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Barspotting: Johnny’s Tavern Tries to Save the P&L

Johnnys Tavern

This week we’re going back to the Power & Light District and more specifically Johnny’s Tavern.  One of the other overly expensive bars there closed downand Johnny’s swooped in to take the torch.  Now, we aren’t fans of the P&L, especially for sports, but we want to give Johnny’s Tavern a chance to totally save the day.  Johnny’s Tavern is a namesake dedicated to sports bars, especially for the Kansas fans out there.  So we’re sure they will make a decent attempt of fielding a proper sports bar Downtown.  We’ve been to a different Johnny’s before so we are pretty sure we’re gonna have a good time.  See you there.

When: Saturday, September 12 2009
Time: 12:00 pm-ish (we’ll try to make the rivalry)
Where: Johnny’s Tavern in the Power and Light District. 1310 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64106 816.268.2260

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The second week of college football has calmed down a bit.  We needed it too, last weekend was a huge blast off and we need to clean the ash off our faces.  This week is not without its sparklers, however.  The Cy-Hawk Trophy is up for grabs again in the great Iowa vs Iowa State rivalry.  It’s also been a long time since college football was as pumped as it is this year for the Michigan vs Notre Dame game.  The only Top 25 meeting is USC vs Ohio State and it should be epic.  The rest of the Big 12 looks like mop up work, but don’t be surprised if a few more upsets come that way.  We’re looking at you Colorado and Kansas State.  Anyway, it should be fun and we hope to see you out this weekend.

For what it’s worth, here’s the result of poll from the Facebook Fan page.  Next week’s poll should be up alot earlier next week.


Crib Sheet: Licking Our Wounds

tiger licking

We made it through the first week of college football, but not without some bumps and bruises.  Injuries were all over the news in the last week, including the Purple Yeti’s back issue.  Fortunately he has a myriad of pills to numb any pain.  Oklahoma Sooners fans are probably still numbed from last Saturday’s upset loss.   So we will dedicate this week’s Crib Sheet to recovering from any mental and physical injuries.  5 out 7 doctors agree the Crib Sheet has soothing properties.  Kick back, relax, and enjoy:

Tanner’s Helps Us Kickoff the Year Right

Hey Hey, My My, College football will never die.  And neither will KC College GameDay.  We’re back again for another year for fantastic football watchin’ and we kicked off the Labor Day weekend full of football at Tanner’s Bar & Grill in the the Waldo district.  There are many a Tanner’s in the KC area (as well as some out of area locations) and they have always been known to be a top notch sporting experience. This location, proved to be right there, even though some trip ups in service and specials hurt it a bit.  We also get to go over a new game for you arcadians out there.  But there’s much, much more.

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Crib Sheet: Going Prime Time

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Hey guess what?  The Crib Sheet is BACK for the regular season.  We enjoyed digging up some tasty news nuggest during the offseason so much that we are going to roll it into the regular season rotation.  That’s great news alone.  So for those of you not familiar with the format, let us explain what the Crib Sheet is all about:  We scour the interwebs for stories not hears too well and stories that are local to the Kansas City area, adding our unique twist on it.  So rejoice in its return and enjoy this week’s Crib Sheet:

  • Indiana is cashing in big time by giving up a home game in 2010 and playing Penn State at FedEx Field, home of the NFL Washington Redskins.  It looks like this trend is here to stay with college teams playing in pro football (and baseball) stadiums.  I guess it will work out for schools that get major payouts, $3 million for Indiana, but it still sucks that hometown fans have to travel or miss out on games.
  • Tennessee running back Bryce Brown is cleared of any NCAA violations for questions in his recruiting process.  Now he can focus on becoming yet another highly touted athlete with a dark, questionable past.  Sometimes the news just writes itself.
  • John Malkovic: Actor chimes in on the upcoming college football season.  He doesn’t say anything too outrageous and we’re glad to see that hoity toity actors can enjoy the grid iron as well.  We’re not so sure, however, how coaches turned actors will fare.  Yikes!
  • So, everything is big in the new Cowboys stadium.  Check.  Tons of college football teams are playing there as well.  Check.  The Oklahoma vs BYU game is sold out.  Check.  $25 for outside concourse access only.  WHAT?  We get that the mega stadium will draw mega bucks, but when you’re not even in the dang stadium, you shouldn’t have to drop that chunk of change just to be there.
  • Mike Gundy’s blackout to prepare for Georgia led to an arrest for one player and another leaving the team.  Doh!  It looks as though locking things down loosened up the team a bit.  Will they get it together before their big opener?  Tune in this weekend.
  • St. Paul, a division II school, canceled its season opener because they don’t have helmets or pads.  WHAT?  It’s not that they couldn’t afford it, but the numnuts who ordered waited a little bit too late.  They should put that guy in a tackling dummy and let the team try out the new gear on him.
  • Blaine Gabbert locked up the starting job at Missouri.  Now the fight for number 2 just got easier.  The other Blaine, Blaine Dalton, was booted off the team for a DUI arrest.  That’s alright, though, as it sounds like the Tiger’s focus this year may be more running intensive.
  • The Alamo Bowl replaced the Big 10 opponent in favor of a Pac 10 number 2. That should heat up the competition for the Big 12 and give more legitimacy as big time conferences for both parties involved.
  • Apparently Jim Harbaugh, with help from a booster, now has a $50-$70k toilet to do his business in at Stanford.  So I guess when their season goes into the crapper, at least it will be comfortable and plush.
  • Bill Snyder 2.0 named Carson Coffman as his starter going into the opener for the Kansas State Wildcats.  Competition is a good thing, but he’s being consistent on this one.  If anything, Snyder 2.0 is known to switch things up and play people in rotations.  Grant Gregory, you still have a shot.
  • Rich Rodriguez is taking it from all sides these days.  We find out that current and former players are complaining about working too many hours for the football team, even though everyone does it and they he has an ally in Ohio State Buckeye players.   An investigation is coming to get to the bottom of a rule no one follows.  Now we hear him getting sued in a failed deal for land development in Virginia.  Notice that the piece came from the Ann Arbor news website.  Seriously, wait until half the season is over when they are looking to finish the same way they did last year.  By then RichRod won’t be able to fight back the tears.

