This Is Boot Camp And We Are Serious

by Kevin Burton    I think this thing is going to come down to water.    My wife Jeannette has declared a boot camp.  It started Monday. I signed up right away when I heard about it.    This is despite the fact that I don’t know the terms and conditions or how long it …

Quick Music Fans, What Is A Groove?

by Kevin Burton    One of my beep baseball coaches called me “the answer man.” This time, I struck out.   My wife asked me “What is a groove?” I am an amateur musician and somewhat of a historian. You would think that question would be right in my wheelhouse.      I gave perhaps the …

Leaving Comfort Zone, Finding True Love

by Kevin Burton    When we started a beep baseball team in Wichita, my then girlfriend-now wife Jeannette was issued uniform number 5.    Why? Glad you asked.     It’s anniversary week with the Burtons. Ten years ago yesterday we tied the knot after five years of dating.  I’ve talked about this from several angles, …

The Truth About Losing A Friend

by Kevin Burton    There was a day in 1995 that shook me and shaped me.         My best friend from fourth grade up into young adulthood had died the night before. I didn’t know it yet. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time, because I had moved out of state.     …

Sometimes A Fantasy Is All You Need

by Kevin Burton    If the NFL season ended at this writing, my Bengals would be included in the playoffs. They would travel to Kansas City for a first-round game.    Blood rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh, though they are having fairly good seasons, would be excluded if the playoffs began today.  How sweet is that? …

Hey Yahoo, Ya-hooey, Out Of My Face!

by Kevin Burton    I’ve got Travis Kelce on my fantasy team.    Such a sentence I never thought I would utter. But there you have it.    Tuesday night was draft night for the USA Legends fantasy football league.  The Legends were/are a new beep baseball team made up of older players from all …

Can Fantasy Football Save NFL Sundays?

by Kevin Burton     How starved are you for NFL football?   Did you watch the game last night?    People you’ve never heard of wearing Dallas Cowboys uniforms vs people you’ve never heard of wearing Pittsburgh Steelers uniforms.  Watered-down exhibition junk. Did you watch that?    If I put on the uniform of one of …

Vipers Alums Together In Hall Of Fame

by Kevin Burton    More notes from the Beep Baseball World Series just competed Saturday:    I did not know until the day before the ceremony that my longtime Columbus teammate and friend Rob Weigand was being inducted into the Beep Baseball Hall of Fame at the same time I was.    I was notified …

The Hall Call That Pete Rose Never Got

by Kevin Burton    An open letter to a “friend” of sorts, Pete Rose. Dear Pete,    In my house I always had to defend you.    My father didn’t respect you, said you got all your hits with two outs and nobody on and hit into double plays with men on.     I never …

Legends Hang On, Beat Bayou City Heat

by Kevin Burton    The USA Legends scored six in the top of the first, then held on to beat Bayou City 11-10 Friday.    The win earned the team 11th place in the 2021 National Beep Baseball Association World Series.  The grand experiment in AARP beepball netted four wins and four losses against younger …