Good Things Ahead for the Kansas City Chiefs

First, congratulations to our adopted hometown team – the New England Patriots – and their fans. What your team has achieved the past 20 years is historic.

Now, I want to talk to my fellow-KC fans. That was exciting and rough all at the same time last night. My thoughts this morning are of the 2015 Kansas City Royals.

That team came to Spring training, months after an equally heart-breaking loss at home in Game 7 of the World Series, with the mindset “We are the best team in baseball.” With the exception of some floundering in September, they were the best MLB team in 2015 from start to finish.

This Chiefs team needs to go home, reflect, and come back next year with that thought. They need to sure up the defense and keep the same pieces in place on offense. If they do, they have to come into next year as a favorite to be back in the AFC Championship game with a wiser and still wildly talented Patrick Mahomes leading the way.

Many great teams almost got there the year before they went on their championship run. It took Michael Jordan and the Bulls a couple of tries to get past the Pistons and Celtics.

Good things are ahead for this Chiefs team. Even the ageless Tom Brady gets a year older next year. Eventually it gets everyone.

With a few tweaks and a we ARE the best team attitude, next year could be amazing! Let’s face it. That attitude is much of the reason the Patriots have the dynasty they have.

I commented on this at the time, but it bears saying it again. I was fascinated when the Chiefs came to Foxboro the opening week of 2017 and beat the Patriots. I paid attention to the response in both cities. In KC, there was a practical “we’re going to the Super Bowl” jubilation. In the Boston Media, there was angst. Yet, the Patriots players and coaches said basically, “Hey, it’s just one game and we’re still the Patriots.”

The Chiefs went home and the Patriots made that Super Bowl too.

The Chiefs need to develop a mindset like that to go with the talent. If they do, they could be hoisting The Lamar Hunt Trophy and sporting Super Bowl champion rings come 2020.

Ray

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I’m Inspired Today By…The Kansas City Chiefs

Even though I live in Boston now, I lived the first 50 years of my life in Kansas City. I’ve been one of those long-suffering Kansas City Chiefs fans. I was five years old the last time they went to and won the Super Bowl (Super Bowl IV in January 11, 1970).

Three years ago the Kansas City Royals broke a 30-year World Series drought. I’m hoping the Chiefs can repeat the feat. It only took me moving to Boston for them to achieve it.

Today they take on the team from our adopted hometown – The New England Patriots. While the Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl in almost five decades, the Patriots have been in nine in the last 20 years. It’s a a true David vs. Goliath match-up.

The Patriots have Hall-of-Fame bound Tom Brady hoping lead his team to sixth Super Bowl victory versus Patrick Mahomes the young upstart and probable NFL MVP. I was at the first meeting this year in Foxboro. If today’s game is ANYTHING like that, we are all in for a treat!

Hopefully, by day’s end, The Chiefs will be in their first Super Bowl in the memory of yours truly. Patrick Mahomes feels like the real deal and the perfect changing of the guard for Tom Brady.

My prediction: Chiefs 31 Patriots 27.

Enjoy NFL Championship Sunday!

Ray

 

 

It’s About You – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday September 17, 2008

I did an absolute no no in the blogging world today. I purposely tagged this article with the names of a number of famous people to shamelessly attract you to it. My reason will be clear in a moment.

We are a culture that invests a lot of time and energy on fame and celebrity. We’re obsessed with the latest fashions worn by stars and by stories of their luxurious lifestyles or tragic slips. We are obsessed with sports stars, movie stars, singing stars, and Dancing with the Stars.

We’d never consider missing the big game. In fact, we’ll rearrange our lives to watch it. But spend three hours quietly reflecting on our lives, where we are, and where we’re going? Well, maybe we’ll have time for that next week or next month or when we’re older.

You visited this article in the hopes of finding out some little tidbit about the celebrity you were searching. Instead, I’d like to hold up a mirror and remind you that your life is about you not about them.

There is nothing wrong with diversions. In moderation, they are actually quite normal and healthy. The danger comes when they prevent us from doing the one thing we are here to do.

The truth is you are here to learn about you. You are not here to be a follower; having your thoughts downloaded to you every day by talk radio or becoming a slave to this season’s fashions. As long as you are, you will never be free.

You are here to take the circumstances and abilities you have and make the most of them. You are here to express the uniqueness that no one else living on this planet can. You are here to think for yourself and be yourself.

Here is a challenge. This week spend as much time on you as you do following sports scores, fashion, the music charts, or celebrity gossip. You may just rediscover this amazing person full of potential and ready to take on new dreams.

Fame and celebrity, even for the few lucky enough to catch it, are a fieeting morning mist. You cannot grab it and hold it because the Sun burns it off in the blink of an eye.

You, however, are substantial and worth time and effort you now put into other things.

Stay inspired!

Ray