Royal Concerns 2013-Volume 2 Mid-June Report

Since the last time I posted, the Kansas City Royals had gone all the way to last place in the  American League Central Division, going just 8-20 in the month of May, including losing a franchise worst 11 straight games at home. They had most, including me, hanging their heads and saying “Yeah, same old Royals”. We thought the season was over by the end of the month. The only bright spots in May were the series win against the Chicago White Sox 5/4-5/6, and taking 2 of 3 games from the Los Angeles Angels, in Anaheim 5/13-5/15.

But, keep in mind, just before the end of may, my childhood baseball hero, former third baseman George Brett, that I am fortunate enough to be the owner of a ball autographed by, was made the new hitting coach. Probably more than any other that the team has seen since the glory days of the mid 1980′s, you knew there was going to be a new, no-nonsense approach to Royal hitting. 

Brett’s addition, as well as some lineup changes, have definitely made the difference. That same Royals team that not only had we emotionally begun to give up on, and local sports talk shows were essentially doing funeral services for, has begun to turn it around. They have now gone 10-4 for the month of June. They split 2 games with the Texas Rangers 6/1-6/2. They took 2 of 3 games from the Minnesota Twins 6/4-6/6. They swept the Houston Astros 6/7-6/9. They took 2 of 3 games from the AL Central 1st Place Detroit Tigers 6/10-6/12. And, the last three days, took 2 of 3 from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the former team of current Royals pitchers, Wade Davis and James Shields

The Royals are now 32-34 on the season, just one game back of the AL Central 2nd Place Cleveland Indians, and 5 &1/2 back of 1st Place Detroit. Eric Hosmer, though just sitting at .269, has seen great improvements in his at-bats. Alex Gordon is over .300. There is much to like about the suddenly revitalized Kansas City Royals.

The remainder of June will see the Royals have three more road games with Cleveland 6/17-6/19, before returning home for five home games 6/21-6/26. Three against the Chicago White Sox,  6/21-6/23, off the 24th and two against the Atlanta Braves 6/25, 6/26 before finishing the month on the road for four games with Minnesota 6/27-6/30.

Another thing that has changed since my last posting is the fact that I am a new sports writer for the monthly Kansas City publication, the Metro Voice Christian Newspaper. I should have my first article appear in their July edition, that will be about the Mike Sweeney Baseball Camp that I had the privilege of covering a couple weeks ago, after being invited by Rod Handley of the ministry Character That Counts. I am hoping to see them move toward having an entire sports section and if so, I will also begin a blog for the sports section as well. I’ll keep you posted on that.

I’m John Losh-”The Losh-Man” and those are my Mid-June Royal Concerns!

 

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Royal Concerns 2013 Volume 1

The Kansas City Royals actually started off the 2013 season beginning to make believers of us. They won the Cactus League in Spring Training. They acquired James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. They moved Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar to the Bullpen. They started off the season making quick work of moving into first place in the American League Central Division.

They went 14-9 in the month of April, including winning a set with the Philadelphia Phillies 4/5-4/7. They swept the Minnesota Twins in three games 4/8-4/10. They won a set with the Cleveland Indians 4/27,4/28.

But now, in May, despite taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox 5/4-5/6, and two of three from the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim 5/13-5/15, they have followed it up with more recently losing two of three to the Oakland A’s 5/17-5/19, and two of three to the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros 5/20-5/22. They have become the masters of the low-scoring, one run loss game. They have lost three in a row, including two of the first four games in their current home series with the Los Angeles Angels. They could still split that series. First, if they win tonight as 5-2, 3.49 ERA Jeremy Guthrie faces Billy Buckner. Guthrie had the unfortunate fate of having this same Angels team snap his 18 game winning streak last week. Then if they win tomorrow-a game I will be attending with my son John III who is home from college after completing his Freshman year at the University Of Missouri-Columbia.The Royals are 7-14 in May, and have fallen to 21-24 overall and are currently fourth in the American League Central. After the Angels, the 31-16, National League Central leading St Louis Cardinals come to “The K” for two games, before KC heads to St Louis for two more.

