Another tremendous voicemail, plus more quantifying the Chiefs' level of fail
The Kansas City Star
I mentioned last week that an angry but oddly polite man left this fantastic voicemail:
“Mr. Mellinger, you worthless (sex act). (Screw) you and Hudler.”
Well, he called back this morning, still angry, slightly less polite:
“Yes, Smellinger, you worthless (sex act), the Chiefs do suck. But no worse than the Royals. At least we don’t have to listen to (sex acting) Hudler.”
I ask again: What did Hudler do to deserve this?
Anyway, today’s column is appropriately depressing about what’s become an all-time trainwreck of a season by a Chiefs franchise in the fourth season of Scott Pioli’s leadership.
The knockdown, leave-your-jaw-on-the-floor fact is that the Chiefs are the first team since 1940 to go seven games without ever holding a lead in regulation.
We’re used to seeing incompetence like this in college football, where smaller programs serve as sacrificial lambs to bigger programs in exchange for much-needed cash. You can understand the unevenness there. But not in the NFL.
In the column, I tried to put in perspective how long ago 1940 is, mentioning that the Brooklyn Dodgers finished second in the NFL’s Eastern Division that year, that the Pittsburgh Pirates renamed themselves the Steelers, that players had day jobs, and Lamar Hunt turned 8 years old.
Well, here are some more for your reading pleasure:
Romeo Crennel was seven years away from being born. Scott Pioli was 25 years away. Here are more people who weren’t alive in 1940: Either presidential candidate, Neil Diamond, Nick Nolte and Chuck Woolery.
Bob Feller won 27 games with a 2.61 ERA for the Indians in 1940, but did not win the Cy Young Award because the Cy Young Award would not be invented for 16 more years.
Washington had the most prolific passing attack in the league, attempting more than 22 throws per game, for an average of nearly 175 yards.
Nevada had 110,000 residents, according to the Census. Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states.