Category Archives: EXTRAS

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.

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.

A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

As we start into the New Year, let’s look back at the Top 10 headlines and see what made 2017 great for Kansas City sports fans.

While 2017 was not as exciting as some previous years, like the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship, there was still so much that left fans of every team around the area happy at the end of the year.

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Articles inside this issue of KC Sports:

  • TOP 10 Kansas City Sports Moments of 2017
  • CHIEFS rookie KAREEM HUNT captures the NFL rushing crown
  • ROYALS enhance pitching depth with four additions
  • DEVONTE’ GRAHAM undeniably is JAYHAWKS‘ leader
  • MIZZOU‘s KEVIN PURYEAR is more productive with less court time
  • 5 star walk on MASON SCHOEN has accomplished his KSU goals
  • Notre Dame de Sion coach DANA HOEPER establishes girls golf dynasty
  • MAVERICKS goalie MASON MCDONALD has a NHL plan
  • HEARTLAND SOCCER awards gala set for February
  • The CHIEFS future looks fantastic with PATRICK MAHOMES
  • CHIEFS  “Brick Wall” linebacker REGGIE RAGLAND takes pleasure in stopping the run
  • What’s your exercise/health plan for 2018?
  • Seven ways to avoid injury in the gym in the New Year

Golf Hospitality Association highlights professionalism on and off the course

Golf Hospitality Association

One of the most important elements in the enjoyment of a round of golf is also one of the least predictable. While most golf hospitality workers – marshals, rangers, starters, etc. – do a good job of providing a quality experience for patrons, the manner in which they perform their tasks can be quite different from one course to another. Mike Abell of the Kansas City-based Golf Hospitality Association hopes his organization can bring some consistency.

Shjon Podein adds Instant Credibility: NHL player’s involvement shows KC Ice Center hockey programs are legit

Shjon Podein played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2000-2001. He grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, where one of his buddies was Dean Nelson, now the general manager of the Kansas City Ice Center.

When Nelson came to the Kansas City area six years ago, he faced an uphill battle in growing youth hockey. He decided one of the best ways to do that was to enhance the camps and clinics schedule. There were fewer than 50 kids involved at the time. The number approached nearly 500 this summer.

Nelson knew hockey is mostly a series of one-on-one battles, so he decided a camp devoted to teaching kids how to win those battles would be a key part of his camp strategy. He created Battle Camp, and in one of the most strategic decisions he’s made in his six years, he invited his old friend to join him.

Chloe’s Corner Tennis Report: Q&A with Elliott McDermed of OP Raquet Club

Elliott McDermed and Eric Rand are the owners of Overland Park Racquet Club in Overland Park, KS. They have owned OPRC for three years.

It is the largest tennis facility in Kansas City with 24 courts- 14 indoor and 10 outdoor. Four new clay courts were also installed in April. Additionally, there is a full-service restaurant and pro shop.

OPRC was recently voted one of the top 50 tennis facilities in the United States by Tennis Magazine.

Chloe Norris sat down with Elliot McDermed for a one-on-one interview for Kansas City Sports and Fitness Magazine.

Johnson, Hunt, Hill and Jones are key Chiefs players to watch during the preseason

Some Chiefs players to watch during training camp that could make or break the 2017 campaign include Derrick Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Chris Jones.

While there have been a lot of changes in the Kansas City Chiefs organization and front office this offseason, but the majority of the roster has stayed the same.

Apart from the draft and free agency moves, the core of the team has stayed together.

Certain players will have key parts in whether the Chiefs will return to the playoffs and make a Super Bowl run again, but there’s also some questions, like any year.

Here’s what to watch for with these key players: