Category Archives: PRO TEAMS

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.

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.