Vahe Gregorian

KU team’s multiple personalities have become its personality

At times, Kansas coach Bill Self says, “we can really, really, really guard.” Other times, KU’s defensive game is “average,” which in Self-speak is code for unacceptable. Such peaks and dips and ruts and spurts are to be expected in the course of a season, naturally — but Self was talking about a more compressed time frame.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals G.M. Dayton Moore has earned not just faith, but trust

No, the Royals didn’t win the World Series, and there’s no assurance they’ll make it back soon. Just the same, the 2014 season created a transformative new frame of reference. It’s one that says “same old Royals” is an obsolete term, that you needn’t look at every setback as crippling, that a trapdoor isn’t inevitably waiting to spring open, and that it’s rational to have hope.

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