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DAWES: SOS…Same Old Story
May 04, 2006, 3:15:00 AM by Rufus Dawes - FAQ



Is there some rule that requires blogger lovers like me to read, listen and complain about what we discover in the media? Apparently so and I hasten to adhere to Oscar Wilde’s advice on how to deal with such temptation: Succumb to it.



So, on the principle that some things can’t be said too often, let it be said once again: draft grades have no viability. There are plenty of plausible grounds for knocking this practice but the most important is most of the time they’re wrong.

Someone from Warpaint Illustrated, a publication with an accompanying web site I discovered, was on 610 Sports, a local Kansas City all-sports station, the night before the draft contending that the Chiefs, despite everything that head coach Herman Edwards had said up to that point about the team’s intentions, were surely going offense in the first round.

The Chiefs selected Penn State defensive end Tamba Hali.

Then, when discussion moved to the quarterback position, this same “insider” stated that he had it on good authority that the Chiefs were in love with Charlie Whitehurst, quarterback from Clemson.

The Chiefs selected quarterback Brodie Croyle in the third round.

By Sunday night, the “insider” had moved mediums to KSHB-TV where his TV host said that no mock draft in this town or the country had Tamba Hali as the Chiefs number one pick. As for Croyle, by Sunday following his selection, he had suddenly moved, in Warpaint’s eyes anyway, to the “fourth” best quarterback on the board.

Had I listened to this nonsense for a week prior to the draft I’m certain I would have had enough for a five-part series.

The Chiefs draft moves over two days elicited the usual response from many in the media and, to be fair, a populace of fans that have been weaned to accept that what they hear and read as always on target.

Warpaint and KSHB-TV weren’t alone in their surprise. The selection of Tamba Hali in the first round was seen as a “mildly stunning pick” and “met with a smattering of boos and shock,” so said a Kansas City Star report. (April 30, 2006) “Most were expecting a cornerback, or at least (Manny) Lawson, who was tabbed by some as the second best pass rusher in the draft. The puzzled looks continued a few hours later in the second round, when Kansas City picked Purdue safety Bernard Pollard.”

A story in the Topeka Capital-Journal said “most NFL draft analysts didn’t have (Hali) rated as high as the 20th pick of the first round.” (April 30, 2006) And the “experts” at Warpaint Illustrated countered in their “Scouting Report” that “Hali is the 27th rated player” on their “value board” and “carries a mid first-round grade.” (April 29, 2006)

A Star columnist believed the drafting of Hali was a sure signal that the team wouldn’t be “wasting any more picks on ‘potential’ stars with lots of upside and questions about their character.” (April 30, 2006)

“So much for the mock drafts,” noted a Star report.

So much indeed.

When the smoke cleared Sunday night, the local scribes were back on message talking about Ty Law, a much favored subject. For those who are as weary of that talk as I am, here’s how others in the media saw the two-day guess fest. You can draw your own conclusions.

As it turned out other “NFL analysts” did have Hali in the area of a top 20 pick, principally Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, whose draft reports rate as the most accurate of the draft prognosticators, according to www.thehuddlereport.com who tracks no less than 37 publications and sites that analyze and evaluate the draft. “Dr. Z,” Sports Illustrated’s Paul Zimmerman, also had Hali in the top 20. (April 27, 2006) Gosselin had Hali going to the Chiefs and so did CBS SportsLine.com’s Pete Prisco. (April 29, 2006) and Pat Kirwan of NFL.com (April 29, 2006)

As I noted in a column last week it’s a common practice for NFL teams to draft “measurables” in the first round, not productivity. (Myth, Exaggeration & Utter Nonsense) The Chiefs, in this instance, would appear to have stepped away from that practice even though Hali is the only top defensive end in this draft who already has the right size to play the position. Lawson, at 233 pounds, is more outside linebacker size. Can Lawson at that size play on the defensive line on first down? I don’t know. But Hali can.

Just how “potential” applies or doesn’t apply to Hali, who can say? But in the case of a Ryan Sims, who the local columnist lumped into a group of recent Chiefs first round picks he alleged were selected for their “potential,” the supposed move should have brought cheers not jeers, as he seems to suggest. Still, it seems mildly confusing that Sims of all people would be characterized as having been tagged for “potential.” At the time of his selection he was seen as a top ten pick in the 2002.NFL draft. In fact, this same columnist called him “Kansas City’s most important draft choice since Derrick Thomas” (Kansas City Star, August 29, 2002) and in only his first full year of play wrote that Sims’ “teammates feed off his attitude” and he compared him to Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. (Kansas City Star, September 15, 2003)

In truth, all the “experts” were hot for Sims sending two teams racing to the front of the NFL’s New York draft room to grab him. Who can forget the celebrated story about Chiefs and Vikings reps sprinting to the head of the line on draft day to turn in their card with Sims’ name on it? Potential, according to reports at the time, was far from anyone’s mind, most especially the media and more than a few NFL teams who actually had a shot to land the guy.

