That Explains The Scream I Heard This Morning
Brett Favre is retiring. I thought I heard my Uncle down in Lyons scream this morning... but then realized I had to be imagining things. Apparently I wasn't. Via Fuzz.
Back to Back Mannings
All I can say is... what a fantastic game. It didn't go like anybody predicted, and was great to watch up to the very last second. I think the true heroes of the game were the Giants defense. I also thought it was fantastic that in the first post game interview I saw, Plaxico Burress immediately said "Can we give it up to our defense?" Now that's class, when you can immediately shine the spotlight on your team mates like that instead of on yourself. And now we've had Mannings as Super Bowl Champions two years in a row. The marketing gurus have got to be going insane right now trying to figure out the advertising potential in that. Speaking of advertising, here is my favorite commercial from the game:
I think I've been reading CuteOverload too much.
I'll Be Rooting for the Patriots
The game is about to start... so I thought I'd let you all know that unlike most of the country, I'll be rooting for the Patriots. It seems that most people don't want them to win simply because they don't like the idea of a perfect season. Since when do we hate success so much that we root against it? Shouldn't we celebrate great success, and try to figure out how to emulate it, instead of dragging them down?
Monday Music - Football Edition
My most heart felt condolences to all my Packer fan family and friends out there. I know it was rough. Of course, my team's season was done a while ago, so I can only muster so much emotion. On the plus side, at least I won't have to put up with the "Road to Glory" 24/7 for the next two weeks, and instead only will have to listen to about 2 days of arm chair quarterbacking. With that said, when Tynes had missed those two field goals, I immediately thought of this song. And even though he redeemed himself by kicking the game winning field goal, I still want to share this Adam Sandler classic with you:
Any Green or Gold Will Do
It's funny to look around on day's when the Packer's are playing, especially when it's as big of a game as the Conference Championship. Not surprisingly, you see plenty of people donning their Packer gear, bright with green and gold, and large G's. What's even funnier is seeing the people who still feel the need to wear green and gold, even if it's not Packer related. I've seen people wearing mostly gold Marquette Golden Eagles clothing, as well as someone wearing a green and gold Cal Poly jersey. Talk about working hard to fit in.
I'll Probably Be Killed For This...
... but does anyone else think it's kind of ironic that Bryant Gumble is a terrible color man for the NFL?
Another Weak Victory
I hate to be gloom and doom, and definitely don't like looking gift horses in the mouth, but even though the Chiefs won another game, it's not all puppy dogs kisses and candy canes for my favorite team. So far the Chiefs have a record of being able to beat up on weaker teams, but then fold like a lawn chair against the stronger teams. Granted, every game against the Raiders seems to come down to the wire. Oakland is a prison team, and plays like it. They always have been, and probably always will be as long as Al Davis owns that team.
But looking at the game, it was tight all the way to the end, until a big (and lucky) defensive play turned the tide. As I said earlier in the season, this is more than likely how games are going to be from week to week. The offense isn't the powerhouse that it used to be, and the defense has to turn it on. So far though, Gunther Cunningham is beginning to make it happen. They are producing more big plays that are making the difference. But the problem is, that if you live by the big play, then you die by it too. You can't depend on that big interception to save your ass. Run defense needs to be more solid, as does the pass rush.
I do have to say though, that the other fun game to watch was Miami vs. New England. The game itself was pretty boring, as the Patriots embarrassed the Dolphins. The fun part was watching Trent Green standing on the sideline carrying a clipboard. I'm sure the Kansas City front office is smiling about a good off season move they made, trading injury prone Green after he passed his prime, while they still could.
And it looks like these Kansas City honey's are pretty happy about the player moves too. That, and they'd like to remind you that nothing makes a girl look sexier than a cowboy hat, and ass-less chaps... and I have to agree.
The Pendulum Swings Back
If this season keeps going this way for the Chiefs, I don't think I'll be able to stand it. Following the disaster that was the Jacksonville game, Kansas City came back and played a very impressive game against the Bengals and put up a solid win. It wasn't spectacular, but it was solid. Congratulations to Tony Gonzalez for his record number of touchdowns caught by a tight end in the NFL. Despite a first possession by the Bengals that scared the living daylights out of me, the Chiefs defense stood strong after that, and only allowed one third down conversion the entire game. The offense wasn't what it was a few years ago, but it certainly got the job done. The only thing that kept the Bengals in the game at all were stupid mistakes like LJ's fumble at the one yard line which cost us a touchdown, along with some stupid penalties.
Kansas City is now tied for first place, with a 500 record, and is traveling to Oakland next week for it's last game before the bye. So the Chief's cheerleaders, including Jenna, won't be on the field to give a needed boost, but they'll be there in spirit. Jenna is another first year recruit, and is majoring in elementary education. Those are going to be some lucky grade schoolers when she graduates. But for some reason, she too wants to meet Oprah. Can someone explain the phenomena to me? What is it about Oprah that cheerleaders adore so much? And why do I care?
