“Consider this. Heading into Week 8, the NFL had experienced 62 games decided by one possession (eight points) or less, a record number through seven weeks of the season. Similarly, we have seen 30 games decided by three points or less, the fourth highest in league history.”
Brian Billick, NFL analyst, Foxsports.com
GH: Consider this. Despite all of these close games the 2012 Chiefs have yet to lead for even a second of regulation play. Not one. Read on.
“There are obviously the outliers at the front end like the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans, and then there are the outliers at the other end of the spectrum with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers. But most of the teams are hunkered down in the middle, stuck in the parity of the NFL. As we approach the halfway point of the season, the first-place teams in five of the eight divisions only have a one-game lead.”
Brian Billick, NFL analyst, Foxsports.com
GH: In a league where it is almost impossible to be awful, the Chiefs are worse than awful. I heard today that the Raiders have won twice at Arrowhead since the Chiefs last won there. Frosty.
“The Chiefs fourth turnover. Halloween has come early for the Chiefs.”
Kevin Harlan, while doing the TV play-by-play of the Raiders/Chiefs game, CBS
GH: Halloween showed up for Chiefs’ fans this season in September…and it was wearing a Scot Pioli mask.
“Does it really matter? Does it really matter who the [Chiefs’] quarterback is right now?”
Josh Klingler, on reports that both Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel could be injured for Thursday night’s game in San Diego, 610 AM
GH: Maybe if we made a trade for Peyton Manning it would matter. Maybe. What did Peyton know about the Chiefs that so many of us missed in the off season?
“Arm strength? [Peyton] Manning don’t need no stinking arm strength. Some quarterbacks wing it. Manning methodically dissects, flicks and just as the secondary starts cheating up pops the occasional deep ball to Demaryius Thomas. Arm strength? In the Broncos’ impressively easy 34-14, AFC West first-place-lifting victory against New Orleans before a sellout crowd of 76,832 and a national television audience Sunday night, Manning showed he has just enough arm strength.”
Mike Klis, columnist, Denver Post
GH: I did not think Peyton could return from his injury and be half the quarterback he was in Indianapolis. I was wrong. I was VERY wrong. He looks different but the results are still there. He is playing at a Pro-Bowl clip and it looks like he just might take Denver back to the Super Bowl. Wow!
“I’m not exactly sure. We were rotating our backs in there. [Peyton] Hillis was back, and he was able to get some carries.”
Romeo Crennel, when asked why Jamaal Charles only had five carries against the Raiders, 610 AM
GH: Hillis had a whopping four carries.
Romeo, oh Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
Deny thy GM and refuse thy paycheck.
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn at my love.
And I’ll no longer be a victim of the salary Cap-u-let.
“The Chiefs are beyond disappointment, beyond even the kind of stink that makes your eyes water, and are now neck-deep in the all-time pool of pathetic with Matt Millen’s Lions, Turner Gill’s Jayhawks and Buddy Bell’s Royals. … The Chiefs are the first team to go seven weeks without a lead in regulation since 1940. Nineteen-forty.”
Sam Mellinger, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: Even I don’t remember 1940.
“Cheer up, Chiefs fans: MT @ShawnZobel_DHQ: Current 2013 NFL Draft order after today’s games: 1. KC, 2. Caro, 3. Jax, 4. Cle”
Adam Teicher, @adamteicher, Twitter
GH: Success in failure? Pioli’s plan at work.
“The price to get in to the next 4 Chiefs home game on stubhub — $8.94, $26.00, $7.94, $6.95. Broncos game is killing the AVERAGE price.”
Cody Thorn, @CodyThorn, Twitter
“Jerry Palm predicts Alabama/Oregon in BCS championship game. K-State/Notre Dame in Fiesta.”
Kellis Robinett, @KellisRobinett, following a weekend that saw Notre Dame win at Norman, Oklahoma, K-State demolish Texas Tech, Alabama embarrass undefeated Mississippi State and the Ducks obliterate the Buffalos worse than Wild Bill Cody, Twitter
GH: Sure, there are still four or five weeks in the regular season for these four teams. Each team could lose down the stretch and make all this handwringing premature. But what if they do not? What if all four do what I believe they will do – continue on a path that leaves the BCS with four very talented and deserving undefeated teams? Read on.
