Winning is a Habit, and So is Losing- This is THE CHOP

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Winning is a Habit, and So is Losing

This is THE CHOP

 

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“Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” –  Vince Lombardi

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Mr. Lombardi knew what he was talking about here. The habit of winning and the habit of losing is so crystal clear in today’s NFL, it’s almost comical. There are teams in the NFL today that perfectly personify this quote. Obviously, the New England Patriots are the perfect example of a team making winning a habit. Just look at what they’ve done since firing Pete Carroll after the 1999 season:

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That is habit, friends. Looking at this is mind-blowing for me. First of all, they’ve won their division 13 times in 16 seasons under Belichick. They had three Super Bowl victories in his first 5 seasons of the regime, and to boot, they haven’t lost more than 6 games in a season for 13 years.

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Un-be-lievable.

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This is what the Chiefs, and every other NFL team, should be aspiring to be (obviously). And, for the most part, the Chiefs are off to a good start under the Reid and Dorsey regime. They’ve had three straight winning seasons, two playoff appearances, and of course finally secured that first playoff victory in what, like 150 years or something? Much better than nothing. Whenever I start feeling down on the Chiefs, it’s easy enough to look back at where they came from and remember myself stating, “I don’t even care about a Super Bowl. I just want the Chiefs to be competitive.”

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Well, so far, so good.

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While we look fondly on the Vermeil era of Chiefs football, when you actually look at that string of seasons, you’ll see one great record, and then three mediocre ones, only one playoff appearance (a loss, in a game with no punts), and that’s really it. It’s not as impressive as I remember it being in the moment:

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In fact, to find anything close to a regime having a “habit” of winning, you have to go all the back to the way back to the Schottenheimer era:

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That’s certainly “making winning a habit.”

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There is, however, one major, shared flaw in the Shottenheimer, Vermeil and Reid/Dorsey eras:

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Not enough Division Championships.

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Let’s face it, guys. When it comes to the AFC West, the Chiefs are always the bridesmaid, and never the bride. Reid hasn’t won the AFC West yet. Vermeil did it once, and Marty did it only 3 times. To make matters worse for the Schottenheimer era is that even when winning the division in 1997, the Broncos went on to win the Super Bowl.

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Here’s to hoping Reid and Dorsey stay the course and finally bring home an AFC West Championship this year.

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Speaking of this year, and particularly this week as we face the Jacksonville Jaguars,  let’s talk about losing as a habit, as well. The Jaguars have made a habit of losing in recent years, but in all reality, they too got off to an amazing start, especially for an expansion team. Take a look at their first handful of seasons in the league, under head coach Tom Coughlin:

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After an understandably rough inaugural season, Coughlin was able to string together 4 winning seasons, and 4 playoff appearances that included two AFC Championship games. That’s quite a start for an expansion team. Since? They’ve made a habit of losing. Take a look at the last 8 seasons for Jacksonville. They’ve had seven losing seasons under 4 coaches:

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This year, Jacksonville was a sexy pick to be the turnaround team in the NFL. They seem to have a ton of weapons, had beefed up in free agency and the draft, and may were confident they’d be challenging for the AFC South title (which really doesn’t seem that difficult sitting here today). Instead, Jacksonville is 2-5 with -57 in net points, and don’t look any better than they have been in the recent past.

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The issue? They’ve made a habit of losing.

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As Kansas City tries to continue its recent winning ways (15-2 in the last 17), they need to continue to feed off of teams with habits of losing, like the Jaguars. If the Chiefs are who we think they are, they’ll do just that, and keep Jacksonville in the cellar. Where they’re most comfortable.

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Alrighty boys, let’s Chop it up.

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Random Thought 

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The Jaguars two-tone helmet makes absolutely zero sense. Gold in the back, matte black in the front. In the press following the release of the new helmets, Todd Van Horne, NIKE Vice President and Creative Director for Football, stated the dual toned helmet “represents a Jaguars pouncing on its prey from the shadows.” But if that’s really true, shouldn’t the helmet be black in the back, and gold in the front? Are they pouncing backwards? Tell me what I’m missing here…

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Surprise Upset of the Week

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Not to pick on Minnesota at all, but they looked AWFUL last week. I know I picked the upset, but thinking it will happen, and then watching it happen like that are two very different things. Therefore, this week, Minny gets the call again. Detroit puts a whoopin’ on them in their new stadium and the panic begins.

