The Lord of the West

 

 

 

The Lord of the West

 

Every Saturday morning as you stretch in bed and you rub the sleep from your glossy eyes, you anxiously await for your favorite writer to grace your screen with perfectly written articles and witty commentary. (I am your favorite writer by the way. I know I’m conceited. I would change but it’s just so difficult to make this amount of awesome, any less.) Well luckily for you this Saturday isn’t any different. This week however instead of offering up my latest installment of masterfully written and always accurate predictions for the following week I am going to change things up just a bit. I am going to try to make your day and season just a bit brighter. I would like to spin you a yarn of times long past. When expectations and hopes were high, and the dastardly Broncos were in shambles.

 

The Four Bands of Warriors

Not long ago there were four bands of warriors. All of which were fighting for dominance of the pitiful wasteland they inhabited. Out of these noble groups one set of heroes emerged. Clad in the red and gold of the land of Kansas City and led by, Andy the Red and John by the Bay of Green, these men throttled the 3 other tribes into submission. The rightful ruler of the land in the West of AFC was crowned and all was right with the world. The previous rulers, the horsemen from the land known as Denver had fallen flat and were overthrown in a vicious battle by the tribe from Kansas City. Over the next year the tribe asserted their dominance over the remaining bands in the west handily defeating the others in battle time and time again.

 

A Power Struggle Emerged

Alas, this shift in power was not meant to be. A power struggle emerged between the two generals leading the valiant red and gold clan. The generals, deadlocked in their fight for dominance looked for guidance and a final ruling from the Chief of the clan, Clark the Knobel Hunter. As both generals pleaded their dilly-dilly case, Andy the Red wove tales of vast riches and glory that could be had if only the Knobel Hunter would side with him against the John. Enchanted by Andy’s silver tongue John of the Bay of Green was banished from the mighty castle built by the Father Hunter.

 

With his opposition removed and no one except the Chief to hold him accountable, Andy the Red was free to plan for battles and permanently instill his philosophy of the check down and bubble screen. Clansmen everywhere rejoiced to Andy’s brilliance when his battle plan led by Field General Smith resulted in many vanquished foes. Smith, who had long been overlooked as simply a capable captain, was lauded by scholars everywhere as becoming the most valuable general in all of the land. Sadly something changed and after the destruction of five rival clans, The Warriors of KC fell in battle.

 

It was expected to lose a battle throughout the season of conquest so the poor management and battle plan was quickly dismissed as a fluke incident. This “fluke” was anything but. Over the next six engagements Field General Smith would fail to lead the group of red and gold warriors to victory, even over far weaker opponents.

 

Falling on His Sword, Again

Andy the Red was quick to defend his field general and immediately stepped in to accept responsibility for these losses, but his acceptance was not enough. Field General Smith was turned on by the very scholars who so whole heartily approved of his methods, and the tribe that was most likely to fight in the final battle was relegated to insignificance.

 

Clansmen began to despair, “Woe is me” they would say. “Our tribe has fallen, why oh why would Andy the Red still offer Field General Smith the chance to lead our group in to battle? We have already begun training his replacement. Let Patrick the Second lead our group for the remaining battles. He could not fail us worse than Smith.”

 

In Defense of Field General Smith

With the call for Smith to be dismissed from his leadership position, Andy the Red could not just sit idly by and allow the rumors and talk of mutiny go on. He would publicly state that his support for Field general Smith is unwavering. He believed Field General Smith would recover his lost power and lead the tribe to victory.

 

A Call For Patrick the Second

The voice of the masses are calling for Patrick the Second to begin his reign as field general and to that I say no. Smith may yet rebound. For some clansmen I would be seen as a heretic, someone who can not see the changing times, rather I see myself as the one of the last who still hold on to hope. I hold to the hope that Smith will right the wrongs committed and continue the march to the final battle that he so strongly began. Every fiber of my being still holds out the hope that the tribe from KC will be able to recover from the recent setback. The crown for the West is still available to the tribe and with that crown comes a chance. A slim chance, but a chance none the less.

