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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Chiefs hope to avoid fate of 1980 Detroit Lions

09/30/2013 9:17 AM

10/01/2013 1:46 PM

With their win over the Giants on Sunday, the Chiefs improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 and also became the first team since the 1980 Detroit Lions to start 4-0 after winning two or fewer games the previous season.

However, the Chiefs and their fans better hope they avoid the fate of the 1980 Lions. After the their hot start that year, speedy safety James "Spiderman" Allen inexplicably decided to write a Lions-centric version of the Queen hit "Another One Bites The Dust."


the track

, which also features backup vocals from tight end David Hill and cornerback James Hunter.

Listen to this bravado!

"This is Spiderman Allen, and I have a message for everyone in the NFL…" "Are you ready? Are you ready for this? Are you sitting on the edge of your seat? Come and watch the Detroit Lions, which no one seems to beat…" "Last year’s team was 2-14 but this is the year for New Orleans…"

The last line referred to the site of that year’s Super Bowl, but given the miserable luck that has haunted the Lions over the last 50 years, you can probably guess how the season unfolded, as the Lions proceeded to do the most Lions thing ever by going 5-7 the rest of the way and actually missing the playoffs due to a tiebreaker.

So while the Chiefs have clearly put themselves in position for a successful season – according to ESPN Stats and Information, 82 percent of teams that have started 4-0 and made the playoffs – perhaps they should learn a lesson from the 1980 Lions and stay away from the recording studio this week.


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