Congratulations to the Truman State women’s basketball team who ended 2012 by seeing a school record for three pointers in a game as they destroyed Mb. Mercy 110 to 43 on Monday at Pershing Arena. Truman obviously dominated every facet of the game from start to finish and it was a great way to bring the 2012 portion of their season to a close. Both the men’s and women’s teams are in action on Thursday at Pershing as they resume their final season of MIAA conference play against Lincoln University. The women’s game begins at 5:30 and you owe to yourself to get out and see this team which I still believe is the best women’s team Truman has had in many years. The men are struggling a little bit this year but are just about there and if they can improve their free throw shooting it will vastly improve their chances of performing well in the MIAA.
Monday and Tuesday saw some excellent college football games as the bowl season hit full stride. Obviously someone at Georgia Tech reads this blog as they proved their 6 and 7 record was deceiving and they did deserve to be in a bowl game by beating USC on Monday 21 to 7. I hereby apologize to the Yellow Jackets and all their fans, whoever they are. Monday night featured an outstanding game between Clemson and LSU which Clemson won by one point.
Tuesday featured a whole slew of games including Georgia defeating Nebraska 45 to 31, but the game was much closer than that. Georgia ran away with the game in the fourth quarter. I was not expecting much out of the Rose Bowl but Stanford and Wisconsin made a game out of it and it turned out to be a hard fought game and more of a defensive struggle than I thought it might be. I also thought Northern IL gave a respectable performance against a much better Florida State team. I still don’t feel Northern IL deserved to be in a BCS game but they did the best they could and at least kept it somewhat interesting.
Wednesday’s lone bowl game features Florida dn Louisville in what could be a very good game. I would not be at all surprised if Louisville wins that game. They have very quietly constructed an excellent season and although their level of competition may not have been quite what Florida’s was, I still expect it to be a good game.
Thursday night’s game is an excellent matchup that I am very much looking forward to as Kansas State plays Oregon in a game that features two teams who suffered late season losses which knocked them out of national championship consideration.
Well, the Kansas City Chiefs fired their coach on Monday which should come as a surprise to no one. The search for a new head coach has already begun but it may be a position that is hard to fill as most of the qualified candidates will be leery of getting involved in the mess the Chiefs franchise has become and in my ipinion being the coach of the Chiefs is not a good career move for someone who does not have NFL coaching experience. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has stated he will not make a decision on the fate of the Chiefs general manager until a new coach is hired which further muddies up the waters for anyone thinking of taking the Chiefs coach position. I’m still attempting to understand the rationale behind waiting until a new coach is hired to decide whether the general manager stays or goes. The Chiefs should have either fired them both at the same time as several other NFL teams did or at the very least either let the GM go or announce he is staying put. It is widely believed the Chiefs will eventually fire their GM so why not do it now. Shouldn’t the new coach know who he is going to be answering to? It appears to make no sense to me at all but many things the Chiefs have done over the past several yearshave made no sense to me and I think that is the fault of the owner.
Current Chiefs owner Clark Hunt inherited the team from his late father Lamar Hunt who by all accounts was a fine man and is a pioneer in the NFL as well as one of the founders of the old American Football League which the Chiefs were a part of before the AFL and NFL merged. The Chiefs were in the very first Super Bowl as a matter of fact. Lamar Hunt cared about the Chiefs and about the community and wasn’t afraid to spend money to put a good team on the field. He wasn’t always successful but it wasn’t’ from lack of trying and the Chiefs organization was solid from top to bottom. Chiefs fans were able to connect with Lamar Hunt on a certain level because he was a very bisible owner but not one of those owners who interfered with the operation of the team. He always tried to hire the best general manager and coach he could find and then let them do their job. Apparently his son Clark did not inherit those genes and appears to be clueless about how to run a NFL franchise and is more interested in saving money than he is in winning football games. He also has seemingly done everything possible to alienate himself from the Chiefs fan base and by all accounts has no real visibility in the community. Therefore, he has not done any of the things to create the sense of loyalty and togetherness his dad instilled within the Chiefs and their fan base. Clark Hunt’s hiring of Scott Piolli several years ago as the Chiefs general manager was highly questionable at the time and has proved to be a complete disaster. The Chiefs have not drafted well, have not maintained their star players, have not hired the best available coach and have seemingly done everything possible to destroy the team. Scott Piolli must be removed as the general manager in order for the Chiefs to have any hope of improving. There are some excellent coaches ooking for jobs right now but how can any of them seriously want to get involved with the organization with the shape that it is in. Reports out of Kansas City indicate that Piolli is very much involved with the hiring of the next head coach, why would someone who might be fired as soon as a new coach is hired be participating in his hiring process? That makes no sense to me at all. Reportedly the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator was interviewed earlier in the week and immediately signed an extension with the Falcons which should tell you all you need to know right now. I would love to have Andy Reid as the Chiefs coach but there is no way he is going to want to get into a situation like he would find in Kansas City without some major guarantees and the first one of those if he is a smart man is that Scott Piolli is removed as general manager and replaced by someone who has a clue how to be a general manager. If that doesn’t happen, then nothing changes in my mind and the Chiefs will once again be forced to hire a coach who nobody else wants.
We will be back on Friday with more complaints as well as a look ahead to a busy weekend of sports action including the start of the NFL playoffs. Thanks as always for supporting this blog and please do the same for all the other blogs on this site.
Have a great Wednesday!