Week 4: The Patriots

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In a upset, the Kansas City Chiefs beat down the New England Patriots 14-41 on at Arrowhead Stadium Monday night.  It was a spectacular blow out, while a pleasant surprise, it was befuddling.  I’ve always known the Patriots to be one of the best teams in the AFC.

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It looks like Brady has lost the edge out on the playing field Monday, just about all together.  To add insult to Tom Brady’s “injury” the Chiefs defensive line made him look like the 1st year rookie.  To put it bluntly, he was making mistakes that I’ve only seen few others make.  To name one noticeable mistake was Brady literally throwing the ball to the Chiefs’ defense (emulating Tony Romo, lol).  Belichick even pulled Brady out of the game during the 4th quarter.  Yeah, that was how bad it really was.  During the post-game interview, Belichick looked like he needed a Happy Meal, as one of the KC Fans said on Twitter. lol

Overall, I feel that this may have been a fluke, as much as I don’t like Tom Brady I just don’t think that this signals the falling of the Tom Brady era at the New England Patriots.  Looking at the Patriots performance over the last 13 years, it’s plain to see that this game was probably a fluke.  On average, the Patriots have won 13 games a season since the turn of the 21st century.  As a side note, I do think that the Ben Roethlisberger era at the Pittsburgh Steelers is coming to an end.  His performance over the last few years has been declining.

Some good news for the Chiefs Kingdom is that Jamaal Charles played this game, and had left due to dehydration during the game and returned shortly after.  His fantasy owners got a pleasant points boost for those who had him starting (Ugh, I had him benched, I didn’t know that he was going to play this game or not).  Also, Alex Smith seemed to be having the game of his career as one of the commentators said during the game.  Kniles Davis was also having a great game as well. To put it simply, the team was kicking Patriot behind.

Anyhow, this Monday Night Football game has got to be one of the best that I’ve seen in a long time, and I hope that the Chiefs keep up their winning streak.  The next two games are going to be tough.  They face the 49ers at Levis Stadium next Sunday, then after their Bye week, they face the San Diego at their home field as well.  From the looks of things they’re on fire.  As of writing this post, they are 2-2 so far.

Go Chiefs!

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My Thoughts For Week 3

First, I’d like to talk about a statement that was posed to me on social media.  A Raiders fan had said,

We just need to win

OK, I’m going to respond to that here.  There are some major problems going on in Oakland.  Winning is just a symptom not the actual problem.  Let’s look at the most major of the problems:

1. The head coach hasn’t been released even though his performance has been substandard for many seasons.
2. The coaching staff under the head coach doesn’t seem to be getting the job done either.
3. The owner hasn’t stepped up to  remedy the situation (Mebbe he wants to help Peyton Manning get another ring?).
4. There doesn’t seem like there’s many talented players on the team (although it just may be the really bad coaching).
5. Maybe they’re trying for first round draft pick?

As a Kansas City Chiefs fan, I’d love to see the old rivalry between the Chiefs and the Raiders spark again, it made things rather interesting.  The Raiders need to make a clean sweep and start with a clean slate so to speak.

Now on to other thoughts about this week.  The Chiefs finally won thier first game of the season against the Dolphins.  It wasn’t televised here in Hawaii, so I didn’t get to see the game.  It must’ve been tough with  many of thier key players gone. I hope that they keep the winning streak up so we can catch the Donkeys. I hope that Alex Smith proves me right and shows that he’s worth that contract that he just signed.  After a poor start, the Chiefs need to keep this winning streak up.  They also need all of our key players back on the active roster.  They need Charles back too.

As I write this post, the Donkeys and the SeaChickens are tied and in overtime.  I don’t want to see the SeaChickens win, I don’t like them.  Heh, the weird thing is that I like the Donkeys more than them, and I don’t like the Donkeys. The fans are too cocky (over one good season that was a fluke in my opinion).

Now on to other events.  Many of the fans are calling for the Commishioner of the NFL to step down.  My feelings on this subject is that everyone should wait for the investagation to complete first.  America was founded on the principle of innocient till proven guilty.  Something doesn’t feel right, but it doesn’t mean it was the Commisioner, or it just was the Commisioner acting alone.  Something tells me that there are more guilty parties in this case than meets the eye.  It’s not a clear cut case of one person being wrong and bearing responsibility for the whole situation.

On a similar note, Ray Rice is fighting the suspension that he’s on.  Why?  He’s guilty for breaking the rules of the NFL (and the reputation of the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens), the law, and making everyone look bad.  Not to mention that there’s indesputible evidence that he’s guilty.  If he needs to go to flipping burgers, he should.  Why waste money on a legal battle?  Nevermind, rhetorical question  (bleh).