 

With the crown in the hands of the red and gold Andy the Red will be given the chance to prove to scholars everywhere that the middle of the great war, not the beginning, is the fluke. With the crown of the west properly bestowed we would all but guarantee that the horsemen, the pirates, and lightning to the west of us would be locked from attending the final battle.

 

Conquering the Despair

So I say to you, brethren, do not despair. Times may be bleak and losses may be high but hold to this knowledge I give to you this day. Stand with me behind our team. Rally behind me in support for our warriors. If we win the Crown of the West we will only further our goals and gain entry to the final battles for the Ring. At the beginning of the post season does it matter that we have lost 5 of 6 battles in the middle? No. Every group fighting will have the exact same record and all previous losses will be forgiven. As long as we make it to the end with a chance to continue our fight we have a chance.

 

 

So guys this is what you get when I watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in one week. I swear next week I will find something else to watch. Maybe I can get through the original Star Wars trilogy? Pew-pew!!!

 

 

Comment below and let me know how awesome I am and as always VIVA LA JET SWEEP and GO CHIEFS!

 

 

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  • HOMER!! Dave

    Actual footage of the practice squad running cover 2 versus Alex Smith.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82209eb97fe751ce135cf7180b28f9ef3c2512cdf9c6d0c785f4b87aa1906846.gif

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      And the humor continues.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      A rather grand depiction of Andy the Red’s Field General, Alex Chickensmit.

    • drwillez37

      And he still runs away!!!

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  • berttheclock

    Optimistic view, John. However, my concern lies with the strong emergence of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse forming one hard Charging steed from the Far West heading directly into Arrowhead one week hence.

    Now, understand this about Tolkien’s work. He had suffered greatly from shell shock in the trenches of the Battle of the Somme in World War I. His trilogy was not really based on any anti-war views concerning World War II, but, more of his concern that while fighting evil by the good is something which must be done, never emulate the evil of your enemy. His view was shared equally by Kurt Vonnegut, who had been captured in the Battle of the Bulge. Both of them were horrified by the usage of evil to fight against evil. Both abhorred the concept of bombing civilians seemingly “for the greater good”. That concept of “for the greater good” has been misused by tyrants and zealots for decades. Stalin loved that concept as well as so-called do-gooders of the Western world. It, also, has been misused by those who claimed they had to destroy a village in order to save it.

    Now, fight the good fight at MetLife and try to regroup.

    • berttheclock

      One of Tolkien’s sons served with the RAF in South Africa during the war. Tolkien hated airplanes as he did not like seeing them used, ala Bomber Harris, to drop tonnage on civilians. He wrote letters to his son telling him such.

  • tm1946

    Reminds me of Al Bundy trying to be a tough guy against a bunch of younger tough guys…. doesn’t work all that well. Was bs-ing about tough guys and my wife said to the group, I was probably still about to handle some…. as long as they waited for me to get my bad knee and stand up… killed the moment.

    By the by moment: If the CBA limits the practice time and Reid’s genius offense take extra time to practice to get it right on Sunday’s…. why does Reid keep riding this horse that is dying because without practice, WCO ala Reid does not work all that well.

    • jimfromkcj

      tm, sometimes you get so pissed that you are willing to take some punishment in order to get your licks in. Have had a lot of bruises to show my ignorance.

  • Heilios

    Laddie thanks for polishing this article up! It turned out great!

    • ladner morse

      When I write… it’s called “polishing a turd.”

      But, when you write… it’s “polishing a diamond.”

      Really. Looooved it!

      • mnelson52

        Lol

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    Good article John, a fun read.

  • freshmeat62

    I agree, stick w/ Smith the rest of the season. This is his team. I don’t believe they will do anything in the playoffs anyway.

    Here’s my acid trip.

