<![CDATA[Sam Mellinger: Sports Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/ en-us Wed, 21 May 2014 09:36:58 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 21 May 2014 09:36:58 CDT Sam Mellinger 60 Chiefs safety Eric Berry is cancer-free, but he won’t forget those who have it worse http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article29710882.html#storylink=rss Before Eric Berry heard the best news of his life, he went to visit some strangers. He knew they had it worse. He thought he could help. Hoped he could, anyway. That was enough.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:49:35 CDT

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Having beaten cancer, there’s no telling what Chiefs safety Eric Berry can do now http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article29498461.html#storylink=rss Eric Berry’s journey from a cancer diagnosis last fall to back with his Chiefs teammates on Wednesday wasn’t easy, and his return to the NFL is far from over, but that’s part of what makes his story such an inspiration to others.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:09:56 CDT

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In trading for Ben Zobrist, Royals’ front office again has players’ backs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article29241844.html#storylink=rss Adding another key piece via trade in the do-everything Ben Zobrist, the Kansas City Royals again show themselves to be a club that is very clearly chasing the highest goals. A year after the players had the front office’s back, in other words, the favor has been returned.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:08:57 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Royals winning, Chiefs practicing, Bowlsby on KU-MU and complaining http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article29096644.html#storylink=rss I imagine we’ll get more Chiefs questions here in this silly weekly exercise as we go through August and especially get into September. It’s just that the Royals are 60-38, which is a 99-win pace, and they just traded for Johnny Cueto.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:30:50 CDT

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For the Royals, the rest of the season is merely a prelude to the playoffs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article28855729.html#storylink=rss The Royals are very clearly in the mode of playoff preparation. They did not need Johnny Cueto to be in the playoffs, but they might need him to win in the playoffs. The next two months are about maximizing those chances.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:25:43 CDT

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For these Royals, winning attitude really does make a difference http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article28720900.html#storylink=rss The Royals are the American League’s defending champions and current owners of the circuit’s best record, but they also are a bit like a fraternity that always throws the loudest parties no matter what the university administration says. This is all by design, too, cultivated by a strongly held belief from club executives that athletes who laugh together, win together.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:02:45 CDT

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Good Yordano vs. Bad Yordano: Royals pitcher Ventura walks a thin line http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article28378978.html#storylink=rss Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was dominant, then awful against the Pirates. He was a big-league starter, then being shipped to the minors. Now, after an injury to Jason Vargas, he’s coming back to the Royals dugout. His mental toughness appeared to be the primary issue spurring his demotion, and it is a question going forward after the psychological roller coaster Ventura has ridden the last few days.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:52:39 CDT

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Big 12, Bowlsby have their hands full with Oklahoma president David Boren http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article28054678.html#storylink=rss It used to be that Texas could be justifiably blamed as the agent of instability in the Big 12 — but now it’s Oklahoma. More specifically, it is Oklahoma president David Boren.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:31:40 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Bob Bowlsby’s majority, those showboatin’ Royals, and body-slamming Giants http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article28000234.html#storylink=rss There was a weird moment here. Well, that’s not true. At Big 12 Media Days, there are lots of weird moments. I saw a grown man shake a football coach’s hand, and then, literally, skip away with a smile on his face that I imagine still has not faded. I saw a quorum of Big 12 mascots silently but simultaneously do that gangnam style dance from 2012.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:39:01 CDT

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For David Beaty, KU football reconstruction starts with the foundation http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article27967645.html#storylink=rss The Kansas football program is in a historically bad place, even by its own standards. How do you turn the worst of 64 power conference programs around? One pep talk at a time, one convinced mind at a time. Across an aisle from David Beaty, maybe 20 feet away, sits perhaps the best model possible for what he’s trying to do. Bill Snyder has lived what Beaty is only beginning.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:34:00 CDT

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Big 12’s new contact rule might not change that much http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article27932584.html#storylink=rss The first bit of real news from Big 12 Media Days here came before the first question. Bob Bowlsby, the commissioner, mentioned in his opening statement that the league had adopted what is believed to be the first-of-its-kind limitation on contact for football teams.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:25 CDT

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Five keys for the Royals in the second half of the season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article27334465.html#storylink=rss The All-Star Game has come and gone, so it’s officially the second half of the baseball season. The Star’s Sam Mellinger takes a look at five keys for the Royals in last three months of the regular season.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:04:30 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: All-Star Game is finally here, Justin Houston, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article27197707.html#storylink=rss Enjoy it. More than anything else, I hope Royals fans just enjoy tonight. Because as much as anyone else, they deserve this. They deserve having this All-Star Game in large part about them, and that’s not only a reference to their takeover of the voting.

