Category Archives: PRO TEAMS

Berry back, Charles gone as Chiefs make offseason moves

Chiefs offseason

MARCH 2017 – Eric Berry will be back, but Jamaal Charles will not be as the Kansas City Chiefs made a couple of significant moves entering March.

Berry agreed to a six-year $78 million contract making him the highest paid safety in NFL history.

“Keeping Eric Berry in a Chiefs uniform long-term has been a significant goal of ours,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. “He’s a special football player and an incredible person. We’re thrilled we were able to get this deal done.”

Coach Andy Reid called Berry “one of the backbones of our defense and a team leader.”

Royals second base job is wide open

Royals 2nd Base

MARCH 2017 – There was no competition for the second base job in 2016, but it was still a big question mark in spring training for the Royals.

The Royals owed Omar Infante a lot of money and are still paying him this year. There was hope he could regain his glory days after hitting a puny .220 in 2015 and left off the World Series roster with an injury.

But with Infante struggling with a .239 average and no power, the Royals released him on June 21 last season, even though he still had 1 ½ years left on his contract.

This year the Royals have four candidates for the starting second base job, but none has a great deal of big league experience playing there.

Royals Bullpen will have a different look in 2017

Royals Bullpen

MARCH 2017 – Once upon a time, the Kansas City Royals bullpen had HDH, a dominant shut down trio of pitchers.

That would stand for Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland.

A couple of spring trainings ago, manager Ned Yost was told other teams were trying to replicate the Kansas City Royals’ success with similar bullpens.

“Good luck with that,” Yost replied on finding arms like Herrera, Davis and Holland to close out games.

Royals and Chiefs earn Top-20 Spots in ESPN Ultimate Standings of 2016

ESPN Ultimate Standings

JANUARY 2017 – Congrats Kansas City fans, our very own professional teams earned top spots in the ESPN Ultimate Standings of 2016. Out of the 122 teams in the four major sports leagues, the Royals ranked number 9 and the Chiefs ranked number 20.

A Review of the Chiefs last 5 Playoff Appearances

Playoff History Chiefs

Before the start of the 2016-17 postseason, let’s take a look back at the Chiefs’ 5 playoff appearances since 2000.

The Chiefs are just 1-5 in the 21st Century. That’s a .167 win percentage.

Best Sports Moments: Kansas City Sports’ Top 5 of 2016

JANUARY 2017 – With another year in the books, we wanted to take a look back at the best sports moments of 2016… and see what made last year so great. Some of our teams didn’t quite live up to expectations or make the postseason run we wanted, but they filled the past year with some great moments. As we start into the new year, let’s take a look back at the 5 best of 2016.

‘Bust’ or a Canton ‘Bust’ for Dee Ford?

Dee Ford

DECEMBER 2016 – Dee Ford has turned things around.

The term “bust” has a wide range of meanings and implications in the National Football League. How wide? Oh, from “worst ever” to “best ever.”

When an NFL Draft pick—especially a first-round pick—doesn’t live up to expectations, he is called a “bust.” But when he far exceeds expectations, the talk leans toward whether he will have a “bust” in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dee Ford was definitely in the former category heading into the 2016 season

Happy Festivus KC – Our Top Grievances for Sports in 2016

DECEMBER 2016Happy Festivus KC! Among all the celebrations each holiday season, this might be one of my favorites to recognize and celebrate. For those of you who don’t know what Festivus is, I’ve included a link here from the episode of “Seinfeld” that created this holiday.

One of this holiday’s traditions is the airing of grievances, in which you tell people all the ways they have disappointed you this year. While this year has had some great moments for Kansas City teams, there have been some disappointments.

To honor this tradition, here are the top five grievances about our local sports teams and players I would like to air on this day of Festivus (Just a note, I have nothing against these players/teams, they have just been disappointing this year). In the words of Frank Costanza, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people! Now you’re going to hear about it!”

Super Bowl appearance? – Chiefs are long overdue

NOVEMBER 2016 – It is past time for the Chiefs to be in a Super Bowl game.

The World Series has ended and we are right smack dab in the middle of the NFL campaign. As many of us are still discouraged at the Royals’ .500 record and failure to make the postseason, but it really begins to shed light on how long it has been for the Kansas City Chiefs to appear in the Super Bowl.

Payroll may be trimmed, changes made to 2017 Royals

NOVEMBER 2017 – Is a payroll cut in order for the Royals? It’s been a great ride, but things are changing…

Kansas City fans have watched Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar grow up before their eyes.

They’ve witnessed Wade Davis transform from a so-so starter to a dominant closer. They’ve viewed the maturation of Danny Duffy from inconsistency, sent to the bullpen to becoming the Royals best starter in 2016. They fell in love with the game-changing speed of spare outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

That gang will not be together much longer.