Category Archives: PRO TEAMS

Kareem Hunt has great rookie season and captures the NFL Rushing crown

First impressions often tell a lot. Judging by the first impression Kareem Hunt made on the Kansas City Chiefs, he should not now be in a tight race for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Kareem Hunt fumbled on his very first NFL carry. It was an inauspicious beginning for the third-round pick with the low-profile background from Toledo.

But Hunt didn’t let it bother him and rebounded for three touchdowns as the Chiefs stunned the defending champion Patriots 42-27 in the season opener. Hunt’s 246 total yards set an NFL record for the most yards from scrimmage for a first career game.

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.

Can the Kansas City Chiefs go far in the playoffs in 2018?

Every year we wish for the Kansas City Chiefs to make it to the postseason. Once again the Chiefs not only accomplished that feat, but won the AFC West division two years in a row for the first time in franchise history.

Although it might be Alex Smith‘s last year with the Chiefs, he displayed a little more emphasis on the deep pass, plus his traditional exceptional short game, to have his best season ever.

Royals will have big shoes to fill for the 2018 season

There will be baseball at Kaufman Stadium in 2018, but the Kansas City Royals of the past six years will not look anything like the new model.

The teams that went to back-to-back World Series in 2014-15 won’t resemble the 2018 squad. After topping the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series, the Royals have played sub-.500 baseball.

Nine – count ’em – Royals have applied for free agency. The list starts with Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain, all who rejected qualifying offers to test the free agent markets.  The others are Jason Vargas, Alcides Escobar, Mike Minor, Melky Cabrera, Peter Moylan and Trevor Cahill.

Reality is beginning to set in – although the Royals’ front office probably knew all the time – that bringing back any of the big three appears to be miniscule.

Marcus Peters plays havoc, remains a lightning rod

Marcus Peters is somebody fans love to hate. When the defense falters, he has often been involved either by committing an unfortunate penalty or getting burned on a deep pass.

After the Washington Redskins scored their only two touchdowns on passes to receivers he was covering in a Week 4 win, Peters described his game as “hella weak.”

In the Week 11 loss to the Giants, he committed pass interference in the end zone, leading to the game’s only touchdown.

Peters has also been a lightning rod for controversy.

Sporting KC takes 10-Count again in MLS playoffs

Same song, fourth verse. Since Sporting KC won the 2013 MLS Cup, they have lost four consecutive MLS knockout-round losses in the MLS playoffs.

This year, it was Houston taking SKC out in extra-time 1-0 the third time in the past seven years the Dynamo dispatched Sporting in the playoffs.  This may bode well for Houston as each of previous two years, the team which has eliminated Sporting KC has gone on to win the championship.

Does Chiefs’ DL Bennie Logan have the right stuff?

One of the most important Kansas City Chiefs acquisitions of the off-season was signing Bennie Logan. The loss of Dontari Poe via free agency left a big hole to fill in the center of the defensive line. When the Chiefs gave Logan $8 million on a one-year deal, they hoped they had solved that problem.

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.