<![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 Blame Roger Goodell for Deflategate fiasco? Better also point a finger at his 32 bosses http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article33765744.html#storylink=rss The ridiculous waste of energy and oxygen that’s come to be known as Deflategate should be remembered as the quintessential example of the NFL’s arrogance working against it.

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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:15:38 CDT

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‘Crazy’ twist to a crazy season: the Royals’ chickenpox outbreak http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article33300066.html#storylink=rss Just as the Royals’ health situation seemed to be healing with the return of Alex Gordon, suddenly a childhood disease comes out of nowhere to throw the team a curveball. And several anxious days still await: Will anybody else get sick?

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:56:20 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Royals clinching early, Alex Smith’s touchdowns, a Chiefs love story, and Maclin’s silly tweet http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article33164244.html#storylink=rss Jeremy Maclin is, by all accounts, a good man. Not just by the sometimes lowered standards for professional athletes, but a humble, hard-working, grateful man with an interesting story to tell. He also posted something questionable on Twitter the other day.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:58:29 CDT

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Alex Gordon will return to a stronger Royals team than the one he left http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article32979096.html#storylink=rss The Royals have played the last 48 games over 54 days without Alex Gordon, their best player, hardest worker and most admired teammate. Gordon is likely to return to the Royals on Tuesday. If not, then almost certainly this week. And we can check “long-term injury to the best player” off the list of things that could sink what could be a historic Royals season.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:31:12 CDT

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Justin Houston’s pass-rush prowess explained, in one four-second clip http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article32881362.html#storylink=rss We broke down one clip of a Justin Houston sack from his record 2014 season that shows why he’s so good.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:43:11 CDT

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The Tao of Hud: Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler has hit his stride by simply being himself http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article32702790.html#storylink=rss For three hours every night, he is the goofball announcer some call Uncle Hud. Every day, Royals fans come up to him and say they never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. And every day, Rex Hudler tells them, “That makes two of us.”

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:56:38 CDT

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Chiefs could benefit from more two-point conversions http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article32711052.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs successfully went for two during impressive 34-10 preseason win over Titans after Cairo Santos missed a 33-yard extra point.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:10:40 CDT

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Royals fan knows positive attitude helps keep cancer at bay http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article32600316.html#storylink=rss Tim Grimes found out he had stage 4 melanoma before the Royals got in the World Series. He was told he had seven to nine months to live. A year later, he’s still focusing on the bright side of life and the new friends he’s made along the way — Eric Hosmer, among others.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:10:00 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Moose’s year, Royals fans’ paranoia, Chiefs’ concerns and when it’s OK to talk about fantasy football http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article32306097.html#storylink=rss Reasonable people can disagree here, but among the Royals’ position players, there’s a good case to be made that only Lorenzo Cain and perhaps Eric Hosmer have been more valuable to the team than Mike Moustakas.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:55:58 CDT

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Pitcher Kris Medlen is intriguing as he makes the most of his audition for Royals’ rotation http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article32289573.html#storylink=rss In his first start since Tommy John surgery two years ago — his second such surgery, making him a rarity — Kris Medlen was dazzling and rusty but mostly promising Monday night as the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles. It was a stimulating audition to join Kansas City’s playoff rotation.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:03:51 CDT

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Royals, and fans, are fortunate to be dealing with first-place problems http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31913292.html#storylink=rss These are strange times for the Royals and their fans. For a generation, you didn’t have to look for reasons to worry as much as reasons to worry attached themselves to you, like a jellyfish. Royals fans have dreamed for years about having these types of problems. It’d be a shame if they missed on some of the fun worrying about nothing.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:32:10 CDT

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Chiefs’ first-string offensive line still isn’t put together, and it shows against Seahawks http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31875252.html#storylink=rss The moment of certainty that the Chiefs’ second preseason game would be a giant waste of time for the first-string offense came on their second drive against the Seahawks on Friday. The Chiefs played against one of the NFL’s best pass rushing defenses with two players on their offensive line who probably won’t play this season.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:17:27 CDT

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The Chiefs are changing their TD song and here is why we should all be happy about it http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31770867.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

You may have seen where the Chiefs are changing their touchdown song this year and, well, many people are angry. I guess I get it, on one level. But, just so we’re clear, playing that song means paying a man currently serving time for sexual abuse against young girls.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:20:34 CDT

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Umpire Don Denkinger still near and dear to Royals’ 1985 championship http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31698155.html#storylink=rss Don Denkinger, who made a controversial call in game six, joined members of 1985 World Series winning Royals at a 30-year reunion.

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The Slide revisited, and did Alcides Escobar create ‘his own problem’ with Brett Lawrie? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31511198.html#storylink=rss Frank White, the eight-time Gold Glover with the Kansas City Royals, thinks that the bad feelings between the Royals and Oakland’s Brett Lawrie may have stemmed from Alcides Escobar’s footwork at second base.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:26:44 CDT

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Many Royals fans are mad about their playoff ticket locations, but here’s why it’s an unavoidable problem http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31443074.html#storylink=rss Royals season-ticket holders received information about purchasing postseason tickets this week, and, well, much of the reaction regarding locations has been frustration. You can understand it, obviously. But it’s unavoidable when you consider that if you have a 20-game plan, up to three other people could be sharing your seat.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:43:16 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: KC championships, Clark Hunt’s one take, and when will the Royals clinch? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31389926.html#storylink=rss So it’s been a while since the Royals’ 2015 playoff chances went from possibility to certainty. They have a 12 1/2-game lead in the division, and a six-game lead over the Yankees for the best record in the league. These are strange times, indeed.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:30:18 CDT

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Change in perspective leads Royals great Frank White back to Kauffman Stadium http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article31341212.html#storylink=rss Where the reunion will lead is unclear, but Royals Hall of Famer Frank White will return to a hero’s welcome on the Kauffman Stadium field during Major League Baseball’s “Franchise Four” celebration on Sept. 1.

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:30:09 CDT

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Former Chief Will Shields, a hardworking and humble hero, enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article30526362.html#storylink=rss Will Shields was inducted Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, part of an eight-man class headlined in very dominant and different ways by Junior Seau and Jerome Bettis. Shields is different. He’s the introvert who worked himself into a football star, and the football star who worked himself into a real-life hero.

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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 21:07:41 CDT

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Seau family’s presence offers reality check on festive Hall of Fame weekend http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article30450507.html#storylink=rss The Junior Seau situation remains an inescapable cloud over one of the NFL’s proudest parties: Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend.

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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:50:09 CDT

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How a small, rough Oklahoma town helped shape former Chief and future Hall of Famer Will Shields http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article30354810.html#storylink=rss The former offensive lineman, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, is best known as a 12-time Pro Bowler who started in 231 consecutive games for the Chiefs. But his generosity outside football, forged by his experiences growing up in Lawton, Okla., is also well known.

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Twitter Tuesday: When local stories go national, Royals as bullies (?) and Chief concerns (get it!?) http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article29941152.html#storylink=rss One thing we keep coming back to on this silly weekly exercise is that sports fans, and I believe sports fans in Kansas City in particular, care far too much about national perception.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:07:03 CDT

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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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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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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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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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