Now, to Croyle and what the Chiefs thought or didn’t think of him. For starters, according to Chiefs personnel who can speak with the knowledge of “insiders” and did so publicly moments following his selection, the team had worked him out, seen his stock rise at the Senior Bowl – a fact confirmed by scouts and other sources that were there and stated on ESPN the first day of the draft – and played in a pro-style offense coached by a former pro coach and colleague of Herman Edwards. Edwards had coached with Alabama head coach Mike Shula at the Tampa Bay Bucs. Besides, the team confirmed that it had conducted an earlier private workout and follow-up. The team’s flirtation with Croyle hardly sounds minimal or anything approaching a surprise.

Meanwhile, scrambling no doubt to save face, Warpaint, who has kept up the drum beat that Joey Harrington was coming to Kansas City, tried to wrap up this very confusing scenario (to them apparently) this way: “When talks broke down between the Chiefs and Lions on the availability of Joey Harrington and the San Diego Chargers took Charlie Whitehurst four picks in front of Kansas City, the Chiefs had to get the best arm on the board.” (April 29, 2006)

How convenient.

Peterson admitted Sunday that Lions GM Matt Millen had been talking to him about compensation for Harrington. But then again an examination of any newspaper in Detroit and around the country for the last month confirmed that Millen was talking to anyone in the NFL who would listen to his pitch for his former number one quarterback. Talk is cheap, as you can surely see, and how close to the truth Harrington-to-the-Chiefs was, fortunately for Warpaint, is no more than speculation or just idle talk.

Across the draft obsessed nation the reviews are still coming in and they’re the usual smattering of good, average and bad. USA Today saw the Chiefs draft as something like “an open casting audition,” indicating, I suppose, that there is little to be gained from this class (May 1, 2006). Gosselin gave Kansas City a “C” largely on the basis of the second round pick who he thought was a reach based on off-the-field issues not on where he has drawn comparisons to Roy Williams; but he saw most of the second day selections – almost entirely ignored in our local paper as they harped on about Ty Law – as rated exactly where they should have been. Other publications evaluated it this way.

Local
“Hali and Pollard could contribute right away in Herm Edwards’ system. But whether Maxey, who was inconsistent at Miami, can be seen as an NFL corner might tell the tale of this draft.“
- Kansas City Star, May 1, 2006

“We’ll leave it to the draftniks to grade the Chiefs draft. Most seem to give it a C, which seems about right. I’m still not prepared to say with certainty that the Chiefs got great value in drafting…Tamba Hali. I’m sure he’s better than the No. 47 rank USA Today’s Sports Weekly gave him. I’m not sure he merited the No. 20 rank the Chiefs put on him“
- Topeka Capital-Journal, May 26, 2006

“The draft produced a “B” grade. Only one player – defensive end Tamba Hali – is a legitimate rookie starter. The rest provide competition in the present. In three years, that grade could move up or down.“
- St. Joseph’s News-Press, May 2, 2006

National
“Herman Edwards wound up with some really fine people. Oh yes, they can all play, too. B-.“
- SI.com, May 3, 2006

“The defensive revolution continues in KC….Hali was likely too good for them to pass. He’s the type of player who will make the other players around him better, and along with super-soph Derrick Johnson he should give Kansas City a stout core of defensive dominators for the next decade. The Chiefs reached at least a round for Pollard in the second but rebounded to grab their quarterback of the future in the third. Grade: C.
- Dallas Morning News

“First-round DE Tamba Hali is a high-character player who could provide immediate pass-rush help, and getting QB Brodie Croyle in the third round was a shrewd move.“
- Washington Post, May 1, 2006

“The defensive rebuilding continues….-B“
- The Sporting News, May 1, 2006

“It seemed a bit too soon to take DE Tamba Hali in the 20th spot in Round 1, but coach Herm Edwards needs to improve his pass rush. Getting QB Brodie Croyle in Round 3 was an excellent move.“
- Newark Star-Ledger, May 1, 2006