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Sh*t My Dad Says 

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“This week, if we don’t win by 100 points, the Chiefs are garbage.”

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Look, Dad hasn’t said anything to that effect just yet, but he will. It won’t matter that we will be without our starting guard, without our starting OLB, without both of our stud running backs, and missing our signal caller. If we don’t absolutely crush the Jags, my Dad will threaten to abandon the Chiefs. As he usually does after a loss.

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I’ll let you guys know next week if I was right.

~P

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  • Chiefly Bacon

    Great read Paul. This game has me slightly nervous. The sheer number of injuries Chiefs are dealing with coupled with the Jags having a new OC makes this game a potentially tough one. Foles will get a strong test. Jags D is weak against the run and strong vs the pass, but Chiefs are thin at RB. If Foles can keep from turning the ball over, I like the Chiefs chances.

  • berttheclock

    %^$#&%^@#$!$# analog clocks and the reason to turn back or forward any clock. That said, I will be back in a moment.

    • tm1946

      Happy to announce my dogs got the message and stayed in their beds, but it has been an outstanding week and I am on a roll. Now if my wife of 44 years could get with the program, yes dear I am saying that with a lot of love….dear.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      I lived most of my life in Arizona. One of the few states that does not observe daylight savings time.

  • tm1946

    Dead on target, unless you walk into a buzz saw then how the team responds the next game says a lot about character, talent, quality of the organ.

    That is why this game cold be a challenge. Historically the Chief’s have made backup QB’s look like they are ready for the HOF only to never be heard of again. We should handle this team if Bray was QB and we borrowed the OL from a CC. Will the team who wants in the playoffs show up, will Reid go nuts and devise a plan with no hope of winning, we just do not know?

    If the team just plays like last week, a win. But even bad teams in the NFL have pride, if we throw our helmets on the field and call it a day…..well let’s say this team is capable of that….

  • berttheclock

    Interesting, Paul, that you mentioned both Tom Coughlin and the Jaguars coaching. When, Wayne Weaver sold the Jags to Khan in 2011, he said the most glaring mistake he had ever made with the team was in firing Tom Coughlin. What made that more interesting was the fact he failed to mention Jack Del Rio, whom he had hired after firing Coughlin and ended up firing just before selling the team to Khan. One major problem with those long days in Jacksonville and it continues to this day is the fact they never were able to develop a QB to lead the team consistently.

    However, as to Bill Belichick, he should still be sending residuals and large amounts of them to his friend from Michigan who had sent him the tapes of Tom Brady’s college days at Michigan. It was those tapes which showed Belichick the fact Tom Brady had made a career at Michigan from leading from behind and it was on that basis, he took both a chance on drafting him, but, also, to keep him as his 4th QB on the roster his first year with the Pats.

  • berttheclock

    The Nike VP would have been correct if only he had said the gold at the back of the helmet represents the colors of the tops of pampa grass from which Jaguars leap out at their prey. Jags love to hide in the tall pampa grass.

  • Laurels and limitations

    me and your dad would get along just fine.

  • Merlin

    That Jaguar helmet is horrifically bad. Did the same person who can up with that winning design also design these tragic “color rush’ uniforms that makes the NFL look like Arena football?

    • Laurels and limitations

      agreed, and while they are at it I wish they would leave the past uniforms as exactly that, the past

      • Merlin

        but, but, but then how is the NFL going to sell more merch if they don’t change it up often? Think of the poor billionaires that need some extra money!

        • Laurels and limitations

          agreed again, I just wish they could leave well enough alone, but that ain’t going to happen.

          • Merlin

            Greed knows no bounds, I agree.

