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The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s offers unforgettable dining experience ne must follow their nose, not their There is good reason, well make that The other entrée ordered was the sea I had my eyes set on the chocolate eyes, to The Range Steakhouse for several reasons, why it was voted the scallops, which were luscious. They volcano, which was billed as an eruption one of the most unforgettable dining “Best Steak in Kansas City” at the 2008 were pan seared and served in the shell of chocolate ice cream covered with experiences in Kansas City. Heath bar crunch and then The Range is tucked away in a dipped in chocolate served on a quiet corner at Harrah’s North pool of flaming strawberry Kansas City. It is on the way to the lava sauce. casino, but removed from the husBut then that is really not a tle and bustle, making for a pleasproblem. I plan on returning to ant ambiance. the Range Steakhouse. Next Because it is a few steps off the time I’ll order the halibut beaten path, many a dining party Mediterranee or maybe the might be oblivious to its existence, walnut blackened Salmon which would be a shame. Just folchoices, choices - and save Reservations: 816-889-7159 Hours: 5PM 10PM; Monday-Thursday low the signs in the Harrah’s hall room for dessert. way or better yet the scent to one I would be remiss if I did not Cuisine: Steak and Seafood 5PM - 11PM; Friday & Saturday of the best dining experiences you mention our outstanding waitress Special: Sunday - Thursday: 10 oz. 5PM - 10PM; Sunday could ever desire. Jaclyn, who was very attentive, Prime Strip Dinner, $19.95 The Range is the only casino making sure the coffee cups never steakhouse that includes a salad bar. were empty and checking to make Great American BBQ with saffron butter. This is not your usual run-of-the-mill sure everything was all right with all the Festival. It should A baked potato, about salad bar. I feasted on not only the wide food orders. variety of lettuce, but heart of palm, arti- garner the 2009 top the size of Vermont, When you go to the Range choke hearts and red peppers. The salad prize, too. and broccoli, crisply Steakhouse, there is a good chance you For side dishes, cooked, were the bar, also, included several choices of would meet George Dannic, the managI ordered the gruyere superb side dishes. fresh fruit. er. He is very friendly, will answer any Another writer ordered the Caesar potatoes au gratin and There was just one questions about the menu and often goes salad, which included a generous sprindeep fried onion rings. problem, however. to the booths and tables to make sure Both were an excelWith the munificent kling of Parmesan cheese, crisp croutons everything is perfecto. It certainly was lent compliment to the proportions, no one and perfectly seasoned dressing. that evening. Anchovies are also available on request. thick steak. left room for dessert. There are eight appetizers on the menu. We opted for the stuffed zucchini and baked escargot. The zucchini was stuffed with delightfully seasoned pork sausage and melted Parmesan. It was a delicate balance of light and rich at the AT VOODOO LOUNGE AT TOBY KEITH’S same time. The escargot was piquant that was AUGUST 7 8:00 PM PETE YORN AUGUST 7 10:00 PM DJ B BROKER WITH DJ TONY C topped with a wonderful pastry topping. While the Range has steakhouse in its AUGUST 8 10:00 PM DJ TINA AUGUST 8 10:00 PM JOHN JOINER BAND name, that is a misnomer. The Range has recently expanded its menu to add severAUGUST 15 10:00 PM DJ MARK STYLZ AUGUST 14 10:00 PM DJ SKU al seafood entrees, including citrus AUGUST 15 10:00 PM OUTLAW JUNKIES AUGUST 17 8:00 PM KFKF SUMMER OF FREEDOM grilled lobster tail, sea scallops and WITH DARRYL WORLEY seafood penne pasta. AUGUST 21 10:00 PM DJ SKU All entrees come with either salad bar AUGUST 20 8:00 PM SALIVA or Caesar salad and two side items. AUGUST 22 10:00 PM EMILY ROSE There are eight side items from which to AUGUST 21 8:00 PM CLUB WARS SEMI FINALS choose. AUGUST 28 10:00 PM DJ B BROKER Being a meat lover, I selected the AUGUST 22 10:00 PM DJ KEVIN SCOTT AUGUST 29 10:00 PM JESSICA HORN Grand Prize, an award winning 16-ounce Kansas City strip, certified Angus beef, AUGUST 29 10:00 PM DJ STONEROKK which was aged for 21 days and bourbon For more information on these events SEPTEMBER 11 7PM & 10PM GET UP KIDS marinated. It was seasoned and topped and other events at Harrah’s,or with herbed truffle butter. If you are a for more on the hottest gaming action SEPTEMBER 18 8:00 PM CHIPPENDALES steak lover and reading this description around and fast-paced table games, does not have you salivating, something visit harrahsnkc.com or call OCTOBER 2 8:00 PM MARGARET CHO could be seriously wrong with you. My (816) 472-7777 succulent steak was cooked to perfection as ordered.

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THE GOLF REPORT

Christmas in October Classic: Prelude to PGA Tour return The PGA Tour is coming back to Kansas City.

likes a “Who’s Who” – 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson, former U.S. Open champions Ernie Els and Jim Furyk along

player,” Barlows said. One of the players in the field will be Trevor Dodds, who in 1990 won the Deer

ithout a tour event since the last Champions event in 2006, the Nationwide Tour’s Christmas in October Classic presented by the Kansas City Crusaders will bring the future stars of the PGA to the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate Monday through Sunday, August 17-23. With only nine of 29 events left to earn one of 25 PGA Tour cards and a purse of $650,000, the Classic is expected to draw almost all of the Nationwide Tour’s budding young stars along with many former Tour players bidding to get back on the regular tour. “Sixty-five percent of the players on the PGA Tour are graduates of the Nationwide Tour and with only eight tournaments left after the one here and one of the larger purses on the Nationwide Tour, we really expect a strong field,” said tournament director Gene Barlow. “We’re getting calls from all over from guys who want to enter the Monday qualifying.” The list of Nationwide graduates reads

with Tom Lehman, Stewart Cink, Ricky Barnes, Jim Maggert, David Toms, Steve Stricker and on and on. “When Steve Stricker held off Zach Johnson to win the John Deere Classic, it was the 250th PGA Tour event won by a former Nationwide

Creek Open, Kansas City’s first pro tour event in several decades and the predecessor to the Nationwide Tour. Dodd, who won with a spectacular eagle on the final hole, will have the son of tournament starter Larry Corrigan as his caddy. Also,

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Dodds is about to turn 50 and is looking forward to playing on the Champions Tour. A benefit to Kansas City’s Christmas in October project, a field of 156 players from 20 Alan countries will compete in Hoskins the tournament including Contributing the top finishers in a Writer qualifying tournament at Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake on Aug. 17. The field will also include the LionsGate club champion and the winner of the Kansas City Crusaders Junior Invitational Tournament. Founded last February by Barlow, former Chiefs quarterback Tony Adams and Joe Bisogno of Mr. Goodcents, the Kansas City Crusaders were formed with a goal of supporting community charities through the promotion of professional golf with an ultimate goal of attracting and supporting a PGA Tour event in the Kansas City area. “We’re laying the foundation and if we show the support both from the continued on next page


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PGA - continued from previous page sponsorship aspect from the business community and from a spectator standpoint, we feel we have a good chance for success,” Barlow said. The Kansas City Crusaders are the presenting sponsor, while other major sponsors include Panera Bread, Sprint, Price Chopper, Southwest Airlines, Brancato’s Catering, All Seasons Party & Tent Rental, Holmes Murphy, Prairie Fired, Freedom Bank, 810 Sports Radio, Weber Slicer and Kingston Printing. Classic single day tickets are $8 and there’s a $25 ticket which includes admittance for any or all of the four days of the Classic. In addition, those in the military and any youngsters with a student ID will be admitted without charge. The Classic comes on the 25th anniversary of the founding by John McMeel and Dick Miller of the Kansas City Christmas in October project in 1984. The largest such rehabilitation program in the country, it has an estimated economic impact of $2.5 million despite the fact many of the 350 participating cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have much larger populations. “Kansas City is by far the largest and best and we need to keep it that way,” McMeel said. In 2008 alone with just two paid staff workers, repairs and improvements were made on 1,645 homes at no charge to the

Secrets To Long Golf Drives What are the secrets to long golf drives? The ones the BIG boys in those long drive competitions put to use to hit balls over 400 yards. I know you may never aspire to hit it that long, but how about another 30 yards farther than you are now? I’m sure you’d oblige wouldn’t you? You may be thinking those guys are monsters. 6’8” 280 of shredded muscle, but you might be surprised to find out this past years Remax Long Drive Champion is ONLY 165 pounds and just under 6’ tall. AND…he is ONLY 20 years of age! Truly amazing! So what’s the secret to hitting LONG drives in golf? Well…I can tell you first off, if you are tight or weak good luck But there’s still hope if you are. You can maximize your driving distance with a few simple tips (secrets): Tee the ball forward in your stance. I mean almost outside your comfort zone. Draw a line straight out from your lead foot big toe and that’s where your ball should be. This enable you to do two very important things to hit it LONG. First it allows you to get behind the ball and STAY behind it at impact, imparting “all you’ve got” into that poor golf ball Secondly, this promotes an ascending blow on the golf ball. That means you are catching it up on the UPSWING which promotes a higher launch angle and more distance.

recipients. As a result, 63 homes without heat have furnaces. Also, 94 houses received desperately need electrical repairs and 104 received plumbing repairs, while 157 houses had roofs repaired, 174 had guttering replaced, 128 had doors replaced, 235 had windows replaced and 81 had screens replaced. In addition, 256 houses were winterized, 20 fully insulated, 181 painted and 21 had wheelchair ramps installed. Community projects included the Lighthouse, Niles Home, Ozanam Boys Home, Gillis School, Crittenton Home, Community of the Good Shepherd and Cristo Rey High School. The tournament week will kick off Aug. 17, with a Crusaders Pro Am at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate along with the 18-hole tour qualifier for pros and amateurs at Fred Arbanas Golf Course. There will also be morning and afternoon pro ams at LionsGate on Wednesday with the 72-hole Classic to begin on Thursday. After the winner’s ceremony on Aug. 23, eight spectators will have a shot at a holein-one from the 18th fairway. An ace will win a new $400,000 home built by Johnny Adams Homes. If there’s no hole-in-one, closes to the pin will win round trip airfare to any destination in the continental U.S. from Southwest Airlines. Ticket information can be found at www.Christmasinoctober.org or by calling 816 531-6443. Tilt your spine away from the ball. Most amateurs stand with a vertical spine with no tilt. This makes it nearly impossible to hit an ascending blow, and you have a greater chance of a reverse pivot on your backswing. Tilting your spine away from the target, puts you in the ideal position to arrive at impact powerfully. Grip pressure should be on the light side. Here again is where we get in trouble. We put a death grip on the club which SLOWS down clubhead speed. Why? Because muscular tension kills speed. Try to do anything fast when you tighten your muscles. It ain’t gonna happen! Next time you want to hit it LONG, just before you start your backswing, lighten your grip and see what happens. Create and maintain lag. This is a BIG ONE! In order to have maximum clubhead speed at impact and beyond, you MUST hold your wrist cock as long as you can, coming down. This is one of the biggest power leaks in all of golf. Releasing that angle in the wrist creates a tremendous loss of clubhead speed and ultimately distance. Strengthen your wrists to be able to hold this angle WAY into the downswing. So there you have it! Tip provided by Mike Pedersen of PerformBetterGolf.com. Mike is a Golf Swing Biomechanic specializing in helping golfers produce more power and distance in their golf swings. Visit his website at www.performbettergolf.com for more tips, and power golf training products. KANSAS CITY SPORTS & FITNESS

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THE GOLF REPORT By ALAN HOSKINS, Contributing Writer

Chip shots and short putts from the world of KC golf Painted Hills tourney boost to Petty’s Victory Junction Camp hanks in part to a tournament at Painted Hills, Kyle and Pattie Petty’s Victory Junction Camp scheduled for construction in Kansas City, Kansas is off to a flying start. The tournament helped raise $16,000 for the camp, which is scheduled to open in 2011. It is a year-round, medical camp for children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses. Ground breaking was held in May on a 71-acre campus on land donated by the Unified Government of KCK at 82nd and Riverview. The camp will operate solely on donations from corporations, organizations and individuals, which will allow campers to attend at no cost. “I had approached Mike Papore, the executive director for the Kyle Foundation, in May but it wasn’t until the first week of June that we got it finalized,” said Steve Price, Painted Hills general manager. “We had just three weeks to put it together and had a full field of 132 golfers, thanks in no small part to Matt Hughes, the fund-raiser for the Petty Foundation who really put it all together and did a great job. “It really turned out to be a great tournament and is going to be an annual event. Kyle will be playing and we hope to get

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some other NASCAR drivers here. The camp is going to be located not far from us and it’s going to be the biggest and best event Painted Hills will be hosting. That’s going to be my focus.” Shelton got wake-up call Tyler Shelton got a wake-up call on his way to winning the 2009 Kansas City Amateur golf championship. Shelton had built a comfortable sevenshot lead with rounds of 69 and 66 at Ironhorse, but forgot that the “lift, clean and place” rule that was needed because of muddy conditions on the second round was not in effect for the final round. “I hit two good shots on the par 5 second hole but then picked up my ball about a foot and realized what I had done,” said Shelton, who immediately informed his playing partners what had happened and took a stroke penalty. “It kind of got me focused,” said Shelton, 37, who finished with a 2-over

73 that was five shots better than defending champion Kyle Yonke and Peter Krsnich. Curtis Yonke, Kyle’s younger brother, finished fourth at 217. It was the second such championship for Shelton, who was a senior at KU when he won the Kansas City match play title in 1994. A 6A state champion at SM East in 1990 and former Missouri Amateur winner, Shelton spent 5½ years playing professionally, mostly on the Canadian Tour until 2001. “I loved every bit of it, but got a little tired of golf and came back to Kansas City,” Shelton said. He regained his amateur status in 2004. Tom Bachelor of Olathe repeated as senior champion. It was the third senior title for the 56-year-old Bachelor, who also won in 2004. With birdies on the first two holes, he finished with a final round 68 to nip Thomas Leonard of Leawood by a single shot for the title. “This, to me, is like the pinnacle,” said Bachelor. “This is the Kansas City Amateur. These are the top senior players in Kansas City.” James Isleib of Leawood won the Players Division with a 76-71-147, while Guy Cannon of Excelsior Springs (69-73142) had low net. Robert Nelson (785-75150) of Lenexa took the Legends championship by two shots over Ron Brewer of Leawood, although Brewer nipped Nelson by two shots for low net. OP scraps three tournaments On a much sadder note, because of a lack of entries, Overland Park has had to cancel its three annual tournaments – the

St. Andrews club and the Overland Park club and city championships. At one time all three were highly contested events. The oldest of the city’s three “major” events, the St. Andrews club championship was first held in 1970 and was won by Ken McFerren. The OP club championship was started a year later and was won by Dr, Tony Amend. Both events were held annually until last year. It was not until 1990 that the OP city championship was started and won by Rob Sites. It was won by Dave Harris last year. Benn Sledge reigns as the all-time champion with nine titles – five St. Andrews, three OP club and one city. R.J. Patel is next with seven including one St. Andrews, two OP club and four city titles. Greg Emas is third on the list with five championships while Bob Bezak, Mike Moore, Rob Sites and Bob Chatterton each had four and Don Cox and Mike Moore three each. JoAnn Ball made a difference Over the past 28 years, the Ball’s Charity Golf Classic has raised well in excess of $3 million for KVC Behavioral HealthCare Inc., a private not-forprofit organizacontinued on next page

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Putting only requires three skills. First you need to be able to consistently hit the ball smoothly and solidly. Second you need to be able to determine how hard you need to hit the ball and be able to consistently swing the putter at this speed. And, third you need to be able to read greens to be able to visualize how the ball will roll on its way to the hole. While these skills are not easy, they are much easier than the skills needed to hit your driver or long irons. They are also skills that anyone can master. You do not need to be super coordinated to be a good putter. You just need practice. But, this practice will be well worth the effort. Why? Because I guarantee that you will become a better putter. So why don’t we practice putting more. Well, as the old saying goes, “You drive for show, and put for dough.” We all become obsessed with being able to hit that beautiful long, straight drive. After all, it looks good. However, that is just show. If you three putt or rarely one put, then I guarantee that you will lower your golf score more by practicing you putting. Tip provided by Mike Pedersen of PerformBetterGolf.com. Mike is a Golf Swing Biomechanic specializing in helping golfers produce more power and distance in their golf swings. Visit his website at www.performbettergolf.com for more tips, and power golf training products.


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tion providing an integrated system of services for emotionally and behaviorally impaired, abused, neglected, runaway and homeless children from infancy through age 18. On any one day, KVC (formerly Kaw Valley Center) helps more than 10,000 youngsters and their families in five states. And yet none of it would have happened had it not been for the First Lady of Ball’s Charity Golf Classic, JoAnn Ball. “It is because of you that all of are here today for this wonderful purpose,” said David Ball,

President of Ball’s Food Stores at the Classic’s 2009 kickoff luncheon. “Because of your vision, on behalf of myself and everyone here today, thank you.” As a member of the Junior League of Kansas City Kansas, JoAnn Ball was a catalyst in founding Wyandotte House. A group home for boys, it started with just eight boys in a single group home. Today it is the leading provider of services for emotionally and behaviorally impaired in the U.S., serving children in 54 counties in Kansas through three facilities in KCK and

Olathe and 17 satellite centers in the state. In addition, KVC administers the largest program in West Virginia, serves 2,500 children in Kentucky and recently took over management of a similar program in Nebraska. “It’s unbelievable,” Ball said. “I just can’t believe so much has been done and we’ve come this far in such a short time.” KVC reached an historic milestone last April – the adoption of 1,000 children into homes since July 2000. “That’s 1,000 children in 1,000 days,” said Wayne Sims,

KVC President and CEO. “To put that into perspective, twice as many Kansas children are adopted today compared to 12 years ago before the revamping of the social welfare system.” Nationally, KVC is the highest ranked behavioral health care provider in the nation. “Each four years, all such organizations are audited in nine different areas,” said Sims. “Kansas ranks No. 1 in three of the areas and no worse than fifth in any of the other six.”

SPORTS COMMENTARY

Sixty years behind the microphone ne of the television networks came out to my place in the Parkville woods. Seems they wanted to get the story of my 60 years in the sports broadcasting business. It doesn’t seem possible that 60 big ones have come and gone, but it’s all a part of the record. My first football broadcast was in 1948 featuring the University of Missouri and the University of Colorado. As I recall, Don Faurot was coaching the Tigers and playing for Don was one of the current voices of Mizzou, John Kadlec. I think the total cost of the room and meals and an after-the-game martini was 15 bucks. That was the beginning of the football best that would later take Merle Harmon

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and yours truly across the continent to every major sports venue. I alternated my Missouri games with play-by-play of the Arkansas Razorbacks. This was about the time Arkansas brought the foot into football and won more than one game with a last minute boot by Pat Summerall. I couldn’t make it financially with the college crowd, so I would steal a Friday night game with a junior college or high school game in Joplin. I also bought a striped shirt and entered the business of officiating. That was another 15 bucks for groceries. You see, in the late 1940’s a few bucks bought a lot of milk and potatoes. In 1950 I got a call in to broadcast the Joplin Miners - the Yankee farm club. Their lineup included Mickey Mantle, the

Commerce (Okla.) phenom, and Whitey Herzog, who would later manage the Royals to their first three division championships. Merle Harmon was airing the Topeka Owls at this time and it was during those days we developed a close brother-like relationship that would last until his death a few months ago. We would later team up for the Mutual Game of the Week that included many Big 10 games and a stop at Notre Dame. We also aired the first ever game between Air Force and the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in Yankee Stadium. Merle went on to broadcast on the KU Sports Network, which I would follow him to in 1955. I got to travel with the wizard of the basketball court, Phog Allen.

