OTC: Chiefs Do The Impossible And Break KC’s Heart Once Again With 44-45 Colt-lapse

“I’m just a KC sports fan, standing in front of a KC sports team, asking it to love me.”
Kevin Scobee, after the Kansas City Chiefs gave up the second greatest comeback in NFL playoff history while losing 45-44 in Indianapolis and extended the Chiefs record consecutive playoff losses to eight, @scobes15, Twitter
GH: How did you handle the immediate aftermath of “The Colt-lapse?” I spent it staring at the Saints/Eagles game, not knowing or caring the score. Again? It happened again?

“It feels like we can’t have nice things. The Truman Sports Complex should be renamed The Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM

“I told my wife I was going to go out into the front yard and drop some F-bombs.”
Josh Klingler, on how he coped with the Chiefs loss, 610 AM

“This season is officially a failure. This is the most unacceptable loss ever.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter

“Is KC built on an Indian burial ground? Actually, that might be true.”
Almighty Ruler, @jfishSOTW, Twitter

“Not to get ahead of ourselves but feeling safe talking about this… If Cincy wins tomorrow, KC plays at Denver Sunday. If SD wins tomorrow, KC plays at NE on Sat night.”
Adam Teicher‏, @adamteicher, as Chiefs built their 28-point lead in Indianapolis, Twitter
GH: Teicher is proving to be woefully inept at these take-it-for-granted tweets when it comes to the Chiefs. He also whiffed in December when the Chiefs had that 21-7 lead at home over the Broncos. Are we going to have to start referring to Teicher as “Little Sexy?”

“I really don’t know what to say…I feel like #Chiefs fans are cursed…I feel bad for my fellow Chiefs fans…What a horrible loss. … I still can’t believe the #Chiefs lost that game…I think I’m more sad than mad…Sitting in stunned silence…This town deserved better.”
Steven St. John, @SSJWHB, Twitter

“Just telling my wife that today is the closest I’ve felt to that (K-State) double OT loss to A&M.”
John Morris, @modog1204, Twitter
GH: My worst-loss-memory as a fan is Nebraska’s loss to Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl when Osborne went for two and didn’t make it. The sight or any mention of Bernie Kosar still stings.

“It’s the worst loss in Chiefs history.”
Jack Harry, KSHB TV 41

“Might hurt as bad as Elliott game-at least I didn’t stand in snow for four hours-still, hurts…wow.”
Robert Sigrist, @DocSig, Twitter
GH: The Lin Elliott loss, for me at least, was worse. That team was supposed to make it to the Super Bowl. This team was supposed to be able to protect a 38-10 second-half lead. Both really, really sucked.

“Wore a Chiefs shirt today. Gonna throw it away.”
Kevin Scobee, @scobes15, Twitter
GH: Many Chiefs fans would like to see Clark Hunt do the same with the white-on-white uniforms they wore in Indianapolis. Why are Hunt and the Chiefs so locked into preserving the Chiefs “traditional” logo uniform? Has Clark noticed our tradition kind of stinks the past 45 years? I’m all for having a huge bonfire at Arrowhead’s 50-yard line and rid the franchise of our 1960’s uniforms. Let’s get Nike to roll out about 16 new looks for 2014 and change our stripes forever.

“Chiefs fans will pick themselves up & get over this. It may take 11, 12 years.”
Brad Dickson, @brad_dickson, Twitter
GH: Chiefs fans are better at rebounding than Wilt. Once the draft rolls around in April, the Chiefs fans will be right back on the rollercoaster.

“#Chiefs fans, you ok? Breath…in…out…in…out #Thathappened.”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, Twitter

GH: Sometimes Gottlieb can just be a dick. This is definitely one of those times.

“Somewhere, Joe Montana and Marcus Allen are clinking champagne glasses. The streak hits 20 years without a playoff win. Brutal.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter

“This should’ve been their way to erase a generation of franchise failure. Instead, they only reinforced it.
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Who will step up and change our fate? I think Alex Smith might be the guy. I know I am glad the Chiefs have him and not Geno Smith at the helm.  

“Who is this Alex Smith we are seeing today? He’s going to throw one behind his back!”
Mike Mayock, TV analyst, after Smith completed a forward shovel pass to Knile Davis, NBC

“A day at the improve for Alex Smith.”
Dan Hicks, TV play-by-play voice, NBC

“Some used to say Alex Smith never lived up to the hype. They were wrong. Alex Smith is just a late bloomer.”
ESPN, @espn, Twitte

“I don’t understand how you go to a two-minute break and have the time to make the call and then come back out and burn your final time out! Unless you saw something so crazy (from the defense) but you didn’t. I thought they had an advantageous look! … The criticism in Philadelphia on Andy Reid was time management.”
Mike Mayock, with the Chiefs down 45-44 at the two-minute warning, TV analyst, NBC
GH: Andy Reid is simply atrocious as a game clock manager. He needs to invoke the “Costanza Rule” and just do the exact opposite of whatever he thinks he should do when it comes to calling a T.O.  

