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Old 09-17-2004, 03:21 AM  
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I, Know your a huge NBA fan and was wondering what the Pass (NBA LEAGUE PASS)was costing theses days cause I know you have to have it. Late ManJordan, Great Bend, KS 9/16/04
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Jordan, I get the Pass automatically renewed each season so I don't even know how much I drop for it but let's put it this way: even if I was living with mom's, was jobless, had no ride and couldn't get a date without an 800 number, you'd better believe that this brother is going to get his NBA. In that regard, I'm a lot like Pookie in New Jack City. I'm guessing that it's somewhere in the $120 to $150 range or around the price I'd drop for two tickets to sit anywhere near courtside in most NBA arenas. NBA League Pass $150, Six pack of St. Pauli Girl: $8.00, Watching my man Kevin Garnett go all Teen Wolf on the NBA every single night: Priceless Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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With the Chiefs secondary the way it is, would it be possible for the Chiefs to make a trade with Green Bay for their holdout cornerback---Mike McKenzie? I realize it may take a first round pick, but wouldnt it worth it to pick up a shut-down corner for this defense? Look at the impact that Bailey has made for Denver...just makes everyone around him better. Joe, Centralia, MIssouri 9/16/04
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Right now, the biggest question mark facing this team is: what is it going to do at right defensive end? Vonnie Holliday struggled Sunday night and is now hobbled by a bad groin. Jared Allen is a promising rookie but he was on the field at right end for both of those long Griffin touchdown runs and isn't ready to be the man yet. This position has actually been a problem ever since I've covered the team. Since Derrick Thomas put up 12 sacks in 1998, the Chiefs haven't had a right end hit double figures in sacks. That's a problem when you consider that the right end is attacking from the QB's blind side and thus has the best opportunity to turn a game around with a sack, strip, hard hit etc. I would expect to see a ton of John Browning at right end Sunday against Carolina. Browning is a solid player and he'll stand up against the run but this team eventually needs to land a stud at that spot. Look at last season's playoff teams: New England had Willie McGinnest (he's technically a LB but often turns into a rush man on third down). Carolina had Julius Peppers. Philly had N.D. Kalu (and now the Freak). Tenn had the Freak. Green Bay had/has KGB and recently swooped up R-Kal Truluck as a pass rush specialist. Indy had Dwight Freeney. On and on. The team loves Allen's drive and potential so perhaps he'll develope into the pass rushing terror off the edge this team so badly needs. Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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Dear Ivan, You wrote in your article on September 15, 2004 that of the last 17 quarterbacks who were in their first or second year of starting in the NFL, sixteen lost in the first game at Arrowhead. You listed Peyton Manning as being the only exception. This is wrong. Peyton's first two years in the league as a starter were in 1998 and 1999. The Chiefs played the Colts in Indianapolis in 1999 and lost 25-17. I am not sure who the other quarterback is. The most likely answer is Jon Kitna in 1999 in his second year as a starter. Thanks, Vinod.Vinod, Lees Summit 9/16/04
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Actually, I was saying that Peyton Manning is the lone exception to the Arrowhead rule. In other words, he's the only guy I've seen not pee down his leg when he walks into the joint. And you are right about Jon Kitna. He and the Seahawks pulled out a 30-19 win at Arrowhead in 1999. Ivan Carter 9/16/04

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Old 09-17-2004, 03:33 AM   #2
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Ivan, Am I the only one that saw R Smith in the game in Denver? I have to completely agree with you, bring the guy up to speed slowly. While all the talk about the guy picking up the offense wonderfully in camp, everyone has stated that in camp Al runs the most basic of plays. I saw two instances where Trent had to get him in the correct spot following the huddle. I am not dogging Smith for this, he is a rookie. My point is that Trent has enough to worry about coming to the line without telling a rookie what to do also. We are all excited to see some young blood on the field, but we don't need the headaches, missed routes and interceptions, that go with it. Slow and steady is the best way for the Chiefs, and Smith.DannyP, Peoria, IL 9/16/04
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DannyP brings up a couple of good points. One, the Chiefs want to put Richard in situations where he is comfortable and can succeed. Two, the kid is going to have to earn his bones as a blocker. Al Saunders is a stickler for that skill in his receivers and you saw some great blocks Sunday night from Morton, Kennison and Hall. From what I heard at the stadium today, Richard will get a few more snaps on Sunday against Carolina. Oh, and one guy who has been lost in the shuffle because of injury is sixth round pick Jeris McIntyre. He just started practicing again after missing a ton of time with a bad hammy. He's a fast kid with a shockingly strong upper body. The Chiefs like his potential and will be watching him close on the practice squad this season. Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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FYI: You said (on 9/9): "Hit Gates, Jack Stack, Arthur Bryant's or LC's for some good 'cue." North of the river is Smokehouse BBQ. You obviously haven't tried it or you would list it too. Give yourself a treat and try it. Anonymous, Kansas City, MO 9/16/04
