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Mavericks goalie Mason McDonald has an NHL Plan

Mavericks Mason McDonald

Most of us never get the opportunity to experience what Mason McDonald faces several times a game, and even more times in practice.

As the Kansas City Mavericks goalie, McDonald faces opponents firing slap shots, traveling more than 100 miles per hour, at his face, ribs, knees or other body parts.

And he loves it.

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.

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.

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.