Today I’m starting something new. At least I’m going to give it a try. Prior to today, I have tried to have a daily post that provided readers with all of the news of interest from the previous day. I called this the Daily Rewind I tried to limit these posts to just the facts and save my analysis for the podcast. While I like that and think it was informative, it was too limiting for me and it left some readers wanting more. The daily rewind provided all of the news from the previous day but it often had just a sentence or two on each topic.
Today I am starting a different approach. I’ll still have all of the news from the previous day that is of interest to the average sports fan in Kansas City but with a lot more information and analysis. I’m going to make it almost a stream of consciousness in which I let you know whatever is on my mind that day. While most of the content will be driven based on what happened the previous day, sometimes things pop into my head about something that hasn’t been in the news the previous day but I have something new to say about it. These posts could have any number of things in them. I might even stray away from sports on occasion to mention something else of interest in the news. Since this column will contain a great diversity of news from around the sports world I am calling it The Motley Crew. Yes, I had a different type of post with this name when the website started earlier this year but it didn’t work out and items that previously would have appeared in those columns will now be included in this. I like to refer to The Motley Crew columns as your daily Dr. Feelgood. Yes, I grew up in the ’80s.
So these daily posts will be longer and hopefully more enjoyable. I want you to let me know your thoughts on the topics. I am interested in adding the ability for you to posts comments at the end of each post, but with that comes the need for me to review the comments and remove anything inappropriate and I don’t have time for that right now. So, in place of that for now, just send me an email and let me know your thoughts. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact me on Twitter at @KCSportsMonitor. I want to hear from you. I will respond to your emails and Twitter messages either directly or in a future post or podcast.
I think this is going to be a lot more fun for all of us. This will mature over time but I have to start somewhere to learn how to improve it. So let’s get this started.
Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy with a record 90.7% of the first-place votes. He had the largest margin of victory in the 85-year history of the award. He also set a record by being named on 95.5% of the ballots. I’m not sure how he was left off of someone’s ballot but with so many voting I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise. Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts finished second.
The Royals might give Brady Singer a chance to make the major league club out of Spring Training according to a recent column written by Tom Verducci. Singer was 12-5 with a 2.85 ERA in 148 1/3 innings over 26 starts in 2019. Ten of those starts came with High-A Wilmington with the remaining coming with Double-A in Northwest Arkansas.
I don’t think there is anything Singer can do in Spring Training to break with the major league team. It wouldn’t make sense. The club isn’t going to compete for a playoff spot in 2020 and having Singer break camp with the team would give the Royals six years of control instead of seven. If he goes to the minor leagues for even a few weeks he would be under control for seven years.
Regardless of control, the Royals don’t often move players to the Major Leagues that quickly. Brandon Finnegan was an exception and that was because the Royals were fighting for a playoff spot. I can’t see Dayton Moore advancing Singer to the major leagues after just one full season in the minor leagues with the playoffs unlikely in the cards and in the process losing a year of control. If the Royals are serious about building a team that can compete year-in and year-out this idea won’t even enter their minds.
MLB threatened MiLB with a complete overhaul of its minor league system after Minor League Baseball (MiLB) issued a four-page statement on Friday that disputed almost everything Major League Baseball (MLB) has recently been saying publicly about the current state of relations between the two organizations. The relationship between the two organizations is not in a good place right now and MLB quickly responded by saying that they might end minor league baseball as we have known it.
Major League Baseball said that if MiLB wants to make an agreement with MLB then it must address the significant issues MLB has brought up. Otherwise, MLB clubs will be allowed to affiliate with any club they like. These clubs might be existing minor league clubs. They could be current independent league teams. They could even start new teams in cities that currently are not allowed to compete for an affiliate under the current Professional Baseball Agreement.
Kansas ran away from UMKC to win 98-57 at Sprint Center behind forward David McCormack’s career-high 28 points on 11-for-14 shooting. He couldn’t miss! He was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. He had seven rebounds and two steals. McCormack showed athleticism that Jayhawk fans wouldn’t have imagined they would ever see just last season.
In his freshman season, Jayhawk fans loved his hustle but it was out of control too often and he turned the ball over and fouled because of it. On Saturday he started to show just how good he can be. He shot from the outside. He cut to the basket and received passes from Udoka Azubuike for easy points. He rebounded a missed shot running toward the basket, dribbled the ball once as he spun around and then put the ball off the glass for a basket. Nobody who saw him play last season probably ever thought they would see this kind of play from McCormack but he has come a long way in just one year. And he’s just a sophomore.
As well as McCormack played don’t look past what Udoka Azubuike did in this one. Azubuike has matured so much with his game. His passing is terrific. He is patiently waiting for the blocked shot and when he leaves his feet he usually goes straight up to do so without fouling. His footwork is terrific and we even saw glances of him dribbling the ball up the court.
This game was mostly McCormack and Udoka Azubuike. The guards fed them most of the game. Devon Dotson got his typical 18 points and you couldn’t believe it was that much when you heard that after the game.
Silvio De Sousa continues to play like someone who needs to return to college for another season. It’s looking like he’s not going to get a lot of playing time this season, especially if Azubuike and McCormack start playing this well together.
Kansas State struggled late in 67-61 loss to Mississippi State after controlling the game. The Wildcats fell behind 7-2 at the start of this game but then controlled most of the game until the under-four timeout in the second half. It looked like one of their games from last season when the Wildcats would control a game with its defense. And it was that way until the final TV timeout. But in the end, poor shooting from Kansas State and a few lapses in concentration on defense proved to be the difference.
The Wildcats played good defense once again in this game. They held Mississippi State to just 40% shooting and 27% behind the arc. Kansas State didn’t allow the Bulldogs to get good looks at the basket for most of the game.
Cartier Diarra was playing near where he grew up and seemed to enjoy that. He led the team with 20 points but did not have a single assist. That’s not how the Wildcats are going to win games this season. Diarra has averaged seven assists per game in the early season but none in this game.
Xavier Sneed shot just 2-for-11 in the game and finished with eight points. Sneed is averaging 15 points per game but couldn’t find his shot in this one.
Makol Mawien was 1-for-6 from the field and turned the ball over eight seven times. Mawien accounted for almost half of the team’s 16 turnovers.
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