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Old 04-06-2005, 06:35 AM  
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Gretz; You think the Chiefs draft bad, check out the Royals???

Wow. I like the focus soley on 1st rounders in the 90's. He may wanna check the calendar.


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Apr 06, 2005, 6:08:09 AM by Bob Gretz



The major league baseball season opened this week and the Kansas City Royals started their 2005 season with the worst opening day loss in franchise history.



Of course, in a season that has 162 games a single defeat does not amount to much. At least, thatís what long suffering Royals fans hope is the case. So do the Chiefs, because right now, Kansas Cityís baseball team probably has no bigger fans than the folks around Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs and Royals have been good neighbors for over 30 years at the Truman Sports Complex. From the late 1970s through the 1980s, the Royals were the winning team, while the Chiefs scuffled around among the NFLís worst teams. That changed in the 1990s, when the bottom dropped out of Kansas City baseball and the Chiefs re-established themselves as a winning franchise.

Thereís never really been much of a rivalry between the teams, or at least nothing thatís ever gotten into the public view. Theyíve co-existed quite nicely.

But right now, the Chiefs sure would like the Royals to start winning and take some of the sporting spotlight that they broil under each and every day. Media attention on football far surpasses that of baseball in the Kansas City area. There is no longer an off-season with Chiefs football, as the playing season, slides into the free agent season, then the draft season and then the preparation season, and then the cycle starts all over again.

Pay attention to local media outlets and itís very plain who occupies the No. 1 sports spot in this town. Minus game action, stories about the Chiefs will always lead the sports segments of newscasts on radio and television and run across the top of the page in the sports section. Thatís true in November, and itís true in February, May and August.

Now we can argue the chicken and the egg question of whether fan interest creates the coverage, or coverage creates the fan interest, but what canít be argued is that the media and sports fans have very different approaches to Kansas Cityís two major league teams. Both groups will pick apart every decision, every action at Arrowhead Stadium. Anything less than post-season success is considered complete failure. The spotlight is never turned off, the attention never goes away.

The microscope does not have the same strength when it comes to the Royals. The team has had one winning season in the last 10 years and has not played in or won in the post-season since the seventh game of the 1985 World Series. The last 10 years of the franchise are rife with poor personnel decisions.

The Chiefs are often criticized for their drafting each season. As a comparison, letís look at the first-picks by the Chiefs and Royals in their respective drafts during the 1990s:

CHIEFS: LB Percy Snow, RB Harvey Williams, CB Dale Carter, RB Greg Hill, T Trezelle Jenkins, S Jerome Woods, TE Tony Gonzalez, T Victor Riley and T John Tait.
ROYALS: OF Joe Vitiello, INF Michael Tucker, P Jim Pittsley, P Jeff Granger, 1B/P Matt Smith, OF Juan LeBron, OF Dermal Brown, P Dan Reichart, P Jeff Austin and P Kyle Snyder.
Among the Chiefs picks, Carter, Woods and Gonzalez ended up making the Pro Bowl. All the others, with the exception of Jenkins, at least reached starting status. For the Royals, only Tucker put together any type of major league career. Some of the others are still banging around on the fringe of the major leagues, but none has come near All- Star status.

Certainly, the Royals have a much tougher job each season because of the inherent imbalance created by baseballís financial structure. As a small market team, they cannot generate the revenue that teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Cubs, and thus the Royals payroll ranks either last or next to last in the major leagues. Year in, year out, thatís going to affect the victories and the defeats.

This has created an atmosphere among local pundits where they think criticizing or picking on the Royals is like beating up a 98-pound weakling. But columnists and the tin throats of sports talk radio live to take their shots, so if the Royals arenít going to get them, the scrutiny falls on the Chiefs where a mistake, whether real or imagined, leads to verbal and written dissection filled with venom.

For any sports franchise, attention from the fans and media is imperative, because it helps fill the seats. In a two-sport town, that attention should be split evenly. Thatís not the reality in Kansas City, which is why the folks at Arrowhead would love to see the Royals get on a winning streak and take back some of the 24/7 sports spotlight.

The opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:39 AM   #2
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:43 AM   #3
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BS....The Royals are more a product of the lack of revenue sharing than bad draft. Though they haven't done great drafting. Hell if they had the money to keep their best players I think we would have seen some winning seasons and a possible world series appearance.
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:15 AM   #4
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Carl wanted the Chiefs to be talked about year round. More interest means more money.

You can't compare baseball and football, they are structured completely differently. Way to try to deflect blame.

By the way the Royals have won a championship since the Chiefs have.
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:15 AM   #5
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The Chiefs are stuck in the 90s. Every member of the organization references Carl's 90s record when they gave him an extension.

If spindoctoring on their official website translated into Super Bowl wins, the Chiefs would have claimed the last 10.
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:17 AM   #6
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BS....The Royals are more a product of the lack of revenue sharing than bad draft. Though they haven't done great drafting. Hell if they had the money to keep their best players I think we would have seen some winning seasons and a possible world series appearance.

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:07 AM   #7
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This is unbelievable. Gretz is publically begging for the Royals to have a good season in order to distract the media and KC sports fans from the Chiefs ineptness.

Note to Bob.....you can either have an average of 80,000 fans per game and constant media/fan scrutiny, or you can have 10,000 fans per game and no media/fan scrutiny. Which would you prefer?
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:16 AM   #8
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I remember hearing news reports about the Royals choosing their draft picks partially based on how much it will take to sign them. I'd say that's got to hurt their chances.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:16 AM   #9
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By the way the Royals have won a championship since the Chiefs have.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:18 AM   #10
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Comparing drafts is ridiculous.

When the NFL creates a real minor league system, and they have a chance to grow and develop players for years on the farm, then you can compare drafts.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:22 AM   #11
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This is a lousy article and a low blow.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:35 AM   #12
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The fact that an NFL franchise has an article about a baseball team's failures there readers all they need to know about the mindset of the NFL team.

They want to pass the buck. It's like one kid getting a D- and his brother getting an F and the kid who got the D- saying, "well at least it wasn't an F."

Baseball drafts are FAR different than football ones. The Chiefs aren't competing with the Royals, they are competing with the 31 other NFL teams.

When the Chiefs realize spinning all these articles - from Rufus Douche to Bag-O-Donuts Gretz - is just pissing the fanbase off more.

If the Chiefs weren't a big fish in a small pond then this stuff wouldn't happen. Can you see any other NFL team comparing their draft failures to another sport?

It's stupidity.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:38 AM   #13
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Let's also remember that a lot of the baseball draft involves high school players.

Lets have the NFL start draft highschool kids and we'll see what the success average is.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:49 AM   #14
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this isnt' apples and apples... but regardless...

Gretz is stooping compare the chiefs draft to the WORST baseball team in the majors?!? is that the expectation nowadays for the Chiefs??

Here's to shoving a banana down Gretz' pants and letting a rabid, starving chimp loose on his @ss!
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:45 AM   #15
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You know it's a really bad Gretz article when Titus, nmt1, and Gaz aren't in the thread defending the guy.
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