“That just doesn’t happen. That was a bad move. That was a really bad move.”
Tim Grunhard, on Reid using his last time out coming out of the final two-minute warning, 810 AM
GH: Grunhard added that he had never seen a time out called there in all of his years of playing or coaching football. This is a serious enough error that Hunt should force Reid to hire someone to handle his time outs. I am not joking.

“The Chiefs didn’t bleed this clock! They’re up 38 to 10!”
Dan Patrick, NBC
GH: I just do not understand teams that have a comfortable lead NOT using their entire play clock before snapping the ball. We learned (and executed) this fundamental rule in high school. Why is it that millionaire coaches and players can’t understand this premise?

“They played the whole second half like it was zero, zero.”
Tony Dungy, NBC

“Kansas City. That had to be the biggest disappointment – embarrassment – defensive game plan. When you’re playing against one receiver you have to take away and that’s T.Y. Hilton. The rest of those receivers, they’re all average players. I don’t know what the defensive game plan was. … It’ll be a long off-season for them.”
Rodney Harrison, studio host, NBC

“Everybody that is in this room is going to get a game ball! That was the second-largest comeback in the history of this game!”
Chuck Pagano, Colts head coach, in postgame locker room, NBC
GH: Was the Chiefs defensive backfield in the Colts locker room?

“The second half we just did not show up. … Defensively we just dropped the ball.”
Derrick Johnson, Chiefs All-Pro linebacker, in the postgame locker room, KSHB TV 41

“We kind of fell apart.”
Marcus Cooper, when asked to explain the Chiefs second-half collapse, 810 AM

“I left it all on the field.”
Sean Smith, Chiefs corner, in the postgame locker room, KSHB TV 41
GH: Was Smith referring to his uniform and jock strap?

“Tyson Jackson was literally hiding in a hallway waiting for the media to leave.”
Steven St. John, on many of the Chiefs players reluctance to be interviewed Sunday, 810 AM

Aaron Swarts: “Kendrick Lewis didn’t want to talk to anybody. He was gone!”
Steven St. John: “I’m not sure I want to talk to Kendrick Lewis.”

“The local media is guilty of propping up this team to something that never was. We were duped by the 9-0 start. Too many of us bought in.”
Jack Harry, KSHB TV 41
GH: The local media is the problem? What was the “local media” supposed to do with a 9-0 Chiefs team? Tell everyone they fattened up on NFL patsies? The truth is this Chiefs team had a 28-point second half lead on the road in the playoffs! Yes, they coughed it up and lost 45-44 to the next Peyton Manning but this team was Super Bowl worthy. I absolutely believe they were as good as any team in the AFC short of Denver.

So…The Chiefs blow a 28 pt lead and go home while the team their back-ups almost beat advances. It’s going to be a long off season in KC.”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, Twitter
GH: I like the Chargers chances in Denver – again. And our JV almost beat them in San Diego? Tell me again how bad this Chiefs team is?

“You’re on an island here, bro.”
Jake Gutierrez, who is an avowed KU fan, responding to Steven St. John’s comments about at least he has the Mizzou win in the Cotton Bowl to feel good about, 810 AM
GH: When Kansas lost to SDSU to end their home-court non-con streak it made the weekend even longer for Jayhawks fans.

“Once…more…you open the door…”
Celine Deion, as the title song from the movie Titanic played in the backdrop of audio from the Chiefs loss to the Colts, 810 AM

Jake Gutierrez: “I’m drowning!”
Aaron Swarts: “I can’t feel my legs already!”
GH: Jake Gutierrez played this montage while I was battling bumper-to-bumper commuter traffic this morning as the temps hovered around -12. It made me smile. That is something.

“Get the dump button ready Spector because it’s coming! … That’s right Andy! You were fired in Philadelphia because you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to play calling!”
Bob Fescoe, as he prepared his producer for his over-the-top tirade about the Chiefs playoff loss, 610 AM
GH: Nothing is as insincere as these Bob Fescoe verbal tirades directed toward one of our sports teams. He made national news with one of these phony diatribes in 2012 and he apparently is trying to use this latest Chiefs loss to get him another 15 minutes of fame. It is really, really lame, Bob. I mean really.

