Around the Kingdom: Derrick Johnson, Andy Reid, Derek Jeter, Michael Sam


What a let down. All offseason, NFL fans wait for opening day with a fervor that comes about as close as an adult can get to Christmas morning as a child. What the Chiefs put under the tree on Sunday was nothing short of awful.

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Not only did the Chiefs lose 26-10, they looked lifeless doing so. Even worse. they apparently lost All-pro linebacker Derrick Johnson and DE Mike DeVito for the season with torn Achillies that occurred 8 plays apart.

Really, it could hardly have been a worse home opener.

While the Chiefs dropped their bomb of an opener, the Royals continued their playoff chase with a 2-0 victory over the Yankees in New York. Yordano Ventura shut out the Yankees, with help from the Kansas City bullpen that lacked Greg Holland for the 2nd straight day.

For the second time, Wade Davis stepped into the closer’s role to shut down the Yankees after entering the weekend without recording a save in his career. Now he has 2 in 3 days.

At least KC-area fans can take solace in the fact that MU, KU, and K-State all won on Saturday. In fact, all 3 Mo-Kan schools are undeafted so far this season.


"The man who was known for his preparation and for getting teams ready a season ago somehow managed to revert into a 2011 version of Todd Haley. It didn’t matter what the offensive line did or did not do because all of the other facets of the offense were running different plays. This team did understand the plays that were being called, were running the wrong routes, and not looking for the ball when it was being thown to them."

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"The Yankees gave Jeter a massage machine, a 10-day trip to Tuscany, a giant check for $222,222.22 for his charity, a framed and matted piece with the patches from his 14 All-Star Games, and a crystal statue of his final-season logo, along with a special inscription. Mayor Bill de Blasio also declared Sunday “Derek Jeter Day” in New York. Jorge Posada called Jeter the greatest Yankee in history."

And then the Yankees failed to score a run in a 2-0 loss to Kansas City.

"With the right juggling of money, I think Kansas City can remain competitive for a while. But some key decisions are in the offing."


"This capped a topsy-turvey roller coaster seven days for Sam, which began with being in the spotlight for sacking the irritating Johnny Manziel and doing the “money” celebration, then turned sour with his release from the St. Louis Rams, but then became sweet, as he found a new home in Dallas."

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

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