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Haley puts an emphasis on several stats, which he considers barometers of whether a team is trending in the right direction. You could even call them his rules for winning. And one was obviously being broken more than the rest.

“The No. 1 thing on the top of the Chiefs’ list, ‘Do not turn the football over,’” Haley said. “When we don’t turn the football over – and factor in a bunch of other things – that’s a key to us being much more successful.”

•QB Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs: After an awful start, Cassel has turned it around to throw seven touchdown passes and one interception his last three games. He has appealing matchups against leaky pass defenses: the Oakland Raiders (Week 7), Miami Dolphins (Week9), Denver Broncos (Week10) and New England Patriots (Week 11).

Taxing as they often were, the events of those three years turned a football-loving Texan into an addict for college hoops. When The Kansas City Star “promoted” me to cover the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, I lasted six months before bolting to Yahoo! Sports so I could return to writing about my passion: college basketball.

Four years later, as I begin my job at ESPN.com, the enthusiasm is even stronger. Every year, there are new inspiring stories to tell, new champions to crown and new heroes emerging in the unlikeliest of places.

“It’s unorthodox,” admits Wendy Hall, McCluster’s mother and co-owner of the restaurant. “We serve breakfast, we have a lot of families in here … and of course on Sunday we have Kansas City playing on one of the TVs.”

“It’s definitely family friendly, until it gets late at night. Then it’s more like a lounge,” she said.

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