#RaisedRoyal and #RaisingRoyal

#RaisedRoyal and #RaisingRoyal

How I was Raised Royal and will be Raising Royal.

I absolutely love the slogan for the 2017 Kansas City Royals season.

#RaisedRoyal pays tribute to those of us that have been there through it all. Those of us who grew up absolutely despising talk radio, except for the man himself, Denny Matthews. (Seriously, his voice is like being wrapped in a warm towel coming straight out of the dryer. He is the Vin Scully of the Midwest)

For the games we couldn't attend, we would tune in to listen to Denny Matthews paint us a picture of the game so vivid it felt like you were there.

#RaisedRoyal pays tribute to those of us that remember when the local radio stations used to play their own remix of Bad Day by Daniel Powter.

Instead of 'So you had a bad day' it was,

'So you had a bad game..'

Yes. We were that bad.

I used to spend my days leading up to summer anxiously awaiting our annual 'family trips to the K'. Longing to hear the rip of the bat against the ball as cheers echo throughout the, mostly filled stadiums.

(There were some tough years in the past, HyVee tickets used to be practically free just trying to bring people in.)

As it got closer and closer to baseball season you could almost taste the frozen lemonade and hear the lemonade guy in your head.. You know who I'm talking about.


I miss him.

No matter how bad we were during our off years, the games were always still so fun. Listening to Denny Matthews on the radio made you wish you were there. Our boys in blue still found ways to make the games exciting. There is never a boring moment in Kauffman stadium. Surrounded by our boys in blue, fans screaming till their faces turn blue, all this excitement happening in a sea so beautifully blue the ocean would be jealous.

As a new mom making her way through her twenties, I think I finally understand just how important the Royals have been throughout my life.

So many memories throughout my childhood years, my awkward years, my teenage years and my first adult years have to do with cheering the Royals on to victory or sulking in the sadness and anger of a tough loss. (Yes, I still hate the Giants. No I'm not over game 7.)

My first athlete crushes were on Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa. But then Hosmer came along and stole my heart. I'm sorry, but he's quite the catch. LOL. (No seriously Eric, my dugout or yours?)

My family both immediate and extended, would try to make it to as many games as we could. My Grandpa and Grammy even made it to a few games and what a blessing that was. In fact, my Grandpa was the one who told me,

"There is nothing better than cold beer and baseball."

And every game we made it to, I would beg my mom for cotton candy; and 90% of the time she said no.

My closet has always been 80% Royals gear.

Our Summer's always revolved around the Royals, and I'd love nothing more than to share those same experiences with my son and for him to create his own memories.

So he can be #RaisedRoyal just as I was.

So he can be shown on the jumbotron as many times as I have.

Seriously, my cousin and I have made it on the jumbotron dancing like fools more times than I can accurately remember. But being their surrounded by great family, fans and even better music... (Friends in Low Places, anyone?) made those moments some of the happiest moments of my life so far.

As Kansas Citians I think there for a while we were all kind of bracing ourselves to be the next Chicago Cubs and go 108 years without a World Series win. Which would've meant most of us would've gone our whole lives without seeing a post season.

But our boys in blue put in the blood, sweat and tears to give us two post seasons back to back.

Two World Series back to back. We made it to game 7 in 2014 and then went on to WIN the 2015 World Series?! Sometimes it still feels like a dream.

When I went to Game 4 of the Royals vs Orioles American League Championship, that definitely felt like a dream. To be there with my Papa, the one who taught me the beauty of baseball, and see our boys clinch the World Series; it still feels unreal.

The 2014 and 2015 Royals brought a whole new magic to KC. They brought us the blue October KC had been longing for. They gave us memories we will never forget.

They brought us together as a community.

A community gathered to rally around our boys in blue as they went for the crown. There was a magic in the air throughout all of KC during the postseasons that were unforgettable.

We've lost a few of those key players to other teams, and we've lost our Ace to the big man upstairs, but for those of us #RaisedRoyal, they will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

I could write about the Royals and all of the emotions they've brought me throughout my life forever, but those reasons are just a few of many why I was #RaisedRoyal and why I will be raising my son Royal!

