Pushed Out By Pioli, Thum Candidate For KU AD

In 36 years, Denny Thum worked for only one organization, the Kansas City Chiefs. In 1974 he graduated from KC-based Rockhurst College and took a job as an accountant with the team. Rising through the franchise ranks, Thum was named Chief Operating Officer in May 2006, interim team president in December 2008 and team president in May 2009.

Denny Thum Clark Hunt Scott Pioli

(Clockwise from left: Denny Thum, Clark Hunt, Scott Pioli)

Then, two weeks ago, after the club’s biggest win in years in a gleaming, newly-renovated Arrowhead Stadium, Thum abruptly, and quietly, resigned.

Former longtime Chiefs beat writer Rick Gosselin wrote a most appropriate obit of Thum’s decorated tenure with the team in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS:

The Kansas City Chiefs dumped club president Denny Thum unceremoniously this month after a 36-year stay with the team. I covered the Chiefs from 1977-89, and Thum taught me the financial side of the NFL. He was the best contract negotiator I’ve ever seen. He also was a loyal employee to Hall of Fame owner Lamar Hunt through good times and bad.

But Thum’s problem was he was inherited by a new owner (Clark Hunt), new general manager (Scott Pioli) and new chief operating officer (Mark Donovan). So the new wave ushered him to the door. Thum deserved better treatment.

The Chiefs have no idea right now how much they are going to miss his expertise in so many areas. Thum won’t be out of work long.

The timing of Thum’s departure, though strange on the surface, actually makes sense once you dig into the details of the Chiefs’ office politics. Read more…

Peterson Is FIRED: Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead!

It’s been 23 years. 23 years since the Royals won the World Series. 23 years since we had something to cheer about here in Kansas City. Until now.

Carl Peterson Wicked Witch of the West

Carl Peterson was fired. (He DID NOT resign, friends.)

I live in L.A. now and don’t spend much time in KC anymore, but I just happen to be in town today, and I can tell you that sports fans will be celebrating Peterson’s demise here for some time. As an example, I turned on a local Kansas City radio station today and they were playing “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” after the announcement of Peterson’s ouster.

Yes, it was that bad. You have noooo idea.  Read more…