Footenotes – Mailbag Edition

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Hello, all! In last week’s edition of weekly Footenotes, we recapped the previous seven days of NBA postseason action, talked about the highly-anticipated debut of Nicky Lopez in a Royals uniform and answered our weekly mailbag. Because of the tremendous mailbag received this week, it gives us more than enough to focus on and won’t require any dedicated portions of this week’s column. Without further ado, let’s jump in…

  1. Talk about the new Face of Golf. Brooks Koepka. Win gives him four of the last eight majors he played and makes him the first player to hold two back-to-back majors at the same time.

This has been one heck of a year for 29-year-old Brooks Koepka. Leading the pack over the weekend with a PGA Championship win, he was able to withstand a four-over-par Sunday. Finishing two strokes ahead of second-place Dustin Johnson, Koepka has created a lot of momentum heading into the summer. Tiger Woods missing the cut after the second day of the tournament serves as a reminder that although he won The Masters this year, it’s selfish for fans to expect his best each and every time out. Koepka’s ascension will help smooth that transition a bit.

2. What do you remember about your high school graduation week?

Grad week was crazy. I remember a few things. First and foremost, graduation itself. That was one of the best nights of my life and I’ll never forget being a graduate of Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. Grad Night was a pretty fun way to cap off everything and then visiting the school later that week and picking up my diploma was the icing on the cake. All-in-all, that week seems like so long ago but in reality, I was in these students’ shoes exactly two years ago.

3. Have you been to a T-Bones game? Describe the experience.

I’ve been to a few Kansas City T-Bones games. For an independent league baseball team, it’s very affordable entertainment and a lot closer to my house than a Royals game. Throw in some pretty neat promotions, some great seating & even better company and you’ve got yourself a pretty neat night out at the ballpark.

4. Vegas was taking odds on the ending the final episode of “Game of Thrones.” People are really betting on this?

I’m in the percentage of the population that has never watched an episode of GOT. I’ve heard some amazing things about it from friends but to be honest, I am very bad about watching shows from beginning to end. Devoting so many hours to a television series is a serious tradeoff. With that said, the show has swept the nation and it doesn’t surprise me one bit that viewers are able to bet on the outcome of the final episode. Yes, I have seen tweets about it. No, I do not feel bad that it ended differently than most would’ve liked.

5. Bigger deal – high school graduation or college graduation?

I’m going to go with high school here. College is obviously a bigger career milestone and is almost a rite of passage into the real “adult world,” but not everyone goes to college. Graduating high school is one of the best feelings in the world. Maybe I’ll change my answer after I graduate from college. Let’s bookmark this article and come back to it in a couple years.

6. Quindaro Ruins just became federally protected….Have you ever been there?

I have not. It’s another place that has been mentioned to me by friends and family, yet I’ve yet to see the Ruins. Kansas City (on both sides of the state line) is full of underrated — and sometimes unknown — gems.

7. I just bought my daughter her first car…What was your first car? Is this a rite of passage still?

Kudos to you for helping your daughter with her first purchase. That’s a daunting task in and of itself. My first car was a 2001 Ford Taurus SEL. I remember it like I was driving around in it yesterday. It was your typical first car. High mileage, a couple of blemishes, not perfect by any means. But a lot of memories were made in that vehicle that are still fresh in my mind five few years later. Having your first car is probably the first rite of passage from being a kid to being a young adult. One of the biggest moments in a kid’s life, for sure.

8. Mowing grass season is here – Push Mow or Lawn Tractor?

I have never had the luxury of using a tractor a day in my life. Push mower for the win. Preferably self-propelled but if not, I’ll make do. Working at a baseball complex when I was 14 and 15, I definitely know the struggle of getting out in the heat and making that grass look nice and presentable. Using a riding lawn mower sure does sound a lot easier, though…

9. Advice for the city’s high school seniors going into college, career or military?

If you know what you want to do with your life: Please start networking and branding yourself now. There is no better time to get a jump start on your career then when you’re in college. Develop a logo. Make social media accounts for your brand. Open a new email address. Reach out to professionals in your field and see what they did to get to where they’re at. be hungry. Work hard. Above all, be a good person. Talent will get you a lot of the way in life but work ethic and how you treat others is going to get you the rest of the way.

If you aren’t quite sure of what you want to do: That’s more than okay. Try out a few different things. Take some general education classes to get them out of the way and to keep you in school mode while you figure things out. If you don’t want to take that route, take a vacation after high school. Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself. Do things that make you uncomfortable. Budget your money. Don’t rush yourself. And, as the last scenario drives home, be a good person. Treating others the right way and being a quality human being is going to make things a lot easier.

If you’re going into the military: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, you are some of the bravest people this world has to offer. When others decline to serve or decide to take other avenues, you step up and make this your career for the foreseeable future. Spend some time with those you love before you go. They care about you and want to make sure they see you as much as they can before they’re not able to for a while.

10. Why does the MLB Draft not get the same love and attention as the NBA or NFL Draft?

First and foremost, the MLB Draft has 40 rounds. That is a lot to keep up on and follow. Secondly, that probably speaks to how popular the MLB is in comparison to the NFL and NBA. Because it’s done in the middle of the regular season, it’s possible that fans are thinking about other things besides who their teams are going to select. Standings, other roster transactions and prior or upcoming games could name a few of those distractions.

11. Can Milwaukee win an NBA title? Is the NBA even going to allow that?

Now that Toronto has tied the series at two games apiece, I am not quite sure the Bucks are going to advance to the NBA Finals. Milwaukee is still my pick, but I’m a bit concerned about Mike Budenholzer’s bunch. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to have to dig into his bag of tricks to find a couple career-defining performances moving forward if that team wants to win two of three games vs. the Raptors.

With that said, it’s pretty unlikely either remaining Eastern Conference team wins four of seven against the Golden State Warriors. Even without Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr’s team is playing at an all-time high level. Milwaukee would stand a bit better of a chance than Toronto but overall, a six-game series is the maximum amount I could see the outcome being for either team. I’m going to respectfully deflect that last question.

12. Royals games—Reserve Seating or GA (Preference)?

There isn’t a bad seat at Kauffman Stadium, to be honest. The same goes for Arrowhead Stadium across the parking lot. I am going to games on June 6 and July 18 and I couldn’t be more excited for them. I was gifted some great seats along the third base side and both are Thursday 12:15 games. I’ve sat primarily in GA throughout my life, but reserve seating is pretty nice.

13. Severe weather: what is the worst? Tornado, Hurricane, Flooding, etc.

As a Kansas resident, ironically, I’ve never experienced a tornado touching down extremely close to me. My middle school had a tornado warning a few counties over so we took cover as a precaution for about an hour and a half, but nothing series came about as a result of it. The damage hurricanes can do to states on the coasts is devastating. Overall, I’d have to pick hurricanes. Flooding is my worst nightmare in my neighborhood, but it’s nothing compared to the years some families have to spend rebuilding their homes or businesses after a hurricane strikes.

14. Best TV Game Show (Or maybe rank Top 5 all-time)?

Growing up, I watched a lot of The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Jeopardy and The Newlywed Game. I’ll try my best to rank those in order below:

  1. Wheel of Fortune
  2. The Price Is Right
  3. Family Feud
  4. The Newlywed Game
  5. Jeopardy

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