Sam Mellinger

Former Chief Will Shields made impact in KC that went beyond football

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.

Sam Mellinger

This could be the last great moment for Patriots’ Tom Brady

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.

Sam Mellinger

As Clark Hunt nears 50th birthday, credit him for identifying his shortcomings

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.

Sam Mellinger

Profiting as a Super Bowl host city isn’t always a sure bet

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.

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