<![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 Nationals’ Bryce Harper is more than baseball’s most prodigious hitting talent http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article75038842.html#storylink=rss His numbers are ridiculous, particularly for a player his age

Harper, who will be in Kansas City on Monday, sometimes wears a “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat

His individual style is like the Royals’ collective style, both of which are good for baseball

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Sun, 01 May 2016 17:47:29 CDT

The Chiefs, who brag about their character, draft a man who choked his pregnant girlfriend http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74976132.html#storylink=rss Tyreek Hill pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement after his pregnant girlfriend walked into an emergency room

He allegedly punched her in the face and stomach; later signed guilty plea that says he choked her

The Chiefs claim comfort in their vetting process, and are asking for trust

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:30:49 CDT

With the draft over, time to look forward for the Chiefs — good and bad http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74902407.html#storylink=rss Their draft class is heavy on depth, but light on obvious immediate impact

With different circumstances, the Chiefs may have drafted QB Paxton Lynch in the first round

What remains true is that the Chiefs will succeed or fail in 2016 based on the players fans already know

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:34:58 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74902407.html
The Chiefs turned the NFL Draft into the feeling of being stood up on a first date http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74606812.html#storylink=rss When you think about it, nobody really knows anything certain about the NFL Draft

All we can do is evaluate the thought process and track record of those making the decisions

On both those points, the Chiefs’ current leadership group stands up well

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:51:06 CDT

Chiefs GM John Dorsey called his shot with Marcus Peters a month before 2015 draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74291957.html#storylink=rss Selection of Peters at No. 18 is the best pick of Dorsey’s three drafts in KC

Chiefs’ GM had to become comfortable with the reasons Peters was still available

The way he and the team arrived at this conclusion is a window into the draft process

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:23:56 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs draft, the 10 most important Royals, Biggie and irrational sports hate http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article73910792.html#storylink=rss A look at the Chiefs’ five biggest draft needs

Who trolls the Royals? And why do they do it?

A way to improve the Kauffman Stadium experience

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:20:22 CDT

Earl Watson became NBA’s youngest head coach with help from John Wooden, Disney’s CEO and his late brother http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article73515637.html#storylink=rss Watson, a 1997 Washington High graduate, knew he wanted to be a coach since he was a teenager

He engineered his playing career to prepare for the opportunity, including turning down higher-paying jobs

The trial for the man accused in his brother’s death is next month

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:03:36 CDT

Joakim Soria, Kelvin Herrera and how Royals can turn a problem into a strength http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article72982032.html#storylink=rss Soria was booed the other night and gave the best answer about it

Royals don’t like to change players’ roles but are doing it with Soria and Herrera

Like they’ve done many times, this is a chance to get better from a setback

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:01:34 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Royals worries, Chiefs predictions, Chris Young and poopy diapers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article72591642.html#storylink=rss The topics in this week’s Mellinger Minutes are not all sports related

Among the questions: How literal is State Line Road? Sam Mellinger’s 10 favorite books

There’s also more on Billy Butler and the debate about kids playing football

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:54 CDT

Chemo and incurable cancer won’t stop Stilwell’s Jim Weber from running Boston Marathon http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article72356327.html#storylink=rss Weber did his longest training runs a few days after chemo

He’s running to raise money for multiple myeloma research

He’s become something of a superstar in certain circles

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:26:01 CDT

Reliever Joakim Soria finds his groove in a Royals season that’s still taking shape http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article70177737.html#storylink=rss The tendency at the beginning of a baseball season is to overreact

Some of that can be seen in the reaction over Soria’s rough outing on Sunday

The Royals have typically been at their best during ‘the grind,’ which starts Friday

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:24:56 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Royals hype, Joakim Soria worry, Chiefs future, what Villanova did for Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article70050367.html#storylink=rss Will the Royals go undefeated? We investigate

Lots of Soria overreaction

Sports are great, huh?

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:17:03 CDT

The grind can wait: The Royals had celebrating to do, and they did it in style http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article69801432.html#storylink=rss Baseball people often grumble at the noise around opening day

This was a celebration well-earned

The Royals tricked themselves out

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 23:10:24 CDT

Ten players the Chiefs should target in the NFL Draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article74433207.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:35:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article74433207.html Royals' Joakim Soria talks about his early season struggles on the mound http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72914847.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:02:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72914847.html Mellinger Minutes: Is it time to freak out about the Royals bullpen? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article72494207.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:03:55 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article72494207.html Eric Hosmer interviewed by Salvador Perez after Royals' 4-3 opening win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805567.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:17:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805567.html First pitch baseball toss leaves Union Station on its way to Kauffman Stadium http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/royals-photos-videos/article69711292.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 03 Apr 2016 09:55:44 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/royals-photos-videos/article69711292.html The Chiefs’ rotten offseason puts even more pressure on John Dorsey and Andy Reid http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article69480147.html#storylink=rss With a few notable exceptions, the Chiefs’ offseason has been fairly terrible

They are relatively close to erasing the gap between themselves and the AFC’s best

The challenges they face now are unfortunate and, in one case, unfair

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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:03:18 CDT

Eric Hosmer on his dash to the plate in Game 5 of the World Series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69476417.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:50:24 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69476417.html Jonny Gomes’ victory speech at Union Station highlighted Royals’ working dichotomy http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article69442132.html#storylink=rss Gomes first gave his speech to the team around 3 in the morning after the World Series ended

“What you heard on stage would be like PG-plus, but at the hotel it was a little different,” pitcher Kris Medlen says.

“I have the video of it on my phone,” infielder Christian Colon says.

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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:44:21 CDT

As they chase new memories, Royals recall favorite moments from World Series championship season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article69217332.html#storylink=rss Royals are chasing more moments, more joy, more memories

They all have their favorite moments from last season

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:38:13 CDT

On Husain Abdullah’s retirement and what ‘that guy loves football’ is starting to mean http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article68983217.html#storylink=rss Abdullah is part of a growing trend of NFL players retiring early

Injuries, particularly concussions, are a major part of this

Teams sometimes use the phrase as code for “he’ll play through it,” which is dangerous

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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:26:36 CDT

Sam Mellinger shares the Royals' favorite winning memories http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69021662.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:45:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69021662.html Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs’ Husain Abdullah retires, KU’s Bill Self in March, baseball and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article68788207.html#storylink=rss Abdullah’s retirement is bad for the Chiefs, NFL but good for him

Are Kansas basketball fans spoiled?

Also, nachos!

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Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:52:24 CDT

Royals don't plan to retaliate against Noah Syndergaard in season opener http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article68861952.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:08:38 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article68861952.html Different means, same end: Another KU team will watch the Final Four at home http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article68496232.html#storylink=rss So many things that Kansas does well didn’t materialize Saturday night

Villanova was too good in this one, and the Jayhawks weren’t themselves

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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:04:59 CDT

Reasons for Kansas' Elite Eight loss to Villanova http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article68506192.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:35:46 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article68506192.html Wayne Selden on missed threes, Landen Lucas praises defense http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article68505382.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:31:49 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article68505382.html Keys to victory for KU against Villanova in Elite Eight http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article68355877.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:33:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article68355877.html