This Date In Royals History–April 24, 2005

This Date In Royals History–April 24, 2005

2005: The Royals blew a 3-2 lead, allowing two runs in the eighth inning as they lost 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Reliever Jaime Cerda began the eighth inning ...

Royals Can Capitalize on Division Opponents’ Flaws

Royals Can Capitalize on Division Opponents’ Flaws

Over the last several seasons, there has always seemed to be an insurmountable favorite to win the American League Central Division. Forever, it seemed like Cleveland could not be ...

Money Matchup of the Day: Alex Gordon vs. Corey Kluber

Money Matchup of the Day: Alex Gordon vs. Corey Kluber

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.23.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.23.14

Another good day for the Affiliates as starting pitching and youth lead them to a 3-0 record. HR Call: Whit Merrifield (2),  Raul Mondesi (1),  Elier Hernandez (1)     Pi ...

This Date In Royals History–April 23, 1999

This Date In Royals History–April 23, 1999

1999: The Royals surrendered three runs in the ninth inning to drop a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Anaheim started the rally against Royals rel ...

Money Match Up of the Day: Jason Vargas vs Nick Swisher

Money Match Up of the Day: Jason Vargas vs Nick Swisher

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1982 Royals

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1982 Royals

The Kansas City Royals don’t really have a lot of near-misses when it comes to division titles. Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season, only four times in franchise history ...

Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Royals have gotten off to a slow start offensively. It's been frustrating because the team was supposed to be much improved offensi ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.22.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.22.14

Home runs and good pitching performance would highlight a 3-0 day for the Affiliates. HR Call: Carlos Peguero (2),  Lane Adams (1), Mark Threlkeld (3), Chad Johnson (1)   ...

This Date In Royals History–April 22, 1983

This Date In Royals History–April 22, 1983

1983: The Royals exploded for five runs in the second inning, then John Wathan drove in the game-winning run in the eighth in a 6-5 win over Toronto at Royals Stadium. Blue Jays st ...

Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

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Obstructed reView: 30 for 30–The Schedule Makers

"Grit" is an awful word when applied to sports. Superman III is an awful movie, when applied to eyes. I often conflate the word with the movie. Simply can't tell them apart, in a practical sense. Like Bills Pullman and Paxton, they're interchangeable concepts. "Onix Concepcion has Superman III coming out his ears" was neither a confusing nor untrue statement in 1983. Still, if I were tasked with making an e ...

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Obstructed reView–30 for 30 and the USFL

The series 30 for 30 (now thankfully grown far beyond its original mandate) was a strong and surprising move by ESPN (to be called hereafter "TWwLiS", its more user-friendly subtitle-cum-slogan). I remember a mildly funny bit by Dennis Miller when he was just finding his way as the condescending, loudly-pandering voice of the Reageneration, bravely articulating a POV woefully out of touch with a zeitgeist b ...

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Obstructed reView: Seriously? You’ve Never Seen That?!

We’re considerably more than halfway through the #june100 challenge, and I’m barely off-pace to finish in good shape. Here’s this week’s list. I’ve got a lot of work to do, here, people. 34. Spanglish: Had absolutely no desire to see this movie. I'm a big supporter of James L Brooks' early career. Broadcast News is among my favorite films of all time and Terms of Endearment isn't far behind. He's a force be ...

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Obstructed reView: Two Weeks In (#june100)

You know the drill: 100 movies I haven’t seen in just 30 days. I’m way behind, here, people. Let’s get to it. 7. Morvern Callar: This is where I left off last week. No effects, no violence, just the soft pretension of low-budget indie film-making. I can’t express how complimentary I intend that last statement to be. This is a terrific movie. Director Lynne Ramsay (she also wrote it with Liana Dognini, based ...

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Obstructed reView: Backdraft and a Good Start

#June100 is off and running. I'm two-plus days in and have only 6 movies under my belt, with the seventh chosen. I've got a more-or-less normal week, with Tuesday full of podcast things, Wednesday devoted to class, and the rest pretty open. I think I can make up some ground here. I can usually get in a family movie night over the weekend, but this time was all about family basketball, s'mores on sticks and ...

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Obstructed reView: 100 Films Challenge

100 movies in 30 days. That's gonna hurt. I received a friendly, polite, mostly off-hand Twitter request to join @grogg in a challenge to watch 100 Movies in June. And I jumped on it. Because I'm kind of a moron. I have my days free, which will help, but I have family stuff and a crippling sense of non-accomplishment as it is--how will an average of nearly 10 hours a day watching movies combat that? I imagi ...

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Obstructed reView: Eliminating Expectation

"Okay, I wanna see what happens, next week. Go 'La La La', please." Then this happens while I sing the last minute of this with my eyes closed, fingers in ears. It's a little ritual that keeps our family running smoothly. A similar tradition (in tone if not practice) happens at movie theaters. After the Jodeci retreads have played and we've answered the trivia cards, the lights come down, the green rating s ...