Those were the great days for a young announcer, and they led to Municipal Auditorium and the first Final Four that was done on a national basis. An ad agency out of New York called me to do th e twoBill day feed and threw in Grigsby $350 a night for the Contributing package. Believe me, Writer $700 dollars back then was network pay and I loved it. I got back in the referring business and got a good schedule of basketball and football games. All of this announcing work, which also included the NAIA basketball tournament and ring announcing and helping promote Thursday night professional wrestling, was enough to feed a wife and five hungry kiddies, whose only eyeball contact with me sometimes was on the TV screen where I was doing bowling shows. During this time, I set some sort of record when I broadcast eight NAIA games in one day. It burdened my voice and my mind, but the college round ball games were fun to do and I made friends from coast to coast. I would later be inducted into the intercollegiate basketball Hall of Fame. In 1957 Ed Edwards, who was Harmon’s mic teammate for the Kansas City Athletics was let go in mid-season and because I had minor league baseball experience and had worked with Harmon before, I got the job to replace him. This was a beautiful moment in my life since one of my early dreams was to get a big league job. This was the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in Ol’ Grigs life and, low and behold, my first broadcast was a game between the KC Athletics and the New York Yankees. Ye Gods, I had arrived. Next month I will give you the Paul Harvey “rest of the story” ending... KANSAS CITY SPORTS & FITNESS

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EVENT CALENDAR & MORE

KC Sports Commission PROPS up local sports scene You gotta give props to the Kansas City Sports Commission. n a beautiful mid-July evening, it trotted out its best Sport KC PROPS (Party Recognizing Outstanding People of Sports) and threw a bountiful bash proving beyond a shadow of Trey Hillman’s doubt that the local sports scene remains viable and vibrant. The gorgeous Midland Theatre, which is within the Power & Light District, was a stunning host. After receiving a $28 million makeover that would make Ty Pennington drool, it’s easy to see why this downtown destination is Josh Freeman considered KC’s premier indoor theatre for live concerts and events. The stars of the show were sports figures of all ages, shapes, sizes, races and riches from both sides of the state line. If this gala were considered A Midsummer Night’s Dream of Shakespearean proportions, it would unfold as a three-act play. How doth Kansas City love it sports and athletic achievements, let me count the ways:

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First Act – arriving guests were greeted in the Midland’s main lobby with tables full of silent-auction items. Rabid fans ate up the memorabilia and penciled in bids. During this social networking I had a chance for a meet-and-greet with Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. He asked for “lots of prayers” as the season approaches. Will do, coach. Inside the darkened theater were several buffet lines of scrumptious eats. It was a first-class Joakim Soria presentation, right down to the free beer offered by Central States Beverage Company. Kicking off the ceremony was actor/comedian Jimmie Walker. Was he the Merchant of Venom during his “Dy-no-mite” opening monologue? Not exactly. With children in the crowd, he shelved his raunchy Vegas act. He took shots at local drivers, bad roads, Bill Clinton and the economy before handing the baton to emcee Dave Stewart. Second Act – the awards ceremony was a brisk exercise in “the show must move along and be over by 9:00 p.m.” A sample of those receiving stylish acrylic plaques included competitive water skier Ricky McCormick, who appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and taught King Hussein

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Martini Mile 2009, Kansas City Power & Light District, Kansas City, MO ABA Men’s Pro Basketball Tryout, 68’s Inside Sports, Overland Park, KS 3rd Annual Run with Ian 5K Run/ Family Stroll, Corporate Woods, OP, KS Mayor’s OP5K Farmstead Stampede Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Overland Park, KS 7th Annual Sunflowers to Roses Bike Tour, BikeSource, Overland Park, KS Christmas in October Classic Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate, Overland Park, KS, Contact Sports Injury Prevention Seminar, Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, MO Liver Life Walk Kansas City, Theis Park, Kansas City, MO Walk to Cure Psoriasis, Theis Park, Kansas City, MO 31st Annual Tiblow Trot, Kelly Murphy Park, Bonner Springs, KS Chiefs Charity Game, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO The Speedy P.D. 5K/10K for Parkinson’s Disease Meadowlark Hills, Manhattan, KS SantaCaliGon 10K & 5K, Independence, MO Bike for the Brain, Mission, KS Patriots Run Ultra, Marathon, Relay and “just come and run,” Olathe, KS

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how to ski; the 17th overall pick Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman of the 2009 NFL draft and third-round pick Missouri tight end Chase Coffman of the Cincinnati Bengals; 2004 Olympics Silver medalist gymnast Courtney McCool; and 6-foot-4 Morgan Johnson who is taking her hoops heroics to the University of Iowa. The loudest applause went to Kansas State School for the Blind shot put record holder Chad Rohr for his “Special Athletic” Achievement Award. “Smarty Pants” recognition went to Olathe East’s (and future Texas Christian University footballer) Rick Settle Len Dawson for scoring a perfect 36 on his ACT’s. The final hardware piece went to quarterback/broadcaster/all around good guy Len Dawson as the Lamar Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Final Act – after a sendoff salvo from Walker, VIPs walked across the street to Kansas City’s coolest rooftop hotspot known as “The Jones.” This would be the “ultra-

pool” on the sixth floor atop Cosentino’s Market Downtown. What a delightful nightcap on a surprisingly cool evening. The pool and bar setup was spectacular. The views were amazing. I felt like I was heliJim coptered into a Sunset Potoski Strip nightclub. All that was missing was Michael Contributing Writer Phelps. Many of us got a chuckle out of the upper floors of the H&R Block building that seemed within a Coppertone squirt of the pool deck. Question: How do Block-ers stay focused during the summer when bar maids and bikinis are on parade during sun-drenched afternoons? Encore –at poolside I caught up with Kevin Wicker, the Sports Commission’s Director of Local Events & Development. “We’re gonna sell out the Midland next year,” he said. “That would be 1,400 tops for PROPS. We can do it based on all the positive feedback. The PROPS acronym came out of a steering-committee brainstorming session. Every company has a banquet. We wanted to create a spectacle that sports fans and sponsors could get excited about.”


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Chiefs are back on track The past two years the Kansas City Chiefs have won six games. They have lost 23 of their past 25 games. moved around to new positions. Glenn Dorsey has moved to defensive end while Tamba Hali and Turk McBride move to the linebacker spot. Derrick Johnson will be playing with two veteran linebackers Vrabel and Thomas, who were picked up in the off season and both have played in the 3-4 defense. Jackson is slotted in to start at defensive end after starring at LSU. Safety Mike

ast winter Chiefs owner Clark Hunt took action and brought in Scott Pioli from the New England Patriots organization to replace Carl Peterson as the general manager. Pioli made changes, several changes. Kansas City has come off of one of the most active off-seasons in recent memory.

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Chiefs Offense Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey will be returning and will be calling the plays. Cassel won’t have Gonzalez to throw to, but he will have Dwayne Bowe and Engram as targets. All eyes will be glued on Johnson, who hasn’t rushed for 1,000 yards for two straight years after coming off of back to back 1,700 yard seasons. Since 2004, Johnson has put together 31 100-yard rushing games. The Chiefs are 23-8 in those 31 games. With a more mature attitude and a better offensive line, Johnson may be able to turn the clock back to 200506 and help the Chiefs win more games this year. Left tackle Branden Albert only allowed four sacks in the 15 games he played in as a rookie. Waters and Mike Goff are the projected starting guards as they’ve had experience blocking for successful running backs.

Chiefs Special Teams After cutting kicker Connor Barth and long snapper Thomas Gafford before training camp, it may be safe to assume rookie kicker Ryan Succop and long snapper Tanner Purdum will be key players on special teams, along with punter Dustin Colquitt, who missed two games with a groin injury. The Chiefs are in a mediocre division, allowing them hope. With the new off-season additions and only one strong opponent in the AFC West, the Chiefs will improve and could possibly challenge the San Diego Chargers for the division title. In 2007, the Falcons and Dolphins both had poor seasons. After making changes with their front office and bringing in a new head coach, both teams won 11 games in 2008 and reached the playoffs. The Chiefs’ off-season has been similar to the Falcons and Dolphins of a year ago. Now let’s see if the results are similar.

Chiefs Defense Clancy Pendergast, the former defensive coordinator of the Cardinals, will be the new defensive coordinator in Kansas City. After 10 team sacks, fewest in NFL history, the Chiefs will make the switch to the 3-4 defense with players being

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Losing Tony Gonzalez in a trade isn’t a positive, but it cannot be taken away from what Pioli has done this off-season. Pioli hired Todd Haley, who was considered one of the league’s best offensive coordinators with the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. Pioli and Haley acquired players who came from winning teams QB Matt Cassel, LB Mike Vrabel, LB Zach Thomas, OG Mike Brown, WR Bobby Engram and S Mike Brown. Those players combined have six Super Bowl appearances, nine Pro Bowl appearances and 10 All-Pro selections. Kansas City is making a transaction to the 3-4 defense. The Chiefs focused on making their new defense stronger by Brian Waters drafting the best defensive end that fits their system, Tyson Jackson from LSU. They also brought back Monty Beisel, who played under the 3-4 defensive system with New England and Arizona. The new veterans will augment past Chiefs Pro Bowlers Larry Johnson and Brian Waters.

field. In 2001, the Bears were involved in two backto-back overtime games and Brown returned an interception for the game winning touchdown in both. Brown hasn’t been able to put up big numbers due to his Farzin injuries, but has been a Vousoughian key player while healthy. Contributing Brown will be challengWriter ing safeties Jarrad Page and Bernard Pollard for a starting spot. Cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr are coming off successful rookie seasons.

Derrick Johnson

Brown has not played 16 games since 2003. Since 2004, Brown has only played 36 games in the NFL with multiple injuries keeping him off the

Farzin Vousoughian does a podcast called “The Chiefs Zone,” which is featured on TheSportsStuff.com and on iTunes.

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Was Cassel signing a good deal for the Chiefs? here is a great debate going on all over Kansas City. Did the Chiefs make the right move in giving Matt Cassel a long term extension? The debate basically boils down to two opinions. One side says the Chiefs have finally paid a legitimate starting QB, and we don’t have to worry about the position for six years. The other side asks why the Chiefs would throw all of this money at Cassel when they didn’t have to until the end of the 2009 season. Let’s start with the contract, a reported six year $63-million deal. The guaranteed money is said to be $28-million, but Mike Lombardi from the NationalFootballPost.com has it at $35.5million when you add in a bonus that is likely to be earned in the fir st couple years. Reports also say that $40.5-million will be paid out in the first three years… meaning that if Cassel is “the man” he would be a cheap quarterback, by NFL standards, the final three years of the deal…giving the Chiefs a high quality QB and salary cap flexibility. Generally when there is a debate like this, both sides have an amount of truth on their side, and that is the case here. Before I get to the two sides let’s play a game.

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I’m going to give you the stats for two different quarterbacks.

on Scott Mitchell. Mitchell was 135-for-241. While it is clear the Chiefs have a much larger sample to work with on Cassel, they could have

QB No. 1: (10-5) 327-516 63% 3,693 yds 21 TDs 11 INTs QB No. 2: (10-4) 318-533 60% 3,569 yds 20 TD 9 INT Those numbers look pretty similar. No. 1 completed a slightly higher percentage of his passes and had one more TD, but two more interception. The records (10-5) and (10-4) are very comparable as well. I think it is safe to say that these two could be the same guy…but they aren’t. Stay tuned on the two quarterbacks. Let’s get back to the two sides of the argument. The naysayers continue to throw out the names Scott Mitchell and Rob Johnson. While there are similarities in all, the three had a small sample of success with one team and then was made “the man” by another. However there is a much bigger sample to work with on Cassel. Rob Johnson was 25-for-35 in his three years with the Jags when the Bills made him the man. That’s right, only 35 passes total. Cassel has thrown 555 passes. There was a bigger sample

used the 2009 season to build an even bigger evaluation on him. They had the option to wait

before giving him the big deal. So what did they gain by signing him now? They get more cap room this year, but with Soren the huge Petro amounts of cap room they have that wasn’t the reason. If Cassel is “the man” they will actually get him at a bargain. $10-million per season would be a bargain for a legit starting QB in the NFL by the time this deal is done. By front loading the contract, the Chiefs will have more cap room to spend at a time they figure to be a contender. The last three years of the deal, Cassel’s cap number could be as low as $7.5-million. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 that cap number will be a tremendous bargain and give the Chiefs great cap flexibility. continued on next page


Cassel - from previous page The down side is the other side of the argument. While it is true Cassel would get more money if he even came close to duplicating last year’s number, what if he doesn’t come close? If the Chiefs didn’t give him this deal, they could sign him for a lot less and for fewer years, while continuing to evaluate the position. If Cassel tanked, the Chiefs could cut their losses and look elsewhere for a QB. The bottom line is the Chiefs evaluated Cassel and thought he was worth a second round pick (they also got Mike Vrabel in the deal). They trust their evaluation enough to commit a large contract to him. They need to be right. Along with drafting Tyson Jackson in the first round, this deal is one of the first decisions the new regime has made that will hang over the organization’s head for years to come…either positively or negatively. Now back to our two quarterbacks. Do you know who they are? The first set of numbers is pretty easy to figure out. Those are the numbers Cassel put up while starting in New England. The second set of numbers…Drum roll please…Try Damon Huard. Those are

CHIEFS 2009 SEASON SCHEDULE the cumulative numbers he put up during the first six years of his career. They are three years in Miami, two in New England, and his first year with the Chiefs. It should be pointed out that those numbers came while playing for strong teams. As the Chiefs deteriorated around Huard, his numbers took a hit. Over the last two seasons Huard threw 13 TDs with 17 INT. However he improved to 62 percent completion on his passes. That tells me Huard was getting better, but the team around him was falling apart. The question for Cassel is how will he do with this team? The Chiefs simply aren’t as strong the Patriots. Cassel’s numbers are going to take a hit in all likelihood. It will come down to how fast general manager Scott Pioli can rebuild the team and does Cassel continue to grow as a quarterback. Soren Petro is the host of “The Program,” heard weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Visit his show’s website at theprogramkc.com.

PRESEASON Date Opponent 08/15/09 Houston Texans 08/21/09 at Minnesota Vikings 08/29/09 Seattle Seahawks 09/03/09 at St. Louis Rams REGULAR SEASON 09/13/09 at Baltimore Ravens 09/20/09 Oakland Raiders 09/27/09 at Philadelphia Eagles 10/04/09 New York Giants 10/11/09 Dallas Cowboys 10/18/09 at Washington Redskins 10/25/09 San Diego Chargers 11/01/09 Bye 11/08/09 at Jacksonville Jaguars 11/15/09 at Oakland Raiders 11/22/09 Pittsburgh Steelers 11/29/09 at San Diego Chargers 12/06/09 Denver Broncos 12/13/09 Buffalo Bills 12/20/09 Cleveland Browns 12/27/09 at Cincinnati Bengals 01/03/10 at Denver Broncos

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CHIEFS TEAM ROSTER # 76 22 26 52 59 70 82 83 61 48 39 7 25 30 46 2 10 87 42 41 12 85 57 23 81 60 72

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NAME Albert, Branden Bates, Jackie Battle, Jackie Beisel, Monty Belcher, Jovan Boone, Alfonso Bowe, Dwayne Bradley, Mark Brown, Colin Brown, Mike Carr, Brandon Cassel, Matt Charles, Jamaal Colclough, Ricardo Collins, Jed Colquitt, Dustin Copper, Terrance Cottam, Brad Cox, Mike Crabtree, Tom Croyle, Brodie Curtis, Tony Dacus, Weston Daniels, Travis Darling, Devard De La Puente, Brian Dorsey, Glenn

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POS T CB RB LB LB DE WR WR T S CB QB RB CB FB P WR TE FB TE QB TE LB CB WR G DE

HT WT 6-5 316 5-10 180 6-2 238 6-3 244 6-2 228 6-3 305 6-2 221 6-1 201 6-7 335 5-10 207 6-0 207 6-4 230 5-11 199 5-11 194 6-1 249 6-3 210 6-0 207 6-7 269 6-0 252 6-5 244 6-2 206 6-5 251 6-1 232 6-1 195 6-1 213 6-2 308 6-1 297

BORN 11/04/84 10/12/86 10/01/83 08/20/78 07/24/87 01/11/76 09/21/84 01/29/82 08/29/85 02/13/78 05/19/86 05/17/82 12/27/86 09/26/83 03/03/86 05/06/82 03/12/82 11/28/84 07/11/85 11/04/85 02/06/83 02/11/83 09/19/85 09/08/82 04/16/82 05/13/85 08/01/85

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COLLEGE Virginia Hampton Houston Kansas State Maine Mt. San Antonio LSU Oklahoma Missouri Nebraska Grand Valley St. Southern CA Texas Tusculum Washington St. Tennessee East Carolina Tennessee Georgia Tech Miami (OH) Alabama Portland State Arkansas LSU Washington St. California LSU

# 95 84 24 34 62 73 92 79 69 65 91 66 62 94 56 27 9 14 31 69 71 15 51 90 47 77 38

NAME Edwards, Ron Engram, Bobby Flowers, Brandon Fryar, Londen Gales, Dion Ghiaciuc, Eric Gilberry, Wallace Goff, Mike Goldberg, Cameron Greenwood, Bobby Hali, Tamba Harris, Darryl Harrison, Edwin Jackson, Tyson Johnson, Derrick Johnson, Larry Johnson, Taurus Lawrence, Quinten Leggett, Maurice Lokey, Derek Magee, Alex Martin, Ingle Mays, Corey McBride, Turk McGraw, Jon McIntosh, Damion Morgan, DaJuan

POS DT WR CB CB DE C DE G T DE LB G G DE LB RB WR WR CB DT DE QB LB LB S T S

HT WT 6-3 315 5-10 192 5-9 187 5-11 192 6-5 259 6-4 303 6-2 268 6-5 311 6-6 265 6-5 278 6-3 275 6-4 300 6-3 314 6-4 296 6-3 242 6-1 230 6-1 205 6-0 184 5-11 188 6-1 287 6-3 298 6-2 220 6-1 245 6-2 278 6-3 208 6-4 328 6-0 203

BORN 07/12/79 01/07/73 02/18/86 05/19/86 08/17/85 05/28/81 12/05/84 01/06/76 11/17/85 03/02/87 11/03/83 01/14/85 11/18/84 06/06/86 11/22/82 11/19/79 04/13/86 09/21/84 10/02/86 11/25/85 04/28/87 08/15/82 11/27/83 05/30/85 04/02/79 03/25/77 10/21/85

EXP 9 14 2 R R 5 2 12 R R 4 R 1 R 5 7 R R 2 1 R 3 4 3 8 10 2

COLLEGE Texas A&M Penn State Virginia Tech Western MII Troy State Central MI Alabama Iowa Duke Alabama Penn State Mississippi Colorado LSU Texas Penn State South Florida McNeese State Valdosta State Texas Purdue Furman Notre Dame Tennessee Kansas State Kansas State NC State

# 64 45 44 49 35 43 67 89 29 66 21 74 96 6 75 4 55 93 50 67 20 65 54 80 53 40 11

NAME Niswanger, Rudy O’Connell, Jake Page, Jarrad Pollard, Bernard Price, Ricky Purdum, Tanner Richardson, Barry Ryan, Sean Savage, Dantrell Smith, Corey Smith, Kolby Smith, Wade Studebaker, Andy Succop, Ryan Taylor, Herb Thigpen, Tyler Thomas, Zach Tyler, Tank Vrabel, Mike Walters, Pierre Washington, Donald Washington, Tavares Waters, Brian Webb, Jeff Williams, Demorrio Williams, Javarris Wright, Rodney

POS C TE S S S LS T TE RB LB RB C LB K T QB LB DT LB LB CB G G WR LB RB WR

HT WT 6-5 301 6-3 250 6-0 225 6-1 224 6-1 195 6-3 270 6-6 319 6-5 260 5-8 182 6-1 225 5-11 219 6-4 296 6-3 248 6-2 218 6-3 295 6-1 225 5-11 242 6-2 306 6-4 261 6-5 269 6-1 197 6-4 315 6-3 320 6-2 211 6-1 232 5-10 223 5-9 181

BORN 11/09/82 11/06/85 10/19/84 12/23/84 09/16/87 08/15/84 05/15/86 03/27/80 02/15/85 01/17/87 12/15/84 04/26/81 09/16/85 09/19/86 09/22/84 04/14/84 09/01/73 02/14/85 08/14/75 03/25/86 07/28/86 04/20/83 02/18/77 01/31/82 07/06/80 04/08/86 11/28/79

EXP 4 R 4 4 R R 2 6 2 R 3 7 2 R 3 3 14 3 13 R R 1 10 4 6 R 1

COLLEGE LSU Miami (OH) UCLA Purdue Oklahoma State Baker Clemson Boston College Oklahoma State Cincinnati Louisville Memphis Wheaton South Carolina TCU Coastal Carolina Texas Tech NCarolina State Ohio State Eastern Illinois Ohio State Florida North Texas SDiego State Nebraska Tennessee St. Fresno State


When the game was a game he year was 1973 and I was a young pup and I can remember going to William Jewell to watch the Kansas City Chiefs. My brother and I had the privilege to hang out with the likes of Len Dawson, Otis Taylor, Jan Stenerud, Jack Rudnay, Ed Podolak, and many others. They all looked like giants as they paraded from the locker room onto the practice field. This was a great joy for me then and stirs up great emotions now as we enter another year with hopes of just making it to the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. What I realize now is that we were nearing the end of the great dynasty that brought many AFL championships through the 1960s as well as two Super Bowl appearances, something many a generation hasn’t experienced here in Kansas City. Oh how I wish camcorders and digital recorders could have been invented back then. All I have are a few snapshots in my memory of the glory team of old. I don’t recall seeing Hank Stram, but we can all thank NFL films for the great memories of Super Bowl IV. Believe it or not, the one player I remember the most was Jerrel Wilson, number 44. As a kid, you emulate the running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks, but for some strange reason, watching Wilson kick those booming punts across the field still is etched in my youthful memory bank. He came up to me and showed me how to properly hold the ball and step forward in order to boot the pigskin 40 yards or more; I am sure I made it four yards. I am in my 40s now, and punters like he and Ray Guy are nearly extinct, not only because of the distance

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they kicked, but the coffin-corner placement they had. They both would precisely pin opponents inside the 10 week after week. No punter does that consistently now.

I was able to catch up with Bobby Bell and Ed Budde lately and conversed with them about the great dynasty we had. Both players commented on how they played like a team, not like a group of superstars. Every player was talented in their own right, but it was like taking a box of puzzle pieces and turning it into a Picasso. All of this was orchestrated by Stram. Bell mentioned on how each player knew and respected each other and their talents. From Willie Lanier to Buck Buchanan to Emmitt Thomas, I truly cannot think of a greater ensemble of defensive players

packed onto one team for so long. They weren’t the “no name” defense; everyone knew their names. Budde talked about how solid the offense was and how mistake free it played. Led by No. 16 cool Len Dawson, the Chiefs didn’t always put up big numbers, just big plays when needed. Otis Taylor could have a human highlight film of his own and will always be one of the most underrated wide receivers in NFL history. A strong offensive line prevented constant pressure on Dawson and opened holes for many running backs that graced Municipal stadium. Mike Livingston will also go down as a forgotten hero for leading the Chiefs during the 1969 Super Bowl year, as Dawson was out several games with an injury. Oh how I wish I could go back to 1973 and watch all those greats wind down their careers. After the loss to Miami on Christmas day in 1971 (the longest game in NFL

history), Kansas City’s run was coming to an end. By 1977, almost all of the greats would be gone and a long playoff drought ensued. Wilson, Buchanan, Jim Tyrer, Stram, Hunt and many others have passed James away but the ring of champiPeuster ons at Arrowhead still revive many of our memories as Contributing Writer we still hold on to Super Bowl IV, our only championship victory. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our greatest season ever, I ask many of you to share the memories with your children and talk about the days of old. I am not quite sure we or any other place will have a team that stayed and played together like the Kansas City Chiefs did under Stram. I just wish I could have been born earlier so I could have experienced many more memories. Instead, I just keep thinking about the 1973 day I had in Liberty and how fortunate I was to see those giants up close and personal.

7 Questions with Ed Budde The following is from the “Behind the Stats” radio show with Matt Fulks and Dave Stewart, who were joined by Chiefs Hall of Fame player Ed Budde. 1. My idol growing up was...? Ed Budde: My daddy. He taught us that if you work hard, everything will turn out alright.

4. My favorite vacation spot is...? EB: Hawaii 5. My favorite movie of all-time is...? EB: “From Here to Eternity” 6. The best gift I’ve ever received…? EB: Family. That’s the most important thing to me.

