Minicamp Day Two Recap from The Mothership
Q: What's it like with the personnel changing and do you think you'll be able to compete for a spot?
PARKER: "Oh yeah, I always think I'm going to be able to compete for that spot. But with the present opportunity today, I'm just doing whatever the coaches are asking me to do. Whatever they're asking me to do, I just try to do it to the best of my abilities."
Fans Receive 'First Look' At 2014 Chiefs from The Mothership
The Chiefs hosted fans at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex for Day Two of Minicamp. Bleachers lined the edges of the practice field for Suite Members and STMs to get an up-close and personal look at the team.
"It was really cool to be so close to the practice field and to watch the different drills, hear the coaches, see the scrimmages; it's great to be able to see what they do on a daily basis," Ryan Anderson, Suite Member for 2 years, noted. "It's an incredible experience being able to see behind the curtain and to be able to watch a normally closed practice is amazing."
Helmet History from The Mothership
Two exhibitions will debut this summer at the Chiefs Hall of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium. Visitors will see for the first time anywhere a comprehensive history of helmets worn by the eight original American Football League teams down through the years. Private collections from across the country contributed to the exhibition which took more than two years to gather.
A further display highlighting the many patches worn on Kansas City Chiefs uniforms over the franchise's 54-year history will also have its debut at the Hall.
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Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe made a full-extension leaping grab on a pass from quarterback Alex Smith during 11-on-11 drills. Bowe's catch immediately drew a clearly audible "oohs" from his teammates on the sidelines.
The Chiefs continue to shuffle the right side of the offensive line in one of the most fluid situations of the offseason. Rookie Zach Fulton saw time at right guard with the first-team offense during 11-on-11 drills for a second straight day. Obviously, that scenario is subject to change once the team reports to training camp. Rishaw Johnson also saw time at right guard on a rotating basis with Fulton.
Chiefs QB Murray Roots For Brother On 'Bachelorette' from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
While his buddies were bunking down to watch Jack Bauer on "24" or cruising through channels in search of a game, Aaron Murray was settling in for another episode of "The Bachelorette."
Yep, ABC's reality dating show is must-see TV for the Chiefs' rookie quarterback.
Don't judge. Murray isn't your everyday fan. He has a rooting interest in bachelorette Andi Dorfman's much-publicized pursuit of love because his brother, former minor league baseball player Josh Murray, is one of the eight beaus still in the mix.
Dee Ford's Time Is Apparently Now from ESPN
Until the first minicamp practice on Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs had only tantalized with rookie outside linebacker Dee Ford. They had used their first-round draft pick as a pass-rusher, but mixed him into their base defense only on occasion.
That changed on Tuesday, when Ford was on the field with the starters in all situations for the first time. Justin Houston continued his holdout and Ford was in his place, with veteran Frank Zombo moving to a backup role.
Last week, the Chiefs cut cornerback Brandon Flowers. In a league starved for cover corners, it seemed he would be gobbled up in a few minutes, but he's still free. Ten teams were rumored to be interested, but only a few were identified.
Interest and commitment to signing him are two different things. There is a progression to resolving his situation, and it isn't as smooth a road as one would assume.
Want to land a job at Arrowhead Stadium for Chiefs games?
The team is hosting its final job fair of the summer on Thursday.
The Chiefs will face a much more challenging schedule in 2014, especially in the early going, with tripsto Denver in Week 2, Miami in Week 3 and San Francisco in Week 5 -- which will come on a short week following a Monday night contest against the Patriots -- as well as visits to the tough environs of Buffaloand Pittsburgh in the back half of the sked. And they'll have to do it without two key pieces on the offensive line, as Branden Albert and Geoff Schwartz -- good players both -- left via free agency.
Rookie Fulton Mounting Challenge At RG from ESPN
Rookie Zach Fulton, a sixth-round draft pick from Tennessee, continued his bid for a starting spot at right guard. Fulton split the starter's snaps with Rishaw Johnson. The Chiefs will get a better gauge on how advanced Fulton is at training camp, where they can wear full pads. But for now at least they are pleased with what they have seen from Fulton.
Maczuzak Was A Two-Sport Star from TribLive
A few days later he reported to the Chiefs' training camp and head coach Hank Stram.
He saw plenty of time during the second half of his rookie season at defensive tackle and was invited back in 1965, but Maczuzak decided it was time to move on to a better paying job.
For his rookie year, he received a signing bonus of $8,000 and earned $13,000 for the season.
Barnes, in addition to being a musician and composer, is a naturalist, a full-time National Park ranger, a black-and-white portrait photographer, a television and film actor and a former professional football player with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I'm not interested in being restricted," Barnes said. "I'm interested in life."
Redskins Lose Ruling On Trademarks, But Fight Isn't Over from The New York Times
Professional sports teams have been more resistant to calls to change their names, although some, including the Washington Wizards, who used to be known as the Bullets, have acted in the face of public pressure. Other teams, including the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Chiefs, have also been criticized for not changing their names.
Those franchises probably wouldn't lose their trademark protection as the Washington Redskins did because "Chiefs," "Indians" and "Braves" are probably seen as more generic than offensive, said Jim Rosini, a trademark lawyer with Kenyon & Kenyon in Washington who helped Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays change their nickname from the Devil Rays.
U.S. Patent Office Cancels Washington Redskins Trademarks from The Wall Street Journal
Other professional sports teams have managed to quietly play down some of the more notable Native American references.
Baseball's Cleveland Indians, who said on Wednesday they currently face no legal complaints over their name, have still reduced the role of their "Chief Wahoo" logo in recent years, replacing the cartoon rendering on some editions of their hats and jerseys with a "C" logo. Other teams, notably football's Kansas City Chiefs and baseball's Atlanta Braves have scrapped mascots, while retaining some Native American symbols.
Meet The Native-American Grandmother Who Just Beat The Redskins from Mother Jones
MJ: I heard that one of your first protests, at a Washington-Chiefs game in Kansas City, was a pretty nasty experience.
AB: Oh, yes. People yelled, "Go back to your reservation!" "We won, you lost, get over it!" "Go get drunk!" And so many different slurs. People threw beers. That, to me, was shocking. I've experienced racism in my lifetime, but to see it outwardly, in the open, and nobody did anything? It was shocking.
That was the game where there was a port-a-potty in the shape of a teepee.