Alex Rios is a fine player to plug a gap in right field for one year, which is a wise financial move for the Royals, but he won’t change the formula for success in 2015: Next season is going to be more about Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, among others, taking steps forward, than Rios and Kendrys Morales.
The Full Travis Kelce Experience is a slant route where he finds space between the cornerback and linebacker and goes all mini-Gronk on the Oakland Raiders defense. This is pure Kelce, good and bad, a wild abandon that means he can break four tackles on one play and an occasional recklessness that means he might fumble on the next one.
This season’s Jayhawks team, atypical for Kansas, has little inside presence and must find other ways to get points. Without injured point guard DeVonte’ Graham, coach Bill Self’s challenge could be even tougher.
The Chiefs’ wide receivers stink, and we can all agree on this. They could become the first NFL team to play the first 14 games of a season without a touchdown catch from a wide receiver. But here’s what’s debatable: are they the worst group of receivers in football?
If the Royals are correct, they have just signed a highly motivated, switch-hitting slugger who in each of his last three full seasons hit more home runs than any Royal did last season. If they aren’t, they are wasting a lot of money for an older and inferior designated hitter and still need to make another move that would be a cause for a celebration.
The Chiefs got jobbed here. Can we say it that plainly? Two critical calls went against them, and, really, that was that. But can we point out some reality? Referees did not put the Chiefs in this position they’re in now. The Chiefs put the Chiefs in this position.
John Brown isn’t supposed to be here. Not in the NFL. Certainly not as a rising star, a man who one year ago was catching passes for Division II Pittsburg State and is now part of a deep group of talented rookie wide receivers with the Arizona Cardinals.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year.
Kansas is surely one of the worst three power-conference football jobs in the country, and that might be too nice. There are no safe hires for a program like that, no slam dunks. David Beaty makes as much sense as anyone else.
The directive of the Royals’ front office is to field a better team on opening day 2015 than on the first day of the 2014 season, which ended with them in the World Series. The Better Than 2014 mandate is a big goal — especially after losing James Shields and Billy Butler — and it’s pushing the Royals to some familiar faces like Ervin Santana and Melky Cabrera in their free-agent hunt.
The Chiefs worked so hard, and went so creative to make up for that 0-2 start with a surge that put them in clear control of a playoff spot and a shot at unseating the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. But they’ve undone two months of good with two weeks of bad.
The man who should be coach should also have to wait. The Kansas football program owes itself that much. The process should lead them back to Clint Bowen, but when Bowen gets the permanent job, it should include an honest blueprint full of innovation, creativity and a tangible plan about how the Jayhawks can turn the Sunflower Showdown into something more than an annual, scheduled, and televised tail-whipping.
Brice Eidson is only 12 years old but he knows what Chiefs safety Eric Berry is going through. Brice got to know Berry when the NFL star visited the youngster at Children’s Mercy when Brice was undergoing treatment for double leukemia. “You’re a hero to me,” he told Brice.
Chiefs star Eric Berry will see a lymphoma specialist in his hometown of Atlanta this week, trying to find a definitive answer for a mass in the right side of his chest. His season with the Chiefs is over, but the fight of his life may be just beginning.
Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are facing a different Broncos team than the one that beat them in September. Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are a different team than the one that lost in Denver. Perfection is not required to beat the Broncos. Very good, especially in the right ways and at the right times, can be enough.
The excuses are right there on a platter with butter and an assortment of dipping sauces for the hungry folks looking to devour some assurance. Short week. On the road. Etc. That all sounds so much better than the truth: the Chiefs weren’t as prepared, explosive or plainly good as the sorry Raiders, and deserved their 24-20 loss Thursday night in Oakland.
Billy Butler is still a talented, dedicated, and proud hitter. He officially has a contract with an organization that believes in him. He’ll play every day, which is really what he’s always wanted. But for years, it has been glaringly obvious that Butler did not fit the way that Royals general manager Dayton Moore wanted to build a team.
When the Chiefs remember this 24-20 win over the Seahawks, they will remember three moments in particular. Three moments when the Chiefs could have lost this game or been in grave danger of losing it, but instead won because they were tougher when it mattered most.
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is at a critical spot in his career. He should be financially set for life and will retire as the Chiefs’ career receptions leader at his position. But if there is to be any real depth to his career, he is at the beginning of one of his most important stretches as a professional.
Remember how dominating the Chiefs were on defense during last year’s 9-0 start? They might be even better during this 6-3 start — without Derrick Johnson and defensive lineman Mike DeVito for virtually the entire season, and safety Eric Berry for most of it.
The Chiefs came here to the cold and the wind and the rain of upstate New York and they got beat. They were outplayed. Beaten at the line of scrimmage. Outgained by almost a hundred yards. This is a game the Chiefs have lost dozens of times before, and would've lost once more if not for three stubborn factors in their favor: turnovers, defense, and Andy Reid.
Team effort or not, there’s a reason Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston is receiving all the credit for his great season. He has 12 sacks, after all. His teammates, all of them together, have 15. But what if this group effort talk is more than humility? What if it’s just the truth?
In moving a 2015 home game to London, the owner of the Chiefs chose politics over fans. Clark Hunt prioritized the approval of the NFL’s other billionaire owners who are his peers over the men and women who paid for renovations to his stadium and all of the tickets to fill it.