7. The one person in history I’d like to 2. My greatest day in meet is...? football was...? EB: Benjamin EB: 1968 when every- Behind the Stats host Matt Fulks (left), Ed Franklin. He inventone on our offense Budde (center) and Dave Stewart. ed so many things was injured and we and did so many interesting things that I think beat Oakland, and I was voted the offensive it’d be fascinating to talk with him. player of the week. And, of course, winning the For more information or to find out the next Super Bowl. broadcast time for “Behind the Stats,” please 3. My favorite type of music or musician is...? go to www.BehindTheStatsRadio.com. EB: The blues, but my favorite musicians are Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. KANSAS CITY SPORTS & FITNESS

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2008 TEAM STANDINGS AFC East Team y-Dolphins Patriots Jets Bills AFC North Team y-Steelers x-Ravens Bengals Browns AFC South Team z-Titans x-Colts Texans Jaguars AFC West Team y-Chargers Broncos Raiders Chiefs

W 11 11 9 7

L 5 5 7 9

T 0 0 0 0

PCT .688 .688 .563 .438

PF 345 410 405 336

PA 317 309 356 342

Home Road 5-3-0 6-2-0 5-3-0 6-2-0 5-3-0 4-4-0 3-5-0 4-4-0

AFC 8-4-0 7-5-0 7-5-0 5-7-0

NFC 3-1-0 4-0-0 2-2-0 2-2-0

DIV 4-2-0 4-2-0 4-2-0 0-6-0

Streak WON 5 WON 4 LOST 2 LOST 1

W 12 11 4 4

L 4 5 11 12

T 0 0 1 0

PCT .750 .688 .281 .250

PF 347 385 204 232

PA 223 244 364 350

Home Road AFC NFC 6-2-0 6-2-0 10-2-0 2-2-0 6-2-0 5-3-0 8-4-0 3-1-0 3-4-1 1-7-0 3-9-0 1-2-1 1-7-0 3-5-0 3-9-0 1-3-0

DIV 6-0-0 4-2-0 1-5-0 1-5-0

Streak WON 1 WON 2 WON 3 LOST 6

W 13 12 8 5

L 3 4 8 11

T 0 0 0 0

PCT .813 .750 .500 .313

PF 375 377 366 302

PA 234 298 394 367

Home Road AFC NFC 7-1-0 6-2-0 9-3-0 4-0-0 6-2-0 6-2-0 10-2-0 2-2-0 6-2-0 2-6-0 5-7-0 3-1-0 2-6-0 3-5-0 3-9-0 2-2-0

DIV 4-2-0 4-2-0 2-4-0 2-4-0

Streak LOST 1 WON 9 WON 1 LOST 2

W 8 8 5 2

L 8 8 11 14

T 0 0 0 0

PCT .500 .500 .313 .125

PF 439 370 263 291

PA 347 448 388 440

Home Road AFC 5-3-0 3-5-0 7-5-0 4-4-0 4-4-0 5-7-0 2-6-0 3-5-0 4-8-0 1-7-0 1-7-0 2-10-0

DIV 5-1-0 3-3-0 2-4-0 2-4-0

Streak WON 4 LOST 3 WON 2 LOST 4

x - Clinched playoff berth

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NFC 1-3-0 3-1-0 1-3-0 0-4-0

y - Clinched division title

NFC East Team z-Giants x-Eagles Cowboys Redskins NFC North Team y-Vikings Bears Packers Lions NFC South Team y-Panthers x-Falcons Buccaneers Saints NFC West Team y-Cardinals 49ers Seahawks Rams

W 12 9 9 8

L 4 6 7 8

T 0 1 0 0

PCT .750 .594 .563 .500

PF 427 416 362 265

PA 294 289 365 296

Home Road 7-1-0 5-3-0 6-2-0 3-4-1 6-2-0 3-5-0 4-4-0 4-4-0

AFC 3-1-0 2-1-1 2-2-0 1-3-0

NFC 9-3-0 7-5-0 7-5-0 7-5-0

DIV 4-2-0 2-4-0 3-3-0 3-3-0

W 10 9 6 0

L 6 7 10 16

T 0 0 0 0

PCT .625 .563 .375 .000

PF 379 375 419 268

PA 333 350 380 517

Home Road 6-2-0 4-4-0 6-2-0 3-5-0 4-4-0 2-6-0 0-8-0 0-8-0

AFC 2-2-0 2-2-0 1-3-0 0-4-0

NFC 8-4-0 7-5-0 5-7-0 0-12-0

DIV Streak 4-2-0 WON 1 4-2-0 LOST 1 4-2-0 WON 1 0-6-0 LOST 16

W 12 11 9 8

L 4 5 7 8

T 0 0 0 0

PCT .750 .688 .563 .500

PF 414 391 361 463

PA 329 325 323 393

Home Road 8-0-0 4-4-0 7-1-0 4-4-0 6-2-0 3-5-0 6-2-0 2-6-0

AFC 4-0-0 3-1-0 1-3-0 3-1-0

NFC 8-4-0 8-4-0 8-4-0 5-7-0

DIV 4-2-0 3-3-0 3-3-0 2-4-0

W 9 7 4 2

L 7 9 12 14

T 0 0 0 0

PCT .563 .438 .250 .125

PF 427 339 294 232

PA 426 381 392 465

Home Road 6-2-0 3-5-0 4-4-0 3-5-0 2-6-0 2-6-0 1-7-0 1-7-0

AFC 2-2-0 2-2-0 1-3-0 0-4-0

NFC 7-5-0 5-7-0 3-9-0 2-10-0

DIV Streak 6-0-0 WON 1 3-3-0 WON 2 3-3-0 LOST 1 0-6-0 LOST 10

z - Clinched division title and home-field advantage throughout playoffs

Streak LOST 1 WON 1 LOST 2 LOST 1

Streak WON 1 WON 3 LOST 4 LOST 1


WEEK-BY-WEEK 2009-10 NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 1 THURSDAY, SEPT. 10

WEEK 2 SUNDAY, SEPT. 20

WEEK 3 SUNDAY, SEPT. 27

WEEK 4 SUNDAY, OCT. 4

WEEK 5 SUNDAY, OCT. 11

WEEK 6 SUNDAY, OCT. 18

Tennessee at Pittsburgh . . . . .7:30 PM

Carolina at Atlanta . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Minnesota at Detroit . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Cincinnati at Green Bay . . . . .12:00 PM Arizona at Jacksonville . . . . .12:00 PM Oakland at Kansas City . . . . .12:00 PM New England at N.Y. Jets . . .12:00 PM New Orleans at Philadelphia .12:00 PM Houston at Tennessee . . . . .12:00 PM St. Louis at Washington . . . . .12:00 PM Tampa Bay at Buffalo . . . . . . . .3:05 PM Seattle at San Francisco . . . . .3:05 PM Pittsburgh at Chicago . . . . . . .3:15 PM Cleveland at Denver . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Baltimore at San Diego . . . . . .3:15 PM N.Y. Giants at Dallas . . . . . . . .7:20 PM

Cleveland at Baltimore . . . . . .12:00 PM Tennessee at N.Y. Jets . . . . .12:00 PM Washington at Detroit . . . . . .12:00 PM Jacksonville at Houston . . . . .12:00 PM San Francisco at Minnesota .12:00 PM Atlanta at New England . . . . .12:00 PM Kansas City at Philadelphia . .12:00 PM Green Bay at St. Louis . . . . . .12:00 PM N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay . . .12:00 PM New Orleans at Buffalo . . . . . .3:05 PM Chicago at Seattle . . . . . . . . . .3:05 PM Pittsburgh at Cincinnati . . . . . .3:15 PM Denver at Oakland . . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Miami at San Diego . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Indianapolis at Arizona . . . . . . .7:20 PM

Detroit at Chicago . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Cincinnati at Cleveland . . . . .12:00 PM Oakland at Houston . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Seattle at Indianapolis . . . . . .12:00 PM Tennessee at Jacksonville . . .12:00 PM N.Y. Giants at Kansas City . . .12:00 PM Baltimore at New England . . .12:00 PM Tampa Bay at Washington . . .12:00 PM Buffalo at Miami . . . . . . . . . . . .3:05 PM N.Y. Jets at New Orleans . . . . .3:05 PM Dallas at Denver . . . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM St. Louis at San Francisco . . . .3:15 PM San Diego at Pittsburgh . . . . .7:20 PM

Cincinnati at Baltimore . . . . . .12:00 PM Cleveland at Buffalo . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Washington at Carolina . . . . .12:00 PM Pittsburgh at Detroit . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Dallas at Kansas City . . . . . . .12:00 PM Oakland at N.Y. Giants . . . . . .12:00 PM Tampa Bay at Philadelphia . .12:00 PM Minnesota at St. Louis . . . . . .12:00 PM Atlanta at San Francisco . . . . .3:05 PM Houston at Arizona . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM New England at Denver . . . . . .3:15 PM Jacksonville at Seattle . . . . . . .3:15 PM Indianapolis at Tennessee . . .7:20 PM

Houston at Cincinnati . . . . . . .12:00 PM Detroit at Green Bay . . . . . . .12:00 PM St. Louis at Jacksonville . . . .12:00 PM Baltimore at Minnesota . . . . .12:00 PM N.Y. Giants at New Orleans . .12:00 PM Cleveland at Pittsburgh . . . . .12:00 PM Carolina at Tampa Bay . . . . . .12:00 PM Kansas City at Washington . .12:00 PM Philadelphia at Oakland . . . . . .3:05 PM Arizona at Seattle . . . . . . . . . .3:05 PM Tennessee at New England . . .3:15 PM Buffalo at N.Y. Jets . . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Chicago at Atlanta . . . . . . . . . .7:20 PM

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Green Bay at Minnesota . . . . .7:30 PM

N.Y. Jets at Miami . . . . . . . . . .7:30 PM

Denver at San Diego . . . . . . . .7:30 PM

Buffalo at New England . . . . . .6:00 PM San Diego at Oakland . . . . . . .9:15 PM

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MONDAY, SEPT. 28

Indianapolis at Miami . . . . . . . .7:30 PM

Carolina at Dallas . . . . . . . . . .7:30 PM

Bye: Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, Philadelphia

Bye: Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans, San Diego

Bye: Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, San Francisco

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Denver at Baltimore . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Houston at Buffalo . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Cleveland at Chicago . . . . . . .12:00 PM Seattle at Dallas . . . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM St. Louis at Detroit . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Minnesota at Green Bay . . . .12:00 PM San Francisco at Indianapolis 12:00 PM Miami at N.Y. Jets . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Oakland at San Diego . . . . . . .3:05 PM Jacksonville at Tennessee . . .3:05 PM Carolina at Arizona . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia . . .3:15 PM

Washington at Atlanta . . . . . .12:00 PM Arizona at Chicago . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Baltimore at Cincinnati . . . . . .12:00 PM Houston at Indianapolis . . . . .12:00 PM Kansas City at Jacksonville . .12:00 PM Miami at New England . . . . . .12:00 PM Green Bay at Tampa Bay . . . .12:00 PM Carolina at New Orleans . . . . .3:05 PM Detroit at Seattle . . . . . . . . . . .3:05 PM San Diego at N.Y. Giants . . . .3:15 PM Tennessee at San Francisco . .3:15 PM Dallas at Philadelphia . . . . . . .7:20 PM

Chicago at San Francisco . . . .7:20 PM

Miami at Carolina . . . . . . . . . . .7:20 PM

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Pittsburgh at Denver . . . . . . . .7:30 PM

Philadelphia at Washington . . .7:30 PM

Atlanta at Carolina . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Tampa Bay at Miami . . . . . . .12:00 PM Detroit at Minnesota . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets . . . .12:00 PM Cincinnati at Pittsburgh . . . . .12:00 PM New Orleans at St. Louis . . . .12:00 PM Buffalo at Tennessee . . . . . .12:00 PM Denver at Washington . . . . . .12:00 PM Kansas City at Oakland . . . . . .3:05 PM Seattle at Arizona . . . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Dallas at Green Bay . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Philadelphia at San Diego . . . .3:15 PM New England at Indianapolis . .7:20 PM

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Bye: Cincinnati, Kansas City, New England, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington

Bye: Buffalo, Cleveland, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, St. Louis

Indianapolis at Baltimore . . . .12:00 PM Washington at Dallas . . . . . . .12:00 PM Cleveland at Detroit . . . . . . . .12:00 PM San Francisco at Green Bay .12:00 PM Buffalo at Jacksonville . . . . . .12:00 PM Pittsburgh at Kansas City . . .12:00 PM Seattle at Minnesota . . . . . . .12:00 PM Atlanta at N.Y. Giants . . . . . . .12:00 PM New Orleans at Tampa Bay . .12:00 PM Arizona at St. Louis . . . . . . . . .3:05 PM San Diego at Denver . . . . . . . .3:15 PM N.Y. Jets at New England . . . .3:15 PM Cincinnati at Oakland . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Philadelphia at Chicago * . . . . .7:20 PM

Green Bay at Detroit . . . . . . .12:30 PM Oakland at Dallas . . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM N.Y. Giants at Denver . . . . . . .7:20 PM

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N.Y. Jets at Buffalo (in Toronto) 7:20 PM

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 13 Miami at Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Kansas City at Baltimore . . . .12:00 PM Philadelphia at Carolina . . . . .12:00 PM Denver at Cincinnati . . . . . . .12:00 PM Minnesota at Cleveland . . . . .12:00 PM N.Y. Jets at Houston . . . . . . .12:00 PM Jacksonville at Indianapolis . .12:00 PM Detroit at New Orleans . . . . .12:00 PM Dallas at Tampa Bay . . . . . . .12:00 PM San Francisco at Arizona . . . . .3:15 PM Washington at N.Y. Giants . . . .3:15 PM St. Louis at Seattle . . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Chicago at Green Bay . . . . . . .7:20 PM

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Indianapolis at Jacksonville . . .7:20 PM

San Diego at Tennessee . . . . .7:30 PM

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Philadelphia at Atlanta . . . . . .12:00 PM Tampa Bay at Carolina . . . . .12:00 PM St. Louis at Chicago . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Detroit at Cincinnati . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Tennessee at Indianapolis . . .12:00 PM Houston at Jacksonville . . . . .12:00 PM Denver at Kansas City . . . . . .12:00 PM Oakland at Pittsburgh . . . . . .12:00 PM New Orleans at Washington .12:00 PM San Diego at Cleveland . . . . . .3:05 PM Minnesota at Arizona . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Dallas at N.Y. Giants . . . . . . . .3:15 PM San Francisco at Seattle . . . . .3:15 PM New England at Miami * . . . . .7:20 PM

New Orleans at Atlanta . . . . .12:00 PM Detroit at Baltimore . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Green Bay at Chicago . . . . . .12:00 PM Seattle at Houston . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Denver at Indianapolis . . . . . .12:00 PM Miami at Jacksonville . . . . . . .12:00 PM Buffalo at Kansas City . . . . . .12:00 PM Cincinnati at Minnesota . . . . .12:00 PM Carolina at New England . . . .12:00 PM N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay . . . . .12:00 PM St. Louis at Tennessee . . . . .12:00 PM Washington at Oakland . . . . . .3:05 PM San Diego at Dallas . . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants * . .7:20 PM

Dallas at New Orleans . . . . . . .7:20 PM

Indianapolis at Buffalo . . . . . .12:00 PM New Orleans at Carolina . . . .12:00 PM Jacksonville at Cleveland . . .12:00 PM Philadelphia at Dallas . . . . . .12:00 PM Chicago at Detroit . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM New England at Houston . . . .12:00 PM Pittsburgh at Miami . . . . . . . .12:00 PM N.Y. Giants at Minnesota . . . .12:00 PM Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets . . . . . .12:00 PM San Francisco at St. Louis . . .12:00 PM Atlanta at Tampa Bay . . . . . . .12:00 PM Green Bay at Arizona . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Kansas City at Denver . . . . . . .3:15 PM Baltimore at Oakland . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Washington at San Diego . . . .3:15 PM Tennessee at Seattle . . . . . . . .3:15 PM

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Arizona at San Francisco . . . . .7:30 PM

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N.Y. Giants at Washington . . . .7:30 PM

Minnesota at Chicago . . . . . . .7:30 PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 20 Chicago at Baltimore . . . . . . .12:00 PM New England at Buffalo . . . . .12:00 PM Arizona at Detroit . . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Cleveland at Kansas City . . . .12:00 PM Atlanta at N.Y. Jets . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM San Francisco at Philadelphia 12:00 PM Green Bay at Pittsburgh . . . .12:00 PM Houston at St. Louis . . . . . . .12:00 PM Miami at Tennessee . . . . . . .12:00 PM Oakland at Denver . . . . . . . . . .3:05 PM Cincinnati at San Diego . . . . . .3:05 PM Tampa Bay at Seattle . . . . . . . .3:15 PM Minnesota at Carolina * . . . . . .7:20 PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 27 Buffalo at Atlanta . . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Kansas City at Cincinnati . . . .12:00 PM Oakland at Cleveland . . . . . .12:00 PM Seattle at Green Bay . . . . . . .12:00 PM Houston at Miami . . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Carolina at N.Y. Giants . . . . . .12:00 PM Jacksonville at New England .12:00 PM Tampa Bay at New Orleans . .12:00 PM Denver at Philadelphia . . . . . .12:00 PM Baltimore at Pittsburgh . . . . .12:00 PM St. Louis at Arizona . . . . . . . . .3:05 PM Detroit at San Francisco . . . . .3:05 PM N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis . . . . . .3:15 PM Dallas at Washington * . . . . . . .7:20 PM

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SUNDAY, NOV. 29 Tampa Bay at Atlanta . . . . . . .12:00 PM Miami at Buffalo . . . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Cleveland at Cincinnati . . . . .12:00 PM Indianapolis at Houston . . . . .12:00 PM Chicago at Minnesota . . . . . .12:00 PM Carolina at N.Y. Jets . . . . . . .12:00 PM Washington at Philadelphia . .12:00 PM Seattle at St. Louis . . . . . . . . .12:00 PM Arizona at Tennessee . . . . . .12:00 PM Kansas City at San Diego . . . .3:05 PM Jacksonville at San Francisco .3:05 PM Pittsburgh at Baltimore * . . . . .7:20 PM

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No “A’s” handed out before first Chiefs’ game or the first time in many, many years, I am excited about the upcoming edition of the Kansas City Chiefs. Not Super Bowl excited. Just excited that the team might play football the way it should be played. A .500 season would be acceptable. From Day One I was not a Herm Edwards fan. The Chiefs hired him as he was getting booted from the New York Jets. That’s not the best way to hire a coach. When Edwards joined the Chiefs, the New York media were reporting the same things about him that we soon learned in KC: He didn’t give interviews, he preached (soon known as “Hermanettes”), he was a horrible endof-game coach, and his teams did not win often enough. The media in Kansas City initially lapped up to Edwards because he was so accessible and gave them plenty of quotes. However, as the losses piled up they finally realized he had been simply blowing smoke. A typical interview: “Coach, you called the same play unsuccessfully on the goal line four straight times. Why would you do that?” “Let me say the object of the game is to get the football over the goal line,” Edwards would say. “All I can say is we didn’t get it over the goal line. Sometimes it goes over and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s football.”

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To me, though, the main reason I was turned off by Herm Edwards is he proudly wore the label of being a “Players’ Coach.” The term “Players’ Coach” to me in an oxymoron up there with “Jumbo Shrimp,” “Rush Hour” and “Dry Ice.” You are either a player or a

coach. Trying to be both simply doesn’t work. As an example, I (try) to teach college students. I know if I enter a classroom and attempt to show them that I am really just one of them I will be unsuccessful. They expect a teacher, not another “student” guiding them. Early on I heard the story of the college professor who announced in her first class that she didn’t want students worrying about their grade. She proudly announced that everyone would get

an “A.” She felt she was doing them a favor. She was wrong. “When she said everyone was getting an ‘A’ the good students who had worked hard for their grades and took school seriously felt there was no need to put any effort into the class,” said one student. “The lousy students, who did as little as possible in other classes, did even less work since they knew they were still getting an ‘A.’” That’s why I like the changes at Arrowhead Stadium these days. Things had become too lax under the regime of President-CEO-GMManager-King-Duke Carl Peterson. When he brought in his buddy Edwards as coach, the players were all guaranteed “A’s” just for showing up. They took full advantage of it. To me, the biggest example of the country club atmosphere was when Peterson and Edwards allowed HBO to film the Chiefs’ training camp. Heck, even Larry Johnson pretended like he wanted to sign his contract and play hard

while the cameras were rolling. It was a prelude to an absolute disastrous season. Well, there is a new sheriff in town named Scott Pioli and he has brought in coach Todd Haley. It is very clear John that not everyone in their Landsberg class gets an automatic “A” Contributing just for showing up. See any Writer HBO cameras at this training camp? Pioli has set a tone throughout the organization that the tradition of being the worst team in pro football the past few years is no longer tolerated. I’ve been told that he has shaken up the entire organization, including setting up times when regular staffers can use the exercise room. Does anyone think that Haley would have listened to Tony Gonzalez whine about not being thrown to enough and really care? Do you think that Dwayne Bowe will be dropping passes this season and act like it is no big deal? Yes, things at Arrowhead Stadium are a-changing. To my way thinking these changes are long overdue and a breath of fresh air. There are no more A’s just for showing up. Send your thoughts, comments, complaints, etc., to John at jlandsberg@bottomlinecom.com.

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Point/Counterpoint:“Bowe Show” or No Show?

