<![CDATA[Don't Kill The Mellinger: Sports Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/ en-us Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:56:58 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:56:58 CDT Don't Kill The Mellinger 60 Chris Young has been a revelation, but here’s why the Royals are best with him in the bullpen http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article21580668.html#storylink=rss The best thing the Royals did this offseason was insulate themselves with pitching rotation depth, and there is no better sign of this than Chris Young.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 12:55:32 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Royals good and bad, BBQ crimes, and how many KC All-Stars? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article21380226.html#storylink=rss Dan Jennings has to know he’s being set up to fail. He is the Marlins’ general manager, and obviously has the trust and respect of awful owner Jeffrey Loria, because now Jennings is also the field manager, and this whole thing is going to be a disaster for a lot of reasons but one in particular that I think is being overlooked in the deserved criticism of Loria.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 11:19:27 CDT

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Why saying thanks to that soldier may not mean what you intend http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article20797341.html#storylink=rss One of the great things about sports is that it is universal, good and bad, so of course at some point the conversation with military officers turned to football.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 00:50:00 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Royals highs (and lows), Tyronn Lue saves the Cavs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article20739468.html#storylink=rss When Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt started calling a timeout that the Cavs did not have at the end of a tight playoff game Sunday, Cavs assistant and Raytown grad Tyronn Lue had the chutzpah to grab Blatt and make him stop.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 09:39:07 CDT

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Baseball has a lot of curb appeal and some wood rot http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article20476461.html#storylink=rss Rob Manfred is four months into what he considers the best job in the world. This is what we call the honeymoon phase, when everything is fresh and nice and positive.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 23:56:00 CDT

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A quick story about Art Stewart, rain delays, and having life beat http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article20431716.html#storylink=rss Art Stewart catches my eye and I see that spark, the one that means he’s got something to say. This is Thursday afternoon and the rain is pouring. The game is going to be delayed an hour, at least.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 13:50:06 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Moose, Royals, Chiefs draft, Mayweather and brisket http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article20256975.html#storylink=rss Like a lot of us, George Brett has a tendency for hyperbole. He doesn’t make things up, but he will exaggerate something to make a point. I think a lot of us do that in conversation. I know I do.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 10:09:06 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Shane Ray, marijuana, Royals, Chiefs and LL Cool J http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article19799352.html#storylink=rss So you probably heard that Shane Ray was pulled over and cited early Monday morning on suspicion of possessing fewer than 35 grams of marijuana. People actually think this should drop Ray from a top 10 pick to the third or fourth round?

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:28:21 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: It’s all about the Royals, pretty much http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article18452540.html#storylink=rss Only once before have the Royals won this many games to start a season. You might remember this. It was 2003 or, as it should always be known in Kansas City: The Great Fluke Of 2003.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:00:00 CDT

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Video: The Star’s Sam Mellinger on the Royals’ 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article17921477.html#storylink=rss Video: The Star’s Sam Mellinger talks about the Royals’ 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Lorenzo Cain’s eighth-inning home run was the deciding blow. The Royals can sweep the three-game season-opening series with a win in Thursday’s finale.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 23:20:46 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: The Royals’ great day and Claire McCaskill’s dumb moment http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article17648150.html#storylink=rss The Royals won their season opener in a game that had a week’s worth of storylines, from Mike Moustakas’ debut as a No. 2 hitter to Jeff Samardzija going heel and beaning Lorenzo Cain to the amazing day of Yordano Ventura

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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:14:41 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Big 12 failure, Royals insurance, and ranking KU’s NCAA Tournament losses http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article17006498.html#storylink=rss Rick Barnes is probably going to be remembered as a failure at Texas, which is both the way of the world and more than a little unfair.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:32:39 CDT

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The Totally Official DKTM 2015 Royals Over-Under http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article16391429.html#storylink=rss The Royals hit fewer home runs than anyone in baseball last year. Their leadoff hitter has a .299 on-base percentage, and their No. 3 hitter had five home runs last year. They employ three closers — four, if Luke Hochevar gets back to his 2013, pre-surgery self — and three Gold Glove winners and at least two more who could.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:19:38 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: My lawn and Big 12 basketball, Kansas and the Shockers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article16198964.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:16:27 CDT

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The latest posts from Don't Kill the Mellinger http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 13:30:37 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/ The moment Bill Self hopes he helped Brannen Greene find his mojo (with GIF) http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article15536393.html#storylink=rss OMAHA, Neb. – This is a small thing, what I'm about to point out, but it's interesting all the same and maybe a sign of something bigger.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:01:43 CDT

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On the Big 12’s terrible, horrible, no good, very (expletive) bad day http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article15396833.html#storylink=rss Depending on when you’re reading this, much of the last hour or day of the NCAA Tournament has been spent with people making a fair mockery of the Big 12 and its fancy computer rankings.