There are no two ways about it... the Chiefs got spanked, and not in a good way. Here are a few key statistics from the game. The Jaguars had a 156-10 edge in rushing yards, while the Chiefs longest run play was seven yards. On top of all that, the Jags had the ball for more than 13 minutes than the Chiefs. You just can't win games when that happens... period. The offensive line couldn't stop the pass rush, nor provide enough blocking for the run, and the defensive line wasn't able to control the Jags offense.
What else is there to say? If the Chiefs can't turn it around next week against the Bengals, then no matter how weak a division we're sitting in, we won't get far. The only good thing to report is that Denver lost to San Diego (putting the three of us on even terms) and the Raiders had a bye.
I know I've said I'd only feature a Cheerleader for a victory, but that just seems stupid. After all, it's when you're faced with a depressing loss that you need cheering the most. And hell, I need a pick me up for other reasons as it is. So here's Sarah. She's a first year cheerleader, and an actuary on top of that. Just goes to show you that math geeks can be hot too. In fact, the only fault I can really find with her is that she wants to meet Oprah. Why?
The Brilliance of Phil Simms
"Why do they do it? Because it gives them a better chance to win."
- Phil Simms
Now that's just pure genius. Because I could have sworn that most teams do things in an effort to lose. Thanks for clearing that up Phil.
Thank God for a Weak Division
We're a quarter of the way through the season already, and amazingly enough, playing 500 ball is good enough to put Kansas City in a 3 way tie for first place in the division. In fact, by the look of things so far, the AFC West may end up being analogous to the NL Central in baseball, where the division winner (Chicago) had a worse record than all the wild card teams. It's still too early in the season to talk about these things really, but this could end up being the Chiefs saving grace.
So, what's looking up so far? They're on a streak... two wins in a row, and they haven't lost to a division rival yet. Sunday at San Diego was a big win. They were underdogs by more than 10 points going in, losing at half time by 10 points on the road, and came out with a victory. The shining star of the game was Dwayne Bowe, our rookie wide receiver, who is turning into a major player already. He had 8 receptions for 164 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Wow. On top of that, the Chiefs defense held San Diego scoreless in the second half. That has been practically unheard of for this team for the last several years.
Next week the Chiefs will be at home against Jacksonville. That means the Kansas City cheerleaders will be there in full force to root on the team, including 4th year honey Savannah. She enjoys bike riding on trails (yeah), but despises running with a passion (doh!). But you gotta love a girl who says her favorite show is Most Extreme Challenge on Spike. I say things are starting to look up for my beloved Chiefs.
The Losing Streak Ends
I haven't been able to blog much about football this year, but I'm going to try. Kansas City's first game was the day I was traveling back from California (although I had a connection in Kansas City that day), though it was an away game. The next week I had a triathlon at Devil's Lake. I suppose all things considered, it was best I couldn't watch the games. It was an 0-2 start... not a good way to start the season. I feared it was going to be a long season, full of heartache and disappointment, but then they won their home opener on Sunday against the Vikings. You Packer fans out there can thank me next time you see me. I'd also like to point out that the local Fox affiliate advertised this game as the featured game in the area, and then at the last minute switched it to the Lions game. I was all set in front of the television with a beer too. Talk about disappointment. Bastards. Fox 6 sucks!
Sadly, this was the Chief's first win since New Year's Eve which sent them to the playoffs, where they lost against the Colts. Kansas City is a new team, with a new look, and new challenges. Their offense is without a leader at quarterback, and they lack weapons. Their offense line, once a stalwart brick wall that allowed many running backs to set several league records, has faltered and is aging, without the necessary young blood being infused for new life. Now the team is centering itself around the defense, which in previous years was it's weakest side. Certainly they've made strides towards making it stronger, but it's just not there yet.
This will be a transition year. Time will only tell if that transition will be successful. The games this season will be very close, and will often times come down to the 4th quarter. We'll always have chances to win, but it will be a matter of translating those opportunities to successes. I just don't know if Huard has what it takes to be the quarterback which can do it this year. Certainly the team had those chances against the Bears last week, but blew each one of them. There were some very costly penalties, and some plain major mistakes on offense. Hopefully the Chargers will be sufficiently sore after being beaten by the Packers that they'll be easy pickings.
And as I've done in years past, I'll feature a different Chiefs cheerleader every time the team wins. This week's cheerleader is Carolyn... a stay at home mom and first year cheerleader. Her life motto is "...So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit." It seems fitting, as that's what the team is going to have to do this year.
Caption This Contest
This photo comes courtesy of the Journal Sentinel. It seems ripe for fun... so I'm starting a Caption Contest. Leave a comment with your best ideas.
Then and Now
1998: 23 TD and 15 INT
1999: 12 TD and 17 INT
2005: 20 TD and 29 INT
2006: 18 TD and 18 INT
Why Is This Getting Attention?
OnDeadline had this item today:
Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy announced last night that he supports efforts to amend the Indiana constitution so that it defines marriage as a relationship limited to a man and a woman.
Don't get me wrong... Tony Dungy is a freakin' fantastic football coach. But who gives a flip what he thinks about marriage? Defining marriage isn't like defining a nickel defense. Stick to football coach.
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