With 27 seconds to go in the first half at Pittsburgh, Chiefs coach Andy Reid had a momentous decision to make. In electing to go for it on fourth-and-short near the goal line, he made one too admirable to condemn, even as it crumpled.
No, the Royals didn’t win the World Series, and there’s no assurance they’ll make it back soon. Just the same, the 2014 season created a transformative new frame of reference. It’s one that says “same old Royals” is an obsolete term, that you needn’t look at every setback as crippling, that a trapdoor isn’t inevitably waiting to spring open, and that it’s rational to have hope.
Some question Alex Smith’s ability to throw downfield. The criticism isn’t unwarranted, but know this: The Chiefs’ starting quarterback is operating squarely within the framework that his head coach expects of him.
Chiefs’ rookie De’Anthony Thomas can take your breath away — like he did on an 81-yard punt return Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Or he can have you muttering under your breath when he tries to return a punt he shouldn’t. As exhilarating as Thomas’ game can be, and almost certainly ultimately will prove to be, he’s still emerging from the embryonic phase of his NFL career.
There’s no shame in Saturday’s 41-13 loss to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC championship, but there’s also no change from what’s become a certain status quo for MU — albeit one that anyone rational who followed the program for a lost generation darn well appreciates.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.