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The New Observer: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” Review

November 17, 2022

  Harry Potter’s chokehold on pop culture is incredible, as the Wizarding World has continued to enchant fans around the globe for over 20 years.    Despite having 500 million copies sold and grossing almost $2.4 billion at the box office, I was not a part of the magical...

Kansas City Roos, Mens Basketball

Coach Marvin Menzies Making an Early Impact: A Closer Look at the Kansas City Roos

October 20, 2022

 After an offseason of major changes, Head Coach Marvin Menzies and his staff have one goal in mind; elevate the Kansas City Roos men’s basketball team.   “It's time now for his program to blossom. We need to take it to the next level. That's what we're here to...

Kansas City Royals

UMKC Student Pushed By Davante Adams During Chiefs Game

October 12, 2022

Update: Davante Adams has been cited for assault, according to Kansas City Municipal Court records. He deleted his statement from Twitter on Oct. 13. In a viral clip, Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams shoved an ESPN cameraman. The crew member identified...

Photo of wreck courtesy of Anchor Island Coffees Instagram page

Anchor Island Coffee Looks to Re-Open Soon After Car Hits Store

September 21, 2022

UPDATE: The truck was stolen prior to the collision, according to the vehicle owner's Facebook post. As he sat in his house with his pets, Armando Vasquez received a phone call from one of his employees. They needed him urgently to come to the shop. He was shocked at...

Anchor Island Coffee

Anchor Island Coffee Temporarily Shut Down After A Late Accident

September 21, 2022

Anchor Island Coffee employees were shocked when a speeding truck slammed into the restaurant during the evening hours on Tuesday.  The accident occurred at around 7 p.m. The restaurant is located on Troost Avenue in the heart of KCMO.  In footage taken by one...

Kansas City Roos, Riley Moore, Womens Soccer

Kansas City’s mistakes lead to a 0-5 loss to Saint Louis

August 29, 2022

 The Kansas City Roos lose to the Saint Louis Billikens 0-5 after making multiple mistakes on defense. The game started with a defensive duel, as neither team could get anything going on offense. From time to time, the Roos attempted to make a push for a goal, but Saint Louis’...

Kansas City Roos, Mens Soccer, Kazuki Kimura

Kansas City allows an early goal in the season opener, as they lose 0-1 to Duke

August 25, 2022

On opening night, the Kansas City Men's Soccer team tried their best to keep up, but an early Drake Bulldogs goal led to a 0-1 loss on opening night. Here are some key takeaways from tonight’s performance.  The Roos set their sights on an early goal, as senior midfielder...

UrinatingTree, YouTube

Q/A with UrinatingTree

August 25, 2022

UrinatingTree is a sports-based Youtube channel founded by Steve Linkowski in 2010. Starting as an unknown video game reviewer and bartender, Linkowski’s historical videos on sports franchises and weekly uploads that cover the NFL season jolted him to over 500,000 subscribers....

Tom Grossi

Q&A with Tom Grossi

August 25, 2022

The Packast is a channel rising rapidly on the YouTube platform, created by former comedian and teacher Tom Grossi. In anticipation of my upcoming article series, Grossi provides some backstory to some of his most popular video/streaming concepts and the future of his show. The...

UrinatingTree, YouTube

Q&A with Urinating Tree

August 25, 2022

UrinatingTree is a sports-based Youtube channel founded by Steve Linkowski in 2010. Even though he started as an unknown video game reviewer, his historical videos on sports franchises and weekly uploads that cover the NFL season jolted him to over 500K subscribers. During...

Chiefs address defensive needs and nail the draft

Chiefs address defensive needs and nail the draft

May 3, 2022

Wow. I was so wrong about my mock draft, but in all the right ways.  The 2022 NFL Draft ended this past Saturday with the Kansas City Chiefs changing the lives of ten college athletes. After looking over the numerous selections, here are my quick thoughts on who the...

The Kansas City Chiefs prepare to draft this Thursday, with 12 total picks. (KC Kingdom)

Kansas City Chiefs mock draft

April 27, 2022

The Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason continues with the 2022 NFL Draft. With 12 draft picks at their disposal (four picks in the top 60), this will be a great opportunity for the organization to bolster a Super Bowl-ready team that’s in need of multiple positions.  For...

Menzies returns to coaching after a two-year absence. (UMKC)

UMKC announces new head coach for men’s basketball

April 26, 2022

The athletic departments has officially announced Marvin Menzies will serve as the new men’s basketball head coach following the departure of Billy Donlon. Menzies started his career with Santa Monica Community College as an assistant head coach. He went on to work under...

