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June 4, 2014

The Dirty Kanza 200 – wow! What an event! Congratulations to the organizers and all who participated and helped out. It was great day to be in Emporia!

          In case you didn’t hear: 727 riders pre-registered for the DK-200 and 465 finished the 200 miles. Both numbers were records.

          The ½ Pint drew 498 entries with 320 finishing the over 100 mile trek. Again both numbers were records. Add in over 200 fun riders in the 50 and 20 mile events and well….. that’s a lot of bikers.

          And the future looks bright if they don’t have a problem with their name.

          Good friend Marvin Tajchman sent me piece called “Politically Correct.” It’s about the hub-bub about nicknames. For example the Washington Redskins: some would dispute they are being held up as fine warriors suggesting this is a racial slur.

          The piece asks so what about the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians?

          Soon Catholics should be outraged about the use of Saints, Angels and Padres for nicknames.

          Pirates? Pirates weren’t good guys, so that one should go too.

          And heaven help us how have we allowed our kids to be fans of the Milwaukee Brewers. That my friends is the demon’s rum.

          And before I talk about the Dirty Kanza’s name let’s examine the Los Angles Clippers.

          What you say?

          The Clipper’s owner – Donald Sterling – made some very outrageous racial remarks and some are actually saying his association with the Clippers means they should change their nickname.

          My concern (for fun) is that someone will hear about the Dirty Kanza and realize that one of the meanings associated with ‘dirty” can be smutty. We sure don’t want smutty and Kanza in the same sentence do we?

          Actually when you see a rider finish the DK-200 you know which kind of dirty we are talking about.

          Great name; even greater event and the greatest potential we have in our town.

          Thank you again, I’m Steve Sauder