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Game Day! Let's hope this one stinks less than the last. We have your Kansas City Chiefs news to get you ready for tonight. Enjoy.

Call him crazy, call him stupid, call him innovative, but Haley was convinced things had to be different in Camp Haley ’11. That made for an ugly performance against the Buccaneers, losing 25-0 while sitting and seriously limiting the play of his starters.

Whether due that game, or because he felt his team’s conditioning had reached a level he liked, there was a new element introduced to practices in the past week – contact. There was hitting, blocking, pushing and shoving and even a few near fights broke out as the Chiefs went football physical on Sunday-Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday.

Ready For Football ThisTime... Game Day Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Training camp at Missouri Western this week looked, sounded and, to the players felt, more like training camp as the Chiefs inch closer to the start of the regular season.

Perhaps that means they will let starting quarterback Matt Cassel throw some passes tonight as their exhibition schedule continues with a 6:30 game against the Ravens in Baltimore.

"I hope so," Cassel said. "That’s the plan."

Chiefs' Cassel Is Trying To Get Up To Speed from KC Star

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then isolated showers between midnight and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Game Day Weather Report from The National Weather Service

2 GAITHER’S HEALTH:

Offensive lineman Jared Gaither sat out the final two practice days this week because of an undisclosed injury. He didn’t play in last week’s preseason game, and it’s unclear whether he’ll play tonight.

Five Story Lines for Chiefs-Ravens Game from KC Star

Last Friday’s goose egg might not have been an accurate portrait of Kansas City’s 2011 roster, but the Chiefs certainly want to execute much more efficiently in this Friday’s rematch of last year’s AFC Wild Card  Game.

Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley was quick to point out missed tackles and turnovers as primary culprits for Kansas City’s 25-0 loss to Tampa Bay. We’ll be looking for improvement in both of those areas at M&T Bank Stadium, but there’s also much more to watch for in Week Two.

Baltimore Take Five from The Mothership

BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER

WR Dwayne Bowe – what a remarkable distance Bowe has traveled in the last two years. In the first training camp of the Pioli/Haley Era, Bowe showed up so overweight and out of shape he took a diuretic to lose water weight and got caught in an NFL drug test. That four-week suspension may have proven to be a real turning point for the former No. 1 draft choice.

And the Winner is... from Bob Gretz

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and his wife, Lauren, spent the offseason converting their Missouri home into a bed-and-breakfast for locked-out wide receivers.

Casa Cassel fostered a strong rapport among a receiving corps that was fortified to complement last season's top-ranked rushing attack.

Cassel's Hospitality Paying Off With Kansas City Recievers from USA Today

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Back to Football Bash on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Arrowhead Stadium. This year’s event will feature an open practice, autograph opportunities and will culminate with a special fireworks show.

The event, which is free and open to the public.

Chiefs Celebrate Fans With Back To Football Bash from The Mothership

Le’Ron McClain remembers the first practice of his rookie year with the Baltimore Ravens. The big fullback pulled in a pass, turned up field and ran smack into All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis.

There’s a good chance he’ll run into him again awfully soon.

Contingent of Former Ravens Ready for Preseason Game in Baltimore as Members of Chiefs from The Washington Post

Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have broken training camp in St. Joseph, MO, and are traveling east to play their second preseason game, in the words of former head coach,Dick Vermeil, "It's time to take the diapers off and play." 

When they kick-off their second pre-season game Friday night in Baltimore, they shouldn’t need last week’s horrible performance in a 25-0 loss at home to Tampa Bay as motivation.  The team that will line up across from them is the same one that humiliated them in the first round of the 2010 playoffs last January.

KC Chiefs Take On Baltimore Ravens Friday Night In Playoff Rematch from Examiner.com

Friday night’s home opener against the Chiefs will mark the first time the Ravens have played a preseason game against an AFC West team. The Chiefs lead the overall regular season series against the Ravens 3-2. The Ravens have stated this week they are going to give quarterback Joe Flacco more says in changing plays. The preseason will be a test drive for Flacco, so look for the offense to change things up a bit.

Ravens Take On The Chiefs - Preseason Game 2 Preview from Football News Now

Whatever happens, Gaither said he and Albert are fine with it. After all, this isn’t their first rodeo together. Gaither and Albert were teammates at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia several years ago as high school players. Gaither said he was the right tackle and Albert was the left tackle. They are close friends.

Gaither and Albert Are Together Again from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are the only team I see coming out of the AFC West. I think this because frankly the Raiders are the Raiders, the Broncos have too many uncertainties with the "Tebow thing" and the Chargers have been on a downward slope the past few seasons. The Chiefs will feature one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL with great players in almost all skill positions. The only thing that could hinder this team could be what happened in 2003 when they possessed a great offense and a subpar defense.

Brady and Co. Favored to Take Lombardi Trophy from The University Ledger

David Saunders, who worked at Ole Miss on three occasions, has filed a notice of claim against the university, seeking $250,000...

..."The policy of Boone, contrary to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is to discourage the admission of these athletes to the University of Mississippi, because Boone does not wish to have to make the adjustments required by federal law to accommodate special needs students," the claim reads...

...Students names are redacted in the claim, but Jerrell Powe and Michael Oher are two former Ole Miss star players who had learning disabilities. Their stories and struggles were widely publicized.

Former Coach/Staffer Plans to Sue Ole Miss from Ole Miss Sports

And there is even less demand for the Sept. 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Titletown Tickets owner Bill Wenzel.

Wenzel said he had a couple hundred remaining, selling as low as $25 per ticket.

Looking for Lambeau Tickets? Don't Expect Supply, Deals to Last Past Preseason from The Green Bay Press Gazette

Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, you became a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. Do you still root for them? And how do you think they're going to do this year, after winning the AFC West title in 2010, but losing in the first round of the playoffs?

I'm curious to see what's going to happen with any of these teams because of the lockout, to see how sharp any of them are. It's frustrating, because make the playoffs, but they never get past the first round.

'Idiot Brother's' Paul Rudd Talk Smart from Newsday