Tourney Notes, Weekend One

This is a very busy week, with our spring break beginning Thursday and a lot of prep in the days between now and then, along with some babysitting of a nephew one day. So I figured I would start my NCAA post Sunday night as I watch the final game of the weekend, Oregon-UC Irvine. […]

Friday Playlist

A slap-dash, quickie playlist this week as I had a few things lined up this morning and have a lot of basketball to watch this afternoon. “Friendly Aliens” – Chad VanGaalen. This guy is from Canada. This song is trippy and strange and fun. “Without a Blush” – Hatchie. Your weekly Australian song. Her EP […]

Tourney Time: The Field

A rather busy week has kept me from diving too deep into the nitty gritty of this year’s NCAA tournament field. It’s the first week of kickball practice, so I’ve been making sure our teams are good to go, balls have been inflated and distributed, and making sure all the stuff I need to clear […]

Reader’s Notebook, 3/20/19

The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup – John Feinstein Years ago I used to read a lot of Feinstein’s books. His A Season Inside is one of my all-time favorite sports books.[1] But, over time, I found his books to basically be the same format with different details. There were […]

Season’s Greetings!

You may have noticed something very important was missing around here last holiday season. Yes, I never linked to the newest edition of The Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog, the annual gut-bust of a read. Good reason for that: Drew Magary, the mad genius who puts those together every year, suffered a sudden and […]

Tourney Time: KU

Mid-March is here. The conference tournaments are complete. The brackets released. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yaaay… It can be hard to get tone across in text. If you guessed, based on the opening lines of this piece, that I’m not super pumped about the NCAA tournament, you would be correct. However, […]

Friday Playlist

Some more rockin’ tunes this week. “Satellite” – The Get Up Kids. This band might be the most successful to come out of the Kansas City/Lawrence music scene of the late 90s/early 00s. I run into people all the time who love them. But I was never a huge fan; emo just never was my […]

Going Out in Style

Hey! Another super long post about kids sports! This one is a little special, though. After five years, M’s CYO sports – and likely all sports – career is over. It was not a bad ending. Her volleyball team came back from the brink of losing twice in their tournament, closed out their arch-rivals in […]

Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 23

Chart Week: March 1, 1986 Song: “Beat’s So Lonely” – Charlie Sexton Chart Position: #26, 12th week on the chart. Peaked at #17 for three weeks in March/April. One-hit-wonders come in all size, shapes, sounds, and types. Charlie Sexton may be one of the cruelest examples of a OHW. Sexton was a bit of a […]

Friday Playlist

“Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” – Alex Lahey. We don’t deserve all the great music that Australia is pumping out these days. Last week Julia Jacklin’s newest album came out. Stella Donnelly’s was released today. Alex Lahey is next on the list, with hers dropping on May 17. “In the Capital” – Rolling Blackouts […]