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Cheaters Always Win

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Chris Kamler | Comments Off

Originally appeared in Platte County Landmark

I’ve gotten it all wrong.

Thank you, Alex Rodriguez, Chris Christie, Lance Armstrong, and a host of others for reminding me about a valuable life lesson… Throw out that “liar, liar, pants on fire” nursery rhyme and let’s go with “cheaters always prosper.”

Lying is in. Cheating is the new black. I think I’m ready to learn from my mistakes in the past and finally embrace the dishonest lifestyle that will put me on top.

Alex Rodriguez continues to remind us that cheating always pays off. Oh sure, he’s facing a little bit of trouble in the way of a 162 game suspension from Baseball for taking steroids, but that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $300 Million he’s made playing baseball over his career.  All the while, denying he ever took any performance enhancing drugs even though evidence suggests the complete opposite. A-Rod even has folks coming out of the woodwork who admit to injecting him with things. No matter. Deny, deny, deny.

But Chris, you say that Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles. Yeah, but HE GOT TO HAVE SEX WITH SHERYL CROW. The man only had one testicle. Do you think he’s going to bag a hottie like Sheryl Crow without some PED’s?  Another victory for cheating.

Jump ahead to politics – oh there’s never any lying in politics. Let’s look at the latest scandal, this one featuring New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who denies any involvement with creating traffic jams on the George Washington bridge. A bridge named after, ironically enough, a man who could not tell a lie.  What does Christie do? Denies any involvement in the face of mounting evidence that he caused the problem.  Christie might be the next President, hell, he might be elected King or Pope or something. Brilliant move, Governor!

Just think what I can accomplish with a new slate – one where I’m dishonest. I could start taking performance enhancing drugs, which, for a newspaper columnist, is really just black coffee and Red Bull. But those are two things I don’t currently drink. Doesn’t matter. I’m heading for newspaper glory.

Maybe I should just start copying columns out of The Pitch and turning them in. Oh boy, let the money start rolling in!  All those “good” manners and traits my parents taught me like never telling a lie and respecting others — garbage. Daddy needs him some moolah!

I can start lying. Oh boy this is going to be great. Sure, Mr. Editor, I fact checked every one of my quotes, like the one where the Mayor said that all police cars will soon be equipped with a stun gun that shoots Skittles at pedestrians. Nope, got the quote myself. Just print it. BOOM. COME ON PULITZER!!

I suppose I could continue to tell the truth and be kind to my elders and make complete stops at traffic lights. Naaahhhh… Look out world, you’ve got one lyin’, cheatin’, dopin’, druggin’ newspaper columnist about to raise some hell in 2014 – A-Rod style.  Now, can somebody get me Sheryl Crow’s number? I need a date to the Newspaper Awards.

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The Ballgame – Episode #50 – Winter Olympics, Reggie and the Ferguson Jenkins Golf Tournament

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in The Ballgame | Comments Off

Our first episode on the new Kansas City Our City Radio.com Sports Channel was a little all over the place as Chris joined Greg and Jeff for the first time in several months. Chris returns to the show and it immediately goes off the rails as we spoke about hot Russian curlers, we talked with Greg who was at the Fergie Jenkins Golf Tournament and we also talked about Reggie Jackson’s time with the Kansas City Athletics.

You can hear The Ballgame live every Saturday morning. Check theballgamekc.com for times and dates of upcoming shows. And you can catch us on demand anytime here at TheBallgameKC.com

Don’t forget to interact with the show on Twitter at twitter.com/theballgamekc and also on facebook at Facebook.com/theballgamekc.

Thanks for tuning in!

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The Ballgame #49 – Gene Locklear

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in The Ballgame | Comments Off

The Ballgame had their final show on ESPN 1510 this week by having former Padre, Red and Yankee Gene Locklear on the show. Jeff and Greg spoke with Gene about his career as well as his paintings. You can see more at www.genelocklear.com.

Follow The Ballgame at our new home at kansascity.ourcityradio.com/sports-channel starting this Saturday!