The impact of the Tyreek Hill trade for the Chiefs

The impact of the Tyreek Hill trade for the Chiefs

April 5, 2022

In an unexpected move, the Kansas City Chiefs traded away star wideout Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. In return, Kansas City received five picks. These include a 2022 first, second and fourth-round pick. They will also receive a 2023 fourth and sixth-round pick.  In...

Women’s basketball: Kansas Citys second quarter collapse leads to loss against Northern Iowa

Women’s basketball: Kansas City’s second quarter collapse leads to loss against Northern Iowa

March 21, 2022

After being selected into the WNIT tournament, the Kansas City Roos bowed out quickly after losing to the Northern Iowa Panthers 75-58.  Senior guard Naomie Alnatas led the team once again in scoring, totaling 24 points in 35 minutes. She also provided three steals,...

The Roos will continue their postseason play in the Womens National Invitation Tournament. (Julia Kapros/Roo News)

Women’s basketball: Summit League Tournament ends abruptly for Roos, key players set to return

March 15, 2022

Kansas City’s record-breaking season ended on a harsh note when the South Dakota Coyotes knocked the Roos out of the Summit League Tournament.  After defeating North Dakota State 81-74, the Roos lost significantly to the Coyotes by a 81-67 margin. Offensively, Kansas...

The Kansas City Roos walk off the court during a Saturday evening matchup. (Julia Kapros/Roo News)

Women’s basketball: Kansas City battles North Dakota State in opening round of conference tournament

March 6, 2022

The Kansas City Roos will travel to Sioux Falls for the Summit League Tournament to face North Dakota State on March 6 at 3 p.m. Under coach Jacie Hoyt, the Roos have had one of their best seasons. She led her team to a 22-7 record, tied for the most wins since 1991-1992. Even...

Men’s basketball: Roos dominant first half helps them cruise past South Dakota

Men’s basketball: Roos dominant first half helps them cruise past South Dakota

February 28, 2022

In front of a rowdy crowd last Thursday, a composed Kansas City Roos team bested South Dakota 72-63. Graduate guard Evan Gilyard II dominated the Coyotes defense in an impressive first half. With his step-back jumpers and ability to weave around defenders inside the paint,...

Mandy Willems (#21) hugging Namoie Alnatas (#3) after defeating the Bisons 76-67. (Julia Kapros/Roo News)

Women’s basketball: Roos celebrate Senior Night with win over North Dakota State

February 22, 2022

A well-prepared North Dakota State Bisons squad couldn’t stop the Kansas City Roos on Senior Night. The Roos turned up the intensity in the final minutes of Saturday’s game, cementing their 76-67 victory.  Graduate forward Brooklyn McDavid’s smooth fadeaway shot...

Women’s basketball: Bradley cements win over Golden Eagles with steal-and-score

Women’s basketball: Bradley cements win over Golden Eagles with steal-and-score

February 16, 2022

Graduate forward Kiara Bradley’s late-game heroics ended Oral Roberts’ comeback on Saturday, cementing the Roos 69-63 victory. The performance was one of Bradley’s best games this season. She led the way with 19 points (12 of her points came from the three-point line,...

Men’s basketball: Kansas City’s last-minute offensive explosion helps them soar past St. Thomas

Men’s basketball: Kansas City’s last-minute offensive explosion helps them soar past St. Thomas

February 7, 2022

The 13-9 Kansas City Roos faced the 8-12 St. Thomas Tommies for the first time in UMKC history on Thursday night. By the time the clock hit zero, however, both teams looked like classic rivals.  Kansas City’s first points came via Arkel Lamar’s three-point shot,...

Women’s basketball: Kansas City rallies in the fourth quarter, defeats Western Illinois 74-66

Women’s basketball: Kansas City rallies in the fourth quarter, defeats Western Illinois 74-66

February 2, 2022

From the moment senior guard Naomie Alnatas scored the first points of the game, Kansas City entered a classic slugfest against Western Illinois on Monday night.  Graduate forward Brooklyn McDavid led the way early with some impressive post moves and physicality to get...

The Chiefs beat the Bills in a captivating 4th quarter battle. (Chiefs Wire)

Recap: Chiefs advance to the AFC Championship with stunning victory over Buffalo

January 26, 2022

In my many years of watching the Kansas City Chiefs play, I never felt the way I did Sunday night.  It was almost the end of the fourth quarter. The ever-so-athletic Josh Allen had delivered a deadly strike to his up-and-coming wide receiver Gabriel Davis. I got up from...

