Being a woman and an NFL fan

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s not easy being a female sports fan.  More specifically, a female football fan.

On Monday, it was announced that the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. To refresh our memory, Hunt was released by the Chiefs back in November for domestic violence allegations.  He was caught on camera kicking a woman in a hotel. Though he still potentially faces disciplinary action from the League, as of today, he’s a Cleveland Brown.

My husband once told me, “I don’t know how you can be a woman and still like the NFL.”  Ummm…wow.  That hurt a little bit. But he’s right. (And no, this isn’t the first time I’ve acknowledged that he’s right, BTW)

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Conflicted feelings on Cleveland signing RB Kareem Hunt

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

During a season in which the Kansas City Chiefs had great expectations of going to the Super Bowl, a video surfaced to show star running back Kareem Hunt in an altercation with a woman at a hotel in Cleveland last Spring. In the video, he is seen hitting and kicking her. The backlash from this incident caused the NFL to suspend him indefinitely and the Chiefs to release him.

Yesterday, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey announced that they had signed Hunt. Frankly, my reactions have varied since I heard this news. I needed time to gather my thoughts, rein in my emotions, and sleep on it before I could put words down on paper.

Today, my thoughts are clearer, but no less conflicted. Hunt’s behavior in that Cleveland hotel is completely unacceptable. Everyone should be able to have a second chance to make up for their past, but WHY oh WHY does it have to be the Browns that give him that chance?

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Thank you Chiefs

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

Whether you were freezing in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium or sitting at home, fans across the country were watching arguably the best game of the season. 

Everyone was anxiously waiting to see if the Kansas City Chiefs could stamp their ticket to Super Bowl LIII.

Unfortunately, fans saw their dreams of a trip to Atlanta this year dashed during the last few seconds of a nerve-racking, heartbreaking 37-31 overtime loss to the New England Patriots.

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Seahawks win over Chiefs prove Carroll’s philosophy still works

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Chiefs 31 – Seahawks 38

For the Seattle Seahawks, last nights win against the Kansas City Chiefs was about more than getting a 17-2 record in prime time games. Even about more than clinching a playoff spot. This was a game about proving that the last few years weren’t a fluke. This game and this season has been about showing the NFL that the system, the Pete Carroll philosophy, still works.

I’ll admit it. Anyone who follows me on Twitter already knows. I didn’t watch this game live. Couldn’t watch this game live. December football stresses me out too much so I often have to watch games the next morning to save my sanity and my blood pressure. After watching the game this morning I can tell you, I’ve seen this team before. I’ve seen this energy before. And although wide receiver Doug Baldwin won’t say it, I will. It feels like 2012 all over again.

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Eric Berry kicks off annual Stock the Shoppe campaign

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva //@Aracelv1

‘Tis the season and KC Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry is in the Christmas spirit. The spirit of giving that is.

The Eric Berry Foundation kicked off their third annual Stock the Shoppe Gift Card and Toy Drive campaign at Nick and Jakes in Overland Park, KS. This is the first of four events being held in the metro area, and it was a success.

The mission of the campaign is to collect toys and raise funds for the Snowflake Shoppe at Children’s Mercy Kansas City which allows parents and caregivers to select gifts for children in the hospital, and their family members, at no cost, all without leaving the building.

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Monday night football goes west

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva //@Aracelv1

The Kansas City Chiefs were originally scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for one of the biggest games of the year. However, the game was moved west to Los Angeles after officials declared the field was unfavorable. And with growing concerns from the players – who allegedly refused to play – it was a done deal.

Scheduled as an away game, it made sense to move the game to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, with an enormous Chiefs fan-based already residing in the City of Angles, I have no doubt they will turn the Coliseum into Arrowhead Stadium as they did earlier in the season when the Chiefs visited the Los Angeles Chargers in week one.

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Mahomes Madness

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @aracelv1

Kansas City Chiefs 27 – Denver Broncos 23

The Kansas City Chiefs extended their perfect record to 4-0 in a remarkable comeback win over the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium on Monday night. 

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, yet again, is breaking records. Mahomes had already passed QB Peyton Manning’s record with his 13th touchdown pass through the first three weeks of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. 

The young quarterback is now 5-0 in his career starts and 2-0 in both showings in Denver.  Mahomes was able to swiftly maneuver around Denver’s defense after spotting a pocket of space and ran the ball into the end zone, scoring his first career touchdown during the second quarter.

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Kansas City Chiefs future is in the hands of Patrick Mahomes

Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG

The Kansas City Chiefs took center stage last January when they traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. Many thought it was a bad idea to get rid of a QB that had just had the best year of his career, while others thought it was a perfect time. Either way, the trade was the start of a whole new Chiefs team. A Patrick Mahomes lead team.

We all knew it would happen at some point. I mean a team doesn’t take a QB 10thoverall and plan to let him sit for years. However, the Chiefs didn’t rush Patrick Mahomes into the starting role. After sitting behind Smith for a year, it was time to let the kid, just 22 years old, shine.

Although he had a few missteps in training camp and the Chiefs first preseason game, Mahomes is getting lots of praise. Those of us who have been around football for a long time know that an Andy Reid offense isn’t an easy one to learn. Mahomes seems to be doing well with it.

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Tennessee Titans Defeat Kansas City Chiefs By One Point

Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Titans 22 – Chiefs 21

The first half of the game belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs.  They scored on a touchdown by Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who ran the ball in from the one-yard line.  They scored another TD when tight end Travis Kelce caught a 14-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith.  Not a good start for the Tennessee Titans

Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota was leading a good drive during the second quarter until he threw an interception to cornerback Marcus Peters; Titans head coach Mike Mularkey later stated that it was Titan wide receiver Corey Davis’ fault as Davis didn’t run his route correctly. The Titans have had this “miscommunication” and “execution” problem throughout this season.  It has frustrated the coaches and the fans and has lead to much speculation about the security of the coaching positions in Tennessee.

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Titans Over Chiefs In Wild Card

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 22 – Chiefs 21

Throughout the past two weeks, there has been a lot of rumblings in the press and on social media about head coach Mike Mularkey’s job security.  The Tennessee Titans lost three games in a row. Most of the wins this year have been determined to be “ugly wins” and most of the games have been low scoring or “boring”.  

When the press asked Mularkey if he felt that he was close to losing his job if he didn’t make the playoffs, he responded:  “I haven’t had support to say I was (secure). I just assumed the worst”.  The press conference video of this exchange was heartbreaking, Mularkey was quite emotional when questioned about his job security.  Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has addressed the situation with this statement:

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