The Pro Football Hall of Fame is about football first and football only. The men that Will Shields is to join with induction are the best players our country’s most popular sport has seen, and by that demanding standard the former Chiefs lineman is now certified. But — and we mean no offense to the Pro Football Hall of Fame here — football is not even close to the best thing about Shields.
New England’s Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of his time, a decade and a half into the grind of the NFL, still making every throw, every read, performing at or near optimum levels. He’s been around so long that he has become like background music to American mainstream sports.
Clark Hunt, if we’re being honest, has had a disappointing run as the Chiefs’ owner. He has now been in charge for eight years and is on his third GM and fourth head coach. But credit Hunt for admitting his shortcomings.
Will Shields is a 12-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro. But he is also a guard, which makes him part of an overlooked and underappreciated subset of, well, overlooked and underappreciated offensive linemen.
The mayor of Glendale, Ariz., says his town may lose $3 million by playing host to Super Bowl XLIX, and this is one of the stories the NFL would rather you not hear about this week. The Super Bowl is supposed to be a bonanza of both dollars and exposure for everyone involved, and it is in many ways, but that windfall is buried by the reality of how these things are put on and how the money is counted.
The picture you get talking to people inside college basketball about their sport is they love the game, but hope it gets help. There are several simple shifts that could make the sport cleaner, faster, and better to watch (and play, for that matter).
People, please, let’s get ahold of ourselves. Put down the outrage, even for a second. We are turning the amount of air in footballs into the biggest scandal in sports and nation’s most-talked-about news item.
This Super Bowl will have everything. Russell Wilson going for his second Super Bowl championship in three seasons. Marshawn Lynch at media day. Richard Sherman at media day. Rob Gronkowski in the party bus afterward, win or lose.
The Chiefs are spectators again, still looking for their first playoff win in more than two decades. But their nucleus is strong and they have enough draft picks to shift that narrative in a big way this offseason.
This is the start of the second act for a young man who should be Kansas State’s best basketball player since Jacob Pullen. Marcus Foster has to know this is the part of his career he will be remembered for. This is the one he’ll be judged on. For better, or for worse.
When the story of Kansas’ preposterous 11th consecutive Big 12 championship is told it will probably not include much about this first week of conference play. But when the story is told about the streak that just won’t die, it should be mentioned that it took all of a week to see how this would eventually play out.
The Chiefs, if they are to maximize a shrinking window to push toward postseason success, will have to wear the consequences of an uncomfortable business decision — by cutting linebacker Tamba Hali. If this happens, the Chiefs will be making a painful choice. They will be telling one of the franchise’s best pass rushers goodbye, next seeing him either in someone else’s uniform or in a suit for his Ring of Honor ceremony.
It would be better for everyone who is not a Rams fan in St. Louis if the city tells owner Stan Kroenke there won’t be a dime of public money for a new stadium or a stadium upgrade. It would make it easier for the next city to do the same, and to eventually — hopefully — force sports leagues and owners to admit that publicly funded stadiums should no longer be the expectation.
It is hard to see Bol Bol without thinking of his famous father, the late 7-foot-7 former NBA player and South Sudanese humanitarian Manute Bol. So tall, so thin, with the same high cheeks, the same brown and lively eyes. Bol, 14, is already taller than 99 percent of American adults and already talented enough that college coaches have called — all for a freshman who hasn’t yet played a varsity basketball game.
To Justin Houston, who on Sunday surpassed Derrick Thomas for most sacks by a Chief in a single season, Kansas City’s 19-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers was more important than setting a record. “I'm more disappointed we're going home,” he said of the Chiefs missing the playoffs.
Do the Chiefs really enjoy a home-field advantage from the so-called Arrowhead Stadium Mystique going into their must-win showdown Sunday with the San Diego Chargers? For well over a decade, Arrowhead Stadium hasn’t always been that tough of a place for visiting teams to play.
The Chiefs haven’t made consecutive playoff appearances since 1995, and they need a lot of things to go right on Sunday for them to get back there this season. So the odds are long ... but all hope is not lost.
The Chiefs are the man who starts a diet and exercise routine with gusto, loses 10 pounds, then switches back to brownies and sitcoms. And they’ll have plenty of time for each when they fall short of the playoffs.
The similarities between former Chiefs offensive lineman John Alt and last year’s top overall draft pick Eric Fisher are striking. Two tall, athletic, raw prospects taken in the first round. Both relatively new to the position. Both with a lot of learning to do, and even more potential.
There is a lot to like from the Royals’ offseason, and not just because it comes after making it all the way to the World Series. The Royals had five goals during the offseason, and they scratched each one of their list with the final one coming Wednesday when they agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez.