Play It Forward: Oct. 13-19 on your sports calendar — We confess: We’re all caught up with the Royal Family Values

Kansas City fans cheers after the Royals defeated the Orioles, 6-4, in Game 2 of the ALCS in Baltimore on Saturday. (AP  Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City fans cheers after the Royals defeated the Orioles, 6-4, in Game 2 of the ALCS in Baltimore on Saturday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

MLB PLAYOFFS:
AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES:

BALTIMORE vs. KANSAS CITY
Details/TV: Game 3 at Kansas City: Monday at 5 p.m., TBS:

Royals' Mike Moustakas (8) celebrates with Salvador Perez, right, after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Royals’ Mike Moustakas (8) celebrates with Salvador Perez, right, after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This wild-card-deluxe, “Party Like Its 1985” Royals story just keeps getting wilder. The 6-0 run to start the playoffs is ridiculous enough to where TBS analyst Pedro Martinez said after their ninth-inning rally to win Game 2: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen more exciting baseball, and I’ve never been in a series when you’ve seen more excitement than you’ve seen today.” The story got even better over the weekend when a 50-year-old Wisconsin banker named Jerry Kuehl decided to come clean and return a banner he stole from Royals Stadium after Game 1 of the ‘85 World Series. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he saw the Royals lose that opener, 3-1, before going on to win the series in seven games behind Bret Saberhagen. Standing near the foul pole where an eight-foot-long bunting, with an eagle beneath the word “Welcome,” started flapping, Kuehl said he grabbed the flag off the rail, put it under his jacket and hung the souvenir above his dorm room bed. Years later, guilt pangs took over. “I just considered it a novelty item at first,” he said. “Then I realized, I stole this. I never considered myself a person who steals.” After Kuehl watched the Royals win their wildcard game against Oakland, he put the flag in a FedEx box, addressed it to Kauffman Stadium, and wrote a letter of redemption confessing his crime – and included a check for $250 to Royals Charities. You think the Royals organization is mad at him now? If they make it to the World Series, Baseball Hall of Fame director Curt Nelson said he’ll consider making space for the banner in Cooperstown along with Kuehl’s confession letter. The way things are going in KC these days …

Also:
Game 4 at Kansas City, Tuesday at 5 p.m., TBS
If necessary:
Game 5 at Kansas City, Wednesday at 1 p.m., TBS
Game 6 at Baltimore, Friday at 5 p.m., TBS
Game 7 at Baltimore, Saturday at 5 p.m., TBS

ALSO THIS WEEK:

USC's Nelson Agholor  celebrates his second-half touchdown at Arizona on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

USC’s Nelson Agholor celebrates his second-half touchdown at Arizona on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Maybe you’ve noticed this upside down trend going on in the Pac-12: The visiting teams rule. They’ve won 14 of the 18 conference games, including all three last Saturday and all five the weekend before. So if 4-2 UCLA doesn’t know what to do with themselves after back-to-back home conference losses, a quick trip to Cal (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7 or ESPN2) may be rehabilitating. As well as debilitating for USC, the only school with three Pac-12 wins at the moment and having to play host to Colorado (Saturday, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network), looking for its first conference win. The Galaxy and Seattle Sounders start a home-and-home series to end Major League Soccer’s regular season (StubHub Center, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., ESPN), the Kings have three home games (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, the last one at noon) while the Ducks finally have their first home game (Friday, 7 p.m., vs. Minnesota), and Week 8 of college football should be highlighted by unbeaten Notre Dame’s visit to unbeaten Florida State (Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7). Here’s the complete breakdown.

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