<![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 Mellinger Minutes: Duffy’s Cy Young obstacle, the promise of the Chiefs’ offense and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article97336232.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:14:59 CDT

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The Royals will not make the playoffs, and here are two reasons why http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article97184242.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:42:35 CDT

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Dee Ford’s critical season for the Chiefs begins with ... not much http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article95568017.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:19:43 CDT

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New Mizzou A.D. Jim Sterk makes fine first impression, but the important stuff starts now http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article95103077.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:17:58 CDT

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The agony of Alex: It’s been a painful season for Royals star Gordon http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article94985707.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:33:40 CDT

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Mellinger Minutes: Mizzou and new A.D. Jim Sterk, Justin Houston and the Chiefs, and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article94575632.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:47:21 CDT

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The Chiefs’ biggest challenge: manufacturing a pass rush without Justin Houston http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article94433757.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 16:03:00 CDT

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The secret of John Dorsey’s sweatshirt, and some uncertainty around Justin Houston http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article93976417.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:44:56 CDT

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What signing Nick Foles says about the Chiefs’ ambitions — and their future http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article93697042.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 11:22:02 CDT

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Boy who caught Danny Duffy’s hat: 'How long will it smell like Gatorade? I hope forever.' http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article93589367.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:31:44 CDT

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The Chiefs’ risk-reward gamble on Tyreek Hill is off to a ‘fast as hell’ start http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article93590622.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:33:57 CDT

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Mellinger Minutes: Duffy’s best moment came after the game, Eric Fisher’s contract, and breakfast http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article93238612.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:09:28 CDT

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Why the Royals did not make a major trade, and what it means for the future http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article93182442.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 20:51:10 CDT

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A case for ‘tanking’: As Royals map long-term future, extreme approach may be best http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article92633027.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:26:14 CDT

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Do not look the monotony of Chiefs training camp in the eye http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article92356657.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:23:47 CDT

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The Royals’ comeback win is context for the more important question http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article92293497.html#storylink=rss Comebacks like Wednesday are why the Royals won the last two pennants

But they are highly unlikely to make the playoffs again this year, which is putting the front office in an interesting spot

The executives who run the Royals are particularly hesitant to trade away players, even when other clubs might

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Poking holes in Ned Yost’s theory that Royals closer Wade Davis is better with less rest http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article92405617.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:05 CDT

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Mellinger Minutes: Royals at the trade deadline, Chiefs at training camp, Big 12 expansion and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article91896347.html#storylink=rss Does Tim Kaine forward top 10 lists he appears on to all his friends?

How should the Chiefs use Jamaal Charles this season?

A theory on why the Royals are striking out so much more this season

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Baseball Hall of Fame opens for Buck O’Neil, but he’s already earned something better http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article91579447.html#storylink=rss A change in election process means O’Neil could be considered for induction again

The Negro Leagues Committee made a widely recognized mistake in leaving O’Neil off the induction list 10 years ago

Even so, O’Neil has earned better recognition with how he and others reacted to the snub

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Why we need sports, now more than ever http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article91470057.html#storylink=rss Recent tragedies, including those in KC, have shaken many around the country

Particularly during this campaign season, the news is full of divisiveness

There’s a tendency to think sports is irrelevant in the bigger picture, but it’s quite the opposite

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:38:10 CDT

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Royals, after two ugly losses, must begin to consider selling at trade deadline http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90895477.html#storylink=rss Team openly labeled this home stand crucial to their season, and lost the last two games 18-7

The roster is flawed and the playoffs are a (very) longshot

Royals can take advantage of a trade environment currently rewarding sellers

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:08:25 CDT

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Mellinger Minutes: Big 12 expansion (maybe!), Royals playoff push (maybe?), and Eric Berry http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90758157.html#storylink=rss Alex Gordon is having a nightmare, and here’s a predictation about what will be said in the offseason

Should Eric Berry have shown more loyalty to the Chiefs? (No, but please read why below)

Local beers!

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Royals’ magical victory over the Indians makes it feel like 2015 again http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90458517.html#storylink=rss Royals beat the Indians 7-3 on Monday night, with all of their runs in a wild eighth inning

KC has been waiting for a moment like this, believing it was coming

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Cam F. Awesome and what to do after the dream dies http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90091082.html#storylink=rss Awesome (yes, that’s his real name) missed out on the Olympic boxing team

He’s now trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life — same as any of us after losing a job or marriage

The first step is staying so busy he doesn’t think about what’s lost

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No deal between Eric Berry and the Chiefs: a failure for both sides http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89892552.html#storylink=rss The star player and team each had plenty of reasons to get this done

Their mutual failure makes it less likely Berry will be with the Chiefs beyond this season

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The Royals’ second half presents complications and far-reaching consequences http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89602767.html#storylink=rss They are in the middle of a pack of 11 teams within eyesight of a playoff spot

Unlike last year, a major trade is unlikely for a variety of reasons

The next two weeks are particularly important and could influence the club beyond this season

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Missouri is down an athletic director — and can be better off in spite of it http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89438042.html#storylink=rss Mack Rhoades left for Baylor after 15 unimpressive months on the job at MU

The next athletic director in Columbia will have much to fix and address

The university has every reason and opportunity to make the right hire

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:51:45 CDT

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Mellinger Minutes: Johnny Cueto starts All-Star Game, the Royals buying or selling and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89081197.html#storylink=rss Why it’s far more likely the Royals add than sell at the deadline (but don’t expect much of either)

Three up and three down, Royals first-half style

Does Sal Perez have a chance at the Hall of Fame?

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The Royals are doing something that hasn’t been done since World War II, so what gives? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article87106337.html#storylink=rss The Royals are on pace for more than 50 wins at home, and 50 losses on the road

No team has had this kind of split since 1945

Let’s go through some of the possible explanations

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Sam Mellinger tries to make sense of the Royals' historic home-road split http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article87193637.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:55:25 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article87193637.html