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Happy Saturday! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Kansas City at Cleveland: September 8, 2002

The Chiefs needed an Opening Day miracle…and then some.

"The Toss" led to the most improbable finish in franchise history – an ending unlikely to ever occur again. Kansas City’s 40-39 win didn’t come without a little help above…and a rumbling 315-pound offensive tackle…and a premature celebration.

10 Games in 10 Days: Tait Rumbles, Rudd Stumbles from The Mothership

The April draft didn't just give Matt Cassel another offensive weapon. He also got himself a house guest.

In a locked-out offseason full of oddities, yet another strange dynamic developed shortly after the draft. Cassel welcomed a perfect stranger into his home -- a stranger who is 6-foot-4, can jump like a basketball star, and who gives the Chiefs’ offense a much-needed vertical threat.

Welcome to the Cassel, home Jon Baldwin. Don’t worry about wiping your feet at the door. Just make yourself comfortable.

Perfect Strangers in Kansas City from ESPN
Cost? Nobody’s talking around the Packers. The NFL provides $750,000 to the winning team to pay for up to 150 rings. Anything more must be paid for by the winning team.

The Ring is the Thing from Bob Gretz

Now in its 28th year, the Chiefs Charity Game has generated nearly $7 million for children’s charities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

For the third consecutive year the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired has been selected as the recipient of this unique fundraising and publicity opportunity. CCVI prepares children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.

Eileen Weir: Chiefs Charity Game to Help CCVI, Visually Impared from The Examiner

Throughout the Grand Opening Weekend, Blue Coast will donate 10% of all sales to the Eric Berry Foundation, with all funds ear-marked for refurbishment work of local parks in areas that serve the underprivileged in Knoxville.

Blue Coast Burrito Celebrates Opening With Fundraiser for Eric Berry Foundation from WBIR.com

Berry, perhaps the best defensive player ever to wear a "T" on his helmet, is of more recent vintage. He played in an SEC championship game as a freshman, but experienced the turmoil firsthand in 2008 and 2009.

A Pro Bowler as a rookie with the Kansas City Chiefs, Berry is still plugged in to his former teammates. He said he speaks to one or more of them nearly every day.

"Every time I talk to them they have nothing but good things to say,’’ Berry reported.

Former Vols Can't Wait for Renewal from Go Vols Xtra

Still, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, the faction of unhappy owners that exists isn't yet large enough to derail an agreement. That could lead to some heavy lobbying in Chicago at the first owners' meeting specifically scheduled to deal with the lockout.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because details of the negotiations are not supposed to be made public, said a new CBA is not imminent.

NFL Deal Will Take Time from The Albany Times Union

Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs have seen both sides of the Lockout Age.

Saturday, tight end Leonard Pope became an instant hero when he saved Bryson Moore, 6, from drowning at a pool party in Americus, Ga.

Wednesday, safety Eric Berry and cornerback Brandon Flowers defended their names when news spread that the NFL is investigating a Miami nightclub's porn-event advertisement that lists them as two of eight player hosts.

Both stories are examples of the yin-yang personality of the era.

The Highs and Lows of the Lockout from FS Kansas City