Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/19

Good morning, Kansas City Chiefs fans and welcome to Arrowheadlines. Today's Chiefs news includes a link to the entire Sports Illustrated article on the Alabama tornado, a story on McCluster, and an update on everyone's (looking at you, Chris) favorite bootlegging QB. Enjoy.

As Arenas sprinted to his bathroom, Adkins stayed on the phone; he could hear the wind start to blow through the house. A moment later, as Arenas clutched the side of the bathtub with all his strength, he told his friend, "I think my car just blew into my living room." Then the phone cut out.

"I've known Javier since we were six years old and I've never heard him so scared," says Adkins. "I was in complete panic. I probably called him 100 times in the next hour."

Arenas prayed in his bathtub. Please God let it be over. Please let it be over... . And then it was.

Terror, Tragedy and Hope in Tuscaloosa from Sports Illustrated

The Dexter McCluster the Chiefs thought they were getting last year when they drafted him in the second round surfaced all too rarely last season.

There was his signature moment, the punt he returned 94 yards to help the Chiefs beat the Chargers in the Monday night season opener. There was his 31-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown a few weeks later against San Francisco.

There was little else memorable from McCluster's rookie season, something he promised to change next season.

 McCluster Ready to Put Injury-Plagued Season Behind Him from KC Star

"At 5:10 p.m. on April 27, Javier Arenas, like many Tuscaloosa residents, was watching the local news as the emergency sirens blared."

Thus begins a remarkable story in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated. Chiefs nickel back and returner Javier Arenas survived the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, three weeks ago.

Javier's Story... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

With that said, Tamba Hali is listed somewhere between 61 and 70 on the NFL Network's list. His exact standing will be revealed this weekend.

To which I must ask: There are at least 60 NFL players right now better than Tamba Hali?
That one is impossible to figure. Hali led the AFC in sacks last season and while that was his one an only monster season, if we're ranking players on where they stand at this moment in time, he deserves far better than 61.

There Are 60 Players Better Than Tamba Hali? from The Red Zone

Target Field was named "The Sports Facility of the Year" by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily at the 2011 Sports Business Awards Ceremony on Wednesday in New York City...

...Target Field won the award over Amway Arena (home of the Orlando Magic), Arrowhead Stadium (home of the Kansas City Chiefs), Consol Energy Center (home of the Pittsburgh Penguins), New Meadowlands Stadium (home of the New York Giants/Jets) and Red Bull Arena (home of the New York Red Bulls).

Target Field Named Sports Facility of the Year from MLB.com

5. Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs): Charles rushed for almost 1500 yards and he wasn't even supposed to be the starter for the Chiefs. Going in to 2011 with Thomas Jones as his backup from the beginning, he might be even more productive.

The Top Ten NFL Running Backs from GCOBB.com

Last year, sadly, the Coastside had no fireworks on the Fourth due to lack of funds. This year, however, Sam's Chowder House and the American Legion Post 474 stepped up to the plate to plan and pull together an event that would help raise the funds necessary for a 2011 fireworks display...

...The contests included both novice and experienced shuckers who were judged on speed and presentation. Steve Bono, former quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers was one of the contest judges. Helping him with the judging was Bernd Kuhlen of the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Charise McHugh from the chamber of commerce, and Jeff Clark, world-renowned big-wave surfer.  

Fundraiser Pulls People and Money Together for Fireworks from The Half Moon Bay Review

Whether or not you're a baseball fan, or even a Royals fan, doesn't matter. If you're a fan of the Kansas City sports community, the name Paul Splittorff means something.

By now, most everyone has heard the sad news that the Splittorff family announced Monday afternoon. The winningest pitcher in Royals history, and a familiar face in Kansas City's sporting landscape, has entered an area hospital for treatment of oral cancer and melanoma.

Paul Splittorff's Impact Felt at Arrowhead from The Mothership

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