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Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:42:02 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Kentucky’s tournament, Royals’ camp and an airing of grievances http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article15001991.html#storylink=rss No matter what, this tournament will be about the Kentucky Wildcats. If they win, the case will be made that this is the best college basketball team ever. If they lose, the talk will be about OMG KENTUCKY LOST.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:23:05 CDT

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NCAA Tournament thoughts to forget, and predictions to mock http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article14543768.html#storylink=rss I’m spending these days between rounds of basketball here in Arizona to write about the Royals, but we all know what today is about. I mean feel free to read my column about the omnipresent Alcides Escobar, but really, we all come here to talk hoop.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:32:42 CDT

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A quick word about Iowa State fans http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article14009696.html#storylink=rss So last night, shortly after Monte Morris hit the jump shot at the buzzer that sent Iowa State past Texas and into today’s semifinals, I grabbed my bag and headed out to my car. I see two guys, about my age, in ISU shirts, drunk off Morris’ shot and surely something a bit stronger, jumping up and down and hugging each other and screaming about their Cyclones.

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:27:30 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: KC’s best week, Chiefs’ salary cap, Royals’ future, and burgers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article13190540.html#storylink=rss There are no indications that the NCAA’s investigation into potential impermissible benefits for Kansas freshman Cliff Alexander or his family is gaining any sort of traction or moving at a pace that will allow him to play again this season.

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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:27:11 CDT

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Come for the Jeremy Maclin talk, stay for the GIFs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article13073225.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs are soon to employ a wide receiver in Jeremy Maclin who caught an NFL touchdown in 2014 so, you know, eat it, haters. These things don’t happen enough in sports, when a move that seems so obvious and important to the team you follow actually ends up happening.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 06:31:50 CDT

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Video: Sam Mellinger, Blair Kerkhoff discuss Chiefs, Big 12 Tournament http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article13111613.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Star columnists Blair Kerkhoff and Sam Mellinger talk about Rodney Hudson, Tamba Hali and Jeremy Maclin, and they discuss who has the best chance to win the Big 12 Tournament.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:34:12 CDT The Kansas City Star

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Five-minute break: Gifts, cuts and tragedy http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article12816764.html#storylink=rss Rules are fine and necessary but the NCAA has long lost the benefit of the doubt in situations like Cliff Alexnader’s. Admittedly, we still don’t have a lot of information to go on the situation, but the NCAA has mismanaged itself into a position where virtually everything it does is justifiably questioned.

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:16:19 CST

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Five-minute break: On KU’s outlook after the comeback, and the referees http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article12469802.html#storylink=rss Tuesday’s win over West Virgina will not define this KU season nearly as much as what happens in the NCAA Tournament. However, confidence is such an important thing in college basketball.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:41:35 CST

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Twitter Tuesday: Trading Houston, hyping Dozier and appreciating Ned (sort of) http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article12252647.html#storylink=rss This is that time of year where Joe Lunardi brings his Gene Keady hairdo to your television screen during every ESPN game, making up news by telling you which team is out and which team is in, which team has a No. 2 seed, which is a No. 3 seed, and always couching it by telling you this is how it is at the moment, not necessarily an hour from now or tomorrow or heaven forbid next Sunday when it counts.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:47:13 CST

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Five-minute break: Bubba Starling’s struggles, Michael Sam, and Andrew Wiggins http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article11132870.html#storylink=rss The Royals can talk all they want about Bubba Starling possibly going back to Class A Wilmington as not being a bad sign, and Starling is a special case, but if he doesn’t progress this year it will be even harder to preach the patience stuff.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:00:00 CST

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Twitter Tuesday: Court-storming, Lorenzo Cain’s TV show, Royals and Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article11053847.html#storylink=rss I’ve always been a proponent of court-storming. I see it as part of what’s unique about college basketball, and I never want to be the old middle-aged guy telling college kids they can’t have fun. But it does need to be safe

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:00:00 CST

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Five minute break: baseball smiles, KU-KSU bruises, fish tacos and firewood http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article10965584.html#storylink=rss SURPRISE, Ariz. – Before I could even see his face I heard his voice. That unmistakable, crackling, joyous voice of more than 60 years working in professional baseball.

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CST

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Five-minute break: LA’s NFL, Kobe’s honesty, and FIFA can go kick rocks http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article10740098.html#storylink=rss The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are jointly investigating the possibility of sharing a stadium in Los Angeles, which could give the KC Chiefs a pair of road games in the same stadium every year.

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:48:47 CST

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