Growing up, the dentist was never someone I was excited to visit. The same goes for many others, the dentist office is that dreadful place you go to get teeth pulled, learn to floss, or find out you have to stop eating candy because you have cavities. For the seventh year, the Chiefs have hosted an event in an attempt to make visiting the dentist more fun. (Photo Gallery)
Last week, members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team hosted the annual “Kansas City Oral Healthcare Day” in conjunction with TeamSmile. Dentists in the metro closed up shop to volunteer their time and talent to children in need of dental care. There were 105 volunteers at the event – 18 dentists, 22 dental assistants, 30 hygienists, and 10 students from dental school, along with 25 volunteers.
The Chiefs have played nearly 500 minutes over eight games and overtime, and so far they have yet to hold the lead in regulation for a single second.
That’s the startling reality for a team picked by some to win the AFC West this season.
There have been devastating injuries to key players, including concussions to both quarterbacks. Their top wide receiver held out during training camp, their star running back has had games where he’s received only five carries, and a defensive-minded head coach can’t seem to get a defense full of first-round draft picks to stop much of anything.
The result is a 1-7 record that has led to fans paying for banners to fly over the stadium pleading for the general manager to be fired, and an organized protest on tap for an upcoming home game in which fans are planning to come dressed in black.
“It’s tough, because I don’t think I’ve ever been part of this exact scenario,” said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who got his first NFL job with the New York Giants in 1981.
Crennel compared this year’s version of the Chiefs to the 1983 Giants, who went 3-12-1.
“That was no fun, because we were doing some of the things that cause you to lose,” Crennel said on a conference call Friday. “This team is doing some of those things.”
Best way to watch a Chiefs game these days – With a large group of friends, preferably with some scotchy, scotch, scotch in hand.
I look at it like the Seinfeld episode where Jerry wants to go see Plan 9 From Outer Space (infamous for being the worst movie of all time ~ and representative of the Chiefs in this analogy), but nobody ends up able to go with him. To this, Jerry retorts, “I can’t go to a bad movie by myself. What, am I gonna make sarcastic remarks to strangers?”
This is the perfect line for the Chiefs season. Don’t watch the game in a fit of frustration and anger. Get a group of buddies together and distance yourself from their craptacular sucktitude by mocking them, and drinking, and having a good time. It’s remarkably therapeutic.
Farzin Vousoughian: What did you first know about the Chiefs when you were taken by them?
Tim Grunhard: I knew Marty Schottenheimer was a pound-’em, running the ball type of coach. His defense always had a tough attitude and they were physical. I liked the toughness of that group. My first game there, it wasn’t even sold out. It went from that to selling everything out and it was a good transition.