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Good morning Chiefs Kingdom! Grab yourself a cup o’ Joe and get in the Huddle!

Chiefs news for April 2, 2024

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Good morning AG!

 

 

 

Today in Chiefs history:  Matt Herkenhoff born in 1951, Sylvester Hicks in 1955, Jon McGraw in 1979
 
 
 
 
 
Today in Other history: 
 
 
In 1978, TV show “Dallas” starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS as a 5 week mini-series; ratings success leads to a 13 year run
 
 
“Tarzan the Ape Man” movie was released in 1932, starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films
 
 
1920 gave birth to Jack Webb, American screenwriter, director and actor (Dragnet, Sunset Boulevard), in Santa Monica, California (Just the facts’ Ma’am, just the facts)
 
 
In 1902, the “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
 
 

Émile Zola (1840-1902) French novelist and critic (J’accuse – I Accuse), was born in Paris, France

 

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), born in Odense, Denmark

 

1800 saw the 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 1st Symphony in C

 

Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover, was born in Venice, Italy

 

… and Charlemagne (742-814 AD) 1st Holy Roman Emperor (800-14), was born in Liège, Frankish Kingdom

 

 

 

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United Football League Debuts Revolutionary First Down Technology That Must End NFL Chain Gang | BroBible

United Football League Debuts Revolutionary First Down Technology That Must End NFL Chain Gang

It did not take long for the United Football League to unveil game-changing technology that should be used by the NFL. The new spring league, which combined the XFL with the USFL, took the first step toward the eradication of the chain gang.

Gone (soon) are the days of giant orange sticks!

Bolt6, a company at the forefront of sports technology innovation, partnered with the UFL to integrate what is called “TrU Line Technology” into games. Its purpose is to elevate the precision of ball-spotting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who will Kansas City Chiefs pick in 2024 NFL Draft? KC Star’s mock draft 1.0 | KC Star

https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article287136050.html

In last year’s Kansas City Star Chiefs Mock Draft 1.0, my (now retired) former colleague Herbie Teope was prescient, nailing the Chiefs’ first-round selection of Kansas State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah before it happened.

It’s not the first time the Star’s crystal ball has been accurate. We previously projected the selections of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (2020) and linebacker Nick Bolton (2021). Then, in 2022, The Star’s first mock draft had defensive end George Karlaftis, wide receiver Skyy Moore and offensive lineman Darian Kinnard.

 

 

 

Louis Rees-Zammit has already been given Kansas City Chiefs blueprint by Tyreek Hill | The Mirror UK

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/american-sports/louis-rees-zammit-tyreek-hill-32482869

Louis Rees-Zammit could be following in the footsteps of Tyreek Hill at the Kansas City Chiefs. The Super Bowl champions have added Rees-Zammit to their team – and they might already have seen the blueprint to use his speed after the offensive plays they drew up for Hill.

Rees-Zammit has just signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs, which means he’s now officially part of the NFL. His contract includes some guaranteed money and a signing bonus, thanks to the NFL’s International Player Pathway programme.

Rees-Zammit won’t count against the 90-man roster limit during training camp. He’ll probably spend most of his time on the practice squad because there’s an extra spot for international players from 2024.

 

 

 

Astros spot-starter Ronel Blanco delivers stunning no-hitter vs. Blue Jays | Yahoo Sports

https://sports.yahoo.com/astros-spot-starter-ronel-blanco-delivers-stunning-no-hitter-vs-blue-jays-021316662.html

Houston Astros reliver Ronel Blanco got a spot start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. He finished with the first no-hitter of the 2024 season in a 10-0 Houston win.

A third-year major leaguer primarily with relief experience, Blanco had never thrown more than six innings in an MLB game. He pitched nine stunning innings Monday in the eighth start of his MLB career.

Blanco’s night got off to an inauspicious start when he walked Springer to lead off the game. But then he retired 26 consecutive batters before walking Springer again in the ninth. Outside of those walks, he was perfect.

