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Good morning Chiefs fans! A moderate day of Kansas City Chiefs news. Preseason games and tax shelters for you today. Enjoy.

That didn't take long. The first chance the TV networks had to bring a nationally televised game back to Arrowhead Stadium, they took it.

Kansas City's preseason opener, on Aug. 12 against Tampa Bay, will be shown

Chiefs vs. Bucs on National TV in Preseason from The Red Zone

There's an old line used often in football - and probably a few other sports and businesses as well - if you aren't lying, you aren't trying. Nowhere is that a greater part of the NFL landscape than the days before the annual Draft. Every team is trying, thus they are lying.

Most NFL teams have long ago lined up their draft boards and have an idea of who they would like to select, and who they are not interested in. They've spent the better part of April fishing around the country for information on what the other teams are going to do.

So you've got 32 teams, lying to 32 teams and why anybody would believe anything that comes down the grapevine at this time of the year is beyond comprehension.

Those Lyin' Eyes... Wednesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

An accountant for the family of Lamar Hunt testified in New York federal court Tuesday that the late football booster claimed as much as $34 million in losses using allegedly illegal tax shelters marketed by Jenkens & Gilchrist LLP lawyers and other professionals...

...A lawyer for Hunt family investment firm, Dallas-based Hunt Capital Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The affiliates of Hunt used shelter transactions called Hedge Option Monetization of Economic Remainder deals, developed in concern with Bank One professionals.

Daugerdas is on trial along with another former Jenkens lawyer, Donna Guerin; former BDO CEO Denis Field; and former Deutsche Bank AG employees R. Craig Brubaker and David Parse.

Football Icon Claimed $34M In Illegal Losses: Witness from Law360

I haven't had a chance to speak with linebacker Mike Vrabel about his playing future since his recent arrest in Indiana. But I don't think that the incident will impact his decision whether or not to play again next season or the Chiefs' interest in wanting him back.

But I did speak with him on that subject shortly before his arrest and he indicated he would like to play a 15th NFL season. Vrabel turns 36 in August.

Vrabel Talks About His Future from The Red Zone

With the lockout at one month and counting, attorneys for NFL players sat down Tuesday with the federal magistrate who will oversee court-ordered mediation with the league later this week.

Attorneys and Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller met with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan for about four hours...

...The NFL's attorneys are scheduled to meet with Boylan on Wednesday before mediation begins on Thursday, the first talks since collective bargaining negotiations broke down March 11, followed hours later by the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

Legal Team for NFL Players Meets with Judge from KC Star

The first preseason game will match the Chicago Bears against the St. Louis Rams in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio on Aug. 7.

The preseason schedule, of course, is contingent on the players and NFL owners reaching a new collective bargaining agreement, replacing the one that expired March 11 after talks with a federal mediator in Washington broke off.

Because teams will need at least two weeks of training camp to get ready, that means the NFL would need to have its labor stalemate solved about July 25 at the very latest, even if starters are only going to play for a series or two in the exhibition opener.

NFL Releases Preseason Schedule Despite Lockout from KC Star

The public will have the opportunity to be a part of a presentation that Holthus will give to a sports marketing class at Fort Hays State University from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.

Kansas City Chiefs Announcerto Speak at FHSU from

The AFC West had one representative in the linebacker Power Rankings.

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali was tied for ninth with Carolina's Jon Beason. I had Hali ranked ninth. Seventeen linebackers received votes. Hali was the only AFC West linebacker to receive votes. Hali, who led the AFC with 14.5 sacks last season, was fifth in our pass-rusher Power Rankings earlier in the offseason.

Hali Makes Another Power Ranking Top 10 from ESPN

Central Missouri All-American wide receiver Jamorris Warren wasn't getting much attention until his performance at the Missouri Pro Day...

...Among the NFL teams displaying interest in the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder: the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals.

WR Jamorris Warren Drawing Interest from National Football Post

3. Mike Vrabel -- "Are we meeting at the deli?"
Sure, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker said it was a misunderstanding that led to his arrest because of a disputed bill at an Indiana casino's deli. And that's probably the case. But just to be on the safe side, if you do answer this text, make sure you ask for separate checks.

Text Messages from These Six People Wouldn't Be Desirable from

When former Texans A&M and Alabama defensive coordinator Joe Kines paid Miller a compliment by comparing him to the late Derrick Thomas, Miller did some research.

Kines coached the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame outside linebacker with the Crimson Tide. And Miller would like to follow in Thomas' big footsteps.

"I got a lot of film on Derrick Thomas, I like the way he plays the game," Miller said. "Joe Kines told me a long time ago that I had similar attributes to my game that he had. Right then and there, I looked him up and just watched him. I try to emulate some of the stuff he does. You can't do some of the stuff he does, but I try my hardest to be like Derrick Thomas.

Von Miller Visiting the Browns Today, 49ers Up Next from National Football Post

But what happened to Bryan is proof that fanship can turn to flip out in a split second. It's the sort of mentality that spurs post-Super Bowl game riots, that has created a whole movement known in Europe as football hooliganism, whereby fans bring dangerous weapons to games and take to beating the pulp out of rival fans simply because they wear the wrong colors to the pitch. They take ownership -- in their minds -- of the team, and take disagreement as a personal affront.

It's encouraged, I suppose, by the make-up of fandom. You're "part of the Tribe" if you're a Braves fan. Part of the Sea of Red if you're a Kansas City Chiefs fan. You're not just a watcher, you're practically on the team.

What sets a sane fan apart from violent one isn't whether they're a "true" fan or not, or how far into the culture of the team they are, but the measure of the person's internal character.

Bryan Stow: Dad Beaten Senseless for Liking the Wrong Team from The Stir