Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:09 pm

Bubba Starling and KC all-time greats

Bubba Starling is line to become one of the greatest athletes ever in the Kansas City area. I wrote a recruiting story Friday about the impressive two-sport athlete from Gardner, Kan. I mention that because the list that Starling is trying to climb onto is impressive:

Great Kansas City-area athletes (Gardner, Kan. is located about 30 miles southwest of the city center)

David Cone
-- played in high school at Kansas City Rockhurst which, at the time he attended, didn't offer baseball. You probably remember him as a standout pitcher with the Royals, Yankees and Mets.
Frank White -- multiple Gold Glove winner. Locals argue that White should be in the Hall of Fame.
Rick Sutcliffe -- former Cubs star has built an impressive broadcasting career
Albert Pujols -- Yeah, Albert Pujols if you consider he only went to high school (Fort Osage) and junior college (Maplewoods) in the Kansas City area.

Darren Sproles
-- Olathe (Kan.) North, Kansas State and San Diego Chargers running back.
Josh Freeman -- Rising quarterback star with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Ryan Lilja -- Late blooming offensive lineman from suburban Kansas City and Kansas State who won a Super Bowl with the Colts.

Kareem and Brandon Rush
-- The famous Rush brothers each play/played in the NBA. Kareem went to Missouri. Brandon won a national championship with Kansas.
Earl Watson -- Former Kansas City, Kan. Washington High star went on to play at UCLA and in the NBA.
Lucius Allen -- Played for some of John Wooden's great teams at UCLA, then the NBA.
Larry Drew -- Current coach of the Atlanta Hawks played for three NBA teams and under Norm Stewart on some great Missouri teams.
Anthony Peeler -- best known as the former Missouri star who once scored 43 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Jon Sunvold -- Sharp-shooting bomber was a star at Missouri and had a solid NBA career.
Warren Armstrong (Jabali) -- They still talk about his high school exploits here. Armstrong starred at Wichita State, then played eight years in the ABA changing his last name to Jabali.

Maurice Greene
-- world-class sprinter from Kansas City, Kan.

Posted on: August 20, 2008 2:35 pm

Virginia muzzles; the Olympics puzzle

First, the Bob Pruett scandal. Now Virginia supresses free speech.

Does anyone else beside me think that this guy is juicing big time. "Cut his personal best by a massive .37"? Why isn't anyone covering these games raising the issue? I'm not talking just track and field either. Who knows what the Chinese are feeding those nine-year-old gymnasts.


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