 

 

 

Super Bowl LVIII hero Mecole Hardman appears as answer on “Jeopardy” | Chiefs Wire

Super Bowl LVIII hero Mecole Hardman appears as answer on “Jeopardy”

Even in the offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs can’t escape the national spotlight.

This week, Super Bowl LVIII hero Mecole Hardman made a television appearance in his most unconventional manner yet: As an answer on the popular game show Jeopardy.

 

 

 

 

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Big Chief
04/02/2024 12:20 pm

I had a Carson Wentz encounter. I had a business trip where I had to fly to Philly from the Bluegrass Airport the day after the AFC title game in Jan 2019. The plane was one of the little Canadair jets. I’m 6’3″ and I can’t stand up straight on those planes. I got on early and as I’m sitting in my seat waiting for the rest of the passengers to board I notice another tall guy bending over to get to his seat. I remember thinking that the guy kind of looked like Carson Wentz. I looked again and realized it was Carson Wentz. He was on his phone waiting to get to his seat and I realize I’m staring at him. After a few moments I figure I need to look away or say something. He was standing right beside me at this point, so I just said “Carson?” and he nodded his head. He and his wife were seated about 4 rows behind me and I actually got a selfie with them in the background as they were dozing during the flight.

After the flight as we’re waiting for our carry-on bags to be delivered to the jetway and we ended up standing next to each other. I was struck by just how skinny he was, he looked more like a basketball player than a football player. Seeing him out of uniform It made sense why his prior two seasons had ended on IR. I told him that I enjoyed watching him play and hoped that he would stay healthy next season. He muttered “That’s the plan”. I was wondering what would happen when we walked through the airport, but I didn’t see anyone notice him.

That was the end of my brief encounter with fame. It’s weird to think that at that time was still considered a top QB but in fact his best seasons were already behind him and now just 5 years later he’s signed as a backup to Mahomes.

Big Chief
04/02/2024 11:21 am

Happy Birthday, Matt Herkenhoff! One of my favorite Chiefs-Raiders rivalry memories is around him. I don’t recall the year but I know it was the early 80s when the Chiefs had gotten competitive enough that Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen were calling the game. There were usually quite a few personal foul calls during those games, and Lyle Alzado was at his peak madman phase, so there was a camera on him on every play. So they would highlight the matchup between Matt and Lyle, and on one of them the play is over and players are heading back to their huddles when Alzado suddenly reaches over and slaps Matt on the stomach as he starts to walk away. Olsen was furious and made a huge stink about it during the broadcast. So after the game they ask Alzado about that play and the cheap shot on Matt, and he said that he was getting Herkenhoff back for trying to break his nose on the previous play. So they talked to Matt and he said, yes, on one play his hand did slip up inside Alzado’s facemask and he decided that while it was there he would “try to improve Alzado’s looks”.

Later in that same game they got a rep where our TE Arnold (Walt?), tried to block Alzado and they showed Lyle head slapping Arnold like he was playing a drum. That was another one that upset Merlin. So they asked Arnold about it after the game and he didn’t know what they were talking about.

Even in those bad years there was still so much I loved about following the Chiefs. I’ll have to try and find that game and watch it again.

KCChef
04/02/2024 9:58 am
Warpath
04/02/2024 9:40 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

NovaChiefs
Reply to  Warpath
04/02/2024 10:24 am

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KCChef
Reply to  upamtn
04/02/2024 9:56 am

GO UCONN !!! … ; )

NovaChiefs
Reply to  Tyrone
04/02/2024 10:35 am

First try, got 20/30. Stopped before it was over so I can try again.

MasterChief
Reply to  NovaChiefs
04/02/2024 11:20 am

That’s pretty darn good.

Tyrone
04/02/2024 5:32 am

Mahomes is 4-0 vs the 49ers.

Team Player
Reply to  Tyrone
04/02/2024 7:40 am

But what’s Wentz’ record against them?

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