    • berttheclock

      Consider the source. Tim Van Horne of Nike. They have gone out of their way to come up with ridiculous uniforms for various college teams. Remember the idiotic uniforms of Maryland a couple of years ago? I live in the area where Nike has great power, but, also, not that far from me is the North American HQ of Addidas. Love to see the fights between Nike and Addidas for sporting wear. KU still goes with Addidas. I refuse to wear anything which has the swoosh of the Nike logo upon it. In fact, I have gone out of my way to never buy any Chiefs gear made by Nike.

      However, one point made by Van Horne is he has told the Oregonian that changing colors for college teams has helped recruiting. Many of the players committing early to Oregon have stated how much they loved the fact they would be wearing so many different uniforms there.

      • berttheclock

        I wear New Era Chiefs hats and gear. Addidas outer wear, Brooks training shoes and even Under Armor. Never a swoosh for me.

        • Laurels and limitations

          We have a couple of outdated jerseys but I actually prefer the dry-fit shirts, so damn comfortable.

          • berttheclock

            I had to stop wearing those tear away jersies. You know how fierce single bars can be.

          • ladner morse

            Not appropriate around those grabby grannies either!

          • Laurels and limitations

            why did I just get the vision of Bert having to use the secret knock to get into a speakeasy?

          • Chiefly Bacon

            It’s not a secret knock, it’s a long discourse on the conection between Greg Louganis, Bob Knight and a little known prospect from West Indiana University.

          • Laurels and limitations

            lol

          • ladner morse

            Bert doesn’t actually live in the NW at all and actually is an advisor to POTUS… but has so much knowledge dripping out of his braincells he comes here to get relief.

            Uh-oh Bert… did I say too much… I hear the secret service pulling up in front of my house now!

          • berttheclock

            At least their buddies in Homeland Security. Look for black suburbans pulling up.

          • Laurels and limitations

            I’m waiting to hear about how innocents were kidnapped from bars in record numbers back in 1800s in Portland only to wake up miles out to sea.

          • berttheclock

            Actually, there have been stories concerning the underground areas of downtown Portland, where many male visitors never returned to the upper streets. Sailing ships came up the Columbia, then, down the Willamette for visits and, usually, left with a larger crew than before they had docked.

          • Laurels and limitations

            I was writing a paper one time and decided to use the “volunteer” mariners of the NW as the subject after learning of how they were kidnapped from the bars and alleys of Portland, crazy stuff.

          • berttheclock

            Portland and Seattle were the two largest ports in the PNW, but, there was a huge difference between the two cities. First of all Seattle became a three tier town, whereas, Portland remained a two tier town with the rich living in the hills above and the working class below. Corruption ran rampant in Portland as the leaders looked the other way.

          • Laurels and limitations

            Hehe, I live in Chief’s central, there are a few rabid induced Raider’s fans and even a cowgirl’s follower.

  • Laurels and limitations

    I keep on reading people saying how they are nervous for this game and I just do not understand it, KC is the better team from the bottom up and it’s not even close.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Chiefs should win, but they’re down to a 3rd string RB, 2nd string QB and 2nd string G with a hobbled RT. Jaxonville actually has a pretty good pass D. If Foles proves interception prone, this game could be one where he throws some. On offense Jags have been awful, but they just switched OCs. That makes it really hard for the Chiefs to game plan on defense. That offense could be totally different.

      • berttheclock

        Exactly. Bortles may well be his worst enemy and appears to be regressing to his worst college days, but Nathaniel Hackett could breathe life into them. I agree with you that their defensive strength is their defensive backfield. I never ever want to go into any game with a team I really like believing in possible walk overs. The old cliche of “On any given Sunday” has devoured millions of bettors.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Yup, any given Sunday but even down to the seconds and all that KC is still the better team…..the only scenario I can actually see resulting in a KC loss is if Reid goes completely off his rocker and runs nothing but jet sweeps and Sutton relies only on the dime defense and neither of those are going to happen.

        • Chiefly Bacon

          Definetly, but even the worst team in the NFL is dangerous. Remeber when Chiefs beat like two teams and one of them was Green Bay?

          • berttheclock

            The 2014 Chiefs were far from being the worst team in the league as they won nine and lost seven. But, still, they blasted both the Seahawks and Pats earlier in the season, then, had to watch both of those teams play in the SB.

