Mizzou moves on from the failed Kim Anderson experiment, turns to Cuonzo Martin; is top-recruit Michael Porter, Jr. coming, too?

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I wrote THIS when Kim Anderson was hired in April 2014. I so wanted to be wrong. Unfortunately, I wasn’t. And, it was much worse than I ever imagined. How bad was it? TWO 13-game losing streaks 0-30 in true road games 2-41 away from Mizzou Arena 8-46 SEC record Worst win percentage (.284) in Mizzou history First SEC program with three straight 20-loss seasons MOST losses EVER in a season by a SEC program (24) But that’s not all of it. Not surprisingly, attendance dropped. You have to win games, but you also have to put butts in seats. Kim Anderson did neither. He was also overwhelmed on the recruiting trail. As a former D2 head coach (he was no Bo Ryan), and a poor staff, its no wonder it turned out how it did in recruiting. He did land two 4-star’s – KJ Walton and Jordan Barnett. Barnett, however ended up at Missouri as a transfer, coming over from Texas as a semester transfer. He was Missouri’s best player the second he stepped on campus. During Anderson’s [Read more...]

Are the Royals REALLY interested in Brett Lawrie?

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According to ESPN Analyst Jim Bowden, the Royals are one of a handful of teams to express interest in free agent second baseman Brett Lawrie. Royals fans most notably remember Lawrie from his brush with the team in 2015 when he slid hard into second base and took out Alcides Escobar. Yordano Ventura then retaliated the next day by drilling Lawrie with a fastball. Lawrie then went on to criticize the Royals players and fans alike following the incident, galvanizing him as a villain in the eyes of Kansas City forever. This is of particular note if for no other reason than the Royals have had more of a personal reason to dislike Brett Lawrie than of the typical "bad apple" types discussed as possibilities to fill holes in the past. Kansas City fans genuinely dislike the guy. Which is why this news seems particularly strange given that the Royals front office has seemingly been very keen on building a team around chemistry and clubhouse character. They have made it a point to make it [Read more...]

Breaking down the Chiefs busy week

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During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, soon-to-be free agent safety Eric Berry said he would not play 2017 under the franchise tag. On Tuesday, the Chiefs eliminated the possibility of Berry, the 5-time Pro Bowler, sitting out the upcoming season, by signing him to a 6-year, $78 million deal. With $40 million guaranteed and a $20 million bonus, Berry, coming off a career year in 2016 and two years seasons removed from beating cancer, has the largest contract ever awarded to a safety. Berry’s contract details include: $5 million first year cap hit. It includes a base salary of just $900,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000 (bonus is same in each year). $13 million cap number in 2018 $16.5 million cap number in 2019 $13.5 million cap number in 2020 $16 million cap number in 2021 $14 million in 2022 Berry is the heart and soul of the team, locker room leader and fan favorite. While the franchise continues to wilt under pressure, Berry has risen above the [Read more...]

Predicting the Royals 25-man roster

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It’s now March, but we're just four games into Spring Training and more than a month from Opening Day, but it’s not too early to start thinking about what the 25-man roster will look like. Like the year before it, and the year before that, most of the roster is already set. That’s what good teams do – they don’t have a lot of holes to fill. There’s always a chance that someone could Rey Fuentes themselves onto the roster. The last couple spots will be tough and good players will not make the team. Comes with the territory when you’re a contender. And make no mistake, the Royals are, despite Vegas handing them the second lowest win total in the AL Central (nothing new). After the Royals traded Wade Davis, we wondered if the Window to Win was still open. Then, Yordano Ventura tragically died and something happened – its like the Royals decided it was time to go all in. They signed Brandon Moss and former Cubs pitchers Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. They’re going for it! All part of the [Read more...]

Chiefs Early Offseason Outlook

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Happy Super Bowl morning to you and yours. While we wait for the big game, let's take a sneak peak into some decisions looming for the Chiefs this offseason. I've spent the month mourning, then wondering why I was so surprised that the Chiefs lost. With contracts to negotiate, players to move away, and coaching staff adjustments to be made, the season never truly ends for men like Clark Hunt, John Dorsey, and Andy Reid. 1. Re-sign Eric Berry, at all costs After playing out 2016 on the franchise tag, the gig is up for the Chiefs front office. It's time to pay up on their leader, best defensive player, and beating heart. Berry single-handedly turned the tide in wins at Atlanta and Carolina, and was a driving force in others. At 27, he's well in his prime and is arguably the game's best safety. It's possible he gets tagged again, but I'd find that to be disrespectful to Berry, who has gone through a lot to suit up for this franchise and Berry already said he won't play under the tag [Read more...]