“DE Tamba Hali brings intensity and passion, but may be the only immediate help.“
- Baltimore Sun, May 1, 2006

“The Chiefs took some great character players in Penn State defensive end Tamba Hali, Purdue safety Bernard Pollard and Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle, but the general consensus is that they reached on all three of these players.“
- FoxSports.com, May 2, 2006

“Overall grade C: Taking Tamba Hali with the 20th pick in the first round might have been a reach.“
- CBS SportsLine.com, May 2, 2006

“I thought the Chiefs would go with a cornerback, but you can’t argue the pick of DE Tamba Hali.“
- ESPN (as reported in the Kansas City Star, May 2, 2006)

“LDE Tamba Hali, the choice over Lawson, challenges Eric Hicks and bolsters pass rush. But no corner…“
- New York Post, May 1, 2006

“The defensive rebuilding continues, but the offense might be starting to crumble soon. That’s why the Chiefs took QB Brodie Croyle in the third round.” Overall grade: B.
- Chicago Tribune (as reported in the Kansas City Star, May 2, 2006)



After reviewing the compendium of media draft reports you would have to say that the quality of thought and argument in most of them is astonishingly shallow, the evaluation process crude, except since draft predictions and analysis came into vogue, generalities and cliches seem to have become common ingredients in most of them.

In the final analysis it always fleshes out this way: the teams defend their picks as exactly what they wanted, the media search their respective draft books that they, not professional scouts, have put together and if they don’t see a name familiar to them they usually shrug off selections as reaches or mistakes. No follow-up comes and the whole matter is dismissed until about two weeks prior to the draft the next year when it starts all over again.

Take the time: In contrast to a lack of follow-up in most of the mainstream media here’s a suggestion for readers: read the following series that appeared on this site beginning early last month and see just exactly what happened to last year’s draft picks and how the Chiefs measured up. Gretz: Draft Review 2005-Part 1; Gretz: Draft Review 2005-Part 2; Gretz: NFL’s Best Defenses-Part 1; Gretz: NFL’s Best Defenses-Part 2; Gretz: NFL’s Best Defenses-Part 3; Gretz: NFL’s Best Defenses-Part 4; Gretz: NFL’s Best Defenses-Part 5; Gretz: Draft week-Finale on NFL Best Defenses; Gretz: Draft Week-The Chiefs & Carl in the 1st Round. Gretz: Draft Week-The Quarterback Myth. I see no reason to object to opinions. But opinions should be built on a foundation of information and fact. Read the columns above and if you still want to argue let’s hear your facts.

FAX
05-04-2006, 08:41 AM
Owie

FAX

DJJasonp
05-04-2006, 08:43 AM
Just go away Rufus......just go.

You're opinions and "inside" information mean nothing to us. I'd rather read Nick Athan or Pete Prisco if that tells you something Rufus.

BigChiefFan
05-04-2006, 08:44 AM
I thought they didn't listen to the media? Carl is obsessed and it's funny.

Bowser
05-04-2006, 08:47 AM
Dammit, Phil!

:cuss:

Rain Man
05-04-2006, 08:49 AM
Wow. He sank their battleship.

Brock
05-04-2006, 08:49 AM
Phobia might have a little trouble getting a press pass in the future.

Pitt Gorilla
05-04-2006, 08:50 AM
SI had Hali going to us at 20. Do the WPI people know how to read (or research)?

KCTitus
05-04-2006, 08:54 AM
LOL...it appears that bagging on the incessantly wrong Warpaint crew is the sole property of the planet posters.

Rufus is right, here, but dont let that get in the way of a good 'Damnit Rufus' post.

Demonpenz
05-04-2006, 08:54 AM
any press is good press.

ROYC75
05-04-2006, 08:59 AM
Rufus : Ready, aim, :bang:

Skip Towne
05-04-2006, 09:00 AM
WPI = Hahahahahahaha

burt
05-04-2006, 09:01 AM
I bet Rufus' wife gets fat now.

jidar
05-04-2006, 09:07 AM
Wow. He pretty much dismantled them.

Fire Me Boy!
05-04-2006, 09:22 AM
Across the draft obsessed nation the reviews are still coming in and they’re the usual smattering of good, average and bad.

Heh... there's a grammatical error there. I love it. It should be "Across the draft-obsessed..."

Prodigiously well-researched my ass.

jAZ
05-04-2006, 09:22 AM
Ouch.

