<![CDATA[Sam Mellinger: Sports Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST Sam Mellinger 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Five things that could go right and four that could go wrong for the 2016 Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article60034436.html#storylink=rss Eric Hosmer’s best season is yet to come

No team has repeated in 16 years, and no champ has made it back to the World Series in seven

Danny Duffy is going to be good, somewhere

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:24:15 CST

Mellinger Minutes: Super Bowl, Cam’s fumble, Chiefs defense, Royals gear and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article59258838.html#storylink=rss If Cam Newton chased that fumble, is Alex Smith elite?

Cool economics: Why is Royals gear so cheap?

What would you tell the high school you about following sports?

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:47:14 CST

Peyton Manning is the story line of the Super Bowl, but the Broncos’ defense is the story http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article59078783.html#storylink=rss One of the sport’s best of all-time is due his moment

But the truth is he was this team’s weak link

He was carried by one of the best defenses in recent years, sort of the sequel to the 2000 Ravens

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:44:39 CST

How Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt became one of the most respected men in the NFL http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article58867003.html#storylink=rss In a sea of bombast, Kansas City’s Hunt sticks out with his subtlety

He was among the most important figures in getting the last CBA done

He’s also one of the few men with wide influence among both owners and players

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:35:49 CST

With Super Bowl at hand, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is spouting non-truths again http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article58786513.html#storylink=rss Goodell rarely takes questions, and when he does he has shown a knack for saying nothing

It is hard to know whether he believes his own rhetoric, particularly on concussions

The commissioner is a talented spinster as the NFL continues to make more money

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:31:33 CST

The Super Bowl is more TV programming than sporting contest, and it has shaped American culture http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article58517708.html#storylink=rss TV pushed the NFL and the Super Bowl to the top of American entertainment

In exchange, the NFL gives TV networks credibility and their “manhood”

Super Bowl broadcasts have influenced all sports TV, and introduced new technologies

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:40:43 CST

Why the Broncos are at the Super Bowl while the Chiefs are at home http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article58333068.html#storylink=rss This is the closest the Chiefs have been to the AFC’s best in more than a decade

This is the first time since 2004 they had a measurably better quarterback than the starter for the AFC’s best

So how did the Broncos still outdo the Chiefs, even using a similar focus?

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:47:03 CST

Cam Newton is not nearly as disliked as he says, but he appreciates you believing him http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article58082928.html#storylink=rss Newton constantly references criticism, and fans and media have made this part of his story

He’s actually one of the most popular athletes in the country

Some of that popularity has come from his ability to present this straw man of regular attack

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:12:58 CST

Mellinger Minutes: Super Bowl dumbness, Travis Kelce, Royals business and writer’s block http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article57884293.html#storylink=rss Travis Kelce had quite the week, huh?

Please keep a few things in mind when complaining about the Chiefs

How we can kill the Pro Bowl, together

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:28:32 CST

The subtle changes that helped the small-money Royals spend big http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article57527133.html#storylink=rss They are World Series champions mostly because of their players and front office

But baseball’s financial landscape is also different than it used to be

Some of the changes have been critical in the Royals’ rise

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:35:03 CST

Ian Kennedy fits Royals’ needs even if price was too high http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article57080813.html#storylink=rss The pitcher’s signing with the Royals was announced Friday

The Royals are in need of a starting pitcher who can eat innings

Kennedy’s dependability serves as an insurance policy against the need to rush a minor-league player

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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:48:32 CST

Mellinger Minutes: Hoping the best for Maty Mauk, predicting the Big 12, Chiefs improvements, and Royals pitching http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article56619338.html#storylink=rss Best Super Bowl quarterback matchup since when?

How might the Chiefs matchup with the Broncos next year?

And have you noticed the Royals’ April schedule?

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:36:45 CST

Broncos did to Tom Brady what the Chiefs could not, and they are not shy about this fact http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article56413895.html#storylink=rss In the AFC Championship Game, the Broncos hit Brady more than any team this season

It was, basically, the game plan the Chiefs either did not have or could not execute in their Divisional Playoff loss to the Patriots

“We ain’t look at nothing the Chiefs did — they got served,” Denver’s Aqib Talib said

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:15:06 CST

Chiefs need to follow their best regular season in years with their best offseason in years http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article56094625.html#storylink=rss They are closer to the AFC’s best teams than at any point in years

They can be surgical with their improvements

Specific roster and philosophical changes can close the gap

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:56:54 CST

Finding where the Chiefs lost without using the words ‘clock’ or ‘management’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article55620940.html#storylink=rss Enough about the clock. Seriously, enough

The Chiefs did not do what they had been doing for 11 games

A huge part of that was in not jamming receivers, or creating any sort of pass rush

