Move over Geno Smith, Luke Joeckel and Matt Barkley. The Chiefs have found their next superstar.
OK, perhaps not, but a commercial in Sunday night's Super Bowl XLVII acquainted viewers around the world with the fact that the Chiefs own the No. 1 pick in the April 25-27 NFL Draft. It also allowed Hall of Famer Deion Sanders to indulge his desire to get back in the game as a wig-wearing unknown named Leon Sandcastle.
KC Chiefs: An Unhealthy Relationship? from The University News
According to Mental Health America, co-dependency is an "emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual's ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship."
Symptoms include "chronic anger, an unhealthy dependence on relationships" and "a tendency to confuse love and pity."
This accurately describes my, and I predict many others', relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rookie Season done, Eachus Looks Ahead from The Standard Speaker
Standard-Speaker assistant sports editor Steve Stallone talked with Eachus by phone Saturday evening, on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII, to get his thoughts on his first NFL season and what lies ahead for him and his team. Here is a portion of that conversation.
Question: Having had time to reflect on your first season in the NFL, was it everything you hoped it would be?
Eachus: I thought I had a good year. I got more playing time than I expected, but at the same time, now that I've been through it, it was tough going 2-14. I was never on a losing team in my life. It was tough going 2-14, and tough all the way around with my teammate committing suicide and all. I'm satisfied with my season, and I'm ready to get next season under way. Now that I'm here and a professional, I have the mindset to try and live my life that way. I want to continue to treat my body right. I had a decent year as a rookie, but I'm looking forward to next year. I have a couple of goals in mind.
There's an exclusive club of players who have played in both a Grey Cup and a Super Bowl and an even smaller group of those who have won both, but what's yet more exclusive is the club of those who have played in both in the same calendar year. Research suggests the only man ever to do so is Stewart "Smokey" Stover, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs (then of the American Football League, which was just starting to merge with the NFL) in their 35-10 Super Bowl I loss to the Green Bay Packers in January 1967 (some cool Life photos of it can be seen here), then headed north to the CFL and won a Grey Cup with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It's a remarkable achievement, made even more remarkable by Stover's story.
Super Bowl Isn't the Same Without Seahawks from The Bellingham Herald
About that time, managing editor Dale Phelps began dusting off his Super Bowl XL coverage plan in case the Seahawks made it all the way again. It's a plan he crafted years ago when he was a sports editor in Kansas City.
"Covering a Super Bowl is a pretty big logistical task," Phelps said. "The basic outline for what we did when the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl in 2006 spun out of a plan I put together at the end of the 1993 season when the Joe Montana-led Chiefs were in the AFC championship game against the Bills. It looked like wasted effort when the Bills beat the Chiefs, but I pulled it out of an old file and gave it a new life with the Seahawks."