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I’ve jumped on the bandwagon & I’m not afraid to admit it

by Jacki Wood, “That they might have joy” column, written for the Nodaway News Leader  

I wrote a lengthy Facebook post last October about how I was quickly becoming a Kansas City Royals fan.

“I’ve never been one to jump on the bandwagon for anything,” I wrote. “I’m also not one to root for a team just because you live near them, which is why I’ve never been a Royals or a Chiefs fan.”

“And, I’m not really a baseball fan either. I enjoy watching the postseason every now and again, but not much more than that.


“I think I’m jumping on this Royals bandwagon. And I’m not ashamed to admit it.

“I watched that crazy wild card comeback win and now I’m hooked. I’ve watched every game since then, staying up way past my bedtime when they’ve gone into extra innings, and I keep asking myself, ‘What are you doing? You don’t even like them.’

“But this team… There’s something I can only describe as magical about them.

“Let me say this, however, I’ve been a Jeremy Guthrie fan since he arrived in Kansas City (he played briefly at BYU before transferring to Stanford). And since I follow him on Twitter and Instagram, I’ve sort of been in the Royals loop all season long.

“It’s more than that now, though. I thoroughly enjoy watching these guys play. The chemistry, the defense, the bullpen, the speed… they truly are a special team.”

The Royals eventually lost to the Giants in the World Series. And that’s where I thought my bandwagoning would end.

But then a couple of weeks ago, I turned on the TV and saw Guthrie was pitching. And so I watched. And then again the next day. And the next. And then the next day when they weren’t playing, I bought my first Royals T-shirt.

And I’m still watching.

My husband asked what was going on with me. He usually gets a sports reprieve between basketball and football seasons.

Is it the winning? Possibly.

I mean, that’s how it started last fall anyway.

But it’s more than that. There’s just something about these boys in blue.

“A lot of baseball fans fell in love with Kansas City last fall,” MLB.com columnist Anthony Castrovince wrote last week.

I know I did. And I’m not even a baseball fan.

Go Royals.


KC Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid talks family, faith and football

That they might have joy column, NNL, by Jacki Wood

I have admittedly never been a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

But that changed a bit last year when they hired Andy Reid as head coach, who played football at Brigham Young University. And you know how much I love my alma mater, especially BYU football.

So I was thrilled when I was invited to attend a special event with Coach Reid and his wife, Tammy, this past weekend at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Platte City.

It was promoted as an evening of “Family, Faith and Football.” And the Reids did not disappoint to the approximately 800 people in attendance with plenty of laughs and stories from their lives and his coaching career.

Tammy started by sharing their family history. They met in a tennis class at BYU and began dating. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he was not. They both returned to their homes that summer, Tammy to Arizona and Andy to California, where he began learning more about her church and was eventually baptized.

They both returned to BYU, and a year later, they were married. They have five children, born in five different states due to his various coaching stints, and one grandchild.

She talked about ways their faith has helped their family over the years including the death of their son, Garrett, who died of an accidental heroine overdose a year and a half ago.

“We know that we came from a loving Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to be tested…and we know we will one day see him again,” she said. “That’s what got us through that really huge trial in our lives.”

Then Coach Reid shared a PowerPoint he presented to his players last week to get ready for the upcoming season.

“We are the Chiefs,” he said. “And we’re going to be a little bit different.”

He continued: “There’s a small margin of victory in the NFL. What are we going to do differently to go win the trophy?”

He talked to his players about practical, simple principles that will help them be a little different, to get to the Super Bowl and to “get that ring” this year.

He told the audience that those same principles he shared with his players are similar to what is taught in his faith and are applicable to everyone.

“Football is a microcosm of life,” he said.

Some of the principles included sacrifice, training, trust and working to win.

Sacrifice: Every team is talented; you have to give up something to get a lot, on and off the field.

Training: Conditioning and knowledge can help you dominate.

Trust: Working hard as a team brings mutual respect for one another. Trust = wins. Players come in as teammates and leave as family.

Work to win: Give your best every day.

Coach Reid concluded by saying: “Surround yourself with greatness. I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by great people and I love every minute of it. I jump out of bed early in the morning and I am ready to rock and roll.”

I love that. How many of us are jumping out of bed every morning, excited to tackle to day.

We have to be a little different. And we have to be willing to give up a little to get a lot.

Play Ball! Father passes his love of the game on to his son

By Jacki Wood for the Nodaway News Leader
Editor’s note: this is the fourth in the series


Albert Theodore Powers said: “Baseball is sunshine, green grass, fathers and sons, our rural past.”

That’s what Maryville resident Jeff Lyle loves about the game.

“It brings me back to my roots,” he said.

The 42-year-old has been a fan of the game all of his life and a fan of the Kansas City Royals ever since going to Kauffman Stadium as a little boy with his grandpa.

“This is where my love of the game comes from,” he said. “I love baseball because it’s a wholesome sport that brings me back to my childhood, simpler times and just good old fashion fun.”

And now he’s passing that love onto his son, Trystan, who attends all of the Royals’ games with him.

Lyle also coaches Trystan’s team during the summer.

“Watching my soon-to-be 15-year-old son play short stop is one of my favorite things to do in the world,” he said. “I’ve given up Royals front-row seats to watch my son play a pick-up game on a Saturday afternoon.”

In addition to watching his son and the Royals play, Lyle also enjoys learning about the history of his favorite team. He and Trystan frequently tour the Royals Hall of Fame at Kauffman Stadium.

“Kauffman is good about keeping the Hall of Fame fresh by adding new things,” he said.

He’s also been to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield and would love to see more of those types of venues, he said.

Last year, he had the opportunity of taking in the All-Star Fan Fest when the All-Star game was in Kansas City.

“It was amazing,” he said. “I felt like a little kid in a candy store.”

Over the years, he’s also compiled quite a baseball collection.

“My wife calls it my addition, not collection,” he said. “I own all the Kauffman Stadium giveaway Bobbleheads, which are also on display in the Hall of Fame.”
He has also renovated an entire room in his home just for his Royals collection which includes both vintage and new items, jerseys, toys, coolers, All-Star merchandise, broken game bats and “too much more to mention,” he said.

“It’s quite overwhelming and very impressive,” he continued. “I’ve spent a lot of time and money collecting it and finding just that right item here and there.”

Other fun baseball fan facts about Lyle include his favorite ballpark is Kauffman Stadium since that’s where the Royals play, his favorite ballpark food is a stadium hot dog and “The Bad News Bears” with Walter Matthau is his favorite baseball movie.

For Lyle, what baseball really means is wholesome fun with family and friends, he said, especially with Trystan.

“I’m so glad I’ve been given the opportunity to share my love of baseball with my son,” he said.

“Keeping the sport alive is up to the fans. I’ve got my part covered.”