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gblowfish
11-26-2004, 10:22 AM
Doggity Report was a few days late this week because of the holiday. Here 'tis for the Chiefs/Pats game:

The Doggity Chiefs Report, Week 10 - 2004
Griefs vs Pats, The Head, Kansas City, MO

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Overview – Stick a fork in this turkey. At least the Chiefs improved their draft position by one or two spots this week! Now they can use it to get an impact player like, oh, Larry Johnson. The decision to stand pat on defense this off season looks solid now, doesn’t it? Not going after an
impact wideout – good choice. Tynes over Morten Anderson to improve field position – another gem. The 60-and-over coaching crowd looked like gold last year, now Vermeil, Parcells and Gibbs would have to pool their wins to catch Philly, Pittsburgh or New England. So much for the
red state dominance over the blue states. Dickie V’s press conference after the game looks like he has already gone back into the whine business.

Offense – For the second straight week, the offense spent the afternoon on suicide watch. Derrick Blaylock couldn’t duplicate his performance from last week. I doubt anyone now questions whether or not Priest makes a difference. The coach’s opinion of first round pick Larry Johnson is pretty much cast in stone. Despite Holmes’ absence, for the second straight week he rode pine while Blaylock and T-Rich handled all the rushing. For the third straight week the offense turned the ball over in the red zone. And just how many of those games did they win? If you said zero, pick any prize from the top shelf. Yes, I know Gonzo was held in the endzone and it didn’t get called – allowing Harrison to make the pick. The truth be told, Tony was more like held hostage – I understand the Chiefs have forwarded the ransom note to Mike Pereira, the head of NFL officiating. Still, Gonzalez is held on nearly every play and it never gets called. Having other receiving options might clear up that problem. KC needs to just get used to it.

Defense – OK – the domination of Mike Vick was officially an aberration. This unit stinks. They get very little pressure on the QB. The secondary is nearly always in the wrong place. The linebackers over pursue and don’t stay in the lanes. They aren’t very talented, they aren’t very
smart and the secondary isn’t very well coached. I like Gunther’s scheme better than Dr. Evil’s, but scheme only goes so far if you ain’t got the horses. William Bartee looks better this year, but is still a far cry from being even an average NFL corner. After a good start, Eric Warfield has fallen back to Earth. Oh! Dexter! has lost it, and Julian “Burnt” Battle never had it. Even on the one play ‘Burnt’ broke up, he never looked back. He was just lucky enough to have the ball hit
him. Benny Sapp plays with plenty of misdirected enthusiasm – a lot like a puppy romancing your pant leg. The loss of all three starting linebackers - Maz, Barber and Beisel has forced Quinton Caver and rookie Keyaron Fox into service. The results are predictable. What started the season as a week link on the team is now a fault line.
Special Teams – Short kickoffs and poor coverage has plagued this team all year. Dante had a couple of decent returns, but he isn’t getting the blocking help he did last season. Without that spark this year, the whole team is suffering.

The AFC West –
KC Chiefs – Stick a fork in this season.
Denver Donkeys – The Donkeys gave the Aints the pounding KC owed them.
East Bay Convicts – Spanked by the Bolts, Collins says, “We played a lot better today!” Shut up.
San Diego Bolts – Martyball is the real deal this year.

Throw Him A Bone Award –
The bone for the day goes to Eddie Kennison who – despite dropping a sure TD pass, managed to catch two others. The guy can fly -- if his hands were as good as his feet, he’d be a top-tier receiver.
The Doggity Dog –
The newest whipping boy in the doghouse is Julian “Burnt” Battle. We are constantly being told that this guy has “all the tools”. Well someone should send him to Mr. Goodwrench training because he doesn’t have a clue how to use them.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:
For your Thanksgiving – try the Dog’s own smoked turkey! Brining the bird is the secret to moist meat. Smoking seals in the flavor…
Brine –
6 qts Water
1 cup Brown sugar
˝ cup Maple syrup
1 cup Kosher salt (or Sea salt)
1 head Garlic, peeled and cloves crushed
1 Tbsp Whole black peppercorns
1 Tbsp Red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp tarragon leaves (fresh, if you can find them)
2 Bay leaves
Bring mixture to a boil and allow to completely cool. Place thawed or fresh turkey in a clean 5- gallon bucket. Poor cooled brine over the bird. Keep below 45 degrees F, for 24 to 48 hours.
Smoke on low (200 degree), indirect heat using hickory, maple or fruitwood chips. Put water in drip pan under the bird to keep the temp down. Low and slow makes for a moist, flavorful turkey.
Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature reaches 140 to 150 degrees. Take bird off grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Allow it to rest 20 to 30 minutes so the carryover heat can elevate the internal temp to 160. Then carve and eat!

Send your recipes to the Dog, by e-mail or fax them to 913-831-1307.

Next week –
Marty makes his return in a game I had slated as a blowout when the season began. Unfortunately, it might be just that.

Your faithful scribe,
Mr. Doggity