Chiefs Win Potato Sack Race, Lose Marbles

 

 

 

Alright, I’m sure everyone has seen it a million times, but here it is for the 1,000,001st time:

 

 

 

 

The Kansas City Chiefs may have won the Potato Sack Race on Sunday, but it appears they’ve lost their marbles. Well, not just the Chiefs, but many of their fans as well. What else do you call it when the team has duplicated the winning percentage they’ve built on since September of 2013 (.666) by going 6-3 to start the season… only to have a notable local radio host such as Soren Petro calling for the head coach’s head. Sure, there are times when I am not a fan of the way Andy Reid coaches — i.e., schemes or play calling — but he’s a proven regular season winner and until he loses another post season game early in the playoffs, then I see no reason to overreact like a grade-schooler who was cut in front of in the lunch line.

 

We may also have lost our perspective. The usually spot-on Terez Paylor said this week that, “Bob Sutton could probably stand to be a tick more creative and a tick more aggressive.” What? A “tick?” That’s less than a little, right?! Marbles on the floor I tell you… marbles on the lose… marbles at large….

 

 

While I understand the white hot scrutiny being levied against our boys in red by some, I also am reminded that this is just a game, a very entertaining one at that. One filled with many positives. For instance, take what Tyreek Hill has done this year:

 

 

 

 

49.29 Yards per TD? That’s unspeakably good. Another thing that fans should feel great about is… Twitter has given all it’s users 280 characters. Now look, even some people can turn that into a negative:

 

 

 

 

Listen, I want our Kansas City Chiefs to win another Super Bowl — in my lifetime — as much as the next guy. However, I also see the game of football as the most entertaining sport on the planet. Here’s a portion of a poem by Richard Katrovas, as seen from a participant’s eyes:

 

“American Football”

Β 
Β …
Against the grain of what is beautiful
In sport, at least to my Yankee Doodle eyes.
Give me smashmouth football over soccer.
Give me concussions, shattered bones, ripped muscles,
Strategies of season-long attrition.
Give me huge men heaving their bountiful
Frames against each other with such grace that size
Seems incidental to the role of stalker
Of fleet backs and fleeter ends, men who bustle
Along the line of scrimmage on a mission.

 

31 teams will come away this season unsatisfied along with their fans. The Chiefs may indeed be one of those teams. A-g-a-i-n. However, this team is as good as any in recent memory… and yet we suffer. Who among us doesn’t want the make-up of a perfect team? A 1972 Miami Dolphins squad… was that perfect? They really weren’t. Their Hall of Fame QB, Bob Griese, was out for 9 games that year and the team played upon his “potential” return, while 38 year old backup QB, Earl Morrall, held down the fort. So, the Chiefs have a lot of wonderful players to be lauded… and enjoyed.

 

Who would have thought that 5th round pick, Tyreek Hill, last year, and this year’s 3rd round pick, Kareem Hunt, would both become such dynamic performers? And Hunt reminds us that life is bigger than the game itself:

 

 

 

 

The 17 week NFL football season is more like a mountain climb with many peaks and valleys. One of the reasons I enjoy Twitter is the play-by-play break downs which are shared there. Here, Chris Jones shows us why he’ll — one day — be a star in this league [as if he isn’t already].

 

 

 

 

This play — and ALMOST sack — reminds me of how a game can turn on just a few breaks. Here, Jones didn’t get the break he needed after making a great play.

 

Do I have any criticisms of this team? Yes, I do… and I’ll share those in the coming days. But, for now, let’s take a breather and admit that we would be thrilled if told, prior to the season, that we’d be 6-3 during the Bye Week. We’d also be thrilled that QB Alex Smith is one of the top QBs in the league this year.Β  We’d be thrilled to learn that Kareem Hunt has been mentioned as a possible Rookie of the Year.

 

Every now and then, I also get excited when I learn that the team has followed through where I — and many of my Chiefs compatriots — thought they should follow through. Waiving D.J. White may have been a painful evaluation for the front office (because they drafted him just last year), but it was the right move to make. And now we know that the Colts have added him to their roster. Good Luck with that. As is often the case when a player moves on, I like to say Goodbye in a proper way:

 

 

 

 

The only team in the league that I’m pretty confident would beat them in the playoffs are the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet, the Chiefs have already beaten them this season (without a star defensive player I might add). If that turns out to be the case — that the Eagles beat the Chiefs in the playoffs this year — it means the Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl, because Philly plays in the NFC. There are no other teams in the league right now who I think would “for sure” beat the Chiefs. Not even the Pittsburgh Steelers. The last two times the Chiefs played the Steelers they lost by 8 points combined (only a 4 point average margin of victory for Pittsburgh).Β 

 

The Kansas City Chiefs have seven more games to play this season. In reality, we only get 8 regular season games at Arrowhead and now there are only 4 regular season affairs — including tailgating — left for the local fans to enjoy. We have the whole offseason to rip the team a new one — or lose our marbles and disappear for months at a time as some fans may choose to do — so let’s find the roses amongst the thorns and attempt to savor these in-season moments. You know, once you open a bottle of wine… it’s only good, for just so long (just be glad it’s not that box-wine from Cleveland).

