“In this world you will have trouble”

Several years ago while on leave from the military visiting family, I was one of the first people to come upon a terrible automobile accident.

Two people (a husband and wife) died – they were thrown from the vehicle. Two people (a brother and sister) in another vehicle were injured. The brother was trapped in the vehicle.

Although my military experience and training kicked in and I did what I could to help, the screams, cries, and the memory of bodies on the road and in the ditch still bothers me some today.

I’ve asked several times why that tragedy had to happen.

When I read that Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli witnessed Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher shoot himself in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility on Saturday, my heart ached for them.  Continue reading

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Autographs

Last Sunday the Denver Broncos visited Kansas City and whipped the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 17-9. So far this season the Chiefs have one win and 10 losses, and they are currently the worst team in the NFL.

Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards which included two touchdowns and one interception. Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles carried the ball 23 times for 107 yards. Dwayne Bowe caught four passes for 41 yards.

After the game, the showers, and the interviews, a local television station (KCTV 5) caught Charles and Bowe acting like groupies waiting outside the Broncos’ locker room. Charles asked for Manning’s autograph, and Bowe asked to get his photo taken with Manning. They were both smiling and giddy when they were caught on video. Charles said the autograph was for his mother. He later posted a video with his mother showing the autograph and saying his mother wanted him to get it for his brother. Maybe it was for Christmas.

Nonetheless, the request for an autograph and photo is being talked about on sports shows and across the web. Continue reading

K.C. Chiefs: Dawson to Taylor…Touchdown!

“Quarterback Len Dawson hits Otis Taylor on a short pass, and Taylor turns it up field and scores from 46 yards out.”

That play sealed the victory for the Kansas City Chiefs who beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7, and that was the last touchdown scored in a Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs. That game was played on January 11, 1970.

Today, Len Dawson is 77 years-old. Otis Taylor is 70.

As a kid growing up in rural Missouri not far from Kansas City, I completed that pass several times in my backyard (with my homemade Lenny Dawson jersey on). I have never ever strayed from the Chiefs being my favorite team, although it’s been tough lately.

This year the Chiefs are struggling with a 1-9 record. Their head coach (Romeo Crennel) had a losing record before he arrived in KC, and the General Manager (Scott Pioli) seems like he is in over his head. The owner (Clark Hunt) seems disinterested.

Chiefs’ fans are angry, so much so that a “Save Our Chiefs” group was created with a Facebook page that has 14,730 “Likes” and they say they are “dedicated to changing the culture at Arrowhead and returning a winning team to Kansas City.” Their Twitter account has an astonishing 80,697 followers. Oh, and planes fly over Arrowhead on game day with banners saying, “Restore Hope – Fire Pioli – SaveOurChiefs.com.”   Continue reading