Saturday at a snail’s pace

I didn’t truly wake up until 9:45. I was surprised. I had briefly woken up just after 5 and I could hear the theme to Law and Order: Criminal Intent, but when I woke up again, it was almost 10. The last two Saturdays I’ve been at Buffalo Wild Wings when they opened at 11 a.m., so this is much different.

Boring Saturdays will come to an end very soon. There will be college football games starting Aug. 30, and I’ll have some volleyball tournaments to cover in September and October. The winter months are active on Saturdays, since there are usually wrestling tournaments just about every weekend, and then there’s basketball on some weekends.

The Royals won 1-0 last night in Oakland. Raul Ibanez, who played in Kansas City a long, long time ago, hit a solo home run in the fifth off of Sonny Gray for the lone tally of the game. Jeremy Guthrie pitched six shutout innings for KC, and Kelvim Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland each followed with one inning each.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes its seven newest members tonight. I recall watching six of the seven when they were active, including Ray Guy, who was winding down his tremendous career as the Raiders’ punter when I first got heavily into pro football in the mid-1980s. The only one of the seven I did not see play was Claude Humphrey, the defensive end for the Falcons and Eagles who retired in 1981. Humphrey may be best remembered by some for throwing a penalty flag at referee Ben Dreith during Super Bowl XV after Dreith flagged Humphrey for throwing Jim Plunkett to the ground.

I don’t see how Andre Reed should be in the Hall of Fame. Yes, the Buffalo Bills had a great offense during their run of four consecutive AFC championships between 1990 and 1993, but Reed was far less important to the success of the offense than Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas. Kelly was so good he could have made any receiver Hall of Fame worthy, and I don’t see where Reed would have done much had he not had Kelly. I also think Reed overloaded his mouth and inserted his foot last week when he launched a profanity-laced tirade at Jon Bon Jovi, who is leading a group attempting to purchase the Bills from the Ralph Wilson estate. Wilson was the Bills’ original owner and one of the founders of the American Football League in 1960. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 and died earlier this year at 95.

I’ve got laundry to do today before I leave for Kansas City again Monday. Right now, I’m planning to stay at two hotels, since I’ve got a great weekend rate ($89) at the Overland Park Marriott. I will probably eating many meals at Buffalo Wild Wings because I’ve got so many $5 discount codes.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

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