<![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 Doctors couldn’t find what was wrong with Michael Keck, but football star knew it would kill him http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article45850180.html#storylink=rss Michael Keck was a standout player at Harrisonville High School

He played just one game at Missouri and one year at Missouri State

He died in 2013 and researchers said they’d never seen such an advanced case of CTE in someone so young

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:52:12 CST

Dontari Poe vs. Justin Houston: The kind of argument winning teams have http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article45975785.html#storylink=rss “Refrigerator Poe” is the heaviest player to ever score a rushing TD in the NFL

But Justin Houston also made an incredible play on Sunday on a pick-6

The Kansas City defense is dominating, so we’ll let them argue whose TD was better

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:23:21 CST

Mellinger Minutes: The end of a legend, a Chiefs push, and a thought about the next Mizzou coach http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article45217620.html#storylink=rss You sure don’t have anything better to do?

Here’s how you make chili

Bring on the snow

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:34:36 CST

Justin Houston has a theory about the Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article45033141.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs’ season, once seemingly sunk with five straight losses, has new life

Houston thinks the Chiefs let the heartbreak of the first Broncos game eat away the next month

The Chiefs, amazingly, are now in good position for the rest of their season

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 21:05:09 CST

How David Glass celebrated the Royals’ championship, and no, he’s not going to sell the team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article44802093.html#storylink=rss Royals owner did everything he could to enjoy every second of championship

The club’s downtown parade reminded him of falling in love with baseball as a boy

Some have questioned what might be next for Glass, but he’s not selling the team

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:14:50 CST

The simple fix for Cheick Diallo’s case, and why the NCAA is not the villain http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article44408022.html#storylink=rss The NCAA is forcing a talented basketball player who is performing well academically to sit out

This is the mess that schools have created for themselves

There is an incredibly simple solution to protect innocent teenagers

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:20:42 CST

Mellinger Minutes: Baseball or football town, Royals repeating, last 22 playoff victories ranked http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article44082210.html#storylink=rss Why I never wrote the baseball town thing

You guys like the new name? Eh? A little bit?

Hey, look, the Chiefs season is still going on!

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:41:04 CST

Why the last few days at Mizzou have college administrators everywhere scared http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article43894332.html#storylink=rss Football players boycotted, and essentially forced the tumbling of Mizzou’s power structure

All across the country, college administrators are taking notice and some are scared

The power dynamics in a billion dollar industry are changing

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 19:10:21 CST

Not so fast, George: Are the 2015 Royals really better than the 1985 champs? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article43634949.html#storylink=rss This is where we double check George Brett’s math

Frank White or Ben Zobrist?

Lorenzo Cain or Willie Wilson?

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 19:13:39 CST

From parade to parade, 30 years of Royals memories http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article43478193.html#storylink=rss The Royals have meant different things in different ways at different times

They’ve always been important, people here just needed a reason to care

These last two years have reinvigorated that pride

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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:45:28 CST

Alex Gordon’s storied time with Royals looks to be coming to an end http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article43339149.html#storylink=rss Veteran left-fielder will be a free agent Friday night

Royals likely won’t match his price on the open market

The best Royal since George Brett looks to play elsewhere next year

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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 20:04:12 CST

The biggest crowd you have ever seen came out to celebrate the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article42767697.html#storylink=rss Holy cow that was a lot of people

The celebration was a logistical nightmare, but the occasion so happy that most people didn’t mind

All anyone is likely to remember is how many people came out to support the Royals’ first World Series title since 1985

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 18:55:12 CST

Even by championship standards, this Royals team is special http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article42185334.html#storylink=rss The Royals are World Series champions, finally

For so long, this was only a dream

This team will be remembered forever, not just for winning, but for how they won

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 01:29:20 CST

Royals turn Mets’ mistake into another thrilling comeback victory http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article42119340.html#storylink=rss A Royals postseason already full of heart-stopping comebacks has another

The Royals never assume, and they always seem to come from behind

Their greatest moments have all come after mistakes by the other side

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:15:24 CDT

This wasn’t the performance the Royals needed from Yordano Ventura, but it’s just one game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article42038388.html#storylink=rss Baseball is a game of failure, which usually instills humility in even its best players

Not so for young Yordano Ventura, the Royals’ Game 3 pitcher Friday in New York

Ventura’s failure to escape the fourth inning underscored KC’s starting-pitching issues

