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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.

KC Royals started and ended the 2017 season with disappointment

The hole was Grand Canyon-deep from the beginning. The Royals dropped eight straight in late April. They lost 20 of their first 30 games, putting them seven games out on May 7.

Yet, they slowly climbed out of that. They went 17-9 in June and in late July they reeled off a nine-game winning streak. They were seven-games above .500 on July 28. They moved to within 1 ½ games of the division-leading Cleveland Indians.

General manager Dayton Moore went all in, acquiring Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox and pitchers Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer from the San Diego Padres.

Moore said he has no regrets about the trades with the hopes of giving this group of Royals one more chance to make it to post-season.

It did not happen.

After lengthy run, the Royals will probably lose core players due to free agency

There is a Neil Sedaka classic song, which Clay Aiken of America Idol fame redid, called “breaking up is hard to do.” That should have been the Kansas City Royals theme song for the final weekend of a disappointing 2017 season.

Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar made their Royals’ debuts in 2011, along with Salvador Perez. The first four are about to test the free agent market for the first time. They all played together the last time on October 1.

Daniel Sorensen soars for Chiefs defense. Safety finds success from raw talent and hard work.

When a recent photo of Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen going airborne over a blocker to harass Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz went viral, the only thing missing was Sorensen’s Superman cape.

“I love it,” Chiefs All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston said.  “(He’s) putting it out there. That’s something that we ask of each other, everything that’s in your heart, we hope that you put it out there on the line every game, every snap, every play.

Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will have a second career as a medical doctor

How many NFL teams can boast they have a 6-5, 322-pound offensive lineman who is about to pass his medical exams and get his full M.D.? The Chiefs do…and his name is Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Duvernay-Tardif was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round in 2014 out of McGill College in Montreal. Most Chiefs fans had not heard of McGill College, much less Duvernay-Tardif. He was a conversation-starter at best.

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 his father, Hugo, who played nearly two decades at the Chile senior level, including nine years on the National Team.

Hugo was a big influence on Diego and his older brothers, Eduardo and Matias, who are also professional soccer players.

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 their favor.

Making it to the post-season isn’t an easy feat and coach Andy Reid has gotten us there three out of the last four years. As we stroll down the old road to the Super Bowl, let’s look at what we have seen so far.  The Chiefs have had to overcome some hurdles and a few speed bumps along the way.  To be a playoff team, you need the following:

One, win the games you are supposed to win.