          • Laurels and limitations

            sure enough, I remember it full well as being a time when the organization was a team in flux but KC doesn’t suffer from the ailment any longer, Clark has brought stability to KC in his decisions regarding his staff. Nope, I’m not on the “KC might lose this game train”, especially versus Jacksonville and by the remote chance that KC DOES lose it would be time for drastic changes.

  • berttheclock

    Veering rapidly off topic, as usual, but, have some of the college teams from yesterday stopped scoring? Yet, it was the tough defensive low scoring game between ‘bama and LSU which made all of the headlines. But, huge blowouts by Ohio State, Michigan, and even lowly TCU, plus, one should never overlook The Dub, otherwise known outside of the PNW as Washington.

    • berttheclock

      I trust the KC scouts took their video cameras with them, yesterday, while scouting some of the games.

  • Merlin

    Well, I am off to Arrowhead for my final home game of the year. I have some BBQ and I am ready to roll. Go Chiefs!

    • ladner morse

      Have a great time. Wish I was going to this one. Should be a fun blowout to watch!

      • berttheclock

        Hmmm, all appears to be well as “Deacon” Laddie has joined us to begin his Sunday Vespers.

        • Chiefly Bacon

          My wife is under the weather this AM, so I won’t make it to church today. If I don’t watch the kids I know she will, no matter how awful she’s feeling. She’s a worker.

          • berttheclock

            Best to all. I had just started to say, please turn to your Dan Fogelberg Hymnals.

          • ladner morse

            Prayers and positive thoughts are coming your way!

        • ladner morse

          Yes… I bring blessings of tidings of great joy in predicting the the Chiefs reach 40 points today… (inspiring a fan onslaught of silly QB controversy posts… because there IS NO CONTROVERSY!) and the Jags will score less than 20.

          Is everybody happy?!!!

          I think the Chiefs 3rd string would beat the Jags 1st stringers… so, no contest here.

          • ladner morse

            RELEASE THE HOUNDS… of worrywarts!

          • Laurels and limitations

            40? wew, I’m just hoping they breach the 28 pt. plateau.

          • ladner morse

            Some have said Foles allows Reid to utilize more of the playbook… and if that’s the case the little jaggies will be running around like mice with their tails cut off shopping for a new appendage.

          • Laurels and limitations

            I’m one of those people that believes Foles opens up the offense moreso than Smith. It’s not that Foles is a better QB or more dynamic, it’s that he pulls the trigger faster than Smith ever would…..going down the highway Foles is the guy driving 7 mph over the limit and Smith is the guy driving 5 mph under because he thinks it’s safer.

          • ladner morse

            Yes, and Foles will pull the trigger on passes that AS11 might not because he’s more of a pocket passer… and if he does leave the pocket it’s with the intent on moving along the los in order to hit a WR who has adjusted his route, staying alive, and throwing the ball… not running it up field like Alex.

          • Laurels and limitations

            ‘zactly, I understand that I am in the minority but I WANT a pocket passer centric QB for KC.

          • ladner morse

            It’s rare to find a QB who has running ability… but who stays in the pocket. I’ve been a big Foles fan and hopefully the OL will give him all the time in the world to milk the play.

          • berttheclock

            Look at the amount of time it took for Steve Young to stay in the pocket.

          • ladner morse

            Montana and Young are two excellent examples of QB who could run but preferred to stay in the pocket and get everything out of a play that they could.

            Their are QBs… college QBs are especially known for this… who are great High School QBs with running ability and they never learn to “trust and connect” with their WRs and CONSEQUENTLY those WRs stop completing their routes because they have to break them off to go and block for their block-headed QB.

            Now, if your WR aren’t getting a payoff (by including them in the offense) for completing their routed because their QB is starring (and stinking) up the place… it never fully takes advantage of the abilities that those WRs have…… and if we know anything at all about WRs egos… we know they dislike playing for a QB like that… and most of them will turn into locker room turncoats.