In other news.....

Is it Opening Day yet?!

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Portland Is The Three Seed, For Now

Are the Trail Blazers good enough to dethrone the top-two teams?

The Portland Trail Blazers are the three seed right now in the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association. However, the difference between the three seed and the ten seed is not very many games at this point in the season.

They are behind the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets who look as if they are on a different level so far this year with their play.

Damian Lillard has been just what the Blazers need in terms of scoring and giving the ball to his teammates in the perfect moments. His supporting cast of CJ McCollum, Ed Davis, Evan Turner and others has also been playing extremely well lately.

Davis has become one of the best offensive-rebounders in the league and has been giving the team a lot of second-chance opportunities.

This team is playing well together and recently coming off of a win against the Golden State Warriors without Stephen Curry.

Many are still wondering if this Blazer team is legitimate in the West because they will most likely have to face the Rockets or the Warriors, and they haven’t made it too far in previous seasons.

They are all playing well right now and hitting a hot streak, but it may be too early and the other teams may be too much in the playoffs.

James Harden and the Rockets, as well as, Stephen Curry with the Warriors are the primed favorites to be in the Western Conference Finals. The two teams are well above the rest of the conference and have the most stars on their team.

The Warriors are probably the favorites again to represent the West in the Finals, just because of their talent and experience being there multiple years in a row now.

In order for this Blazer team to stay in the three seed, as well as continue on to win some playoff games, they will need a few things to happen.

They will need to stay hot and keep making their shots, they will need Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to continue shooting extremely well, the supporting cast as well as young players getting more involved, and maybe some luck from the other teams losing.

I fully expect the Trail Blazers to make it into the playoffs, but I am unsure how far they will make it in the extremely talented Western Conference.

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Jordy Nelson's Time As A Packer Has Come To An End

Jordy Nelson is moving on from Green Bay, which gives fans an opportunity to reflect on his impact as a Packer.

After 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been released by the team this past Tuesday. This came only a day before the NFL’s free agency period began. The reasoning, stated by the Packers front office, for the release was creating more cap space to sign free agents. It is a tough part of the business side of the NFL. Nelson has been an irreplaceable part of the Packer’s success over the last ten years. On and off the field he has defined what it means to be a team player and a true Packer.

Nelson was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft from Kansas State University. He was a part of the 2010 Packers team that won Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2011 he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a deadly passing combination for defenses. Over the next four seasons, Nelson proved to be one of the most productive receivers in the league. In the preseason of 2015, Jordy Nelson tore his ACL in the second preseason game. The Packer’s offense would miss him, as he sat out for the entire season. He came back strong the next year. Nelson led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns. He was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2016.

Green Bay, Wisconsin became Nelson’s second home. Fans were able to appreciate his hard work for a decade. They knew that whenever number 87 in green and gold was in the lineup, they could always count on him to make the tough catches. His friendships with his teammates and coaches make him a role model for all football fans. Not everyone is a Packers fan, but everyone can say something nice about Jordy Nelson. Whether it’s his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, or an opposing cornerback, they can all respect Jordy Nelson.

Aaron Rodgers said via Instagram, “It’s definitely a sad day” Nelson will be missed by fans, teammates, coaches, and opponents. On one hand, football is just a game, and Jordy Nelson embodies what it means to love the game of football. On the other hand, football is a business. The release of Nelson will create cap space to allow the team to spend more money on other players. It is a tough decision to make and it is a very real part of the business side of the NFL. Emotions are hard to set aside in situations like this. These things happen not just in football, but in all sports. Beloved players come and go. Parting ways with those type of players can be hard on a team and a fanbase. Nelson will be missed by Green Bay, but his talents and hard work will be appreciated by his new team, the Oakland Raiders. It certainly has been a joy to watch number 87 fly down the field for a catch on Sundays for 10 years. All we can say now as Packers fans is, thanks for the memories Jordy Nelson.

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