Websites like <a href="http://chiefsplanet.com"><a href="http://chiefsplanet.com">WPI</a></a> are in a difficult situation (far worse than their college equivilants at Rivals and Scout) when it comes to insider information about personel moves.

In the NFL, everything is about negotiating leverage (whether it's trying to get more/less money or trying to get a better/more desireable player available at your draft slot) and no team has ANY insentive to reduce their leverage by putting out accurate inside information.

At the college level, it's not about money it's about persuasion. For the most part, college teams don't care if the public knows who they are recruiting and since they aren't publiclly allowed to comment on unsigned recruits, there is a good living to be made cozying up to the head and asst coaches of college teams and selling memberships to premium content. The right author will get some very good/ accurate scoops from time to time.

In the NFL, I don't think that will EVER be the case.

NewChief
05-04-2006, 09:34 AM
I could be wrong, but I read the WPI draft issue recently at my inlaws house (my Father-in-law was given a subscription before he died), and their draft guy (Mighty Mike, maybe?) had us picking Hali.

Cochise
05-04-2006, 10:05 AM
Insert "owned" pic here

FAX
05-04-2006, 10:07 AM
Is Rufus Dawes a real person?

FAX

BigChiefFan
05-04-2006, 10:07 AM
Carl is a little insecure about his draft it seems.

Iowanian
05-04-2006, 10:09 AM
It sounds like Rufus is disgruntled by the final notice for his premium membership.

shakesthecat
05-04-2006, 10:09 AM
Brutal

Bowser
05-04-2006, 10:11 AM
It sounds like Rufus is disgruntled by the final notice for his premium membership.


ROFL

NewChief
05-04-2006, 10:12 AM
Is Rufus Dawes a real person?

FAX

It's a nom de plume for someone in the Chief's organization. Speculation ranges from Carl himself to Bob Moore to Eileen Weir to a rotating staff. No one really knows for certain.

FAX
05-04-2006, 10:15 AM
It's a nom de plume for someone in the Chief's organization. Speculation ranges from Carl himself to Bob Moore to Eileen Weir to a rotating staff. No one really knows for certain.

Thanks, Mr. NewChief.

I would have to think that he/she is one person. It would be difficult to replicate this writing style and it seems consistent from one article to the next.

I wonder why the Chiefs feel it's important to have these media-related articles authored anonymously.

FAX

Skip Towne
05-04-2006, 10:18 AM
It's a nom de plume for someone in the Chief's organization. Speculation ranges from Carl himself to Bob Moore to Eileen Weir to a rotating staff. No one really knows for certain.
Nick Athan knows. But it is no doubt in the Premiium section.

DaFace
05-04-2006, 10:21 AM
It's a nom de plume for someone in the Chief's organization. Speculation ranges from Carl himself to Bob Moore to Eileen Weir to a rotating staff. No one really knows for certain.

After you mentioned that, I did a search for Rufus Dawes on google and came up with this page (http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2004/01/19/rufus_dawes_faq/) on the Chiefs site. It's kind of an FAQ for whoever Dawes is. Kinda intersting. Weird, but interesting.

FAX
05-04-2006, 10:30 AM
After you mentioned that, I did a search for Rufus Dawes on google and came up with this page (http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2004/01/19/rufus_dawes_faq/) on the Chiefs site. It's kind of an FAQ for whoever Dawes is. Kinda intersting. Weird, but interesting.

Thanks, Mr. DaFace. This is funny.

Q: Why do you have such a fixation on Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock?

A: I believe an argument can be made that he’s lowered the bar as far as media behavior in Kansas City is concerned. He and the nodding sycophants at the various radio stations who have serviced his interests are kings of the low brow and to say the Kansas City Star’s coverage has gone down hill since he arrived in town is like saying Bin Laden has an image problem.

Mr. Whitlock would like for us to believe that he’s a thoughtful columnist with his finger on the pulse of the readers. But he’s more interested in the status that comes with such a position, not on the work itself or the ideas that drive it. It seems pitifully obvious that Jason Whitlock wants to be famous if, for nothing else, being Jason Whitlock.

Columnists are to be admired. Admired and envied. But the columnists who last, the columnists who count, the columnists whose columns are indeed their monuments, not only have an essential benevolence, a fundamental affection for the people and games they cover, they possess a hefty dose of humility. Humble Jason Whitlock is not.