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Obstructed reView: Eat This

Just a quick couple of Netflix recommendations today. Our passions and our professions are to a huge extent what define us. When they're one and the same, however, the overlap can drive us nuts. Artists, politicians, athletes, moguls, yogis. A certain level of passionate obsession isn't healthy in combination with some personality types. As such, so very many chefs are insane or brilliant or a combination o ...

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Obstructed reView: Pepper Freaking Potts

We haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty or Drive. We missed Life of Pi in the theater and probably won't be seeing RIPD when it comes out. Our nights spent in dark rooms with light shining on the big wall and sound coming at us like a tide of rhinos while popcorn and Sour Patch Kids flow freely are limited to PG-13 extravaganzas with some amount of family appeal. Animated movies loom large for us, as do comic book ...

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Obstructed reView: The Ascendancy of FX

FX is having a grand old time with its original programming. Basic Cable in general is in a golden age of sorts. With Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels and The Killing, AMC is the current monarch of Basic-Cable Awesome. TNT/USA's approach is stubbornly scattershot: green-light everything and throw it out there, who the hell knows what will work? This has given us greatness in The Close ...

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Obstructed reView: My Favorite Actor–Carole Lombard

Today, Jane Alice Peters is my favorite actor. I’m a little obsessed with Hollywood name-changers. Archibald Leach, Marion Morrison, Norma Jeane Mortenson and Bernie Schwarz are classic examples of stars who probably wouldn’t have been. Michael Douglas, James Stewart and Albert Einstein were all forced to change their names for even more obvious reasons. To be honest, Jane Alice Peters is a perfectly servic ...

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Obstructed reView: Boston

Just a simple series of recommendations, today. Let’s look back at some of the best Boston movies. I find that I can only take so much media speculation at times like these, so it’s useful to take a step back and just breathe until there is more factual information for journalists and news readers to impart. In the meantime, I watch movies. There are ton to choose from, here, since Boston perhaps only trail ...

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Obstructed reView: Remake This

Think of a movie. This is your favorite movie or the best movie. A classic. It’s a movie you could watch every week for the rest of your life or one you make it a point to watch once a year. Maybe it’s a movie you saw just the one time twenty years ago and it’s stuck with you ever since, like this picture of Gary Busey. You can’t just unsee that; it’s there in your head forever. This movie I’m talking about ...

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Obstructed reView: Career Day–Raul Julia

“I hate actors.” On the written page, that’s a fun little line. It’s the dying expression of a black-hat villain in a forgettable 80s comedy in the style of The Prince and the Pauper. The movie was kind of terrible. It was non-remade into Dave a few years later. That wasn’t a great movie, either, but it was clearly better than Moon Over Parador. Dave at least had Kevin Kline (NSFW) while he was still funny. ...

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Obstructed reView: Roger Ebert

I was all set to write a column about remakes and the foolish/justified/entertaining way we prejudge them. I will keep my research and write it when another high-profile remake is set to premiere (shouldn’t have to wait long). But I can’t let the events of this afternoon (Thursday) pass without typing whatever feelings want to escape tonight (also Thursday), as I drink a bit of bourbon and think about the p ...

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Obstructed reView: Opening Day and 1985

It’s opening day in Royals Land and optimism couldn’t be higher, which means that I am personally pessimistic. That’s just how I roll. I’m a Royals fan, and kind of live by the motto “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me 27 times….” Which is not to say that I’m down on my team, I love all of the players, coaches, fans, Hudlers, even the umpires. I believe that Alex Gordon will get MVP votes. I know that Sal ...

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Obstructed reView: A Dimension of Sight and Sound

Twenty-two episodes used to be industry standard. A production company (a network, really) would order a pilot to be produced. On the strength of that one hour (or one half-hour), seven episodes would be ordered. Or maybe thirteen. If the pilot showed real promise, maybe a full season would be contracted. Twenty-two episodes and the show would be off and running. Of course, there were exceptions. Cheers reg ...

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Obstructed reView: Career Day–James Hong

“I design your eyes.” This line from Blade Runner has floored me for 3 decades. A unique bit of dialogue, that. Difficult to imagine that sentence in any other circumstance. It’s not exactly “show me the money” or even “back off, man, I’m a scientist”. You’ll never see it on a T-shirt, is my point. It’s even possible that the line that follows it is more memorable (certainly more remembered). But it’s those ...

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Obstructed reView: Ancient Astronaut Theorists

Among other accomplishments of dubious merit, I was once a pretty okay Latin speaker. Good enough to use only that crazy-dead language for an hour or so every day. Catholic School Latin, that is. Of course I was not a very good Catholic Schoolboy. Not a very good Catholic at all, really. To the point where I was once caught cheating on a quiz in Freshman Theology. Why waste time studying for what I didn’t t ...

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Obstructed reView: Career Day–Lena Dunham

I’m still deciding what I want this column to be. It’s not movie reviews (I almost wrote “per se” at the end of this sentence, I’m so sorry). I don’t care to spend much time writing about movies or performances I don’t think are brilliant so I’ve tried to keep everything positive. I’ll leave myself open to new work while recommending older stuff, especially what I see as influential or groundbreaking effort ...

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