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Good morning, AP. I have to admit that 9 years after the fact it's still strange to type today's date. Enjoy any and all time you have with your loved ones today. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news.

It would be difficult to find an NFL team that has done a worse job over the last decade of drafting and developing offensive linemen than the Chiefs. Branden Albert is the only lineman drafted in the last 10 years who has gone on to become a productive player.

That’s why the Chiefs have a lot riding on the development of Barry Richardson, a sixth-round pick in 2008, who could wind up starting at right tackle in Monday night’s season opener against San Diego at Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs placing hope in Barry Richardson on offensive line from KC Star

If everything goes according to the Royals’ and Chiefs’ plan for Monday, the day should work out pretty well...

...Yes, 90,000 people or more are expected to be filing into the complex on Monday for a Royals game and the Chiefs’ regular-season opener. Two games, tens of thousands of cars and one plan. Add the elements of alcohol and rowdy sports fans and, well, what could go wrong?

Monday’s rare double-stadium events present driving, parking hassles from KC Star

KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs Back To Football Bash

Though Weis is responsible for increasing the proficiency of the entire offense, no area is going to come under more scrutiny than the work the ex- Notre Dame coach does with quarterback Matt Cassel (2924 passing yards, 16 TD, 16 INT). The handsomely-paid Cassel did little to live up to his rich contract last season, though certainly he wasn't aided much by a weak corps of linemen and receivers. He'll be seeking greater chemistry in 2010 with the likes of Dwayne Bowe (47 receptions, 4 TD) and ex-Charger Chris Chambers (36 receptions, 4 TD), and the miniature McCluster has a chance to make his quarterback look good as well.

NFL Preview - San Diego (0-0) at Kansas City (0-0) from The Miami Herald

"Someday," I thought, "I’ll go to Arrowhead Stadium."

15 years later, the time has come. I am so excited. I have been jacked about this for months. Chiefs. Monday Night Football. Division Rivalry. Arrowhead. BBQ.  Tailgating!

Could it get any better? I’m coming home!

And I want to share it all with you! I am going to be running a "Paddy’s Pilgrimage" diary throughout the weekend. I’ll be snapping pictures, taking videos and recording editions of Addict TV. Stay tuned to AA throughout the weekend and I will have my reviews of all things Kansas City.

Paddy’s Pilgrimage And The AA Meetup from Arrowhead Addict

Who's Hot

The reigning sack leader in the AFC West is Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs? With Denver's Elvis Dumervil (17 sacks) on injured reserve, Hali has the next highest total with 8 1/2 sacks. And he could get off to a fast start this season when the Chiefs open with the San Diego Chargers. With two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Marcus McNeill still embroiled in a contract dispute, the Chargers will start Brandyn Dombrowski, an undrafted free agent in 2008. 

This week in the NFL from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It should take a note from TV comedy producers who have switched to single-camera comedies, such as "30 Rock" and "The Office," as opposed to those three-camera in-studio shows such as "Big Bang Theory."  Good comedies don't need in-studio laughs; good football should be the same.  

We can laugh at some bad NFL teams in the comfort of our own homes. NFL games don't always need a full house. Major League Baseball games don't always have one, and neither do National Association Basketball games.

Should NFL Abolish TV Blackouts? from Media Post

San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Toss out the fact the Chargers dropped 80 total points in two games against the Chiefs last season. Kansas City will be improved on offense – don’t be fooled by the vanilla preseason offense – and it wouldn’t surprise to see offensive coordinator Charlie Weis unleash trick plays.

The Top Spin | Pierre Thomas, Vikings receivers offer Week 1 lessons from KC Star

Sit 'Em

Matt Cassel (vs. SD): Cassel is going to improve this year from his mediocre performance in 2009, his first with Kansas City, and he could even come out in his first game this year with a good outing. But he was miserable against the Chargers last year and isn't worth trusting in Week 1.

Week 1 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em from CBS Sports

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: What better time to start one of this year’s best value picks than Week 1 against a Kansas City defense that gave up an average of 21.7 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts in 2009?

Week 1 Fantasy Starts and Sits from The National Football Post

The question, of course, is: Will it be the right outcome? The Chiefs added a truckload of talent in the offseason, with running back Thomas Jones and rookies Dexter McCluster and Eric Berry the most prominent. The team that had trouble scoring a year ago will have less trouble now, with McCluster doing for Kansas City what Darren Sproles does for the Bolts -- stretch defenses on third down. But the Chiefs better see improvement from the 30th-ranked defense, too, if they're serious about moving up.

Peek at the Week: Juicy openers with sweet MNF chaser from CBS Sports

Ladouceur isn't the only player in the NFL this season with a Montreal connection. Former Concordia linebacker Cory Greenwood, a Kingston, Ont., native who won the Presidents' Trophy last year as the top defensive player in Canadian university football, made the Kansas City Chiefs.

And Ladouceur isn't the first Montrealer to make a living as a long-snapper in the NFL. Former McGill star J.P. Darche -the brother of Canadiens forward Mathieu -spent nine seasons snapping the ball with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring two years ago.

He's happy to go unnoticed from The Montreal Gazette

Hardwick said that as of Friday, he knew of no plans for any symbolic expressions of unity prior to the Chargers-Chiefs game in Kansas City on Monday night. The specter of the current CBA expiring in March and no new agreement being reached before next year, however, obviously is already having an impact in San Diego.

Pre-game gesture struck home with Bolts from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Canyon Country retiree George Kosct has been waiting six long months to lean back with a frosty beer and watch the San Diego Chargers battle the Kansas City Chiefs on "Monday Night Football." 

But about two-thirds through the game, Kosct’s television screen will go black, and there’s nothing he can do about it. 

Southern California Edison has scheduled to cut power to some Canyon Country residents Monday night so workers can add an extra circuit to prevent unexpected outages in the future — which could last for days. Regardless, the pigskin diehard is mad. Really mad.

Power outage a game-changer for fan from The Santa Clarita Valley Signal

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