Fear and self-loathing in Kansas City

Updated: October 8, 2012, 8:43 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

October 1999. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin lies motionless on the Veterans Stadium turf. Almost 20 minutes go by before he is lifted onto a stretcher with his head in a makeshift brace and is wheeled off the field with a career-ending injury. All the while, cheers rain down from Eagles fans. A moment that then Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell had to admit "in terms of bad taste was as bad as it gets."

A classic moment of ugliness. But at least Irvin didn't have ...

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