Remember one year ago, when the Chiefs were well on their way to a two-win season? Their utter destruction of Washington on a snowy Sunday in the nations capital served as a stark reminder of the completeness of their turnaround.
Sporting Kansas City won the MLS Cup after beating Real Salt Lake 7-6 in a penalty-kick shootout. For captain Jimmy Nielsen, who came to the team when it played in a minor-league baseball park, winning the title at Sporting Park didnt come without some emotion.
Sporting Kansas City will play for the championship of its league Saturday, but in some ways the franchise is working on something more important. In some ways, the franchise is working on something the Royals and Chiefs should try to emulate.
On Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came to Kansas City as part of the leagues increasingly omnipresent damage-control effort regarding head injuries. But he wound up sharing the stage with a lawsuit filed against the Chiefs and another event held at the same time to promote concussion awareness.
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.
Somehow, some way, a year removed from a bowl-less season and a few months removed from being picked ahead of only Kentucky in the SEC East, Missouri is No. 5 and rising in the BCS standings and now preparing for the championship game of the countrys toughest college football conference. We got a lot of respect back, Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel says. You know, respect is real, real important to me.
Father Time is undefeated. This is especially true in the NFL. The average career is 2 1/2 years. Wide receivers that sign big contracts running 40 yards in 4.4 seconds are selling cars when theyre at 4.5 seconds. Peyton Manning is, perhaps, sports greatest challenger to Father Time since George Foreman won the heavyweight championship at 45.
Dayton Moore will be the Royals’ general manager through 2016 — or paid to be the GM that long, at least — and the move was both necessary and justified. General managers without job security can lean too hard on win-now, sacrificing some long-term strength. But with a two-year extension, David Glass is going something less than all-in with Moore’s front office: Glass could certainly change his mind after a year or two.
Before Sunday, the Chiefs controlled everything the AFC West, a first-round bye and homefield through the Super Bowl. Now, the Chiefs face the chilling reality that everything could fall apart if Justin Houston and Tamba Hali hear bad news after tests this morning.
The Chiefs are a week removed from the biggest game of the season, and a week away from the other biggest game of the season, and any sports fan worth his or her lucky socks knows what that means: Trap Game! We know it when we see it. Except, as it turns out, we dont.
Seven years of building and patience and promises about spending big money when the time comes, and the Royals begin a critical offseason by watching the best available pieces fall off the market before grabbing a younger Bruce Chen. Its not that Jason Vargas is a bad pitcher. But the Royals needed an Escalade, and they bought themselves a Sorento.
Now playing basketball at Memphis, Michael Dixon says he wants to move on. Needs to move on from his cloudy past at Missouri. This is not just his second chance; its his last chance at college basketball. Hed rather not spend much of it going over the past, but he knew this conversation was coming, knows people have questions.
If Sunday night's 27-17 loss to the Broncos was the Chiefs worst game of the season, we havent seen anything that makes keeping pace with Denver impossible or even unlikely. Ten games into the season, and a sputtering pass rush is the first major reason to worry. Good teams make sure these concerns are speed bumps, not mountains.
The debate over weed in NFL circles is just as divided as it is in the rest of the country. In one corner is a number of players who say marijuana has a medical purpose similar to painkillers. In the other corner is federal law, league drug policies, and science that suggests that, at the very least, recreational drug use can be detrimental to athletic performance.
Kansas 94-83 win over Duke on Tuesday night in Chicago was the first of many nationally televised chances this season for Andrew Wiggins to tell us what type of star he is, and it shouldnt surprise anyone that the message was mixed. But its important to remember that Wiggins teammates are good enough that he doesnt have to be LeBron James or Kevin Durant right now. He can be himself.
The Broncos are one of the best teams in the NFL with what might be the best offense in league history. If the Chiefs win in Denver, it would be the biggest accomplishment of any team so far this season. But the Chiefs are engineered in specific ways that make them uniquely positioned to beat the Broncos.
Peyton Manning is walking out of the locker room bathroom, a few minutes in front of the mirror to make sure his tie is done just right, and here comes the first clue of the biggest story surrounding the biggest game in the NFL this year.
Before 9-0. Before all the sacks and touchdowns from the defense. Before new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey had even found a house in Kansas City, he knew the franchise could be transformed largely with those already in the building, even if they came from the previous two regimes. “There are good people here,” he said then. “We’re going to need them.”
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.