Around the Kingdom: Chase Daniel, DeAnthony Thomas, and Scott Downs


Jun 17, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) throws passing drills during the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp at University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals disappointed in Cleveland, falling 4-1 behind good pitching from the Tribe’s Corey Kluber. Kansas City needs to break out of this, win one, lose one pattern if they hope to challenge the Tiger for the division title.

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Aside from the game, MLB named their All-Star teams on Sunday. Three Royals made the cut: Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Greg Holland. All of them are now All-Stars for the 2nd year in a row.

Chase Daniel took advange of some dead time before training camp to get married. Let’s just say life is pretty good even for a backup quarterback in the NFL these days.

Graham Zusi and Matt Besler are both back in KC these days. In fact, Zusi entered Sunday’s game at Sporting Park as a late sub against the Chicago Fire. The 1-1 tie prevented Sporting from taking first in the Eastern Conference.


"One of the biggest reasons given as to why David Glass refused to spend on the team’s payroll was that the fans just were not coming out to the park. While the Royals average attendance only ranks eleventh of the fifteen teams in the American League, this season also marks the first time that the Royals have averaged over 20,000 people per game since the strike in 1994. It is likely not a coincidence that the increased payroll has resulted in a better team, bringing more fans to the park."


  • Arrowhead Addict – Ben Nielson has the info about backup QB Chase Daniel’s wedding
  • Arrowhead Pride – What rookie DeAnthony Thomas might lack in size, he certainly makes up with ambition:

"“For my rookie season,” DAT said, “[my goal is] to be the rookie of the year, lead my team in catching, rushing, lead my team in touchdowns, get to the Pro Bowl and also get to the Super Bowl.”"


  • SportingKC.com – Coach Peter Vermes think the team has a good chance of keeping Graham Zusi and Matt Besler:

"“I’d put our club up against the majority of clubs in the world,” Vermes told reporters after Friday’s training session. “Obviously, we maybe don’t compare in the fact that we don’t have the same pocketbook they do, because of our salary cap. But outside of that: the facilities, the stadium, the game environment, fans, city to live in – this is the best country in the world, the United States, and you’re living in Kansas City. You think about it. It’s a great place."


  • Kusports.com – Former KU guard Keith Langford turns down offer from 76ers to play in Russia

There you have it KC—the news Around the Kingdom.