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One thing I love about living in KC: as soon as you try to list BBQ joints, you are going to leave one out and tick someone off. I dig Smokehouse as well. And how about that joint in Excelsior Springs? Can't quite remember the name but I used to get down while covering HS football games up there. Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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Ivan, thanks for always answering my mail. I got a quick question for you. I know at Arrowhead after the Chiefs score we chant "we're gonna.....you know what out of you." My question is, how in the world was someone able to teach a whole stadium to say this at the same time? How did this tradition start? Do you have the history about this? Thanks so much again for taking our mail.Charles, Torrance Ca. 9/13/04
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Charles, I have no idea how or when it started but I'll do some checking. When I first moved to KC as a high school reporter in 98 I went to a Monday night game and it was going on then so I'm assuming that it dates back to at least the start of the Marty era. Anyone out there know what's up with the chant? Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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Old 09-17-2004, 03:36 AM   #3
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Ivan: Did anyone notice that it seemed as though every time Griffin had his mouthpiece stuck in his facemask it was a bootleg -- If it was in his mouth, he was getting the ball? Dan, Marshalltown, IA 9/13/04
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Dan, I've received a couple of e-mails about this and didn't really think much of it. For starters, I don't think the defense can see that little dude at all when he lines up. Anyway, Mike Shanahan was asked about it Wednesday and he pointed out that Q had the mouthpiece out on his two touchdown runs. Or as Champ Bailey so coldly put it: "He scores touchdowns with it out, so it didn't help the Chiefs." Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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Ivan Whats your take on this, Why can't a professional team with professional coaches, getting paid professional money make a game day adjustment on the defense. How many times can an offense fool you and your staff with the same play before an adjustment is made, it's done in high school, it's done in college, then why couldn't the chiefs staff make any adjustments on the boot leg play. It seemed very unprofessional to me, What do you think..Darkman, Raytown 9/15/04
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Darkman (and fellow Raytowner) That Denver bootleg had a lot of people in KC screaming at the TV Sunday night, didn't it? Believe me, we were up in the press box wondering the same exact thing. Thing is, I still don't know the answer. Part of it has to be Plummer and the Broncos themselves. Mike Maslowski told me that Plummer is the fastest quarterback he has played against. How many times did you see a Chief almost have him wrapped up only to see Plummer slip free and get around the corner?
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Old 09-17-2004, 03:38 AM   #4
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Since being deployed for Operation Nobel Eagle, I haven't got a chance to view the weekly NFL picks in the Sport's section of the K.C. Star. Is there a way that I can view my traditionioal "inside scoop" from the "experts" who work so hard at the Star?Anonymous, San Antonio, TX 9/16/04
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You'd have to be pretty hard up to rely on our picks but I will offer mine right here if you drop an e-mail each Friday or Saturday. That said, I plan on taking home the title this season while making Whitlock, Teicher, Covitz, Holly Lawton (my boss) and that Cheesehead Flanagan look silly. I had it in the bag last season but then I got cocky and started reaching. As any gamer would tell you: don't reach. Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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Ivan, Did you see anything in the Defense during the Denver game, that looked promising?Art, Colorado Springs, CO. 9/16/04
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How about big Junior Siavii? He beat the heck out a well respected veteran in Denver OG Dan Neil for a nine-yard sack and then beat Neil on the very next play to blow up a run. Now, Junior also had his issues but I think he's coming along pretty well. What he showed on those two plays was quickness off the ball, power and the ability to finish. Those are good signs. Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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Hi Ivan, I may not know all the nuances of football but in regards to Saturday night's Denver game, can you answer this one question. Aren't the cornerbacks who line up against the wide receivers suppose to chuck them before they get off the line. All I saw were cornerbacks edging off the line and running upfield right when the ball was snapped. I saw that more than once and was amazed to see wide receivers running unhampered. Am I mistaken?gorillagirl, Pittsburg, KS 9/16/04
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You are correct in that you did not see the Chiefs employ much bump and run coverage against Denver. And when they did, they got burned. Case in point: Denver faced a crucial third-and-11 at the KC 49 on the first play of the fourth quarter. At this point, the game was tied 24-24 and the Chiefs really needed a stop to get momentum back. The Broncos came out in a three wide receiver set with Plummer in the shotgun. The Chiefs rolled safety Jerome Woods up to play press coverage on Ashley Lelie in the slot. At the snap, Lelie shook Woods with a step to the outside before cutting back underneath Woods. Plummer put the ball on Lelie and Lelie made the catch and picked up 22 yards. Denver went on to kick a field goal. That one play illustrates the risk which comes with playing bump and run coverage. If you get beat at the line, you often end up allowing a big play. In general, I'm always in favor of getting up and making things rough on receivers. It's just too easy for a guy like Rod Smith or Marvin Harrison if he's always getting a free release off the line of scrimmage.