            Once a Head Coach has allowed that to happen… he’s beginning to lose control of a team… and that why having a QB who can hit his WRs AS PLANNED FOR in every meeting they had that week, as well as on the field… is critical to the team.

          • Laurels and limitations

            I’m not the biggest Foles fan, but I do appreciate the fact that he is not hindered by the thought of having to use his legs if he does not “see” any opportunities downfield. Smith gets it into his head far too often to run and what happened last week at Indy is the exact reason why I dislike scrambling QBs. Too much relies in QBs staying healthy and not subjecting the entire team to change.

          • berttheclock

            Did you ever see photos of Bart Starr standing tall in the pocket? He reminded me of the painting of General Washington crossing the Delaware River, when, he stood tall in the row boat.

          • berttheclock

            What is really amazing is how fast Foles relearned how to stay in the pocket. His last years with the Eagles and, especially, his year with the Rams got him very spooked about porous offensive lines.

          • tm1946

            My prayer is some there hit Reid in the head with the playbook….. no need to be a genius or get inventive, just do what you do best, win the game and go home.

          • berttheclock

            Speaking of 28 points, a buddy of mine in the past used to partake in bar bets at a certain Seattle bar. The winner was paid if the team scored exactly 28 points.

          • Laurels and limitations

            lol, enough talk about bars, after out toy run yesterday we stayed around to have “a” drink with friends….I am one hurting monkey today.

          • berttheclock

            In Portland, every December, there is a Santa’s bar run. You will see hordes of people dressed as Santa going from bar to bar.

    • berttheclock

      Enjoy. We will await some of your video work.

    • Laurels and limitations

      I am so jealous, absolutely a beautiful day for it…lose your voice man.

  • ladner morse

    While the Jags helmet makes me want to shield my grandchildren’s eyes from the tv screen to keep them from getting brain damage….. the Rams helmet still ranks #1 on my list with the Chiefs helmet in the top 5.

    • berttheclock

      Laddie, did you know? Did you know? Well, did ya? It was a Rams player who happened to be a graphic artist by the name of Fred Gehrke, who painted the first logos on a helmet in the NFL where he designed and painted the Rams horn on the sides of 75 helmets of the Rams. Legend said he was only paid a buck a helmet for his work.

    • tm1946

      Similar subject. What is with new colors in uniforms, sunshine yellow, sort of a sick red and always beloved undertaker black?

      • berttheclock

        I remember when so many college teams decided to change to black uniforms. They thought it would make them look tougher. Yesterday, back at Penn State, James Franklin, their HC wanted all of the fans coming to the game to wear white. Then, he was asked to back off that request, but, the stadium became very white for the game.

        • tm1946

          A few years ago some posted “new style ” helmets, the one specially designed for the Chief was yellow with arrowhead, like someone got a GB helmet took off their logo and put an arrowhead on it. Call me a traditional st or old fart, new colors have no appeal.

          • berttheclock

            A while back, I looked up the current uniforms (Red and Yellow) of the Atchison High School. We had played them in the fifties. I was surprised to see how little they had changed.

          • tm1946

            Not a billion dollar enterprise like the NFL.

      • Laurels and limitations

        the League is trying to endear itself to the next generation, by trotting out ugly uniforms, but I also understand that once upon a time skinny jeans were a thing.

        • tm1946

          On the right lady, wow, but like tube tops there Is a weight limit.

  • berttheclock

    Pat has just announced I will be on my own heading over to D’s Bar this AM. She is still wearing her black arm band concerning Charles being out.

    • ladner morse

      My fiancee has also announce that I will be going The Point After North to view said Chiefs contest… because the A/C their is rather a bit much to take. Plus, they don’t serve bottled water but will not allow us to bring in our own….. go figure.

      • berttheclock

        So so very uncivilized, not?

        • Laurels and limitations

          simply barbaric.

          • berttheclock

            As you can discern, I have been watching too much “Jeeves and Wooster”, plus, “Kingdom”.

          • Laurels and limitations

            yeah, it was your typing in an English accent that was throwing me.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    I always see at least a few fans of the opposing team's in Arrowhead parking lot. Not today.— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) November 6, 2016

    Ouch. Poor Jags.

