper”, the fans in attendance heard it as “Roddy Piper” and the name stuck.

Posted August 1, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Arm Wrestling   Leave a comment


Check out the right arms on these Yahoos.

Posted July 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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