Helmet To Helmet: Basic Training... Again from The Mothership
Recently, the main question I have been asked is, "What is an Army Officer doing working for a professional sports team?"
In short, I have been selected to represent the Army in a first of its kind partnership between the Chiefs and the Army. More specifically, I am working with the award-winning 65 Toss Power Trap Productions team in the epicenter of the franchise, through the Department of Defense's Training with Industry program (TWI).
The TWI program seeks to improve defense readiness by placing military members with various civilian companies, like the Chiefs, to gain valuable knowledge and skills not fully available through traditional military training.
2013 NFL Draft Fallout: Kansas City Chiefs from NFL.com
Knile Davis was an intriguing pick in the third round. The running back missed his entire junior season at Arkansas because of an ankle injury, then wasn't even the best back on his team as a senior. He rebuilt his stock with a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he has the size and skill set to serve as an ideal complement to Jamaal Charles. Basically what Peyton Hillis was supposed to be, but never was.
Team History: A Business Beyond Football from The Mothership
But once upon a time, players held jobs when the season ended and kept them until the start of training camps.
This was especially true in the early days of the league when salaries were not as over-the-top as they are now and players lived among the ordinary folk.
For instance, linebacker EJ Holub (1961-70), Cotton Davidson (1960-61), Johnny Robinson (1960-71) and Jack Spikes (1960-64) did promotional work for the H.D. Lee Company out of Dallas in the early days of the franchise. This was Texas after all, and jeans were the natural "uniform" of any self-respecting Texan.
This week, Catapano will be looking to turn heads as he makes his pro debut by participating in the team's opening mini-camp.
"I want to make a great first impression and show the coaches that I am going to be their hardest worker," said Catapano. "I want to show that I have a high motor."
When Catapano arrived at Princeton in the fall of 2008, it was hard to imagine him as a future NFL draft choice. He was a 215-pound fullback before being switched to defensive line. Gaining 50 pounds between his freshman and sophomore year, the Bayville, N.Y. native grew into a force.
Why The Bears Chose Aramark To Run Concessions from Crain's Chicago Business
Brad Pernaw, who currently runs the Chiefs' concessions on Aramark's behalf, will move to Chicago to hold the same job for the Bears. He previously worked in food service with the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox, among other pro franchises.
The Weirdest, Most Wonderful Windows 8 Ads Ever from CNET News
Microsoft's Windows 8 has struggled to project an image that is anything that might be described as entirely relevant.
It doesn't mean Windows 8 has failed. But it does mean that its has inspired about as much as the Kansas City Chiefs of late, the Kansas City Royals (until this season), and the authorities at the Heights High School in Wichita, Kansas.
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant Joins Charlie Sheen And Other Actors In Fiat Commercial from The Dallas Morning News
Joining the Cowboys wide receiver in the 36-second clip are actors Charlie Sheen, Tyson Ritter and Keana Texeira. Hip hop artist Pitbull and singer Arianna also make appearances.
Bryant's acting role consists of dancing with some young ladies and playing paper football with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson.
Booher: It's Not Wise To Write Off Cardinal's Carpenter from The Springfield News-Leader
Been meaning to say something about the Kansas City Chiefs' post-NFL Draft decision to sign Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. Yes, it's low-cost and he could be only the third-stringer.
But if you're GM John Dorsey and new coach Andy Reid and trying to rebuild, why bring in a guy reportedly with baggage (maturity issues, poor work habits)? Why not send the message that those days are over?
Thom Loverro: Choppy Waves Divide Nationals Fans In Crowd Battle from The Washington Examiner
The issue is the wavers in Washington are amateurs -- so I went to a professional for answers, the father of the wave, "Krazy George," who is generally credited for creating the wave in Oakland on Oct. 15, 1981, during an ALCS game between the A's and Yankees.
Krazy George is not simply a fan who decided to stand up and sit down to create a social phenomenon. He is a "professional" cheerleader, having made a living at it for 40 years. He started doing it as a student at San Jose State in 1968, and after word spread about how he got the crowds involved, Krazy George got more calls for appearances until Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt hired him full-time as a crowd favorite. He left behind his job as a wood shop teacher. He has his own web site -- krazygeorge.com.
Eclectic Mix For Remaining SC Hall Of Fame Inductees from The San Clement Times
Former Tritons football quarterback and eventual NFL Pro Bowl selection Bill Kenney will also be inducted. Kenny was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and eventually got playing time with the Kansas City Chiefs. Kenney had a breakout 1983 season that saw him throw for 4,348 yards and earn a Pro Bowl nod.
After playing in the NFL for nine seasons Kenney retired to Missouri, where he became a representative in the Missouri State Senate.
Eagles Tickets Go On Sale Thursday Morning from NJ.com
Prices range from $75-$105. There is a four-ticket limit per household.
Tickets primarily move quickly, especially to the headline games. This year's top contests include the return of Andy Reid with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 19, and October dates with the Cowboys and Giants.
"When you leave a team you have to get rid of your stuff because you can't wear it at the new place," Andy's wife Tammy Reid said.
Being in Philly for all that time, the family racked up a lot of stuff.
"When it got piled sky high and overflowing into the chairs and on the floor, I thought I've got to do something with this," Tammy said.
Tammy decided the best thing to do with her husband's coaching gear, her game day items, and all the memorabilia from over the years, was to have a moving day sale for charity.
Raiders Consider Josh Cribbs from ESPN
USA Today is reporting the Kansas City Chiefs are considering Jeff Morrow of Carolina and Marvin Allen of the Falcons for their director of college scouting opening. The new regime is adding pieces to the scouting department.
Kupper's pal, center Mario Benavides, is taking a similar shot with the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive back Adrian Bushell made his deal with Oakland.
If they did what Kupper did, they consulted an agent, studied league rosters and tried to pick a team that needed the skills they can provide. The Steelers, Chiefs and Eagles called Kupper during the final day of the draft. He had talked with Houston once, weeks before the draft.
In his research, Kupper discovered that Houston uses an offensive scheme similar to the scheme at Louisville. The Texans are also looking for linemen. They drafted two - both tackles. At 6 feet 3 and nearly 300 pounds, Kupper is a better fit at guard, although he'll play flanker if you ask him.
20 Most Obscure Team Nicknames In Pro Sports from The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News
The name Chiefs, one might assume, was inspired by the native Americans who lived in the US heartland. That's not really the case. In fact, oil tycoon Lamar Hunt, the team's owner, selected "Chiefs" in honor of Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle, whose nickname was "The Chief." Bartle, who served as mayor from 1956 to 1963, was instrumental in bringing Hunt's Dallas Texans to Kansas Cityin 1962, a move aimed at finding a market where the franchise, then in the AFL, would have the football market all to itself (rather than having to compete with the NFL's Cowboys). Regardless of what inspired the Chiefs nickname, the team has made a connection with native Americans in other ways, such as using an arrowhead logo and playing in Arrowhead Stadium.
The NFL's Craziest Draft-Trade-What-Ifs Of The Past 15 Years from Grantland
The sixth-round throwaway pick Kansas City included with Allen turned out to be Notre Dame center John Sullivan. Five years later, it's Sullivan, and not Allen, who's the league's best player at his position. On the other side, one of the third-round picks sent to Kansas City was used to take Jamaal Charles. Theoretically, Minnesota's stable of skill-position players could've included Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, and Charles. Luckily, none of that would've mattered if the alternate reality also included Christian Ponder.