    • berttheclock

      They only get frequent flyer mileage from heading over to London.

      • berttheclock

        Funny thing is several of the players of the Jags say they receive far better fan support when they play in London than they do in in Jacksonville.

        • Laurels and limitations

          poppycock, the Jags are just dysfunctional is all.

    • Laurels and limitations

      that’s one of the things I love about Arrowhead, some of the best tailgating buddies I have were from opposing teams.

      • berttheclock

        A good buddy of mine is a huge Green Bay and Wisconsin fan. He told me the difference of going to tail gate parties in Eugene and Corvallis when Wisconsin played there was huge. The Oregon fans were rude, whereas the Oregon State fans all welcomed him and his friends to join the party.

        • berttheclock

          Tail gating is so provincial, is it not? Why in LA, one would never tail gate at the Hollywood Bowl. Oh no, that would not be. You would have to pack a splendid wicker box to load with various wines and goodies to be able to sit civilly amoungst your peers and dine in your box seats prior to the concert.

          • berttheclock

            Last summer I happened to run into a fan of the Rams from way back. He told me his dad used to take him to see the Rams, plus, he would, also, take him to the Hollywood Bowl for concerts. Wanted him to be well rounded.

    • ladner morse

      Why would they want to pay bug dollars to watch their team get massacred?

      That’s called, “Pay to Slay.”

  • berttheclock

    Off topic a bit, but, recently, I read about a local high school power house in our area. It is based in Camus, Washington, a ‘burg” just east of Vancouver, Washington. For generations, it was a paper mill town on the Columbia and most of the players on the team were from blue collar homes. Then, a very large and very rich complex was built high above the town was built, and the new money started to support the local team to the point quality players and and their families were financially induced to transfer into the system, But, what struck me in reading about the team is I had not known that they were known as the Camus Papermakers. So, are any teams in your areas, which have been name in unusual ways instead of just being named after some animal or the like?

    • Chiefly Bacon

      There’s a team in Scottsdale AZ that is name |The Fighting Artichokes. The name was chosen to keep the focus of the school on academics, not athletics.

      • ladner morse

        Just makes students hungry all day.

        • berttheclock

          One would have thought this team was located near Watsonville, California and very near to the old Fort Ord.

      • berttheclock

        It must be working as that Community College has, at present, an one and eight season.

        • ladner morse

          ouch

      • freshmeat62

        Ant you got bonus points if you could spell it!

    • freshmeat62

      The story most accepted to how the Maryville Spoofhounds, and I’ve heard a few different, got their name from a doll that was made after WW1 that looked like a dog that served in the war. Supposedly it was the ugliest dog they could find. One day the team’s practice was pretty bad, and the coach said they practiced like a bunch Spoofhounds. Even though it was supposed to a condemnation of their play, they players liked it, and it stuck.

      • berttheclock

        Just read the story about how Zeigler got the attention of his team. That Plaster of Paris carnival toy, became known as “Spoofy” to some later on or even “Hound”. Great pickup. Reminds me of the story of how Knute Rockne after a terrible first half of play did not enter the ND locker room until just before kickoff. Then, when, he entered, he excused himself by being in the wrong locker room and said that he had mistaken it for the “FIGHTING” Irish. Yes, ND won the game.

      • freshmeat62

        And in the state playoffs they beat an undefeated Richmond team Friday nite…by 12 I think. Closest game they’ve had all year. Most wins have been by 30-40 and even bigger margins.

  • freshmeat62

    Oooooooo, way too much optimism down below. You’re scaring me. After that injury list in yesterdays column, who the heck is left?

    • berttheclock

      Sick call run amok, eh?

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Looks like Smith will be active and backup Foles. That’s a surprise.

    • berttheclock

      Bray has a chip fracture on his tail bone.

      • ladner morse

        those porcupine chairs will get you every time

      • Chiefly Bacon

        I had such hopes for Bray, but he’s beginning to remind me of a guy named Sanders Commings if you take my meaning.

        • Laurels and limitations

          Sanders actually made like what, 3 or 5 real NFL snaps in his career? Bray has none, and that makes me sad.

