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SLATE: Byron Pringle, Super Bowl champion

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Yes, the Chiefs have ended 50 years of frustration. Now, it’s time for Baylor.

The original caption claims Pringle fumbled this ball. No, Richie James muffed the punt. Pringle tackled him.
The original caption claims Pringle fumbled this ball. No, Richie James muffed the punt. Pringle tackled him.
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It had been so long since the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl that even your benevolent despot, who so many of you seem to think is older than agriculture, had no memory of such an event occurring.

Until last night.

Patrick Mahomes did that thing he does, aided by a solid cast including Damien Williams, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce.

And one Byron Pringle, whose impact on the game doesn’t pop out on the box score but was nonetheless relevant. The Chiefs, via either kickoff or punt, allowed five returns last night. Pringle, the gunner on special teams, recorded solo tackles on three of them, all of them giving the 49ers terrible field position inside their own 20-yard-line.

So Pringle will get a Super Bowl ring, and he’ll have earned it. Sadly, two other Wildcats won’t. D.J. Reed and Elijah Lee combined to match Pringle’s tackle total, with Reed’s lone tackle coming on the opening kickoff while Lee recorded tackles on two kickoffs. (Amusingly, on Lee’s second tackle, Pringle was called for holding.)

The only other news today: tonight, the men face top-ranked Baylor at Bramlage, while yesterday the Wildcat tennis squad scored a 5-2 win over previously unbeaten Missouri at Mike Goss Tennis Center.