June 11, 2014 |
IT IS JUNE 2014 and the Kansas City Royals are sitting right around .500. Not good, not bad, and, as I write this, only four games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central, an opportunity for hope. Just don't use that word to the majority of Royals fans who haven't seen their team in the postseason since KC won the 1985 World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three. Hope is what they've been sold since, through frugal times and foolish ones, through years and years of picking high in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
March 31, 2014 |
The stage was set. A temporary, state-of-the-art, 50-meter pool by Myrtha would serve as the competition arena in Omaha, Neb., where 1,257 swimmers would descend upon the CenturyLink Center over four days in July 2012, mixing their sweat and tears into the million gallons of water enclosed by tons of stainless steel. America's swimming sweetheart, Natalie Coughlin, would already be gone, gearing up for the Summer Olympics in London that month. Michael Phelps, arguably the greatest swimmer of all time, would have stripped off his tech suit and finally come up for air after an intense seven-event program.
January 15, 2014 |
OMAHA, NEB., the city that gave us Bob Gibson, Gale Sayers and Warren Buffet, was trending during the nationally televised Broncos-Chargers game thanks to Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning has a penchant for yelling "Omaha" during his snap count - something he did 44 times during Sunday's game. Ron Jaworski, Trent Dilfer and Tim Hasselbeck discussed the use of the word on ESPN yesterday. The ex-quarterbacks explained that it can have various meanings. On some teams it means kill the play called in the huddle and listen for an audible.
July 3, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Pete and Pat Crippen's fifth, and perhaps last, trip to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials was a swing of emotions, from watching the youngest of their four children, Teresa, race for a spot on the London Olympic team, to dealing with the void they felt over their son's not being with them. Teresa, who came closest to Olympic qualification in the 200-meter butterfly, was sixth in Sunday's 200-meter backstroke final, ending her Olympic hopes, and likely her competitive career.
June 22, 2012 |
WITH THE U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., less than a week away, La Salle University's Blase Szyszko struggles to find words to describe his emotions. His body twitches with excitement and his face beams, but his ability to articulate seems frozen in a state of anticipation. The rising senior will head west this weekend to compete for a chance to represent the United States in the Summer Olympics that kick off in London in late July. He is scheduled to swim the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday and the 200 breast on Thursday.
May 7, 2011
But can he lead off and play shortstop? During the sixth inning of Thursday's game between the Yanks and the Tigers in Detroit, a fan (obviously not Blake Griffin ) attempted to leap over the Yankees' dugout and onto the field. He didn't quite make it, nor did he stick the landing. Instead, he ended up coming down on the dugout steps. Security immediately removed the trespasser (without employing a Taser), but not before shocking the players, as well as manager Joe Girardi , and perhaps rousing Derek Jeter from one of his fabled naps.
July 12, 2009 |
After 63 years, I decided to return. A year ago June, my son and I traveled to Paris and Normandy, including stops at Omaha Beach, Rouen, Caen, and Le Havre, where I served in 1944 and 1945. I was with the Navy Ship Salvage Unit Foxy 29. I landed on Omaha Beach at the end of June 1944 on the LST-291 with a cargo of tanks for the Army. Our mission was to clear the heavily mined ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre of ships and cranes that the Germans had sunk to impede our supply ships.
May 1, 2008 |
The College World Series will be played in Omaha, Neb., at least through 2030, under an agreement reached by the city and the NCAA yesterday. A long-term contract has been in the works for months, with much of the discussion centered on the construction of a new downtown ballpark to replace 60-year-old Rosenblatt Stadium. Plans for a stadium adjacent to the Qwest Center arena have been moving forward for weeks, and yesterday's "memorandum of understanding" promises a commitment of at least 20 years once the current contract expires in 2010.
December 7, 2007
The senseless shooting deaths of eight people in an Omaha mall further underscore the need for greater gun control nationwide and in Pennsylvania. The suburban mall slaughter should be a wake-up call for lawmakers to pass meaningful gun-control legislation. Unfortunately, many in Harrisburg have been reluctant to confront the growth in gun violence, believing it is an urban problem and not something people have to worry about in suburbia. When are they going to understand that easy access to guns - and the violence that accompanies access - isn't limited to inner cities?
July 19, 2007 |
Chris Lubanski has taken another step toward achieving his lifelong dream of playing major-league baseball. Lubanski, a former standout at Kennedy-Kenrick High in Norristown, was promoted on June 27 to the Omaha Royals, Kansas City's triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. He had been playing double-A ball for the Wichita Wranglers. "Chris had a real good year last year and a very good first half this year," said J.J. Picollo, Kansas City's director of player development.