    • Laurels and limitations

      wow!! so many thoughts going through my head…the major one being that the NFL’s concussion protocol is a joke.

      • berttheclock

        Actually, he had passed the protocol and Reid wanted him to rest, but, that chip to Bray made him rethink his position.

        • ladner morse

          Right.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Nevermind. Smith not active, just on the field throwing passes.

  • ladner morse

    #Chiefs have allowed just 15 ppg over past three weeks (ranks No. 2 in @NFL), while facing 3 of the top 8 scoring offenses (OAK, NO, IND). pic.twitter.com/EYbx8W2oer— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) November 6, 2016

    • berttheclock

      Ah, ye olde Hali treatment.

      • ladner morse

        When I first saw that picture this week I thought that Ford needs to get in that position many more times because that exactly how Hali has gotten refs to throw multiple penalty flag his direction.

    • Laurels and limitations
      • ladner morse

        me-OWW!

      • berttheclock

        My bengal just departed the room.

        • Laurels and limitations

          and yet your cat hissing at me worries me more than the Jaguars defeating the Chiefs today.

  • ladner morse

    Chiefs players in warmups wearing names of fallen soldiers from Missouri/Kansas today, players were given card about soldier's life pic.twitter.com/FUzv2JbYIp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 6, 2016

    • berttheclock

      Kudos to those who were kind and considerate enough to remember those of whom did give their last full measure.

    • Laurels and limitations

      not sure how I feel about this one. I understand that they are trying to pay respects for the fallen but if that was someone close to me I’d be livid. I know that I am not the only person who has lost colleagues/family but to me this is of a personal nature.

      • berttheclock

        I have no objections except for those who say “Geez, I had always wanted one of those” referring to Purple Hearts. His type I abhor.

        • Laurels and limitations

          anyone who says they want a purple heart is just speaking out of ignorance.

  • ladner morse

    FPI projects @Broncos@RAIDERS to be the closest game of the weekChance to win for all 12 remaining Week 9 #NFL games: pic.twitter.com/FPILyD1Ab5— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 6, 2016

    • Laurels and limitations

      welp, that’s it then…i’ll talk to everyone tomorrow for the victory party, lol.

      • berttheclock

        Later.

        • Laurels and limitations

          just joking Bert, you’re not getting rid of me THAT easily.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Once again. Smith is NOT active. Just first player on the field throwing passes.

    • Laurels and limitations

      lol, wonder if he has to suppress the urge to run.

    • tm1946

      Wish I was a fly on the wall to hear what was said when it was decider he would not play and someone had to tell him.

  • ladner morse

    Blake Bortles stretching pregame. Expect some hurry up from his offense today as Jags try to turn things around. #Chiefs @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/sM0wQqj9d5— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) November 6, 2016

    • berttheclock

      So, arm extension is called “stretching”?

      • ladner morse

        reading of the last rites

      • Laurels and limitations

        I’m an excellent lip reader…right hear Bortles is saying “but we SUCK!!!!!”.

        • ladner morse

          No, it’s… “Are you absolutely sure I can’t go on IR before I get hurt?”

    • berttheclock

      That appears to be Nathaniel Hackett Bortles is addressing. Bortles is six five and Hackett has short receding hair.

    • berttheclock

      Apparently, Bortles is not too pleased about the advice of Hackett for Bortles to head off to the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort for rehab.

      • berttheclock

        However, anyone else checked the photos of that beach resort? Great place for rehab or even retooling. Did not know they advertised at Arrowhead.

  • nice article Paul. A really good one. The winning habit is something that the organization builds. Getting over the top is the problem. Minnesota? Well, Norv graciously stepped out. Zim will have the reins, I am going the other way on that one. Despite the adversity, at Home, the CHiefs should win this game. Not by 100. I am not going there.

    • berttheclock

      Interesting comment about winning becoming a habit. I was on the Vancouver to Portland VA shuttle bus last week and there was an elderly lady aboard wearing her Cubs hat the morning after the huge win. She was talking with a fellow vet next to her and wondered how long it would be before the next time. He turned to her and said, “Well, winning can become a habit and teams will keep on winning”.