    After Jacksonville beats the Chiefs in Wildcard Weekend we can then start our wait of 4 more years for Andy’s contract to run out (just love the way Lil Clark fritters away his grandaddy’s oil fortune), then Lil Clark can look for the next ‘shooting star’ to hire, and then flame out. I figure that’s all about 7 years down the road. Then he can start this procedure all over again…and we’ll never see the Chiefs in a SB.

    Since everybody reports straight to Lil Clark, I guess that means he thinks he is now a football guru. Is that a Dallas thing? Because since Jimmy Johnson left the Cowboys and Jerry Jones has anointed himself football expert, the Cowboys have pretty much just been spinning their wheels.

    One good thing coming out of Dallas today is the Big 12 playoff between Oklahoma, and TCU. Looking forward to that.

    • ladner morse

      That’s about the only thing to look forward to coming out of Dallas.

      • berttheclock

        Big D, little a, double L and the rest seems to crumble away.

        • ladner morse

          …now ends with… A-S-S… because Jerry is that.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      I tell ya what, if the Chiefs and in particular Alex Smith can’t get these offensive issues corrected, they won’t be making the playoffs. There is only going to be one team from the AFC West playing in January. These next three games are crucial if the Chiefs want to be that team. If they win all three, then the division will be all but locked up. If not, then I guess we start on our off season plans.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      It’s funny. I hear people talk about how hard is is to find a good QB, and how you should hang on to one once you get them. Yet there seems to be no similar recognition of how difficult it is to find a good head coach. Chiefs have had little enough talent, of either persuasion, that fans ought to have some patience with both adequate coaches and adequate QBs. Most of us, my self included, are only willing to have patience with one or the other though.

  • tm1946

    Today’s Topeka sports section – “KC hopes Revis can be close to former stellar self”… wow, I just wanted him to be better than Gaines.

    • ladner morse

      Revis should be able to set up a table, sit down to eat lunch on the field… AND still be better than Gaines… when Revis turns 50.

      • mnelson52

        Yes, but I really had high hopes for Gaines in the beginning. Too bad he never really learned how to play corner.

        • Chiefly Bacon

          Yeah, really strange. He actually showed some promise first few years. Don’t know if injuries took their toll, or if it was more alterations to the way the NFL officiates press coverage.

  • berttheclock

    Tomorrow the Chiefs will be playing in New Jersy, not far from Central Park in NYC, where years ago, Paul Simon sang “Slip Slidin’ Away”.

    One of the verses he sang went:

    ‘I know a woman, (who) became a wife,
    These are the very words she uses to describe her life.
    She said a bad day ain’t got no rain,
    She said a bad day is when I lie on the bed
    and I think of things that might have been.’

    ‘Slip sliding away, slip sliding away,
    You know the nearer destination, the more you slip sliding away.’

    That surmises my feelings ever since the last draft. The things that might have been.

    • ladner morse

      Simon also sang one of my all-time favorites, “America,” which includes the lyrics,

      “Countin’ the cars on the New Jersey turnpike
      They’ve all come to look for America, all come to look for America”

      That pretty much sums up the desire of every NFL to win every Sunday. After all, every team is trying to either reach the Super Bowl… or ruin the chances of another team of winning it. The Chiefs do have a winning record and are still leading the West.

      Simon also wrote…

      “Talkin’ to a raisin who ‘caisson’ly plays L.A.,
      Casually glancing at his toupee.
      Wish I was an English muffin
      ‘Bout to make the most out of a toaster.
      I’d ease myself down,
      Comin’ up brown.”

      Don’t know why I would quote such… except I love “Punky’s Dilemma” and used to play it all the time.

      • berttheclock

        Laddie, the other day I mentioned UCLA recruiting Lucious Allen from Wyandotte, KCK. Did you know anything about that connection of recruiting in Kansas by Wooden? In mid-December of 1963, he brought his team into Kansas and played K-State and beat them 78-75, then, followed the next night and smashed KU 74-54. They returned in the National Championships held at the old Muni Auditorium in KCMO to defeat K-State in the semis, then, beat Duke for the title.