FAX

banyon
05-04-2006, 10:31 AM
It's a good thing Rufus doesn't have to make predictions so that he doesn't get the chance to be wrong.

bringbackmarty
05-04-2006, 10:31 AM
Heh... there's a grammatical error there. I love it. It should be "Across the draft-obsessed..."

Prodigiously well-researched my ass.
His emotion supplanted good fundamentals in that instance, resulting in him being out of position in that sentence.

RedNFeisty
05-04-2006, 10:32 AM
Just go away Rufus......just go.

You're opinions and "inside" information mean nothing to us. I'd rather read Nick Athan or Pete Prisco if that tells you something Rufus.
It tells some of us that you are retarded.

bringbackmarty
05-04-2006, 10:32 AM
Rufus = Weak.
WPI = Weak.
Nick Athan = Pathetic. Just pulling whatever out his ass.

bringbackmarty
05-04-2006, 10:38 AM
Many in the media, where skepticism is an accepted, well-founded and, I think the correct frame of mind, go out of their way to pour cold water on team positions even when the information they uncover or could uncover is readily available to support those positions.

**** this guy, he writes worse than I do. He needs to take a course in clear writing style.

burt
05-04-2006, 10:42 AM
I could be wrong, but I read the <a href="http://chiefsplanet.com">WPI</a> draft issue recently at my inlaws house (my Father-in-law was given a subscription before he died), and their draft guy (Mighty Mike, maybe?) had us picking Hali.

I like reading Mighty Mike...plus he's a great guy. I don't do the whole guess the draft thing....because IT IS GUESSING, on what someone else will do. That is the funny thing...this guy is dissing someones GUESS.

MOhillbilly
05-04-2006, 10:49 AM
I like reading Mighty Mike...plus he's a great guy. I don't do the whole guess the draft thing....because IT IS GUESSING, on what someone else will do. That is the funny thing...this guy is dissing someones GUESS.

Sometimes but to say it is a pure guessing game is bunk. Caoches and staff definately leak inside info to trusted media.

BigRock
05-04-2006, 10:50 AM
I went to Warpaint to see what they were saying, and I saw this quote from Athan about another reporter:

Maller doesn't know crap!!! He makes stuff up all the TIME

He's talking about someone who covers the Titans, I think, but it was just the irony of Nick saying that about anyone that made me giggle like a schoolgirl.

dirk digler
05-04-2006, 10:53 AM
SI had Hali going to us at 20. Do the <a href="http://chiefsplanet.com">WPI</a> people know how to read (or research)?

Yep as did Rick Gosselin who is one of the best NFL writers in the country. I was wanting to grab Jack Harry by the throat on Sunday night when he spewed this same shit that nobody had Hail going that high.

Cochise
05-04-2006, 11:00 AM
I'm starting to think that whoever Athan's "inside sources" are, they are double-agents. They feed him BS for the purpose of making him look like a moron. I mean it in all seriousness... how else could someone could be wrong so often?

burt
05-04-2006, 11:03 AM
Sometimes but to say it is a pure guessing game is bunk. Caoches and staff definately leak inside info to trusted media.


"Trusted media"? Isn't that like "jumbo shrimp", "military intelligence", and "pretty ugly"? They leak what they want to leak....truths sometimes, misdirection, sometimes. No matter who you are....media, opposing NFL coaches, you, me, Mighty Mike, or Jack Harry. EVERYONE IS GUESSING....what is going on in the Chiefs War Room. Only those, IN the war room, really know.

And the "leaks" and "Misdirection" is just in our war room. Some one guessing on the draft needs to consider what every other NFL team drafts. There are so many variables, that if ANYONE gets a draft pick correct, it is amazing.

Any body that would dis another for miss guessing is a sorry individual.

burt
05-04-2006, 11:04 AM
I'm starting to think that whoever Athan's "inside sources" are, they are double-agents. They feed him BS for the purpose of making him look like a moron. I mean it in all seriousness... how else could someone could be wrong so often?

My boss would make Athan look like a mind reader.

MOhillbilly
05-04-2006, 11:07 AM
"Trusted media"? Isn't that like "jumbo shrimp", "military intelligence", and "pretty ugly"? They leak what they want to leak....truths sometimes, misdirection, sometimes. No matter who you are....media, opposing NFL coaches, you, me, Mighty Mike, or Jack Harry. EVERYONE IS GUESSING....what is going on in the Chiefs War Room. Only those, IN the war room, really know.

And the "leaks" and "Misdirection" is just in our war room. Some one guessing on the draft needs to consider what every other NFL team drafts. There are so many variables, that if ANYONE gets a draft pick correct, it is amazing.

