Trending: Final ode to Kansas City Chiefs
December, 19, 2012
By Bill Speros | ESPN.com
The holiday season isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for many NFL fans, as their favorite teams either stumble out of the playoff chase, like the Jets, or in the case of the Kansas City Chiefs, complete a 2-12 season of futility.
The Chiefs drew the ire of fans early and often this season. Fan anger hit a boiling point on Oct. 8 when fans at Arrowhead Stadium cheered after quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter of a 9-6 loss to Baltimore, triggering Eric Winston's infamous tirade. That same day someone had paid for an airplane to fly over the stadium with a banner calling for Cassel to benched.
As the Chiefs and their fans try to move on and look ahead toward 2013 and possibly the first pick in the NFL draft, song-writer Dane Callstrom has written the third and final ode to the team of his unplanned trilogy of parody songs chronicling the Chiefs substandard play.
He posted the "15 Weeks of Chiefsmas" on You Tube this week and manages to incorporate several notable Christmas songs into his mini-season review. "This has been an atrocious season. Our team is an embarrassment. You can't expect the fans of a 2-win team to stay quiet after getting blown out by the Browns and shutout by the league's 30th ranked defense, and we didn't."
Callstrom poked fun at injured Eric Berry's torn ACL. "A few people think making fun of that was in poor taste, to which I respond, "It's comedy."
The song features lyrics, sung in tune with the appropriate Christmas song, that include:
On the 4th week of Chiefs games
Cassel got run over by a Charger
Now our fan anger will not be brief
3 interceptions from Mr. Cassel
Will begin a fan movement called Save Our Chiefs
On the 5th and the 6th week, we also lost our games.
Then in the 7th, we all thought
It’s the most wonderful week of the year
We may not win a game, but we cannot complain because we cannot lose.
Yes, the Chiefs' bye week was this year’s best news.
On the 8th week, we somehow found a way to lose twice.
• There was no debate among Jets fans about whether it was OK to vent and/or mock the team following its 14-10 Monday night loss to the Titans, which eliminated the old AFL Titans from the AFC playoff race. The hashtag #QBsBetterThanSanchez was trending on Twitter the day after quarterback Mark Sanchez's
Currently, there are 35 quarterbacks better than Sanchez according to ESPN's Total QBR, including the aforementioned Cassel (33) and both quarterbacks who have played for the 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars this season: Blaine Gabbert (30) and Chad Henne (34).
Among the #QBsBetterThanSanchez zingers on Twitter:
#QBsBetterThanSanchez that guy who threw his shoe at President Bush— Thomas Pensiero (@TPtommypickles) December 19, 2012
Bill Speros is an ESPN.COM contributor. He can be reached on Twitter @billsperos or via e-mail at email@example.com.
#QBsBetterThanSanchez I'll give it a go.— Helen Keller (@The_HelenKeller) December 18, 2012