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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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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The Monday Memo

It’s better to cross the line and suffer the consequences than to just stare at that line for the rest of your life. – Anonymous

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Super Bowl Recap
  • Halftime Show
  • Commercials
  • Next Year

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The Monday Memo: Playoff Football

Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder. – Paul “Bear” Bryant

The seasons for the New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs came to an abrupt end on Sunday. Both teams lost in overtime to the visiting teams (Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots).

It was a pretty exciting day for football.

If the NFL could make their officiating better, it would have been a perfect football day (See New Orleans Saints).

Here are my thoughts on both games. Enjoy!

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Super Bowl LII: Final Thoughts

As the “Hail Mary” pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete in the end zone with the game clock showing zeros, football season was officially over. The Philadelphia Eagles had just won their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots.

If you enjoy a lot of offense and little defense then Super Bowl LII was just for you. There was one punt in the whole game. One punt. The Eagles and Patriots combined for a total of 1,151 yards of offense. They scored points like a pinball machine.

Ironically, it was a defensive play – a sack of Tom Brady and his fumble that won it for the Philadelphia Eagles.

I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan. It was a former Chiefs coach (Doug Pederson) and a former Chiefs backup QB (Nick Foles) for the Eagles that won the Super Bowl. That was something that Andy Reid (former Eagles coach and current Chiefs coach) has never done. The Eagles got rid of Reid because he could not take them to the promise land. Remember that, fellow Chiefs fans.

It’s great for a city to win a big game. Overall it’s probably pretty good for the NFL that a new team won the Super Bowl. The Brady/Belichick haters could not take much more winning from them.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the game, the Philly fans decided to burn and destroy things while some were chanting “F–k Tom Brady” in reference to the Patriots quarterback — and “Big d–k Nick” in honor of Philly QB Nick Foles.

Stay classy Philly.

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