9/15/08 - Kansas City...Year 7?

Once again, I made my way to Kansas City for the annual Chiefs-Raiders game in Kansas City. I have the question mark, because I can't remember how many years it has been. This year, it was not Chris and I as it has been, and for very honorable reasons. Instead, it was my dad and two brothers (Greg being the only one not a Raiders fan). We had a really good time, even being trapped in a 2 door Accord for a total of about 14 hours of the 36 hours we were on our trip.

We stayed at the Nelson's house in Olathe and I absolutely love that family. Nicest people I have ever known and they have always been more than happy to open our home for me on the several times I've been in the area.

The game was at noon on Sunday, so we left Saturday afternoon when Phillip got off work at about 2:30. We made it to the Nelson's around 9:30 or so and after talking wtih them and just hanging out a little, we went to sleep. We had planned on leaving for the game around 9:30 in the morning, but I was up and ready at about 8:00. We got off almost right on time and stopped by Quiktrip (or QT for the locals) on the way to the game to get breakfast. I had sampled their version of the McGriddle last time i was in the area, and couldn't wait to get one for myself. The thing is though, they have several breakfast sandwiches and I had to try at least one more. The Biscuit Stuff Gravy and Sausage. I have to say, between the QuikTrip Mcgriddle and the stuffed biscuit...it was probably the best breakfast I've ever had.

I do not believe we have any around the central arkansas area, with the closest actually being in Springfield, MO. I am really upset by this because I was probably eat the breakfast sandwiches multiple times a week. At least once during the week and again on the weekend. That is beside the point though...back to the game.

The downside to the game, and I believe it was the only downside was our seats. I was expecting to be sitting between the 10 yard line and the goalline. A far cry from two years ago where we sat 6 rows up on the 45. Instead, I miscalculated and we were row 25 at the back of the endzone. We could still see plenty, and due to the inredibly horrible teams we were watching, the entire first quarter was played on our end of the field. The weather was GREAT. I believe it was mid to upper 60's with only a light breeze where we were sitting. The weather could not have been perfect for the game, with cloud cover to keep the sun out of our eyes.

As for the game, I was saddened by what the Raiders did. It was very exciting to see that we could put up 300 yards rushing with three backs (I'm hoping that Fargas was only out for the 2nd half and will be back next week against the Bills). Russell was horrible with only 55 yards passing for the game. Of course, Curry decided to drop another ball, but that would have only added 10-15 yards to the total. All the other passes were horrible, missing receivers by as much as 5 yards in any direction including over their head. Our defense showed up, although we were playing against the Chiefs who this year might be last years Miami Dolphins...only without the one win. McFadden, the main reason Greg came on the trip with us didn't dissapoint with 164 yards on 22 carries. He also had a TD that capped off a 95 yard drive in which he accounted for 85 of it. The only thing that we were saddened by is on that same drive he got caught from behind by a linebacker in the open field. That never happened in college...ever. I'm already looking forward to next year...although I'm hoping that we both have better teams because good football is always more fun to watch. By the way...Raiders won 23-8 and puts them 2nd in the division with a 1-1 record. The Cheifs? dead last at 0-2...it was a sweet weekend.

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