Curran misses mark on Pioli

December 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli watch the team warmup before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Sunday morning post may have flown under the radar for a lot of Midwesterners. “Pioli’s imprint all over the Pro Bowl” starts off innocently enough, as Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet points out former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli had a key role with Kansas City’s current Pro Bowl selectees. December 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and...

Uninformed media more dangerous than rocket launchers

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This is obviously not sports-related, but I’m compelled to step off a usual path to offer commentary on a social issue. While the reaction to Thursday night’s story out of Los Angeles piques my interest as a journalist, I’m also concerned as an Army veteran, a period of active duty service that included a drill sergeant tour. Two rocket launchers were turned in during Wednesday’s...

Winston’s comments lead to unfortunate fallout

Chiefs RT Winston holds court with reporters Cheering an injury is wrong. Reasonable people and sports fans – from the die-hards to the casual – understand that. Unfortunately, an incident at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday has cast a dark cloud over arguably one of the NFL’s most loyal fan bases.

The lesser of 3 evils

Who’s at fault? Three embarrassing blowout defeats through four games of the 2012 regular season have the Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) seeking answers. Some of the troubles start with a defense that has allowed 40, 35 and 37 points in the three losses, respectively, including 41 first-quarter total points in four games. But ultimately the root of the Chiefs’ problem falls on a position that is...

‘Culture of reverence’ a wake-up call

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The Penn State apologists serve as a harsh reminder that blind loyalty is dangerous at any university where sports rules supreme. Despite the horrific events of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and published findings of the Freeh Report, a majority of die-hard supporters, including the likes of ESPN analyst Matt Millen and Boston Red Sox senior advisor Bill James, don’t focus on the victims. Instead,...

Revisiting fallout of Black Friday

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It’s often said that time flies when having fun. But in the case of the poker community, the same cliché applies when not having fun. Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of Justice shutting down online poker and charging PokerStars.com, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker with illegal gambling, money laundering and bank fraud. And given the popularity of online poker leading...

A time to cheer Manning

Screen grab of Peyton Manning addressing media during Wednesday's announcement of his release
Virtually all sports fans are guilty of being a homer, but there are occasions when we root for another player who isn’t associated with a beloved team. Screen grab of Peyton Manning addressing media during Wednesday’s announcement of his release That’s a top honor bestowed upon a player when it occurs and it’s based on respect and admiration. Meanwhile, sports writers and reporters...

Revisiting a dream

I’m often asked where I’m from or what I am in casual and professional settings. The conversation goes something like this: Curious: “Where are you from?” Me: “Virginia Beach.” A pause with a perplexed or impatient look is a normal reaction, and then another question. Curious: “I mean, what are you?” Me: “American.” While I normally know what they’re after, my response to each...