In the Summer of 2019, longtime sports radio talker Kevin Kietzman leveled a scathing attack against Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid regarding a lack of discipline the seemed pervasive amongst the team that would go on to win a Super Bowl for the first time in more than a generation.
Now, after the team suffered a soul crushing big game defeat, there's a temptation to revisit the words of KK as if they were prophetic and overlook the inconvenient fact that his big, dumb mouth got him booted from his own radio station and he missed out on a great deal of fun before the pandemic locked down the world. Before we call KK a genius, let's remember that he's still out there in the cold pimping a low-rent podcast whilst far less provocative sports talkers occupy much more comfy chairs and rely on a sales team to cold call advertisers.
We'll stipulate that he probably had a point about lack of discipline among the team even if Kietzman's style is now far too repellent for a cultural epoch wherein poetry kicks off football games.
Still, culture clashes might not be as important as the car crash that loomed over Chiefs and refocused fan attention to the fate of a young girl who suffered serious brain injuries and continues to fight for a life following a horrific run-in with Chiefs Asst. Coach Britt Reid - Head Coach Andy Reid's son.
There was reported drinking before the crash that's still under investigation by police and that leads us to the Chiefs widely celebrated boozing.
From popping bottles in Vegas to low key quarantined good times that have found their way to social media. The team has been on a bender for a about a year.
In an even greater distraction, QB Patrick Mahomes was forced to take a break from his dozens of sponsorship deals in order to declare his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The footballer is pretty far from "woke" but co-signing the movement was part of a unified branding message that most of the nation had to join in order to effectively kick Prez Trump off of social media.
Nevertheless, the unsavory biz of deplatorming the former Commander-In-Chief is still more appetizing then "Mahomes Crunch" and all of the other garbage the local star foist upon the public in a seemingly never-ending stream of sales pitches that were much more relentless than the QB's passing effort last night.
And now, the "First Family" of Kansas City is without repeat championships but is much richer and happier than most people in this cowtown.
Meanwhile, Tom Brady barely cracked a smile after his 7th EPIC Super Bowl victory.
His fan base and sponsorship game doesn't come close to widespread love for the newly invigorated Chiefs.
All things considered, Mr. Brady doesn't seem to be having much fun or making new friends whilst earning one championship after the next.
There might be a lesson here about hard work and dedication but nearly every player on both teams is a millionaire and their adventures or tough times aren't rally applicable to the plebs.
What we can infer from Super Bowl drama is that local "heroes" have their own problems, fame and glory is fleeting and winning might be it's own reward but it comes at the cost of any real enjoyment which might make it essentially pointless and nothing more than an endeavor manufactured in order sell people a bunch of junk they don't really need.
You decide . . .