Any body that would dis another for miss guessing is a sorry individual.

maybe. maybe 20 years ago before cell phones and such. But the fact remains many top level coaches have guys they talk to in the media and trust them to keep there mouths shut.
I definately understand the variables in the draft but i also understand that even before the draft starts coaches and front office have guys they are going to squeeze the trigger on. Esp. that teams #1 pick.

NewChief
05-04-2006, 11:07 AM
"
And the "leaks" and "Misdirection" is just in our war room. Some one guessing on the draft needs to consider what every other NFL team drafts. There are so many variables, that if ANYONE gets a draft pick correct, it is amazing.


This is sort of my thinking as well. While I realize that some guesses are more educated than others, it's impossible to predict how each and every team is going to respond to each and every situation. Not to mention the fact that teams may trade down/up during the draft and throw a totally unanticipated scenario into the mix which screws up the entire premise upon which everyone's mocks were based.

burt
05-04-2006, 11:09 AM
This is sort of my thinking as well. While I realize that some guesses are more educated than others, it's impossible to predict how each and every team is going to respond to each and every situation. Not to mention the fact that teams may trade down/up during the draft and throw a totally unanticipated scenario into the mix which screws up the entire premise upon which everyone's mocks were based.

Pre figuring the draft is harder than figuring out GM's incentives......

Logical
05-04-2006, 11:32 AM
LOL...it appears that bagging on the incessantly wrong Warpaint crew is the sole property of the planet posters.

Rufus is right, here, but dont let that get in the way of a good 'Damnit Rufus' post.

Not sure how he is right, none of those sources claim to be providing anything more than speculation and opinion. It is as Carl would say "only entertainment" being right (winning a Championship) is not what is important, what is important is providing entertainment.

Right Carl?

DJJasonp
05-04-2006, 11:38 AM
It tells some of us that you are retarded.


You'd rather read Carl's propoganda than Prisco or Athan????

Look, I hate Prisco and Athan as much as the next guy....but reading an insecure rebuttal from Carl (rufus) is as enjoyable as root canal.

C'mon Carl....you're rich, you're a GM of a NFL franchise, and you have wind-tunnel tested hair.....stop giving a crap about reporters, bloggers, etc that call you out....

When you're insecurity gets the best of you, just laugh at us common-folks' plight as you wipe your ass with 100 dollar bills!

Mr. Laz
05-04-2006, 12:24 PM
little consolation in hearing one BS'er bag on another BS'er.


you can bet your butt that if Hali and Pollard suck over the next few years, Dawes won't have much to say beside a bunch of excuses.

CupidStunt
05-04-2006, 01:31 PM
Hali was #27 on Gosselin's "big board". WPI probably just copied his and put it forth as their own.

Halfcan
05-04-2006, 01:41 PM
Darn and I just paid $300 for the super secret "insider" membership at WPI.

Mr. Flopnuts
05-04-2006, 01:43 PM
Thanks, Mr. DaFace. This is funny.

Q: Why do you have such a fixation on Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock?

A: I believe an argument can be made that he’s lowered the bar as far as media behavior in Kansas City is concerned. He and the nodding sycophants at the various radio stations who have serviced his interests are kings of the low brow and to say the Kansas City Star’s coverage has gone down hill since he arrived in town is like saying Bin Laden has an image problem.

Mr. Whitlock would like for us to believe that he’s a thoughtful columnist with his finger on the pulse of the readers. But he’s more interested in the status that comes with such a position, not on the work itself or the ideas that drive it. It seems pitifully obvious that Jason Whitlock wants to be famous if, for nothing else, being Jason Whitlock.

Columnists are to be admired. Admired and envied. But the columnists who last, the columnists who count, the columnists whose columns are indeed their monuments, not only have an essential benevolence, a fundamental affection for the people and games they cover, they possess a hefty dose of humility. Humble Jason Whitlock is not.

FAX



You beat me to posting this Mr. Fax, this was pretty funny.

KCTitus
05-04-2006, 01:45 PM
Not sure how he is right...

He's right on the money about Warpaint. That's what he's right about.

Skip Towne
05-04-2006, 01:52 PM
Have the Chiefs finally caught on to the fraud that is Nick Athan? Are press passes issued on a year to year basis?

RedNFeisty
05-04-2006, 02:01 PM
You'd rather read Carl's propoganda than Prisco or Athan????

