Sam Mellinger

Once again in this long season, Royals can show what they’re made of

Let’s be clear and reasonable here: Only a fool would panic. After all, Saturday marks the latest the Royals have been in first place since — wait for it — 1985. Even with just 28 games left, it’s a stretch to talk about a season being at a true crossroads.

Sam Mellinger

Chiefs need coach Andy Reid’s expertise to separate preseason stink from regular-season hope

Your belief in the Chiefs’ looking better in the 16 games that matter than they did in the four games that don’t should be a direct reflection of your belief in coach Andy Reid. The spots where the Chiefs have shown inadequacies are the spots where Reid’s experience and particular expertise are most effective.

Sam Mellinger

Royals deserve some national attention

The Royals are a legitimate national story now, and not just because of the (regional) Sports Illustrated cover or the quirky SungWoo Lee buzz or that the Royals played on national TV Monday, will do it again Tuesday and be host to Major League Baseball’s flagship Sunday night game for the first time since 1996.

Sam Mellinger

KC Chiefs’ identity has been built on great pass rushers

There are not many franchises in the NFL whose identity is more entwined with defensive players — especially pass rushers — than the Chiefs. From Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith to Jared Allen to Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, the Chiefs stand out among NFL teams as an incubator of sorts for top-shelf pass rushers.

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