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see the game-breaking skills the true great receivers possess. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be the go-to guy. However, if you’re not a “burner” you need to have hands like Chris Carter. To this point in his career, Bowe has not proven to be a dependable guy. He’s got the size and the strength that should give a quarterback the confidence to throw him the ball even when he’s covered. I say “should” because Bowe has ruined that confidence by ranking second in the NFL in drops last year. If Bowe can somehow develop a more dependable set of hands, he might be able to turn into that true No. 1 receiver. This is possible, but I’m skeptical. Mostly, I’m skeptical because Bowe seems to be in denial about the magnitude of his drops. Just go back and look at his quotes after the crucial drop in game one at New England and the on-sides kick against

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San Diego. If Bowe really equates catching the ball to “luck,” then I don’t see a man who is destined to break out this year. Nate: I agree the Chiefs desperately need Dwayne Bowe to become a stud receiver, if they intend on seeing the post-season anytime soon. Todd Haley has been around several terrific receivers in his coaching career. Keyshawn Johnson, Terrell Owens, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. So, he knows a good receiver when he sees one and I suspect he knows what it takes for a good receiver to become great. I think Bowe is a good receiver. In just two seasons, Bowe has amassed 156 catches, 2,017 yards and 12 touchdowns. Yes, he can come down with a case of the drops from time to time, but we’re talking about a player that hasn’t turned 25-years-old, yet, and has only played two seasons in the NFL. He’s got the size and strength to be a No. 1 in this league and with Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta, he’ll have every opportunity to d o so. If we are to hope that Bowe has a similar career to one of the receivers I mentioned above, the guy we should look at is Johnson. In Johnson’s first two seasons with the Jets, he had 133 catches, 1,807 yards and 13 touchdowns. Pretty similar numbers to Bowe. In his third season with the Jets, Keyshawn went for 83/1131/10. In season four, he was good for 89/1170/8. I think we can agree if Bowe continues to follow the career path of Johnson (including winning a Super Bowl ring), we will all be very happy. Johnson, who was also criticized early in his career as a big, slow receiver that couldn’t get separation, ended his 11-year-career with 814 catches, 10,571 yards and 66 total touchdowns. Keyshawn did have better hands, but, like Bowe, he had some rough times early on with the Jets. That’s where Haley’s coaching and a much better quarterback situation comes into play with Bowe. He’s an ascending player with a new receiver-friendly coach and stability with a quarterback he can grow with. I

think we are going to be very happy with Dwayne Bowe for several seasons to come. Steven: Keyshawn Johnson is a good comparison to the type of career the Chiefs should hope for out of Dwayne Bowe. Johnson was not a burner by any means, and I have to admit that I was surprised when I looked back at some of the numbers that he put up. And, even more to your point, it appears as though Bowe was more successful than Johnson in his first couple of years in the league. All of that bodes well for your argument. But there are a couple of reasons that I remain skeptical. For one, I don’t remember Johnson having a reputation for crucial drops early in his career, the way that Bowe has. And number two, even if Bowe emulates Johnson’s career, you have to wonder how much good that will do the Chiefs, unless they assemble a defense like the Bucs had when Keyshawn won his ring. Johnson never finished higher than seventh in the League in receiving yards, and he only landed in the top 10 twice. To take it a step further, he only reached the century mark in receptions in once season. He surpassed 1,000 yards four times out of his 11 years. Contrast those 1,000 yard seasons against the other guys you mentioned that Haley has coached: Owens (nine times), Bolden (four times in six years) and Fitzgerald (three in five years), and all three of those years he has been over 1,400 something Johnson never did.) If Bowe could somehow get to those types of numbers, then we’d really be talking. But for right now,

I think I’d settle on a Keyshawn Johnson-type career. Nate: I actually think Bowe can be more productive than Johnson. I don’t think he is as talented as Fitzgerald or Owens, but I do think he could come

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teven St. John and Nate Bukaty, co-hosts of the Border Patrol, heard weekday mornings on Sports Radio 810, agree to disagree on how Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will fare this season. Bowe has had his moments, both good and bad, the past two seasons after the Chiefs drafted him in the first round in the 2007 draft out of Louisiana State University. Steven: Let’s start with something that we agree on: If the Chiefs are going to have a decent season this year offensively, Dwayne Bowe is going to have to take a big step forward as their primary playmaker. The question becomes, will he? My answer to this question is a qualified “no.” The main reason I say this is simply that I don’t

close to matching Boldin’s production, if his head is screwed on right. During his six seasons in the NFL, Boldin has averaged 83 catches, 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns per season. Once again, these numbers are very similar to what Bowe has put up in his first two campaigns. Furthermore, Boldin has averaged 12.9 yards per catch. Guess how many yards Bowe has averaged per catch, so far in his career? That’s right, 12.9. As we can all see, Bowe is well on his way to a career similar to those of Keyshawn Johnson and Anquan Boldin and the best is yet to come. Bowe now has the best quarterback he’s had in his young career and a more offensive-minded coach that will get the most of his talents. I think it’s time to let down your guard and get ready for the Bowe Show! Steven St. John & Nate Bukaty host “The Border Patrol,” heard weekdays from 6 to 10 am on Sports Radio 810 WHB.


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nless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know the Kansas City Chiefs have undergone massive changes this off-season, starting with the hiring of general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley. Interest is especially high in what Kansas City is going to look like offensively. Haley coordinated the high-flying Arizona Cardinals attack, and, accordingly, the Chiefs traded for and signed quarterback Matt Cassel to a long-term deal, along with also bringing in veteran receiver Bobby Engram to complement Dwayne Bowe and Mark Bradley. It all sounds well and good, but the question fantasy owners pose at this point, however, is what will Haley’s approach mean for Larry Johnson? I’m one of those owners. Prior to last season, I joined a new keeper league and inherited a former owner’s team. Then, I decided to make Johnson one of two allowed keepers because I thought there was no way the running back would duplicate the disaster of a fantasy season he put up in 2007 – 158 attempts, 559 yards, three touchdowns in eight games before getting shelved with a foot injury. Surely, I thought, the Chiefs would find a way to get a healthy, rested Johnson involved to the point that he would approach the 3,539 yards and 37 touchdowns he tallied in 2005-06. Never mind the Chiefs didn’t have a good quarterback, offensive line and were going to play the majority of games from behind. Johnson was good enough to overcome all that. The lesson learned, of course, is that it’s really hard to run and score when a defensive lineman, linebacker or opportunistic safety has your leg as soon as you take the handoff. Still (and credit to o-coordinator Chan Gailey’s creativity a year ago), Johnson improved…but barely. Again, he was barely lackluster – scoring five TDs in 12 games with only 874 yards in 12 games. The factors for those numbers ranged all over the map and aren’t really important now. What is important to me as a fantasy owner is this: Johnson has appeared in 16 games just twice as he enters his seventh year; not once since his NFL record-setting 416 carries in 2006. In 2008, under Haley, Arizona was dead last rushing the football, getting just 73.6 yards per game.

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In 2007, the Cardinals were only slightly better, ranked 29th of 32 teams at 90 yards per game. Several things stand out here. Were those numbers an indication of Haley’s preferred ways to Curtis move the football, or was Kitchen it simply a coach taking advantage of the weapons he had at his disposal? And, say Johnson was healthy. Say he was an Arizona Cardinal instead of an aging, slowing Edgerrin James. Would that have mattered to Haley? Nothing against Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and others, but I say yes; had Arizona had someone like Johnson, the rushing numbers would have been much better. That said, Kansas City has Johnson, but can he be counted on for a full season? History and logic dictate no – not after the pounding he took during his breakout years. However, off-season reports say Johnson has been impressive in nearly every team activity – appearing to be refocused and reenergized. The team, along with fantasy owners like me, is hoping Johnson can return to top form because it doesn’t have the Cardinals receiving corps. It has a solid (from most accounts) quarterback and decent receivers. The defense is a work in progress, which means the Chiefs most w likely will utilize the running game for its defensive properties as much as its scoring potential. Either way, it makes me feel a lot better about holding on to a guy who is projected by most fantasy prognosticators to score well more than 120 points, which would be oh so welcome. Bottomline: Keep him if you’ve got him, and if w you can trade on the cheap for Johnson, as a number two guy, do it. It might be a little bit of a reach considering the injury potential we dis- w cussed, but if Johnson returns to form this season, the Chiefs play weak-sisters Buffalo, Cleveland and Cincinnati in weeks 14-16 – playoff weeks in most leagues. The return on that investment could be well worth getting Johnson. Of course, I’m hedging my bet on him with my other keeper – Chicago running back Matt Forte. You know…just in case. Photo by Scott Thomas

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TOP QUARTERBACKS 1) Drew Brees, NO – Last year’s overall scoring leader returns as the top QB on the strength of the NFL’s second-best-ever passing yardage. With several potent targets and a passing-oriented offense, there’s no reason Brees should slide much, although he’s unlikely to get 5,000 passing yards again. (Bye Week - 5) 2) Peyton Manning, IND – A perennial favorite as one of the first couple of QBs chosen in all drafts, Manning the Elder has slipped a bit recently. Although he’s lost a little mobility and his O-line isn’t as strong as in his dominant years, he’s still a master passer who will rank among the top few in both TDs and passing yardage. (6)

3) Tom Brady, NE – After suffering a seasonending knee injury against the Chiefs in the season opener last year, Brady has dropped a notch in the rankings, but consider just one number when rating Brady: 50 – the number of TD passes he threw as the NFL’s MVP in 2007. (8) 4) Phillip Rivers, SD – A surprising success last year, Rivers benefited from the Chargers switch to from a LaDainian-dominated offense to passing far more often. With LT still a question mark, Rivers is a good bet to be productive again. (5) 5) Aaron Rodgers, GB – Favre’s replacement no more, Rodgers is a full-fledged top-five QB in his own right. The Pack returns a strong O-line and several good receiving targets. If Rodgers can keep

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from making too many pressured mistakes, he can put up some very good numbers. (5) 6) Tony Romo, DAL – Romo’s an above-average signal caller, but he will be limited by a lack of quality targets. Outside of Roy Williams and Jason Witten, the Cowboys’ offense is mediocre, and they have a difficult schedule; the Boys and Romo will miss T.O.’s production, even if they don’t miss his dramatics. (6)

7) Kurt Warner, AZ – Reminiscent of Jim Plunkett, if not George Blanda, Warner has shown he’s still a viable QB after regaining his starting job. Warner is a dangerous choice for fantasy as he could drop off the charts in a hurry simply due to his age and injury history. (4) 8) Matt Ryan, ATL – Ryan is not nearly as good as this ranking, strictly as a QB, but gets in the top 10 continued on page 27

TOP RUNNING BACKS 1) Adrian Peterson, MIN – An explosive, game-breaking runner, Peterson just exudes points every time he touches the ball. Peterson will be the top pick in many fantasy leagues, and will carry his fantasy team to more weekly victories than any other player. (Bye Week - 9) 2) Michael Turner, ATL – Perhaps Peterson’s best challenger for fantasy scoring dominance, Turner put up some huge games as a first-time starter in 2008, including 11 touchdowns in his final eight games, and book-ending the year with 200-yard games. Turner will go in the top three picks in most drafts. (4) 3) Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX – A double threat as a runner and receiver out of the backfield, Jones-Drew will no longer have to split duties with Fred Jackson. With Jackson gone and a new five-year contract, Jones-Drew will get more than the 12.4 carries-pergame to which he was limited in 2008, and will easily set a new career best in yardage. (7) 4) Matt Forte, CHI – The surprise was not Forte was a strong runner, nor the Bears would give him the ball when it counted on the goal line, but that he could also become a solid passing target. Unless Lovie Smith unexpectedly switches to a passing offense, Forte will again get 300 carries and will especially get the ball when it’s near the goal line. (5)

5) DeAngelo Williams, CAR – After the Week 9 bye in 2008, Williams busted out with seven straight solid performances, averaging 124 yards per game with 15 scores. The Panthers discovered Williams could be the feature back they needed, and he should step right back into that role again to start 2009, even with the threat of Jonathan Stewart taking some of the carries. (4) 6) Steven Jackson, STL – Another big-game back, Jackson had a second straight disappointing year due to injury. When healthy, Jackson can pile up the points like any of the top five listed above. He can run for big points, but is also a good receiver. If he stays healthy, he’ll be worthy of the first-round pick he’ll garner in many fantasy leagues. (9) 7) Chris Johnson, TEN – Because LenDale White tends to attract a lot of attention in the Titans backfield, Johnson seems to escape the attention of many fantasy owners. Johnson will get a lot more opportunities in 2009 as Tennessee hopes to put him in the slot on passing downs. He’ll slide to the second round in many fantasy drafts, but could earn first-round points. (7) 8) Frank Gore, SF – Gore just hasn’t quite had the breakout season expected the last couple of seasons. Lacking a credible passing attack, the 49ers often saw defenses put eight in the box to stop Gore, and it has worked. Because he can grind out the yardage, and

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because he’ll match up with some lesser defenses in 2009, Gore still rates a top 10 RB pick, and he should go early in the second round of most drafts. (6) 9) Steve Slaton, HOU – Now that the job is his to begin the season, Slaton will get a chance to prove his rookie season was no fluke. Slaton’s success will depend a lot on how well the Texans pass. He’s not the kind of back who can run between the tackles 20 times per game. (10) 10) Brandon Jacobs, NYG – Jacobs is an unusual combination of power-running and an ability to make tacklers miss. He has sometimes had trouble hanging onto the football, although that was less of an issue in 2008. He’s the number one back in the Meadowlands now as Derrick Ward has moved on to Tampa, leaving Jacobs with all the carries. (10)

11) LaDainian Tomlinson, SD – Someone will get a great steal with Tomlinson, who will fall into the second round of most drafts for the first time in seven years. Still, the warning signs are there for anyone who doesn’t like risk. His age and heavy usage seemed to have a negative effect last year, and the decline was especially noticeable in the second half. If you chase L.T., be sure to take some insurance and get his likely backup, Darren Sproles, with a mid-round pick. (5) 12) Clinton Portis, WAS – Although Portis is a consistent points producer, he has been a disappointment to fantasy owners who have to rely on him as their number one back. He’s starting to show the effects of heavy use. He has already peaked, so let him slide to the third round as a number two back, only. (8) continued on page 26

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RBs - continued from page 25 13) Marion Barber, DAL – Prized for his shortyardage ability prior to 2008, Barber took a serious step backwards last20year and saw his touches suffer as a result. He’ll be pushed for carries by Felix Jones, which might actually work out for the best, as Barber has done his best work as a third-down and goal-line back, not as a primary feature back. (6) 14) Brian Westbrook, PHI – An ankle injury required June surgery will slow Westbrook to start the season, and could create an open for an opportunistic fantasy owner as he’ll be ignored by non-risk taking owners. Still, the oft-injured Westbrook is likely to miss some time even if his ankle proves healthy, making him a number two back at best. (4) 15) Kevin Smith, DET – Smith is a much better ballcarrier than his raw numbers would indicate. He’s hampered by playing for one of the league’s worst offensive units, a team that was often behind from the outset, thus requiring them to pass too often and squash rushing opportunities for Smith. Still, Smith is talented and if he gets some help he can be one of the better number two fantasy backs. (7) 16) Pierre Thomas, NO – No, he’s not Reggie Bush…he’s better. Thomas can run for hard yardage in addition to getting the quick scores and he’ll catch a few balls, too. The Bush hype will help keep his profile low. He can be had as late as the fifth round, but he’ll produce third-round points. (5) 17) Ryan Grant, GB – Outside of South Bend, Grant will draw less attention than most backs, and he can be a productive number two, especially after a disappointing sophomore campaign. Don’t go overboard chasing Grant; there are a lot of similar backs who will be available in the middle rounds. (5) 18) Ronnie Brown, MIA – If the return of Ricky Williams has come to an end in Miami, Brown will again return to his full-time starter status and again get a large number of carries. After two down years due to injury and platooning, Brown will be undervalued and can be a fine supplemental back. (6) 19) Marshawn Lynch, BUF – A player with obvious talents on the field, Lynch has had some unfortunate off-field problems which have escalated to the point where he will be suspended by the league at the start of the season. Once he returns, he’s capable of putting up good enough numbers to be a number two fantasy back. (9) 20) Darren McFadden, OAK – The former Razorback is a much better player than he showed as a rookie as he suffered through a bad case of turf toe and lost playing time to lesser backs. He’ll bounce back well this year to become almost as useful as his over-drafting owners thought he would be last year. (9) 21) Thomas Jones, NYJ – A threatened contract holdout puts a big question mark on Jones’ 2009 value. He’s shown some talent as a runner, and also had some trouble holding onto the football. If he comes to camp Jones will move up in these rankings. If not, let him be someone else’s headache. (9) 22) Jonathan Stewart, CAR – One of the most valuable part-time backs in the league, Stewart will occasionally take away carries from DeAngelo Williams, but it is Williams’ job to lose and until he does Stewart is nothing more than injury insurance. (4) 23) Joseph Addai, IND – Will Addai bounce back in 2009? The early line says no, at least not enough to make him worth picking as a number two back. He has to overcome his own injury history, an old and fading 26

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offensive line, and possibly sharing rushing duties with Donald Brown; it’s too much risk for smart fantasy owners. (6) 24) Reggie Bush, NO – Bush is one of the bigger names who will be over-drafted in 2009, just as he has been in recent seasons. Pierre Thomas is the better back and will get the majority of carries. Bush will still have some good games and score a few points here and there, and possibly crack the 100-yard barrier (something he hasn’t done in almost two years), but he won’t do enough to warrant much fantasy attention. (5) 25) Knowshon Moreno, DEN – Beware. Moreno’s talent is surpassed by the over-hyped rookie syndrome, but more significantly by the likelihood than he’ll share carries with more than one other back, severely limiting his opportunities. Don’t worry about drafting him. He’ll be available in the free agent pool later in the year. (7) 26) Derrick Ward, TB – Is it better to be a small fish in a big pond (as a backup to Brandon Jacobs in New York) or a big fish in a small pond (as a part-time starter in Tampa)? Ward’s number of carries will improve, but he’ll be hard-pressed to realize the same per-carry success he had while spelling Jacobs. Some owners will take Earnest Graham before taking Ward, and some of them will be right to do so. (8) 27) Larry Johnson, KC – LJ could bounce back in a big way, but the smart money says he’s no longer even a number two back for fantasy use. Johnson has been at serious odds with Chiefs management over off-thefield issues, putting him at risk of losing his job outright, although he has reportedly been a model citizen this off-season. When he is on the field, the young Chiefs O-line won’t open many holes and the rebuilt offense is likely to be passing more than they have run in the past anyway. (8) 28) Willie Parker, PIT – Parker has developed a reputation as a malingerer and underachiever who has rarely lived up to his abilities. Opportunities have been made available to Parker on several occasions, but he hasn’t yet thrived. This is likely his last year and chance to be a star back, but with Rashard Mendenhall waiting in the wings, it’s not a good bet. (8) 29) Chris Wells, AZ – Big and fast, the former Buckeye will win the Cardinals starting job, for what that’s worth in the most NFL air-oriented offense. Beanie’s not an especially talented receiver out of the backfield, which will limit his chances, but he could thrive as a short-yardage back – a job which currently belongs to Tim Hightower. If you want him, wait until the second half to pick him up when he’s had a chance to establish himself. (4) 30) LenDale White, TEN – The flashier, but less successful of the Titans’ backs, White has also done some of the dirty work on short-yardage downs, with an unusually high rate of success in getting the TD or first down. If Tennessee slots Chris Johnson as has been reported, White will still get a lot of carries. (7) 31) Cedric Benson, CIN – Just because Benson is the number one back in Cincinnati doesn’t mean he should be a number one, number two or even number three back for a fantasy team. He has squandered several opportunities to shine as a feature back, and will likely lose his starting job. (8) 32) Donald Brown, IND – Brown will likely split carries with Addai, although he’ll get the lesser number of opportunities. He’s best used in fantasy as insurance against an Addai injury, but should not appear in your starting lineup unless Addai is out. (6)

33) Jamal Lewis, CLE – Zero…that’s the number of 100-yard games Lewis had in 2008, and the number of TDs he scored after Week 10. It should be the number of starting fantasy lineups in which he appears in 2009. (9) 34) Ray Rice, BAL – It’s hard to score many fantasy points if you don’t get in the end zone, which Rice didn’t in his rookie campaign in 2008, despite being the primary ball carrier most games in a run-oriented offense. Since the Ravens still have no passing game they will still rely on Rice a lot, but that doesn’t mean a fantasy owner has to. (7) 35) Felix Jones, DAL – Felix the Cat can certainly bust out for some big plays. Of course, the question is how often he’ll get a chance to do that with Marion Barber scheduled to get three-quarters of the carries, including the short-yardage work. If Jones gets a chance as a slot back on third down, the Cowboys may be able to create some open-field opportunities for this quick cat. (6) 36) LeSean McCoy, PHI – Because Brian Westbrook is injury prone and has an ankle injury which will slow him for the outset of the season, the Eagles will be looking to someone to fill in the gaps. McCoy has a chance to win that job and, as such, has some small value as injury insurance for Westbrook’s owners. (4) 37) Darren Sproles, SD – Olathe North star Sproles shone as LT’s backup in 2008 and will have the chance to do that again in 2009. He’s a sure pick for anyone who owns Tomlinson, simply as injury insurance, but he’s good enough on his own to be worth using in fantasy play if he gets a chance to play. (5) 38) Willis McGahee, BAL – Ray Rice’s counterpart in the Ravens backfield, the self-described “best back in the NFL” isn’t even the best back on his own team. Even if he manages to take the job away from Rice again there’s no guarantee he’ll hold it (Le’Ron McClain might get the job instead), nor will he get the scoring opportunities he’ll need to be of any value in fantasy play. (7) 39) Julius Jones, SEA – Jones will be the feature back almost by default in Seattle, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have much value to fantasy owners. In the last two years, he hasn’t had a score in any game when he hasn’t carried for at least 100 yards, and he doesn’t do that very often, nor will he in Seattle’s offense in 2009. (7) 40) Earnest Graham, TB – Graham will suffer with the addition of Derrick Ward to the Buccaneers backfield simply because they are the same kind of runner. Still, he has had some success even in a reserve role, and can again be a useful backup. (8) 41) Rashard Mendenhall, PIT – Mendenhall’s sophomore season can’t be any worse than his rookie campaign, especially since he has over-hyped Willie Parker ahead of him on the depth chart. Mendenhall is a good choice for late rounds or as a free agent pickup, especially if he starts to get the ball more often in place of Parker. (8) 42) Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG – Bradshaw steps in where Derrick Ward left off, as Brandon Jacobs’ caddie, but he has not yet established himself as a viable backup, so he’s not worthy of fantasy use until he gets more opportunities, or until Jacobs goes down with injury. (10) 43) Fred Jackson, BUF – Jackson likely will start the season opener, at least, with Marshawn Lynch’s NFL suspension, so Lynch’s owners will need to pick him up in the late rounds. If he performs well in the opener, he may get a larger role later in the year,

but without a longer absence by Lynch, Jackson is not going to get enough touches to help fantasy owners in the long run. (9) 44) Leon Washington, NYJ – Thomas Jones’ fantasy owners probably disliked Washington more than Jets opponents in 2008 as Washington periodically would steal Jones’ fantasy points, particularly while picking up some scores as a receiver. Washington will again get third-down touches and targets, although he may not have as much good fortune with them in 2009. (9) 45) Chester Taylor, MIN – If you take Adrian Peterson with the first pick, you’ve got to have Taylor simply as injury insurance. Taylor isn’t nearly as good as his percarry or per-reception numbers show; they are a creation of opportunity and third-and-long situations. (9) 46) Jerious Norwood, ATL – Perhaps if Norwood would get a starting opportunity – someplace outside of Atlanta – he could pull a surprise much like teammate Michael Turner did in 2008. All the pieces are in place for Norwood to break out if Turner gets hurt, which is the only situation in 2009 where Norwood might have fantasy value. (4) 47) Le’Ron McClain, BAL – If he gets the ball himself instead of having to open holes for Rice or McGahee, Le’Ron could have some fantasy value in shortyardage situations. Alas, it isn’t likely to happen often enough to give him much value. (7) 48) Ricky Williams, MIA – It’s hard to take a couple of years off from this job and still perform at a high level. Ricky still the talent, but he doesn’t have the legs to handle the full-time job all year. Ronnie Brown is the better back at this point, and will push Ricky out of a job by mid-season. (6) 49) Fred Taylor, NE – Merely a bye-week roster filler at this point in his career, Taylor will have to battle Laurence Maroney and others for touches. (8) 50) Tim Hightower, AZ – A better receiver than ballcarrier, Hightower will lose rushing opportunities to rookie Beanie Wells. That may be a blessing as the Cardinals will throw the ball and Hightower will get chances in third-down situations and in situations where they have a chance to score, the latter of which can help fantasy owners. (4) Bye week in red.


