From down in Joplin, Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli went on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Jim Miller to talk about the rebuild efforts a couple hours south of us. Pioli and over 100 members of the Chiefs organization are building five houses as part of Governor Nixon's Joplin-Habitat Challenge.
So, how does your GM handle power tools? Not very well, apparently.
"Power tools went to some people and then there's the next level of people that can use manual tools, but I didn't even qualify for that!" Pioli joked. "I was strictly labor, lifting and carrying. That's all they let me do down here."
He could use some lessons from Old Man Thorman, who provided me with enough basement tools in our new house last year to make Tim 'The Toolman' Taylor jealous. (Kinda related: I heard Pioli say on 810 WHB this week that it bugs him when people refer to their Dads as "old man". Hope Old Man Thorman is OK with this.)
"Visually it looks like there's progress being made, and I had a chance to talk to the families," Pioli continued. "Since the tornado they've been living in a FEMA mobile-homes since then. We're just putting the foundation down, we put up the frame of the house and the roof and the walls, so as much as certain parts [look done]...it was such a disaster before. Once the clean-up is done, it looks better. Once new buildings go up, it looks better. But our work won't be done here for years and years."
Pioli talked about the people in Joplin, noting the difference between rebuilding physical structures like houses, but the resolve of the people there needing no rebuilding.
Also important: Chiefs > Rams.
"St. Louis is doing a lot of work there to help people," Pioli continued. "It's pretty amazing and all teams are geting involved. Not that this is becoming competitive I think we have a couple houses up on the St. Louis Rams, too."