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Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
Daily Mail's Wade bids farewell after six years (06/30/14)
There's an old adage that most everyone is familiar with, which says, "All good things must come to an end." It reportedly originated in a 14th century poem by Geoffrey Chaucer and until long after it was first coined, the word "good" was nowhere in the famous saying...
Baseball Hall of Fame debate in full swing (01/09/14)
Well, the votes are in and as usual, I have a big problem with the things I've seen in this year's Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballots. Don't get me wrong, I'm not na*ve enough to believe anything was going to be any different from what it is, but it still really irks me. It's seems, the Hall has become more of a cathedral than simply a showcase for the best players the game has ever seen, as it was originally intended to be...
Officiating in the NFL: What happened? (12/31/13)
I don't know about anybody else, but I've found myself experiencing some downright sickening deja vu this NFL football season. What happened? It's like we're back in the days of replacement referees, all of a sudden. All season long, everybody -- myself, included -- was very concerned about how things might go with respect to players adjusting to new rules, but as it turns out, it wasn't the players or the new rules that ultimately proved to be the problem. ...
Farewell, McKinley: Retirement official Friday (12/19/13)
As I'm sure everyone knows by now, the retirement of one of the most influential members of the Nevada High School faculty becomes official at the end of this week. Now in his 27th year with the school district, McKinley spent 15 years as the school's athletic director before resigning that position at the end of last year. ...
Pro Bowl receives massive overhaul (08/01/13)
It's about time some news I can actually get behind came out of the National Football League this year. The NFL is overhauling the Pro Bowl, eliminating the AFC vs. NFC format in favor of captains picking 43 players per team regardless of conference...
A's fan uses robot to throw first pitch (06/13/13)
I've been a baseball fan all my life and as many who know me can attest, a bit of a techno-nerd. Well, both of those sides of me got quite a treat Wednesday night. From some 1,800 miles away in Kansas City, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees-Athletics game...
Dam fishing attracts anglers across Missouri (05/18/13)
Carl Roberts is a retired angler from Iowa who now lives near Warsaw. At most any time of the year, he can be found below the dam at Truman Lake, where he catches a lot of crappie, white bass, walleye and several species of rough fish. Roberts said moving to Missouri is the best thing he ever did. "I only wish I had moved years ago," he said...
Marathon bombings spark mixed emotions (04/18/13)
By now, I'm sure everyone reading this has heard what happened at the Boston Marathon on Monday. For those who may not know the details, a pair of explosions about 14 seconds apart turned the elation that always comes with the finish of the historic race into utter panic and created what many at the scene likened to a war zone. Three people -- including an 8-year-old boy -- were killed and the latest counts estimate more than 180 more were injured...
Gruesome injury sidelines Louisville's Ware (04/03/13)
Talk about a freak accident. I'm sure most people have already heard by now about the injury suffered by Louisville Cardinals men's basketball player Kevin Ware during a game against Duke in the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 round. For those who don't know about it, honestly, you should probably be glad you don't. It was one of the most gruesome sports injuries I've ever seen, if not the most gruesome...
Teams across the NFL make waves in free agent pool (03/14/13)
It hasn't been a secret for many years that free agency -- which marks the official beginning of every NFL business year -- usually turns out to be more of a circus than anything else. With everything from players signing big extensions to blockbuster trades and new signings being orchestrated by owners at an often blistering pace, it can be pretty hard to keep up...
A look back to 2012: Sports year in review (01/02/13)
The year 2012 will certainly be one to remember. There were a number of ups and downs in the sports world and I think now is a good time to take a look back on some of the high points of the 2012 calendar year in local sports. In early January, Hume High School Class of 2012 graduate Makena Thompson eclipsed to 1,000 career points plateau. ...
A real reason to fight (12/21/12)
Well, it looks like miracles really do happen. As I'm sure all NFL fans know by now, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 26, three days after the Colts lost at home to the Jaguars of Jacksonville. That game on Sept. ...
