Here's one for ya. We recently sat down with our good friend and Chiefs Offensive Lineman Ryan Lilja over hors d'oeuvors at McCormick and Schmick on the Plaza and talked about his return to Kansas City, his new marriage and of course we talked some shop as well. Ryan is great in that he LOVES to talk about football, and that works out for us because we love to ask questions about football. Not your normal geeky questions that most fans would ask, technical crap, strategies, future plans, new offensive schemes and coaches - we don't ask any of that boring crap.
The first question that we hit him with was based on a previous interview that we had with somewhat inebriated ex Chiefs players Tim Grunhard and Bill Maas about what NFL players do when they have to take a leak during the game. Grunhard proudly exclaimed that most of them just "let it go" and keep playing. He mentioned a time when he had a bad case of the runs during a game and he really felt sorry for Rich Gannon who had to stand behind him for the rest of the game and take snaps. Ryan Lilja laughed about this story and explained that "whenever you see a bunch of guys huddled around a player, he's probably pissing into a bucket or something". That made more sense. See football dorks, this is the kind of info that we think is important.
The next question was one that we thought up one night while watching ESPN Classic - they were showing footage of Thurman Thomas extremely late in his career (I think he played about 35 seasons total) and we joked that he was so old that if the Bills kept him on the team any longer the lineman were just going to have to pick him up and THROW him over the line of scrimmage to get yards. So that got us thinking...
Why can't an NFL team sign a midget or "little person" to the squad, line him up in the backfield on short down situations, and just pick his ass up and THROW him over the goal line or line of scrimmage on a 4th and 2? To this question Lilja about spit out his food laughing and he simply said "I don't know...that's a damn good question!"
So we take it to you, oh football gurus to answer the question that even a veteran Super Bowl pro couldn't answer. Don't forget to make fun of us at the same time, we know it makes you feel better about yourself :)