The whole thing played out a bit like that same movie youve watched, oh, 10 times now. Brain-rattling noise in the beginning, talented opponent plays well enough to stay close for a while, then, blammo, a three-pointer here and an ally-oop there and No. 8 Kansas is finishing off an 83-75 win over Oklahoma and another Big 12 championship to a Rock Chalk Chant soundtrack at Allen Fieldhouse.
They say that college rushes by in the blink of an eye, but Will Spradling has packed so much in. Hes been in the front seat on Kansas States growth from a creation of Michael Beasley and Jacob Pullen to the kind of sustained success thats been just out of reach for most of the programs history.
For all of the success delivered by first-year head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, what the Chiefs do in their second offseason will be just as important — and much more difficult — than what they did in their first.
The lingering criticism of an otherwise very solid Royals offseason is that right-hander Ervin Santana remains a free agent, available to the highest bidder, and a lot of fans have a hard time with the fact that the highest bidder almost certainly will not be the Royals.
But before we get to the business of the 2014 Royals, its worth a few minutes here to talk about the, um, business of the 2014 Royals. Following the Royals means following payroll, spending habits and whos under club control for how long. So this is as good a time to look closely at how the team is being supported by an owner who generally has the approval rating of the flu among fans.
Kansas States 85-82 overtime win Monday over No. 7 Kansas is complete, just the programs fourth win in 52 tries. This is the kind of moment that can help define a season, and there is no better way for a basketball coach to win hearts and minds here than to beat the Jayhawks.
Michael Sam is now more than just a football player, more than a college student, more than a two-star recruit from a small town in Texas who grew into the SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri. He is now Michael Sam, the most prominent active male athlete on the major American sports scene to tell the world he is gay.
The last college rivalry standing in Kansas City is more like a food fight between siblings than a border war between sworn enemies. It is more of a complicated brotherhood than fundamental hatred. Kansas vs. Kansas State could use more competition and a few more moments and would it be too much to ask for a few vocal villains?
These words were going to be about a football game at Arrowhead Stadium, but then a man died after a fight in the parking lot. This column was going to be about a team that won its first nine games and now looks overwhelmed after losing a third straight game, this time 35-28 to the Broncos, but that now feels incredibly empty.
John Dorsey wants to see quarterbacks in person. Has to, really. The Chiefs general manager can watch an offensive lineman or a running back or a defensive tackle on film and have a pretty good idea what hes looking at. But quarterbacks are different. Quarterbacks are harder. Evaluating quarterbacks requires a little more attention.
Like the man who opened the door to the major leagues for black players, 42, the new film about Jackie Robinson, will honor the memories of so many of them at Kansas Citys Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
An infant girl wakes up this morning without parents, both dead, dad killing mom and then turning the gun on himself, The Stars Sam Mellinger writes of the murder-suicide in which Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his longtime girlfriend Kasandra Perkins then himself. There are no answers. None that make sense, anyway.
My 11th birthday came in the spring of 1989, which means I wore striped socks up to my knees and had a huge crush on the lead singer of the Bangles and will fight anyone who disrespects Back to the Future.