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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/17 - Updated

Good morning and welcome! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. We are just hours away from the kickoff of OTAs. This will be another opportunity for us to learn more about the team we love. How much we will learn is to be seen, but we'll take what we can get, right?

Update: Added a story about tailgating and PSLs. It's about the Jets, but with our love of tailgating, I thought it was worth a read.

New offense? Yes, it’s going to be new, although it won’t be quite the change that the players experienced at the end of the 2009 pre-season when head coach Todd Haley fired coordinator Chan Gailey and installed himself as the play caller and man in charge of the offense.

However, there will be noticeable differences when they crack the books this week and get a look at the scheme. Is it Haley’s offense? Is it the playbook of new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis? Will it be a combination of the two?

’10 Offense Unveiled … Monday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Vrabel is also comfortable enough that, unlike last year, he planned to join the Chiefs today for the first of their 14 scheduled offseason practices. The Chiefs will also have a three-day minicamp in June.

"I’m looking forward to being there and getting back to work," Vrabel said. "I told Todd (Haley) I plan to be at all of the (practices) and the minicamp. It’s the exact same schedule I had for my last seven years in New England."

Vrabel was one of two starters who didn’t participate in most of last year’s offseason practices. The other, guard Brian Waters, said in March he would attend the June minicamp but was unsure about the other offseason practices.

Vrabel comfortable as Chiefs start offseason practices from KC Star

Walt Daggatt, the man who helped bring professional soccer to Seattle, died at the age of 91 on Sunday at Rancho Mirage, California.

Rewind 38 years and it was a 1972 trip to Dallas where Daggatt met Lamar Hunt through mutual involvement with the NFL. Daggatt was looking to garner support from the league's owners to bring a football franchise to Seattle. There he met Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, but also an avid soccer fan and co-founder of the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Instead of talking football, Hunt (who owned the Dallas Tornado of the NASL) wanted to talk soccer. The conversation inspired Daggatt to bring a franchise to Seattle and the product of his work was the Sounders.

While the teams and leagues have come and gone over the years, the name has stuck and still holds a special place in the heart of area soccer fans.

Sounders FC Blog from The Seattle Times

In preparation for its NCAA Division III Tournament contest against Roanoke College on Saturday, the Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team received some encouragement and guidance from two-time National Football League Coach of the Year and Super Bowl champ Dick Vermeil inside the Bream-Wright-Hauser Athletic Complex Friday afternoon.

Vermeil, who spent 15 years as a pro football head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs, addressed the whole of the men's lacrosse team, including his grandson, junior Tommy Barnett, and coaching staff inside one of the classrooms of the athletic complex. From start-to-finish of the 20-minute speech, the student-athletes hung on Vermeil's every word as he recounted some of the lessons he'd learned over the course of his lengthy career as a football coach.

Bullets receive sage advice from football legend from The Gettysburg Times

Jeannette Vasquez of Bristol was there to celebrate the graduation of her 21-year-old niece, Danielle Dudley, who earned a degree in communications studies on a field hockey scholarship, the first in her family of 27 cousins to graduate from college.

Dudley’s grandmother who raised her, Carmen Battistini, was also at Widener’s commencement along with Dudley’s boyfriend, former Eagles practice squad member Reshard Langford who is now a safety with the Kansas City Chiefs. Casey Coleman of Bristol was also on hand to cheer Dudley, her best friend since they were age 4.

Widener grads told to 'Use your gifts ... to advance humankind' from The Daily Times

"Well, not exactly win national championships," he said. "Because we never said that's what we intended to do at LSU. What we did there and what we've tried to do at A&M is assemble teams of talented individuals, people who give you an opportunity to win."

Ideally, Henry said, the two sports of family fame would be involved. He's a big believer that the football and track teams can boost each other.

It happened at LSU. Athletes like former Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison helped Henry's track and field program win NCAA titles, and Henry worked with former Tigers football coach Nick Saban in recruiting.

"We recruited at the same time, we were both looking for speed," Henry said. "He understood how we could help each other."

Henry said he has a good relationship with Texas A&M football coach Mike Sherman, although there are no football players currently on the A&M track roster.

Track and football are the Henry family business from American Chronicle

Gray paid $4,000 for his PSL, paid the always-climbing ticket prices that are now $125 a pop, paid for the exhibition games nobody watches and the ridiculous prices at the concession stand.

He is even willing to pay for the parking, too. This is what got him: The Jets are now telling him that where he and his friends are allowed to park depends, once again, on how much they plunk down.

He gets a spot near the new stadium. Many of his friends, the ones he has tailgated with in lot 13-B for more than two decades, did not buy PSLs and must park in the outer lots.

They’re furious. All of them.

“We just feel like we’ve been taken to the woodshed again and again,” said Gray, who drives up from his house in Highlands each game day with a “13-B ‘grillin’ and chillin’ ” T-shirt. “Going to a football game should be something you enjoy, but these guys just see dollars.”

Politi: Fury over new parking regulations illuminates growing rift between Jets, fans from

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Media and Fans

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ChiefsPR #Chiefs G Ryan Lilja will be on with @BobFescoe at 7:25 AM on Monday on 610 Sports. He'll discuss the start of OTAs.

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