Anyhow, those are my thoughts on week 3.  Can’t wait for week 4.  Go Chiefs!

Gawking

I understand that people tend to look at the opposite sex that they find attractive, but don’t stare (or gawk for that matter).  Personally, I find that it’s rude and quite annoying.  Yes, I look at pretty girls, but I don’t stare or gawk.  While I was out at the mall today to do some shopping, I felt someone staring at me.  Sure enough, there was this asian gal staring at me to the point of gawking. I shook my head and continued on my way.  Perhaps I should’ve been flattered, but that was just out right rude.

Yes, by all means look, but don’t stare sheesh.  I’m single, I look, but I don’t stare.  Come ask me for my number or talk to me, don’t gawk.  As my friend told me, I should’ve stopped and told her to take a picture it’ll last longer.   Sheesh, and women ridicule men for gawking.

Democrats, The NFL, & The Redskins

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Damned it all to hell… I never thought that politics and football would ever mesh.  It’s unfortunate that the Democrats decided to pick now to push legislation to hurt the Washington Redskins and the NFL.  I understand that Redskin could be a derogatory term, but in this case, no harm was intended.  I’m Asian, if a team wanted to call itself The Yellowskins, I wouldn’t care (In fact I would find it quite comical).  It’s a just a word, it’s the meaning behind of it that counts.  According to the Redskins owner Dan Snyder had said that the name of the team was meant to honor Native Americans.

 

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Cantwell, D-Wash., the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, whom is in league with the Oneida Nation, is threatening the NFL with losing its non profit status if the name and mascot  isn’t changed.  Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. is also arguing for the change as well.  We all know that this is election season, this is a blunt attempt at getting votes because the Democrats in minority in the House of Representatives, and they have only a slim hold on the Senate.  They’re desperate to put it bluntly.  Honestly, who would want that kind of party representing them in the nation’s capitol?

I do understand how it feels to be teased and ridiculed because of my heritage, but when this was said:

“The NFL needs to join the rest of America in the 21st Century,” said Cantwell, D-Wash., the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “We can no longer tolerate this attitude toward Native Americans. This is not about team tradition. This is about right and wrong.”

source: Article on thescore.com, link is below

This had really upset me.  Yes, this is the 21st century, and all involved being educated, I would think that it should mean being open minded and tolerant.  If one seeks to hurt another because of a name, a word really, it shows that you’re no better.  Also to threaten shows that you’re not very educated as well (or smart, or both) for that matter.

Football is America’s most popular pastime.  In effect they want to spoil everyone’s fun.  To me, if you hurt the NFL, you hurt every American that loves football as well (including me, but that’s besides the point).  While I do understand the point of view of the Native Americans, the Washington Redskins has had their name and mascot for years.  According to a poll taken (honestly, I haven’t seen the poll nor the results personally), the Redskins organization states that 80% of Americans don’t want the name changed.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not condone ridicule or disrespect to anyone due to their racial heritage.  But this is getting annoying and out of hand.  Why turn something so small into something to big when all football is is a bunch of people getting together to play or watch the sport that they love.  All of this…. stuff is really putting a hamper on the spirit of football.  I love football and my team the Kansas City Chiefs.  I honestly don’t feel that the team or the NFL was being malicious when christening the team with that name.

To me football season is the best time of the year, and the most fun that can be had is during football season. I don’t want Democrats or anyone else for that matter to screw it up with politics.  This is why I’m Republican.  In any case, if you’re interested, I have the link to my source material below.  Thanks for reading. 🙂

http://www.thescore.com/nfl/news/580047

Now Here’s A Thought

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Have you ever had an inconsiderate person bump or slam into you because they were so busy with their smart phone to notice their surroundings?  Maybe even walking too slow holding everyone up?  Well, Chongqing in South West China has come up with an ingenious idea to circumvent this problem.

They’ve separated the sidewalk into two separate lanes.  Both are clearly separated and marked by white paint on the ground, both in English and in Chinese.  The lane closest to the traffic is for the cellphone users, the one on the right is for those not using cellphones.  If you look at the picture in the article, this is how it’s laid out.  You would think that the lane for cellphone users would be on the inside for safety reasons, but no, it’s close to traffic.  Maybe it’s an incentive to stay off your mobile device while walking.

While similar laws were spoken about here in Hawaii about outlawing the use of mobile devices while crossing the street, while for safety reasons, it was met with out lash.  When mobile devices use was outlawed here several years ago (except for use with a headset device), there were studies that were already done that show it makes no difference in the amount of accidents if one uses a headset or not.