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:15:13 CDT

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Women’s soccer is a viable and growing professional sport http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article27053368.html#storylink=rss Disliking or ignoring women’s sports is popular in some circles, but that view is short-sighted, ignores strong trends and is largely built on the theory that the world today will be the same world tomorrow.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 17:15:45 CDT

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Like George Brett before him, Alex Gordon is the face of the Royals organization http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article27027403.html#storylink=rss Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon and the Royals have shared every flash of potential, slump, obstacle and doubt together. He has been the fans’ favorite punching bag, and he has been the fans’ favorite player. He has been dismissed as a bust, and he is now a perennial All-Star with his own regular and personal ticket promotion.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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All-Star Lorenzo Cain doesn’t mind being center of attention http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26973967.html#storylink=rss Doesn’t matter if Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain is on the bases or chasing a ball in the gap or, really, singing Gold Digger in the clubhouse. It is easy and it is smooth — and it is a bald-faced lie because it hides endless hours spent refining how he runs and an insatiable need to be the very best at what he does.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:51:59 CDT

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How Royals respond to losing Alex Gordon for eight weeks could define their season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26915278.html#storylink=rss There is no way to know where this is headed. The Royals have long proven themselves as a resilient bunch, but they have not been through anything like this, not even that horrendous last May that cost Pedro Grifol his position as hitting coach.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:14:17 CDT

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Paulo Orlando’s walk-off grand slam shows his value to the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26708950.html#storylink=rss Paulo Orlando gave the Royals a 9-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays with his home run in the ninth inning in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium, and he could be Kansas City’s answer in right field if Alex Rios continues to struggle.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:20:45 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Royals struggles and wins, soccer’s profile, and ice cream helmets http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26636587.html#storylink=rss The Royals are struggling offensively again. They’ve scored three or fewer runs in all but one of their last seven games, and in 12 of their last 17. I do not bring this up for a cheap reason to link to this column, which could basically run in the paper again this morning, but to point out a subtle but encouraging fact.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:52:48 CDT

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KC’s case as soccer capital of America is strengthening http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26580235.html#storylink=rss There is a movement here locally to brand Kansas City as the soccer capital of America. It’s a cute title, something for the soccer community here to grab onto, but also something that is entirely subjective and made-up and that other cities could beef with. Except the evidence continues to push in Kansas City’s direction.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:16:46 CDT

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Despite worry, All-Star Game voting is validated http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26548945.html#storylink=rss Baseball can claim victory, a good All-Star starting lineup selected with — by far — the biggest voter “turnout” in history and the biggest voting discussion in at least 58 years. For a sport in need of buzz and creating younger fans, this is a terrific outcome. For the Royals, this is more about hometown support, and less about hijacking the system.

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:59:13 CDT

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NHL’s expansion process comes at inopportune time for KC hockey fans http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26509780.html#storylink=rss The Missouri Mavericks and new owner Lamar Hunt Jr. are making inroads in growing the hockey culture around Kansas City, but there are still multiple reasons why KC won’t pop up Monday when the NHL begins accepting bids for expansion franchises.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:09:19 CDT

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Royals’ defense pays dividends in more ways than highlight-reel catches http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26217640.html#storylink=rss In many ways, the Royals owe their June success to their outstanding defnense and run prevention. They went 15-11, extending their division lead from a half-game to 4 1/2, despite scoring just 3.6 runs per game.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:36:47 CDT

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Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26022109.html#storylink=rss None of Chris Young’s pitches is impressive on the surface. His fastball is one of baseball’s slowest, averaging 86 mph, the speed of some of his new Royals teammates’ change-ups. But Young makes up for that in so many ways. He is 6 feet 10 and has a naturally deceptive delivery. Then there’s his competitiveness.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:24:30 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Royals moves, ribs vs. tacos, and will Moose and Hosmer make the All-Star team? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25826452.html#storylink=rss I love my job, and before we go any further I need you know I mean those words with my heart and brain. But one of the biggest frustrations is when you read something someone else wrote that is so good you wish you’d have come up with it first.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:03:49 CDT

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Royals are bloodied, bruised but still keep finding ways to win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25733197.html#storylink=rss This is the Royals right now. Banged up, probably tired, and can’t wait to play again. Oh, and winning. Steady winning. The Royals completed a three-game sweep of the previously hot A’s in Oakland with their center fielder, shortstop and first baseman hurt. Also, closer Greg Holland was unavailable after saves the last two days.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:51:09 CDT

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Royals’ Wade Davis is human, even if the statistics suggest otherwise http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25688359.html#storylink=rss Kansas City relief pitcher Wade Davis struggled a bit during the Royals’ 3-2 win at Oakland on Saturday, but he still managed to avoid giving up a run. After securing the final out of the inning, Davis showed some emotion.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:36:10 CDT

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Kendrys Morales’ Friday homer shows KC's significant, crucial upgrade at DH http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25649761.html#storylink=rss Kendrys Morales made hitting an solo home run look easy to start the Royals’ scoring during Friday’s 5-2 series-opening win at Oakland. Easy, but deceptive because it’s been a while since the Royals have had a designated hitter who can do this.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:36:24 CDT

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Five years after Manute Bol’s death, basketball tournament in South Sudan brings hope http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25482787.html#storylink=rss The most significant basketball tournament of the summer is a world away from here in South Sudan. They played it against a backdrop of gory violence and human rights violations and in the name of something — actually someone — so much more important than a trophy: Manute Bol. Bol died five years ago this month, at age 47, while helping promote peace and progress in his native country.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:10:17 CDT

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Chiefs fan approaches cancer treatment with a game plan http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25406599.html#storylink=rss Jim Weber of Stilwell is fighting multiple myeloma, and he’s using his fandom of the Chiefs to deal with the diagnosis. He wears the jersey of his favorite Chief to every treatment and is approaching the schedule like a football season. The Chiefs’ home opener is his Super Bowl. “I can only control what I can control,” he says. “Everything else is out of my hands.”

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:04:19 CDT

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