Look, I hate Prisco and Athan as much as the next guy....but reading an insecure rebuttal from Carl (rufus) is as enjoyable as root canal.

C'mon Carl....you're rich, you're a GM of a NFL franchise, and you have wind-tunnel tested hair.....stop giving a crap about reporters, bloggers, etc that call you out....

When you're insecurity gets the best of you, just laugh at us common-folks' plight as you wipe your ass with 100 dollar bills!

See, I don't have to read the propoganda of the ones mentioned above, I can just read what all of you on here have to say about it.

Right now all I can say is wow.

tk13
05-04-2006, 02:15 PM
Wow... brutal. I do think Rufus makes some good points though. I mean, if I were the Chiefs, I would fill Athan with so much disinformation he looked like an idiot on draft day. That's nothing against Athan, just throwing people off the scent, so to speak. That's the idea isn't it? Make your own draft board then try not to give it away, so the guys you like don't get picked before you pick. If they fall farther down the board on people's "rankings", so be it.

That's the irony of the whole thing, you have a zillion media outlets out there all talking to coaches and personnel and getting information, then forming draft boards based on personal evaluation plus all that information, THEN when the team doesn't follow that plan they get criticized by the "experts"...nevermind they may have been trying to throw you off the path in the first place. It's a cute little vicious circle.

RedNFeisty
05-04-2006, 02:21 PM
Wow... brutal. I do think Rufus makes some good points though. I mean, if I were the Chiefs, I would fill Athan with so much disinformation he looked like an idiot on draft day. That's nothing against Athan, just throwing people off the scent, so to speak. That's the idea isn't it? Make your own draft board then try not to give it away, so the guys you like don't get picked before you pick. If they fall farther down the board on people's "rankings", so be it.

That's the irony of the whole thing, you have a zillion media outlets out there all talking to coaches and personnel and getting information, then forming draft boards based on personal evaluation plus all that information, THEN when the team doesn't follow that plan they get criticized by the "experts"...nevermind they may have been trying to throw you off the path in the first place. It's a cute little vicious circle.

Great perception, really.

Woodrow Call
05-04-2006, 02:45 PM
In response....

Mr. Dawes,

Thanks for taking the time to view our website, listen to myself and our staff on TV and the radio. But most importantly for checking out the latest issue of Warpaint Illustrated the Magazine.

In case you missed that issue, please check out page 26 of our Spring issue featuring Craphonso Thorpe and Alphonso Hodge on the cover, which was printed on March 20th, 2006.

It correctly predicted with the 20th overall selection that the Kansas City Chiefs would draft Penn State Defensive end Tamba Hali with their first round selection.

Though I had a different opionion than our NFL Draft Guru Mike Tuck, we were the ONLY media outlet in Kansas City to get the pick correct.

Thanks again for taking the time to bring notice to our website and publication.

Sincerely,

Nick Athan
Publisher
Warpaint Illustrated

Pitt Gorilla
05-04-2006, 02:51 PM
In response....

Mr. Dawes,

Thanks for taking the time to view our website, listen to myself and our staff on TV and the radio. But most importantly for checking out the latest issue of Warpaint Illustrated the Magazine.

In case you missed that issue, please check out page 26 of our Spring issue featuring Craphonso Thorpe and Alphonso Hodge on the cover, which was printed on March 20th, 2006.

It correctly predicted with the 20th overall selection that the Kansas City Chiefs would draft Penn State Defensive end Tamba Hali with their first round selection.

Though I had a different opionion than our NFL Draft Guru Mike Tuck, we were the ONLY media outlet in Kansas City to get the pick correct.

Thanks again for taking the time to bring notice to our website and publication.

Sincerely,

Nick Athan
Publisher
Warpaint IllustratedYou know, I think I'm going to start a "media outlet" and have 25 different people due a mock draft. Then, we'll be one of the outlets that gets the pick right.

big nasty kcnut
05-04-2006, 02:58 PM
Well too bad it wasn't me doing i would be getting the right info. Too bad the chiefs don't like me pressuring them for interviews and stuff.

Demonpenz
05-04-2006, 02:59 PM
You know, I think I'm going to start a "media outlet" and have 25 different people due a mock draft. Then, we'll be one of the outlets that gets the pick right.
due

You are writing like them already!

Logical
05-04-2006, 03:46 PM
He's right on the money about Warpaint. That's what he's right about.Ah, I see. I took it to mean you were talking about his entire article.

