Around the Kingdom: KC Chiefs have Hope, Ned Yost, Eric Kronberg, MU Athletics


The grim reality, is that ever since the NFL shifted to its current playoff alignment, 100 teams have started the season 0-2. Only 9 made the playoffs.

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Even so, the Kansas City Chiefs fans have some reasons for hope after Sunday’s 24-17 loss to Denver. The Chiefs made a patchwork defense work against Denver’s high-powered Peyton Manning offense. And KCs offense looked much better, including the much-maligned offensive line.

With a favorable schedule in the season’s 2nd half, the Chiefs could make a late charge.

Sigh. The day after Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore pulled of an improbable comeback, Kansas City bullpen aces Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera  combined to give up 3 runs in the 7th inning. Their first collapse in 3 months allowed the White Sox to erase a 5-4 deficit with a 7-5 win.

The Royals squandered a golden chance to gain ground on the Tigers, who lost after a 2-run 9th inning rally propelled the Twins to a 4-3 win. The Royals remain 1.5 games behind the Tigers in the A.L. Central.

Goalie Eric Kronberg returns to Sporting KC, just after the team broke out of a 4-match losing streak by defeating Chivas USA 4-0. Kronberg was enjoying an outstanding season before he broke his right hand. His return will be a big boost for Sporting in the MLS playoffs.

The Missouri Tigers athletic department continues to be plagued by arrests. After the football program dismissed chronic troublemaker Levi Copelin, basketball players Jakeenan Gant and B’Angelo Allen got arrested on suspicion of assault. Both were suspended.


"Despite losing Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry the Chiefs, for better or worse, still out played a supposed offensive juggernaut in Denver. To be right there, right there, and not come away with a victory is a heart breaker to say the least. However if the Chiefs kingdom looks past the win loss record there is a still a good team laying there underneath it all."

"Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) has spent most of the day tweeting out screenshots of his film study about the game on Sunday. I know a lot of you users don’t have Twitter and this information is too good to not share so I am going to post all of the tweets thus far in this article."


"Instead, the Royals have been in free fall over the past week. They managed to win one of their three games against the Detroit Tigers before losing three of four to the Boston Red Sox, falling out of first. The bats have been silent. The bullpen, aside from the top three of Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, has struggled. And through it all, Ned Yost has sat there without offering up anything resembling an answer for the doldrums that the Royals find themselves in."

  • Rany on the Royals – If the Royals make the playoffs, Monday’s pinch runner rally will become part of Royals lore:

"And just as Yost deserved so much criticism for what happened on Sunday, he deserves so much credit for what happened on Monday. Dyson and Gore might be the two fastest players in the American League right now. They are capital-W Weapons, and they had an enormous impact on a game the Royals simply had to win."

"Suddenly, the first six innings were forgotten. The putrid at bats. The suspect defense. Washed away in roughly 10 seconds. The time it took Dyson and Gore to go from second to home. The time it took the Royals to go from losers to winners."


"The return of Eric Kronberg will be received with fondness and nostalgia, in remembrance of his MVP season-in-the-making until his injury. His seven shutouts was still tied for the league lead until recently, and still the category’s leader only has two more despite starting 11 more games than Kronberg."


"One can only speculate– and it is purely speculation– that Copelin did something to further damage his reputation in the eyes of the football program and made it clear to those involved that he was not focused on cleaning up his act, but instead found his way into more trouble. We can neither confirm nor deny this is the case."

  • Kansas City Star – Freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen suspended after they arearrested on suspicion of assault

For the last few years, MU has suffered from out-of-control athletes.. The criminal behavior has got to stop. To do that, MU needs to clean up a toxic culture. Perhaps dismissing Levi Copelin is the beginning of a zero-tolerance approach that is the start of changing the environment.

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