QBs - continued from page 25 on the strength of his surroundings. Defenses have to defend game-breaking runner Michael Turner, giving Ryan more time to throw and better targeting options. Adding Tony Gonzalez will only improve his targets. (4) 9) Donovan McNabb, PHI – Another injury-plagued QB, McNabb could also drop well down this list should he not be able to make 16 starts as he did a year ago. Plusses for McNabb include relatively few mistakes (INTs and fumbles) and a knack for getting the ball in the end zone, even if he doesn’t run for many scores anymore. (4) 10) Matt Schaub, HOU – The long ball to Andre Johnson makes Schaub dangerous even if he is otherwise mediocre. Schaub has the ability to put up big games, and also the tendency to disappear with sub-par games in favorable match-ups. His fantasy owners will be alternately pleasantly surprised and disappointed in 2009. (10) 11) Jay Cutler, CHI – Now that the Bears finally have a real quarterback, they won’t have to rely on t heir defense and special teams to win. Unfortunately, Cutler’s move to Chi-town will hurt his fantasy value as he will have lesser targets (sayonara Brandon Marshall) and a Bears offensive scheme that prefers to grinds out yardage on the back of ball-carrier Matt Forte. (5) 12) Matt Cassel, KC – An obvious upgrade over recent Chiefs QBs, Cassel brings winning experience where it’s needed most. The biggest question mark about Cassel’s performance will be answered by how well the line protects him. Fortunately, Cassel runs as well as any NFL QB and will get his fantasy owners some points on TD carries, too. (8) 13) Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – Consistent when healthy, Big Ben often doesn’t do enough to warrant starting in most fantasy formats. His best use is as a bye-week supplement or as a second QB for teams which have Warner or McNabb as a number one. (8) 14) Carson Palmer, CIN – Strictly a speculative pick at this point due to injury and the nearly complete meltdown of the Bengals passing attack, Palmer is a big question mark coming off of a serious elbow injury. He will go undrafted in many leagues, but could be a nice surprise as a midseason pickup. (8) 15) Eli Manning, NYG – The Manning with the more recent Super Bowl ring has his older brother’s flair for the dramatic if not his flair for success. Eli is a match up play only. He should just be used when facing the worst defenses. (10)

16) Matt Hasselbeck, SEA – The addition of T.J. Houshmandzedah helps the Seattle passing attack, although it’s still uncertain how much it will help Hasselbeck since it’s unclear how often he’ll be behind center. Last season was bad all the way around, including back injuries and mistake-prone outings. He’s still the starter for the Seahawks, but shouldn’t be for fantasy squads. (7) 17) Kyle Orton, DEN – The change of scenery which hurts Cutler will help Orton, who will now get to throw it more than 20 times per game and will have much better targets. Orton will go undrafted in most leagues, so he’s a good sleeper candidate to break into fantasy viability in 2009. (7) 18) Trent Edwards, BUF – The biggest question for Bills fans – which Edwards may well be asking, too – is will they open up the offense to take advantage of top receiving talents in Lee Evans and Terrell Owens. Edwards is another sleeper candidate will go undrafted in many fantasy leagues. (9) 19) Joe Flacco, BAL – Unless your leagues gives points for handing the ball off the running back, Flacco is not going to win many fantasy match-ups. Only the deeper leagues will include Flacco on their rosters, and then only as a backup QB. (7) 20) Jason Campbell, WAS – Campbell is in a do-ordie situation; the Redskins need him to be a more confident, aggressive passer in 2009 or they’ll be looking elsewhere in 2010, and maybe sooner. (8) 21) Shaun Hill, SF – A prototypical overachiever and backup QB, Hill may get the nod to open the season behind center for the 49ers. Although San Francisco is better than the past two years, is still has a below-average offense, and are still run oriented. There’s little to love here for fantasy owners. (6) 22) Chad Pennington, MIA – Because Pennington isn’t much of a downfield passer, he’s not going to be very helpful to fantasy owners, even as a backup QB. (6) 23) Jake Delhomme, CAR – Always a favorite to pickup off the waiver wire for a bye-week replacement, Delhomme has the ability to occasionally throw a big game on the board. The Panthers offense, however, is more run-oriented making those big Delhomme games more sparse. (4) 24) David Garrard, JAX – One of the most gutsy QBs in the game, Garrard is also one of the better on-field generals. He has succeeded in a small way in spite of the lack of support given by his receivers and O-line. However, from a fantasy standpoint, he remains a second-tier QB because the Jaguars still lack credible receiving threats or good pocket protection. (7) 25) Sage Rosenfels, MIN – Although Rosenfels will benefit from defenses having to key on Peterson, he is still a below-average points producer. (9) Bye week in red.

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TOP WIDE RECEIVERS 1) Larry Fitzgerald, AZ – What’s not to love about the top receiver in the league playing for the league’s most pass-happy team? Kurt Warner’s favorite target has speed and great hands, and is in his prime. A repeat as the top receiver is likely and Fitzgerald is the only receiver who will definitely be taken in the first round of most drafts. (Bye Week - 4) 2) Andre Johnson, HOU – Another top receiver in another pass-happy offense, Johnson will also go in the first round of many drafts. The NFL’s reception and yardage leader in 2008 is a great match up with Matt Schaub as a deep threat. (10) 3) Calvin Johnson, DET – Fast, big and talented, Johnson would be the league’s most productive receiver if he had a similarly talented QB slinging it to him. Because he frequently has to do most of the work himself, Johnson is a cinch for several large gains every year. He’ll get picked behind other, better publicized receivers, but he’ll outscore almost all of them as a fine early second-round pick. (7) 4) Randy Moss, NE – Few receivers are as deadly on the deep pass. The Patriots high-performance offense will be back in gear in 2009 and Moss will benefit more than any other receiver. Moss should go early in the second round in most drafts. (8) 5) Reggie Wayne, IND – Now appearing in the role of Marvin Harrison: Reggie Wayne. Actually, Wayne has been a better receiver for a couple of years running, but he had to wait until now to get his due as a No. 1 receiver and top five fantasy wide out. With Peyton Manning back at full strength, Wayne will be able to shine. (6) 6) Greg Jennings, GB – Perhaps a bit under appreciated in Green Bay and elsewhere, Jennings runs excellent routes and is a favorite target of the new sheriff in town, Aaron Rodgers, particularly on the deep ball. The occasionally sputtering Packer offense has led to some disappointing games from Jennings, but he’s getting better and is ready to become a bigger star in the second post-Favre season. (5)

7) Steve Smith, CAR – Once he hit his stride in 2008, Smith was good as he’s always been, even though he had a lot more trouble getting into the end zone. Perhaps it was because the Panthers seemed to have better rushing options, but Smith wasn’t targeted as often as in the past. That trend will continue in 2009 as DeAngelo Williams gets even more attention, but Smith is still deadly on the long passes. (4) 8) Roddy White, ATL – White is a good example of what can happen when a talented receiver is suddenly given a good, long look by a new, young QB. Once Matt Ryan began to target White consistently, Roddy turned in game after game of solid play, and he’s only going to get better in 2009. (4) 9) Anquan Boldin, AZ – It’s nice to have a talent like Boldin as a No. 2 receiver, if only he stays put in Arizona. Disputes with the coaching staff have led to Boldin asking for a trade. If he goes anywhere else his value drops considerably, even if he becomes a No. 1 elsewhere because no team throws the ball like the Cardinals. (4) 10) Marques Colston, NO – When healthy and ready to be a part of the offense, Colston will light up the scoreboard, even when he’s not the primary target of the league’s most-productive QB, Drew Brees. This big-play receiver is a good third-round fantasy choice. (5) 11) Dwayne Bowe, KC – Bowe supplants LJ and Tony G as the Chiefs’ best scoring option. He’ll be glad to have Matt Cassel throwing to him, but his upside potential is limited by the Chiefs O-line’s inability to protect the quarterback. If Bowe can be targeted frequently in more of a short passing game, he may get fewer scores but be more effective overall. (8) 12) Brandon Marshall, DEN – Marshall is going to miss Jay Cutler’s deep throws, and his fantasy value will also suffer from new head coach Josh McDaniels’ penchant for shorter passes, even though he will probably get more targets overall. A hip injury and off-field issues may knock him out of the lineup for some early games in 2009. (7)

TOP KICKERS 1) Stephen Gostkowski, NE – It’s all about the points and the Patriots score like it’s an Arena Football League game, giving Gostkowski plenty of chances. (Bye Week - 8) 2) Mason Crosby, GB – The Packers can score well enough, and Crosby has usually been fairly accurate, including accuracy from distance. He’ll have a rebound year after struggling a bit at the end of 2008. (5) 3) David Akers, PHI – The Eagles’ game plan seems to include an inordinate number of clutch field goal tries, and he has historically been one of the league’s most accurate from 30-45 yards, where the vast majority of FG tries are taken. (4) 4) Jason Elam, ATL – Accuracy and consistency have been the hallmarks of Elam’s nearly-twodecade career. It doesn’t hurt the Falcons give him 28

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plenty of opportunities and kicking in the weathercontrolled conditions of the Georgia Dome helps, too. (4) 5) Ryan Longwell, MIN – Another extremely accurate kicker working in a dome, Longwell has a lot more leg. If the Vikings’ pinball-game offense wouldn’t get into the end zone so often he’d get more FG tries. As it is, he’ll have to settle for scoring in the top five yet again in 2009. (9) 6) Rob Bironas, TEN – Perhaps the antithesis to the high-scoring offense philosophy of picking kickers, choosing Bironas means buying into the idea that close enough (for field goal range), often enough is one way to score kicking points. Bironas gets an unusually high percentage of scoring from distance, which requires a bit of faith on the part of his fantasy owners. (7)

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13) Terrell Owens, BUF – The dramatic road show that is T.O. goes off-Broadway, to Buffalo, where he’ll team with Lee Evans as one of the more dangerous wide receiver duos in the league. If T.O. gets the double-team defense to which he’s accustomed, it could mean a breakout year for Evans. (9) 14) Wes Welker, NE – The short to Randy Moss’ long, Welker will simply catch a lot of passes. OK, maybe he’s boring, but he catches the ball and that’s half the battle. The problem with Welker from a fantasy standpoint is he doesn’t get into the end zone very often; even when Tom Brady threw for 50 scores in 2007, Welker got just eight of those TD balls. Still, he’s good enough as a number two in fantasy play. (8) 15) Roy Williams, DAL – With T.O. gone, Williams becomes the number one target for Tony Romo. There’s a question about whether he can step up and be the No. 1 receiver the Cowboys ne ed, especially if he’s constantly facing double coverage should Dallas lack a credible second wide out option. (6) 16) T.J. Houshmandzedah, SEA – TJH has never enjoyed the luxury of being a primary receiver, except as “filling in” for an injured teammate, so entering 2009 as the Seahawks number one may be an unusual role for him. He’s up to the task and could surprise, especially if Seattle adopts a passing-first offense as is anticipated. (7) 17) Vincent Jackson, SD – Jackson has emerged as a surprising home run threat, especially after being used as a No. 2 receiver for so long. Now he’s a No. 1, so the defenses will begin to target him more often and Phillip Rivers may not be able to find him for the deep ball as often. (5) 18) Antonio Bryant, TB – Who is going to throw to this notably mercurial receiver? The Buc-

caneers will feature a ball-control offense, and, besides, Bryant hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency when they do throw to him. He has more talent than he has shown on the field and in the unlikely event he gets more targets, he can succeed, but the signs are not good. (8) 19) Braylon Edwards, CLE – Few receivers have regularly disappointed a s much as Edwards did in 2008. He had, basically, one really good game and a couple of useful games, but otherwise was almost useless, and certainly wasn’t worth his average draft position that made him a top number two receiver. It’s not likely to get any better in 2009; be very careful. (9) 20) Santonio Holmes, PIT – Santonio gets the deep looks after the defense bites on the inside routes to Hines. Unfortunately, he hasn’t done very much with those opportunities, and he has never seemed to be in sync with Roethlisberger. Holmes may eventually have to go elsewhere to fully realize his potential. He’s a marginal number two fantasy receiver. (8) 21) Chad Ochocinco, CIN – Mr. Eight Five is still a talented receiver, despite a horrible 2008 season that was at least partly attributable to losing QB Carson Palmer to injury. That said, he’s not nearly as good as he thinks he is, nor is he as good as he once was. Look for a bounce-back year from Chad in 2009, good enough to again be useful in fantasy ball. (8) 22) Eddie Royal, DEN– Royal has the ability to become the strong, reliable underneath receiver needed to offset Brandon Marshall’s deep ball talents. Royal can also catch the deep ball, but new Broncos QB Kyle Orton is less able to throw that pass than departed QB Jay Cutler. It likely means more targets for Royal, although fewer scoring

7) Nate Kaeding, SD – The Chargers can light up a scoreboard with the best of them, and Kaeding’s happy to go along for the ride. (5) 8) Neil Rackers, AZ – Rackers might have the biggest leg of the group, capable of knocking down 50-plus yard FGs with the best of them, and it doesn’t hurt that the Cardinals can score in bunches. (4) 9) Robbie Gould, CHI – Good as Gould, indeed. Robbie’s longest miss over the past two seasons is from 39 yards, meaning the Bears know if they can get inside the 20, they’ll get points every time, and their conservative offensive style reflects that philosophy. (5) 10) Nick Folk, DAL – Nick the Kick missed just once from inside the 40 last year and is a nearperfect 17-of-18 in tries from 40-49 yards. The biggest question mark is about the Cowboy s offense; will it be as potent without T.O.? (6)

11) Garrett Hartley, NO – Yet another high-scoring offense performing in a climate-control dome will produce a lot of chances for the kicker to score. (5) 12) Kris Brown, HOU – Another dome kicker with a high-scoring team, Brown has a big leg, but isn’t quite as accurate as some of his competitors. (10) 13) John Kasay, CAR – Kasay no longer has the range for the long kicks, but the tradeoff has been accuracy as he has been among the top 10 in field-goal success percentage in four of the last five seasons. (4) 14) Rian Lindell, BUF – This will be a better Bills offense in 2009 and Lindell could be the beneficiary with more opportunities. (9) 15) Joe Nedney, SF – Likewise, the 49ers will score more often than in the past two seasons, and Nedney has been very consistent. (6) Bye week in red.

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TOP TIGHT ENDS 1) Jason Witten, DAL – He wasn’t quite as good in 2008 as he had been the previous years, but he was still one of the top two TEs in every useful category, and also got his share of scores. Fantasy owners will be satisfied with Witten’s steady performance, even if he doesn’t have the flash of Antonio Gates’ occasional multi-TD performances. (Bye Week - 6) 2) Antonio Gates, SD – If Witten isn’t the top dog, Gates is, despite the down season in 2008. He had nagging injuries all year but still managed to get in the end zone every other game. A reemergence of L.T. could really help Gates, as he wouldn’t have to take on as many really short passes in which he gets little yardage in exchange for much punishment. Gates will be one of the first three TEs taken in every fantasy draft. (5) 3) Dallas Clark, IND – Coming off a much more reliable season in 2008, Clark now also gets Peyton Manning back. Manning has often targeted Clark as part of a short passing game, which could boost Clark into levels not previously reached. Consider he’s not considered a top tight end and fantasy owners can get him very late in the draft. (6) 4) Tony Gonzalez, ATL – Gonzo gets a shot at a ring, which he wouldn’t have had in KC. Despite his relatively advanced age, Gonzalez still runs well and has stood up remarkably well to the rigors of catching balls over the middle and taking the solid hits delivered by linebackers and defensive backs. He’ll fare a little worse in 2009 in the run-first offense in Atlanta, although not much, as he has thrived under similar circumstances in KC, too. (4) 5) Greg Olsen, CHI – Jay Cutler likes throwing to the TE, especially in the red zone, and Olsen will make a big gain this year as a direct result. Chicago had already been focusing more on Olsen, giving him consistent targets nearly every week. The additional boost from Cutler will push Olsen into the top half of fantasy TEs and he’ll also be a bargain as he’ll be ignored by fantasy owners who look for more of a “big play” tight end. (5) 6) Chris Cooley, WAS – In previous years, Cooley could sneak into the end zone and find single coverage, but last year defenses were wise to the tactic and he rarely had open looks. Things won’t get much better as the Redskins still have an inconsistent passing attack, but he’ll have to get a little bit luckier than in 2008 when he only got

WRs - continued from page 28 opportunities. Fantasy owners should target Royal as a decent number two receiver option and as a player with good upside. (7) 23) Lee Evans, BUF – Outside of Anquan Boldin, and possibly Eddie Royal, Evans is the most dangerous No. 2 receiver in the game. Despite his big-play ability, Evans was surprisingly held to just three scores in 2008. That will change for the better in 2009. Evans makes for a decent number two as a fantasy receiver. (9) 24) Bernard Berrian, MIN – Berrian is one of fantasy football’s biggest teases. He frequently alternates big-point games with stinkers, enough that fantasy owners don’t know when to play him.

into the end zone once. (8) 7) Kellen Winslow, TB – Winslow’s acquisition by the Buccaneers will put their short passing game to the test. He’s got a high profile for someone with mostly disappointing numbers (except for the 1,100 yards receiving in 2007) and because of Tampa Bay’s offensive style, Winslow is going to expect a lot of looks. If he doesn’t get enough targets, will he be patient enough to let the offense come to him before he blasts the organization in the press? (8) 8) John Carlson, SEA – Poised to expand on his strong rookie campaign, Carlson will fly under the fantasy radar in most leagues. He’s got an opportunity to become a real steal, though, as much of the Seahawks receiving crew is fragile and they will look to throw to the tight ends when (not if) they don’t have a full complement of useful wide outs. (7) 9) Owen Daniels, HOU – While Daniels is good at making the most of his catches between the 20yard lines, he has been almost a ghost in the red zone. Perhaps it is a reflection of the big-play passing offense employed by Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, but you’d think he’d get a few more touches close to the goal line. Maybe his luck will change in 2009. (10) 10) Dustin Keller, NYJ – A part of a successful rookie tight end class, Keller has good hands and showed consistent progress for the first part of his 2008 debut season. He has less obvious talent than some of the ends rated lower, but he’ll be a more regular point producer, even if he doesn’t get into the end zone very often. (9) 11) Zach Miller, OAK – Like Gonzalez and Gates, Miller does his best work in deeper routes which has resulted in large yardage marks, even playing for an awful offense. The Raiders’ attack can’t be as bad in 2009 (can it?) and Miller should benefit from the improvement, perhaps by getting into the end zone a little more often. (9) 12) Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN – Shiancoe put up some very good numbers in 2008, but much of his fantasy scoring came in one game, Week 16 against Atl anta, when Adrian Peterson was largely held in check. That seems less like a standard by which to choose a tight end than a fallback position. Shiancoe makes the top 12 only by virtue of better health and circumstances than those listed lower, not based on talent. (9) Berrian is only for the strongest of stomachs; if you want to draft him, know what you are getting up front and be prepared to ride the rollercoaster. (9) 25) DeSean Jackson, PHI – Jackson is officially listed as the club’s No. 1 receiver, but he’s relatively week for a No. 1 as he has very limited big-play ability and has trouble finding the end zone. The difference between Jackson as the Eagles No. 1 and Maclin as the third or fourth-best receiver is very small. (4) 26) Anthony Gonzalez, IND – With Reggie Wayne becoming Marvin Harrison, Gonzalez will now become Wayne, which isn’t a bad thing to be under the circumstances. That said, Gonzalez isn’t nearly as talented as Wayne, so fantasy owners should temper their expectations despite Gonzalez

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13) Kevin Boss, NYG – Boss did fine with his opportunities, getting in for six scores despite limited targets, but this is still a below-average passing offense that has lost nearly all of its receiver corps, thus exposing the short passing game to better defenses. It’s hard to see Boss making much improvement, although he’s still an upgrade over his prede cessor in the Meadowlands. (10) 14) Jeremy Shockey, NO – This just in, Jeremy Shockey has been a disappointment. Well, no kidding. Still, simply because he gets to run out on the field with the top-rated quarterback and several top-notch offensive weapons he’s going to get some fantasy points. He’ll have to get in the end zone at least once in 2009 to keep getting to trot out there with Brees and Co., though. (5) 15) Brent Celek, PHI – Celek may benefit from the need for the Eagles to play it close to the vest when they have the ball; McNabb and Westbrook won’t play as much of the wide-open offense as in the past which could result in more short passes and tight end targets. (4) 16) Tony Scheffler, DEN – Ouch. Scheffler will definitely miss Cutler. You had to wonder when the trade went down if Scheffler called the Broncos GM and asked if he could go along, too. To make matters worse, the new offensive scheme will likely push Scheffler even more to the edge of usefulness. (7) 17) Heath Miller, PIT– Miller’s value to the Steelers is more than to his fantasy owners because he’s a considered a good blocker. Having Roethlisberger regress as a QB has n’t helped with Miller’s fantasy value; Miller has similarly regressed to the point where he’s merely a byeweek substitute at this point. (8) 18) Bo Scaife, TEN – The Titans run, run and then run some more, which tends to marginalize Scaife and other tight ends, who are often on the field merely to block. There are better options even for bye weeks. (7) 19) Vernon Davis, SF – San Francisco has a betlikely getting far more targets from the accurate arm of Peyton Manning. (6) 27) Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ – Without Laveranues Coles to draw the defense away, Cotchery may find it harder to get open in 2009, leading to more games where he simply disappears, as happened all too often in 2008. Cotchery is a sketchy number two receiver for fantasy purposes. (9) 28) Hines Ward, PIT – The beating Ward takes by running routes over the middle is taking its toll on the fine receiver. He is a top target for Roethlisberger, but doesn’t get the long ball option very often; most of his big-yardage plays the last two years have been created after the catch. Ward’s peaked. (8)

ter offense than in the past, but coach Mike Singletary is focused on fundamentals, including solid defense, taking care of the ball, and solid blocking, and that means you, Vernon. (6) 20) Anthony Fasano, MIA – Fasano was a big sur prise over the final four 2008 games, reaching the end zone four times, but he was doing it at the expense of three of the four worst defenses in the NFL. Prior to that outburst he had virtually disappeared. If it looks like a fluke and sounds like a fluke…it’s probably a fluke. (6) 21) Donald Lee, GB – Another tight end with good tools who simply hasn’t lived up to his potential, the best opportunities have passed Lee by. He was more of a favorite of Favre than Rodgers, which doesn’t bode well as the Pack look to throw the ball downfield even more. (5) 22) Brandon Pettigrew, DET – It’s hard to recommend a rookie tight end playing for a team coming off an 0-16 season, but Pettigrew is talented and the Lions appear to be focused on spreading the ball around. He’s a better choice as a fantasy backup that most of the other retreads. (7) 23) Todd Heap, BAL – Does he have anything left in the tank? Heap’s demise as a reliable fantasy tight end is mysterious as he doesn’t seem to have lost his ball-catching ability and he can’t have gotten that old, that fast. He still has something left, perhaps enough for a bounce back season. (7) 24) Martellus Bennett, DAL – For sheer talent and opportunity, Bennett is a good choice, especially for owners who have invested a middleround pick on Jason Witten. (6) 25) Marcedes Lewis, JAX – Lewis would be a more valuable commodity in an offense that prized the short game more. (7) Bye week in red.

