Report: Weis “Expected” To Take Florida OC Job

While speculating on where former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels may land on the most recent edition of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Chris Mortensen reported, “Don’t be surprised if Charlie Weis doesn’t return to Kansas City.

Charlie Weis Todd Haley Will Muschamp

Despite Kansas City’s stunning turnaround this season and the success of quarterback Matt Cassel under Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Weis, Mortensen speculated that McDaniels could soon replace Weis as KC’s offensive coordinator:

“Josh McDaniels got the most out of Matt Cassel. There are some issues to work out, but watch that.”

Given KC’s remarkable season, many would find that move surprising.

But not as surprising as where a well-respected newspaper columnist and radio host reported Weis could land if he departed the NFL team after just one season.

Or before this season is even over. Read more…

Video: KC Chiefs Lineman Smith Is Genital Giant

49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis accused Chiefs defensive lineman Shaun Smith of grabbing him in the groin region last Sunday in Kansas City.

Video: Shaun Smith grabs Anthony Davis

(Hed Slap: Dan Patrick Show)

The video below confirms the claim by Davis.
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Pushed Out By Pioli, Thum Candidate For KU AD

In 36 years, Denny Thum worked for only one organization, the Kansas City Chiefs. In 1974 he graduated from KC-based Rockhurst College and took a job as an accountant with the team. Rising through the franchise ranks, Thum was named Chief Operating Officer in May 2006, interim team president in December 2008 and team president in May 2009.

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(Clockwise from left: Denny Thum, Clark Hunt, Scott Pioli)

Then, two weeks ago, after the club’s biggest win in years in a gleaming, newly-renovated Arrowhead Stadium, Thum abruptly, and quietly, resigned.

Former longtime Chiefs beat writer Rick Gosselin wrote a most appropriate obit of Thum’s decorated tenure with the team in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS:

The Kansas City Chiefs dumped club president Denny Thum unceremoniously this month after a 36-year stay with the team. I covered the Chiefs from 1977-89, and Thum taught me the financial side of the NFL. He was the best contract negotiator I’ve ever seen. He also was a loyal employee to Hall of Fame owner Lamar Hunt through good times and bad.

But Thum’s problem was he was inherited by a new owner (Clark Hunt), new general manager (Scott Pioli) and new chief operating officer (Mark Donovan). So the new wave ushered him to the door. Thum deserved better treatment.

The Chiefs have no idea right now how much they are going to miss his expertise in so many areas. Thum won’t be out of work long.

The timing of Thum’s departure, though strange on the surface, actually makes sense once you dig into the details of the Chiefs’ office politics. Read more…

Defending The ‘63 Kansas City Chiefs? Impossible

Ange Coniglio of RememberTheAFL.com tips us off today to some awe-inspiring American Football League “Program Art” from the early 1960s.

AFL Program Art

The art is only a small part of an astounding sports image collection located at Mark Bolding’s website.

Bud Adams Lamar Hunt AFL Cartoon

Being from Kansas City, I was particularly interested in the cartoons that included the Chiefs.

1963 AFL Program Art: Chiefs vs Patriots

The Chiefs caricatures are wonderfully drawn but could never, ever be presented now as they were 50 years ago. Read more…

ESPN Sits On Audio Despite Another Bowe Denial

Eddie Matz of ESPN The Magazine reported last month that Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe told him that in 2007 his Chiefs teammates would “import” women to the hotel where the team was staying on road trips.

Dwayne Bowe

After Bowe’s story was published by ESPN, on May 26 former Bowe teammate Eddie Kennison told WHB-AM in Kansas City that Bowe told him he never talked to anyone from ESPN about the story.

On May 27 Bowe himself was asked by a K.C. reporter, “What about the actual interview? Did you actually talk to the guy?

Bowe replied, “I really can’t remember, man. That’s why I’m still stuck in a daze.”

Bowe also claimed he was, “misquoted” and “the way he (ESPN reporter) took it was totally not the way that I said it.

After Bowe’s hedging denials, ESPN The Magazine editor Gary Belsky revealed that Matz had taped his conversation with Bowe and offered to play the audio file for Bowe or anyone within the Chiefs organization.

Though ESPN subsequently declined to release the audio to the public, leaving some to wonder about the veracity of Belsky’s claim.

On May 28 I reported:

I have confirmed through a source that the tape does indeed exist and that there’s a specific reason why ESPN doesn’t want to release the contents to the media.

I was told earlier today that while telling the story, Bowe mentioned names and details that ESPN felt shouldn’t be released to the public. The move was explained to me as protecting those named in the story and Bowe himself.

Based on Bowe’s subsequent, multiple contradictory statements in the past 48 hours in denying responsibility for the story, he’s eliminated any chance of anyone believing him about anything.

For that reason, ESPN made the right call in withholding the contents of the tape to the public.

That brings us to today.
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Bowe Audio: Unreleased To Protect Others Named

K.C. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is in full backpedal mode after initially denying that he told an ESPN reporter about the team’s practice of “importing” groupies to the team hotel during road trips.

