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  • Off The Beat | July 06, 2014

    Real sports for patriots


    This newspaper was made in America. You’re probably reading this in America. I’m an American with my American blood running through my American veins. If you can’t tell, I’m excited about America. One of my favorite ways to display patriotism is

  • Off The Beat | June 29, 2014

    No longer dreading the ‘twang’


    Several years ago, Country Stampede might have been my worst nightmare. I didn’t like country music at all growing up. Maybe it’s because it was so pervasive in rural Kansas. My area of the state didn’t have many of the latest tunes

  • Off The Beat | June 22, 2014

    Stuck in the bleachers


    When the Mercury staff started putting together a team for the city co-rec softball league, everyone was on board… except for me. I try to get to “Angry Alpacas” games as a spectator, but there was no way I was going out on that diamond.

  • Off The Beat | June 15, 2014

    Beat it, pop music haters


    I have something to admit. I need to come out and say that I like pop music, which is ironically not a popular thing to admit. For people like me, the admission is spoken with inflection full of shame. But I’m ashamed no more.

  • Off The Beat | June 08, 2014

    Reset button would come in handy

    Brian mug.phatch

    Oh, reset button You’re so small, yet so powerful You impacted my life as a young video gamer You erased problems the virtual world threw at me Glitches Freezes The game being an ignorant cheat Your presence comforts me I sometimes long for you

  • Off The Beat | June 01, 2014

    Real-life Iron Man


    Let me tell you about one of my many heroes. No, I’m not going to name an X-Man or Star Wars character this time (that’s the next column, most likely). Still though, this hero is amazingly similar to Marvel’s Tony Stark, a.

  • Off The Beat | May 25, 2014

    Summer less fun for teachers’ loved ones


    It was great growing up as a teacher’s kid. Maybe you’ve heard people use the term ‘preacher’s kid’ or ‘PK’ to describe the child of a pastor, minister or other religious leader. And along with that label come certain expectations. I guess

  • Off The Beat | May 18, 2014

    ACRONYM: a recipe for success

    Brian mug.phatch

    I’ve spent the equivalent of college here in Manhattan. I came to the Manhattan Mercury as a wideeyed youth in August 2010. Now it’s May 2014, and I’m a hardened man who’s ready to graduate to the next stage of life much like

  • Off The Beat | May 11, 2014

    ’Ville office was comic book heaven


    When I was a 10-year-old boy living in Wamego, my favorite place to go when we visited Manhattan was a real estate office in Aggieville. But I wasn’t looking for bargains on new homes. I wasn’t seeking my own apartment. Instead I was

  • Off The Beat | May 04, 2014

    It’s never too late to take another swing

    Baseball and I didn’t have the best breakup. But Sunday afternoon, I’ll be forced to reunite with my long-time flame. That’s when The Mercury’s Angry Alpacas will take the field for our first exhibition game in Manhattan’s co-rec slow-pitch softball

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