TOP DEFENSES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Pittsburgh (8) Baltimore (7) NY Giants (10) Minnesota (9) NY Jets (9) Tennessee (7) Philadelphia (4) New England (8) Chicago (5) San Diego (5) Green Bay (5) Dallas (6) Washington (8)

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Pts/G TotPts

Scrm Plys

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New Orleans San Diego Arizona NYGiants Green Bay Philadelphia Carolina New England NYJets Atlanta Baltimore Minnesota Indianapolis Chicago Tennessee Denver Houston Dallas Tampa Bay Pittsburgh Miami San Francisco Buffalo Jacksonville Seattle Kansas City Detroit Washington Oakland Cleveland St. Louis Cincinnati

28.9 27.4 26.7 26.7 26.2 26 25.9 25.6 25.3 24.4 24.1 23.7 23.6 23.4 23.4 23.1 22.9 22.6 22.6 21.7 21.6 21.2 21 18.9 18.4 18.2 16.8 16.6 16.4 14.5 14.5 12.8

1,047 924 998 1,021 1,012 1,056 938 1,095 981 1,011 1,058 1,014 969 991 973 1,019 1,019 979 1,045 1,015 965 961 956 1,005 927 957 913 1,026 919 921 982 984

410.7 349 365.8 355.9 351.1 350.5 349.7 365.4 331.7 361.2 324 330.9 335.5 295.9 313.6 395.8 382.1 344.5 341 311.9 345.6 311.1 305.1 319.1 274.1 308.7 268.2 320 272.2 249.1 287.2 245.4

463 439 427 427 419 416 414 410 405 391 385 379 377 375 375 370 366 362 361 347 345 339 336 302 294 291 268 265 263 232 232 204

6.3 6 5.9 5.6 5.6 5.3 6 5.3 5.4 5.7 4.9 5.2 5.5 4.8 5.2 6.2 6 5.6 5.2 4.9 5.7 5.2 5.1 5.1 4.7 5.2 4.7 5 4.7 4.3 4.7 4

3rd Md

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22.1 97 200 48 18.8 89 194 46 20.5 83 198 42 21.1 88 204 43 18.7 99 224 44 19.9 93 225 41 17.9 78 197 40 22.2 96 222 43 19.2 81 197 41 19.6 95 219 43 18.8 95 232 41 18.2 86 218 39 20.1 101 201 50 16.5 78 219 36 16.8 78 216 36 22.1 95 200 48 21.2 83 197 42 18.2 91 212 43 18.6 88 229 38 18.1 92 224 41 19.2 71 192 37 17.9 75 198 38 17.9 81 203 40 19.5 87 213 41 16.6 62 198 31 17.1 82 214 38 14.6 59 205 29 18.4 76 216 35 14.1 61 214 28 14.6 72 212 34 15.6 69 216 32 15.3 82 236 35

10 8 8 5 8 4 3 17 9 6 7 9 11 6 5 4 14 7 10 3 10 5 7 14 10 7 10 10 9 6 11 7

18 11 16 11 18 9 8 22 16 13 11 18 16 14 11 10 23 12 18 12 15 11 16 24 12 18 20 16 21 14 23 14

56 73 50 46 44 44 38 77 56 46 64 50 69 43 46 40 61 58 56 25 67 46 44 58 83 39 50 62 43 43 48 50

86 95 107 102 110 74 94 57 77 71 103 90 86 78 108 77 80 119 95 95 81 98 71 104 79 78 88 83 109 100 97 75

797 748 781 821 984 635 637 501 569 591 785 692 619 610 855 739 664 952 834 812 669 732 538 813 601 645 729 644 823 669 718 591

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18 18 27 18 25 16 12 17 22 18 28 31 13 19 18 18 28 29 21 28 18 36 33 23 20 20 31 20 28 17 18 27

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312 321 401 413 371 341 251 276 244 327 265 181 141 289 345 384 245 246 315 335 343 257 242 281 272 198 230 178 143 251 221 142

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25 24 26 13 14 34 23 20 23 47 17 23 14 27 23 11 23 20 38 42 30 32 8 46 27 31 26 29 14 38 38 14

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28:42:00 31:02:00 27:00:00 29:32:00 27:24:00 28:29:00 31:21:00 28:04:00 28:57:00 29:24:00 29:31:00 30:51:00 28:41:00 29:56:00 31:07:00 32:27:00 32:27:00 30:10:00 32:02:00 30:02:00 28:44:00 28:56:00 30:47:00 32:16:00 33:40:00 29:42:00 28:09:00 29:53:00 32:13:00 31:16:00 30:28:00 33:01:00

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Adrian Peterson Michael Turner DeAngelo Williams Clinton Portis Thomas Jones Steve Slaton Matt Forte Chris Johnson Ryan Grant LaDainian Tomlinson Brandon Jacobs Steven Jackson Marshawn Lynch Frank Gore Derrick Ward Jamal Lewis Kevin Smith Brian Westbrook Ronnie Brown Le’Ron McClain Marion Barber Larry Johnson Justin Fargas Jonathan Stewart Maurice Jones-Drew Willie Parker Warrick Dunn LenDale White Cedric Benson Sammy Morris Julius Jones Willis McGahee

MIN ATL CAR WAS NYJ HOU CHI TEN GNB SDG NYG STL BUF SFO NYG CLE DET PHI MIA BAL DAL KAN OAK CAR JAC PIT TAM TEN CIN NWE SEA BAL

16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 16 16 13 12 15 14 16 16 16 14 16 16 15 12 14 16 16 11 15 16 12 13 15 13

363 376 273 342 290 268 316 251 312 292 219 253 250 240 182 279 238 233 214 232 238 193 218 184 197 210 186 200 214 156 158 170

1760 1699 1515 1487 1312 1282 1238 1228 1203 1110 1089 1042 1036 1036 1025 1002 976 936 916 902 885 874 853 836 824 791 786 773 747 727 698 671

110.0 106.2 94.7 92.9 82.0 80.1 77.4 81.9 75.2 69.4 83.8 86.8 69.1 74.0 64.1 62.6 61.0 66.9 57.3 56.4 59.0 72.8 60.9 52.3 51.5 71.9 52.4 48.3 62.3 55.9 46.5 51.6

4.8 4.5 5.5 4.3 4.5 4.8 3.9 4.9 3.9 3.8 5.0 4.1 4.1 4.3 5.6 3.6 4.1 4.0 4.3 3.9 3.7 4.5 3.9 4.5 4.2 3.8 4.2 3.9 3.5 4.7 4.4 3.9

10 17 18 9 13 9 8 9 4 11 15 7 8 6 2 4 8 9 10 10 7 5 1 10 12 5 2 15 2 7 2 7

9 3 0 3 2 3 1 1 4 1 3 5 2 6 2 2 2 2 1 4 7 5 3 2 6 0 0 1 2 1 4 3

4 2 0 3 1 2 1 1 3 0 1 3 1 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 3


TOP KICKERS Name

Team

G 0-19 20-29 30-39

40-49

50+ FGM FGA

Pct

Lng XPM XPA

Stephen Gostkowski John Carney David Akers Matt Bryant Josh Brown Phil Dawson Rian Lindell Kris Brown Rob Bironas Jason Elam Joe Nedney Ryan Longwell John Kasay Nate Kaeding Mason Crosby Jeff Reed Matt Stover Robbie Gould Shaun Suisham Matt Prater

NWE NYG PHI TAM STL CLE BUF HOU TEN ATL SFO MIN CAR SDG GNB PIT BAL CHI WAS DEN

16 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

9-11 5-7 8-10 5-8 10-13 5-6 10-15 8-10 15-19 10-10 8-11 6-9 11-12 3-8 5-6 8-10 5-9 8-11 11-16 5-11

1-1 1-1 2-5 0-3 6-8 3-6 1-3 2-3 1-1 1-2 2-3 6-6 1-3 1-1 3-6 1-2 0-1 0-0 1-4 5-6

90.0 92.1 82.5 84.2 86.1 83.3 78.9 87.9 87.9 93.5 87.9 85.3 90.3 84.4 79.4 87.1 81.8 89.7 72.2 73.5

50 51 51 49 54 56 53 53 51 50 53 54 50 57 53 53 47 48 50 56

0-0 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

10-12 15-15 11-11 12-12 8-8 10-10 7-8 9-10 6-6 11-11 9-9 10-10 7-7 13-13 8-8 9-9 11-11 6-6 7-7 7-8

16-16 14-15 10-12 15-15 7-7 12-14 11-11 10-10 7-7 7-8 10-10 7-9 9-9 10-10 10-13 8-9 11-12 12-12 7-9 8-9

36 35 33 32 31 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 28 27 27 27 27 26 26 25

40 38 40 38 36 36 38 33 33 31 33 34 31 32 34 31 33 29 36 34

40 38 45 35 19 18 34 37 40 42 34 40 46 46 46 36 41 41 25 39

40 38 45 36 19 18 34 37 40 42 34 40 46 46 46 37 41 41 25 40

Pct

Pts

100.0 100.0 100.0 97.2 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 97.3 100.0 100.0 100.0 97.5

148 143 144 131 112 108 124 124 127 129 121 127 130 127 127 117 122 119 103 114

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Team

Rec

Yds

Avg

Yds/G

Lng

TD

20+

40+

1st

1st%

FUM

Tony Gonzalez Chris Cooley Jason Witten Dallas Clark Owen Daniels Antonio Gates Bo Scaife Zach Miller John Carlson Greg Olsen Jeremy Shockey Dustin Keller Heath Miller Billy Miller Kellen Winslow Visanthe Shiancoe Desmond Clark Marcedes Lewis Tony Scheffler Donald Lee L.J. Smith Jerramy Stevens Todd Heap

KC WAS DAL IND HOU SD TEN OAK SEA CHI NO NYJ PIT NO CLE MIN CHI JAC DEN GB PHI TB BAL

96 83 81 77 70 60 58 56 55 54 50 48 48 45 43 42 41 41 40 39 37 36 35

“1,058” 849 952 848 862 704 561 778 627 574 483 535 514 579 428 596 367 489 645 303 298 397 403

11 10.2 11.8 11 12.3 11.7 9.7 13.9 11.4 10.6 9.7 11.1 10.7 12.9 10 14.2 9 11.9 16.1 7.8 8.1 11 11.5

66.1 53.1 59.5 56.5 53.9 44 35.1 48.6 39.2 35.9 40.2 33.4 36.7 38.6 42.8 37.2 22.9 30.6 49.6 18.9 22.9 28.4 25.2

35 28 42 33 35 34 44 63T 33 52 26 54 22 41 30 40 35 30T 72 26 25 31 30

10 1 4 6 2 8 2 1 5 5 0 3 3 1 3 7 1 2 3 5 3 2 3

10 7 14 13 10 8 4 16 10 6 4 7 4 11 3 12 5 8 13 3 3 6 7

0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

67 43 50 41 46 39 29 32 36 31 30 32 29 30 25 30 18 21 28 12 16 16 23

69.8 51.8 61.7 53.2 65.7 65 50 57.1 65.5 57.4 60 66.7 60.4 66.7 58.1 71.4 43.9 51.2 70 30.8 43.2 44.4 65.7

0 3 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1

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Team

Rec

Yds

Avg

Yds/G

Lng

TD

20+

40+

1st

1st%

FUM

Andre Johnson HOU Wes Welker NE Brandon Marshall DEN Larry Fitzgerald ARI T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN Eddie Royal DEN Anquan Boldin ARI Roddy White ATL Dwayne Bowe KC Antonio Bryant TB Reggie Wayne IND Hines Ward PIT Greg Jennings GB Derrick Mason BAL Lance Moore NO Santana Moss WAS Calvin Johnson DET Steve Smith CAR Steve Breaston ARI Donald Driver GB Jerricho Cotchery NYJ Laveranues Coles NYJ Randy Moss NE Terrell Owens DAL Matt Jones JAC Muhsin Muhammad CAR

115 111 104 96 92 91 89 88 86 83 82 81 80 80 79 79 78 78 77 74 71 70 69 69 65 65

1,575 1,165 1,265 1,431 904 980 1,038 1,382 1,022 1,248 1,145 1,043 1,292 1,037 928 1,044 1,331 1,421 1,006 1,012 858 850 1,008 1,052 761 923

13.7 10.5 12.2 14.9 9.8 10.8 11.7 15.7 11.9 15 14 12.9 16.2 13 11.7 13.2 17.1 18.2 13.1 13.7 12.1 12.1 14.6 15.2 11.7 14.2

98.4 72.8 84.3 89.4 60.3 65.3 86.5 86.4 63.9 78 71.6 65.2 80.8 64.8 58 65.2 83.2 101.5 62.9 63.2 53.6 53.1 63 65.8 63.4 57.7

65 64 47 78T 46 93T 79T 70T 36 71T 65T 49 63 54 70T 67T 96T 65T 58 71T 56T 54 76T 75T 35 60

8 3 6 12 4 5 11 7 7 7 6 7 9 5 10 6 12 6 3 5 5 7 11 10 2 5

20 13 16 20 10 8 10 18 12 16 13 15 21 12 8 15 21 23 13 13 11 12 14 15 9 12

4 1 1 5 1 2 3 4 0 4 3 2 8 1 2 3 7 6 3 6 3 2 3 6 0 3

79 57 65 66 51 43 56 61 49 60 63 55 55 60 40 50 52 59 44 44 43 44 46 38 47 46

68.7 51.4 62.5 68.8 55.4 47.3 62.9 69.3 57 72.3 76.8 67.9 68.8 75 50.6 63.3 66.7 75.6 57.1 59.5 60.6 62.9 66.7 55.1 72.3 70.8

1 1 3 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 1 1 2

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Team

Kick Returns-------------------------------------------------------KR Yds Avg Long TD

Punt Returns-------------------------------------------------------------PR Yds Avg Long TD FC

Josh Wilson Leodis McKelvin Darren Sproles Quintin Demps Jerious Norwood Rock Cartwright Ellis Hobbs Allen Rossum Brian Witherspoon Leon Washington Will Blackmon Glenn Holt Joshua Cribbs Danieal Manning Andre’ Davis Clifton Smith Chris Carr Mark Jones J.J. Arrington Ahmad Bradshaw Brandon Middleton Johnnie Lee Higgins Justin Miller Pierre Thomas Dante Hall Aveion Cason Maurice Hicks Devin Hester Steve Breaston Ted Ginn Jr. Dantrell Savage

SEA BUF SDG PHI ATL WAS NWE SFO JAC NYJ GNB CIN CLE CHI HOU TAM TEN CAR ARI NYG DET OAK OAK NOR STL DET MIN CHI ARI MIA KC

69 52 53 52 51 51 45 47 52 48 55 46 44 36 43 36 35 40 36 39 39 36 33 31 37 32 29 31 33 32 26

0 2 22 0 0 0 0 15 17 29 36 0 28 0 0 23 32 39 0 1 0 44 0 0 9 3 0 32 33 7 8

1753 1468 1376 1314 1311 1307 1281 1259 1250 1231 1157 1110 1110 1070 993 992 984 958 923 867 864 842 816 793 763 746 690 679 667 657 633

25.4 28.2 26.0 25.3 25.7 25.6 28.5 26.8 24.0 25.6 21.0 24.1 25.2 29.7 23.1 27.6 28.1 24.0 25.6 22.2 22.2 23.4 24.7 25.6 20.6 23.3 23.8 21.9 20.2 20.5 24.3

61 98 103 100 92 87 95 104 51 94 45 60 92 83 50 97 52 59 93 58 42 69 92 88 41 46 38 51 38 41 59

0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 26 249 0 0 0 0 223 192 303 398 0 228 0 0 324 323 443 0 6 0 570 0 0 93 27 0 198 237 54 17

0.0 13.0 11.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.9 11.3 10.4 11.1 0.0 8.1 0.0 0.0 14.1 10.1 11.4 0.0 6.0 0.0 13.0 0.0 0.0 10.3 9.0 0.0 6.2 7.2 7.7 2.1

0 14 43 0 0 0 0 45 38 37 76 0 32 0 0 70 44 55 0 6 0 93 0 0 34 13 0 25 25 15 11

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 12 0 0 0 0 7 9 9 11 7 0 0 0 4 20 20 0 0 0 12 0 0 1 0 0 14 10 1 2

TACKLES, SACKS, INTERCEPTIONS, FUMBLES Player

Team

Total

Tackles Solo Ast

Sck

SFTY

PDef

D’Qwell Jackson Patrick Willis Jon Beason Barrett Ruud Kirk Morrison James Farrior London Fletcher Jonathan Vilma Gibril Wilson Jerod Mayo Eric Weddle Paris Lenon Yeremiah Bell Eric Barton Karlos Dansby Ray Lewis Bradie James Dhani Jones Chad Greenway Channing Crowder Thomas Davis Ernie Sims DeMeco Ryans Lance Briggs Paul Posluszny Stewart Bradley Freddy Keiaho Pisa Tinoisamoa Keith Brooking Antoine Bethea James Harrison

CLE SF CAR TB OAK PIT WAS NO OAK NE SD DET MIA NYJ ARI BAL DAL CIN MIN MIA CAR DET HOU CHI BUF PHI IND STL ATL IND PIT

154 141 138 137 135 133 133 132 129 128 127 121 120 119 119 117 116 116 115 113 113 113 112 110 110 108 105 104 102 101 101

95 109 110 102 99 87 96 98 96 100 105 81 100 93 95 85 80 75 86 92 92 71 86 90 87 86 79 88 71 74 67

2 1 0 3 1 3.5 0.5 1 1.5 0 1 1.5 1 1.5 4 3.5 8 0 5.5 0 3.5 1 1 0.5 0 1 0 3 0 0 16

-0 ------1 -0 ------------0 ------1

9 11 11 8 2 --7 6 -6 ---7 12 -9 -----13 7 7 ---6 4

59 32 28 35 36 46 37 34 33 28 22 40 20 26 24 32 36 41 29 21 21 42 26 20 23 22 26 16 31 27 34

Interceptions Int TDs

Yds

Lng

Fumbles FF Rec TD

3 1 3 2 1 --1 2 -1 ---2 3 -1 -----3 1 1 ---2 1

29 86 52 10 0 --8 5 -3 ---47 43 -13 -----12 9 17 ---0 33

16 86T 44 10 0 --8 5 -3 ---34 29 -13 -----9 9 17 ---0 33

0 1 0 0 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 3 1 2 2 3 1 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 7

0 1 0 0 0 --0 0 -0 ---0 0 -0 -----0 0 0 ---0 0

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TEAM-BY-TEAM DEPTH CHART Pos

Starter

Backup

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Kurt Warner Chris Wells Dan Kreider Larry Fitzgerald Anquan Boldin Leonard Pope Neil Rackers

Matt Leinart Tim Hightower Tim Castille Jerheme Urban Steve Breaston Anthony Becht

Matt Ryan Michael Turner Ovie Mughelli Roddy White Michael Jenkins Tony Gonzalez Jason Elam

Chris Redman Jerious Norwood Harry Douglas Brian Finneran Justin Peelle Michael Koenen

Joe Flacco Ray Rice LeRon McClain Mark Clayton Demetrius Williams Todd Heap Steven Hauschka

Troy Smith Willis McGahee Kelley Washington Justin Harper L.J. Smith Graham Gano

Trent Edwards Fred Jackson Corey McIntyre Terrell Owens Lee Evans Derek Schouman Rian Lindell

Ryan Fitzpatrick Dominic Rhodes Josh Reed Roscoe Parrish Derek Fine

Jake Delhomme Deangelo Williams Brad Hoover Steve Smith Muhsin Muhammad Jeff King John Kasay

Josh McCown Jonathan Stewart Tony Fiammetta Ryne Robinson Dwayne Jarrett Dante Rosario Rhys Lloyd

Jay Cutler Matt Forte Jason McKie Devin Hester Earl Bennett Desmond Clark Robbie Gould

Caleb Hanie Kevin Jones Jason Davis Juaquin Iglesias Rashied Davis Greg Olsen

Carson Palmer Cedric Benson Fui Vakapuna Chad Ochocinco Laveranues Coles Reggie Kelly Shayne Graham

J.T. OSullivan Kenny Watson J.D. Runnels Chris Henry Andre Caldwell Ben Utecht

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Brady Quinn Jamal Lewis Lawrence Vickers Braylon Edwards Brian Robiskie Robert Royal Phil Dawson

