Will Chiefs selection of Patrick Mahomes and other bold draft moves lead to big dividends in the future?

Will Chiefs selection of Patrick Mahomes and other bold draft moves lead to big dividends in the future?

They finally did it! The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft, which had Chiefs Kingdom all abuzz. Then, they took quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the More »

Royals’ DH Brandon Moss says it’ll take time, but the team just has to “play good baseball” to overcome bad start

Royals’ DH Brandon Moss says it’ll take time, but the team just has to “play good baseball” to overcome bad start

Brandon Moss knows the hole the Kansas City Royals dug early in the season. While it is not the depth of Grand Canyon and can be climbed out of, it will be More »

KC Royals get a poor grade for their play in the month of April

KC Royals get a poor grade for their play in the month of April

You can’t put too much in giving a grade for the first month of the Royals’ season but when we look at the predictions versus the predicament of the 2017 Kansas City More »

Current issue of KC Sports is now available at over 700 locations…plus online!

Current issue of KC Sports is now available at over 700 locations…plus online!

Click here to check out our current issue of KC Sports & Fitness online! Our print version of this issue is also available at over 700 locations across KC! Articles inside this More »

Branches-Limbs-Twigs season predictions for the Royals

Branches-Limbs-Twigs season predictions for the Royals

APRIL 2017 – Each year I jump out and release my annual BLT (branches-limbs-twigs) predictions for the Kansas City Royals. The past two years have been somewhat easier to guess since positions were More »

 

KC Ice Center introduces Xtreme Hockey program to develop skills in young players

xtreme hockey at KCIC

APRIL 2017 – Xtreme Hockey is practice gone wild.

There is a theory that 75 percent of hockey comes down to one-on-one battles. The other hockey elements — skating, stick-handling, passing and shooting—are important, but none of those matter if you do not win the individual battle for the puck.

That’s the premise that has spawned a new Spring program at the Kansas City Ice Center called “Spring Xtreme Hockey.” It is an 11-week program that will work on the individual skills of players from the U-8 through the U-14 levels.

KC Chiefs look to fill Poe’s big shoes and fill other spots in 2017 NFL Draft

kc chiefs 2017 draft

APRIL 2017 – Unlike a year ago, the KC Chiefs entered the free agent period with far fewer question marks.

The biggest was resolved in March when All-Pro safety Eric Berry was inked to a deal which will likely make him a Chief for life.

The potential loss of Berry weighed heavily on the front office as well as the players.

“Eric Berry is the heart and soul of this defense,”

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 2nd-round NFL Draft Picks

2nd Round Chiefs Draft Picks

We are continuing our series on the Chiefs’ best draft picks, round by round, now going into the second round. Remember, this is based on their career as a Chief and the impact they have had on the franchise. Here’s our list of the top second round NFL Draft picks by Kansas City.

Branches-Limbs-Twigs season predictions for the Royals

Royals predictions traded

APRIL 2017 – Each year I jump out and release my annual BLT (branches-limbs-twigs) predictions for the Kansas City Royals.

The past two years have been somewhat easier to guess since positions were set and contract statuses were not a concern.

Heading into the 2017 season, most of us feel like we are in a holding pattern until we know where the Royals stand in the playoff hunt in 2017. “Should they stay or should they go” will be chatted about on the airways and at work as everyone plays general manager during the season.

Royals looking to get back to postseason before core players exit via free agency

Royals free agents

APRIL 2017 – Things were spinning so fast, even Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost had some fleeting doubts.

There was the death of Yordano “Ace” Ventura in late January just before the team reported to spring training. And the off-season forced trades of closer Wade Davis and speedster outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who are both eligible for free agency after this season, for property the Royals can control for a longer period.

“With everything we’ve had go on, losing Ventura, having to trade Wade, having to trade Dyson, I think there were some questions in my mind how good we were going to be,” Yost said.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 3rd-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs Draft Picks 3rd Round

The Chiefs have a great history of the players they’ve selected as third round draft picks in the NFL Draft. They have made huge contributions to the franchise during their time, especially recently. Also, as a reminder, every pick the Chiefs have made, including while they were in the AFL, are in consideration. With all that said, let’s continue our series and take a look at the best third round draft picks made by the Chiefs.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 4th-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs Draft Picks 4th Round

The Chiefs haven’t had the best luck when it comes to drafting players in the fourth round of the NFL draft. There have been a few gems found in the fourth round, however, that have gone on to have good, solid careers in the NFL and have even excelled to have great careers. Remember, this countdown is based on a player’s career in Kansas City and includes AFL draft picks. Now here is our countdown of the Chiefs’ best fourth round picks.

Cooperative competition brings success for Heartland Soccer Association

Heartland Soccer

April 2017 – How Kansas City became America’s youth soccer capital is rooted in a unique idea by the Heartland Soccer Association which was born of both competition and cooperation.

The competition component is obvious: it is seen on the field by every kid who plays the game and by every coach.

What makes Kansas City’s youth soccer experience unusual is the cooperation between clubs which has allowed local soccer clubs, led by Heartland Soccer Association, to build world class facilities and operate some of the largest tournaments and leagues in the country.

Newcomer Nathan Karns moves into Royals’ starting rotation

Nathan Karns

APRIL 2017 – Nathan Karns, who earned a spot in the Kansas City Royals rotation in spring training, went to Arlington (Texas) James Martin High and was a Rangers fan. The Rangers home stadium is just a few long tosses away from his high school.

He was a linebacker in the fall, liking to hit people, especially the quarterback.

In the spring, he was a right-handed pitcher armed with a 97 mile per hour fastball. The scouts noticed and so did the college recruiters.

The Astros drafted him in 2006 out of high school, but he did not sign.

March Sadness-Kansas basketball falls short of Final Four…once again

Kansas Jayhawks march sadness

APRIL 2017 – Kansas and Oregon had been dreaming of this moment ever since their seasons ended last year in the Elite Eight. KU fell to eventual national champion Villanova, while the Ducks lost to Oklahoma.

But here they were again matched up in the Midwest Regional Final at Sprint Center in Kansas City, one win away from the Final Four. Both teams ached to get to Glendale, Arizona, and were seeking redemption for last season’s bitter Elite Eight defeats.