It’s Saturday so I have five more reading suggestions for you. Although we are all getting excited about the Chiefs game on Sunday in which they have a chance to go to the Super Bowl, my favorite piece this week is about the wife of a New York Yankees pitcher. She does important work. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Here is this week’s Saturday Reader…
Tommy Kahnle pitches for the New York Yankees. His wife Veronica does something much more important. She helps people who have lost hope in their lives.
Alex Coffey recently wrote a very interesting piece for The Athletic in which he describes how Veronica not only helps her husband with handling stress on the mound but also how she helps people who are considering ending their lives.
Where she works, Veronica has six to eight days to show a new patient why life is worth living. Talk about stress at work. And the rest of us think we do something important. I know what I do can’t come close to comparing to the importance of Veronica’s job. We are fortunate to have people like her who can do this great work.
Chris Jones has become one of the best players at his position in the NFL. He is on the verge of receiving a big payday either with the Chiefs or another team. He’s working to get back on the field to help the Chiefs win a Super Bowl.
But not everything is great with Chris Jones right now. The Kansas City Star’s Sam McDowell wrote a great piece about Jones emerging as a star on the field and the tension he is facing with his family at home in Mississippi.
As states have started passing laws legalizing gambling on sporting events, professional leagues have tried to grab a percentage of those profits. Joe Vardon of The Athletic wrote a piece recently about how the leagues have tried to go about getting their piece of the action. The piece starts with information about a meeting in Charleston, West Virginia in which one casino executive asked if it was a mob meeting. Give it a read when you get some time. You won’t regret it.
Vahe Gregorian makes what seems now like a regular appearance in the Saturday Reader. I used to read Vahe when he was with the St. Louis Post Dispatch and was excited when I heard he would be writing for the Kansas City Star. I haven’t been disappointed.
In this piece, published just over a week ago, Vahe looks at how the Chiefs are on a trajectory similar to the Royals in 2015. Shortly after this piece was published the Chiefs had their equivalent to the Royals’ Wild Card game against the Oakland A’s with an unheard of comeback to win. But that happened to the Royals when they lost in the World Series in 2014. This year for the Chiefs feels like the Royals’ World Championship season of 2015. Give it a read. You will enjoy it.
If you follow college football, heck even if you don’t, you probably know that prior to Clemson losing to LSU this past Monday, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence had not lost a game in his college career. Lawrence won 41 consecutive games in high school until his last game. Scott Fowler wrote an interesting piece for The State about how a young Blessed Trinity team beat Lawrence in that final game.
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