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The supposed payoff is that we’ll be healthier than other teams. That may or may not happen. Tony Moeaki and Brandon Siler are out for the year. Do we take that as proof Haley’s plan isn’t working? No, we do not. Injuries are, by and large, random occurrences*. Which is precisely why going to these lengths to avoid them seems foolish to me. Football players are going to get hurt. Even if Haley’s plan slightly lessens the chance of that, is it worth it to go into the season flat? If we start 1-4, is it going to matter how much “fresher” we are down the stretch?
With all the additions the Chiefs made this off-season one would think that they should improve in 2010. However, based on the history of worst to first this is not a given. Looking at the history of worst to first teams since the NFL and the AFL merger in 1970 paints a pretty grim picture for the Chiefs in 2011.
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…But to help, I composed this quick-n-easy Mad Lib. For anyone who doesn’t remember how this works, it’s pretty simple: Just fill in the first word that comes to mind after each prompt on the list, and then match it to the corresponding space(s) in the form that follows. If it all works out, you should have yourself a perfectly uplifting speech* to rally your spirits for Sunday!
Traditionally, if a team only has a few players who become pillars, then the collaborative growth structure collapses and they’re left to re-build every 3-5 years as many organizations do repeatedly. The Chiefs have had 5 coaches since 1997. From 1992 to present the Steelers have had 2 coaches. The Patriots have had 1 coach since 2000.
Get there as early as possible. Gates open at 8:30. Stadium gates at 10:30. Make every effort to get to your seats by 11:40 as the special 9-11 tributes will begin. Get to the stadium earlier than 8:40 if you want, I’ve been let in as early as 7am. Nothing like ham and eggs cooked on an open grill at the greatest football stadium in the world.
Just a couple more days until the Chiefs take the field. Until then I feel like Shakespeare’s Richard III:
“Why, I in this weak piping time of peace
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity.”
I’m ready for some KC football.