The duo of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have haunted the Kansas City Chiefs, again.

In Super Bowl LV, Brady and Gronkowski — on the home field of their new team in Tampa — the Tampa Bay Bucs beat the Chiefs, 31-9.

It prevented the Chiefs from becoming the first team in the NFL since the 2004 and ’05 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowl championships.

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Life was pretty good last February.

The pandemic was still a few weeks away, businesses were open, no one was wearing a face mask … and the Chiefs won the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.

One year later, about the only thing that hasn’t changed is the Chiefs are back in the Super Bowl. They will play Tampa Bay on Sunday in Super Bowl LV.

Kansas Citians who drive the highways around the area know billboards and signs featuring players or logos of the Chiefs are plentiful.

But where I-435 flies over East 104th Street, just west of the Blue River, a new billboard has appeared. It’s red with yellow and white lettering, like so many others. Except this one says, “Change the name and stop the chop.”

Gaylene Crouser is the executive director of the Kansas City Indian Center and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

After the Kansas City Chiefs made history by becoming the first team to host the AFC Championship in the same stadium for three years in a row, they’re set to make more history with a trip to Super Bowl LV after a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs are bidding to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since New England in ’03 and ’04 when Tom Brady was under center for the Patriots.

There’s a lot riding on a Kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Sterling College Warriors are scheduled to take on the McPherson College Bulldogs at home. If that familiar thud of shoe against football and cheer from the stands doesn’t happen, the college that keeps the central Kansas town’s economy humming, that gives it cultural vitality, and that separates Sterling from the hollowing out that defines so many other small Midwestern towns, might not survive.

High schools across Kansas expect school to open this fall, and with that may come Friday night football. Yet sports during a pandemic could look different.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has issued new guidelines on how teams can get in shape this summer starting June 1 — insisting on social distancing rules and gathering restrictions that would apply even in high-contact sports.

Kansas City threw a party 50 years in the making on Wednesday with a parade to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl LIV.

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansans thinking about wagering a few bucks on the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl appearance this weekend would have to go to one of 14 states to do it legally.

But by later this year, sports betting could be legal in Kansas. This year’s bill is a compromise — allowing people over 21 to gamble on sports through the companies that run the state-owned casinos and via online apps. And it has some critical support.

In their last Super Bowl appearance half a century ago, the Kansas City Chiefs achieved an upset in more ways than one.

Not only did they defeat the favored Minnesota Vikings 23-7, the game marked the first big break in law enforcement’s longstanding efforts to bring down the Kansas City mob.

Everyone in town was betting on the Chiefs, and Nick Civella, the longtime boss of the Kansas City Mafia, had to scramble to find people to take the other side.

Not since Len Dawson guided the Kansas City Chiefs to the Super Bowl IV title has the team had such an elite quarterback at the centerpiece of the offense and the team. 

But even Patrick Mahomes, who’s been the starting QB since 2018, knows he’s not the sum of all the parts on offense and defense. Here are five guys not named Mahomes who also bring something special to the Chiefs: