Archive for Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Struggles of Kansas City’s pro teams frustrating for everyone

October 15, 2008

About this time last year people were beginning to plot their new year’s resolutions. I stated then that I don’t believe in resolutions but I do believe people should do something to better their way of life. I vowed to be a gentler and kinder person, but that didn’t last long. Kansas winning the national championship in basketball helped very much, but when we got into the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs seasons I lost my cool. I had written back then that people should support the Royals and the Chiefs because professional sports are good for the city, and I defended Clark Hunt and the management of the Royals.

One thing I would like to see is Clark Hunt becoming more visible and taking more interest in the Chiefs. Many people have called in to the talk shows saying they were not going to renew their season tickets and this will not be good for the Chiefs. As I have stated, professional sports are good for a city. I can’t complain too much because I am not a season ticket holder. But, I have been a long-time supporter of the Chiefs and I didn’t miss a game in the old Municipal Stadium.

One bad thing about not supporting the Chiefs is that in a recent article in the Forbes magazine it stated that an NFL franchise currently has the market value of $1 billion. With Hunt being money-minded, I could see him selling the Chiefs for $1 billion. I don’t think that would happen, but I suppose it is a possibility. In the recent Chiefs game against the Carolina Panthers, it wasn’t too bad not being able to see it, but it was bad enough having to listen to the game. I would have to admit that was the sorriest game in my opinion the Chiefs ever played. It was humiliating, to say the least. It seems all the concern presently for the Chiefs is getting an NFL caliber quarterback. I don’t believe the whole thing is getting a reliable quarterback. I believe most of the problem is on the sideline with the Chiefs coaching staff. We have possibly the two best defensive minds in coaching defense with Herm Edwards and Gunther Cunningham. If the Chiefs are still set on playing Tyler Thigpien as a quarterback, all I have to say is David Jaynes get your cleats out of moth balls and quarterback the Chiefs. I don’t think Brodie Croyle will ever take the Chiefs to the promised land.

More turmoil has faced the Chiefs recently with their All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez requesting Carl Peterson to trade him to a team that is a Super Bowl contender. Gonzalez told Peterson that the Chiefs have a three-year plan to make the playoffs and his contract will run out by that time. One team that could benefit the services of Gonzalez is the New York Giants who won the Super Bowl last year. The Giants and the Arizona Cardinals have shown some interest, and Tony’s wife would be happy to move to Arizona where they would be closer to home. It is true Gonzalez has made a lot of money from the Chiefs and they do not owe him anything, but I do believe they owe him the courtesy of finding a playoff team for him to go to.

The Chiefs made a big mistake when they let go of Jared Allen and John Tait. All we are hearing is coach Edwards wants to build a team with much younger players. The deadline for trading players was Tuesday, and the Chiefs did nothing.

The last weekend of college football resulted in a big shake up of teams in the rankings. Oklahoma getting knocked off the top spot by Texas who is now No. 1 and Missouri, after losing to Oklahoma State, dropped way down. It’s still a long season in the Big 12, and it looks like my prediction of Oklahoma winning the Big 12 is out of the picture. One thing to remember, though, is that my daughter-in-law, Karen — who types my column for me — is in no way responsible for some stupid predictions I make.

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