“I don’t mean to come on (the radio) and scream but that’s how I feel.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Klingler tried to pretend this was an impromptu rant by Fescoe, assuring listeners, “This is not what we planned.” Didn’t Josh read the 47 tweets from Fescoe over the weekend where he was telling everyone to be sure and tune in Monday morning at 6:00 AM because he was going to blow? Well, maybe not in the same words but “blow” would have been more appropriate.

“38-10 is a win. In the National Football League it’s a win. When it’s not it’s historic…. How can you come to the conclusion with your general manager 24 hours later and say there will be no (coaching) changes? If you want to stay the course with Bob Sutton, fine.”
Soren Petro, who questioned 810 AM
GH: I am not as upset with Sutton as Fescoe and Petro seem to be. I am upset that no one if the Chiefs secondary apparently has any ability to play their positions.

“Asked T.Y. Hilton what his plans were tonight. ‘Nothing,’ he said. ‘I am DEAD. Exhausted. Going home. Going to sleep.’”
Peter King, @SI_PeterKing, Twitter
GH: The Chiefs secondary apparently ran him to death.  

“I know Bob Sutton is going to take a lot of criticism but where was the lack of aggression from the players in the second half? … Just from an aggressiveness standpoint! It’s on everybody!”
Henry Lake, 610 AM

BdMDXjjCUAAIJAZ“The @KCStar delivered harsh but unforgettable cover after #Chiefs collapse.”
@HuffPostSports, Twitter
GH: The Huffington Post retweeted Jeff Rosen’s tweet of the Sunday Kansas City Star’s front sports page.

“Our @KCStar cover got a RT in French. It said something to the effect of “Quite embarrassing this,” in relation to the #Chiefs‘ loss.”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter

“Big loser today: KCTV. Lost 11/17 Broncos game to NBC. Didn’t get wild card game. Would have had Chiefs next week.”
TV Insider, OTC Email
GH: Damn. Michael Coleman is going to be eating Ramen Noodles this month.  

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52 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Do The Impossible And Break KC’s Heart Once Again With 44-45 Colt-lapse

  1. Uncle Dick says:

    Found the only sports bar in Paris that shows NFL games, a 10:30 kickoff, the place was packed, but only 4 Americans were in the place, my wife and me, and two dudes from Indy. When we were up 28, I told my wife the Chiefs would find a way to blow it faster than a 10 Euro French hooker. If it’s any consolation, I kicked the merde out of both of them, figuring someone from KC should win something.

  2. John Giardino says:

    I bet Mitch was so ready to bust open that sealed book of signatures…ugh what a heartbreak.

    • John Giardino says:

      Mitch if you read this I am not bagging on you (this time – and other times it’s just good fun)…I am serious I know this loss must be killin’ you.

  3. Johnny Midnyte says:

    Game over, man. Game over.

    It’s TEOTWAWKI and I feel fine.

  4. m says:

    93, 95, 97, and 03 were bigger heartbreakers for me, mainly because those teams were really good. This team was playing for the right to get its ass kicked next week, so I was over it pretty fast.

    • trajan says:

      +1…this team was a pretender…Sutton should go along with about 4 guys on D….watched some of the ex-NFL guys breaking down film observing that teams had figured out how to attack his man-coverage…and the Dresults the last half of the season back that up!

  5. Arte says:

    The 1971 Christmas Day loss IS the worst in Chiefs history. It set the table for all the bad karma to come. And Greg–not to rub it in (or maybe I am) but one of my favorite parts of ESPN’s 30 for 30 The U is when Bernie Kosar talks about watching Nebraska film before the game and he says they laughed at how simple the Husker defense was. He said he knew then they would win.

  6. Ramon says:

    I to was listening to Fescoe as I drove into the parking lot at work when he told his producer to get the dump button ready. That’s as planned, rehearsed, thought out as it gets. Not good radio at all !

  7. Joe Blow says:

    For me, the Lin Elliott game is still the all-time worst.

    But, whoever Josh Kilngler is…not knowing what else to do, I did go out and drunkenly mow my lawn when Missouri lost to Norfolk State, so there is something to that..

  8. Arte says:

    The 1971 Christmas Day loss IS the worst. It set the stage for all the bad to karma to come. Also not to rub it in Greg (or maybe I am) but loves ESPN’s 30 for 30 The U and Bernie Kosar saying after he saw Nebraska’s defense on film, he knew Miami would win. Called it a high school type defense.
    And your mention of Michael Coleman eating ramen noodles reminds me I used to watch him on his first job at a little station called KTVC in Ensign, Kansas about 20 years ago. Weird he now works at KCTV.

  9. Arte says:

    Sorry for the double post. Didn’t think the first one went through.

  10. Advice to Michael Coleman: Try the Lime Chile Shrimp flavor of ramen noodles. It’s heavenly!

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