The lone bright spots in the Royal lineup are Alex Gordon, who, in 45 games and 189 at-bats is hitting .344 with 30 runs on 65 hits and 6 home runs, 30 RBI. Miguel Tejada in only 14 games, and 31 at-bats is .323 with 2 home runs, 7 RBI. Salvador Perez, in 41 games, 151 at-bats is .311 with 12 runs on 47 hits, 1 home run and 15 RBI. Lorenzo Cain, in 42 games, 149 at-bats is .309, with 24 runs on 46 hits, 1 home run and 22 RBI. Billy Butler, in 45 games, 156 at-bats is .256 with 17 runs on 40 hits, 5 home runs and 30 RBI.

.174 hitting Mike Moustakas, .263 Eric Hosmer and .222 hitting Jeff Francoeur have been serious question marks for this team. They have had their bright spots here and there, but their overall numbers are just not consistent. Everyone has been begging for at least Moustakas to be sent down to AAA,and for Francoeur’s release or trade. Whether those are the answer or not, who knows.

Although the Royals starting Pitchers have been able to go much deeper into games than last season, usually going 6 to 8 innings, and have not given up a lot of runs, they are getting no run support in return, as with the aforementioned low-scoring, one-run losses. James Shields is 2-5 with a 2.47 ERA. Wade Davis is 3-3 with a 5.91 ERA. Luis Mendoza is 1-2 with a 5.05 ERA. The Bullpen, including relievers like Hochevar, Chen and Kelvin Herrera, started out strong, but lately in addition to low production from Royal bats, have also been responsible for several late inning losses.

All manager Ned Yost has really had to say about this…well, at least all that we as fans seem to hear above all the white noise, are his usual pleas for patience with this team. I commented to a friend’s post about that on Facebook recently, “I think our patience’s ‘get up & go’ ‘done got up & went’ a looooong time ago!

The rest of the season is just a “hurry up and wait” situation I suppose. I’m John Losh-”The Losh-Man” and those are my current Royal Concerns !!Kauffman

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Chiefs Have Press Conference To Introduce Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs just wrapped up the press conference officially introducing former Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid as the new Head Coach of the recently embattled Kansas City Chiefs Football franchise.

They just released the following statement:

CHIEFS NAME ANDY REID HEAD COACH

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs formally introduced Andy Reid as the 13th head coach in club history on Monday.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Chiefs family,” Hunt said. “Throughout his career, Andy has established himself as one of the finest coaches in the National Football League. His integrity, knowledge of the game, work ethic and outstanding abilities as a teacher and communicator make him the ideal head coach to lead the Chiefs for many years to come.”

Reid, who enters his 22nd NFL season in 2013, joins the Chiefs after a 14-year stint as the head coach and executive vice president of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles.

“My family and I are very excited to join the Chiefs organization and the Kansas City community,” Reid said. “I want to thank the Hunt family for allowing me the opportunity to lead this storied franchise. The Chiefs have always had a passionate fan base and I’m looking forward to Sundays at Arrowhead Stadium. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for next season, and we are going to get started immediately.”

Reid joined Philadelphia as head coach in 1999 and remained in that role through the 2012 season, becoming one of just 11 first-time NFL head coaches to lead 12-or-more seasons with the same club. Reid assumed the additional role of executive vice president of football operations in 2001.

Reid boasts a career record of 130-93-1 (.583) in the regular season. He also owns a 10-9 postseason record. His 140 wins in regular season and postseason play rank 22nd in NFL history. Among active head coaches through Week 17 of the 2012 season, Reid ranks fifth in regular season and playoff wins, trailing only Bill Belichick (204), Mike Shanahan (175), Tom Coughlin (163) and Jeff Fisher (154). While compiling his 10-9 postseason record, Reid led the Eagles franchise to one Super Bowl appearance, a game that saw Philadelphia fall by a mere field goal to the New England Patriots following the 2004 season. He has earned NFL Coach of the Year accolades on three occasions.

Reid guided Philadelphia to nine playoff appearances (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) during his 14-year tenure in the City of Brotherly Love. During that time period, only Indianapolis (12) and New England (10) had more postseason appearances than the Eagles. Reid’s playoff accomplishments as a head coach include six NFC East division titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010), five NFC Championship Games (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008) and one Super Bowl berth (XXXIX). When you include his time as an NFL assistant coach, his teams have made the playoffs 15 times (19-14 record), and he has coached in three Super Bowls and eight NFC Championship Games.

Among coaches with 200 games under their belt, Reid’s winning percentage ranks 13th all-time and second among active coaches behind Belichick. Reid is also one of six active coaches in the NFL to have reached the century mark in wins, joining Belichick, Shanahan, Coughlin, Fisher and John Fox.