The Crib Sheet: Irish Eyes are Blurry


What is with the Crib Sheet coming out after major late night holidays?  First it was Fat Tuesday, which prompted a cold, and now we have St. Patrick’s Day.  The Hooley over at Lew’s Grille and Pub was rocking last night as the beer was flowing and the babes were showing.  The traditional corned beef and cabbage was again very tasty but Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs disco sucked.  The week of college football news did not suck, however.

  • It seems Colt McCoy is pulling a Tim Tebow and doing charity work in his offtime.  This should help him out on his campaign for the Heisman Trophy this year.  Although seriously, if Tim Tebow is coming back, there might be a chance the Tim will win a 3rd time in a row.  Bolster those resumes!
  • Some smart folks over at the University of Kansas did a study about true home field advantages and discovered that Nebraska has the largest of them all.  That makes sense considering the whole state goes to the games.  My problem is, advantage or not, their home record wasn’t the best in the time of the study.  Still, it’s pretty cool to play with numbers.
  • And a new four year deal hit the BCS with the four big daddys (Fiesta, Sugar, Rose, and Orange Bowl) agreeing to a four year extension.  Expect to hear the sports media complain about it for a couple of weeks and then fall back on it, say, about the middle of the season.  No surprises here.
  • Huzzah!  An Ohio State Buckeye cheerleader, the captain nonetheless, is trying out for the football team.  Looks like he can run fast.  I bet he can jump pretty high.  I’m thinking that the huddles might be a little too annoying.  Maybe he can help them come up with better endzone celebrations.
  • Wow Miami of Ohio is looking like a small class team by scheduling two games on the same day, one against Colorado.  When asked about it, officials from the MAC are doing some major buck passing.  Don’t tell Coach Hawkins or he’ll remind us what conference team and football division they’re supposed to play.
  • Missouri finally settled with Aaron O’Neil’s family after his death on the practice field before the season started in 2005.  I guess they had to wait a bit for the program to generate some money through the athletics before they could write them the check.  Meanwhile,  the family of a student, Erek Plancher, will file suit against the University of Central Florida after he collapsed and died on the field last year.  It seems like the condition drills always take out some kids like that.  The large heads of the coaches is the issue here.  They don’t want thier kids to be soft and go the ultra pushy machismo way to do it.  Maybe legal action should be allowed against the coaches in the scneario?  Jail time possibly?
  • The Bryce Brown lottery is over with double B picking Tennessee.  Okay so he had visits to the Vols the last week or so but was nice enough to keep Kansas State in the running.  Don’t fret!  It’s time to celebrate the last mention of Bryce for a long time.

The Crib Sheet: Mardi Gras Hangover


Last night was Fat Tuesday and I’m still wiped out.  The scene at the Power & Light district was much like a Baylor home football game.  Desolate.  The relocation to Westport served us right as we had our choice of primo talent floating around there.  While we’re in the college football offseason, it seems some primo football talent likes to float around between commitments as well.  But they all aren’t as floating as I am after inhaling the kalidescope of meds to make it through the day.

