Don't Kill The Mellinger
Columnist Sam Mellinger's thoughts on sports and other important stuff
Twitter Tuesday: Talking Chiefs, Shuttlecocks, Mizzou
10/22/2013 2:12 PM
05/16/2014 10:31 AM
I think it’ll be done by the end of the regular season, which the Chiefs will finish 15-1 because they’ll rest their starters for the last game.
@mellinger when does the statue of Andy Reid get finished?— Corey Chesley (@CoreyChesley) October 21, 2013
I’m old enough to remember when Mizzou was getting beat up in the SEC, and the Chiefs were not only terrible but unlikable.
@mellinger Should MU just keep Franklin out until the BCS title game?How's Andy Reid's bronze statue come along? What do I do with my hands?— Ben (@benhill88) October 21, 2013
Depends what you think of John Fox and Peyton Manning as coaches^. Me, I think they’re both pretty good. And we didn’t need to see the loss in Indy to know the way to beat the Broncos is to get after the quarterback, but it does help to see it play out. ^ See what I did there? The problem with it — and this is something Collinsworth talked about a few times on the broadcast — is Manning is too smart to let one strategy beat him. When he knows the pass rush is coming, he adjusts, and gets the ball out too quickly, often in less than two seconds. I do think the Chiefs are well equipped to match up with the Broncos, especially with the emergence of Marcus Cooper. And winning the division is much more of a 50-50 proposition than I would’ve thought even a week or two ago. But it’s much more complicated than, "Hey, just do what Robert Mathis did." ^ I know that was part of the idea with Weis, but there was a strong scent of desperation on that from the beginning. ^ Other than that terrible Nutcracker Ale they seem intent on making every Christmas. I also think something is lost in a small company when it’s bought by a big one. I also think all that bragging Boulevard’s been doing about being the biggest brewery in Missouri, and making fun of Budweiser’s America-themed advertisements after being bought by InBev looks a little silly now. John McDonald is going to get richer, and good for him. He deserves it. I wish the company all the success in the world. I hope they continue to make delicious beer and sell it to more and more people. But something is going to be lost in the transition, and I’ll be a little sad about that. I’m sure a Tank 7 will make me feel better. I also think there are other good beers I’ll try.
@mellinger Indy won using Sutton's "jam WRs kill QB" scheme. Did the Denver games just get easier? Or will seeing that D help them prep?— Rex (@flexyrexy) October 21, 2013
It’s a good line, and I’m not trying to take anything away but there are still some WAY defensive fans around these parts.
@mellinger In one year Kansas City has gone from most defensive fans in the league to best defensive team in the league.— Corey Anglemyer (@canglem) October 21, 2013
Like the people who do The Wave (especially in key moments of a game) and men who propose to their girlfriends on JumboTrons, it’s hard for me to articulate just how badly I hate this but I’ll have fun trying: You all sound like fools. Stop it. Shut up. For your sake, and ours. The inferiority complex is as strange as it is annoying. It’s an awful look. The Chiefs are having a fabulous season, and every second you spend complaining about what Bomani Jones or any other national media member says about you would be better spent giving yourself a swirly. If your joy as a sports fan is tied to what someone you’ll never meet says about them, you’re doing it wrong. Besides, the season isn’t even halfway done yet. Your team won two games last year, and was generally the biggest embarrassment in football in a league that included the Jacksonville Jaguars. So if someone wants to see more than two good months before anointing the Chiefs the ’85 Bears, it’s a perfectly logical stance. They are not kicking your dog, or calling your wife fat. This isn’t college football, where the ties are often more personal and territorial and where — most importantly — outside opinion actually DOES matter because of polls. The Chiefs will have their chance against the Colts. They’ll have their chance against the Broncos. Twice. They’ll have their chance in the playoffs. But in the meantime, go ahead and obsess over what’s said about them on a pregame show. Because that makes a lot of sense.
@mellinger please address the Chiefs fans who constantly whine to the national media through Twitter for a "lack of respect".— MizzouChiefsFan (@MizzouAndChiefs) October 21, 2013
As many as Baylor wants, probably, but it’s worth noting that defense hasn’t been what’s keeping KU on track to preserve and extend that 24-game conference losing streak. The defense has been good enough. Teams will make bowl games with worse defenses than KU has this year. It’s the offense that’s a mess, which is another red flag about Charlie Weis — big money coach with a great reputation for offense now burning through his second hand-picked quarterback. just don’t start another fan revolt into just be competitive into just get into the playoffs and now into win the division and advance in the playoffs. I understand that the Chiefs have lost four home playoff games since they’ve won one, and that those four teams went a combined 31-1 at home in the regular season. But this would be a mother of a team to have to beat on the road in the playoffs. Like I say, the Shuttlecock committee has a lot to discuss. but North Dakota State is actually pretty good! talk, please — but the other three losses are defensible and fine. The conference schedule is front-loaded. Baylor and Oklahoma State may be the best two teams in the league, and K-State played at Texas on the wrong week. There are no blowouts. K-State gets crappy West Virginia at home, Iowa State at home, crappy TCU at home, and Kansas. There’s your four wins for a bowl game, and you have a chance to steal one in Lubbock or against OU at home. Weird thing: I’ve felt all season that I think K-State is better than most K-State fans.
@mellinger How many points is Baylor gonna put on KU?— Alex Stilley (@Jayhawker1998) October 21, 2013
The key for the Chiefs will be homefield, which obviously means winning the division. And like I said earlier, the chances of that look so much better now than a week or two ago, and this isn’t an overreaction to the Broncos losing in Indianapolis. The Chiefs have the easier schedule, and will not only get Indy at home but get Indy without Reggie Wayne. Andy Reid’s record off the bye week is absurd, and if the Chiefs could somehow win that game in Denver, then who the hell knows. Sporting’s chances to make the Cup are hard to figure. They’ve won the East the last two years and been disappointing in the playoffs, obviously. Besler and Zusi give Sporting two premier players at key positions, and the defense is uber stingy. But I’m just going with math here, and not just because this site gives Sporting a 12.5 percent chance of winning the Cup. To get to the Cup, Sporting has to get through two of the — to me, anyway — goofy two-game aggregates. The Chiefs would just have to win one game. I’m going with the Chiefs.
@mellinger more likely: A Chiefs playoff win or Sporting KC makes it to the MLS cup?— Jordan Kelsey (@jk1021) October 21, 2013
@mellinger Gary F. Pinkel.— Ernie W. Webb III (@Ernie_Webb_3) October 21, 2013
I don’t know his or her name, but my first choice would be a chef’s table at whatever chef I determined to be the best in the world after a lot of research once hearing that this is really happening. If I have to be more specific, I’m getting sushi from Jiro Ono, because seriously. And if you say, "Sam, can’t your fat face think of anything other than food?" I would say, first of all, don’t judge me, and second of all, I’m going to a show at the Sydney Opera House because look at this place, and, ya-know, that means I’d be in Sydney.
@mellinger If you could attend any NON sporting event what would it be? Me im going w/ Oktoberfest.— michael mulvihill (@froggiemlm) October 21, 2013
I think it’s best we all pretend we didn’t see it, and that we never speak of this again.
.@mellinger This can't wait until Twitter Tuesday. What should KC make of Arby's ripping off the Z-Man? Furious? Or flattered?— Clinton Thomas (@ClintT13) October 19, 2013