Full show notes and more at www.theballgamekc.com

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The Ballgame – Show 48 – Joey Gathright

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in The Ballgame | Comments Off

Former Royals and T-Bones outfielder (but not former baseball player) Joey Gathright joined 1985 World Series Champion Greg Pryor along side Platte County Landmark columnist Chris Kamler.

The trio spoke about Gathright’s career as the Royals centerfielder as well as who could win a foot race.

Greg and Chris capped off the show talking about the 2014 Royals top to bottom and if they would be able to withstand the Tigers lineup when they start playing for real on March 31.

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Sochi Olympic Promoters Make Stunning Tribute to Broadcasting Icon

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Chris Kamler | Comments Off

SOCHI: Olympic promoters today made an alteration to their programming at the last minute to make a stunning and eye-watering tribute to one of America’s most beloved broadcasters. Bob Costas, who has been crippled by a pink eye infection, bravely battled through it during last night’s broadcast opening of the 2014 Olympic Games.  In response, the normally tight lipped Sochi organizing committee erected the following monument during the Opening Ceremonies.

Not a dry eye could be found in the place. Mostly because of the bacteria in the water. But still. It was a nice moment.

OlympicCostas

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The Ballgame – Show 47 – Alice Ford

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in The Ballgame | Comments Off

The boys mix it up this week and invite the lovely Alice Ford of alicesadventuresonearth.com as she talks about her travels and adventures.

We also recap Royals Fan Fest and the great sights and sounds at that event.

The Ballgame can be heard live every Wednesday from 4-5 on ESPN 1510 am and on demand at TheBallgameKC.com

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My Radio Station – Your Sports Station – Our City Radio

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Chris Kamler | Comments Off

So, I have eluded to this a few times on social networking, but wanted to make it official. I’m getting into the radio business!

The project is an all Kansas City Sports Station through a service called Our City Radio. Our City Radio is just getting off the ground, but the idea is unique and pretty awesome. Local bands. Local artists. Local stories. All for free.

The music stations will highlight local, unsigned bands who can upload their music to our site completely free. We would also do band interviews and really just provide a forum to highlight these great local bands that are getting passed up by the corporate radio machine.

Main LogoSports Talk in this down is going down that same road. I’ve written extensively about it on this site. You get 12 hours a day of the same MU, Chiefs and Jayhawks updates, but 2 minutes in a year about the National Champion Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Stories from smaller colleges like Avila and UMKC and Park. Have you ever heard them on conglomo sports talk?  Well, you will on Kansas City’s Our City Radio Sports Channel.

The station will be supported by ads from businesses and supporters, but the content will be completely free and untethered by rights contracts and exclusive deals. If there’s a story out there, I want to hear about it and want to talk about it on the station. That means Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Colleges, High School and Club Teams. Get at me. Let’s tell that story.

This has the opportunity to be extremely unique in the area and because the national network is geared so much towards music, they’ve kind of let me build this out however I want it. That means it’ll be a little bit awesome and probably a lot goofy. That’s okay. That fits the footprint of being a Kansas City Fan.

The site should go live in the next few weeks.

Now, I hate for my first post about this project to be asking a favor – but it is.  Our City Radio has been building over the past year and we’ve reached a critical point in their buildout. In order for my station and many others like it to go live, OCR has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help get their funding over the hump.  This will eventually be a paying gig for me and my interest in getting them over their goal is obvious. But it should also be obvious to you who want to hear more than just the same lineups and grilling segments that our local stations have become. We want the real picture of sports in KC.

Please take a few minutes to visit the IndieGoGo site and if you can donate $10 or $20 or $100, please do.

This is as grass roots as it gets. In return, I will personally make sure you are thanked on behalf of the Sports Talk revolution here in Kansas City. Please send me your contact information and we’ll make it happen.

So… there it is… The Rambling Moron is moving into the Sports Talk game… Putting my money where my big mouth is… God help us all.

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