  • The recession is hitting everybody, including college football.  Some schools won’t print media guides, some are taking the bus, and poor Ohio State’s coaching per diem went down from $65 to $45.  I guess we all have to tighten our belts a bit and I look forward to seeing Jim Tressel grabbing a Whopper.
  • So Texas Tech and Mike Leach finally got it done.  Leach will have to notify in writing about interviews with other teams and there’s no bank on the buyout.  Good.  Great.  Rad!  Wonderful!  I was getting tired of writing about this.
  • Lou Holtz is turning Japanese and heading to Tokyo with a bunch of Notre Dame Legends to face an All-Japanese football team.  Good luck to those guys, I hope they don’t break a hip or eat bad poi.  This kinda reminds me of how Mick Foley went to Japan to help ressurect his career, if I may expose my wrasslin’ fandom.
  • Missouri’s Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus could be upgrading to the NFL in the form of linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns.  Um, the Offensive Coordinator I can understand leaving, but the Defensive Coordinator?  Welp he’s not going to be an NFL coordinator so I guess I can see it.  Still, Missouri’s defense is pretty weak.
  • We all know that Utah got hosed again this year, but the Mountain West Conference just won’t let it go.  The conference commish rolled into Washington to raise awareness about how the BCS is flawed.  Okay. We get it.  But trying to use Congress in this economic time seems just a little too classless.  Stop whiningn before you lose more precious cred that you just built up, Mountain West Conference.
  • In other coaching moves, Andy Ludwig was going to be the Offensive Coordinator for Bill Snyder at Kansas State, but after six weeks on the job, he took a similar position at California.  Oh well, I’ve seen faster moves.  Even Jolly clocks in at 3 days for a job.  Hopefully the Wildcats will nail down a coach before spring practice.
  • But at least their  schedule for the 2009 season is filled, as ESPN blogger Tim Griffin reports.  Look out Tennessee Tech as your fearsome FCS status will be prepared to be rolled by Kansas State on September 26.  Um yeah, actually this should be close.
  • The Mangino Baby makes a return as for some reason the Lawrence Journal World decided to do a follow up on the lil tyke.  Basically, the kid was born huge and looks like Mark Mangino from Kansas.  The picture itself is hilarious, but like all things Mangino, Kansas fans seem to embrace it and use it more as inspiration than poking fun at a fat guy.  It usually helps when you win the Orange Bowl.
  • There’s some weird things going down in Nebraska.  First, Patrick Witt’s transferring out of there because Bo Pelini couldn’t guarantee he could be the starter this year.  To even things out, David Oku (a high running back recruit) enrolled at a school in Lincoln, Nebraska even though he supposedly committed to Tennessee.  Welp a running back for a quaterback is not that bad but the way it happened was just plain ridiculous.

The Crib Sheet: No Letter of Intent Needed

Signing Day Starts Young

It’s signing day and the Crib Sheet is trucking along.  Apparently this is like the NFL draft for colleges.  What I’m thankful for is Mel Kiper is busy preening his hair to care about the high school kids.  This is the first time we’re covering signing day and there is an interesting culture surrounding the event.  One thing I noticed was how the scouting reporter guys on the sports radio all sound like they lived in the trailer next ot Randy the Ram from the movie The Wresltler.  Here’s the sheet:

  • Bobby Bowden’s got another year in him.  Florida State made it to a bowl this year and things are looking up.  His contract expired and they brought him on for another year.   But seriously, I think it’s some kind of sick bet between Bobby and Joe Pa to see who will kick the bucket on the field first.  Tune in next year I suppose.
  • Jim Halley reminds us signing day is more like signing year.  The interesting thing to note is that the number one recruit for running backs, Bryce Brown, committed to Miami o’ Florida, but he’s still shopping around colleges.  Yup he’s from Wichita, so K-State still has a chance.  I’m not holding my breath.
  • Another violation by Sarkisian and Washington.  They’re saying that this time it’s minor but the demerits are already piling up.  Yeah the Huskies were winless last year, but are they going to be handcuffed from winning a game next year?
  • Walk ons are back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers agian.  It’s good to see they are bringing back that tradition.  It’s no Rudy, but hey, the whole state is Big Red so you might as well bring some kid on that has the passion.
  • In the “College Football is All Business” department, a Tennessee alum is suing the school because they want to jack up the price of seats he got in a lifetime contract.  Apparently, his dad raised enough funage to land the rights and the University wants to move him and charge him more cash to stay.  It’s a good thing he’s lawyer so he can use the fees he would’ve paid for representation to go into the seats when he loses the case.
  • Now that Bowden’s back, the players are celebrating in the tradition of Florida State football players and getting arrested.  Preston Parker fell asleep at the wheel in a McDonald’s drive thru around 5am on January 24th.  He blew under the limit, but admitted being drunk and stoned to the cops.  He didn’t hurt anybody so this is hilarious.
  • The Sporting News counted down the top recruits for 2009.  Bryce Brown is number one and no one else close to the KC area is in the Top 25.  We should be seeing many of the top guys sign today but rumor has it Bryce is holding out a little bit longer.
  • Ohio State lineman Alex Boone pulls a ‘Don’t Tase Me Bro!’ after yielding a tow truck cable tyring to break stuff.  Yup he was D-Runk.  I’m not sure if this guy’s stock will fall in the draft this year.  Maybe the Dallas Cowboyws will pick him up.
  • A clinical study shows that football players out of high school are getting bigger, the Homer Simpson way.  Instead of doing the GNC Multi Grain Protein Gut Buster, they’re pigging up on fatty food.  Unless they’re doing the Atkins, the study says they are on the way to big time shock.  Good thing college programs straighten out.  Still, the graph’s pretty cool about how big theses guys are getting
  • Condi Rice says no to the Pac 10 and keeps making the cheddah on the speaker circuit.  That makes sense, get money for fluff instead of defending the ridiculous position on the Rose Bowl year in and year out.  Please let’s keep politics out of college football.  I’m looking at you President Obama.