Sunday, November 12, 2006

Dear Charlie:

One of the things with which I have a love/hate relationship in the great game of football is momentum.

It can make or break a team. If you're ahead, it can keep you there. If you're behind, a single break can give you the momentum to take the lead. If you're 7-0, it can make you 8-0. If you're 0-7, it can make you 0-8.

Momentum. Blessing of the football gods, and curse.

Thus, the Miami Dolphins, who sat at an unenviable 1-7 before last week's game, managed to topple the surprisingly 7-0 Chicago Bears from their unbeaten pinnacle. Dunno how it happened. My guess is a turnover or two, or maybe just an early break in a previously impenetrable defense. However it happened, the Dolphins snatched the momentum and ran with it.

Enter my beloved Chiefs this week. We just never could get the momentum. The Dolphins shut us down on all sides, though our defense did an admirable job holding them to two field goals and a single touchdown. Our offense, though....

No momentum. No forward motion.

Beautiful passes batted down. Nifty running lanes plugged by howling defensive linemen. Momentum.

So, my boys dropped a heartbreaker at 10-13, but I can't complain too much. I can regret and remorse, but I won't complain. After all, while we lost the first two games, we won 5 of 6 since then. So what if that's now 5 of 7? Them's still pretty good odds for a team I was praying would break even this year.

Bless their hearts, they've played like troopers this season, and I won't complain about them losing to a 2-7 team that just beat a previously unbeaten team. It's momentum, is all.

Maybe next week, that fickle mistress will be on our side, ne?

2 Comments:

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "fickle mistress" will be on the Chief's side. They are playing the Raiders. The close calls and bad calls always go against the Raiders -Innacurate recetion, tuck rule, etc. ad nauseum (The former commissioner actually told Al Davis as long as he was commissioner the Raiders would never win a Super Bowl-one of his cronies are in, now). Case in point. An obvious interception by Oakland that could have given the Raiders a victory over the hated Brincos Sunday was ruled an incomplete pass. Oh, well. I think for a 2-7 team we have a pretty good defense so here's to corralling Larry Johnson. -JTC ;~)

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger GutterBall said...

You know, I'll admit that most of the obscure football calls I've seen (you know, the ones you pull up the NFL rule book on-line to look up because you're all HUH??) go against the Raiders. I always thought it was because they just liked to go that extra mile, but hmmm....

I love a good conspiracy theory!

Well, here's hoping Mr. Johnson refuses to be corralled. Heheh.

Ahem. Again. *glares at Miami and Pittsburgh games*

 

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