    • berttheclock

      Zim disappointed me if the quote of “It surprised me” was truly valid. Really smells of a push out by Zim.

      • it may have been. Norv did the resignation with panache. If Zim didn’t think it was working, shifting out after a 2 game skid is the right thing to do on the other side. I don’t think there is a “hate-hate” thing there.

        • berttheclock

          As you well know, the tradition in most pro sports is to never bad mouth your previous employer or coaching staff. Just zip it and, as many have found, they truly do work for the league and not so much as one particular team. Only exception to that cardinal rule was Billy Martin, who could not only bad mouth, but, end up standing on his own with another team.

          • Mona??? Billy did it again! There had to be fire there because it was a mid-season thing. A disagreement that could not be resolved comfortably.

          • Side note: let,s trade reid in the off season for a hi draft pick. Spend the money anf pick up boll. No not Jah reid neither. JGS lookin for hc to get in the winning habit. We,re looking for an hc either the wing out results. Habit 🙂

  • berttheclock

    My biggest wish, aside of wanting the Chiefs to win, is to not see any more MASh units set up and absolutely no “Dust Offs” incoming for KC casualties. Plus, no hearing of any “but, suicide is painless………”

  • ladner morse

    Chiefs promote David King from the practice squad and cleared roster space by waiving offensive lineman Jordan Devey.

    • berttheclock

      Did you forget to put the word “Non” in front of offensive?

      • berttheclock

        Well, there goes the tuba section of the KC Chiefs marching band.

  • berttheclock

    Hey Laddie, I mention this only due to your past knee problems. Last week, I was at the Portland VA waiting to see a Derm MD, when, I talked with a fellow who had served 23 years split between the Navy and the Marines. He was in Nam as a medic with the US Marines. He was taller than I and a bit heavier. He told me he badly needed a knee transplant, but, he was very afraid to get one due to having been diagnosed with drop foot. Without having any type of proper support for his foot, he was worried about falling after receiving the knee transplant. So very sad to see the many different types of wear and tear on the bodies and minds of so many veterans.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    If you’re gonna rest Smith, might be a good week to rest Maclin too. Foles has more reps with the other WRs anyway. Maybe a week off could get Maclin back into shape.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, that groin problem affecting Maclin looks as though it has curtailed much of his running. Tough to run well on such.

      Geez, even the healthy ones appear to be more of a walking wounded unit.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Maclin active, Bishop Sankey not.

    • berttheclock

      Well, that saved me from looking up his number.

    • guess they figured he joined up late enough not to be ready to go with the playbook, or showed some discomfort anyway.

      • berttheclock

        He needed more “French” lessons. That comment was made this week by his asst coach who said he was speed reading “French” to learn the playbook.

  • thought about it: Feed back is required Paul, on the 100 point statement, and IF they don’t win, if he is abandoning the kingdom again.

    • berttheclock

      What? First Taco Bell and the kingdom to come?

      • wrote Bert, tongue firmly in cheek, imagine that. Hmmm. How does one type and get across the tongue in cheek part?

      • berttheclock

        Hey, it was due to comments regarding Taco Bell that a poster suggested I try Del Taco and it was very good.

  • ladner morse

    #Chiefs inactives today vs Jags:QB – A. SmithCB – D. WhiteRB – S. WareRB – B. SankeyCB – T. MitchellOL – M. PersonTE – R. Travis— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) November 6, 2016

    • Howard is in and so is Schwartz. It appears that they have a comfort level with Knile in house. JMac appears good to go. I am good to go too, with Foles. Not with Bray as #2.

    • berttheclock

      Travis looked so well in preseason. But, did you see where the Bronocs cut their 4th string TE. He has had his moments in the bigs, but, has been hampered at times with various tears, including both an ACL and MCL tear. His name is listed on yesterday’s Rotoworld transactions.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        I would have been shocked if Travis was ready to be a #3 TE. So little FB experience. Probably will need another year or two to be ready. Nice potential though.

  • last thought: They needed the habit Sunday.