        On his team that year, his tallest starter was Fred Slaughter, an African-American six five center from Topeka, Kansas. It was during the time in KC and KCMO that Wooden reached out to Lucious Allen. I had the pleasure of seeing Allen play center for Wyandotte in the State Championship game held at Allen Field House. He was six three and appeared to be a very quick cat in the post. No one could stop him.

        • ladner morse

          While the memory is not what it used to be… I have read all fo John Wooden’s books and watched every game from 1964 to 1975 when his Dave Myers put the team on his back after Wooden announced he would retire right before the championship game. Used so many fo his tenants to run my classroom. Truth and Trust for the base of any successful organization. I knew about Wooden’s connections… but he formed a very stellar life and pioneered the way college basketball is played. The man who filmed all of UCLA’s basketball games used to go to my church and every year when we’d have a father-and-son-dinner he would bring a highlights video… never, I mean, never, wanted to miss a father-son-dinner that’s for sure.

          • berttheclock

            BTW, while at UCLA, Pat was able to meet both Lucious and Wilt at “smoke filled” parties off campus. At the time she was being squired by an extremely tall young man from NYC, whose first name happened to be Lew. Long before he changed it.

          • ladner morse

            Cool! Don’t know how tall Pat is… but she would have to get a ladder to kiss him I’m sure.

            Can’t recall why… but I think Lucious was suspended for a whole year by Wooden. Lynn Shackelford used to be a real rebel on Wooden’s team and when Wooden used to call a meeting at mid-court and turn to announce it to everyone, he’d turn his bak on Shackelford and he’d that’s when Shackelford would take a basketball and heave it as far in the air as he could and then when wooden would start talking the ball would come down hard and interrupt the meeting as it was just getting started and Shackelford would just stand their all innocent.

            Loved his game… good player!

          • berttheclock

            At the time, she was about five ten. Just think, though, she ended up with a Jayhawker.

          • ladner morse

            Destiny… or as Marty McFly’s father once said to Marty’s mother, “My density has popped you to me.”

          • Delaware Chief

            We must have a lot in common Laddie,because I use a lot of Wooden’s ideas in my classroom. I get an email from the Pirate manager Clint Hurdle every day and on Wednesday’s he calls it Wooden Wednesdays with thoughts from this great coach and often use those thoughts to start my classes

          • berttheclock

            The one thing he was wrong on was his belief that lifting weights by basketball players might turn them into muscle bound types. Look at what lifting has done for strength programs in the NCAA. KU has a woman who is famous for developing the strength of players.

          • ladner morse

            Wow… that’s amazing. Wooden Wednesdays… I love that. Wooden looked a little like my father and when he’d roll up his game program and sit on the bench and never yell at his players during the game because he figured he’s already taught them all they needed to know… that’s something I tried to emulate every day. A truly amazing one-of-a-kind man.

  • Delaware Chief

    Back to the Chiefs for a second,I just watched an interview with Reggie Ragland on kcchiefs.com and it was great seeing highlights of his great plays the last few games. Although a small sample size,I love what I have seen so far from him. That is really what I want to see from the Chiefs defense, hard hitting and playing with an attitude. Although,I have always been a supporter of Bob Sutton,that aggressive,take no prisoners defense is what I want to see. They probably don’t have the personal for it now, but I would like to see the drafts and acquisitions trend toward that.

    • ladner morse

      I watched that too and I also watched a vid on Twitter of him sliding along the los and taking one step (ONE STEP) forward to deliver a hard blow to one of the best back in the game — LeSean McCoy — while laying him on his back. Hard hitting is also attitude and he has that. His play is making me feel okay with DJs decline and eventual retirement.