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Kyle Orton Knowshon Moreno Peyton Hillis Brandon Marshall Eddie Royal Daniel Graham Matt Prater

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Daunte Culpepper Kevin Smith Jerome Felton Calvin Johnson Bryant Johnson Brandon Pettigrew Jason Hanson

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Aaron Rodgers Ryan Grant Korey Hall Greg Jennings Donald Driver Donald Lee Mason Crosby

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Matt Schaub Steve Slaton Vonta Leach Andre Johnson Kevin Walter Owen Daniels Kris Brown

QB RB WR1 WR2 TE TE PK

Peyton Manning Joseph Addai Reggie Wayne Anthony Gonzalez Dallas Clark Jacob Tamme Adam Vinatieri

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

David Garrard Maurice Jones-Drew Greg Jones Torry Holt Mike Walker Marcedes Lewis Josh Scobee

Derek Anderson Jerome Harrison Charles Ali Mohamed Massaquoi David Patten Steve Heiden

KANSAS CITY SPORTS & FITNESS

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Matt Cassel Larry Johnson Mike Cox Dwayne Bowe Mark Bradley Brad Cottam Ryan Succop

Starter

Backup

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Chad Pennington Ronnie Brown Louaska Polite Greg Camarillo Ted Ginn Jr. Anthony Fasano Dan Carpenter

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Sage Rosenfels Adrian Peterson Naufahu Tahi Bernard Berrian Sidney Rice Visanthe Shiancoe Ryan Longwell

Chad Henne Ricky Williams Davone Bess Patrick Turner David Martin

QB RB WR1 WR2 WR1 TE PK

Tom Brady Sammy Morris Randy Moss Wes Welker Joey Galloway Benjamin Watson Stephen Gostkowski

Kevin OConnell Fred Taylor Matthew Slater Sam Aiken Greg Lewis Chris Baker

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Matt Flynn Brandon Jackson John Kuhn Jordy Nelson James Jones Jermichael Finley

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Drew Brees Pierre Thomas Heath Evans Marques Colston Lance Moore Jeremy Shockey Garrett Hartley

Mark Brunell Reggie Bush Olaniyi Sobomehin Devery Henderson Adrian Arrington Billy Miller

NEW YORK GIANTS Dan Orlovsky Ryan Moats David Anderson Andre Davis Joel Dreessen

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Eli Manning Brandon Jacobs Madison Hedgecock Domenik Hixon Steve Smith Kevin Boss Lawrence Tynes

Todd Bouman Chauncey Washington Montell Owens Jarrett Dillard Mike Thomas Greg Estandia

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Kellen Clemens Thomas Jones Tony Richardson Jerricho Cotchery Chansi Stuckey Dustin Keller Jay Feely

Hakeem Nicks Mario Manningham Travis Beckum

Bobby Engram Devard Darling Sean Ryan

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Donovan McNabb Brian Westbrook Leonard Weaver DeSean Jackson Kevin Curtis Brent Celek David Akers

Ben Roethlisberger Willie Parker Carey Davis Hines Ward Santonio Holmes Heath Miller Jeff Reed

Charlie Batch Rashard Mendenhall Frank Summers Limas Sweed Shaun McDonald Matt Spaeth

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Philip Rivers LaDainian Tomlinson Mike Tolbert Vincent Jackson Chris Chambers Antonio Gates Nate Kaeding

Billy Volek Darren Sproles Billy Latsko Legedu Naanee Malcolm Floyd Brandon Manumaleuna

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Shaun Hill Frank Gore Morran Norris Isaac Bruce Josh Morgan Vernon Davis Joe Nedney

Damon Huard Glenn Coffee Zak Keasey Brandon Jones Michael Crabtree Delanie Walker

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Matt Hasselbeck Julius Jones Owen Schmitt T.J. Houshmandzadeh Nate Burleson John Carlson Olindo Mare

Seneca Wallace T.J. Duckett Justin Griffith Deion Branch Deon Butler John Owens Brandon Coutu

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Marc Bulger Steven Jackson Mike Karney Donnie Avery Keenan Burton Randy McMichael Josh Brown

Kyle Boller Kenneth Darby Derek Stanley Ronald Curry Daniel Fells

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Luke McCown Earnest Graham B.J. Askew Antonio Bryant Michael Clayton Kellen Winslow Mike Nugent

Byron Leftwich Derrick Ward Jameel Cook Brian Clark Sammie Stroughter Jerramy Stevens Matt Bryant

TENNESSEE TITANS

JeMarcus Russell Jeff Garcia Justin Fargas Darren McFadden Lorenzo Neal Luke Lawton Darius Heyward-Bey Johnnie Lee Higgins Chaz Schilens Javon Walker Zach Miller Tony Stewart Sebastian Janikowski

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Tyler Thigpen Jamaal Charles

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Mark Sanchez Leon Washington Jehuu Caulcrick David Clowney Brad Smith Richard Owens

OAKLAND RAIDERS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Backup

ST. LOUIS RAMS David Carr Ahmad Bradshaw

NEW YORK JETS Jim Sorgi Donald Brown Pierre Garcon Austin Collie Gijon Robinson Justin Snow Patrick McAfee

Starter

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Tarvarias Jackson Chester Taylor Nehemiah Broughton Bobby Wade Percy Harvin Jim Kleinsasser

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Matthew Stafford Maurice Morris Terrelle Smith Dennis Northcutt Derrick Williams Casey Fitzsimmons

Pos

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS Chris Simms Correll Buckhalter Spencer Larsen Jabar Gaffney Brandon Stokley Tony Scheffler

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

CLEVELAND BROWNS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

CINCINNATI BENGALS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Jon Kitna Felix Jones Julius Crosslin Sam Hurd Miles Austin Martellus Bennett David Buehler

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

CHICAGO BEARS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Tony Romo Marion Barber Deon Anderson Roy Williams Patrick Crayton Jason Witten Nick Folk

HOUSTON TEXANS

CAROLINA PANTHERS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Pos

MIAMI DOLPHINS

GREEN BAY PACKERS

BUFFALO BILLS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Backup

DETROIT LIONS

BALTIMORE RAVENS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Starter

DENVER BRONCOS

ATLANTA FALCONS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Pos

DALLAS COWBOYS

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Kevin Kolb LeSean McCoy Kyle Eckel Reggie Brown Jason Avant Matt Schobel

QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Kerry Collins Chris Johnson Ahmard Hall Nate Washington Justin Gage Bo Scaife Rob Bironas

Vince Young LenDale White Casey Cramer Lavelle Hawkins Chris Davis Alge Crumpler

WASHINGTON REDSKINS QB RB FB WR1 WR2 TE PK

Jason Campbell Clinton Portis Mike Sellers Santana Moss Antwaan Randle El Chris Cooley Shaun Suisham

Todd Collins Ladell Betts Malcolm Kelly Devin Thomas Fred Davis


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presents THE GREAT OUTDOORS REPORT By TOM CANNON, Contributing Writer

Stripes Under the Stars aving spent some time at glorious Beaver Lake in the Arkansas Ozark mountain range, I found myself wondering why I had never fished for Stripers there. I grew up seeing big Striped Bass that had come from the crystal clear waters of Beaver, but for some unknown reason I had yet to feel the tug of one on my line. This spring I made arrangements with Ed Chapko of E & C Guide service to try and remedy my “lack of stripes.” My maiden trip was to take place in July, at the peak of summer heat. Typical day time temperatures hover near the century mark and humidity is so high you can literally see it. Thus when Ed advised me we would be going out in the evening I wasn’t the slightest bit upset. “Summer is really a great time to fish (for Stripers),” Chapko said. “I can get on a solid pattern, and consistently catch fish every night.” The stable weather and the fact the Stripers really thrive in the depths, where the dissolved oxygen forms (common in summer) means summer is prime time to catch good numbers of these silver striped beauties. Joining us would be Paul, a regular fishing buddy of Chapko’s. After handshakes and introductions the three of us set out to try our luck. We weren’t on plane for more than a minute or two when Chapko brought the boat to an idle and began to prep his gear. “This is a good place to start,” he said. Immediately he prepped his two rod s, which were wide spool baitcast rigs complete with line counters. The reels sat on seven-foot medium heavy Ugly Stick rods and were spooled with fifty pound test mono to which our guide tied an umbrella rig to the end. Basically the “umbrella rig” is two pieces of heavy gauge wire that form an “X”. In the middle is a big chunk of lead weight and the eye the main line attaches to. Each wire has a jig tied to the end via a leader of monofilament line. Various combinations from four to nine leader rigs are available. Chapko uses a rig employing nine leaders. From each leader a jig hangs, all at varying lengths so to reduce the chance of tangles. When held by the wire harness the entire “umbrella rig” looks very much like a puppet harness. Of course, when the rig is placed in the water and trolled properly it resembles a school of shad or baitfish, which is the primary forage of Stripers. The likeness of the rig to the real thing in the water is20incredible and it’s plain to see how the fish are fooled. Once Chapko deployed an umbrella rigged rod on each side of the boat and laid out about 160 feet of line, he eased the motor in gear and began to troll. The lead weighted rigs quickly got down to the desired depth while he kept the boat cruising through fish infested waters. Within minutes, my host yelled “fish on” and motioned me to grab the left rod. Instantly I felt the strength of the fish and seconds later Paul sounded out that he had one hooked up on the other rod as well. Suddenly we had a free-for-all going as a pair of Stripers battled us, all the while we tried to keep the fish apart and gain some line. Stripers are hardy fish. Right away I wa s impressed with their spirit and how much fight they had against the heavy tackle we were using. After a courageous battle my fish was eased alongside the boat and was carefully landed and released by Chapko. Moments later Paul repeated the process, and his fish

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eagerly swam back to the depths. Of course Paul had the larger fish, a 15- pound specimen while my “runt” would go only about five pounds. Still I was hooked after boating one Striper. All I wanted to do was get back into the fight and catch another one. Chapko is efficient. In the time it took Paul and I to dip our hands in the lake and offer each other a congratulatory handshake, our guide had the rigs deployed again and was slipping the outboard back into gear for another run. My kind of guy. We didn’t have to wait long for another chance. It seemed like we had just made one or two passes through the same area when the left rod tip bugged out and the rod doubled over. Chapko pointed to the rod, but before he could speak, I was on the rod like sticky on glue. Again I had a blast fighting a carbon copy of my first fish.

Anytime you have that much line out initially it gives the fish a sporting chance and allows the angler to really enjoy the moment. Once again our guide boated the stout fighter, posed for a quick picture with it and then released the fish to fight another day. Chapko explained in Beaver Lake the Stripers grow an average of three to five pounds per year. but the amount of fish per acre isn’t as high as some other Striper lakes. Consequently, the fish in Beaver are consistently larger than other lakes, but there are not as many Stripers in the lake. If an angler wants a shot at a real “trophy fish” then Beaver Lake is the place to go since the waters here are home to fish pushing the fifty pound mark. Just a week or so prior one of Ed’s clients was able to hoist a 36-pound Striper out of the lake. continued on page 43

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THE ABA BASKETBALL REPORT

Round 2 of KC ABA team tryouts set for August 15 s David Francis, Kansas City ABA CEO, paced the gym floor at 68’s Inside Sports he shouted out “The initial tryout camp was successful but I am not satisfied, I want the best players around!” More than 20 players from the Kansas City area and the Midwest came to fulfill their dreams by showing their skills at the first tryout camp sponsored by Kansas City’s new ABA basketball team. The camp was held on Saturday July 11, 2009 at Will Shield’s 68 Inside Sports in Overland Park.

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Players were evaluated through a battery of general basketball drills and game situations which allowed them to showcase their knowledge of the game and offensive and defensive skills. “I was pleased to the hustle and heart the guys showed today, a lot of coaching is still required,” stated Assistant Coach Dennis Still. The team’s General Manager Reggie Harris pointed out that the first tryout camp yielded a few blue chip players. Harris elaborated, “We owe Kansas City the best and we will put the best talent on the floor.” The team, which starts play this November, will hold round two of tryouts on Saturday

August 15, 2009 from 10 am – 1 pm at Inside Sports, located at 11301 W. 88th St. in Overland Park. Qualified participants may register anytime online at www.kcabateam.com or on the day of the event. A $75 non-refundable registration fee is required for all participants. Photo identification is required. Francis is currently working on the team’s 30game season schedule. They will soon announce the local venue where they will play their home games. At that time tickets will go on sale. The ABA franchise will also name their first head coach and announce the official name for this expansion team in the upcoming weeks. The team has also received endorsements from Kansas City leaders including Mayor Mark Funkhouser (pictured) and Sugar Creek Mayor Stan Salva. For more information on tryouts and the team visit www.kcabateam.com.

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THE KC SPORTS HORSE EXTRA! By MARC BOWMAN, Contributing Writer

Just HORSE ‘N Around at the CBE hooting stars were abundant when the College Basketball Experience (CBE) hosted the “Horse N Around Hoops” event in July. The event featured several local sports celebrities, including Rockhurst and Mizzou football star Tony Temple, former UMKC basketball player Tim Blackwell and former Kansas player Lester Earl, along with national celebrities, such as comedian J.J. Walker, actor Cylk Cozart (cylkcozart.com) - famous for talking trash to Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in the film “White Men Can’t Jump” - and David Kalb, who gained celebrity by twice beating NBA star LeBron James in a H.O.R.S.E. contest. While the contest was more than just a better-regulated version of the traditional driveway game, it still retained the flavor of showmanship and creativity which makes the commonplace game so much fun for so many amateurs. “That’s the great thing about this game,” said Keith Zimmerman of Double Dog Sports & Entertainment, the event sponsor. “Anybody can play H.O.R.S.E. We want to get the public to come out and play and enjoy this game. There were about 300 people here today, which is pretty close to capacity for this venue and that shows how much interest there is in H.O.R.S.E. It has this instant fan appeal, a lot like American

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Idol, because the fans get to come out and play with the celebrities. It can be like the reality shows.” The reality for Kalb in this event was a loss to Blue Valley High School star Ryan Magdziarz. Kalb, whose video of his defeat of James last summer has gotten millions of internet hits, was appreciative of Magdziarz’s skill. “He’s a good athlete,” Kalb said. “He’s got those young legs and he can jump. Most of the shots he made were pretty tough and I was happy to hit some of them. He’s a good athlete and a great shot.” Magdziarz enjoyed the competition, although his basketball scholarship to Johnson County Community College prevented him from taking advantage of chance afforded the winner to make three timed shots – a lay-up, a free throw, and a half-court shot – to win a $25,000 prize. Magdziarz hopes to eventually move on to big-time college basketball at Wichita State or another Missouri

Valley Conference school. “Probably the one off the backboard and through the legs,” Magdziarz said when describing the most difficult shot he used against Kalb, while admitting he had trouble with a couple of Kalb’s more creative efforts. “Especially the shot off of each of

the (supplemental) backboards.” After splitting the first two games of the best-of-three series, Magdziarz finally put Kalb away with a double-tap-off-the-rim followed by a reverse lay-up. MU football star Temple made a surprisingly good showing against some strong players. “It was some pretty good competition,” Temple said. “There were some old cats and some young cats. I think I held my own. They didn’t think I had a jumper in me. They didn’t know I played (basketball) my freshman year. I guess I kind of snuck up on them a little. But some of those guys, they can shoot lights out.” “Those shots off the other backboards, that was pretty serious,” Walker commented after entertain ing the crowd as an on-court M.C. The tricks shots might sound a bit like an old Michael Jordan commercial, as the competitors worked as hard to create new shots as they did to actually sink them. But these amazing shots were made without the benefit of television magic. “Well, maybe white men can’t jump,” Cozart said, “but they sure can shoot. This was a great event and everybody had a lot of fun. The beauty is in the creativity. Whether it’s in sports or real estate or business, if you

have the creativity you can be successful.” “I look for anything to bounce it off of,” said Kalb of what he looks for when entering an arena for a H.O.R.S.E. competition. “Anything to bounce it off or throw it over. It comes from being in the gym a lot and getting bored with regular shots. I end up just playing around and making up shots.” Zimmerman and entrepreneurial partner Cozart have big plans for expanding their H.O.R.S.E. competition elsewhere around the country. “We want to take this world wide and bring the community out,” Cozart said. “If you watch the people who came out for this event you see that it gets their attention. If you can get their attention you can reach the children and then you can teach them something. We want to have celebrities, sports figures, athletes and members of the public. We have some things in the works for Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland. This was a chance to iron out some of the kinks. Having the eight-minute time limit was a good thing. We need to incorporate David (Kalb) more. This event gave us a good foundation.” Zimmerman is looking to expand the event to other venues. “There is a major sporting goods dealer on the west coast which is getting behind our events out there in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas,” Zimmerman said. “And there is another chain like that in the Mid-Atlantic States. We’ve had discussions with WalMart and Best Buy so we’re trying to get the sponsors. The U.S. Army has been a sponsor and will probably do that again. We’re negotiating with the Basketball Hall of Fame in Indianapolis to set up an event there.” The College Basketball Experience, located adjacent to the Sprint Center, could host future H.O.R.S.E. events. “We think it was pretty good for a first effort,” said CBE CEO Kevin Henderson. “Double Dog put this together and we were able to have a partnership to bring it to the CBE. We’ll definitely take a hard look at hosting it again. We want to be a part of basketball in the loc al area. As long as it’s legitimate and promotes the game, we are glad to be a part of it.”

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Mavericks’ interview: Jeff Christian he new Missouri Mavericks hockey team have been on a roll. With the home season starting in mid-November at the new Independence Event Center, the team the fans will see on the ice has begun to take shape. Eight of the 19 roster spots have been filled with experienced talent including: Goaltender Mike Gorman, 29, a nineyear veteran who has played 362 games and has a goals-against average of 2.97 Goaltender Doug Groenestege, 26, a four year professional who has played in 118 pro games with a goals-against average of 2.34. Forward Carlyle Lewis, a 10 year veteran who is 6’3” with 255 career points in 590 pro games and has 2,059 career penalty minutes. Defenseman Doug MacIver who has played 302 games over seven seasons. MacIver is 6’5”, 235 lbs. and has 80 points and 1,392 penalty minutes. Defenseman Travis Martell who played for Mavericks head coach Scott Hillman last season. The 6’5”, 225 lb. defenseman played in 58 games last season and finished with 20 points for the season and 89 penalty minutes. The team also recently added defenseman Tyler Fleck and Shawn Arvai and Travis Kauffeldt. The first player to be signed by the team for their inaugural season is Jeff Christian, a 19-year professional hockey veteran with NHL experience. The Kansas City Sports & Fitness Radio Show, heard Saturdays from 8-9 AM on Hot Talk 1510 and Friday nights from 6-7 PM on 1140 and 1160 AM caught up with Christian right after he was named to the team. Here is a part of that broadcast, hosted by Steve Fisch, Kansas City Sports & Fitness publisher and contributing writer Jim Potoski.

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SF: Welcome to Kansas City, Jeff. Fill us in on how you became the very first member of our new expansion Central Hockey League team? JC: Well, the last two seasons I played for the Tulsa Oilers in the Central Hockey League and I became a free agent when my contract came up. I had my sights set on coming here. I’d been part of an expansion team before in Youngstown, Ohio. I loved the excitement. I had some buddies who played for the Blades in the International Hockey League days and they told me Kansas City was a great area. My family and I are really excited to be here. We had a lot of hockey fans come out to the meet-and -greet when I was announced as the first player. There was a lot of 38

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excitement at that event. Once they get into the new (Independence Event Center) arena and see the promotions, the game and the whole atmosphere, it’s going to be a lot of fun. JP: So what position do you play, Jeff? JC: I’m a forward. Right wing mostly. I shoot left and play right. I’m 6’2”, 230 so I get involved. Most players who shoot left, play left wing. I switched over a few years back and in that position it opens up different angles and a different perspective. It takes a little while to get used to, but when I made the change it really opened up my offensive game. They teach that style of play to a lot of players in Europe. You’re always opening up to the net with your stick towards the middle of the ice rather than it towards the boards like it would be if you shoot left and play left. JP: What are you doing now to stay in shape for the season ahead? JC: I don’t really like to play a lot in the summer because you can develop a lot of bad habits. It really doesn’t affect me that much to not play in the summer. We have a decent training camp in October and I stay in pretty good shape by working out. SF: Besides playing for the team, you’re also going to help out in other ways too? JC: My duties this summer will be helping to recruit players, promotion and assisting the sales team. JP: So how will you find the players for the team - do guys send in resumes? JC: They do. They’ll send them to Scott (Hillman, Mavericks’ head coach). I’ve had a lot of phone calls, Facebook messages and emails from guys I’ve played with and against.

A lot of them say I’m in a certain situation on a certain team which I’d like to get out of (laughs). Can you bring me in there? We’ve only got a limited amount of spots, so we want to make sure we’ve got the right fit with each player we bring to the team. What I really like about the Mavericks and one of the reasons I came here is because the team is really going to be professionally run... They’re going to take care of their players, Guys know that that is what I looked for so when they hear that I’ve come here they call me. What I do primarily is call agents, coaches, buddies on other teams or may be going to play overseas and ask “Hey, who do you know...” SF: So did you know Scott Hillman before this opportunity came up? JC: I played against him a couple times

and maybe spoke to him once before at an All Star Game. I came in and we went golfing to see if we’d click and see how we’d get along. I am his assistant so all season we’re going to be working together, breaking down film. Talking about players. Talking about different teams and so we had to have a chemistry. Scott is a great guy. He’s really focused and determined to make this work right from the start. I’m excited that he gave me the opportunity to help him. SF: I was looking at your stats...1,377 pro games; 570 goals; 753 assists ; 3,543 penalty minutes. Plus 110 playoff games...that’s a lot of hockey. JC: It’s a great way to make a living. All my buddies who are coaching or the GM of a team or work at other positions for a team keep telling me the same thing.. “Play as long as you can.” Because playing is fun and it’s relatively easy compared to the jobs they’re doing now. Because as a player, you practice in the morning, rest in the afternoon and play at night. As a coach you’re working all the time. I’ve been in this role as a player/assistant coach for the past five seasons. There’s a fine line with this job because I’m in the locker room with the players and I hear their side of things and then I work with the coach. So I’m kind of the go between if a player has an issue and doesn’t feel comfortable going to the coach with it. I’m there to help bridge the gap. We also help teach the players how to be professionals...to show up to work and perform every day. That’s something the young guys don’t always understand. Hockey has been my life and it’ll be my life after I’m done playing. I’m going to stay in the game in some capacity. I just love working with the young continued on next page


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players and with kids in the community. I’ve done a lot of individual private training and worked with teams in the past and will do this again as we build the Mavericks up in the community. SF: You had a Jeff Christian charitable foundation...what services did it offer? JC: My wife and I started that together when I played in Youngstown, Ohio. We brought underprivileged kids to games. We had some fundraisers and donated the proceeds to youth organizations. Here in Kansas City my involvement will continue in some sort of capacity The Mavericks have plans for it’s own a charitable foundation which I’ll be directly involved in. The charity work of the Mavericks will a big part of the community. For tickets and information, visit missourimavericks.com or call 816-252PUCK (7825).

