Category: From the Stands

Black, White, and Blue (a rambling on race and American sports culture)

From the stands by Sterling Brown

By Sterling Brown I’ve been involved in sports, playing, coaching, cheering or covering, for my entire life.  I have played with team mates of all colors, religions and creeds.  I always stood proudly for the National Anthem, I sang along with it; it’s my absolute favorite song to sing.  But when I see Colin Kaepernick…

Worth the wait? Absolutely, in the end

From the stands by Sterling Brown

By Sterling L. Brown Chiefs fans waited a long time for this opening day, at least it seemed like an eternity.  The Kingdom, salivating over the memory of their first playoff win in over a fortnight of years, and panging for the chance to play a rival San Diego Chargers, which many had pegged for…

Defense wins championships … on paper?

From the stands by Sterling Brown

How exactly does something look good “on paper?” I know pictures of Benjamin Franklin look good on paper.  I know my degree looks good, at least the words do, when written on that fine paper that UMKC sprung for to immortalize the achievement. The question is: Would a picture of Ben Franklin look as good…

Sports Succotash vol.4

From the stands by Sterling Brown

By Sterling L. Brown The pre-snoozing I terribly dislike preseason NFL football games for many reasons. The overarching reason is because the results are largely red herrings that cloud the judgment of most every football fan about their team’s future outcome in the upcoming season.  There are meaningful snaps for many players, though they some…

A moment in the games

From the stands by Sterling Brown

The Olympics are about moments in time, history and in between victory and defeat. It seems like each games has an iconic moment. Kerri Strug’s vault, Mary Lou Retton’s dominance, Usain Bolt’s seemingly effortless world record sprint in Beijing, The Miracle on Ice, Jesse Owens vs. Nazi Germany in 1936, and The Dream Team, just…

X (factor) marks the spot

From the stands by Sterling Brown

This is not an homage to Chiefs Super Fan, “X-Factor,” but rather to the pop culture surrounding the moniker and how it may be the most important aspect of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2016 season.  Training Camp is right on Chiefs Nation’s doorstep, with the first full squad practices in St. Joseph on July 30. …

Hail the Wizard of Hoz

From the stands by Sterling Brown

The brass of the Kansas City Royals’ front office might have had the shortest lived cheers for Eric Hosmer last night.  I’m sure they were very happy that their 2008 first round draft pick, first-time All-Star (starter), three-time Gold Glove winner, face of the franchise, and all-around KC heartthrob is the biggest performer on the…

Chill Out, It’s Just a Baseball Season

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Finding an identity as a team is hard.  It might be the hardest thing for a team to do, even more of a priority than playing well.  Why?  Because playing well as a team is very different than that team finding what they do well, as a unit, consistently.  When a team finds an identity,…

Dear Mr. Ali,

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Dear Mr. Ali, You have so moved my life. When my wife and I moved into our home a decade ago and we were just starting our family. I was young, 27 years old. I was recently married, and a brand new father to a baby boy. All my free time was spent pondering what…

What a Difference a “May” makes

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Remember how you as a Royals Fan felt at the beginning of May? Didn’t your baseball team have a ton of dirty laundry to clean and seem to only have one-and-a-half scoops of detergent left in the container? Was that third-place team even close to the one you know and love? On May 1, were…

Sports Succotash Vol 3

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Raytown Cardinals break Olympian’s record Maurice Mitchell, Olympian sprinter and Raytown South graduate, had a record of his broken this past week at the State Qualifiers meet. Raytown South sprinters Quincy Hall, Nick Cruz, Tyree Sorrells, and Vontrea Booker ran a 3:18:30 4×400 relay, breaking the school record. These young men, along with at least…

Not really a second chance

From the stands by Sterling Brown

I’m going on record. I’m glad the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill. I am glad from a human perspective. Let me be clear, this goes far beyond a typical “second chance” scenario. I want it to be abundantly clear that my support for the pick, or the young man, in no way condones his…

It’s not always sunny on the ‘ole sandlot

From the stands by Sterling Brown

The Kansas City Royals are no longer the best team in baseball. They are not the best in the American League, and for that matter, not the best in the Central Division. Not right now they aren’t. Any argument you might wage to defend their status, which held up 10 games ago, has been swept…

Sports Succotash, vol. 2

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Chiefs Check-in: The Season That Never Dies John Dorsey and our Kansas City Chiefs have been slapped on the back of the hand, in the form of losing their third round draft pick this Thursday, for their tampering involvement with former NFL free agent and current Chiefs wide out Jeremy Maclin back in the off-season…

They’re baaaaack

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Opening weekend finds a way to contribute a cornucopia of oddities, broken history, and sometimes heartbreak when it comes to Major League Baseball, and especially, with the Royals.  2016 is not different here in Kansas City. In the first weekend, we raised a banner. History, check. All the boys in blue and I mean all…

Welcome to baseball, Kansas City

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Packed in shoulder to shoulder is not usually a position most folks want to be in, unless they are somewhere they really want to be. Over the first games of the season, almost 80,000 Kansas Citians did exactly that at Kaufman Stadium as their defending World Champion Royals raised a championship banner, received their rings,…

Is there a currency exchange nearby?

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Family Cabin Restaurant, Belton, Tuesday after my 9-year-old’s baseball practice: the scene of the crime. Aside from the bland decor, the charbroiled and the smoked pork chops were excellent. I was chewing a bite when my son jolted in his seat as he was looking over my shoulder. A San Francisco hitter had just plugged…

Houston, what exactly are the problems we have?

From the stands by Sterling Brown

This is the knee injury that keeps on giving, and it’s attached to the body of Kansas City’s $100 million outside linebacker and defensive cornerstone Justin Houston. During an arthroscopic procedure being performed on that prized hinge joint earlier this year, it was discovered that Justin Houston’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was not functioning. It…

Sports Succotash

From the stands by Sterling Brown

Every now and then there is too much going on to not spread the love. From time to time we will grace the back page with a potpourri of topics, and I’ll spit a hot take, drop a news bit, or bloviate over some fringe point from the outer sports ethos. I may use this…