Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Chiefs future looks fantastic with Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

I have seen the future of the Kansas City Chiefs and it looks great. I’m not referring to the future in the Chiefs’ postseason this January, but for the 2018 season and 2019 and 2020 and beyond. I’m not ready to put Patrick Mahomes II in Canton, Ohio – but I would not rule it out – after one start and one game-winning drive to end the game with a field goal to beat the Denver Broncos 27-24.

But I do believe the Chiefs have a quarterback that will lead them to numerous victories and postseason play, maybe even the Super Bowl, for the next decade if he can remain healthy.

Kansas City Chiefs announce eight coaching staff changes

Chiefs new coaches

From Chiefs media: The Kansas City Chiefs announced changes to the club’s coaching staff on 1/29. The team has promoted Mike Kafka to Quarterbacks Coach, Mark DeLeone to Inside Linebackers Coach, Mike Smith to Outside Linebackers Coach, Corey Matthaei to Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Joe Bleymaier to Pass Game Analyst/Assistant Quarterbacks Coach, and Terry Bradden to Defensive Quality Control Coach. The Chiefs have hired Jay Valai (defense) and David Girardi (offense) as Quality Control Coaches.

The KC Royals sign SS Alcides Escobar to a one-year deal

Alcides Escobar

From Royals media: The Kansas City Royals announced on 1/29 that they have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a one-year contract for the 2018 season.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Alcides Escobar, 31, returns to where he’s been the starting shortstop since the 2011 season.  In 2017, he batted .250 with a career-best 36 doubles, five triples, six homers and 71 runs scored, playing in all 162 games for the second-straight season. He was one of only two Major League players to start every game, joining Joey Votto.  Entering the 2018 season, he’s made 333 consecutive starts – all at shortstop – dating back to Sept. 26, 2015,

Royals acquire RHP’s Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer from A’s

Jesse Hahn

From Royals’ media: The Kansas City Royals announced that they have acquired right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter, first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss and cash considerations.

In pain? Treat it with spinal decompression therapy

decompression therapy

Spinal decompression therapy sounds terrifying. Mention that it is an advanced form of spinal traction, and many people have visions of torture devices.

In reality, this new therapy doesn’t occur in a dungeon. It’s a new, non-surgical alternative for relieving low-back pain, neck pain and radiating arm and leg pain.

Mason Schoen has accomplished all his Kansas State goals

Mason Schoen KSU

When looking at the bio for Mason Schoen on the Kansas State men’s basketball web site, don’t look for the typical stats for a guard, like points, assists or steals.

Instead, look at the accolades he’s earned and you’ll learn all you need to know about Mason Schoen, the senior from Blue Valley Northwest High School.

He’s been on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester through his first three seasons, and was a National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Honors Court recipient and a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection last season.

Mason Schoen has already graduated with a degree in finance, and is close to a second degree in marketing. He’s working toward his MBA.

Winter wellness…when it’s cold, put a scarf on your wind gate!

Wearing a scarf is very fashionable these days and more and more people are using them. There are websites with 100 or more ways to tie a scarf around your neck. But there are benefits to wearing a scarf as well.

According to acupuncture, which is the oldest form of healthcare, the back of your neck is the area most vulnerable to the wind and is known as “The Wind Gate.” Allowing the cold winter weather and wind to access your Wind Gate can cause chills, achy muscles, nasal congestion and sore throats.

Wearing a scarf reduces neck pain, maintains body temperature, and can prevent colds. The scarf keeps your neck warm and protects you from cold and dampness of the winter weather seeping in. This is important when your immune system could be down due to tiredness or stress that is typical in winter months.

KC Royals enhance pitching depth with four additions

With the major league baseball free agent market moving at a historical glacial pace, the Kansas City Royals have made some under-the-radar moves to address their biggest need – pitching.

In December the Royals added four pitchers from outside their organization to the 40-man big league roster.  They are right-handers Wily Peralta, Scott Barlow, Brad Keller and Burch Smith.

Peralta is the only recognizable name of the group.  Only a diehard fan would know the others.

Can sleep give sports teams an advantage?


Though we are learning about problems created by concussion in sports, we know virtually nothing about the sleep disorders those concussions can cause.

What do we know about sleep and sports? Everyone “knows” athletes tend to do better after a good night’s sleep.  But what’s the data?

A 1991 study showed sleep loss hurt a cyclist’s performance, and it did it by making the cyclist work harder, and get less for the energy expended, by causing more anaerobic metabolism, and increasing lactate production.

The dangers for one sport athletes


In today’s world of ultra-competitive children’s athletics, there is more and more pressure on parents and kids to begin specializing in one sport at a very young age.  While it may seem like choosing one sport and sticking with it will give an athlete an advantage, we are finding out more and more specialization does not necessarily lead to better performance.

In addition, it also puts these young athletes at much higher risk of injury.