The Chiefs are a long way from starting their 2010 season, but little is expected of the boys in red this fall. They are 10-38 in their last three seasons and have made the playoffs just twice in the last 12 years. They have not won a post-season game in the last 16 years.
To say that sports fans in Kansas City and its environs have been disappointed by their NFL and major league baseball teams is maybe the biggest understatement of the year. Over the last three years, the Royals have a .430 winning percentage (209-277) and the Chiefs have a .208 winning percentage (10-38).
That’s a combined record in the 2007-08-09 seasons of 219 victories, 315 defeats, a .410 winning percentage. Bad? That’s world-class bad. It has made Kansas City the “Land of Losing” when it comes to major professional sports.
After elaborating for a while now though, I think the best option for Jermaine Gresham would be the Kansas City Chiefs. After all the hype was over, and Oklahoma sunk to an embarrassing low in 2009, so did Gresham’s overall presence and reputation. Once known as one of the best tight ends in the nation, his name now lacks the once “scary” attitude it brought with itself years ago.
Therefore, maybe a quiet team that doesn’t draw too much media attention is the way to go for Jermaine. Thinking about it now, it may be the only way to go for Jermaine. With young but talented quarterback Matt Cassel at the helm, and head coach Todd Haley gaining more and more control as the games pile on, the Chiefs are becoming more stable and balanced, particularly in the passing game.
Blocking has never been a key issue for the Chiefs, but it is something that Jermaine could help with. Hands and blocks, are basically the arsenal that Gresham equips himself with, and when the going gets tough, short intermediate routes to the experienced rookie could pay dividends for the Chiefs.
Derek Doerfler is an accomplished Baker University kicker, December graduate and National Football League prospect.
Doerfler has been invited to do a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs. Doerfler said Mike Grossner, Baker head football coach, is receiving emails from the Chiefs saying the team is interested in inviting him to attend workouts.
“The rules are set so you can only go to a workout if you grew up within 30 miles,” Doerfler said. “I’m waiting on a phone call to set it all up.”
The Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Edmonton Eskimos all still use Native-themed mascots. Some Natives I know support these teams because of their use of First Nation themes while others feel it’s despicable.
In this day of political correctness, it’s interesting the NBA’s Washington Bullets changed their name in 1997 to the Wizards because they didn’t want the negative press associated with gun violence.
Earlier this year, two of the team’s players were suspended and faced charges over handguns being stored in the Wizards’ locker room.
Among the AFL players whom Robinson coached who ultimately would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were Buck Buchanan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Willie Brown of the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, and Charlie Joiner of the old Houston Oilers, who later would play for the Bengals in the NFL.
Robinson also coached Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis of the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, who was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXII, while they were in college at Grambling. Williams succeeded Robinson at Grambling in 1998.