Belcher murder-suicide: What's really to blame? (12/05/12)
As I'm sure every one of my readers has heard by now, a real tragedy hit the Kansas City Chiefs organization and quite frankly, the entire city of Kansas City Saturday. Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, had been arguing for months, according to sources, about money and other relationship issues. Chiefs officials said they were aware of the problems and have been "bending over backwards" to help...
What's wrong with autographs? (11/30/12)
Well, the NFL is at it again. While I was doing my usual daily reading on espn.com Tuesday, I saw yet another ridiculous piece of news that came out of the organization that has become more of a circus than a credible athletic organization at times this year...
NFL needs consistency in player punishments (11/21/12)
As I'm sure all National Football League fans know by now, Commissioner Roger Goodell and other officials around the league have made a point recently of stressing efforts to improve player safety. Personally, I think all the new efforts that are being taken to prevent and effectively treat head injuries are great, but a piece of news came out of the NFL Tuesday that left me puzzled, to say the least...
Sports writing: Could it be too much fun? (11/14/12)
I have to say, now that I've gotten back into my groove, so to speak, this school year has been a lot of fun for me. Not only have I finally gotten back into the job I've loved right from the first day I started doing it more than four years ago, but I got to see some pretty cool stuff along the way...
Anti-Flopping Rule: Unfair or a worthy solution? (11/08/12)
All right, this is just ridiculous. As I'm sure all of the NBA fans out there know, the 2012-'13 season has begun with a new rule in effect. The "anti-flopping rule," as it has been called, has created quite a stir and I think it's time I put in my two cents about it. Many players and coaches have complained about the rule and players even tried to sue the league over it, citing "unfair labor practices," but I think that's pretty ridiculous...
Sportsmanship: Common practice or a dying breed? (11/01/12)
All right, I don't normally do this, but something simply has to be said. As I'm sure everyone knows by now, the Nevada Tigers played their last football game of the 2012 season against the Harrisonville Wildcats Wednesday night at Logan Field. It was a great game that I thought was a lot of fun to watch in many ways, but I saw a lot of events play out on that field that really disappointed me...
Something to be proud of (10/18/12)
"Unfortunately, I think it's the negatives that people tend to remember and those are the things that sometimes cost you the game." Ever since Nevada Lady Tigers head softball coach said those words to me after Nevada's regular-season loss to the Pleasant Hill Chicks, the statement has really stuck with me...
Excitement mounts as postseason play approaches (10/03/12)
It's pretty hard for just about anyone to deny that the postseason is always a fun time, regardless of the sport you choose to follow. Personally, I always look forward to it for a number of reasons. First of all, postseason is when things really start to matter. ...
NFL replacements: Train wreck or blessing in disguise? (09/28/12)
Well, I knew it was only a matter of time and it finally happened. There have been several botched, missed and just plain bad calls made by the National Football League's replacement officials, but now, it's simply gone too far. There have been several instances in which one could make the argument that a call or a series of calls here and there that impacted the outcome of a game, but as of Monday night, there's now no way to argue that the replacements haven't actually given a game away as there was before. ...
A life changing event (09/20/12)
This past Sunday, I attended an annual event for the first time that really hits close to home for me. Bikers for Babies is a benefit ride for the March of Dimes that celebrated its 18th year in Kansas City this year. In 1995, 130 riders got together and raised $3,000 in the first Bikers for Babies ride in Kansas City. This year, at Kansas Speedway, more than 5,000 riders came to show their support and raised $650,000, bringing the total for the event to more than $6.2 million in 18 years...
Replacement officials: A blessing or a cruel joke? (09/12/12)
I get it, I really do. Everybody in any kind of negotiation always wants what's best for their side, regardless of what the other thinks or wants, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the rest of the bigwigs need to sit back and start thinking about what really matters -- player safety and getting things right...
New coach, new era? (09/05/12)
Everyone knows the Nevada High School football team got a significant boost when head coach Wes Beachler took over. The stats and record from last season speak for themselves on that. But when I came back to the Daily Mail last week, I saw something from him at practice that I think speaks volumes about not only his character, but just how good he is as a coach...
Eric Wade
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