Dee Ford is replacing Justin Houston in the Chiefs’ defense until the star pass rusher returns from injury. The Chiefs need Ford to be productive, and they’re still hopeful, but the first preseason game didn’t show much promise.
Jim Sterk takes over Mizzou as athletic director at a time of much turmoil, but there is also opportunity beneath the surface. To make it right, however, he’s going to need to extend his message past the introductory phase and get help from others.
Alex Gordon, a lock for the Royals’ Hall of Fame, is having the worst year of his professional career. There are some within the team who believe he’s playing hurt, and they are hopeful he’ll be back to form soon.
Mizzou’s hiring of Jim Sterk is surprising in some ways, but makes perfect sense in many more. As always, we discuss important topics here, ranging from the Chiefs’ prospects to Journalism to Charcandrick West eating ribs.
The Kansas City Chiefs went from one of the league’s worst backup-quarterback situations to one of the best. In Nick Foles, the Chiefs have a backup quarterback who gives them more options and more confidence than the in-house quarterbacks behind Alex Smith.
Luke Blomquist is the 10-year-old Royals fan who so many saw go bananas after catching Danny Duffy’s hat following his 16-strikeout game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Duffy invited the boy to the field before Wednesday night’s game in Florida.
The Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill in the fifth round, despite his guilty plea for attacking his then-pregnant girlfriend. They need him to perform, for a lot of reasons, and at this very early stage he’s doing the right things.
Welcome to the only place on the Internet where you can read about KC Royals pitcher Danny Duffy making a kid’s day, the Chiefs’ forced gamble on Eric Fisher, whether I look like a Sam, and when the sports TV rights bubble might burst.
Chiefs training camp largely looks the same every year. The years change, but the stories and priorities don’t. But grinding through the Groundhog Day nature of training camp is essential. The way to do that is to embrace it, not reject it.
Comebacks like Wednesday are why the Royals won the last two pennants. But they are highly unlikely to make the playoffs again this year, which is putting the front office in an interesting spot. The executives who run the Royals are particularly hesitant to trade away players, even when other clubs might.
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.