If the NFL wants to get a handle on its schedule, all the league has to do is declare a forfeit when a team is unfit to play due to COVID. The constant rescheduling of games, in addition to creating chaos, rewards teams that can’t control the virus by giving the opportunity to heal injured players. Faced with a forfeit, teams might take virus protection more seriously.
Kiz: Hey, I feel the pain of Broncomaniacs that felt cheated when their fave team couldn’t play at New England last Sunday (or Monday, for that matter). I caught a plane to Boston last weekend, and all I got out of the trip was three slices of of pizza from Santarpio’s. It was tasty. But 1,980 miles is a long way to go for takeout. While commissioner Roger Goodell has warned teams COVID protocol violations could result in forfeiture of games, I’d like to see Goodell actually enforce that threat against the Chiefs or Packers during the playoffs. The dings to the integrity of his cherished NFL shield might be beyond repair.
Kiz, you are wrong. The NFL brass are not clowns. They are vile, disgusting, inhuman, greedy psychopaths.
Mike, Castle Rock
Kiz: Hey, I don’t like all the ticky-tacky flags for roughing the quarterback, either. But rather than letting the NFL raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels, you wanna help me rake leaves?
One game of Brett Rypien > Blake Bortles’ whole NFL career.
Jeromie, saying goodbye
Kiz: The Broncos cut Bortles before he could finish a cup of coffee, much less take a snap. Whatever will he do with the rest of his life? Well, as Bortles once said when asked how he would fill his days if not for football: “Working construction, ripping cigs.”
No, Drew Lock, you don’t take Melvin Gordon out for ice cream after he was cited for driving under the influence. That would reward his reckless, lawless behavior. You send Gordon to his room without dessert!
Kathy, calling timeout
Kiz: But … but, mom! Would it be OK if I invited Lock and Gordon over to the house, so we can share a quart of Rocky Road on the sofa? (At a safe social distance, of course.)
With or without Lock, the Broncos lose against the Patriots.
Roy, kinda sassy
Kiz: The crew here at Kickin’ It Headquarters will not be making the return to trip to New England for the third attempt to play Broncos-Patriots. We’ve got pumpkins to carve here in Colorado. And we’re going to save our next trip to Gillette Stadium until after the pandemic has passed and pre-game fisticuffs between Pats fans are again allowed in the parking lot.
And today’s parting shot is best read in a New England accent thick as clam chowder, while imagining a Bostonian irked at me for insisting the Standells sing “Dirty Water” as a paean to Dunkin’ coffee.
Ehhh, Sully O’Sullivan — who works the second shift on the Blue Line and thinks Cam Neely is the best power forward the NHL ice has ever seen — might disagree with you, Kiz.