Most recently, the Eagles captured their sixth NFC East division title under Reid in 2010 as they set franchise records in points scored (439, 3rd in NFL), total net yards (6,230, 2nd in NFL) and yards per rushing attempt (5.4, 1st in NFL). Along the way, Reid played a vital role in the rebirth of QB Michael Vick, who earned Comeback player of the Year honors as well as a Pro Bowl berth. Reid, himself, earned Coach of the Year honors from the Maxwell Football Club.

In 2008, Reid became the 37th coach to reach the 100-win plateau, and the 22nd to win 100 games with one franchise. He overcame a 5-5-1 start to reach the NFC Championship game.

In 2006, the Eagles lost six of their first 11 games and two of their most explosive players in QB Donovan McNabb and DE Jevon Kearse, but Reid led a season-ending, five-game win streak to capture the NFC East division title.

The 2004 Eagles clinched the NFC East title with five games remaining in the regular season and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs after a 13-1 start. Along the way, Reid passed Greasy Neale for the most wins in franchise history as the Eagles earned their first trip to the Super Bowl since 1980.

In 2003, Philadelphia overcame an 0-2 start and a slew of injuries to post its second consecutive 12-win season. A year earlier, Reid was the overwhelming choice as the NFL’s Coach of the Year as the Eagles thrived without the services of McNabb to still capture home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

After a 5-11 mark in his first season, Reid led the 2000 Eagles to the greatest turnaround in franchise history, finishing second in the NFC East at 11-5 and earning a trip to the NFC Divisional Playoffs. For his efforts, Reid was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club, The Sporting News, and Football Digest.

Coming off being one of the longest-tenured and most successful coaches in all of professional sports, Reid utilizes a passionate, yet workmanlike approach as an NFL head coach. A former offensive lineman at Brigham Young University, Reid still lives and works with the humble principles he learned during his time in the trenches. His vision, dedication and organizational skills have been cited as paramount attributes to his sustained success in the National Football League.

Throughout his time in the NFL, Reid has continuously evaluated what is best for the game of football, serving on the NFL Competition Committee’s Coaches Subcommittee. The subcommittee is instrumental in providing feedback to the NFL Competition Committee for potential rule changes and ways to improve the game.

“I am a huge fan of Coach Reid,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He is a person I have tremendous respect for as a coach and family man. Andy has been very helpful to me as Commissioner. He has tremendous insight into our game, and we are fortunate to have him in the NFL.”

Reid was originally introduced as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 11, 1999, after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers under Head Coach Mike Holmgren. During his seven years with the Packers, Reid served as the tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach (1992-96) and as quarterbacks coach (1997-98). In his span with the Packers, the team reached the playoffs six times and represented the NFC twice in back-to-back Super Bowls, defeating New England in Super Bowl XXXI and falling to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII.

During his two-year stint as quarterbacks coach, Reid worked with Packers quarterback Brett Favre. While tutoring Favre, Reid and the Packers won their second straight NFC title and Favre garnered league MVP honors for the third consecutive season. In his first NFL coaching role, Reid oversaw the tight ends while assisting Offensive Line Coach Tom Lovat. Under Reid’s watchful eye, tight ends Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson earned trips to the Pro Bowl as part of the NFC roster.

Prior to joining the NFL ranks, Reid’s final collegiate stop was also in the Show-Me State as he coached the offensive line at the University of Missouri (1989-91). Prior to his stint with the Tigers, Reid spent two years working with the offensive line at the University of Texas – El Paso, and before that, he held the same position with Northern Arizona. In 1983, Reid took the position of offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at San Francisco State, helping the Gators lead the nation in passing and total offense for three consecutive years (1983-85).

A tackle and guard at Brigham Young University from 1979-81, Reid entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at BYU under Head Coach LaVell Edwards in 1982. It was in that time at BYU that Reid began his association with Holmgren, who served as the quarterbacks coach for the Cougars. While at BYU, Reid earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in professional leadership in physical education and athletics. While playing for the Cougars, Reid was also a columnist for the Provo Daily Herald.

A native of Los Angeles, Reid prepped at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles and went on to go to Glendale (Calif.) Junior College before attending BYU. In 2012, Reid was inducted into the Marshall High School Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the Glendale Junior College Hall of Fame in 2003.

