The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's have the two best records in baseball, they also have the highest run differentials in the game, although, at +115, the A's is nearly twice as many as the Giants, the next closest team.

Royal optimism---

At the same time last year, the Royals were actually two games worse than they are right now, and they still rallied to win 86 times.  This is about the time that the Royals got hot last year, winning six straight, nine of 10, and 11 of 13. Last year, they had a nine game win streak and won four straight or more five times, so far this season they've done it only once.

Kansas City had a great second-half of July and won 17 times in September to get to 86, which still left them 5 1/2  games out of the playoffs. If you believe that 90 is the number of wins they need to be in the post-season picture (last season it was 92), the Royals would have to go 64-42 the rest of the season to do it. So, yes, they need to start heating up pretty quickly.

Myers on the DL---

Badly slumping Will Myers, the principle Royal in the trade with Tampa for James Shields last year, has been put on the disabled list with a bad wrist.  Hitting just .227, he still has five homers, but hasn't hit with any consistency after a really nice rookie season.  Depending on what happens to the Royals this year and to Shields in free agency next summer, this is a deal that will probably look worse than it actually was in about two or three years, when Myers, only 23 , comes into maturity as a Big League hitter.

Who do you think he wanted to see?

LeBron James and the Heat split a two game series with the Spurs and Thunder this year, but The Kings averaged 33.5 points against OKC and just 18.5 against San Antonio.

Everyone gets a medal---

I congratulated this spring's state champions in this very blog two days ago.  Winning a state title, under any circumstance, is something to be very proud of.  With that being said, did you know that the Kansas State High School Activities Association awards, roughly, 131 team titles from 16 sports during the school year?  One-hundred-and-thirty-one!  Does that seem like overkill, or is it good that everyone seems to win a medal these days?

Are you in?

The Stanley Cup Finals start Wednesday in Los Angeles with the New York Rangers facing the Kings.  LA is the first team in NHL playoff history to win three straight 'game sevens.'  They rallied from 3 games down to beat San Jose, and were down 3-2 to Anaheim before winning games six and seven.  Even Sunday night in Chicago, they were down 2-0 and 3-2 in game seven before coming back to force overtime where they won it.  It should be a really good final, most Stanley Cups are.

Wildly divergent opinions---

You get a wide range of pre-season prognostications on K-State which I've seen as high as 14 nationally, to the mid 40's and a bunch in between. Bill Snyder has to find a blind-side offensive tackle for quarterback Jake Waters and there's real questions in the run game, otherwise this should be a pretty good football team.

Former Shocker in title hunt---

Tim Walton, who won 123 games in three years at Wichita State from 2003-05, is in his fifth Women's College World Series in six years with Florida.  He's finished second twice in Oklahoma City, but has never won it.  His Gators are in the best of three final with SEC rival Alabama starting tonight.