Saturday, September 7, 2013

Montana, Moon, Astrodome

January 16, 1994.
Days after Kerrigan's knee became front page news.
Months before (perhaps) the most famous strike in sports.
And the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game.

Nineteen seasons have passed since the Chiefs won in Houston, advancing to the AFC Championship game.  It's ugly.
Lost @ WC game (Joe Montana's last game, at Miami)
Lost hosting 2nd Round Game (Lin Elliott)
Missed Playoffs
Lost hosting 2nd Round Game (losing to eventual SB winners Denver)
Missed Playoffs x 5!
Lost hosting 2nd Round Game (When Indy doesn't punt...they don't lose)

In the ten years from 1994 to 2003, the Chiefs went 94-66, ranging from 6 to 13 wins, but lost 4 playoff games.
Then the wheels fell off.

Missed Playoffs x 2
Lost @ WC Game (Another loss to Indy, a game my dad and two brothers went to)
Missed Playoffs x 3
Lost hosting WC Game (Baltimore beats the stuffing out of Kansas City)
Missed Playoffs x 2

In the last nine years, the Chiefs have been 55-89, ranging from 2 to 10 wins.

In the last few years, teams that have sucked this badly (2 or fewer wins) typically rebound and end up going 6-10.  Which would be about average for the Chiefs (2004-2012).

So, because I don't feel confident enough to try a fantasy football league this year, I'm in a survivor league (pick 1 winner a week, can't pick the same team twice in a season, one strike you're out.)

Here's my tentative picks for the first eight! weeks of the season.  (Thanks Jeff Sagarin)

Week 1    WASH def PHI
Week 2    NE def NYJ
Week 3    DEN def OAK
Week 4    NYG def KC
Week 5    ATL def NYJ
Week 6    SEA def TEN
Week 7    SF def TEN
Week 8    CIN def NYJ

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