Making addicted gamblers fear an impossible-to-predict, potentially snow-blown Super Bowl that ends 3-0 in overtime.
And making team officials like Chiefs owner Clark Hunt completely lose their minds and think the Super Bowl is coming to their town. Which, of course, it’s not.
SI’s Peter King included this nugget of insanity in his Monday Morning Quarterback column today:
“The first step on that is to see how the cold-weather Super Bowl goes in an outdoor stadium. If the league has a good experience in New York, then there will undoubtedly be many communities to come back and ask for a cold-weather Super Bowl, and we would certainly be on that list.” — Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, to the Kansas City Star, on his desire to get a Super Bowl in Kansas City.
ESPN play-by-play voice Brad Nessler and NFL studio analyst Trent Dilfer will call the San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, the second game of ESPN’s season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader September 13 at 10:15 p.m. ET (9:15 p.m. CT). The AFC West matchup will be the first regular season game at the newly renovated Arrowhead Stadium, one of the NFL’s iconic venues, and the first MNF game in Kansas City since Nov. 22, 2004.
MNF reporter Suzy Kolber will also be in Kansas City on game day to provide updates on the teams throughout the day. The Chargers-Chiefs will follow the Baltimore Ravens-New York Jets telecast (7 p.m.) when the MNF commentator team of Mike Tirico and analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski makes its regular season debut.
“We have a deep roster of football experts and this will be a great pairing for the Monday Night Football doubleheader that will appeal to fans with Brad, one of the best live event commentators in the business, and Trent, who always offers fresh and informed perspectives and is just a few seasons removed from his own days as a Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production.
You can imagine: there were 125 guys in camp. So you’re taking about singing. And we had six preseason games. That was real football then. …. And you’re in training camp for like two months,” says Edwards.
“When we packed up the bags for the equipment going on the trips … veterans would say, ‘Look, you’ve got to pack my bag and make sure it gets on the bus.’ And guess what? I packed the bag and made sure it got on the bus because I knew if I played in the league long enough I’m going to get me a rookie eventually (to pack his bag).
“That’s kind of the way it goes. There’s things that go on. You don’t want to make it a bad situation when it really can be kind of a fun situation.”
Edwards also has seen what can happen when rookies put up resistance.
“There have been times when I’ve walked out to practice and the poor guy, they’ve taped him around the goal post. … You’ve got to go cut him down with the (athletic) trainer.”