Jun 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; The Kansas City Royals celebrate their win at U.S Cellular Field.The Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-1. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Royals Offense, Justin Houston, Brandon Flowers, and KU Basketball

The Royals continue to stay hot. Their winning streak now stands at 8 games after dismantling Detroit, and nemesis Justin Verlander, 11-8 in a game that only looks close on the scoreboard because Ned Yost allowed the Tigers to hang 6 runs on Donnie Joseph in the 9th.

The showdown with the Tigers continues with a game against reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, who is coming off his first complete game shutout of his career.

If the Royals win, they will take over 1st place in the American League Central. How’s that for a big game even though it’s only June?

Meanwhile the Chiefs will start their mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday, which is yet another signal that the 2014 season is creeping closer. Now that we know the fate of OTA no-show Brandon Flowers (release), Chiefs fans are wondering if OLB Justin Houston will show up for the mandatory mini-camp, or will he hold out for a new contract now that there’s cap room available to sign him?

KU basketball is going global. They will represent the U.S. in the 2015 World University Games.


  • Kings of Kauffman – Hunter Samuels hopes the Royals offense has woken up for good this season
  • Royals Review – kcemigre points out that a monkey that picked Baseball America’s highest rated player would have drafted much better than Royals GM Dayton Moore:

Since becoming General Manager of the Kansas City Royals, Dayton Moore’s early-round draft picks have generated:

10.1 fWAR (12.7 rWAR)

The monkey’s picks have been worth:

33.5 fWAR (30.1 rWAR)


When asked about cutting Flowers, Reid said it was “more of just the fit”, which is interesting. Flowers is one of the smallest cornerbacks on the Chiefs roster, something we’ve noticed, so the “fit” conversation has been one that we’ve had before.


  • KUSports.com – Gary Bedore writes about KU’s scheduled appearance in the 2015 World University Games
  • Through the Phog – Stephen Brundage on the scandal facing former KU coach Roy Williams at North Carolina:

In a recent interview with ESPN, sixteen of Williams’ former players stood in solidarity with him, each signing a letter denying McCant’s allegations of academic fraud.

There you have it – the news from Around The Kingdom.

Tags: Andy Reid Brandon Flowers Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kansas Jayhawks Roy Williams

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