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Random Thoughts & Observations no Opening Day
By William Cloake on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 18:58:41
Random Thoughs & Observations on Opening Day They are only opinions, but at least they are mine. • I don't know that there is anything more exciting for a football fan than opening day. Every team is undefeated and even realists have a thought in the back of their mind that maybe their team might be this year's version of the 1999...
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Disappointing...
By William Cloake on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 20:16:05
Only one word describes the Chiefs 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins: “Disappointing”. The use of this word “disappointing” is critical here. What it isn’t is “tragic” or “devastating” or “world ending”. Still, the loss was “disappointing” to say the least. The 3rd preseason game is generally the best test of number one units and the closest look at what we...
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Brodie Croyle: Point-Counterpoint
By William Cloake on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 20:13:00
As the Chiefs enter the 2008 season, one thing should be clear: whatever lack of confidence the public may have in the Chief’s Brodie Croyle is obviously not shared by the coaching staff or the front office. Despite the fact that the Chiefs had 12 draft picks, they passed over a number of fairly well regarded prospects such as Joe Flacco, Chad Henne or...
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A Jared Allen Trade: Don’t Look Surprised
By William Cloake on Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 20:10:59
“I feel shocked and hurt. Requesting a trade was probably the toughest thing I’ve had to do. It’s nothing personal against the town of Kansas City and the fans. It’s been great. (But) it doesn’t look like my future is going to be there, and I have to accept that. That’s why this is so hard. All the hard work I’ve put in, the blood, sweat and tears. I...
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Random Thoughts and Observations on the 2007 Season
By William Cloake on Monday, December 31, 2007 at 20:05:51
Random Thoughts and Observations on the 2007 Season There only opinions, but at least they are mine. · I have followed the Chiefs since Joe Montana’s first year and I have to say, without a doubt, that this is the worst season I have ever endured. The team was lousy to watch even when they were 4-3 and, of course, things only got...
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Random Thoughts and Opinions on the Loss to the Raiders
By William Cloake on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 19:59:17
Random Thoughts and Opinions on the Loss to the Raiders 1) Of all the losses that have hurt Chiefs fans over the past few seasons, this seems to be one of the worst. Not only was it at Arrowhead, but it ended the Raiders nine game losing streak to the Chiefs and their 17 game losing streak to the AFC West. 2) Of course, the...
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Some Sage Advice for Brodie Croyle
By William Cloake on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 16:44:16
Well, Brodie, here you are ready to start your first NFL game. It seems like we have grown up together and I can't believe how much has changed in the past 9 weeks. Now, I know that the thought of making your first NFL start can be overwhelming, but I am here to help. Below you will find 10 helpful tips that are sure to make your first NFL start a...
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Let Him Play
By William Cloake on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 16:42:47
Let Him Play Say what you want about Damon Huard. He isn’t the most accurate quarterback you’ve ever seen. He sometimes seems maddeningly too content to check down to short passes. He has never been an everyday starter – even though he is 34 years old. You may not like him and may be pulling for the Chiefs to give strong armed youngster Brodie...
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Random Thoughts and Comments on the Chiefs vs. Jags
By William Cloake on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 16:41:57
Random Thoughts and Comments on the Chiefs vs. Jags Well, these are only opinions, but – hey – at least they are mine. 1) Granted the offensive line has slipped, but Larry Johnson doesn’t look like the same running back to me. What happened to “running angry”? Heck, LJ doesn’t even look like he is running annoyed. 2) ...
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Complaint Department
By William Cloake on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 16:40:55
Complaint Department If the Chiefs had a complaint department, I am going to guess the line to the window would run through Kansas, Missouri, heading in a beeline for the coast. This isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of good reasons to complain. However, if one is going to complain about something, first he (or she) should know what was trying...
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It May be a Long Season
By William Cloake on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 16:34:49
It May be a Long Season After watching the Chiefs-Texans game this Sunday, I am realizing that every Chief’s fans worst dreams may be coming true. In spite of an 0-4 preseason, it was easy to rationalize and say things like “It was only preseason” or to turn to hopes that the Chiefs offensive ineptitude were the result of a missing LJ and limited...
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The Draft and Draft Experts
By William Cloake on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 20:24:08
The Draft and Draft Experts With the NFL draft behind us, everyone has an opinion and that is alright. However, what always amazes me is draft pundits and fans, who claim to “know” how a pick is going to turn out. Everyone nit-picks over every 40-time, bench press rep and missed tackle on film, until they believe that they have developed the...
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New Era may Signal Time for Green's Departure
By William Cloake on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 22:25:22
New Era may Signal Time for Green’s Departure One thing no one is talking about is the fact that the Chiefs dropped to 2-4 with Trent Green as a starting quarterback. Now, don’t get me wrong, Trent Green is a great quarterback and pound for pound the best quarterback on the Chiefs roster. However, the question isn’t if he is the best quarterback...
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Faceless Chiefs Defense Needs an Identity
By William Cloake on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 22:22:53
Faceless Chiefs Defense Needs an Identity I was considering the Chief’s next opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, when it dawned on me that there are two things wrong with the Chiefs defense. The first has to do with what I believe is, at times, awful scheming and playcalling by defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham. However, even this can’t explain...
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Evaluating Herm...Fairly
By William Cloake on Friday, October 20, 2006 at 22:17:06
Evaluating Herm…Fairly It is clear that – during the short period of time since his hiring – Herm Edwards has become one of the most divisive figures among Chiefs fans. Fans seem to have fallen into two camps and at times it seems it is on the verge of getting ugly. While it is unlikely that any Chief fan hopes for the team to lose – simply to...