Born Andrew Walter Reid on March 19, 1958 in Los Angeles, he and his wife, Tammy, have five children, sons Spencer, Britt and the late Garrett, and daughters Drew Ann and Crosby.

I’m John Losh, “The Losh-Man” of Losh-Man Sports Radio Saturdays 2-3 PM On 107.9 FM-The Fountain and I Support the Kansas City Chiefs! (Photo Source: Red Tribe Cinema )
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Chiefs Are Done And So Is Crennel

The misery is finally over for the Kansas City Chiefs and the fans for the 2012 season, after an no excuse 2-14 season, including the final game yesterday, that ended with a 38-3 Denver victory at the hands of Peyton Manning and company. They managed to outdo the Chiefs in every category, including Manning getting 304 yards passing and three TD’s on the day, to Brady Quinn‘s 49 yards and the Broncos getting 178 yards rushing and two rushing TD’s by Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno to the Chiefs 92, and of course all their receiving yards, including 122 by Demarius Thomas including a TD. The Chiefs had a 22:30 Time Of Possession to the Broncos 37:30 and Brady Quinn was sacked three times.

Yesterday morning, the Chiefs announced the termination of Head Coach Romeo Crennel in the following release:

CHIEFS PART WAYS WITH ROMEO CRENNEL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that Romeo Crennel has been relieved of his duties as head coach.

Crennel, 65, was named Kansas City’s 12th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 9, 2012. He compiled a 2-14 regular season record in 2012 and finished the 2011 season 2-1 as the club’s interim head coach.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season.

“However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli

“Finally, I want to personally apologize to our fans for our performance this season. We are blessed to play for some of the best and most passionate fans in the National Football League and they deserve better than what we gave them this season. I want our fans to know that I will do everything I can to provide them with a dramatically better team – both next season and in the seasons to come – and our entire organization appreciates their support.”

The Chiefs later released this statement from outgoing Coach Crennel:

“Obviously I’m very disappointed in the way our season went. At the end of the day, the NFL is a performance-based league, and we weren’t able to win. I want to thank the Hunt family for the opportunity as well as our players, coaches and fans for their support during my time in Kansas City. As for my future, I’m planning to take some time to reflect on this season, evaluate everything, and make a decision based on what’s right for myself and my family.”

Please contact Ted Crews in the Chiefs communications department with any questions or inquiries.

Although the players feel that it was them and not Crennel that were to blame for this poor season, many feel that the termination of Crennel is simply not enough, Most wanted to see the Chiefs “Clean House” all the way around, which could still happen in the months to come.

But, for now, fans can wait with anticipation to see who will be named as Crennel’s replacement as well as to the 2013 NFL Draft for some hope of a much improved 2013 season.

I’m John Losh, “The Losh-Man” of Losh-Man Sports Radio Saturdays 2-3pm on 107.9 FM-The Fountain and http://www.fountainradio.com/ and I Support the Kansas City Chiefs !
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Last Hurrah In Mile High City

Today, the Kansas City Chiefs will put a cap on what has been an incredibly painful 2012 season, on and off the field for the team, and for the fans to watch as well. They come into this last week at 2-13, and the fact that they are sending seven players to the Pro-Bowl after the season provides little comfort to the fact that today’s game is in Denver, against Pro-Bowl starting QB Peyton Manning and the resurgent Denver Broncos, who already added to the Chiefs misery earlier this year, handing them a 17-9 defeat at Arrowhead.

It was announced initially this week that the Chiefs will send Jamaal Charles, Dustin Colquitt, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, and Tamba Hali to the Pro-Bowl, and later that Justin Houston and Brandon Flowers were going as 1st Alternates-though many would argue that Houston should be a starter and not an alternate.

Today, the Chiefs will face a Denver team that after going 2-3 in their first 5 games, has won 10 straight games starting in week 6, won the AFC West and can secure a first-round bye-week in the playoffs by defeating the Chiefs today for a 2nd time this season.

In addition to that, the cold weather and the altitude, the Chiefs have probably the longest injury list of the 2012 season, that includes 8 players listed as questionable. And then there are the lingering questions of whether this will be the final game as part of the Chiefs staff for Head Coach Romeo Crennel, General Manager Scott Pioli and maybe other members of the management structure.

This is the 103rd regular season meeting between these two teams, with the Chiefs owning a 47-55 advantage overall, but not at Arrowhead, where the Broncos are 32-19 against Kansas City when playing in Denver.