      • berttheclock

        He reminds me of the thumper in the Steelers’ defense, Vince Williams. Now, Veach or whomever is going to have to find the Watt, Shazier and Dupree sideline to sideline type LBs to complement him.

        • berttheclock

          No, I am not forgetting Houston, but, he really needs speedy help.

          • ladner morse

            KPL looks good on occasion but I think if they can find a real keeper there, KPL will be a great rotational guy.

          • berttheclock

            I may well have missed more, but, I saw on one play KPass was up on the right outside with one hand in the turf. I, also, thought I had seen him playing a bit back on the left side on one play.

          • berttheclock

            This was a win-win trade. Seattle is very happy with Alexander on their Special Teams and KPL better fits playing defense for KC.

          • agreed. He doesn’t have the length and weight for ILB starter. My view.

    • Ragland Fits the MIKE to a T. We need the next DJ next to him. all judgements about that are out for now, regardless of whom it is on the current roster you consider. DJ’s skill and intelligence are going to be very difficult to replace.

    • Stan Colbert

      Ragland looked great against Buffalo! Improving every game. Gaining respect through the orgainzation.

  • berttheclock

    Completely off topic, but, should Herm Edwards end up with the Arizona State HC gig, would he try to fill his assistants with pro coaches he has known?

    • Sure. But it would be a mix and match bunch, not just guys with NFL experience. He will need help with recruiting, ie, AZ and CA … so he will need guys who have heavy ties to recruiting in those states.

  • berttheclock

    Well, thanks to all this AM. Off to Portland to pick up a Noble tree. Prices have gone up in the PNW this year. Combination of small tree farms selling off due to older owners wanting to retire and their kids only wanting to sell off the land for Mini Mansions. Plus, with ICE getting very serious, fewer workers in the cutting fields are heading north.

    Now, for David, it comes down to a mere walk in the woods nearby.

  • Stan Colbert

    Yeah, in your story you didn’t mention the power starting to spread out of La La Land. Everybody points out how wonderful it would be to see PM2 out therethrowing the ball all over, nobody talks about what a complete waste of time and talent for PM2 to get hurt now waste a year rehabbing instead of preparing for next season! The Chargers look like they are shrugging off the incompetence of the past and are playing pretty well!

  • drwillez37

    I’ll be sending pics tomorrow from the game!! Three times I saw the Chiefs in person and three times I broke the losing streak. This one WILL be the fourth…GO CHIEFS!!!

    • Delaware Chief

      I hope you’re right. I have to teach a class tomorrow from 1 to 330 so I will not be able to watch the game. The way they have been playing that may be a good thing, although I would watch if I could. Hopefully,I am the reverse jinx and they will win without me. I am 0-2 going to KC to watch a game, but the Chiefs are 4-0 when I watched them against the Baltimore Ravens/Colts.

    • Jeff Morton

      I hope so and good luck!

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  • jimfromkcj

    John you are a better man than me. I managed to watch the Lord of the Rings through once, but it was a struggle. It was much too long for the story, with too much make stuff up to make it long enough for 3 movies. I bought the set but have never watched it again. Probably never will again because there was nothing that sticks in my mind in any of the 3. I lik to watch some films numerous times. I must have watched Casablanca dozens of times through the years. Dance with me and shall we dance are a couple of newer ones that I have watched several times. So I really like movies. Right now I am watching the series Mannix. I loved the clothes and the brilliant colors in those times.

    • Heilios

      Ive been watching the Peaky Blinder and really enjoy it. Mostly I like old movies. Anything Carey Grant. Some of my favorites are Room for one More, houseboat, and father goose. Old western are great too. John Wayne Clint Eastwood, Hondo and 3 Godfathers are really good Wayne movies to watch on a Sunday waiting for the game to start

      • jimfromkcj

        My favorite John Wayne movies are: The Quite Man, Mcklintock and Donovan’s Reef. Most of Bogies movies are worth a second or more looks

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