Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Al Gaspeny, The Times-Union


Coach Dick Vermeil's magic appears to be gone, at least for this season. Vermeil's 0-3 Kansas City Chiefs are the biggest disappointment in the NFL.

A team that entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations -- not to mention Priest Holmes, Trent Green, Tony Gonzalez and touted defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham -- is scrambling for a win. The Chiefs won't get it Monday night when they travel to Baltimore.

Turnovers, penalties, defensive lapses and some odd decisions by Vermeil have put K.C. in a hole. Sunday's 24-21 home loss to the Texans was unacceptable. With all due respect to the third-year Houston franchise, if the Texans and Chiefs played 100 times, Kansas City should win 100 times.

There's a lot of season left, but it would be miraculous if the Chiefs make the playoffs.

Kansas City hasn't won a playoff game since Jan. 16, 1994, when quarterback Joe Montana led the Chiefs past another Houston team, the Oilers, in the Astrodome.

It's too bad, because the red-clad fans -- there were 77,433 on Sunday -- who fill Arrowhead Stadium and create an electric game-day atmosphere deserve better.


With the Montreal Expos headed to the nation's capital, ideas for a suitable nickname for a baseball team at the seat of government are already a hot topic, ranging from the majestic -- Washington Monuments -- to the silly -- Washington Leakers, according to an Associated Press report.

Of course, Washington Senators will be the sentimental favorite. The original Senators played in Washington from 1901-60 before moving to Minnesota to become the Twins, and the expansion Senators were in town from 1961-71 before moving to Texas to become the Rangers.

The Rangers, however, retained the rights to the Washington Senators name, so a deal would have to be struck to buy the moniker back. …

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