Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chiefs Ol Stands by Criticism of Fans Who Cheered

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chiefs Ol Stands by Criticism of Fans Who Cheered

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After creating a storm around Kansas City -- and the country -- with his critical comments about Chiefs fans, tackle Eric Winston said he didn't regret his words.

"I meant what I said. I didn't say it off the cuff. ... I look back on it, and I'm happy with what I said," Winston said.

Winston was angry Sunday about the reaction of some Chiefs fans in the team's 9-6 loss to Baltimore at Arrowhead Stadium when quarterback Matt Cassel was down on the field immediately after suffering a concussion.

Some Chiefs fans cheered, though whether their reaction was aimed at Cassel's misfortune or the imminent change to Brady Quinn at quarterback is uncertain.

What appeared to bother Chiefs fans the most Sunday night and Monday is that Winston seemed to indict everyone at the game, rather than the portion who were cheering when Cassel was injured.

Winston said he did regret that part of his postgame diatribe.

"I didn't mean all 70,000 [fans] were cheering," he said. "It might have been 7,000. It might have been 700. It's still too many.

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Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four consecutive games and many fans and media have suggested that backup Tim Tebow should take over as the starter. Ryan said today that he won't "get into the what-ifs and all that" when asked if he'd replace Sanchez if the Jets (2-3) continue to lose because "we're planning on winning."

Ryan thought Sanchez "played pretty good" in the Jets' 23-17 loss to Houston on Monday night. He cited three dropped passes and four tips as skewing Sanchez's final stats: 14 of 31 for 230 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

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PRAGUE -- Veteran goaltender Dominik Hasek appears to be done with ice hockey after giving up hope of returning to the NHL again.

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