September 30, 1985 |
John Mackovic's Kansas City Chiefs have to visit Seattle this season, and after last week's 31-0 beating at Miami, Mackovic knows life on the road in the NFL is no vacation. That's why Mackovic downplayed Sunday's 28-7 victory over the Seahawks in a cold, steady rain at Arrowhead Stadium. "We had some opportunities and some good breaks," Mackovic said. "I didn't think it was as one-sided as the score. The weather really played a factor. Seattle is a good football team."
October 5, 1986 |
The Chiefs' hearts are overflowing, not to mention their storm drains. They're 3-1. Despite a week of local flooding, Arrowhead Stadium is sold out, and guess which hated rival is limping into town today. There you go, the Raiders, 1-3 and down to their last hope: A sweep of their remaining AFC West games, which would get them back atop their division standings. Forget the games at the Kingdome and Jack Murphy Stadium. If they don't prevail today--and it's rated an even game--the dream is dead.
October 22, 1986 |
The word that often came to mind when watching wide receiver Emile Harry play at Fountain Valley High School was fluid. He was a smooth operator. Harry wasn't Orange County's biggest or fastest receiver, but he was certainly the most elusive. He caught 52 passes for 1,141 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season and was named the Southern Section's Division I Player of the Year.
December 28, 1991 |
The last playoff game played in Kansas City, Mo., was on Christmas Day, 1971, at Municipal Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Chiefs, 27-24, in the longest game in NFL history. Twenty years is a long time between home playoff games. "Maybe they won't know what to do," Raider nose tackle Bob Golic said of the Chiefs. Marcus Allen will make his second consecutive start at tailback. . . . Defensive end Howie Long also will start despite a sore left knee. . . .
October 23, 1990 |
In seven weeks, the Raiders have taken a two-game lead in the AFC West, shown that two tailbacks can be better than one, restored luster to a sagging image, retooled an erratic quarterback and made him the king of efficiency and shown the kind of consistency it takes to have scored 24 points in each of four consecutive games. So, the Raiders are hot as an Al Davis rumor. They used to lead the league in penalties and fistfights.
October 31, 2013 |
Kansas City hasn't lost. Jacksonville and Tampa Bay haven't won. Everybody else in the NFL has done a little of both. Heading into the midway point of the regular season, 19 of 32 teams are at .500 or below. That doesn't necessarily spell curtains for them, though. Since 2000, 32 teams have made the playoffs even though they didn't have a winning record at this point. At least one team has done that in each of the last 12 years. So the season is still wide open, and, as far as the playoff picture is concerned, there's a lot more clarity than parity.
February 16, 1987 |
The second President, John Adams, proved he was a true American. He asked that he be allowed to make a purchase on a time-payment plan. Adams wrote a horse dealer that he would buy "a pair of beautiful bays" for $600 if he could have one month to pay for them. On this Presidents Day, memories of him as well as the other 38 are brought back. Particularly if you happen to be in the company of William R. Coleman of San Bernardino.
November 25, 1996 |
This city isn't Los Angeles. Fans here aren't known for leaving games early. But they did Sunday, as the Chiefs lost to the San Diego Chargers, 28-14. The game wasn't nearly as close as the score indicates. The Chargers dominated for 3 1/2 quarters before backup Chief quarterback Rich Gannon threw two touchdown passes. Late in the third quarter, with the Chiefs trailing, 28-0, and facing fourth and 10 at the Charger 44, starting quarterback Steve Bono misfired badly.
October 8, 1996 |
It was a throwback game featuring Jerome Bettis and Marcus Allen, players from a long-ago time when they had professional football in Los Angeles, but was that any reason for the Chiefs and Steelers to perform in prime time like the Rams and Raiders? For every brilliant dash from Allen on Monday night, there was a dropped pass, an unimaginative offensive play or a penalty. For every determined bull rush from Bettis, there was poor play on third down, a blocked field goal or interception.
October 26, 2001 |
Only players as talented as Edgerrin James and Peyton Manning can afford to show up late for work. Indianapolis' star quarterback and All-Pro running back combined for only 34 yards in a miserable first quarter against Kansas City on Thursday night. But they were their old selves the rest of the way, leading the Colts to a 35-28 victory in a game that packed most of its excitement into the final 18 minutes.