Chiefs’ defense dominates, leads to a 19-9 win

Takeaways from Chiefs’ defensive domination, 19-9 win over Dallas

November 29, 2021

Before last Sunday’s bout between the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs, fans and analysts set expectations for both of these offenses.  The Cowboys’ offense, led by the fifth-year veteran Dak Prescott, was then surging against an uninspiring Atlanta Falcons’...

Tyreek Hill had a return to form on Sunday, recording 83 receiving yards and two touchdowns. (Arrowhead Pride)

Takeaways from the Chiefs statement win over the Las Vegas Raiders

November 18, 2021

Before the Kansas City Chiefs’ 41-14 win against the Las Vegas Raiders, I wrote an article on Patrick Mahomes’ recent decline.  After gathering as much information as possible, I concluded that his poor play looked similar to his weaknesses in college. I wasn’t...

The former MVP has struggled more this season than any other time in his career. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Patrick Mahomes has lost his status as the best quarterback in the NFL

November 12, 2021

The Kansas City Chiefs megastar is no longer the golden standard.  While superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes bested the Green Bay Packers 13-7 this past Sunday, fans all across the Kingdom saw him make some irregular throws, conservative plays and minimal deep passes.  He...

The Chiefs defeated the Rodger-less Packers 13-7. (Arrowhead Addict)

Takeaways and reactions from Chiefs’ win over Packers

November 12, 2021

After Aaron Rodgers was ruled out due to COVID-19, the Green Bay Packers announced that 2019 first-round pick Jordan Love would start in his first game. Fans expected the Kansas City Chiefs to make some significant changes to the playbook, but head coach Andy Reid said otherwise.  "They're...

Takeaways and reactions Monday night: Chiefs’ offense still has some issues, defense looked solid

Takeaways and reactions Monday night: Chiefs’ offense still has some issues, defense looked solid

November 4, 2021

Chiefs’ fans all across Kansas City set their eyes on Monday Night Football against the last-place New York Giants. After taking a terrible loss against the Tennessee Titans, many were losing faith in the team. That feeling hasn’t gone away. The Chiefs barely managed...

Women’s soccer: Roos lose control and composure in last minute defeat

Women’s soccer: Roos lose control and composure in last minute defeat

November 3, 2021

Kansas City bowed out of the regular season with a disappointing but encouraging 2-1 loss to Oral Roberts.  The match opened with a hot start by senior forward Emily Jensen. Within the first ten minutes, Jensen found the back of the net for the first and only Roos’...

Women’s soccer: Kansas City notches win in last match against St. Thomas

Women’s soccer: Kansas City notches win in last match against St. Thomas

October 28, 2021

After a hard-fought game against Western Illinois, Kansas City kept its head up and secured a win against St. Thomas on Sunday.  The match kicked off with an early goal attempt by St. Thomas, but Kansas City’s sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Caldwell found herself at...

Takeaways and reactions from loss to Titans_ Chiefs’ defense can’t get it right, Mahomes continues to decline

Takeaways and reactions from loss to Titans: Chiefs’ defense can’t get it right, Mahomes continues to decline

October 27, 2021

Imagine if you had a best friend who recently got into improv. They invite you to watch a show that he’s been prepping for weeks. However, his entire show is terrible, but you still have to support him because you’ve been there for him since the beginning.  That’s...

Women’s soccer: Kansas City’s offense looked limited in loss to Western Illinois

Women’s soccer: Kansas City’s offense looked limited in loss to Western Illinois

October 26, 2021

Western Illinois contained the Roos’ inconsistent offense on Friday, squeezing in a mid-match goal to defeat Kansas City 1-0.  The match was a defensive slugfest, and Kansas City’s defense played their hearts out for the entire 90 minutes of play.  Throughout...

Takeaways and reactions from Chiefs rollercoaster win over Washington

Takeaways and reactions from Chiefs rollercoaster win over Washington

October 20, 2021

While a distressing first half spelled doom for the team, a miraculous second-half performance by the Kansas City Chiefs equated to a crucial win against the Washington Football Team. Here are some key takeaways from Sunday’s rollercoaster matchup. A tale of two teams As...

Women’s soccer: Kansas City’s defense rebounds in victory over Omaha

Women’s soccer: Kansas City’s defense rebounds in victory over Omaha

October 20, 2021

Kansas City’s defense and a game-winning goal allowed the team to soar past Omaha on Sunday, winning the match 2-1.  The game commenced with some bombastic energy from the Roos’ offense. Graduate student Kassi Ginther launched a screamer into the net and scored quickly...

The Roos only managed to put up one score against Denver, losing 6-1.