And even though this 2012 season has been anything but, by late this afternoon, win or lose for the Chiefs, it will be time to “turn out the lights…..the party’s over!” We can only hope for much better things to come in 2013 for this embattled Chiefs franchise.

I’m John Losh-”The Losh-Man” of Losh-Man Sports Radio on 107.9 FM-The Fountain and http://www.fountainradio.com/ Saturdays 2-3pm. I Support the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Tim Blaco’s Blog-Volume 2: New Chiefs GM “To Do List”

IF I WAS THE NEW CHIEFS GM:

1. I would seek to hire Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, John Gruden, Marc Trestman, Nick Saban, or Brian Kelly as my Head Coach.

2. Ticket Prices & Parking Costs would be slashed in half !

3. I would seek to sign either QB Michael Vick and/or QB Alex Smith.

4. I would Draft QB Geno Smith with my first pick and his teammate WR Stedman Bailey with my 2nd pick.

5. I would make myself more available to the public via Radio & TV interviews. Perhaps a weekly show during the season.

6. I would tell our punter that if he is going to point up on good kicks and results, he also has to when he gets it blocked, kicks it off the side of his foot, or muffs / misplaces the hold on a place kick.

7. I would tell the players not to celebrate anything unless the game is over and the win clinches the Division Championship, Conference Championship, or Super Bowl victory.

Now, those are real changes that will work and could bring a championship back to town. I am on record as willing to do this. pass the message on to Clark Hunt. I could use he extra money and once again be proud to be a Chiefs fan.

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Colts Came, Chiefs Weren’t Ready

The second to last game of the Kansas City Chiefs 2012 season that was already miserable enough is P.O.H (Part Of History) and we are still gluttons for punishment.

The good news today:

1. Jamaal Charles led the team with 22 rushes for 226 yards and an 86-yard TD run that came on the first play from scrimmage in the 2nd half. That was the first points in the 10 un-answered points the Chiefs scored in the 3rd Quarter.

2. Peyton Hillis had 16 carries for 101 yards, Quinn rushed for 11 yards, giving the Chiefs 338 yards rushing on the day to the Colts 90 yards rushing.

3. Jon Baldwin had 2 receptions for 64 yards

4. Devon Wylie had 3 receptions for 36 yards and was being utilized as a punt-returner today.

5. Dexter McCluster with 3 receptions for 30 yards.

6. Chiefs with 507 total yards of offense to the Colts’ 288.

7. Chiefs had a 32:20 Time Of Possession to the Colts’ 27:40.

8. The Chiefs defense managed to keep this game, like several others this season to a low score.

The Bad News:

1. The Chiefs turned the ball over three times, as Brady Quinn was picked off twice and the aforementioned Jamaal Charles fumbled once. The Colts capitalized on the two interceptions. Charles’ TD was the only one the Chiefs would get on the day.

2. Colts QB Andrew Luck had was 17/35 for 205 yards and a TD to Brady Quinn’s 10/22 for 162 and Luck set an NFL Rookie QB record with 4,183 yards passing in 2012 after today’s performance.

3. The colts had 153 yards receiving as Reggie Wayne had 5 receptions, 81 yards and a TD, Donnie Avery had 5 receptions, 38 yards and
T.Y. Hilton had 2 receptions, 34 yards, to the Chiefs’ 130 yards.

4. Ryan Succop missed another field goal

5. Oh yeah, and there was the final score of Colts 20, Chiefs 13. The Clots secured a playoff berth, while the Chiefs fell to 2-13 and 1-7 at home.

6. Could be viewed as good or bad news-the Panthers that the Chiefs won against two weeks ago, beat the Raiders that the Chiefs lost to twice this year, 17-6.

7. It just gets worse, as the Chiefs now have to go on the road to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos and Denver is currently beating the Cleveland Browns-that we also lost to this year, by the score of 14-3.The Broncos, you will recall beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 17-9 in week 12.

8. The wait continues to see what changes will, or will not take place in the Chiefs management structure, and eventually with the team, after the close of the season next week and eventually the 2013 NFL Draft. Changes must be made, though-make no mistake.

I’m John Losh-”The Losh-Man” of Losh-Man Sports/Warpaint Illustrated Radio on 107.9 FM and http://www.fountianradio.com Saturdays 2-3pm. I Support the Kansas City Chiefs!EmptyStdm

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