In his weekly Mellinger Minutes, Sam Mellinger answers these questions and more: Does Tim Kaine forward top 10 lists he appears on to all his friends? How should the Chiefs use Jamaal Charles this season? Why are the Royals are striking out so much more this season?
The metaphorical door that had been locked and shut forever to Buck O’Neil is open again, just a sliver, enough for the light to come through but not enough to see what’s on the other side. A hundred possibilities come from the Hall of Fame’s announcement of structural changes. The one of most interest around Kansas City is a rewrite of how folks from the Negro Leagues will be considered.
Recent tragedies, including those in Kansas City, have shaken many around the country. Particularly during this campaign season, the news is full of divisiveness. There’s a tendency to think sports is irrelevant in the bigger picture, but it’s quite the opposite.
The Royals have compared the importance of this home stand to one in late September, in the middle of a playoff race. On Tuesday, manager Ned Yost said it was “go time.” Since then, the Royals have lost two games by a combined score of 18-7. The team’s playoff hopes are now in critical condition, and those words will be read as wildly optimistic by fans disgusted at such an ugly showing.
In a full reversal that would be shocking if it wasn't coming from the Big 12, Oklahoma president David Boren announced that the league is actively evaluating expansion in a way that gave the distinct impression that this was when and not if.
The Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3, all of their runs coming in a wild eighth inning, the whole thing playing out in front of 38,042 people Monday at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have been waiting for a moment like this. Believing a moment like this was coming.
Cam F. Awesome is an admitted attention addict, which partially explains why he changed his name from Lenroy Thompson. Now he is in the scary beginning stages of a second life without boxing, the one thing for which he’s dedicated the last decade.
They Kansas City Royals are in the middle of a pack of 11 teams within eyesight of a playoff spot. Unlike last year, a major trade is unlikely for a variety of reasons. The next two weeks are particularly important and could influence the club beyond this season.
Mack Rhoades is leaving for Baylor after 15 unimpressive months as athletic director at MU. The next athletic director in Columbia will have much to fix and address, but the university has every reason and opportunity to make the right hire.
In his weekly Mellinger Minutes, Sam Mellinger dishes on why it’s far more likely the Royals add than sell at the deadline (but don’t expect much of either), three up and three down, Royals first-half style, does Sal Perez have a chance at the Hall of Fame, and thoughts on the ESPYs.
Improvements have been made to the NBA Draft process, but they’re always incremental and administrative. It’s time to offer college prospects cash in the form of no-interest loans. Players can make more considered decisions, colleges can keep stars longer, and the NBA can get better rookies.
All across sports, particularly in the traditionally very different worlds of football and women’s basketball, they are telling reverential stories about two of the greatest and most intense to ever do it. Pat Summitt helped changed the way women’s sports are viewed, making it OK for our sisters and daughters to be coached like our brothers and sons. Buddy Ryan was one of the NFL’s all-time great defensive coaches, and he did it with fire, insults, rebellious ideas and an insatiable swagger.
In his weekly Mellinger Minutes, Sam Mellinger recaps how a weekend mistake turned into the Best Stupid Tax ever. Also: Kendrys Morales’ BABIP over the last eight games is .500, so, you know, that’s probably not sustainable and a bonus and random PED rant.
A study proposed by scouts and used by The Star shows the Royals in MLB’s bottom half. It’s the biggest hole in an organization that’s otherwise exemplary. The issue is full of nuance, good and bad for the Royals, but, “We ought to be able to develop starting pitching,” Dayton Moore says.
Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is the most important improvement the Chiefs made this offseason. He turns one of the league’s worst right tackle spots into one of its best. That’s particularly important for Alex Smith, who doesn’t handle pressure as well as some others.