Above: On August 1st, KU’s Russell Robinson (left), Mario Chalmers, and Aaron Miles (right) took part in a HORSE N AROUND HOOPS exhibition sponsored by Miles Schnaer of Crown Toyota in Lawrence. Right: Russell Robinson tries a trick shot. Photos courtesy studioallen.com

I want to take this time to thank the people of Kansas City and Lawrence for making these past five months a successful and fun filled launch for HORSE N AROUND HOOPS. Back in November when our partner, CYLK COZART (cylkcozart.com), the famed actor from WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP, BLUE CHIPS, CONSPIRACY THEORY and more came to KC, Cylk agreed to let Kansas City be the launch market for our new H.O.R.S.E. basketball program. Cylk, along with our other Los Angeles based partners, instantly recognized the great hoops history and excitement in the KC/Lawrence area. In July and early August, we completed two great events that have the rest of the country waiting for their turn to host HORSE N AROUND HOOPS. On Friday, July 17th the CBE (College Basketball Experience) was the site for our KC Regional H.O.R.S.E. championships. This fantastic venue is reflective of the great History of College Hoops. To our surprise, our associate, David Kalb ,who late last year defeated LeBron James in H.O.R.S.E., was defeated by local Hoops standout , Ryan Magdziarz. Ryan just moments earlier won the KC playoffs that included personalities such as Lester Earl, Tony Temple, Tim Blackwell and soap opera star and KC native, J Eddy Peck. The event was hosted by comedian, Jimmie “JJ” Walker from the hit sitcom GOOD TIMES. The audience included national representatives from corporations and television entities who will be part of the future of our HORSE N AROUND HOOPS programs. On Saturday, August 1st, we took H.O.R.S.E. outdoors where Miles Schnaer and CROWN TOYOTA hosted an exhibition featuring MARIO CHALMERS’ return to Lawrence. Mario along with Russell Robinson and Aaron Miles, played a very competitive game of H.O.R.S.E. which was won by Mario Chalmers. Mario then very narrowly defeated Ryan Magdziarz in the championship game, which by the way, included Mario reenacting THE SHOT. The hundreds of people in attendance at CROWN TOYOTA loved every moment of the exhibition. When I asked Mario what we could do to thank him for his appearance, his request is for Cylk to hook up a H.O.R.S.E. exhibition between Mario and Jamie Foxx. Cylk has already received the commitment from Jamie Foxx for the future meeting. I want to say special thanks to Steve Fisch and KANSAS CITY SPORTS and FITNESS MAGAZINE who have been a great partner for the past five months. In addition to providing great coverage of our events, Steve and his publication have displayed a great spirit and belief in a START UP EVENT during an economic time that to say the very least has been very challenging to everyone. As we now take our program nationwide, we have a network of celebrity athletes and entertainers wanting to play H.O.R.S.E. that include: Adam Sandler, Jamie Foxx, Deon Sanders, Oscar Robertson, Charles Barkley, Eddie Murphy and more! We have built a special relationship with the CBE. Stay tuned for a series of CELEBRITY H.O.R.S.E. promotions which will be taking place at their great facility in the coming months. In conclusion, thanks to our supporting sponsors including the US ARMY, CROWN TOYOTA, CARGO LARGO, 810 WHB, The KANSAS CITY SPORTS COMMISSION, BIG BOB’S FLOORING OUTLET, KPRS/HOT 103 JAMZ, STANFORD and SONS COMEDY CLUB and DICK’S SPORTING GOODS. Most of all, thanks to you the people of Kansas City whose appetite for sports and fun is why we will continue to call Kansas City our home base. KEITH ZIMMERMAN- PRESIDENT DOUBLE DOG SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT KANSAS CITY SPORTS & FITNESS

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Protein…how much do you really need? s most of us know, protein is great for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Did you know not getting enough protein could be dangerous? As reported by the Harvard School of Public Health, lack of protein can cause growth failure, loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, weakening of the heart and respiratory system and even death. On the other side of the coin, too much protein is just as detrimental. Researchers learned high-protein diets might be associated with decreased kidney function. Your body cannot store extra protein, so when you take in more than you need, it has to work hard to convert amino acids (protein building blocks) into organic acids that acidify the bloodstream. Then the kidneys have to neutralize the acidity by pushing large amounts of calcium into the urine. This increased calcium excretion is not only harmful to the kidneys, but also increases the risk of osteoporosis. The later I can personally attest to from personal experience after being a bodybuilder for many years. Additional negative impacts on health include an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as a reduced intake of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals. Research trials have shown high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets do tend to work faster than low-fat diets. High-protein foods do slow the movement of food from the stomach to the intestine. This slower stomach emptying means you feel satisfied longer, getting hungrier later. Additionally, protein’s steady effect on

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blood sugar avoids the quick, steep rise in blood sugar and just as quick hunger-bellringing fall that occurs after eating a rapidly digested carbohydrate, such as white bread, pasta, or baked potato. The body uses more energy to digest protein than it does to digest

fat or carbohydrates. Unfortunately, much of the weight lost from these diets occurs due to muscle glycogen depletion. Doesn’t More Protein Build More Muscle? Athletes know the importance of protein. Strength trainers do need to consume more than the non-exercisers; however, most strength athletes get far more protein than necessary to promote muscle synthesis. The current protein recommendation for optimal muscle building in a strength athlete is 1.6 1.7 gm protein per kg of body weight. For a 200 pound athlete this equals 145 - 154 grams of protein per day. There simply is no scientific evidence that more than 2.0 grams of protein per kg of body weight has any additional benefit in muscle strength or size. All high intensity, powerful muscle contractions, such as weight lifting, are fueled by carbohydrates. Protein and fat cannot be oxidized fast enough to support high-intensity exercise. It is important to have adequate carbohydrates consumed on a daily basis to restore glycogen levels. Protein does not restore glycogen levels. Glycogen is the stored energy in the muscle and liver helping our muscles to retain water. Glycogen depletion is one of the reasons athletes ‘hit the wall’ during endurance competition. This combination is critical for high intensity athletic performance, and depleting these energy stores will decrease athletic performance. Inadequate amounts of carbohydrates can result in decreased endurance, decreased maximal effort, decreased serum glucose levels and increased risk of hypoglycemia Protein sources Eating proper amounts of high protein foods from poultry, fish, and red meats can eliminate the need to supplement with protein shakes and/or bars. Convenience is nice, however, read the labels. Some products typically have high amounts of hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners and preservatives.

When using protein supplements, many ask whether whey or soy proteins are best. Men believe whey protein is best, while women prefer soy. There are benefits to both. Whey protein is a naturally complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids required in the daily diet. It has the ideal combination of amino acids to help improve body composition and enhance athletic performance. It is also absorbed much more quickly than soy, getting into the muscle tissues faster being great for post workouts. Research suggests regularly eating soybased foods lowers cholesterol, prevents breast and prostate cancer, aids in weight loss and wards off osteoporosis. Additional benefits to soy protein are evident in the studies proving soy to reduce and even prevent heart disease, as well as reducing menopause symptoms due to the phytoestrogens present in soy. Fifty grams of soy is necessary to obtain most of these benefits. Soy is a larger protein molecule taking longer to digest being especially helpful in regulating blood glucose levels.

So What Should an Athlete Eat? An athlete’s nutrition program should be individualized to meet the specific needs of training and competition. There are not any definitive answers on ratios of protein, carbs and fats. It Audrey is important to educate Harman yourself by using trustworContributing thy sources such as The Writer Mayo Clinic and the American Dietetic Association. Any diet restricting entire food groups like fruits and veggies should raise a red flag. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are not bad, but too much of any or all of these can lead to weight gain. Choose complex carbs (9-13 servings daily fruits and veggies) over simple carbs (soda/candy). Stick with diets that safely reduce your calories to a reasonable level that do not leave you starving. continued on next page


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Supplement your fitness routine hen I talk to people about fitness routines, the emphasis usually is on some exercise or workout system. Sometimes the conversation will go into diet. No matter the person’s interest, I try to remind them that fitness is a lifestyle and incorporates far more than just a single exercise or routine. Being fit and healthy is a way of life and that incorporates everything from how you eat to how actively you live. Besides regular exercise and eating right, supplements have a place in your regime. How much depends on the individual and their goals. But for this article I’ll address the healthy work-out fanatic. By definition supplements are in “addition to” your healthy lifestyle. And certainly some manufacturers overstate their place in your routine. Without sound exercise and nutrition, supplements are useless. But let’s look at some basics: Multivitamins- I do recommend a basic multivitamin for everyone, regardless of their goal or activity. A basic centrum-type vitamin is not a bad place to start, as those contain 100 percent of your recommended daily allowances (RDA). From there you can somewhat tailor fit your multivitamin to your needs. Women for instance need more calcium and iron. While men need more zinc. Heavy exercisers can benefit from high B-vitamin

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formulations-with anti-oxidants for recovery. People with joint issues can add glucosamine and chondroitin. I would put a limit after a certain point. Many multivitamins promise to cure every ailment without a shred of research-backed data. Sticking with the basics is the best. Protein powders and bars- These can come in handy for many individuals from the weight-loss crowd to the muscle builders. Protein powders offer a easy to use, easy to assimilate source of low-fat protein. It’s easier to carry around a protein jug than a bunch of chicken breasts. They also offer a quick solution to increasing your protein intake, as opposed to constantly cooking eggs. I love adding a scoop of chocolate whey to my morning coffee for a “mocha” taste. I would look for a “whey” based protein, and make sure that’s the primary ingredient on the label. Choosing bars can be a little more complex. Protein bars have been very popular lately, and like all fads, many ghastly products are out there. Read the labels. Be aware many are high in calories and sugar. Look on the labels for the first ingredients, as those are the primary ingredients. The sugars should be around 10 grams max. Sometimes manufacturers will play with the labels to make the bar look attractive. If it says “net carbs” what they have

done is add some fiber, and then subtracted the fiber grams from total carbohydrate. Energy enhancers and athletic enhancers - This is a category that is especially prone to fraud. For every ten ad claims there are perhaps one or two that “work.” The problem is the FDA does not regulate supplement claims, so if an ad looks too good to be true then buyer beware. There are many energy supplements out there that can help you get a good workout, or “boost.” Most contain a variety of B-vitamins, which help your body release energy, and stimulant-based herbs, such as caffeine, ginseng, and guarana. So they’re relatively safe, but since they’re stimulants be aware of interactions with other drugs or caffeine. On the weightlifting side, there’s nitrous oxide (NO2) and various creatines. Creatine has been out awhile, and still is one of your best supplements for getting bigger and stronger. Recently many companies have developed better delivery systems, such as “estyl-ether” that eliminate the old “loading” phase. Now nitrous increases blood flow to your muscles, which results in both a more pronounced “pump” and a harder workout. I’ve used it myself and would recommend it. The only caution I offer is that no long term studies have been done on the effects-but it does

not work hormonally, which is good. Supplements can and should be a part of a fit individuals’ regimen. Provided you are exercising and eating smart, you can truly enhance your health.

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Balda Chris Balda is a USA Contributing Weightlifting coach, National Strength and Writer Conditioning Associa-tion Trainer and owner of FixXprt, a fitness and training consulting business. Contact him at (913) 244-0287 or at fitxprt@hotmail.com. Protein - continued from page 40 In summary, choosing high-protein foods that are low in saturated fat will help build muscle, protect the heart, and even help the waistline. However, remember carbohydrates are the primary fuel for intense muscular efforts and should be the cornerstone of an athlete’s diet, regardless of the sport you play. Audrey Harman is a nutrition consultant and can be reached at 913 707-4717 or at www.NutritionbyAudrey.com.

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presents THE KC BASEBALL REPORT By ALAN ESKEW, Editor

Anderson, Betancourt are Royals’ additions was hanging by the phone and plugged into my computer as the trading deadline ticked off the final minutes on July 31. I figured it would be futile time spent. It was. The deadline came and went without the Kansas City Royals making a trade. I didn’t think they would and if they did I did not believe it would be anything major. In truth, the last-place Royals had few players other teams wanted, especially contending clubs. Zack Greinke and closer Joakim Soria, both signed to long-term contracts, were put on the untouchable list. Gil Meche has a no-trade clause and was on the disabled list most of July, virtually making him untouchable. There was reportedly mild interest in right-handed starting pitcher Brian Bannister and utility player Mark Teahen. General manager Dayton Moore, however, was asking for far more in return than any team wanted to give up for either. A scout for an opposing team said his club had five starters with better stuff than Bannister and he was uninterested. Bannister is a thinking-man pitcher and could play several years in the majors, but most other clubs consider him no better than a No. 4 or 5 starter on a solid staff. Teahen is a nice complimentary player, who can play several positions without

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hurting you. He has started at first, second, third and in the outfield, but championship and contending clubs consider him no more than a deluxe utility player. The Royals would have dealt relievers Juan Cruz, Ron Mahay and John Bale, but found they had limited to no market value. They were like penny stocks. Who would want Cruz anyway? While the trading deadline without a player having to clear waivers passed, the Royals did make three acquisitions in July. They acquired outfielder-infielder Ryan Freel from the Chicago Cubs for a minor league player to be named; shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt from the Seattle Mariners for minor league pitchers Daniel Cortes and Derrick Saito; and outfielder

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Josh Anderson from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. Freel, who turns 34 next March, is not part of the Royals’ future. Kansas City was his third big league stop this year and his fourth team in 18 months. His better days on the field are behind, not ahead. With the aquisition of Anderson, Freel was designated for assignment in early August. The Betancourt trade was certainly controversial. Cortes was considered the Royals’ top pitching prospect close to the majors . He could throw hard, up to 97 mph fastball, and was only 22. Betancourt turns 28 on Jan. 31 if you can believe his Cuban birth certificate. His defense that was once superior took a perceptible slide last year with many fielding metrics labeling him one of the worst shortstops. Moore felt he needed to do something to fill the “black hole” at shortstop. Tony Pena, Jr., the Royals’ Opening Day shortstop in 2007-08, hit like a pitcher, so the Royals are moving him to the mound. He is in Surprise, Ariz., learning the nuances of pitching. Mike Aviles was the Opening Day shortstop this year after hitting .325 as a rookie. Aviles hit .183 in 35games this year before going on the disabled list with what the Royals called a right forearm strain on May 23. That strain turned out to be a severe tear that needed “Tommy John” surgery and he likely won’t be completely healed when the 2010 season opens. Willie Bloomquist and Luis Hernandez,

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who is back with Class AAA Omaha, also have started game at shortstop, so it has been a revolving door this year. The Royals lack any shortstop prospects close to being ready for the majors; hence, out of need Moore made the move to acquire Betancourt, even if it meant giving up a blue-chip pitching prospect like Cortes. If Moore and his scouts are correct on their assessment of Betancourt, he will be the Royals starting shortstop for the next few years, but the early returns have not been good at the plate. He rarely walks, only three percent in his 2008 plateappearances, which ranked as the worst percentage in major league baseball. He is, also, not a good bunter, which someone who hits low in the order should be able to do to advance runners. Most clubs consider Anderson, who turns 27 in August, a fourth outfielder on a championship-caliber club. The Royals are going to give him a chance to win the starting centerfield job the final two months of the season. Anderson, who bats left-handed and throws right, does have some assets. He has speed, 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts, in 135 games in the majors. He has a career .283 batting average with a .327 onbase percentage. He hit .242 in 75 games with eight extra-base hits in 165 at-bats this season with the Tigers, who designated him for assignment. With Coco Crisp out for the season after having surgeries on both shoulders and former first-round pick Mitch Maier flunking in his trial to replace him and to prove he is an everyday big league outfielder, the Royals are taking a flyer on Anderson. Whether he pans out remains to be seen, but they had to give up no prospects and only money to take a look at him. The shame is the Royals could have used some topflight prospects in return if they had any players contending clubs desired. The minor league system is thin of bona fide prospects outside of first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas, who played this year with High-A Wilmington (Del.).

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season. Buddy Bell announced on Aug. 1, 2007 he was stepping down at the end of the season after the Royals refused to give him a contract extension. It is Hillman’s turn to be on the clock now. We know what will happen next year, probably no later than then All-Star

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anager Trey Hillman received the dreaded vote of confidence from Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore. Why one was even needed a year and a half into Hillman’s reign? After all he guided the Royals to 75 victories as a rookie manager in 2008 and that was the most Kansas City victories since the 2003 team went 83-79 under rookie manager Tony Pena. That, by the way, is the Royals’ lone winning year since the strike-shortened 1994 season. With the Royals’ struggling mightily – losing 18 of 26 games in July and 52 of 74 games from May 7, when they were seven games above .500, through Aug. 1, when they were 23 games below .500, that causes managers to be questioned and fired. The expectations were high this year and the payroll was the highest in franchise history. The first five weeks of the season teased us, in first place in the American League Central with a three-game lead, before the Royals went into a tailspin – including a 10-game losing streak in July – that would not cease. However, Moore said Hillman would not only finish this year, but be back next year. We know this scenario. Been there, done that. Bob Boone was fired during the 1997 All-Star break. His successor Tony Muser was20fired 23 games deep into the 2002 season and he learned about it from the media, not general manager Allard Baird. Pena quit 33 games deep into the 2005

break, if the Royals are floundering in the standings and 15 games below the .500 water level. If that occurs, Hillman would be fired. Attendance will lag. Apathy will set in. Moore will be questioned why he hired Hillman, who had never played or coached in the majors, in the first place. Managing teams in Japan to playoff appearances and a championship may be great, but it is still Japan. So much was expected this season, but everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. The Royals resemble a MASH unit more than a baseball team. Coco Crisp and Mike

Aviles are finished for the season after surgeries. Jose Guillen might not play again this season because of a knee injury. Alex Gordon, who was supposedly poised for a breakout year, instead missed 79 games with a hip injury requiring surgery. Closer Joakim Soria and Opening Day starter Gil Meche have spent time on the disabled list. So have relievers Kyle Farnsworth and Doug Waechter, both signed in the off-season to help a bullpen that looks helpless outside of Soria. “This isn’t the team we put together in the off-season or left spring training with,” Moore said. True, so that gives Hillman a semi-pass for this debacle season. But what we see on the field is an errorladen team, fundamental miscues, an offensively-challenged club and poor base running. Some of that falls on the shoulders of the manager. Mike Jacobs, who was supposed to be a middle-of-the-order run producer after hitting 32 home runs last year with the Florida Marlins, has turned into a part-time player who strikes out frequently and hitting in .220s with few RBIs. And when

Billy Butler won the first base job over Jacobs that speaks volume about his fielding, or lack of it. Juan Cruz was signed to a two-year deal on Feb. 28 with the Royals forfeiting their second-round draft pick to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cruz and Farnsworth were supposed to be the eighth inning setup for Soria, but both have been busts. Cruz was hit so hard in July his confidence was shot and Hillman was using him earlier in games that were not close. Moore filled out the rotation with mediocre over-the-hill veterans Sidney Ponson, who was mercifully designated for assignment in August, and Bruce Chen. They were a combined 1-13 entering August. Thanks for showing up. The worst and most revealing Royal statistic is in the first 21 games Zack Greinke started the Royals were 1 0-11. Greinke was winless, 0-3, in five July starts. The Royals scored six runs in those five starts. When a team has a losing record with their All-Star pitcher that has the best earned run average in the majors that is inexplicable.

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loose and began to make some progress on my latest “Striper.” As the fish got closer to the boat, we could see that it didn’t have the distinctly stout boxer type body of a Bass but instead had a more elongated body much like a Walleye. Yep, somehow we had faked out a beautiful Walleye, one of the rarest fish in Beaver according to Ed. Still rare or not, this Walleye was easily legal at 23-inches long and since they are a real culinary treat I asked Chapko if I could keep this fish. “No problem,” he said and after we admired the golden color and the obvious namesake eyes, this one made its way into the live well. Catching Stripers takes a lot of work. Chapko hits the lake daily in an effort to scout for new area s that hold big schools of Stripers. When he isn’t scouting or taking out clients, he is rigging up tackle or maintaining his boat. Once an angler sees what is involved in catching these fish day in and day out, its easy to see why people hire a guide like Ed Chapko. This man has lived and breathed Striper fishing for a long, long time and has been guiding for two decades. It’s a foregone conclusion if you want results like what I encountered you need to venture about three hours south of Kansas City and hook up with Ed Chapko of E & C Guide Service. He can be reached at 479 631-3858 or via his website by going to www.Striperguides.net and look for E&C there. Believe me you will get your share of Stripes under the stars. Once more, Chapko rigged the rod up and off we went.

As the sun began to set, we made a few more passes with the umbrella rigs and without warning the left rod again buckled, signaling me that another fish was on. I was having a ball, and enjoying the fact the left rod was rigged with Culprit “swimbaits” I had brought with me. Immediately I noticed this fish had “bigger shoulders” than the previous two. He had an attitude and apparently he was reluctant to have his picture taken. After flexing his muscles for a bit he eventually tired enough so our Captain was able to haul him from the water. Sure enough he was nearly twice the size of his predecessors. I thanked him and he was swimming away seconds later. Since the sky was slowly progressing from amber to red to gray, Chapko advised us it was time to change locations and tactics. “Once the sun goes down, I quit fishing the umbrella rig and start trolling a big Bomber,” he said Of course it wasn’t quite so simple as to toss out a big minnow-type plug and begin motoring away. No Chapko had to hook the main line from each rod to a “downrigger,” which would drag the main line and lure down to whatever depth he choose. Sure enough, the experience of our guide was evident as it took just a couple minutes for Chapko to stow the umbrella rods and bring the “Bomber” rods into action. Once more he clicked the outboard into gear and we motored off into the setting sun. Like magic, one of the rods danced and bowed. I reeled up allowing the downrigger to pop

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