Ten years ago, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was in an uncannily similar position to Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota after he had finished fourth in Heisman voting and was drafted first overall by a 49ers organization that had gone 2-14 the year before.
In the news business, we figure twice is a coincidence and three times is a trend story. So starter Johnny Cueto’s outings Wednesday night n the Royals' 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles and earlier in Boston against the Red Sox aren’t reason for Kansas City fans to panic.
Kansas City Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian and CineSport’s Noah Coslov discussed Royals pitcher Kris Medlen’s first start, where Ben Zobrist will play when Alex Gordon returns and the uptick in play from Omar Infante and Alex Rios.
Janice Ninemire Van Gorp, who died last week at 46 following a brain aneurysm, touched untold numbers of lives during her teaching and coaching career in Johnson County. That she told many people “you have potential” didn’t diminish the meaning of those words, it enhanced it.
As LeAnn Cruce gazed down from the stands at some 200 young football players from Blue Springs and Staley High, she thought about how every one of them probably has faced something difficult to contend with in life. She knows about one of these stories for sure: Staley’s Kyle Cambrice, a senior linebacker who doesn’t know his birth father and essentially was abandoned by his mother along with his older brother at a year old.
In this episode of The Huddle, The Star's Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger give their takeaways at the midpoint of the Chiefs preseason and also remind you to pick up our season football preview special section in Sunday's print edition.
Derrick Johnson’s ruptured Achilles tendon in last year’s season opener might well have spelled the end for a then-31-year-old linebacker who hadn’t missed a season since he began playing as a 9-year-old. Instead, it was the start of yet another Chiefs success story.
Our special football preview this year explores the combination of strategy and superstars. Check out some of the stories here and pick up a printed copy of The Kansas City Star on Sunday, Aug. 30, for the whole package.
Kansas City Star columnist Vahe Gregorian chatted with CineSport’s Noah Coslov about the impact wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is having on the field and in the locker room during his first camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL preseason games generally are numbing trivialities, but there was a thrilling exception to this Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the unfathomable return of Chiefs safety Eric Berry to action nine months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma brought meaning to the mundane.
In a town battling the typical tolls of poverty, without his father in his life, Jamaal Charles ultimately took flight because of a nurturing extended family, plus teachers and friends in special education classes. Classes that led him to what he considered a life-changing opportunity to compete in Special Olympics at age 10. “When I got in the classroom, people didn’t want to be my friend,” said Charles, now a star Chiefs running back. “But when I stepped on the field, everyone wanted to be my friend.”
Kendrys Morales is having a great season in his first year with the Royals, leading the team in doubles with 32 and RBI with 82, after a long comeback following an awkward celebratory landing at home plate in 2010 which broke his left ankle and derailed his career.
Watching Yordano Ventura pitch has become something like, say, seeing a box of chocolates set atop a roulette wheel in a Hitchcock movie. You never know what you’re going to get, where it’s going to stop or how it’s going to end. Fresh off surrendering 11 runs in 12 innings over his last two starts, Ventura gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings Tuesday night to stake the Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian talked with CineSport’s Noah Coslov about how the Royals should and can handle pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose unpredictable outings may be the Royals biggest concern.
Fifteen days before, the announcement of Johnny Cueto’s acquisition on the Kauffman Stadium scoreboard had prompted booming applause over the mere idea of the void he might fill for the Royals. But when Cueto at last materialized here in person for his first home start as a Royal on Monday, he somehow exceeded the anticipation.
It’s tempting to view the undoing of Raytown High and University of Missouri product Aldon Smith, the seventh pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, as a reflection of entitlement conferred by stardom and riches — and multiplied by immaturity. Maybe that’s part of the problem.
The bold moves to acquire ace starter Johnny Cueto and utilityman extraordinaire Ben Zobrist weren’t exactly an extreme makeover of the team, which already had a potent nucleus and was well-perched to defend its American League championship. But the team is dealing with uncertain starting pitching, particularly opening day starter Yordano Ventura, who trumps every step forward with several back.
Alyssa Crabtree, 24, of Platte City, long had thought of safety Eric Berry as her favorite Chiefs player. Then in late June she developed a more discernible link to Berry: doctors found a mass in her chest that would be diagnosed as lymphoma. That’s why she held a placard at Chiefs camp Wednesday that read: “FUTURE LYMPHOMA SURVIVOR (JUST LIKE BERRY).”
Movie producer Grant Curtis remembers being “a card-carrying member of the Chiefs Huddle Club” when he was a youngster. So it made sense for him to be involved with “Delaney,” a ESPN 30-for-30 Short about Chiefs running back Joe Delaney which had an advanced screening Monday night in Kansas City.
KC Royals executives and players weren’t appeased by reaching game seven of the World Series last season in the franchise’s first playoff foray in 29 years. Instead, the breakthrough whetted their appetite for more and to seize the moment and momentum that often are fleeting in baseball. That is why trading prospects for established players in Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist was a smart decision.