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Old 09-17-2004, 03:39 AM   #5
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Ivan, I met you a couple of years ago at training camp in River Falls and you were very approachable and great with my kids, so I have been a big fan ever since. Coach Vermeil has complained in the past that Tony G. gets held all the time coming off the line, but then gets the cheap offensive pass interference penalty called against him instead. Same thing happened in Denver. TV analysts showed at halftime how Denver was banging Tony around, then he gets the cheap call later. Oftentimes officials will somewhat protect a prime time player, but that has not been the case with Tony. What are your thoughts??dave h., Orange City, IA 9/16/04
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Dave, Thanks for the kind words. Here's the thing with Tony this season: with the new emphasis on stopping downfield contact, teams are going to try and beat the hell out of Tony within the five-yard limit. Then, they'll pass him onto a safety or corner (especially in nickel) and hope that player is quick enough to cover Tony. I thought Denver did an excellent job because they never left a LB to cover Tony by himself and then, they always had an extra guy nearby to help. I also don't think that they were overly physical with him. The key is going to be how well the Chiefs are able to make defenses pay for using this strategy. That's where the wide receivers come in. Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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Hey Ivan, this is my first time posting to you so I can only hope I get an answer, or at least you thoughts. Everyone knows KC is going to run the ball, and it sure looked right off that the Denver D was out to stop the run first. Why doesn't KC run play action pass on 1st down. I don't recall it all night. I only remember one play action pass, and that was on 3rd and 14. Come on, who's gonna bite on play action on 3rd and 14. I know Priest wants to run, but they could also stick in 4 wides, and then a delay run, or a quick shovel pass up the middle? Also, what about Trent and a bootleg on occaision? I guess I thought the play calling lacked some imagination in the first half. How is Sammie Parker's hammie? Why didn't KC go 4 wides and put our rookies in? Why won't KC play R Smith? Trent has better timing with him that Morton, who continues to drop balls thrown right in his hands. It makes no sense not to give Smith his shot.RJ, Eureka Ks 9/16/04
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RJ, Wow. You crammed a lot in this one. To me, the one offensive wrinkle missing Sunday night was an effective screen pass. Having watched Al Saunders call plays for three years now, I've come to believe that he's the best in the business at knowning when to call a screen pass (with the possible exception of Mike Holmgren. Remember the Packers when they had Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens? Nasty) It gets Priest in open space and it fits the style of this offensive line. However, Denver totally blew it up whenever KC tried to screen Sunday night. They tried to run one on second-and-10 from the KC 46 in the first quarter and ended up taking that 23 yard loss. On another, RT John Welbourn missed a cut block on the DE and Green couldn't unload the ball. Either the Chiefs were off in their screen game or the Broncos were prepared to jump on it. I'd still look for a few screens Sunday against Carolina because that defensive line can really bring it.
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Ivan, thanks for always answering my mail. I got a quick question for you. I know at Arrowhead after the Chiefs score we chant "we're gonna.....you know what out of you." My question is, how in the world was someone able to teach a whole stadium to say this at the same time? How did this tradition start? Do you have the history about this? Thanks so much again for taking our mail.Charles, Torrance Ca. 9/13/04
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Charles, I have no idea how or when it started but I'll do some checking. When I first moved to KC as a high school reporter in 98 I went to a Monday night game and it was going on then so I'm assuming that it dates back to at least the start of the Marty era. Anyone out there know what's up with the chant? Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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When I was a Freshman at KU in 1987 they were doing this chant at the basketball games with the pep band, and I don't think it was the first year they did it there either. I'm not sure when th Chiefs picked up on it.

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Ivan, thanks for always answering my mail. I got a quick question for you. I know at Arrowhead after the Chiefs score we chant "we're gonna.....you know what out of you." My question is, how in the world was someone able to teach a whole stadium to say this at the same time? How did this tradition start? Do you have the history about this? Thanks so much again for taking our mail.Charles, Torrance Ca. 9/13/04
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Charles, I have no idea how or when it started but I'll do some checking. When I first moved to KC as a high school reporter in 98 I went to a Monday night game and it was going on then so I'm assuming that it dates back to at least the start of the Marty era. Anyone out there know what's up with the chant? Ivan Carter 9/16/04
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When I was a Freshman at KU in 1987 they were doing this chant at the basketball games with the pep band, and I don't think it was the first year they did it there either. I'm not sure when th Chiefs picked up on it.

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Yeah, this is defintely not a Chiefs-only or Chiefs-first thing. I don't know when or where it started, but I doubt it was at Arrowhead.
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