WICHITA, Kan. -

The Royals are four games over .500 and just a game and a half back in the Wild Card, their high water mark came in Detroit, in the midst of that ten game win streak when they got to seven games over .500. That’s the good news—the bad is that they took two of three from the best team in baseball, one the road and still lost a game in the division as the Tigers swept Colorado.

Still, it was a good weekend for KC, particularly for their pitching as Jeremey Guthrie and James Shields both out dueled 12 game winners. The Royals now head for Phoenix, before getting the Giants and A’s for seven games back at Kauffman starting later this week.

Roarin’ Rory---

Was I surer that Roy would charge or that Sergio would choke in the final round of the Bridgestone Sunday at Firestone? Maybe I should add Tiger withdrawing to the list, two of the three happened. Garcia simply couldn’t muster any momentum in an uninspired one over last round, while McIlroy regained the world’s top ranking with no argument with a nice 4 under 66, to come from three strfokes back and win by two.

McIlroy may not win at the PGA Championship next week, but who in their right mind would bet against him? The young Irishman said earlier this week he wanted to put his Open Championship behind him, so he goes out and wins in his next start---I’d say he’s got a pretty good handle on perspective.

McIlroy vows to live a ‘normal’ life while he pursues golf history, seems that’s been a goal of his for a while now. When he was 16 he won a tournament, but felt so poorly about the way he played afterwards that he almost gave up the game. It’s good for all of us that he didn’t, I feel like the best is still yet to come for him.

Junior---

With his third of the season today and his second at Pocono, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has as many wins this year as he did in the last eight seasons combined. That’s about as much as I can give you on NASCAR.

Shot to the Heart---

Have you been following John Bon Jovi’s efforts to lead a group trying to buy the Buffalo Bills? Fans have vilified Bon Jovi because his two partners are big hitters in Toronto and the thought is that should this group buy the club they would move it north of the border. It got bad enough that the New Jersey rocker actually wrote an open letter to fans trying to allay their fears, but nowhere in it did it say that they would keep the team on the American side of Niagara Falls. Now fans are back to reacting to him like he was Nickelback.

By the way, one of the best moments last weekend at the NFL Hall of Fame induction was authored by a pair of former Bills, when cancer stricken Jim Kelly threw a pass to former teammate and new inductee Andre Reed.

Full disclosure---

My kids made me watch Sharknado 2 the other night, then when they lost interest—I made them watch with me. There’s something compelling about watching something that’s so historically bad and no, this wasn’t so bad it was good…it just plain sucked. I found myself actually pulling for the Sharks.