The world's most accurate encyclopedia tells us that Joseph John Campbell was an American Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covered many aspects of the human experience. The culmination of his oeuvre was the creation of THE HERO'S JOURNEY axiom which attempted to encapsulate a unifying theory of all myth to elucidate world culture and history. As Kansas City confronts playoff destiny, the path of local football celebrity Patick Mahomes follows a similar and somewhat familiar pattern.
As with all mythic journeys, self-discovery and a confrontation of death and subsequent rebirth await the main character.
So far this year Patrick Mahomes has been anointed by sports talkers as the savoir of the team but has yet to endure any serious hardship or doubt of his power by local fanboys who wouldn't dare question the conventional wisdom of broadcast sports anchors.
4th down passes are fun but the level of idolatry bestowed upon this football noob has raised expectations to supernatural levels.
Super Bowl talk started after the first few games.
Now fans speak of destiny and rewriting the past.
Sadly, all of these expectations fall solely on the shoulders of Patrick Mahomes as the rest of the team and their excellent play has been completely overshadowed by irrational exuberance over the new QB.
Of course Patrick Mahomes is an exceptional talent but his overnight success can be explained by very real changes to the NFL. The Kansas City "King Of Ketchup" isn't the second coming of Len Dawson but merely a byproduct changing times impacting professional sports. The game is now more like the NBA with shoulder pads. In the aftermath of concussion controversy, the slow and methodical pace of the gridiron in years past has vanished. Pro-football is now flashy, higher scoring and played at a maniac pace with far less contact. Numbers and stats that were formerly earned over years are now quickly racked up at gigabit speed with the ease of a skilled Fortnite gamer.
And while the odds favor The Kansas City Chiefs, history has more pessimistic view of the team's fortunes.
Accordingly . . .
The Kansas City Chiefs and their fans are expecting nothing less than a miracle from Patrick Mahomes and anything less will crush their spirits or, at the very least, send them back into ritual chanting about high hopes for next season and continued justification of the myths they have created for themselves to justify their smallish existence in a much bigger Universe which continues to expand and is filled with even greater mystery.
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High Hopes Lift Kansas City
Some Chiefs fans said they are optimistic that the Chiefs will prevail next Saturday when they take on the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.
KCMO Against History
KANSAS CITY - Justin Houston wouldn't let the question come out before cutting it off. Fullback Anthony Sherman was even less accommodating than the bruising linebacker of the Kansas City Chiefs.His response came with a glare.You see, the Chiefs had just wrapped up their third consecutive AFC West title and the No.
Odds In Kansas City's Favor
The Colts will enter the AFC Divisional Round as underdogs for the second straight week, opening as 5.5-point underdogs against the Chiefs, via Las Vegas SuperBook.
Home Team Talk
REID: "Everything is a little faster in the playoffs, that's how things go. At the same time, he has to be himself and continue to lead and play like he has been doing. I don't think he will have a problem with that. I think he understands that.
Numbers Crunching Started
Bettors were quick to jump on both the spread and over/under for Saturday's NFL Divisional Round matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs (4:35 p.m. ET, NBC). We examine how early action is moving the betting lines for Colts-Chiefs.
No Fate But What We Make???
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - They share a history, one that will be rehashed ad nauseam in the coming days. Yes, it will be enough to make any - every - Kansas City Chiefs' fan ill. For a fifth time, the paths of the Indianapolis Colts and Chiefs cross in the playoffs.
Kansas City Must Reconcile The Past
Let's start by telling you this sad little nugget. The Kansas City Chiefs are one of two cities in the AFC to never host a conference championship game. Can you name the other city? If you guessed Nashville, Tennessee, then you are correct!
You decide . . .