It's Monday. Boo. I do hope everyone watched the USA-Canada hockey game last night. It was pretty spectacular. Also, today is the 30th anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice." I was young, but I still remember that game.
Anyway, here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news.
When we look back at 2010, I believe the weekend of February 19-21 will go down as the quietest in the year for the world of pro football.
That’s good for everyone involved, because starting Wednesday with the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. With the possible exception of a couple quiet weeks in July, the pace goes pretty hot and heavy for the next 10 months.
But there have been a few stories in the last couple days that are worth taking another look at, so here goes the Monday Morning Grab Bag.
Monday Morning Grab Bag & Cup O’Chiefs 2/22 from Bob Gretz
While it’s a foregone conclusion that Cassel will be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in 2010 and beyond, what about Brodie Croyle? What if things don’t work out the way they’ve been planned, and the Chiefs at some point actually need the player they drafted and groomed to be a starting quarterback?
This offseason, Croyle will attract interest from teams who have seen his powerful throwing arm and realize he’ll come cheap. There’s already been whispers that Chan Gailey wants Croyle in Buffalo.
Because the free-agent quarterback class isn’t all that great, Croyle could stick out like a sore thumb among the likes of the aging Daunte Culpepper and mediocre Rex Grossman. Of course, the Chiefs will have the chance to match offers from other teams due to Croyle’s status as a restricted free agent, but will they?
What About Brodie? from WPI
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Answer Bob – The Site from Bob Gretz
Those words reminded me of when I spoke to former Saints and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram in 1998.
Stram’s Chiefs lost Super Bowl I to the Green Bay Packers, 35-10. The Chiefs had three future Hall of Famers in quarterback Len Dawson, defensive tackle Buck Buchanan and outside linebacker Bobby Bell.
Stram told me that as an organization, they were determined to get back to the Big Show and that meant adding more "quality" players to the lineup.
Adding quality is a key from HoumaToday.com
According to National Football Post’s Michael Lombardi, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has been fielding calls from NFL teams about his former quarterback at Notre Dame, Jimmy Clausen. I wonder if the Jaguars have been one of those teams. The way this organization has done its homework lately, I would not put it past them.
A major bright spot about Clausen is his knowledge of an NFL offense. However, teams will be hesitant about the QB due to surgery he had performed on the tendons in his right toe.
Today in the World of Sports… from The Jacksonville Observer
The term "Sudden Death" in sports means that the first person or team to score wins the match or game. In more violent sporting events it is referred to as "Sudden Victory".
This variant became one of announcers Curt Gowdy's idiosyncrasies in 1970 during the AFC divisional championship game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. (Yes, Kansas City was a great team at one time) In the NFL when a game results in a tie after 4 quarters of football are played the two teams play what is called Sudden Death Overtime. Here are the rules:
NFL Overtime vs. NCAA Overtime - A Practical Solution from Xtra Point Football
Here's an article on the "Miracle on Ice" from Joe Posnanski
Well, now and then, that happens in a sportswriter’s life. I did a story for SI this week on Bob Costas and Al Michaels. And to research the story, I asked if they could send me a DVD of the 1980 Olympic Hockey game between the U.S. and Soviet Union game — the "Do you believe in miracles" game. And they did. Of course, I have seen bits and pieces of that game many times since 1980 — we all have — but I have not seen the actual game, beginning to end (with extra commentary from Jim McKay) since I was 13 years old.
Watching that game (more than once) was incredible. And it inspired me to write up 10 things you may or may not know about the Miracle on Ice. You probably know most of this stuff. But it’s fun just to remember.
10 Things About The Miracle On Ice from Joe Posnanski.com
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Media and Fans
AroundTheHorn Do You Believe In Tremendously Tremendous Preliminary Round Games On The Rachel Maddow Network While Ice Dacings On? Goodnight, Canada.
joshbard @AroundTheHorn Somewhere, Conan O'Brien is laughing that NBC passed up on the hockey game. Meanwhile Jay Leno loved the icedancing #teamcoco
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