“No matter how good you are there is always someone better” said my father as we sat watching the Saturday afternoon rerun of the Ali-Frazier trilogy so many years ago. He told me that the best boxer in the world might be smacking a bag way back in the Appalachians, waiting to be discovered but better than the best.
I think he is right.
It certainly appears to be the case with the Patriots. Like Frazier, the Kansas City Chiefs have had their share of total butt whippings. Game after game, season after season, teams have walked into Arrowhead with little question they would win, and rightfully so. But when it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots have their Frazier.
So many seasons ago Tom Brady went down and out for the year at the hands of Bernard Pollard and the Kansas City Chiefs. Then they came to Arrowhead on a Monday night and had their hats handed to them as Tom Brady shook his head from the sidelines and the world debated the possibility that his career might be over. After an astonishing Super Bowl win and talk of an undefeated season in 2017, on a Thursday night, in their own house, while the world was watching, once again Frazier beat Ali.
Historically it’s not really new for the Chiefs. There is our Super Bowl win of course. I like to remember the time we trashed the hopes of a perfect season for Green Bay one day at Arrowhead.
And I seem to remember that Ryan Leaf and his new team the Chargers were having a fair season until they took on the Chiefs. Leaf later said that infected turf fibers entered his skin and lymph glands and that is what happened. Whatever that means, it’s too bad because after K.C. it all went downhill from there.
The importance of every single game is one of the many things I love about football. I don’t get that feeling when I sit at a Royals game. Nor do I get that feeling when I watch the Blues play. It is fun to watch them win, but the season is far from ruined if a baseball or hockey team loses three in a row. At least during the regular season.
So year after year, season after season, I make the trek to my beloved Arrowhead. I go to the games that I think we can win but I also go to the games I don’t think we have a chance at.
Because you never know when Frazier will beat Ali.
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