Twitter Tuesday: Arrowhead Anxiety, Chiefs football, Royals, Weis, Vegas bachelor parties, and muting Vitale
The Kansas City Star
The story of the week is Kent Babb’s terrific piece from Sunday: Arrowhead Anxiety.
If you haven’t read it yet, stop wasting your time here and get to work. I and probably others have alluded to Scott Pioli spending too much time on things that aren’t important in the past, but this is by far the best reporting anyone’s done on the Chiefs in years, and if you hear anyone trying to downplay it, you should have serious questions about their motivations.
Kent will speak for himself, but to me, a lot of people have missed the point on this. I don’t know whether the Chiefs have bugged anyone’s phones or offices. Honestly, I doubt it. But the takeaway here is that multiple current or former employees — multiple, not just Todd Haley — think it’s possible.
Everyone has different leadership styles, and I’ve always felt that as long as the boss is true to him or herself, it can work. The concerning part of this for Chiefs fans is that the general manager is consuming his work days with things that have nothing to do with improving the quarterback position or offensive line.
Scott has his own beliefs, and he would tell you different, that changing the culture is important, that it’s not just improving the football roster, but every part of the organization that touches the football roster.
Scott is a smart man, and he can make his own arguments there. But it’s hard to see how some major adjustments aren’t in order.
Anyway, on with the mailbag:
@beware_phog have the #chiefs bugged your phone yet?
Got a lot of these, as you’d expect. A few personal favorites:
@SorryRoyalsFan Babb’s gonna have to go into Witness Protection after his article, so do we get to pick a new name for him? I pick Lou Stools.
@JeffHamilton21 Do Babb’s adult braces give him some sort of special investigative reporter powers?
@craigabrenner Have you found that wiretap I put in your personal cell phone yet? Wait…forget that last question #TwitterTuesday #Redacted
And one serious one:
@hollandjoel #TT Can the NFL do anything about the allegations against the chiefs?
Some think the league should investigate. I assume they can, but if this is to be pursued, it makes more sense to me that it would be actual police. This isn’t a league rule, it’s a federal law.
But again, these are just suspicions. There’s no evidence that I know of. The important and telling part is that the environment is such that employees suspect this.
This concludes our Anxiety portion of the mailbag.
@JayhawkingChief too bad babb had to go and write something like he did, really thought your qb article is getting overshadowed, #getpeyton
Seriously. The one time that guy writes something halfway interesting, it’s the same day I go hard-hitting with trying to “play GM.”
Just kidding. But yes, Scott Pioli’s offseason will be judged mostly in how he deepens the quarterback position and improves the offensive line. Both of these points are non-negotiable.
@SeinLanguage7 how was Vegas? I’m headed there Wednesday. Did you leave some money there to be had?
Amazing, and only in part because the 49ers beat the Saints. Best moment was playing craps, cigar in mouth, whisky in hand, with all my guys. Most fun I’m capable of having without a consenting adult.
My only recommendation: check out 1OAK, the club at the Mirage. Really cool place, and if you have enough people, splurge on the bottle service. It’s worth it.
@levi_wolters You are the definition of a gamer, Sam. Don’t look like much, but you always come to play.
I’ll take it!
@admcgregor3 What’s your favorite sports hall of fame/museum in the KC area? KU, Negro, CBE, American Indian, Royals, etc. etc.
The one I have the most fun is the College Basketball Experience. But the one that I most appreciate is the Negro Leagues Museum. I hope you understand the difference.
This is random, and maybe obvious, but if you get the chance to go to Cooperstown you should absolutely do it. The room with all the plaques is the least interesting part, and I mean that as a compliment.
Much is made — and will especially be made now that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are about to be on the ballot — about how the so-called Steroid Era should be remembered. The Hall of Fame Museum actually does a decent job of doing that already. It’s a great trip.
If the criteria is positions where a team has multiple studs (so, for instance, Collin Klein and his three levels of badass don’t count) then yeah, I think you’ve got a good argument.
The others in the discussion would be Missouri’s guards, the Royals’ outfielders, and maybe the Chiefs’ secondary.
Quick tangent: one thing about the Royals that I think is being overlooked. If the three most important defensive positions are centerfield, shortstop and catcher, you’d have a hard time finding a team with a better group than Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Sal Perez.
We talk a lot about the questions in the rotation, and for good reason, but this is a big help. Luke Hochevar made some key adjustments, most significantly pitching inside more, but you can’t convince me he wasn’t also helped in the second half after Perez got called up.
@Ansley1987 Honestly did you or anyone really see Weis landing this many pretty high rates recruits when he was hired? #twittermailbag
No. Definitely not. And that’s the most important answer here, but here’s a little more:
Dayne Crist, for instance, really struggled the last two years. I understand the legitimate points about playing for a new coach in a system he wasn’t recruited for. Crist may have gotten a raw deal at Notre Dame after Weis left there, but at the very least, he didn’t overcome it.
There are more positive signs than negative ones in Weis’ first month, even despite the defections he announced yesterday. For whatever it’s worth, I’m more positive about it now than I was initially, but I still wonder about how genuinely committed he is to making this work.
@NJohnson_3 Where do you rank Frank Martin among the most entertaining coaches, and does K-State respond well after that mollywhopping? #TT
Extremely high. Those halftime and postgame interviews with Stan Weber are the most reliably entertaining thing going.
I also think someone he trusts would do him a favor by telling him to not let himself become a caricature. I like Frank a lot, respect the heck out of him. He has a lot to offer, and I know that none of this is new. I just think he’d do himself good to tone down a tick where possible.
@BGRebelChalk Here’s one for you: 1-10 how depressing is the Chiefs playoff win drought when Tebow, Yates, Flacco and Smith got them in 2012?
I mean, it’s no less than a 9, right? That drought — no quarterback drafted by the Chiefs has won a regular season game since Todd Blackledge — is one of the most staggering facts in the NFL.
It absolutely needs to stop, and soon.
@ArrowheadPride #TT Ran into this one over the weekend…is owning multiple pounds of beef jerky ($$) at your house a sign of wealth?
Well, I’d say it’s more a sign of the need of multiple air fresheners. Big air fresheners. Powerful air fresheners.
@mitchopkins You are a lover of fish tacos, right? Have you had them from Sol Cantina?
Love the fish taco. Haven’t had Sol Cantina. Can anyone out there vouch for this? If it counts, my favorite fish taco in town is the shrimp taco (fried flour shell) at Patron.
@jamieplesser With Vitale at tonight’s KU/Baylor game, do you know of any technology that will allow me to only mute Vitale? #twittertuesday
Two things. First, I really like Vitale, and not just because he let me tag along for this story. Vitale, to me, is one of the best things about college basketball. The enthusiasm is genuine, not forced, not a facade, and I really admire the way he’s still going at 72 and so intent on using his platform for good causes.
Second, there actually is a way to mute specific announcers. I’ve read about this, but can’t find the link, and my Google game is unproductive this morning. Maybe one of you know what I’m talking about. In the meantime, here’s an apparently Vitale-specific muting game.
@DBLesky With the recent news that D. Duffy can indeed Dougie, should he be required to Dougie following every strikeout? #TwitterTuesday
I’m in favor of this. After every strikeout might get redundant, but maybe after every win?
Or every Billy Butler stolen base?
@jwright1410 I don’t see what the big deal is with Pioli tapping phones and offices. It’s all legal under the Patriot Act. #punintended
And we have a winner.