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:38:58 CST

Mellinger Minutes are managed better than Chiefs’ clock, but can we stop pretending that’s why they lost? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article55214115.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Star sports columnist answers questions about the Chiefs’ play-calling

He also writes about Saturday’s loss and potential roster movesThere also is some chatter about the Royals

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Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:26:00 CST

Sam Mellinger’s Insta-reaction: Chiefs lose to the Patriots 27-20 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article55117765.html#storylink=rss Injuries, missed opportunities, and Rob Gronkowski

The Chiefs made progress this season

They need another step (or two) to get where they want to go

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:53:27 CST

Royals giving starter Ian Kennedy a ton of money, but the important stuff is underneath http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article55060880.html#storylink=rss The two biggest contracts in Royals history have been given in the last two weeks

Kansas City probably overspent here, but who knows what baseball players are worth these days?

The important stuff is context, and the Royals insulating themselves over the next two seasons

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:45:43 CST

Alex Smith’s best times are following his worst, and ‘Mr. High Road’ is happy for both http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article54683345.html#storylink=rss The 49ers gave him enough to be bitter about his old team

Even his family tries to get Smith to talk trash, but he never does

Smith is too happy with his new team, too content now to be bitter

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:16:26 CST

The man who’s beaten Bill Belichick more than anyone else has some advice for the Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article54747695.html#storylink=rss Kevin Gilbride’s teams went 11-7 against Belichick

He says Belichick’s strengths come in part from his willingness to be unorthodox

He expects Belichick to focus on Travis Kelce, giving the Chiefs some options

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:00:00 CST

Mellinger Minutes: Andy Reid’s place on the all-time list, Chiefs’ successes and chances, and the downside of winning a billion http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article54269630.html#storylink=rss Some of this Andy Reid stuff might surprise you

Statues for living people are silly and unnecessary, but if you’re going to do it, here’s how

Let’s rank shame!

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:34:25 CST

The Chiefs’ drought is over, and now who can be sure what’s next? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article53969790.html#storylink=rss 22 years later, the Chiefs win another playoff game in Houston

Tamba Hali, Eric Berry, others talk of the meaning of being part of that

Chiefs turned season around with unrelenting focus, which is part of why they might not be done

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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 21:35:19 CST

Sam Mellinger insta-reaction: Chiefs 30, Texans 0, in a playoff game! http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article53943880.html#storylink=rss Chiefs’ win streak is now at 11 games

The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game, Marcus Peters was 1

The only bad news was an injury to Jeremy Maclin

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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 18:38:18 CST

Inside the Chiefs’ last playoff victory: 22 years ago in Houston’s Astrodome http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article53604170.html#storylink=rss Jan. 16, 1994 was the date, a 28-20 victory over the Oilers at the Astrodome

The Oilers are now the Tennessee Titans, and the dome is no longer used

Chiefs play at Houston Texans at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in NRG Stadium, which is next door

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Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:14:32 CST

Alex Gordon was ‘the perfect ballplayer,’ and now he is the perfect Royal http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article53300335.html#storylink=rss The biggest contract in franchise history keeps him in KC through 2019

He’ll be remembered as having best Royals career of any player since George Brett

Rejoining team was unlikely at first, but circumstance, mutual compromise brought him back

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:07:35 CST

Mellinger Minutes: Concerns against the Texans and, no, the Royals did not inspire Chiefs’ playoff run http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article53270245.html#storylink=rss This is, almost certainly, the best it’s ever been for sports fans in Kansas City

The Texans should be more worried about Travis Kelce than the Chiefs

Please help me find movies or TV shows to watch

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 08:23:12 CST

Sam Mellinger: Alex Gordon re-signs? Alex Gordon re-signs! http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article53278895.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:56:08 CST http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article53278895.html How a simple play by KU won one of the greatest college basketball games you'll ever see http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article53064655.html#storylink=rss ESPN color commentator Dick Vitale called it the loudest game he ever attended

OU’s Buddy Hield put on one of the great performances by a visiting player in Allen Fieldhouse history

Kansas guard Frank Mason won it with some cold-blooded calculation

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 01:45:16 CST

The steady and confident Chiefs enter an AFC postseason full of turbulent contenders http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article52883600.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs are the hottest team in the NFL

The rest of the AFC postseason is full of teams with major unknowns

That guarantees nothing, and the Chiefs have blown better opportunities than this, but hey, it beats the alternative

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Sun, 03 Jan 2016 21:20:08 CST

How the Chiefs became ‘the team that people don't want to play’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article52716830.html#storylink=rss By now, the reasons to doubt the Chiefs are buried under more than two months of success

The statistics and eye test each paint a promising picture

If not for the Chiefs' sorry playoff history and awful start, this would be easier to see

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Sat, 02 Jan 2016 09:39:24 CST