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Damon Huard - By the Numbers
By William Cloake on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 20:15:32
Damon Huard – By the Numbers I am glad that I passed on a recent business opportunity. Prior the 2006 season, I met a man who wanted me to invest in a business selling “I LUV HUARD” bumper stickers. Talk about an idea whose time hasn’t come. It seems many Chiefs fans are ready to crucify Huard, while others are lukewarm at best. I can honestly say...
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Many Chief's fans seem to be dichotomized
By William Cloake on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 20:14:34
Many Chief’s fans seem to be dichotomized In the 1960’s a German Psychologist named Fritz Perls created and popularized a form of therapy and theory known as Gestalt. Rather than bore you with long details, it is sufficient to state that Perls believed that people are unhappy when they get locked into what he would term dichotomous thinking. In...
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Jason Whitlock - Classless
By William Cloake on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 20:09:11
Jason Whitlock - Classless For years Jason Whitlock has made a living as a muckraking sports reporter who lives on creating controversy and being constantly critical. Certainly not the first journalist to thrive on negativity like a vulture feasting on carrion, Whitlock is nothing more than another Monday morning quarterback, who always knows what...
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WBC Staff 2006 Predictions
By William Cloake on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 20:07:56
Here are the season predictions as made by several members of the WBC staff. We hope that you enjoy them... --- WIL CLOAKE ---- AFC EAST - Dolphins NORTH - Bengals SOUTH - Colts WEST - Chiefs Wild Cards: Steelers, Broncos AFC Champion: Colts Comments: The AFC East is due for a changing of...
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Is It Time to Push the Panic Button?
By William Cloake on Monday, August 21, 2006 at 20:02:57
Two terrible games have some Chiefs’ fans wonder if it is time to press the panic button. While most would agree it is too early for that, I have to wonder how many are secretly checking the manual to at least see where it is located! Let’s face it, that the Chiefs are off to a 0-2 start is not the alarming part. Everyone knows that wins and losses don’t...
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Larry Johnson - Growing Up?
By William Cloake on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 19:53:54
I will admit it. A couple of seasons ago I was ranting in my articles, singing the praises of Derrick Blaylock and arguing for the Chiefs to send Larry Johnson away for a draft pick, defensive help, right tackle, wide receiver or Eva Longoria. Now, as the 2006-07 Chiefs hopes hang – in large part – on Mr. Johnson’s big shoulders, I have to admit that I am...
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Maybe He Just Stinks
By William Cloake on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 00:32:52
Maybe He Just Stinks… First round draft picks command first round money, a fact any NFL owner knows all too well. It has always been interesting to me that this creates a paradigm whereby players are truly paid for their potential, as opposed to any accomplishments. Sometimes I even wonder how that would play out in the rest of the world. I can...
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To Sign or Not to Sign…What Should be the Law?
By William Cloake on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 00:29:35
To Sign or Not to Sign…What Should be the Law? Lately the most popular conversation in Chiefdom has to do with whether or not the Chiefs should sign Ty Law. Anyone who thinks the Chiefs have not thought about it is either delirious or kidding themselves. Given the connection between Law and Edwards, I think there is a decent chance this may...
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Looking at Needs
By William Cloake on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 16:19:37
Looking at Needs With the NFL draft just a couple of weeks away, I wonder where the Chiefs will be looking with their number one pick (number 20 overall) as well as their other picks. One thing is certain, the Chiefs can’t afford any misses if they are to make a run this season. Without looking at any specific players available, here is a list (in...
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Larry Johnson - Growing Up?
By William Cloake on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 00:34:11
I will admit it. A couple of seasons ago I was ranting in my articles, singing the praises of Derrick Blaylock and arguing for the Chiefs to send Larry Johnson away for a draft pick, defensive help, right tackle, wide receiver or Eva Longoria. Now, as the 2006-07 Chiefs hopes hang – in large part – on Mr. Johnson’s big shoulders, I have to admit that I am...
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Blaming Vermeil
By William Cloake on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 18:31:18
Perhaps the most telling part of the Chiefs 2005-06 season is the way that it seems that the media has moved past the last two games of the season and onto whether or not Dick Vermeil will return to coach the Chiefs next season. Perhaps this is a fitting end to a season where greatness has seemingly been just out of the Chiefs grasp. The question on...
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Looking Ahead to New York
By William Cloake on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 18:19:03
Looking ahead to New York Thanks to some help from the Miami Dolphins, the Chiefs are really not any worse off in the play-off race in terms of the ability to control their own destiny, in spite of last week’s disappointing loss to the Cowboys. If the Chiefs win out they are in the play-offs, simple as that. By winning their next three games the...
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What Has to Happen for the Chiefs to Make the Playoffs?
By William Cloake on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 20:33:00
What Has to Happen for the Chiefs to Make the Playoffs? One week after a gutsy and triumphant win against the Raiders, the Chiefs offense struggled mightily and Kansas City fell to the Buffalo Bills 14-3. While the loss was a tough one for the Chiefs, dropping them a game back in the wildcard race and two games out of the division lead, perhaps...
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Talk About the Chiefs Defense? I think I'll Pass...
By William Cloake on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 20:29:07
Nearly half way though the Chiefs season, the defense has been more of the same as last year. The Chiefs are improved against the run but are ranked 31st against the pass. Many people are pointing fingers at the Chiefs secondary and it is true that they certainly deserve their share of knocks. However, I am not sure that the blame can be totally...
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Chiefs Winning with Smoke and Mirrors
By William Cloake on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 18:28:39
Chiefs Winning with Smoke and Mirrors Sometimes I think there can be nothing more misleading than the final score of a football game. Regardless of what happened on the field, a victory leads to statements like: “They did what the needed to win the game” or “Heart and intensity paid off”. On the other hand, a loss leads to statements that indicate...
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