The NFL invited sports media folk like me to this small conference room to make a point about the fight against concussions but what ended up happening is a glimpse into both the honest difficulties and bumbling execution of this mission.
The biggest football game of them all will be hyped here in an otherwise drab downtown and played a few miles west in the giant space ship off the 101. You have probably heard about this. It’s the game so big we’ve made a national scandal out of how much air is in a football. CSI: PSI, or something.
Some franchises are tripped up when the leadership structure cracks. Without complete trust, things can go sideways. The Royals have had a lot of problems over the last eight years, but that’s never been one of them. That’s why Ned Yost will stay as manager as long as he wants and the same is true for general manager Dayton Moore.
Just five years ago, the people in charge of college football responded to a Sports Illustrated story about what a potential playoff might look like with a string of make-believe hyperbole that they had to know would someday be proven as silliness.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith acknowledged that he watched every play from the 2014 season to learn and better prepare for 2015. Over the last week or so, columnist Sam Mellinger watched every one of Smith’s dropbacks this season to see whether he could find some plays Smith will pick out as missed opportunities.
PITTSBURGH – There is a subtle brilliance to stadiums like Fenway Park and Mile High and Cowboy Stadium (or whatever it's called) that really fit the home team. Fenway is old, crickety, intense and historic. Cowboy Stadium is all glitz and show and cheerleaders and HD video boards.
Former Missouri defensive coordinator and future Missouri State head football coach Dave Steckel just did something very few of us would ever do, and the start of this week’s Twitter Tuesday is a tribute to him.
So much of the talk from the Chiefs losing in Arizona on Sunday is about the officials. Two close and important calls went against the Chiefs, and even if that’s not the reason the Chiefs lost, it’s a lot easier to talk about than the real problems.
I’ll root for chaos. I’m one of those. Specifically, that means Alabama losing. That means the top seed, the sport’s biggest power from the sports’ best (and most overrated) league, losing. Nothing against Alabama or Blake Sims or Amari Cooper or anyone else.
One of the awesome and frustrating things about following the NFL is how each game makes for its own story, and by product of both a 16-game proving ground and the way each of those games are often turned on a small handful of plays, it is our country’s greatest breeding ground for overreaction.
Alex Smith was sacked six times Sunday night in the Chiefs’ 29-16 loss to the Broncos. You probably heard about this. So Sam Mellinger, playing the role of Barney Fife, rewatched the game broadcast — the more conclusive All-22 film will be out later this week — and has identified the top suspect who was responsible for each sack.
The biggest thing of the Kansas City sports week is Chiefs safety Eric Berry going to Atlanta to see if he has cancer. I hope there are not many “this sure puts things in perspective” lines said around town, because I hope we don’t get so caught up in watching adults play kids games that we need a possible cancer diagnosis to snap us back into reality.
I've been at the Star since 2000, first covering local high schools, then major league baseball and now the columns since 2010. Kansas City is home to me -- my wife and our crazy dog, too -- and hopefully that helps. I've covered everything from the Super Bowl and Olympics to high school swimming and dirt track racing, always trying to tell the best stories with the best insight. This corner of the internet will be a mix of analysis, serious conversation, nonsense and behind-the-curtain scenes on the best days. Hopefully we can keep it fun and interesting. Thanks for reading.