Women’s soccer: Defense gets roughed up, Kansas City loses to Denver 6-1

October 18, 2021

Kansas City looked stifled on both sides of the field in Friday’s 6-1 loss against Denver.  The Roos’ defense tripped up within the first two minutes, and Denver was poised to score in an instant. Luckily, sophomore goalie Mackenzie Caldwell made a crucial save to...

The Chiefs lost to the Bills in primetime on Sunday. (Sam Lutz)

Takeaways and reactions from Chiefs’ letdown against Bills

October 13, 2021

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to make mistakes and were dismantled by a mighty Buffalo Bills team in Sunday’s 20-38 loss. Here are some takeaways and some thoughts on Sunday’s abysmal matchup.  Mahomes is no longer best in the league Star quarterback Patrick...

Women’s soccer: Kansas City continues scoreless streak, loses to South Dakota

Women’s soccer: Kansas City continues scoreless streak, loses to South Dakota

October 12, 2021

Kansas City’s lamented offense once again could not find the back of the net once on Sunday, closing at the scoreless weekend with a 0-1 loss to South Dakota. The Coyotes came out strong from the jump. They executed a counterattack in the fourth minute and scored a goal...

Women’s soccer: Kansas City goes scoreless in loss to South Dakota State

Women’s soccer: Kansas City goes scoreless in loss to South Dakota State

October 11, 2021

Kansas City dropped Friday’s match to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in a 0-1 defeat.  The first 15 minutes showed promise for the offense and the remastered squad, where they attempted five total shots while keeping South Dakota State scoreless. In that timespan,...

Roo Song Roundup: songs to match the autumn vibes

Roo Song Roundup: songs to match the autumn vibes

October 6, 2021

The fall season has commenced. That’s right, folks, it’s time to bring out the pumpkin spice lattes and the nifty sweaters. Most of all, it’s time to pull out those classic seasonal playlists. While some might enjoy songs that mention this fabulous season in their lyrics,...

Kansas City women’s soccer dominates first conference games, secures back-to-back wins

Women’s soccer: Kansas City dominates first conference games, secures back-to-back wins

October 5, 2021

Kansas City’s women’s soccer found its stride over the weekend, nabbing back-to-back victories in the first matches of Summit League play.  The series opened with Friday’s matchup against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Kansas City started hot, and the team attempted...

Andy Reid became the first head coach in NFL history to have 100 wins with two teams. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Takeaways and reactions from Chiefs’ electric, bounce-back win

October 4, 2021

The Kansas City Chiefs had a field day on offense Sunday, racking up 471 yards in their 42-30 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. With big plays by both sides of the football, here are some key takeaways. Offense added a new dimension A lifeless running game has haunted...

Opinion: Rae’s Café and the contagious threat it poses to KC

Opinion: Rae’s Café and the contagious threat it poses to KC

September 30, 2021

As a “cheesemonger” for the Better Cheddar, a local cheese shop on the Country Club Plaza, getting to meet customers is a staple of my position. During a normal work day, about one of every three customers break the store’s mask policy — these are often the usual suspects...

Takeaways and reactions from Chiefs’ loss to Chargers

Takeaways and reactions from Chiefs’ loss to Chargers

September 28, 2021

The expectations were high for the Kansas City Chiefs this week. After a brutal loss to the Baltimore Ravens, there was an assumption that the team would defeat the Los Angeles Chargers.  However, the Chiefs’ poor play instead led to a massive 30-24 loss to the Chargers....

Run defense and late fumble lead to a Chiefs loss

Run defense and late fumble lead to a Chiefs loss

September 20, 2021

The Kansas City Chiefs could not stop Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens rushing attack as they lost 35-36 on Sunday night. Here are some key takeaways from the Chiefs' first loss of the season. Run defense is a liability The Chiefs were able to make some big plays...

Kansas City falls to Drake, unable to deliver on offense

Women’s soccer: Kansas City falls to Drake, unable to deliver on offense

September 20, 2021

Kansas City’s women’s soccer team fell to the Drake Bulldogs on Friday in a tough 2-0 loss. For the first 45 minutes of play, Drake’s stout defense kept the Roos stifled while Kansas City did an excellent job on the defensive side of the ball Roos sophomore goalkeeper...

Kansas City’s men’s soccer team stays afloat, defeats SIUE 1-0 in a thriller

Men’s soccer: Kansas City stays afloat, defeats SIUE 1-0 in a thriller

September 13, 2021

In a game of defensive prowess, Kansas City men’s soccer managed to squeeze in a goal in the 80th minute to defeat the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cougars. During the wild matchup Kansas City had multiple chances to score, starting with a penalty kick by sophomore...

