Epics & Fails – Oakland Edition

Let’s get to them:

EPIC: JON McGRAW GETTING THE MONKEY OFF HIS BACK

History was made on Sunday … and yes, I’ll get to the Chiefs shutout in just a second. But this one is entirely about Jon McGraw. Because for the first time in his 4-year tenure with the team, the Chiefs finally won a game in which he recorded an interception, thus snapping a 5-game losing streak that the team had carried whenever the K-State product got his hands on the ball. Break out the Cristal Jon, for you’ll no longer be deemed as a weak link.

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EPIC: THAT’S SOME SWEET MUSIC, D.J.

Thirteen tackles, 12 solo, and 1 back-breaking hit at the goal line that not only preserved a two-touchdown lead for the Chiefs, but that also, in the irony of ironies, turned the Black Hole in the only kind of cemetery that is not to the liking of the Raider faithful. Can someone please point out to me a better showing by Derrick Johnson in his career? The impact of this performance has left me woozy enough to not remember a better one.


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EPIC: KENDRICK “BARYSHNIKOV” LEWIS

His amazing tightrope act in the latter part of a 59-yard INT return for a TD is conclusive evidence that athleticism on the football field can evolve into an art form. Just look at the picture below.

Who says that rather large, testosterone-filled men can’t be THAT sensitive?

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EPIC: A SIX-PACK WORTHY OF ENDLESS ADMIRATION

You may have already watched them, but … would you like for me to give you a very good reason to relive something positive that the Chiefs had not achieved in almost 27 years (The six INT’s)? Well, here it is:

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EPIC: ENDING THE DROUGHT IN STYLE

If you score your first rushing touchdown of the year on a play that should’ve been rightfully awarded to an alert Jon Asamoah (right Le’Ron?), and a Wildcat run executed by a DEFENSIVE BACK, you’re going to find your way around here. Because if that isn’t the quintessential definition of EPIC, then I don’t know what else can be.

Only, I’m not done with the Arenas score …

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EPIC: BILL MUIR PROVING THAT MAYBE HE’S NOT TOO OLD AFTER ALL

I’m sure that they won’t say it, but I can’t help but think that after watching Javier Arenas score on that perfectly designed Wildcat play that gave the Chiefs a 21-0 lead in the third quarter, that on their plane ride home Todd Haley and Bill Muir enjoyed a similar exchange to the one that Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders had yesterday on the NFL Network. Directed of course, at those who wanted Coach Haley strip Coach Muir altogether of his play-calling duties. Take a listen.

And if that was the case, good for them. So long as they continue doing it.

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FAIL: THE 12 (10 ENFORCED) PENALTIES

The blemish on what was an amazing day for Kansas City was the yellow laundry thrown by the guys in stripes. In drawing continuous yellow flags, the Chiefs gave the Raiders the field position that the Silver and Black could not get through the combined “efforts” of Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer –22.3 QB rating for Boller; 17.3 for Palmer. And that is saying something.

DOUBLY EPIC: THE TYPO FAIL THAT BECAME EPIC


My man Bob is so good, that even when he commits what might otherwise be consider a mishap, the great insight is not lost — in this particular case, in giving us the rundown of the Chiefs’ laundry for the day. Because in essence, the above description is what definitely causes refs to penalize the teams that mess up on the offensive side of the ball. Therefore, it’s no wonder why Le’Ron McClain was flagged with the 10th of 12 Red and Gold penalties. And why it’s no wonder that Bob is the best in his trade.

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EPIC: THE CHIEFS SHUTOUT IN OAKLAND.

Given that the ’02 season finale (the first time that the Raiders had shutout the Chiefs in Oakland) had stayed with me a long time, please, allow me to get in Mastercard mode:

The DVD in which I recorded the highlights of the game? … 40 cents.

The PC in which I’m making this feature? … 1,800 bucks.

To be able to witness the Raiders getting blanked by the Chiefs in their own backyard for the first time ever? …

Priceless. Just priceless.

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EPIC: THE TODD HALEY-HUE JACKSON POST-GAME ENCOUNTER.

I’m sorry if someone thinks the opposite, but after watching how everybody in the League made fun of the Chiefs at the start of the season, I just applauded what Todd Haley did on Sunday in throwing the ball late in the 4th-quarter of the game –with the Raiders in full cheap-shot mentality. For the message he sent was very clear: There won’t be any more messing with us.

And you know what the best part of seeing how Todd Haley just whizzed by an angry Hue Jackson as the coaches met at midfield? That Haley didn’t even need to do any talking back after the Raiders Coach spoke his mind.

You know, since he already did his on the field.


7 Responses to “Epics & Fails – Oakland Edition”

  • October 25, 2011  - Jimbo says:

    Thanks Enrique. Good Stuff.(it says Bob)
    I was very proud of our team. To beat and defeat Oakland in their own backyard is as sweet as it gets.
    Now we have the Chargers on Monday for some some serious trick & treating, hopefilly in Epic proportions.
    Go Chiefs.


  • October 25, 2011  - Enrique says:

    Thanks Jimbo. And don’t worry about the name. Bob just forgot it. Besides, we’re in the same team. Lol.


  • October 25, 2011  - rufus says:

    Finally, DJ is playing smart football.


  • October 25, 2011  - Rick says:

    Nice job, Enrique.

    My sons and I had a blast watching this game. My 14 year old is almost as good at ripping the Raiders as I am. Almost.

    If DJ didn’t get a game ball something is wrong.

    And watching Coach Haley basically ignore a whining Hue Jackson is hilarious! :)


  • October 25, 2011  - Enrique says:

    Thanks Rick. I appreciate that. But not as much as reading that you’re raising a younger generation of Chiefs’ fans. That IS swell.


  • October 25, 2011  - Gary says:

    Nice story Enrique!!


  • October 25, 2011  - Enrique says:

    Thanks Gary. My pleasure.




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