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C-Mac
08-31-2005, 09:18 AM
GRETZ: Trent Green Watch
Aug 31, 2005, 8:13:36 AM by Bob Gretz - FAQ



It was cool and crisp as I left the house in the darkness of early morning. Jumping in the car, I turned the key and began that futile attempt to clear the windshield of the morning dew. Whatís the best way to do this, do you blast it with cool air from the air conditioner, or turn up the warm air in defrost mode?



Anyway, I reached over, turned up the volume of my radio and was verbally assaulted.

ďIím telling you this is serious, this is something big, the Chiefs are hiding the facts here, I think this guy has some sort of disease or something. This is serious.Ē

The speakerís name is not important; the shrill screams of sports talk radio all sound the same anyway. ďThis guyĒ is important. Heís Chiefs quarterback Trent Green.

Itís the dog days of summer and Green and his numb right pinky toe have given the football-crazed media of this town an early Labor Day present. From now, through the Chiefs pre-season finale on Friday against St. Louis, the yakkers, hairdos and ink-stained wretches can mail it in. Green and his physical problems are a ready made story, something that allows for everyone to become a later day Marcus Welby, M.D. (kids, ask your parents), without putting in the four years of school and who knows how many years as a resident.

Since there is no quarterback controversy and Dick Vermeil hasnít cooperated and created the running back controversy the media was so hoping for, Greenís health becomes topics No. 1, 2 and 3. Expect some local TV news crew to report later this week on Joe Smith, who lives in Gladstone, had the same problem with foot numbness and cured the malady with a cold compress of lilac, Missouri River mud and the eye of a newt.

Thereís nothing unusual here. Itís the same everywhere when it comes to the starting quarterback. No matter what uniform he wears, if the starter gets a pimple on his behind, itís time to interrupt network programming for a news flash. Thatís the status, thatís the importance of the position. Thatís why they are paid so many millions of dollars Ö so we in the media and the fans can dissect every physical malady that comes around.

Of course, separating fact from fiction is the hardest part of trying to understand Greenís situation. The Chiefs have not said much, largely because they donít have much to say. Hereís what we know:

Last week, Green started experiencing some slight pain and numbness in his calf that went down the leg into the outside of his foot. It was annoying more than anything else and massaging his leg and foot seemed to relieve the discomfort. On Friday, when the Chiefs went through their last workout before the pre-season game with Seattle, Green was fine.

But it kicked up again in pre-game warm-ups. Obviously, itís not a debilitating problem, given that Green was five-for-five in the touchdown scoring drive that opened the game against the Seahawks. It also bothered him during Thursdayís practice when he threw just one incompletion and Dick Vermeil said it was his best practice performance of the pre-season.

Later in the first quarter Saturday night, Greenís foot was stepped on by tackle Willie Roaf, ripping off his shoe. A guy like Roaf steps on your foot and thatís going to cause a mark, but it was nothing serious given the fact that Chiefs medical personnel did not spend any time working on the foot when Green came to the sidelines.

With these two situations and with quarterbacks No. 2 and 3 in street clothes because of their maladies (Todd Collins/hand and Damon Huard/concussion), the decision was made to protect Green and end his evening of play.

Tests were done in the next few days, including Tuesday when Green was not at practice. As of Tuesday evening, the Chiefs said there was no obvious reason for Greenís problem.

Those are the facts. Anything else is some tin throat trying to be Ben Casey (kids, ask your parents again.) Bet on this: when the Chiefs finally have some information, many in the media will scream cover-up, that the team is hiding the real reasons for Greenís problems.

Everyone in the sports media should send Trent Greenís pinky toe a thank you card, as it made the slide into Labor Day that much easier.

the Talking Can
08-31-2005, 09:22 AM
neat....another article about the evil radio people....#234543456543323678

htismaqe
08-31-2005, 09:31 AM
I was listening to KK due to reception last night, and listening to him was downright comical.

