• CHIEFS’ RUNNING BACK DEPTH WILL BE TESTED — I noted on Friday that Kansas City coach Andy Reid had a surplus of running backs and he would have some tough decisions to make when it came time to pare his roster to the final 53.
Unfortunately, his decision was made for him.
Against Seattle Friday night, starting running back Spencer Ware was lost for the season with a knee injury.
There had been some question whether Reid would keep four running backs plus battering-ram fullback Anthony Sherman. With Ware out, the position now appears set.
I was a bit surprised when Reid said Sunday that rookie Kareem Hunt would be the No. 1 guy, with Charcandrick West and CJ Spiller as backups. Hunt has some wiggle in him, as he has a knack for making defenders miss. But to put him ahead of West, who has a proven track record, says a lot since he’s a rookie. Spiller, I thought, would be the odd-man out, but now his spot appears secure.
Other teams might have panicked with the loss of their top back, but the Chiefs are in a better position than most. While Hunt is now the No. 1 guy, I know the Chiefs don’t want to pound him into the line 20 to 25 times. Look for him to get about 15 carries a game, and West and Spiller to divide the backup role.
• ROYALS SINKING FAST — The Royals are just 2 1/2 games back in the wild-card race despite losing four straight.
With three shutout losses to Cleveland over the weekend, they can forget about the AL Central as they are 8 games back.
This latest cold stretch is a total team collapse. The offense has gone 34 straight innings without scoring, which means they haven’t hit a home run in 34 innings. The starting pitching is a disaster as none seem to be able to make it through six innings. The bullpen is splintering from overuse and manager Ned Yost is running out of options.
Yet, if they can muster up one more hot streak, say 9 of 12 or 10 of 15, they’d be right back in the playoff hunt. Hopefully they’re going to have something to play for in late September.
• FIGHT BETTER THAN EXPECTED — I did not watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight on Saturday, but from people I’ve talked with who did, it was surprisingly competitive.
From all accounts, McGregor was able to hang in for about four rounds. But he started to tire and Mayweather began to pick him apart, finally ending it in the 10th with a TKO.
I’m glad for those who plunked down a hundy that it was more competitive than expected. I really didn’t believe McGregor had any chance at all. While it sounds like he never had Mayweather in any trouble, it was a fight that was far from farcical.
Mayweather says he’s done. He’s 50-0 and there’s nobody left for him to fight. He also eclipsed Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record, so maybe this is a good time to enjoy the id="mce_marker"00 million or more he earned.