Trending: Fan pens ode to K.C. Chiefs
October, 17, 2012
By Bill Speros | ESPN.com
This season has been no laughing matter for the 1-5 Kansas City Chiefs or their fans.
But lifelong Kansas City fan Dane Callstrom turned his frustrations after Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Buccaneers into wit and sarcasm, writing this tune in about an hour. It's called "I Will Follow You Cause I am Clark" and musically parodies Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark."
Callstrom, 23, voices his disappointment and dismay over the Chiefs' offense, general manager Scott Pioli, quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn and coach Romeo Crennel.
Among the lyrics:
"Dear old Scott, some day we really fought ... and our offense almost got ... a touchdown, one time. ... If Cassel or Quinn are in, please don't even try to win. ... If we're down 30 points, tell them keep on runnin'"
The Chiefs scored on a fumble recovery and kicked a field goal against Tampa Bay.
A Valparaiso University grad and resident of Prairie Village, Kan., Callstrom told Playbook via email on Wednesday that “after watching the Chiefs get torched once again by a subpar NFL team like the Buccaneers, I couldn't help but do something. We have displayed such ineptitude that it's ridiculous. We don't even try to win games, and it's inexcusable.” Chiefs fans, he wrote, are going through three phases this year: “anger, apathy, and ‘it's just funny.’ I am in that 3rd phase.” As far as turning things around, Callstrom wrote that Pioli and Crennel each “needs to go” and that despite playing in the “awful” AFC West he “cannot reasonably hope that this team will be able to turn it around” this season. “Major changes need to happen,” he wrote. Callstrom believes guard Eric Winston, who lambasted Chiefs fans who cheered after Cassel got injured two weeks ago, would be “OK” with the video but won’t be “endorsing” it anytime soon. “I'll keep holding out hope that he'll bash me for it because we already know how good he is at creating national news stories.”
Until then, Callstrom will just continue to smile through the pain.
• Shaquille O'Neal will be on "Live with Kelly and Michael" Thursday to talk about "The Comedy Shaq" channel on YouTube channel and go head-to-head-to-head with co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in a karaoke challenge. The sides have been taunting each other via Twitter and Strahan called out O’Neal at the end of Wednesday’s show.
• The ugly side of youth sports resurfaced in South Florida over the weekend and an entire program in West Park, Fla., has been temporarily suspended after the arrest of a football coach for allegedly slapping a referee during a game.
The Sun-Sentinel reports officials are investigating why West Park Saints assistant coach Dion Robinson, 43, was allowed to work with children despite a lengthy criminal history. Robinson was released from jail on Tuesday and is no longer allowed to coach. "He was coaching the West Park Saints, but he was far from a saint," Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti told the newspaper.
• Atlanta's Asante Samuel took a couple of Twitter swipes at his former coach, Andy Reid, who fired Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo on Tuesday.
I'm just saying... Aint no decline over here #riseup— Asante Samuel (@pick_six22) October 16, 2012
Sometimes you have to blame yourself. You can't try and always point the figure at someone else— Asante Samuel (@pick_six22) October 16, 2012
Last summer, Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Samuel "was in steep decline." The Eagles traded Samuel to the Falcons in the offseason and the two teams play a week from Sunday in Philadelphia.
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