Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 7/2

KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Terrance Parks #31 of the Kansas City Chiefs kneels down in between drills during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Few players on the Chiefs roster know Eric Berry as well as Terrance Parks.

Besides being good friends, Berry and Parks lined up in the same defensive backfield as teenagers at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga. Berry, two years older than Parks, was the nation's top-rated cornerback prospect. Parks manned the other island.

Parks, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie in the spring, also played wide receiver for Creekside. Berry doubled as the Seminoles' quarterback.

Terrance Parks Reunites With Former High School Teammate Eric Berry In Kansas City from The Mothership

But the crown jewels that identified Kansas City as a sports mecca were the state-of-the-art Arrowhead and Royals stadiums and Kemper Arena that opened during 1972-74.

"When the (Truman) sports complex was completed, it was the number one football stadium and baseball stadium in the United States," said former Chiefs president Jack Steadman, who along with Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt spearheaded the unprecedented two-stadium development.

"There were no other stadiums that could compete with them. It really put Kansas City on the map, and it still does."

Kansas City Can Look Back On Golden Age Of Sports In The 1970s from NewsOK.com

On Monday July 9, the Cardinals will host the 10th Annual edition to the two-day camp, which has featured some of the biggest names in football, including Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

This year's instructors include Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, Florida State defensive coordiantor Mark Stoops, and Kansas City Chiefs safety Kyle McCarthy.

Mooney's Camp Of Champions Set from The Warren Tribune Chronicle

Some of the top barbecue cooks in the nation will be at the Crawford County Fairgrounds today [Sunday] for the third annual Smokin' Hot BBQ and Fireworks.

This is the third year for the event, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and organized by the Celebrate Girard! Event Committee...

...Celebrity judges will be Kendall Gammon, former Kansas City Chiefs long snapper who was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1992 NFL Draft after a four-year career at Pittsburg State University

Annual Smokin' Hot BBQ And Fireworks Today from The Pittsburgh Morning Sun

I loved reading this week how the Chiefs and Cardinals will hold joint practices this training camp before their preseason game in Kansas City. Great idea. Wish everyone did this. Why? Training camp is boring. It's awesome, it's back to football, but it's also boring. Anything to break up the monotony is welcome - for players and for media members. The entire key is to keep everyone going at full speed right through the end to maximize potential and improve as much as possible. But by Week 3 of camp, everyone is bored out of their skulls.

Nine Really Random Things And Whatever Else Is Going On Around The NFL from NFL.com

With three teams in the top 10, the AFC South has nearly $64 million in available cap space. Teams in the NFC West have a league-low $19,019,732 in available cap space. Here's how it all breaks down:

Jacksonville Jaguars: $25,115,885
Tennessee Titans: $19,970,080
Cleveland Browns: $17,774,764
Kansas City Chiefs: $16,548,048

Available Salary-Cap Space For All 32 NFL Teams from NFL.com

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange has gathered quotes from unnamed franchise players and/or their unnamed agents regarding their reaction to Brees' contention that the Saints' failure to sign him to a long-term deal traces to his role in last year's CBA talks.

Said one franchise player: "Nothing against Drew, but he's kind of become [the union's] fair-haired boy." The agent for another franchise player said the NFLPA has been treating Brees "like some kind of a Messiah or something."

Other Franchise Players Not Thrilled With Brees' Complaints from ProFootballTalk

So what do the numbers tell us? For one, "Win one for the Gipper!" inspiration for a new coach only goes so far. For another, interim coaches are usually saddled with the same subpar roster that contributed to the downfall of the previous regime.

Rome wasn't built in a day, and the Chiefs won't be, either. With Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry back in the fold, Crennel can at least be grateful to have some of the foundation in place.

Romeo Crennel Takes On History With Interim Tag Gone from NFL.com

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