Forever Royal: Remembering Yordano Ventura

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At first we were in shock. Then when we mourned. Together. That’s what this city does, and that’s what the Chiefs and Royals do for this city – it brings us together. It’s what makes Kansas City so special. It’s not some transient population who only cares about their teams if they’re winning. The teams actually matter to this city. And, we care. As Danny Duffy, who recently signed a 5-year, $65 million contract extension, once said, “We win as a city and we lose as a city.” We lost as a city, when Yordano Ventura tragically died in a car wreck in his native Dominican Republic, Jan. 22. He was just 25 years old. “He was so young and so talented,” GM Dayton Moore said. “He always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We loved Yordano. We loved his heart.” As many of you know, the details are still sketchy, at best. We know it was foggy. It was the time of morning when nothing good happens. According the reports, he was out “celebrating.” You can figure out what that [Read more...]

Chiefs looking for 3rd home playoff win in Arrowhead History

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The NFL "flexed" the kickoff back to the primetime "Sunday Night Football" 7:30 slot in efforts to avoid the brunt of a potential Ice Storm, giving 7+ additional hours of anticipation for fans waiting to see the Chiefs first home playoff game since 2010 (and the third since 2003), where the Chiefs will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the right to face the winner of the AFC's other divisional round matchup (Texans travel to the Patriots Saturday Night) in the AFC divisional playoffs. The last time the Chiefs won a home playoff game? 1994 (1993 season). The opponent? The Steelers. These two teams met back in Week Four, and the Steelers routed the Chiefs 43-14. Many are pointing to that game as the main reason why Pittsburgh will win again, but there are some fundamental differences between the Chiefs team of then and the one of now, which is the reason why I believe Kansas City will advance in the playoffs. For starters, let's deal with the obvious. Star pass-rusher Justin [Read more...]

Dyson for Karns is a win for Royals, but he’ll be missed

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Friday, the Royals traded outfielder and soon-to-be free agent Jarrod Dyson to Seattle for pitcher under team control through 2020 in Nathan Karns. So, what there’ not to love about the trade? I guess him not being in a Royals uniform any longer is about the only thing not to like about the trade. Dyson was nothing special. But the former 50th Round Draft Pick who spent 10 years in the Royals organization and the guy who brought “that what speed do” to Kansas City, meant a lot to the Royals. A fan favorite and one of the strongest locker room leaders, he hit .260/.325/.353 in seven seasons in Kansas City. The speedy left-hander who led the Royals in WAR in 2016 and is the fourth-most successful base stealer in over the last 50 years with an 85% success rate (however that rate is slowly declining – 81% in 2016 after 87% from 2010-2015 – as his legs are not getting any younger). Despite just 1,901 plate appearances over the last four years, he has the sixth-highest total BsR score from [Read more...]

Are AFC West champion Chiefs ready for a deep playoff run?

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The New Year brought a lot of happiness to the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. With their dominant 37-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, they clinched the AFC West and the AFC’s No. 2 seed. This is the first time since 2003 that the Chiefs, who last won the division in 2010, have won the division AND had a first round bye. The AFC West Championship ended a run of five straight Broncos AFC West crowns, and is only the second NOT won by the Chargers or Broncos over the last 13 seasons. Unlike the first matchup, a game where the Chiefs rallied from a 24-7 deficit late in the third quarter to win 33-30 in overtime, the Chiefs dominated San Diego (5-11) from the outset. At the end of the first half they had accumulated 20 points, 31 plays, 235 yards, and had intercepted Phillip Rivers twice - once in the endzone. Despite missing running back Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West had both 58 yards on the ground and in the air, and caught an Alex Smith, who guided scores in [Read more...]

Chiefs eying win at San Diego and with rival Broncos help, AFC West championship

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Week Sixteen saw the Kansas City Chiefs not only eliminate their division-rival Denver Broncos from playoff contention; they did so in heart-stopping fashion on Christmas Night for their home crowd. And now, the Chiefs need help from the Broncos to win the AFC West for the first time since 2010 (the only time in the 12 prior seasons Denver, who had won the division five consecutive years, or San Diego didn't win the division). There's still work to be done by the Chiefs, who will look to finish with a 6-0 division record with their 11th straight AFC West win ay San Diego today in a West Coast kickoff. With a win, and a Raiders, who lost QB Derek Carr to a broken leg in the closing moments of their win over the Colts last week, loss, the Chiefs would win the AFC West and slide up from the No. 5 seed to the 2 seed and a first-round bye and a home playoff game. If they lose, then they stay where they are. First, back to the Denver win. I usually don’t put much stock into opening [Read more...]