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There’s no surprise that maybe a Chiefs fan or two, or two thousand, enjoyed the sad news that came out of Oakland on Thursday with the Raiders release of QB JaMarcus Russell.

The move ended what has been an NFL soap opera for the last three years and established a new standard for failure in the NFL Draft. Russell is the poster child for the decline of the storied Raiders franchise, one that has made football proudest a laughingstock among those that once feared him.

More than anything else, I would bet Al Davis is sad, upset and angry not with the wasted draft choice, or the $39 million Russell collected over three years. I’d wager that what just destroys Davis is that Russell remains a remarkable athlete, capable of doing memorable things on the football field. For any number of reasons, the Raiders were not able to get cultivate those talents so that Russell was a winning and productive quarterback.

And the Loser Is … Weekend Cup O’

Manchester United, the world’s most valuable sports franchise, will inaugurate New Arrowhead Stadium with a match against the Kansas City Wizards July 25, the Wizards and the Kansas City Chiefs announced Thursday.

Rated the world’s No. 1 sports franchise for the second year in the row by Forbes, Manchester United of the English Premier League is valued at $1.87 billion. The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are ranked second at $1.65 billion.

The game will be the first in the newly updated stadium, which underwent $375 million in renovations.

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the club has released TE T.C. Drake and WR Chandler Williams.

Drake caught 20 passes for 281 yards with one TD in 49 career games (19 starts) at the University of Kentucky. Williams spent two weeks on the Chiefs practice squad in 2009. He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection (233rd overall) of Minnesota in the 2007 NFL Draft

Chiefs Release TE T.C. Drake WR Chandler Williams-WIBW

“Guys are a lot more accepting and tolerant than they get credit for,” Fujita said. “It’s not across the board, but more than likely there are more players who respect that I’m standing up for what I believe in, rather than those guys who might say I must be a fag. I haven’t gotten any of that.”

He said he’s not the only one in those conversations who is for gay marriage; And the attitudes of many of the teammates he talks with are shifting in his direction.

“More and more guys are starting to come around,” Fujita said. “I try to pose the argument in a way that isn’t confrontational. I don’t want to bring hate into it. I center it on love and understanding and common sense. And I think people hear my message and the way I bring my story into it, I think more often than not people understand the commons sense of it. They just have to wrap their head around the idea that love is love.”

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