Brice Eidson is only 12 years old but he knows what Chiefs safety Eric Berry is going through. Brice got to know Berry when the NFL star visited the youngster at Children’s Mercy when Brice was undergoing treatment for double leukemia. “You’re a hero to me,” he told Brice.
Chiefs star Eric Berry will see a lymphoma specialist in his hometown of Atlanta this week, trying to find a definitive answer for a mass in the right side of his chest. His season with the Chiefs is over, but the fight of his life may be just beginning.
Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are facing a different Broncos team than the one that beat them in September. Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are a different team than the one that lost in Denver. Perfection is not required to beat the Broncos. Very good, especially in the right ways and at the right times, can be enough.
The excuses are right there on a platter with butter and an assortment of dipping sauces for the hungry folks looking to devour some assurance. Short week. On the road. Etc. That all sounds so much better than the truth: the Chiefs weren’t as prepared, explosive or plainly good as the sorry Raiders, and deserved their 24-20 loss Thursday night in Oakland.
Billy Butler is still a talented, dedicated, and proud hitter. He officially has a contract with an organization that believes in him. He’ll play every day, which is really what he’s always wanted. But for years, it has been glaringly obvious that Butler did not fit the way that Royals general manager Dayton Moore wanted to build a team.
When the Chiefs remember this 24-20 win over the Seahawks, they will remember three moments in particular. Three moments when the Chiefs could have lost this game or been in grave danger of losing it, but instead won because they were tougher when it mattered most.
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is at a critical spot in his career. He should be financially set for life and will retire as the Chiefs’ career receptions leader at his position. But if there is to be any real depth to his career, he is at the beginning of one of his most important stretches as a professional.
Remember how dominating the Chiefs were on defense during last year’s 9-0 start? They might be even better during this 6-3 start — without Derrick Johnson and defensive lineman Mike DeVito for virtually the entire season, and safety Eric Berry for most of it.
The Chiefs came here to the cold and the wind and the rain of upstate New York and they got beat. They were outplayed. Beaten at the line of scrimmage. Outgained by almost a hundred yards. This is a game the Chiefs have lost dozens of times before, and would've lost once more if not for three stubborn factors in their favor: turnovers, defense, and Andy Reid.
Team effort or not, there’s a reason Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston is receiving all the credit for his great season. He has 12 sacks, after all. His teammates, all of them together, have 15. But what if this group effort talk is more than humility? What if it’s just the truth?
In moving a 2015 home game to London, the owner of the Chiefs chose politics over fans. Clark Hunt prioritized the approval of the NFL’s other billionaire owners who are his peers over the men and women who paid for renovations to his stadium and all of the tickets to fill it.
Three months ago, the idea that designated hitter Billy Butler would return to the Royals in 2015 was laughable. Today, the possibility is a wonderful example of how quickly things change in baseball. The most obvious sticking point is that the Royals would need to be convinced that he’s their best option, and for the right price. Part of that is made more realistic in a market where every option is flawed or over-priced or both.
Carl Peterson was at a Chiefs game on Sunday. Again. Finally. He was there primarily to watch one of his old stars, Priest Holmes, be inducted to the team’s Hall of Fame. But he was also at Arrowhead Stadium to move on from what sometimes felt like five years of exile.
Two years ago, the Jets and Chiefs were looking each looking for a quarterback. New York rolled the dice and drafted Geno Smith. Kansas City traded for Alex Smith. It appears that the Chiefs made the wise decision.
The Royals, known for two decades as a punchline, made it all the way to the World Series. This group did that, these talented ballplayers who bonded during bus rides in the minor leagues, then common struggles and triumphs in the big leagues. They lost in the end, but along the way changed baseball in Kansas City for a group of fans who’ve been waiting through more heartache than should be allowed.
This season was already a success, literally a game-changer for baseball in Kansas City, and that’s true no matter what happens Wednesday. The greatest ride sports fans here have had in a generation ends Wednesday, one way or the other, and doing it in a game seven is the only way to match the relentless twists and surges of a playoff run that’s already changed their franchise’s history.
James Shields has been an evolutionary presence for the Royals, the unquestioned leader for a team that needed one. The guys in that clubhouse give so much of the credit for the last two years of success to the performance and guidance of their best starting pitcher. Now, it is up to them whether he’ll be a World Series champion.
The Giants’ victory on Saturday night evens the World Series at two games apiece, but with one more game in San Francisco before the Series returns to Kansas City, there is no reason that the Royals can’t bounce back. The takeaway here isn’t how things can go so wrong as much as it is the Royals’ remarkable ability to keep things so right over the last month.
He has been ridiculed and criticized so much and for so long that it is now part of his permanent record, but in a postseason with Bruce Bochy, Mike Scioscia, Clint Hurdle and Buck Showalter, the best manager of them all is the one The Wall Street Journal called a dunce a few weeks ago.