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.
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.
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.
In his weekly Mellinger Minutes, Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger notes that the Royals’ World Series championship involved a number of unlikely events. Where will the Chiefs finish in the AFC West? What was the best game ever?
Royals icon George Brett is thinking about his father again, the man who punched him and kicked him and at least once threatened to kill him. George loved the old man. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that.
Everyone knew this day was coming. Omar Infante, the Royals’ struggling second baseman, will be remembered as Dayton Moore’s biggest free agent mistake. But it can also be said the Royals would not have made the 2014 World Series without him.
Chiefs rookie receiver Tyreek Hill will always be remembered at least in part for pleading guilty to punching and choking his then-pregnant girlfriend. Now, as he tries to make it in the NFL, the most encouraging part of Hill’s journey may be that he understands how far he still has to go.
Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger takes a stab at what the 2018 Royals might look like. He also will not argue with you on the point about the most delicious chips. And he has a message for those who don’t like sports.
Whit Merrifield, the nicest surprise in a Royals season full of plot twists, had done so much already in less than a month in the big leagues. On Monday night, Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a triple and a homer, scoring both runs in the Royals’ 2-1 win over the Indians.
Alex Gordon can’t be here tonight — he’s with the Royals in Chicago, rehabbing a wrist injury — but his co-presenting of a domestic-violence event with his wife, Jamie, is crucial because far too often the influence of sports is putting women on the wrong end of heartbreaking fights for dignity and justice.
A year ago, the Royals’ Yordano Ventura showed signs that he was beyond these spats of immaturity. His major weakness seems to be an inability to handle failure. He’s a talented starting pitcher on a team in need of starting pitching, and right now he’s holding the Royals back.
Sam Mellinger returns from vacation and says it’s good to be back (seriously). In this edition of Mellinger Minutes, he explains why your LeBron James hate may be blocking you from seeing a heck of a story, and there is lots of Royals stuff, including ... DFA Omar Infante?
Royals Hall of Famer George Brett talks about growing up in California and how he got into playing baseball. Watch Part 1 of a five-part series by The Kansas City Star, titled Becoming George Brett. (July 2013 Video by Monty Davis, email@example.com, and John Sleezer, firstname.lastname@example.org. Interview conducted by Sam Mellinger, email@example.com)
Ned Yost has been in professional baseball for more than 40 years and says he’s never seen anything like the collision between Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas. Now, the Royals must find a way to move on.
Dayton Moore took what was then among the worst jobs in professional sports 10 years ago this week: general manager of the Kansas City Royals. Asked what he’s most proud of today, Moore does not talk about the World Series.