JOPLIN -- We have all seen the photos, the scenes of destruction, the death, the seemingly aftermath of a War Zone. Picking up the pieces has not been easy, but an amazing humanitarian and volunteer effort has helped. They say sports is a reprieve and helps return those in times of disaster and tragedy to normalcy, or at least distract them from reality, at least for a few hours. This is certainly the case down in Joplin, where the football team has become a symbol for the residents and the students of Joplin High. Here is a great piece from ESPN's "Outside the Lines" And some of our local teams have done their part in giving their helping hand. In the days after the devastating EF5 tornado, the Chiefs held a disaster relief fund in the parking lot of the Truman Sports Complex, collecting thousands of dollars, waters and goods for the city. They also went to Joplin to help out in the relief effort. But Matt Cassel and the Chiefs didn't stop there when helping the students [Read more...]
Brian Graham & Andrew Cangelose, KC SportsNation OAKLAND, Cal -- Not one, not two, not three, but six times the Chiefs picked off Oakland quarterbacks Sunday, leading to a 28-0 route, pulling the Chiefs within a game of first-place and setting up a first-place showdown Monday at Arrowhead against the first-place San Diego Chargers (4-2). The six interceptions alone were enough to win the game as two were brought back for touchdowns -- Kendrick Lewis a 59-yarder tight-roped down the sideline from Kyle Boller on the first drive of the game and a Brandon Flowers's 58-yarder to give the Chiefs a 28-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
While Raiders fans say F-you with a simple gesture, Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers says "F-You" with a Pick-6 of Carson Palmer, then poses for the pleasure of the Oakland criminals, I mean thugs, I mean fans, pardon me, in the Chiefs 28-0 destruction in Oakland Saturday.
Coaching – B A tale of two halves. Really the Chiefs comeback started with 5 minutes left in the first half which until then was dominated by the Colts. I fully expected the Chiefs to pack it in down 17-0 in the middle of the 2nd quarter. Credit goes to Haley and the coaching staff for making adjustments and keeping this team motivated to execute a comeback win. The first half offensive play calling has been suspect all year, and today was no different. Luckily we played another bad team that let us back into the game. The offense was too predictable, electing to run most first and second downs. Inexplicably, we kept trying to run McCluster outside right into the strength of the small but fast Colts defense. It took being in a 17-0 hole, to open up the playbook, leading to two touchdown drives before halftime. In the second half the Chiefs looked like the team from last year, as they were able to run the ball and make big plays in the passing game. The defense was torched [Read more...]
Andrew Cangelose, KC SportsNation Lip reading is of course an inexact science (see Seinfeld Season 5: The Lip Reader). With that said, here is my unofficial transcript of the heated exchange between Cassel and Haley: Cassel jogs off the field after throwing a ball into the ground after a busted screen play. Haley gestures with his finger for Cassel to come hither. Haley: Matt are you alright? I thought I saw your penis and balls fall off on the field somewhere. We should probably call a time out, check the replay, get an usher out there to look for them. Cassel: What? Haley: Your dong and donuts. You lost 'em? Cause your playing like a (bleep) ! Cassel: (Bleep) you! Cassel goes to the bench to retrieve his hat. He’s obviously been practicing placing the hat on his head since last week, as he successfully gets it to stick on the first try. He walks back up to Haley. Cassel: Don’t call me a (bleep)! Haley: [Read more...]
Chiefs Grades vs. Vikings Matt Cassel – C Looked a little like Matt Cassel from last year. Would be good enough to win more games if we still had Jamal Charles, but even Cassel’s best efforts aren’t going to lead this team to very many victories. Dexter McCluster – C Nothing spectacular still. But no fumbles. Thomas Jones – D+ Doesn’t seem to be hitting the hole as hard this year. For as tough as he’s advertised, he sure does go down easily.
Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian engages in Twitter war with lawmaker/handicapped war veteran Courtesy: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d822cabc0/article/vikings-wr-berrian-in-twitter-war-with-veteran-of-real-one?module=HP11_headline_stack It's fair to say that frustration is boiling over in Minnesota, after the Vikings dropped to 0-4 Sunday with a 22-17 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs. After the game, Scout.com reported that veteran Minnesota receiver Bernard Berrian engaged in a Twitter war with a few people, among them a state lawmaker who has co-authored a bill to aid the construction of a new stadium for the team. After Berrian responded angrily to fans who criticized his production -- he has just two catches for 37 yards this season -- Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, chimed in. "If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try @B_Twice (Bernard Berrian) who says that he's open a lot and should get the ball more," Kriesel wrote on [Read more...]
Andrew Cangelose, KC SportsNation CHIEFS GRADES - Game 3 vs Chargers Matt Cassel - F Fumble on the play. The coaches are consistently calling running plays on 3rd and long. You don’t do that if you have a good quarterback. He played decently in the 2nd half but erased everything with a bullet pass into Eric Weddle’s crouch to end the game.
Matt Cassel – F Cassel is confirming what I’ve suspected for a long while. He’s not that good. Watching the two opposing quarterbacks we’ve played so far has me feeling like a jaded housewife locked into a passionless marriage longing for the strong arms of a Fitzpatrick or Stafford to sweep me away. In case you don’t get my point, I’d rather have about 28 other league quarterbacks right now over Matt Cassel. Jamal Charles' Knee - F I wish I could blame that damn Lions’ mascot but it appears the injury occurred before he rolled into that silly Lion. Sadly I would feel a little better if that mascot also tore his ACL.
Matt Cassel – D He collapses under pressure like a man being shot in community theatre. It reminds me of Elvis Grbac, but at least when Elvis did throw the ball he averaged more than 3 yards per completion. He remains a must start in PPR fantasy leagues because of his proficiency for catching his own batted passes. Jamal Charles – D He ran the ball okay when he got the chance, but anytime you put the ball on the ground you won’t get a passing grade from me.