Chiefs’ Harrison Butker doesn’t fit the stereotype of NFL placekickers

Chiefs’ Harrison Butker doesn’t fit the stereotype of NFL placekickers

Harrison Butker decided in high school that he wanted to sign up for Twitter. It was the cool thing to do at Westminster (Ga.) High School. The first thing on the list was to pick a Twitter handle. Once he decided on a handle, he needed to get it approved. More »

Andy Reid: Where does he stack up in the Chiefs’ coaching legacy?

Andy Reid: Where does he stack up in the Chiefs’ coaching legacy?

We are halfway through the fifth season with Andy Reid as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and I have begun to examine where he may stand in the franchise’s rankings of coaches. I have to put him as one of the Chiefs’ four best all-time coaches. He More »

Diego Rubio “fills big shoes” and rises to Sporting KC challenge

Diego Rubio “fills big shoes” and rises to Sporting KC challenge

When Sporting KC made the shocking trade of striker Dom Dwyer, all eyes focused upon the next guy on coach Peter Vermes multi-tiered depth chart. The spotlight didn’t faze Diego Rubio, though.  He is used to trying to fill the shoes of players who have come before him, beginning with More »

The Chiefs are very good…these 5 things will make them great

The Chiefs are very good…these 5 things will make them great

For the past few years, NFL teams that start 3-0 typically have a 75 percent chance to make it to the playoffs. Teams that start 4-0 usually are above 80 percent and 5-0 gets you in the 90 percent chance range of extending your season. The Chiefs have odds in More »

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Emanuel Hall turns potential into reality as wideout for Mizzou Football

Missouri junior wideout Emanuel Hall had his breakout game in October at Lexington, Kentucky’s Kroger Field, turning his potential into a reality.

“The fans are against you, so you kind of work some energy, and I think it all played a part in how we went on to play,” Hall said.

In the final minute of the first half, Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock hooked up with Hall for a 58-yard touchdown.

“Coming into to the game, I was feeling really good,” Hall said

Building leadership skills is important part of youth soccer and Heartland Soccer Association

Youth sports are often viewed as a way to keep kids healthy and active, and to have fun with peers. They are also essential to the development of important social skills such as cooperation, teamwork and discipline. Another important life skill which can be learned while playing youth sports is leadership. Soccer provides many chances for kids to learn leadership roles.

“There’s so many opportunities,” said executive director of Heartland Soccer Association Shane Hackett.

With changes ahead, the Royals should have an intriguing off-season

The World Series is over and that means the free agent season is beginning, which will signify the dismantling of the 2015 World Series champions. The Kansas City Royals that won it all that year will not look anything like the Royals that will report in February to spring training in Surprise, Arizona.

General manager Dayton Moore, with the blessing of owner David Glass, kept the core of that World Series team together the past two years, but they didn’t make it back to the playoffs.

For the Chiefs, field goals are fine, but touchdowns are finer

Five Harrison Butker field goals, one for 51 yards and two more of 40-plus yards, helped the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos.

He also kicked five field goals in the victory over the Houston Texans.

Not to complain, but I would prefer Butker kick maybe two or three field goals in game and the Chiefs offense score more touchdowns.

So would Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

“I would love for him to make a bunch of PATs,” Smith said

Chiefs’ Harrison Butker doesn’t fit the stereotype of NFL placekickers

Harrison Butker decided in high school that he wanted to sign up for Twitter. It was the cool thing to do at Westminster (Ga.) High School. The first thing on the list was to pick a Twitter handle. Once he decided on a handle, he needed to get it approved.

Not by Twitter itself, mind you, but by a higher authority.

So when he got home that day, he asked his mom what she thought of “ButtKicker” as a Twitter handle.

Andy Reid: Where does he stack up in the Chiefs’ coaching legacy?

We are halfway through the fifth season with Andy Reid as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and I have begun to examine where he may stand in the franchise’s rankings of coaches.

I have to put him as one of the Chiefs’ four best all-time coaches. He is one of only four Chiefs coaches to have a winning record during their tenure. Hank Stram, Marty Schottenheimer and Dick Vermeil were the others with above .500 records with the Chiefs and lead them to the playoffs.

The quality house hockey programs at KC Ice Center change travel teams

The numbers were down this fall for the first time in many years for players trying out for the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association travel teams.

While that may sound bad, it’s not. The decrease reflects the success of the house program at the Kansas City Ice Center that has been so dramatic.

“Our house numbers are way up, because so many kids stayed with the house program,” said Dean Nelson, general manager of the KCIC. “Our hockey numbers are up, and that is reflected in the number of kids in the house leagues.

Heartland Soccer brings families together with fashion show October 29

Get ready to rock the runway with Heartland Soccer Association’s fashion show.

A pair of shows on Sunday, October 29, at the Ritz Charles event space in Overland Park will feature local soccer folks strutting their stuff in fashions from some of the area’s best retailers.

The event is designed to bring together people from the Kansas City soccer community in a non-traditional, off-the-field gathering.

Sports specialization can have a detrimental effect on young athletes

When a young kid shows an early talent for a sport, it’s easy to want to focus solely on developing that talent via sports specialization.

It’s become much more common in recent years for a child to go through intense training in one sport and exclude all others. Many parents believe the best way to have an elite athlete is to master that sport from a young age.

However, studies have shown early sport specialization can actually have detrimental effects to an athlete, including burnout and increased risk of injury, and typically does not lead to college scholarships or professional contracts.

Disc Golf: a low-key sport that is easy to start and fun for all ages

Do you like to throw stuff? Who doesn’t! That’s pretty much the main requirement for playing disc golf. This sport has continued to increase in popularity – and with good reason, too. Disc golf is easy to start, welcomes players of all skill levels, and can be found all around the metro.

Kansas City is actually a hotbed for the sport. According to the Kansas City Flying Disc Club, there are about 30 disc golf courses in the KC area. National tournaments are played here, and Kansas City is home to two disc golf stores.

So what’s so great about disc golf?