Throwing the First Punch: Chiefs-Raiders 2009

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Throwing the First Punch:  Chiefs-Raiders 2009
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"You say it best when you say nothing at all."  These are words of a classic country song originally recorded by Keith Whitley, and later by Alison Krauss. 

What these words truly represent is the manuscript by which the NFL organizations live by, day in and day out.

Let's face it—What you see and hear on your television or read in your newspaper of choice is exactly what media and organizations want you to hear.

"We're all out here working to get better" or "there's a lot of competition out here, and that's a good thing."  B-O-R-I-N-G!

Fresh, newly minted coaches and general managers follow the script as if they were prepared by a criminal defense attorney—mindless and pointless to fault.

The new regime in Kansas City is no different; in fact, this group appears to be more tight-lipped than their new GM's old squad in New England.  I wonder if Haley will provide those bogus injury reports made famous by Bill Belichick?

Players tend to follow the same lead, "I'm just here to try and help the team win wherever I can."  Come on guys, give me something to chew on!  Tell me how you really feel.

I want some news.  I want to hear how deep your hatred runs for the Raiders.  I want to know that you would steal from your mother for a Super Bowl ring.  

Coaches, I want you to let me know you will not let Phillip Rivers run his mouth and parade around our home turf with his right arm held high on a last-second drive again.

I don't like the New York Jets.  It's probably a good thing they are not members of the AFC West, or they might rank right up there with the Raiders on my most hated list. 

However, am I the only guy in America digging Rex Ryan?  A first-year head coach engages in a verbal sparring match with Channing Crowder—Are you kidding me?  I love this guy!

Now that's the way to re-kindle a rivalry.

I think in the not too distant future, our Kansas City Chiefs will be contending for not only the AFC West division crown, but for a Super Bowl berth.  

I also think our prime contender for division supremacy in the next few years will be from the hated Oakland Raiders. 

This rivalry has been too quiet lately.  Maybe it's because our teams have been inferior for the past several years.

I think it's high time these long-time division foes pick this rivalry back up a notch.  Some verbal sparring could go a long way to heat things up.

Any takers?  My guess is, not under this regime.  But in Week Two, early season bragging rights are on the line.  With the game at Arrowhead, I'm liking our chances. 

Go Chiefs!  And unlike the friendly, politically correct nature of the league, I'm saying it now—Raiders, you suck!

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