According to articles that I’ve read, most people just can’t multi-task.  In fact experts say that about 98% of people can’t multi-task, and many of us overrate our tasking abilities.  I’ve found three different sources that agree with this theory.  I tend to lean this way too.  So I feel than unless you’re a passenger in a vehicle, it’s not good to be using any type of device while commuting (walking, driving, etc).  Not only is it considerate to those around you, it’s safer for you.

Anyhow, while I support lanes like this,  unfortunately another out lash will happen because people want to be bliss in their small world of selfishness even though it may endanger themselves or others.  I personally don’t use my smartphone while commuting (driving or walking) due to the safety factor.  Nothing is that important where you should risk your life and the life of others to pay attention to your device over concentrating on driving or paying attention to where you’re going.

If you’re interested, I have the links to the sites where I read the information that I’ve stated above.  Thanks for reading my rant.

Week 2 Has Come and Gone

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I must say that I’m not impressed with my beloved Chiefs.  But, one can’t expect much seeing that many of the team’s key players are currently out of commission.  This looks like a very painful season for the Chiefs Nation.  Luckily Dwayne Bowe is back from his injury, but many are still out.

  • Husain Abdullah
  • Jeff Allen
  • Eric Berry
  • Jamaal Charles
  • Marcus Cooper
  • Tamba Hali
  • Frankie Hammond
  • Junior Hemingway
  • Eric Kush
  • Josh Martin
  • De’Anthony Thomas
  • Albert Wilson

At the time of writing this post these are the current injuries listed both on the NFL and KC Chiefs Website.  I have removed Bowe’s name and replaced it with Charles.  They haven’t updated the site yet.  A lot of the offensive line is out of commission for the time being.  There was one surprise, the running back that came out to replace Charles, Knile Davis.  He performed quite well, all considering.  The offensive line struggled to get the 17 points, but they did get on the board, so that’s a good sign.  With Jamaal Charles gone, the offense will have to work harder to score.  Likewise, with Eric Berry gone the defense has to work harder as well. With Charles and Bowe gone, their fantasy owners are also out of luck.

To make matters worse Santos is still struggling.  He only made 1 of 2 attempts.  This made things even more painful for all those spectating.  While, I have no problems with Alex Smith I still don’t know why they had to cut Succop…  Bah, rhetorical question. I know it was the money, they needed to make room in the budget for his contract.  After having such a spectacular season last year, I was looking forward to another great season.  It’s frustrating.

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The 2014 season is turning out to be a very painful one.  I do hope that Andy Reid is able to help the Chiefs achieve the victory that they so deserve.  The Chiefs haven’t won a Superbowl since 1969 and is long overdue to win another.  I do hope that they pull off another miracle. Win, lose, or tie, I’m a Chiefs fan till I die. 🙂

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Things I ponder

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There are things that I ponder when I have nothing better to do. You may ask why do you even think about those things? My answer is: “Why not?” In this post I’m going to talk about some of the things that I ponder about.

First, I’d like to speak about relativity. When I used to ride the bus I used to always think to myself 2 different things. The first of those things is if I’m in he back of the bus that’s traveling at 25 miles per hour, and I walk to the front of the bus, does that mean I’m traveling faster than the bus? Of course, the second thing I thought about was the exact opposite. If I’m at the front of the bus and travel to the back of the bus that’s traveling 25 mph, would I be going slower than the bus?

You see, there’s no real answer to either of those questions, it’s a point of perspective really. For moving front or back of the bus technically, you’re still moving at the same speed. But, if you take into account your own personal speed and direction, it should matter as well, but not to everyone.

I’m not the only one with silly types of questions. Why, my best friend tells me that she asks herself “What’s the point all the time” but has no answer. I think in this post, I shall attempt to answer her question. If asking yourself this question in what seems like a situation that you just can’t get ahead in (like most of us do), the answer could be as simple as: because. Simple as can be no? 😛  All joking aside, this is another question with no answer. Why? Its all relative.

Another question that I ask myself often when a situation seems hopeless is, “Why me?” Again, the answer should be simple, but its not. Again its relative. Some people believe that everything happens for a reason, others feel its luck. And there’s people like me that really doesn’t know because neither really applies to logic.

Relativity takes more part in our lives than many think. Everything that we do is 90% mental. Its been clinically proven that just your own thoughts are enough to discourage or even make you fail at any given task. No, I’m not an optimist nor am I a pessimist. I’m someone whom evaulates situations to he best of my abilities to try to get to a logical conclusion. I guess I’m what some call a realist.

