Food for Thought 9-20-2011

Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (pictured above) went from goat to hero in just one week. Perceptions of athletes can change at the drop of a hat.

By Josh Kramer

Football is back in full force.  The MLB playoff races are heading for the home stretch.  Floyd Mayweather is now 42 and 0* (by way of a cheap shot).  And that is just the tip of iceberg.

The following are what has caught my attention lately.

Who saw the disaster in KC coming?

It is safe to say that the Kansas City Chiefs will very likely fail to make the postseason for a second consecutive year.  This team has looked just flat-out awful thus far, and may be the worst team in the entire NFL.  There is one extremely foretelling statistic that typifies Weeks 1 and 2 for the Chiefs.

Their point differential is -79!

No other team in the league has a point differential of worse than -40.  In addition, the Lions, the team that manhandled them on Sunday, has a point differential of +52.  I must admit, I thought the Chiefs were going to be solid this year.  I had them just barely missing the playoffs, but still turning in an 8 and 8 or 9 and 7 type of year.

I mean why not?  Kansas City featured one of the most lethal rushing attacks in the NFL last year.  And despite struggling via the air, still managed to win 10 games.  With the off-season addition of the very talented Steve Breaston, I saw no reason why this team would not improve, with a more balanced attack.  Well it is safe to say that I was wrong, as were many.  KC currently ranks dead last, averaging 110.5 passing yards a game and are struggling on the defensive side of the ball.

Things have gone from good, to bad, to ugly in Kansas City. KC lost tight end Tony Moeaki in their final preseason game against KC.  Then they lost their star Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry in the opener.  And finally, they lost their star running back Jamaal Charles for the season on Sunday.   Do not expect this team to turn it around.  They will be lucky to muster up two victories.  I for one did not see this disaster coming.

How things can change in just a week

Tony Romo was known as the biggest “choke artist” of Week 1.  The majority of the country pointed the finger at Tony Romo, including himself, as the main cause for the Cowboys blowing a 4th quarter lead of 14 or more for the first time in franchise history.  This week, the majority of the country is lauding the often scrutinized Dallas quarterback with infinite praise.  And rightfully so.

You have to love the wide world of sports and how quickly fans perceptions of athletes can change at the drop of the hat.  I for one was extremely impressed by the guts and toughness shown by #9 on Sunday.  Romo came back from a rib fracture, and led the Cowboys to a huge Week 2 victory.  We all know the stat regarding 0 and 2 teams since 1990.  Only 12% have made the playoffs.  Therefore an 0 and 2 hole would have been unthinkable for America’s team.

Romo got rocked by San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks very early in the game.  Eventually, Tony returned in the 4th quarter, completed 12 of 15 passes, and led Dallas to a huge overtime victory.  Romo demonstrated toughness, courage, and a bit of clutchness (amazing I know).  Sure the question marks regarding Tony’s typical choke-artist nature will likely return next week, but at least for one week, people are praising the quarterback in Dallas.

Just some “Food for Thought.”

Let me hear your thoughts though.  Please comment below with any questions or insights that you may have or shoot me an email at

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.


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