Three for the weekend: Chiefs, Charlie, and Lance
The Kansas City Star
Well, you have to love the idea of a Chiefs fan sending Clark Hunt an envelope stuffed full of coupons.
The lead anecdote in today’s column came after a Kansas City man named Jim Lakey sent me a copy of the letter he mailed to Clark Hunt. Jim spared me the coupons, but his story — the Chiefs confirmed the meeting — helps tell the story of how what should be one of the country’s great sports partnerships is being mismanaged.
I’ve written this many times before, but the narrative of Clark Hunt as a detached, absentee, profit-obsessed, robotic businessman who doesn’t care much about the football team is just wildly misguided. But he and the Chiefs have done remarkably little to change that perception.
I mentioned this in passing in the Sporting Kansas City column the other day, but I’m glad the franchise isn’t running from the Livestrong name on its stadium.
Reasonable minds have long suspected Lance Armstrong used chemistry to conquer a cycling world neck-deep in chemistry, so his athletic career is a fraud but the hope he’s given to millions of cancer patients is very real.
By most accounts, Armstrong is a bully, delusional, and a wild egomaniac. But as Dan Wetzel wrote here, this just isn’t the right time to abandon the good work Armstrong has done.
This might interest only me, but with Charlie Weis showing precious few signs of moving the Kansas football program forward, I looked at Florida’s offensive numbers expecting to see a dramatic increase from the 7-6 team of last year (with Charlie) to the undefeated powerhouse of this year (without Charlie).
Last year, Florida averaged 5.4 yards per play. This year, Florida averages 5.4 yards per play.
There are a million factors at work here that make this nothing more than a curiosity, of course, but I do think it’s at least worth acknowledging that the dots between “Six Losses With Charlie” and “National Title Shot Without Charlie” are not necessarily directly connected.