He was borderline panicky about Green's health and the team's "coverup". During the entire time, Leabo was basically saying that he was overreacting, and Kevin just kept going...

TRR
08-31-2005, 09:33 AM
Excellent article by Gretz.

Chiefs Pantalones
08-31-2005, 09:36 AM
neat....another article about the evil radio people....#234543456543323678

Some Gretz is right on, some he isn't.

He's right on this one.

PastorMikH
08-31-2005, 09:41 AM
I would say that the team's coverup of Trent's problems and all their concerns can be summed up in them hiring Quinn to backup Collins while Collins recovers from a broken finger. I would think that if there were something serious with Green, they'd be looking at some better QBs than Quinn.

KCTitus
08-31-2005, 09:45 AM
I would say that the team's coverup of Trent's problems and all their concerns can be summed up in them hiring Quinn to backup Collins while Collins recovers from a broken finger. I would think that if there were something serious with Green, they'd be looking at some better QBs than Quinn.

Really...I thought they hired Quinn because Collins and Huard both were unable to play and he was the only QB who knew anything about the system.

I didnt realize it was just part of the 'master plan'...

Cormac
08-31-2005, 09:48 AM
Anybody else think it's ironic that Gretz sarcastically rips the media for their reaction to this "story", and then proceeds to have nothing else to write about himself???

:rolleyes:

milkman
08-31-2005, 09:49 AM
Really...I thought they hired Quinn because Collins and Huard both were unable to play and he was the only QB who knew anything about the system.

I didnt realize it was just part of the 'master plan'...

It's not referred to as a "master plan" around here.

It's the "5 year plan".

John_Wayne
08-31-2005, 10:08 AM
neat....another article about the evil radio people....#234543456543323678 He's right. Sports radio in KC are all conspiracy theorists for their own benefit. I can't stand it sometimes.

Chief Henry
08-31-2005, 10:17 AM
I was listening to KK due to reception last night, and listening to him was downright comical.

He was borderline panicky about Green's health and the team's "coverup". During the entire time, Leabo was basically saying that he was overreacting, and Kevin just kept going...

KK ALWAYS over re-acts. Whether its David Glass, LaMar Hunt
or items related to the chiefs.

Simplex3
08-31-2005, 11:07 AM
He's right. Sports radio in KC are all conspiracy theorists for their own benefit. I can't stand it sometimes.
As opposed to sports talk radio elsewhere? That's their job, trying to uncover turds in the flowerbed.

I have a much greater distaste for the Chiefs' media staff. If they'd spend any time covering the team instead of all their time covering the local media's coverage of the team they might be worth a read. Then we'd have an alternative.

Bowser
08-31-2005, 11:10 AM
I was listening to KK due to reception last night, and listening to him was downright comical.

He was borderline panicky about Green's health and the team's "coverup". During the entire time, Leabo was basically saying that he was overreacting, and Kevin just kept going...

Kevin's disdain for everything Chiefs related is increasing his douche-ism by leaps and bounds.

jidar1
08-31-2005, 11:41 AM
As opposed to sports talk radio elsewhere? That's their job, trying to uncover turds in the flowerbed.

I have a much greater distaste for the Chiefs' media staff. If they'd spend any time covering the team instead of all their time covering the local media's coverage of the team they might be worth a read. Then we'd have an alternative.

What? Now how in the hell do you come to that kind of conclusion? You're okay with the crappy bs stories from the radio media, but not ok with the Chiefs media folks because.. why?

I think this is one backwards assed opinion. It's the job of the news outlets to give a fact based unbiased opinion, and it's the job of the teams media to give the teams version of events. Unfortunately the sports talk radio in KC is sensationalist so trying to put out the panic fires they are constantly starting is nearly a full time job.

Of course I shouldn't be surprised at this post considering the source. You're going to be a sourpuss no matter what is being said by anyone.

Dunit35
08-31-2005, 12:58 PM
this injury makes a man alitttle nervous...but it isnt anything big I hope...