OK, that’s my thought of the day, I thought that I’d share it with you. Thanks for reading. 🙂

Preseason and Week 1

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Ahhh, football (NFL) season has finally returned (Yay!).  After watching the preseason and the week 1 games, and even the first Thursday night game, I’ve the following thoughts.  First, the Chiefs’ preseason wasn’t anything great they won 1 of 4 games.  If you’re one to believe that the preseason usually shows how the team is going to do the rest of the season, preseason was a bad omen.  I for one think the teams use preseason to practice and to try out new players to the team.  To this end, the Chiefs tried out Cairo Santos and put him in a competition with Ryan Succop, and we all know the disastrous decision that was made.  If you don’t know, refer to my earlier posts.

Then the Chiefs Nation had to suffer through the indignity of Ryan Succop out performing Santos in the season opener, Titans vs. Chiefs.  I personally felt Succop was laughing at his former team (inwardly anyway).  Needless to say, the Chiefs lost 26-10. What didn’t help was that Jamaal Charles only got the ball 7 times through out the game.  OK, so Andy Reid took responsibility for that, but that shouldn’t have happened in the first place, IMO.  Quite frankly, I don’t know what Reid, John Dorsey, and Clark Hunt were thinking, but it looks like it might be backfiring.

No, I don’t blame Alex Smith or any of the players exclusively.  Everyone had a part in the mistakes that were made. I know that they played their best, and it was mistakes that cost them the game.  This Chiefs team can make the Superbowl, there is talent there, look at all the players that went to the pro-bowl earlier this year, and the spectacular performance last season.

I have high hopes for the Chiefs this season, seeing the performance of the team the last season.  But, the season is still young, and there is time to get better and make the playoffs like the Chiefs did last season.  Win, lose, or tie, I’m a Chiefs fan till I die. 🙂

The Rice Issue

I ask myself, what the hell is going on? Why didn’t the NFL put more pressure on the Baltimore Ravens to keep asking for the security tape from the casino and the authorities? Even the owner himself in a letter to share holders admitted to

Stopping the investigation and pursuing the security footage.

Why? Well, the only reason that I can think of is that the Ravens didn’t want to lose one of its best players. While I agree that he should be given the benefit of the doubt, stopping all investigation until the authorities render a verdict is unheard of. That’s the reputation of the Ravens and the NFL on the line.

For heaven’s sake there’s no excuse for hitting the one that you love (or anyone for that matter). Its one thing to argue, but to behave like a Neanderthal and resort to violence is horrifying and inexcusable especially someone in the public eye and a representative of a professional organization.

Personally, I’m happy that the Ravens did fire him (he deserved what he got, IMO). I suppose that better to take action late than not to take action at all. With all the financial resources that the NFL has, I don’t understand why they didn’t pursue the security footage more vigorously.

The NFL commissioner did release a statement that he didn’t see the footage right away (OK, we all know that already) therefore, action was taken late. Uhm… Just like a politician. Dodge the question (SMH). As I already said, I suppose late action is better than no action.

In the ending, no matter if the NFL and the Ravens took action late or not, the important thing is that they did take action in my opinion. I for one don’t believe in violence, I feel that everything can be talked out if both sides are intelligent, patient, and want to resolve the conflict without violence.

If you’d like to see the letter from the Ravens owner, the link is here. Thanks for reading.

Cairo Santos and The Titans Game

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Looks like Cairo Santos showed his worth to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the game versus the Titans.  From what I’ve seen of his performance they weren’t impressive in fact, they were kind of disappointing.  Then to top it off, Ryan Succop now playing for the Titans, showed what a great asset he was and easily scored many FGs for the Titans.  To add insult to injury, the Chiefs lost the game.

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(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

What are they thinking dropping a veteran still in his prime (IMO), and replacing him with a rookie (damned, I miss Succop *smh*)?  I understand they needed to make room for Alex Smith’s contact (but from what I’ve seen on the media, they’re saying that he isn’t showing that he’s worth the money so far).  Why not release Bowe?  Many agree that he isn’t worth the money, that he isn’t performing up to standards.

The loss to the Titans in my book was inexcusable even with Ryan Succop, the Chiefs should’ve won.  Jamaal Charles only had the ball seven times in the game.  While Andy Reid is taking full responsibility for the loss, I feel that it shouldn’t have happened anyway.  The Succop/Santos trade was partially responsible for that.  For like winning, losing is a team effort.  His performance contributed to the loss of the game.

I hope that the Chiefs to better in the coming games, and this wasn’t a really bad omen.  After the miraculous season that they had in 2013, this would be a bad way to follow up on that success.  But, the season is still young, and I still and always will have faith in my team, The Kansas City Chiefs. 😀

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