Dwayne Bowe

Eddie Kennison, Bowe’s teammate in 2007, told WHB-AM in Kansas City earlier this week that Bowe told him he never talked to anyone from ESPN about the story. Thursday, Bowe himself was asked by a K.C. reporter, “What about the actual interview? Did you actually talk to the guy?”

Bowe replied, “I really can’t remember, man. That’s why I’m still stuck in a daze.

Bowe made that statement after claiming to the same K.C. media gathering on Thursday that he was, “misquoted.” Bowe also added to the media that day that, “The way he (ESPN reporter) took it was totally not the way that I said it.”

Later Thursday, local Kansas City magazine The Pitch reported that Bowe was actually captured on tape making his claims about importing groupies to a San Diego hotel in 2007.

ESPN The Magazine editor Gary Belsky told The Pitch this morning that he has a tape of Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe telling one of his writers about veteran players flying groupies in for road games. Belsky even offered to play the audio file for Bowe or anyone within the Chiefs organization with a vested interest in hearing it.

ESPN has subsequently declined to release the audio to the public, leaving some to wonder about the veracity of Belsky’s claim.

Since The Pitch’s report though, I have confirmed through a source that the tape does indeed exist and that there’s a specific reason why ESPN doesn’t want to release the contents to the media.

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Bowe: Never Talked To ESPN About “Importing”

Eddie Matz of ESPN The Magazine recently reported that Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe told him that his NFL teammates would often “import” women to the team hotel where the Chiefs where staying during road trips.

Dwayne Bowe

“My rookie year (2007), we were playing in San Diego. You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room. The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing. Younger guys don’t have the money to do it. Anyway, these girls had the whole top floor.

“They know everything about us — first and last names, sisters and brothers, salary. This one girl was talking to me like she’d known me for years. ‘Hey, D-Bowe, how’s Grandma?’ I’m like, ‘How do you know my grandma?’ She knew that I talk about her every time I’m interviewed for a story. I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn’t care. She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other. Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook. That almost got me in trouble.”

Crazy stuff. One small detail though. Bowe told 2007 Chiefs teammate Eddie Kenison that he never told Matz or anyone from ESPN that story. Read more…

My Buzzkill: Limo, Strippers, Booze & NFL Players

I’ve pretty much lost interest in Jayson Williams‘ inevitable death spiral but then there’s this from Rush & Molloy at the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:

Stripper in a limo

(Sports radio promo guys: Don’t even THINK about it)

Former Scores owner Elliot Osher tells us Williams once invited Osher’s late brother, Billy, and a bunch of the staff from his strip emporium to go club-hopping. Osher recalls Billy called him in a panic.

According to Osher, Billy said the crew was riding around in the limo when Williams unzipped his trousers and got intimate with himself. “There were no girls there,” says Osher.

“[Jayson] says, ‘This is cool, right? Come on guys, don’t worry about it. I’m not gay!’” Osher, who’s writing a memoir, says his bro jumped out of that limo. Williams’ lawyer, Joseph Hayden, didn’t return calls.

Okay, not that interesting either. But reminds me of when I worked as a Program Director of a sports radio station in Kansas City in the late ’90s - and the time we did a contest to select promo girls for the station.

The promotions director at the station decided it’d be a great idea to round up a bunch of strippers as ringers for the contest. He then invited several KC Chiefs and KC Royals as celebrity judges. The players I can remember for the Chiefs were Andre Rison and former USC receiver Larry Parker. Mike Sweeney from the Royals was also in attendance, though dude is a god-squadder who fled the scene almost immediately.

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Oops, Someone Screwed Up: I Have My Own Blog

So through a series of mixups and comic blunders, someone has given me my own sports blog. It’s over at NBCSports.com, and it launches tomorrow at 9 a.m. Title: Out Of Bounds. No, I don’t know the exact url (they tell me very little), but it’ll be promoted on their front page, I’m told. No need to knock; just come right in.

Out Of Bounds logo

I should also say that this doesn’t mean I’m leaving SbB … on the contrary, once I get things situated in the new place, I’ll be here more than ever. I know that makes you happy … (hey! Who threw that brick?) Leaving SbB at this juncture is quite inconceivable, frankly. This site is going places; Brooks willing it to greatness through sheer heavy lifting and thought control. No one on the web is close to touching what he’s accomplished over the past nine months, and I want to continue to be a part of that. The vibe here is electric. He is the lightning thief.

So, that’s what’s happening. Above please enjoy a screen capture of the Out Of Bounds logo, never before seen in the wild. No, I have no idea what’s going on in it, or who those people are. All I can tell you is that if that’s a Kansas City Chief there on the left, soon he will either be suspended or traded to Yahoo.

Larry Johnson: Still Social Networking Impaired

Chiefs beat reporter Kent Babb of the KANSAS CITY STAR Tweeted this yesterday about what Larry Johnson recently posted on his Facebook page:

Larry Johnson Facebook Message

Cleat prints on the chests? Are we sure Larry wasn’t just recounting the club last night?