Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 2/9

Good morning Chiefs fans! A thank you to Joel and Chris for covering for me. Technology seems to hate me lately. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news covers a lot of topics: the national anthem, racial bias, Super Bowl odds, and pork. Enjoy.

And, while we're asking questions, shouldn't I be too young to be a grumpy old man?

Sorry. Can't help it on this one. I think Mizzou's Antlers are/were funny, I dig the Octagon of Doom's angry vibe, I even giggle when KU football fans scream their obscenities at kickoff.

But I just can't get behind the screaming CHIEFS!!! at the end of the national anthem.

If there's a good reason to scream CHIEFS!! at the end of the anthem, please let me know from Don't Kill the Mellinger

With four extra tickets -- face value $15 -- the Kansas City linebacker asked a friend to see what he could get for them outside the stadium. "I figured Super Bowl, sellout, I'm gonna make some good money," Stein recalled Monday. "He got 37 bucks. I said, 'Well, OK, $15 seats, and I got $37 for them.' He said, 'No. That was for all four.' "

Stein's Chiefs beat the Vikings in that Super Bowl, taking some of the sting out of his entrepreneurial misadventure. With each passing year, his ticket tale grows a little more quaint -- or a little more distasteful, depending on your point of view.

Pro football's retirees deserve full slice, not sliver, of revenue pie from The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

The Independence School District, for example, joined other Missouri districts in the CHARACTERplus program, which also blends traits of the month into classroom learning.

Every month the district recognizes a student and staff member of character from each school. Teachers nominate students and other colleagues for the distinction.

The district and the Kansas City Chiefs also held a Chiefs Character Challenge, which summoned video entries from district schools to describe how students demonstrate character.

Fort Osage and other districts teach value of character from KC Star

This is a monumental time for the National Football League, which has become the most watched televised sport, college or professional.  Last fall, 28 of the top 30 television programs were NFL games.  That's a number the NFL owners and players can't ignore.  A lot of teams, including our own Kansas City Chiefs had a hard time filling their stadiums.  The Chiefs came pretty close to having a couple of local blackouts for home games and they finished 10-6 on their way to winning the AFC West division.

Impending Lockout Could ThreatenNFL's TV Dynasty from Examiner.com

Last week I took a look inside the numbers to see just how improved the Kansas City Chiefs offense was this last season. This week I'll take a look at the defense. I think even the most casual fan could see that the defense was improved this year, but how much? Once again we'll look and see if the improvement we thought we saw holds up when you look at the numbers or if it may have just been a product of an easy schedule.

A Closer Look at the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs Defense from Arrowhead Addict

Four weeks after the Kansas City Chiefs played their last game, the 2010 NFL season is finally, officially over...

...But so what? Yesterday formally marked the first day of the 2011 campaign. Bodog.com has already set the opening odds, and the Chiefs are a 35-to-one shot to get to Super Bowl XLVI and win it all...

...With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to see just how optimistic I could be (while testing my knowledge of Roman numerals). So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are XLVI reasons why next year could be the year.

XLVI Reasons from Arrowhead Addict

In 2010, CTC sponsored a free summer life skills camp with the help of eight other friends, all former Rochester school district football players who went on to graduate from college. It drew about 60 students and offered intense athletic training as well as guest speakers such as Kansas City Chiefs' first round draft pick Branden Albert, a Rochester native. The students also took various courses during the camp.

"They talked to us about taking care of your finances, learning how to budget and what to do in a job interview," added Quentin Gause.

Organization Helps Youth Athletes Focus on Benefits of College, Sports from ROC Now

The Ultimate Power Rankings.

What, you say? Here's the deal. We've decided to rank the NFL's teams 1-32 based on how they stack up as a franchise -- both now and in history...

16. Kansas City Chiefs -- They haven't won a Super Bowl since 1971. Wow. They have a great fan base and the ownership is solid. The new Arrowhead is beautiful. There is a lot of history, but most of it is from the AFL. That holds them back here in these rankings.

Ultimate Power Rankings: Bring on the Hate Mail from CBS Sports

Braised pork belly and a grilled cheese sandwich from the Chiefs and Debbie Gold of American Restaurant in Kansas City. "How do you make grilled cheese better than just grilled cheese?" she said. Like this, with crunchy rye and a slab of big-bodied white cheese. And a side of seven-layered hog heaven.

Getting a Taste of the NFL (Hint: It Tastes Like Pork) from Austin360.com

"The next Wes Welker" is a refrain too commonly heard since the 2007 season when Welker exploded onto the scene. Over the past few years, the comparison has been made regarding white wide receivers such as Jordy Nelson, Austin Collie, Kevin Walter, and most recently in the 2010 draft, rookie receiver Jordan Shipley. However, the player most like Welker is actually Dexter McCluster, a hybrid receiver/running back/return man who is a rookie for the Kansas City Chiefs. Listed on NFL.com as 5'8" and 170 pounds compared to the 5'9", 185-pound Welker, the two players are built very similarly in almost every aspect except for the color of their skin.

While announcers tend to immediately mention McCluster's speed when his name comes up, players such as Shipley and Welker are often described as using "shiftiness" or "crafty route-running" to get open, which is a subtle hint that they lack speed. It's hard to prove that the difference in perceptions of these players is due to race, but when race is one of the only differences between Welker and McCluster, and there's such a drastic contrast in the way the two are portrayed, it's only natural to wonder if a correlation exists there.

Tackling Racial Issues in the NFL - Comparisons of Players are Often Skin Deep from Xtra Point Football

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