Happy Monday, Kansas City. It’s a great day to be a Kansas Citian.
The Chiefs and Kansas were embarrassed, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz was ko’d by Money Mayweather’s sucker-punch, the Royals lost their winning streak, and oh yeah, the Big 12 Conference is ready to implode as Conference Armageddon is upon us.
If you are a KU and Chiefs fan, I feel for yeah, this had to be one of the worst weekends you’ve experienced, EVER.
The Chiefs got embarrassed 48-3 at Detroit Sunday, their second straight blowout loss. But that’s not the biggest loss. Jamaal Charles is done for the season with a torn ACL, marking consecutive weeks the Chiefs have lost a Pro Bowler with a season-ending ACL injury. It’s going to be a long season for the Chiefs (0-2) without Charles and their best defensive player (Eric Berry).
The Chiefs also lost starters Tony Moeaki and Brandon Siler to ACL injuries in the preseason.
Who will get hurt next? Brandon Flowers, Brandon Albert, Derrick Johnson, Dwayne Bowe or Tamba Hali?
The Kansas defense could also be the worst defense in Big 12 history. Georgia Tech rolled up school-records with 604 rushing yards and 768 total yards in a 66-24 destruction of the Jayhawks. The Yellowjackets averaged 12 yards per carry for the game, had a 95-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game and had three one-play drives and five scores longer than 60 yards.
Oh, and next the play Texas Tech, whose quarterback Seth Doege set a NCAA mark with a 91% completion percentage on 40-of-44 passing in Saturday’s 59-13 blowout at New Mexico. It won’t get any easier. Head coach Turner Gill says his team will be much improved for Texas Tech Oct. 1. He is right, it can’t get worse. Can it?
Apparently I jinxed the Royals. The Royals were hammered by the White Sox 10-5 Sunday. To make matters worse, my most hated MLB player, A.J. Pierzynski belted two homeruns. Stay classy, you tool.
Oh, and how can we forget conference realignment? It seems Conference Armageddon is on the way.
The ACC surprised everyone by adding Pitt and Syracuse over the weekend, and it appears UCONN and Rutgers could be next.
West Virginia has applied for the SEC.
Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech are on the verge of leaving for the Pac-whatever it is called.
It seems the Big 12’s implosion is inevitable. What will Kansas City be like if KU, K-State and Mizzou are all in different conferences? What if KC no longer host the Big 12 basketball tournament? Will KC become irrelevant as a college sports town, and become nothing more than a boring pro sports town?
Stay tuned, more on this later.
On a positive note, if you are a Mizzou or Kansas State fan, you feel a little bit better.
Mizzou hammered Western Illinois 69-0 Saturday behind a school-record 744 yards of total offense, while allowing just 40 yards and one first down. Henry Josey earned co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the week with 263 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 14 carries, 18.8 yards per carry, in just the first half, as Missouri led 42-0 at halftime. Head coach Gary Pinkel was upset with the final score, calling it “unnecessary.” Missouri (2-1) threw it four times in the second half and just once in the fourth quarter, senior Jimmy Costello’s first career, and likely only, touchdown pass of his career. Missouri ran for 428 yards, and could have ran the ball every down and easily won by 40-plus. It’s not running up the score when you hand if off almost every down. What do you want Pinkel? Its hard to tell guys that rarely, or NEVER play, not to play hard.
Kansas State also recorded a shutout, 37-0 over visiting Kent State (0-3). The Cats (2-0) offense wasn’t that impressive as quarterback Colin Klein still struggled in the passing game (9-of-18 for 74 yards), but he led scoring drives of 98 and 95 yards. The offense looked much better than it did in a 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky in week 1. The Cats defense shut down the Golden Flash, who ran nine plays inside the 10-yard line, but didn’t score.
Keep your heads up Kansas City, its a new day.