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Old 09-20-2007, 08:35 PM  
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A Question Of Color

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I tried to tell you, Herm. It was about this time last year, after the Chiefs had been thumped by the Cincinnati Bengals in the home opener, that I wrote: ďDonít wear the white jerseys at home again. Ever.Ē

By now, youíve probably heard. The Chiefs will run out from the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel on Sunday adorned in shimmering, gleaming white jerseys. And for what reason?

The heat.

Thatís it. The Chiefs wonít be awarded five points for field goals or 10 for touchdowns for playing in white jerseys. Theyíll merely be gifted a little extra protection from the sunís rays.

If thatís so important, why donít the Chiefs install some nice shade awnings along the home sideline? Maybe have the Arrowhead Stadium waiters serve some nice, cool little drinks with umbrellas? Heck, maybe Carl Peterson can get that Coors Light train to become a permanent fixture at Arrowhead Stadium.

This is wrong. This is 47 years of tradition (even the Dallas Texans wore red at home), flushed down the toilet simply because of the temperature. Itís not even going to be all that hot this weekend in Kansas City, and the mercury wonít come close to the level it does in Miami, where they wear white annually at home for a good reason.

Complaining about what color jersey the Chiefs wear at home might seem silly, but to some people, it really is a big deal. The sight of Chiefs players running around in red helmets and jerseys is almost as addictive as Gates barbecue to the people of Kansas City. I believe thereís a real psychological effect to it. People are drawn to it.

Chiefs fans are already disgruntled with the way this team is being run and upset with an 0-2 start. I canít imagine the 80,000 who show up at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday will be pleased when they see 46 White Knights run onto the field. Thereís already plenty of reasons for these people to boo the home team. Why give them another?

Does wearing white in what is projected to be an 87-degree, partly-cloudy day really bestow that much of an advantage on the home team? Looking over the first two weeks of the NFL schedule, 11 teams wore white at home. Those teams went 6-5 in those 11 games.

But looking at the scores of these games (Patriots 38, Jets 14, for example), one hardly gets the feeling that wearing white was a key factor in the final outcome. It certainly didnít help the Dolphins a week ago, as they deflected the sunís rays in an incredible display of temperature-conscious football while losing to the Dallas Cowboys by 17 points.

Tradition aside, hereís what I really donít like about wearing white at home Ė it sends a message to your team that says, ďWe arenít good enough to win on our own merits. We need outside help, so weíre going to make our opponents sweat as much as possible.Ē

Hereís a better idea Ė mind over matter. Isnít Edwards always saying ďItís the will, not the skill?Ē I think the head coach should defer to his defensive coordinator on the issue of heat. During training camp, HBO captured Gunther Cunningham barking at his players on the subject:

ďItís f****** hot, so what? Donít worry about how hot it is, worry about what weíre going to become.Ē

What a novel concept. Maybe the Chiefs should worry about stopping Adrian Peterson and blocking Minnesotaís defensive line today, instead of how hot it is. Dozens of great Chiefs teams walloped their opponents in home openers over the past half-century. Most of those teams were clad in bright, beautiful red jerseys. Just like the fans in the stands Ė the ones who make up the Sea of Red, not the Sea of Slightly Grass-Stained White.

Can you really picture Tamba Hali calling up Larry Johnson this week and merrily announcing that they didnít have to suffer in red jerseys this Sunday? I canít either.

Thereís still time, Herm. Call up Brad Childress and tell the Vikings to bring their white jerseys. The home team wears red in Kansas City.

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Old 09-20-2007, 08:37 PM   #2
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Christ man calm the **** down, it's a ****ing jersey.
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:46 PM   #3
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:55 PM   #4
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Seriously, the jersey won't affect how shitty we are going to play. That is going to happen reguardless.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
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I have a hard time getting worked up over this. I can't believe how angry some people in the other thread are about it. It is not a big deal. Many teams do this. Some people need to get a life.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:11 PM   #6
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Watch the Chiefs come back out on the field wearing new Gold and Red uniforms... Could just be a distraction tatic...















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Old 09-20-2007, 09:13 PM   #7
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I have a hard time getting worked up over this. I can't believe how angry some people in the other thread are about it. It is not a big deal. Many teams do this. Some people need to get a life.

But it is chance to cry outrage against Herm and spew vile at the evil lord emperor Carl. We must whine and complain about something, or somthing like that.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:13 PM   #8
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I have a hard time getting worked up over this. I can't believe how angry some people in the other thread are about it. It is not a big deal. Many teams do this. Some people need to get a life.
Wellll I was pissed about them last year. It's a sea of Red. It's Red Friday. I'm pissed about it and I have a life. It is a big deal. Were you there last year at the opener? The crowd hated it. They aren't going to like it any better this year.
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I'm not saying it's morally right or wrong, but does it make the child because of it? Think about that for a second.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:31 PM   #9
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:41 PM   #10
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Wellll I was pissed about them last year. It's a sea of Red. It's Red Friday. I'm pissed about it and I have a life. It is a big deal. Were you there last year at the opener? The crowd hated it. They aren't going to like it any better this year.

Boo hoo.
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But it is chance to cry outrage against Herm and spew vile at the evil lord emperor Carl. We must whine and complain about something, or somthing like that.
I know. I've been here almost since the beginning of the CP and I've never seen the amount of hate and anger that I see now (and we have had teams just as bad or worse before). I can understand people not liking the white jerseys at home, but the anger is way out of proportion for something like this.
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The Chiefs are Pussys if they come out of that tunnel in white.
You know...I'm starting to think you're right....I think psychologically, you're telling the other team that you're not confident that you can beat them (in any jersey)....and you need to pull all kinds of sh*t out of the hat to try to pull out a victory.

Another bad herm move.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:10 PM   #14
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Wellll I was pissed about them last year. It's a sea of Red. It's Red Friday. I'm pissed about it and I have a life. It is a big deal. Were you there last year at the opener? The crowd hated it. They aren't going to like it any better this year.
Actually, I care about it considerably less than I did last year.
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