 

Also, congratulations to Eric Hosmer on winning his 4th Golden Glove award. Uh oh, now you’e worrying about where the Hoss will end up. Am I right?

 

 

 

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  • Homer Dave

    Chiefs are going to be just fine record-wise come the end of the regular season unless something very drastic happens….like a jumbo-tron falls on the offense during drills or something.

    1) KC will enjoy the 4th easiest schedule for the remainder of the regular season.
    2) The bye week should allow players to heal up and get their minds straight
    3) The prime time horrors should be over and some type of normalized schedule will happen.
    4) With no more scheduled prime time games Romo will probably not be announcing the games.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      I’m still thinking the Chiefs will be 11-4 or at worst 10-5 going into the final game in Denver.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    The local (KC) OTA TV lineup this week has the Seahawks @ Cardinals on Thursday night, this game is airing on NBC. This might turn out to be the most entertaining game of the week.
    The Sunday afternoon listings have the Packers @ Bears and the Chargers @ Jaguars for the noon games and then the late afternoon game pits the Cowboys @ Falcons. That late game should be a good contest and might be an enjoyable view. The two early games just don’t peak my interest.
    And then the Sunday night game with the Donkeys hosting the Patriots should be a fun game. Like I said last week, it’s always fun watching the donks lose, no matter the score.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      After looking at the league schedule for this week, I’m a little bummed. The other two late afternoon games on Sunday have the Texans @ Rams and the 49ers hosting the Giants. I would prefer either one of those games to the one scheduled.
      My first choice of those three would be the 9ers/Giants game. I’ll bet that game turns out to be very entertaining with the 49ers winning their first game of the year.
      I wouldn’t mind seeing the Texans/Rams game just simply because I would like to see the Rams play a game.

      • tm1946

        For me, a visit to the dentist is better than a weekend watching this stuff. Guess I could pay someone to see every game but no real interest.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          Well, the weather is supposed to warm up some this weekend, so maybe you can enjoy your golf game!

          • tm1946

            29 degrees right now…. but…. always a but

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Exactly, but…. the sun is shining here. First time in days. It feels pretty darn good.

    • freshmeat62

      Sounds like a good weekend to take the grandkids somewhere. Think Ft Osage and then over to Arrow Rock.

      • Homer Dave

        Seems that every year the bye week does just as much good for the fans as it does the teams

  • tm1946

    I agree Lad, and think we (you and I) are full of crap at the same time. At 71, I have been thru the wars with the Chiefs, that is correct – a whole bunch of us lived and died every game at Municipal and Arrowhead…. rainy or cold, win and lose…. they are OUR TEAM. Not Lamar or Clark…. OUR TEAM. How the game went made Monday at work more bearable and the end of the week was all about excitement for the weekend.

    I do not care about the NFL, Cleveland or cowboys…. I care (or at least did) about the Chiefs. Nutty, yeah, but what I do…. with emotions and dollars – year in, year out.

    As for Petro… did not call for firing Reid, unless he refused to make coaching changes after evaluating things with Clark. That is not raving, seem we need to make some kind of move…. why…. because unlike many…. 10 to 10+ wins in the regular season is NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR MY TEAM.

    PS If Chris Jones is a star, not sure what the hell a star is anymore and Steelers would run us out of the playoffs 7 times out of 10. That is what fans do, they argue things about THEIR TEAM.

  • berttheclock

    Laddie, as a retired teacher of note, you might be pleased to know Bob Gaudio, who along with Crewe wrote “Bye Bye Baby” went back in 2009 after dropping out of high school 50 years earlier to receive his diploma. Geez, just think. 50 years of penning songs, producing hit musical plays, making into Hall of Fames and all of them without having a high school diploma. Had he only completed his schooling, he might have accomplished something, eh?

  • berttheclock

    Ah, to look at a glass which appears to be two thirds full and fail to see that tiny pinhole in the bottom slowly draining the glass.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    If the playoffs started today, we would be the #3 seed in the AFC. The only other time we were the 3 seed (in the current 12 team format) was after the ’93 season when we made it to the AFC Championship game.