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:53:11 CDT

More than heart: Why the Royals are baseball’s most dangerous team when behind http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article41883516.html#storylink=rss The baseball world is getting to know the Royals as the team with all the comebacks

That’s most often explained by the intangible — determination, heart, drive

But there are fundamental baseball reasons for this, too

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:26:47 CDT

The importance of Michael Keck http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article45670323.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:55:57 CST http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article45670323.html With another crazy comeback, Royals defy deGrom http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article41770404.html#storylink=rss It sure seems as if Kansas City only wins playoff games from behind

This comeback began with Alcides Escobar and two balls bunted foul

Then Escobar drove in the tying run, and the floodgates opened

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:39:20 CDT

Eric Hosmer’s late heroics in World Series Game 1 give Royals a shot of confidence http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article41654631.html#storylink=rss The Royals beat the Mets 5-4 in 14 innings in Game 1 of the World Series

It was another crazy win in what is a portfolio of crazy wins

Eric Hosmer’s game-winning sacrifice fly provided a bit of atonement for a costly eighth-inning error

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:47:32 CDT

Twitter Tuesday: Royals one step from history, Ned Yost’s statue should have a smirk, and who cares about Chiefs in London? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article41535573.html#storylink=rss Ned Yost might seriously, honestly, for real get a statue someday. Hopefully with a smirk!

You guys realize David Glass’ teams have now been to as many World Series as Ewing Kauffman’s?

Need you guys to tell me how many words you read here — it’s for science

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:53:35 CDT

Inside how the best Royals team in at least 30 years was built http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article41507676.html#storylink=rss They met an hour after last year’s World Series celebration with a mandate to improve

Key deals were weeks, months, and in some cases years in the making

Even on the brink of a championship, friends say Moore is focused on “the process”

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:28:07 CDT

The Chiefs’ offensive line played well — seriously http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article41403504.html#storylink=rss For perhaps the first time all season, the Chiefs won the line of scrimmage

They did it with a “new” offensive line

Communication and energy was the key

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 18:00:54 CDT

Wade Davis’ pitching helped put Royals in World Series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article41303985.html#storylink=rss Wade Davis delivered one of the great relief appearances in recent baseball history

He erased trouble in the 8th, waited out a rain delay for a shut-down 9th

His pitching was crucial as the Royals clinched a 2nd straight AL pennant

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:11:48 CDT

Mike Moustakas isn’t really in a slump, and he’s made it through worse http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article40913295.html#storylink=rss Moustakas is hitting just .132 in the playoffs, but he’s had some incredibly bad luck

Slumps used to define the Royals third baseman

Now, it’s his ability to get out of slumps

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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:53:23 CDT

Was it ball four or strike three? Official record of Jose Bautista’s at-bat is ball four, but ... http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article40807404.html#storylink=rss Home-plate umpire Dan Iassogna called a critical ball four with Jose Bautista at bat

The ruling altered the course of Wednesday’s Game 5 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre

Royals’ Volquez, Perez later had differing accounts of an alleged apology by the up

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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:56:05 CDT

Royals move within one game of the World Series in an entirely symbolic and overwhelming way http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article40556235.html#storylink=rss Keep the line moving is more than a cliche for this group of Royals

They are one game from another World Series because of their pack-attack approach

Reliever Luke Hochevar is as good a symbol as any of how far they’ve come

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 21:09:07 CDT

Twitter Tuesday: Royals still lead the ALCS, a Cueto theory, sinking Chiefs, and chicken fingers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article40468011.html#storylink=rss You have chosen to blow off work, and for that we thank you

The Royals are good! Still!

The Chiefs are not! Still!

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:49:06 CDT

The historic failure of Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto just changed the ALCS http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article40422909.html#storylink=rss More than 100 years of playoff baseball include no precedent for Cueto’s stink

He could’ve put a virtual end to this series, but instead gave Jays new life

Worse than costing the Royals a game, he also put extra pressure on their bullpen

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:24:48 CDT

A creative, sad, and darkly comedic loss means the Chiefs need to look beyond 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article39814692.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs found a new way to lose, which by now is not easy

“I’ve seen a lot. I don’t think I’ve seen that,” said Len Dawson

Now is when they need to prioritize how to fix this for next year

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 19:13:03 CDT

Clutch with game on line, Royals’ Alex Gordon indulges a rare show of emotion http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article39647316.html#storylink=rss Alex Gordon had the most important at-bat of Game 2

Situations like this one on Saturday used to overwhelm him

Longtime teammates have never seen him so emotional

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 21:34:58 CDT