“Alabama vs. Notre Dame for the BCS could be biggest title game ever.”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, Twitter
GH: Finebaum is the mouth of the south when it comes to SEC dominance in football. There is no question in his mind that Alabama is the best team in the land – he simply is looking for the most attractive scalp for the Tide to hang on their BCS trophy. Notre Dame is the greatest name in all of college football. Has been since Knute Rockne donned a bowler and walked the earth in fuzzy black and white film. Finebaum’s words can be grating to Bama’s opposition but he speaks the truth.
“And any K-State fan who didn’t already hate the Irish, now’s your chance. You’re almost certainly gonna get screwed by ND.”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: No fan of college football should be spending any energy degrading the talents and efforts from any of these four teams. All four have proven their worth on the field this season. It is not Notre Dame or Oregon or Alabama who would be screwing Kansas State [or vice versa if K-State gets the nod over two other undefeated teams]. It is the NCAA and their rigidness to adhere to their BCS formula when it would be obvious to all that it needs to be scrapped immediately. Do not wait until 2014. The BCS needs to come out today with a contingency plan that has the four undefeated playing in semifinal matchups on January 9th and a title game on January 16th.
“The Fighting Irish became the latest team to move past Oregon on Sunday, taking third place behind Alabama and Kansas State. The Ducks remained fourth. … Oregon’s upcoming schedule could help solve the Ducks’ problem. Oregon plays three opponents in the BCS top 25 [Southern California, Stanford and Oregon State] in its last four games, starting with the Trojans in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Pac-12 title game, if the Ducks get there, should give Oregon another quality opponent.”
Ralph Russo, writer, YahooSports.com
GH: Oregon will get a late-season BCS push from their schedule. Notre Dame just needs to stay undefeated and beat a faltering USC. K-State has its big wins in the bag, which might hurt in the last few polls. All of this is maddening if you are a fan of any of these teams.
“Almost just ripped a dude’s throat out that asked if I just jumped on the K-State bandwagon or if I actually went to school there.”
Eric Stonestreet, @ericstonestreet, KSU alum, Twitter
GH: The Kansas State bandwagon is about to set a record in capacity. Every non-ND fan in the land is pulling for the Cats over the Catholics. It stinks that the BCS has forced fans to devolve into negative campaigning. You would think this is an election year.
“I had a couple of Kansas fans tweet me and tell me that it’s absurd that I’m rooting for K-State, as a KU-football guy. I’m not gonna sit here and hate on K-State. I’m not gonna be that guy who tries to minimize what my rival is accomplishing. Any KU fans out there who think I’m a traitor rooting for K-State – save it.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: I wonder if Kevin Kietzman entered into Nate’s thinking here? KK’s Schadenfreude tactics does make it hard to root for KSU if you are a rival. But how many KU fans are covertly or maybe not-so-secretively rooting for the Snyder Cats? I understand rivalries but why would any Kansan root against a state school’s march to excellence? The most common answer? “Their fans will be insufferable if they win a national title!” We like to keep our enemies down, especially when we are in the gutter ourselves.
“In other words, the fact that Oregon’s No. 4 in BCS right now means nothing. It’s No. 2 in polls. If it wins out, it will be top 2 in BCS.”
Stewart Mandel, @slmandel, Sports Illustrated writer, Twitter
“If Arthur Brown was on Notre Dame, he’d already have won the Heisman.”
Nick Leckey, former K-State and NFL player, 810 AM
“We know who we are and how we have to build this [Royals’] team, and how we have to build our rotation. We’re going to be aggressive as we can, but we know who we are and how we need to do it.”
Dayton Moore, Royals’ GM, after the Royals claimed Chris Volstad [3-12, 6.31 ERA last season] off waivers from that juggernaut of pitching – the Cubs, KCStar.com
GH: We know who we are? WE KNOW WHO WE ARE???? What an absolute kick in the baseballs to every Royals fans sitting around a hot stove. I wish I knew who David Glass is.
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