If you are an Irish golf fan, you had to love this year’s British Open. It was played in Northern Ireland and the native Irishman Shane Lowry destroyed all of the best golfers in the world.
He won it going away with 15-under score and played the last round in the wind and a rainstorm. You had to have experience playing in those conditions in order to perform that well under that kind of pressure. It was a special moment for golf and everyone in Ireland. It was Lowry’s first major tournament win.
The young kids playing for the Royals are beginning to learn the tricks of the trade. The second half of the season should be fun to watch their continued growth and maturity at the big-league level. I like that Dayton Moore and Ned Yost are bringing up new young faces.
The big story this week is all about the Chiefs and Tyreek Hill. I was flying home when the news broke that the NFL would not discipline Hill in spite of the controversy that has surrounded the star receiver for the last 10 months. The decision came as a big surprise to most people.
The main concern is for the safety of the children. The two involved adults need counseling and hopefully understand that need. Hill is a star receiver on an NFL team that has a real chance to compete for a Super Bowl title.
The story for the Chiefs is just beginning. When the team is on the road the team and Hill will be subject to ridicule and criticism by opposing fans. They need to rise above the negativity particularly early in the season.
On several occasions last season, Hill began to display an attitude on the field that he had not shown his first couple of years with the team. He was penalized at key times for unsportsmanlike conduct after a big play or touchdown. The penalties put a very poor Chiefs defense in an even tougher situation.
He appeared self-absorbed on the sideline and acted as if he knew more than the coaches. Is he ever really going to get it?
He has had every opportunity to clean up his act off the field. Andy Reid, Brett Veach and the Chiefs organization are now faced with a responsibility to keep a close eye on him. He deserves a second chance. Some folks are lucky enough to get a third chance. His super athletic talent should not override the simple right or wrong of life.
It is very difficult to win the Super Bowl under normal conditions. This will add another layer of difficulty in a climb to the top. The legal community was unable to provide proof that he was guilty of any wrongdoing. The NFL and Chiefs were obligated to follow the parameters set by the law. All involved parties tried to arrive at a fair solution to the problem.
It will now be up to Hill to right the wrong. His lack of maturity and discipline in regard to his family has already cost him millions of dollars. Championship teams are not full of themselves but are built with talented athletes who are willing to sacrifice their own glory for the success of the team. Selfish teams do not win championships.
Hill has shown great athletic talent but has displayed very little self-control and a lack of consideration. This should be a great season that has taken more than 50 years to build. One bad apple cannot be allowed to spoil the barrel. If Hill does not see the light early on, the organization needs to pull the plug ASAP.
• My quote of the week comes from Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath: “You must be honest with yourself. If your best isn’t good enough, then you’ve got to find something else to do – another sport where your best will be good enough.” This is true both on and off the field for Hill.
– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at email@example.com.