Phobia
05-04-2006, 05:00 PM
Hali was #27 on Gosselin's "big board". <a href="http://chiefsplanet.com">WPI</a> probably just copied his and put it forth as their own.

That's not even close. I can't take any credit for Might Mike's work but that guy knows football. It's unfair that any reputation that Athan has earned is passed on to the Warpaint writers who haven't earned that type of credibility. If you want to take stuff out on Athan, I can live with that. But make sure you read Mighty Mike Campbell, Mike Nugent, or some of the other contributing writers before you start bagging on innocent bystanders.

Regarding Dawes column - I think part of his criticism is legitimate. I think the criticism about Croyle and Whitehurst was cheap considering the Chiefs admitted they had Croyle and Whitehurst rated similarly and Whitehurst went to the Chargers 3 picks earlier at #82.

For the official Warpaint response, click on this link but understand that clicking on it is entirely optional and not required - it is a decision that is left entirely up to you and should not be construed as spam. (http://mb14.scout.com/fchiefsinsiderfrm1.showMessage?topicID=11376.topic)

htismaqe
05-04-2006, 05:02 PM
That's not even close. I can't take any credit for Might Mike's work but that guy knows football. It's unfair that any reputation that Athan has earned is passed on to the Warpaint writers who haven't earned that type of credibility. If you want to take stuff out on Athan, I can live with that. But make sure you read Mighty Mike Campbell, Mike Nugent, or some of the other contributing writers before you start bagging on innocent bystanders.

Regarding Dawes column - I think part of his criticism is legitimate. I think the criticism about Croyle and Whitehurst was cheap considering the Chiefs admitted they had Croyle and Whitehurst rated similarly and Whitehurst went to the Chargers 3 picks earlier at #82.

For the official Warpaint response, click on this link but understand that clicking on it is entirely optional and not required - it is a decision that is left entirely up to you and should not be construed as spam. (http://mb14.scout.com/fchiefsinsiderfrm1.showMessage?topicID=11376.topic)

You have a former Ohio State kicker writing for the site?

Phobia
05-04-2006, 05:05 PM
You know, I think I'm going to start a "media outlet" and have 25 different people due a mock draft. Then, we'll be one of the outlets that gets the pick right.
We published mocks from 2 people. We've earned plenty of criticism. You don't have to make up shit to make us look silly.

Phobia
05-04-2006, 05:06 PM
You have a former Ohio State kicker writing for the site?

Different Mike Nugent.

JBucc
05-04-2006, 05:26 PM
We published mocks from 2 people. We've earned plenty of criticism. You don't have to make up shit to make us look silly.amen

jAZ
05-04-2006, 05:35 PM
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Is this spam?

;)

WilliamTheIrish
05-04-2006, 05:41 PM
Phil, when are we going to play golf?

blueballs
05-04-2006, 06:17 PM
wow, Warpaint Insider
is not farm porn

Phobia
05-04-2006, 06:23 PM
Phil, when are we going to play golf?

I think the last time I played may have been with you, unfortunately. I'm guessing you wouldn't want to play with me. I may shoot 110.

the Talking Can
05-04-2006, 06:34 PM
ha ha

KCChiefsFan88
05-04-2006, 07:04 PM
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Wow that is some serious taking of the high road on Athan's part.

My response would have started something along the lines of "Hey Carl, get a life you flaming douche"

Valiant
05-04-2006, 07:58 PM
The only thing that makes me mad about our draft is the majority of these experts are saying we reached on most of our picks... A reach is getting a player one round earlier then you COULD have gotten them... Tambi would not have been there for our second round choice, Unfortunatly you cannot go for best player on the board when your defense is that bad...

Phobia
05-04-2006, 08:21 PM
Wow that is some serious taking of the high road on Athan's part.

My response would have started something along the lines of "Hey Carl, get a life you flaming douche"

I saw the first draft. Heh heh.

WilliamTheIrish
05-04-2006, 09:20 PM
I think the last time I played may have been with you, unfortunately. I'm guessing you wouldn't want to play with me. I may shoot 110.

Then we're in the same boat. Right now, I'd probably card 110. I don't care what you shoot. I just want to see you throw your clubs.

PM me when you have a day off. We'll schedule a round.

Phobia
05-04-2006, 09:24 PM
I don't throw clubs anymore. I turned 35. Now I have wisdom and patience on my side.

burt
05-04-2006, 10:24 PM
I don't throw clubs anymore. I turned 35. Now I have wisdom and patience on my side.

35.....Damn you're old.....and fat.......















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