The Monday Memo

Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish. –Herm Edwards

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Super Bowl LIV
  • Kansas and Missouri

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Thursday Numbers – Super Bowl Edition!

Super Bowl LIV is this Sunday and the personal-finance website WalletHub released its Super Bowl LIV By The Numbers infographic.

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The Monday Memo: Kobe

It was shocking to hear that former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Reports also say his daughter was killed, too. There are reports that seven others were killed in the crash.

You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

Kobe was 41. His daughter, Gianna, was 13. Rest in Peace to all.

Kobe was just beginning to be free of the grind of being a pro athlete. He had so much more to offer, but now he’s gone. He will not be forgotten.

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Super Bowl Poll: Chiefs or 49ers?

On Sunday, February 2, 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. The game will be played in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.

The game will be televised on Fox and it starts at 6:30 ET.

Who do you think will win, Chiefs or 49ers?

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. – Vince Lombardi

Chiefs, Chiefs, CHIEFS!

Back when I was about 10 years old growing up in the town of Mill Grove, Missouri, I would play football in my parents’ garden after they had plowed and disk it for the winter. I could dive for the ball and not get injured in the soft dirt.

The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV on January 11, 1970, when I was 10. The Chiefs beat the Vikings 23-7. Yes, that was a long time ago.

In my play by play in the garden, I would be Lenny Dawson throwing a deep pass to Otis Taylor. Many times Dawson would hand the ball off to the running backs Mike Garrett or Ed Podolak and they would scamper for a touchdown. When the offense sputtered, coach Hank Stram would call on Jan Stenerud to kick a field goal.

Later on, I received a football helmet and shoulder pads for Christmas or my birthday and I practiced being Willie Lanier or Buck Buchanan. I would dive headfirst into my grandmother’s lilac bush like I was tackling someone. It left some cool marks on my helmet!

As an adult, I was in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium for several games braving the cold and wind to cheer on my Chiefs. We never made it to the Promised Land.

I know there are other teams who have never played in the championship. There are teams that have played in several Super Bowls and never won (Buffalo, Minnesota). As a life-long Chiefs fan, I have gone through years where I had hope only to be disappointed. As I grew older I just rolled with the punches, but last year we were so close that one offside call cost us a trip to the Super Bowl.

I just hoped that they would make it back to the Super Bowl while I was still living and could share the excitement with my family and friends.

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TWW Poll: NFC Championship

This Sunday the Green Bay Packers travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers for the NFC Championship. The game will be televised on Fox and it starts at 6:40 ET.

Who do you think will win, the Packers or the 49ers?

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