  • berttheclock

    There, once, was a curmudgeon to be living in Seattle. At the time, the Supersonics of the NBA had a team which kept winning regular season games. In fact, in ’93-’94, they won 63 and only lost 19. Yet, they lost in the 1st round of the playoffs. Next year, they didn’t win as much, but, they made the playoffs only to lose again. Then, their very best year of ’95-’96, when with The Glove, Payton, stealing the ball and flipping it ahead to a streaking Shawn Kemp, they roared to a 64-18 record. The local fans went nutzo over the team.

    However, the trouble making curmudgeon to be kept telling one and all they were not built for half court BB, which was what any team would face in the Finals of the Championships. “GET OUT OF HERE!”, they all cried. They roared that the great George Karl, who kept racking up regular season wins and his stars would win it all.

    That team lost to the Bulls in six, as they could not steal the ball and fast break. Plus, they were not solid at center to be able to compete in a half court game. The next year, Karl was named “Coach of the Year”, but, he was fired and never produced championships for both Denver and Sacramento.

    That same n’er do well curmudgeon, now types here at AO. It is yours truly.

    • berttheclock

      Andy Reid is the NFL equivalent of George Karl.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Now, just for me, it is hard to compare the playoffs of the other major sports to the NFL because the NHL,MLB and NBA all play multiple game series, where one player having a bad game or a HC making a bad decision in one game isn’t catastrophic. (unless it’s an elimination game, of course). In the NFL and I think the other Futbol, it’s single elimination, everyone has to be at their best, every game, or go home.

      • berttheclock

        I harken back to how the Chiefs lost last season. There was absolutely no push back by either the offensive line or the defensive line. Both were shoved backwards. I did not see this addressed in the draft or even in FAcy. Both lines continue to be pushed backwards. Seth Kysor noted that when Sutton uses a 2 man front on his defensive line, neither of the two can withstand being double teamed.

        My views are based on what I observed in losing in the playoffs and not as much as regular season games.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          I agree with that, that same scenario happened Sunday. The Cowboys had a 3rd and 3 in the red zone and Sutton put in his dime D, with Acker, no less, playing mlb. The Cowboys ran for a first down and ended up scoring a TD to go up by 11. If we had held them to a FG, it would have remained a one score game.

  • berttheclock

    After re-reading the thread above, while, I enjoyed the work of Bob Gaudio with the Four Seasons and even what he did when he produced Neil Diamond’s work later on, I am surprised Laddie did not feature another song above.

    To paraphrase the lyrics sung by Tammy Wynette, it would go:

    “Sometimes its hard to be a fan,
    Giving your love to just one team,
    You’ve had bad times
    And he’ll (the team) will have good times…………………………….

    But, if you love him, oh be proud of him,
    ‘Cause after all he’s just a team”

    Stand by your team.”

    • freshmeat62

      Hummm, sorry but I prefer Tammy’s version!

    • ladner morse

      Wow. You took Liberty for sure.
      It makes me reconsider my choices, “Give me Liberty, or give me death.

  • berttheclock

    Later gang. Off to the VA to have my vision checked. Of course, for many of you, you probably thought I should have had that done quite some time back.

    Hate those box exams where you have to concentrate on seeing blips floating around the screen.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Good luck with the floating blips!

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    I was just over at Disney (ESPN) looking at the “experts” midseason MVP poll. AS11 came in third to Wentz and Brady. The one thing I don’t understand is this QBR thing. Now, Brady has thrown for more yards than Alex, less than 100, Brady has a lower completion percentage, fewer TD’s and more INT’s, but yet has a higher QBR.
    Do the experts at espn draw circles on the ground with the player initials inside the circle and then dump a basket of mickey mouse turds from high above, and then count the mouse pills in each circle to determine QBR? The results could still be skewed by drawing larger circles for their favorite players.

    • Homer Dave

      Jokers, every damn one of them.

  • Homer Dave

    I LUVS this….

    Alright y'all. Ask and you shall receive. Here is an explanation/teaching on the technique Lane Johnson used to twirl Von Miller. Full video on FB–> https://t.co/iss71X2UkL pic.twitter.com/yHch6DZe4I— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 8, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    Neat little article from Keyser over at AP. There are a couple of things that I disagree with here but the foremost is the idea promoted by Keyser that Smith is exceptional or even good at diagnosing defenses pre-snap. Smith has been adept at dump-offs ever since he came to KC, this year being the exception, and he reverted right back to the dump-offs in the Dallas game.

    Anyway, for your viewing pleasure….

    https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2017/11/8/16622178/alex-smith-all-22-vs-the-cowboys-bad-alex-returns

    • tm1946

      How much is Alex and how much is Reid and his game plan? Not sure and no one will be telling us. thinking about it, will be interesting to compare how Mahomes plays vs Alex….someday.

      • Homer Dave

        Hehe, I know that I’m simply hoping for the chance to do so. So many things can happen in between now and that “someday”.