Chiefs roster cut recap

Chiefs roster cut recap

September 7, 2021

As the NFL prepares itself for yet another season, teams like the Kansas City Chiefs must trim their roster to 53 total players. Here is a look at some surprising departures, expected cuts and players the Chiefs could bring in to bolster the squad.  Surprising cuts One...

Jan 11, 1970; New Orleans, LA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback (16) Len Dawson in the offensive huddle during Super Bowl IV against the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo By Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports © Copyright Manny Rubio

The ten greatest seasons in Chiefs history

April 27, 2021

10. 1986: breaking the bad streak Prior to the ‘86 season, the Chiefs were downright bad. Kansas City was always in the bottom part of their division, and the team had not been to the playoffs since the Hank Stram era. In the 15 years since they last entered the playoffs,...

Kansas City took advantage of the Western Illinois pitchers on Saturday, leading to back-to-back victories in the four-game stretch. (Instagram)

Women’s softball: Kansas City wheels and deals, wins first two games of four-game series

April 26, 2021

Kansas City took advantage of the Western Illinois pitchers on Saturday, leading to back-to-back victories in the four-game stretch.  The Roos offense was clicking on all fronts, resulting in two masterful games. In the first game, both teams were scoreless through two...

In a two-game series against South Dakota, Kansas City softball relied on a surging offense but could not capitalize defensively, winning only one game. (Instagram)

Kansas City softball scores big offensively, splits two-game series against South Dakota

April 20, 2021

In a two-game series against South Dakota, Kansas City softball relied on a surging offense but could not capitalize defensively, winning only one game.  After facing the likes of Wichita State and Kansas, the Roos were tasked with defeating the South Dakota Coyotes...

Throughout the season, the Roos offense could not pull anything together. The lack of assists and chemistry proves the idea that the team should train on effective ways to score.
(Instagram)

UMKC’s offense comes up empty, ends their season on back-to-back loses

April 15, 2021

Kansas City women’s soccer laid two giant goose eggs against #39 ranked Denver earlier this week, failing to score in either of their two games. The Roos unfortunately end their season on a 4-12-1 record.  The Roos once again could not keep up with their opponent offensively,...

The argument for whether transgender women should be allowed to play in womens sports has gone on for far too long. (Sports Illustrated)

Transgender women belong in sports

April 13, 2021

Recently, the sports world has been going through immense changes in reconciling with its history of discrimination. Coaches who are women are becoming common in sports that are male dominated. More men and women have come out and are proud of how they identify. Hell, people...

The Chiefs may have missed out on several good opportunities with free agency players, but here are some players they could pick in the draft to make up for it. (Sporting News)

The 2021 Kansas City Chiefs mock draft

April 7, 2021

Kansas City had a so-so free agency, failing to bring in multiple free agent targets. Aside from signing Joe Thuney, Jarran Reed, Kyle Long and others, no one wanted to sign with Kansas City.  The Chiefs missed out on players like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Trent Williams...

Kansas City played a total of 110 minutes and the defense was in the zone during Friday’s soccer match. (Instagram)

Women’s soccer: Kansas City and Omaha tie in a scoreless, double-overtime draw

March 22, 2021

Kansas City played a total of 110 minutes and the defense was in the zone during Friday’s soccer match. The offense, however, was a different story.  This game was a reminder of how the Roos need to step it up on offense. From Feb. 28 to March 20, Kansas City had a...

A large group of KC Chiefs players standing around with their helmets on, players 95, 92, 50, 45, and 35 are standing within this group

Kansas City Chiefs free agency recap

March 22, 2021

At the beginning of free agency, the Chiefs had some clear decisions to make. Kansas City got rid of both offensive tackles and lost a couple key players. A few days later, the Chiefs managed to fill in some of their many needs. With that in mind, here are some of the recent...

Offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, with four leaning forward and Patrick Mahomes standing back and up behind the offensive linemen

How Kansas City can fix the offensive line issue

March 16, 2021

After the Kansas City Chiefs surprised the NFL with the release of starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported hours later that former starting center Austin Reiter is expected to find another team in free agency.  These...

UMKC Roos softball player bending down with her mitt close to the ground to scoop up an incoming bright yellow softball

Women’s softball: Kansas City falls to Oklahoma in a 6-2 loss after beating Houston

March 15, 2021

After accepting the invitation to the Hall of Fame Tournament, Kansas City’s softball team delivered a huge win in the first of two games on Friday. They beat the University of Houston 9-3, where offense was the name of the game. But then came the best team in the nation. Facing...

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