Andy Reid in Kansas City

Andy Reid has now been in Kansas City for five years.  His team has gone on a series of streaks of both wins and losses.  This indicates the Chiefs are playing well over their abilities and then they fall.  I don’t think I have seen anything like this before.

2013.  Won 9 in a row; lost 3 in a row; won two and lost two;  In the final two games the Chiefs were coasting; the games were meaningless.   Headed in the playoffs  Kansas City was 11-5;  They had a big lead 38 to 10 over the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter;  Suddenly the team collapsed and the Colts won 45 to 44.

2014. Lost the first two games; won 7 of the next 8 for a 7-3 mark; lost 3 in a row; won 2 of 3;  The 9-7 record not good enough for the playoffs.

2015. After winning the first game, lost 5 in a row.  Won 10 in a row to finish 11-5.  Defeated the Houston Texans 30 to 0 in the first playoff game; lost to New England 27 to 20.

2016. Split first four games for a 2-2 mark; won 10 of next 12 for a 12-4 mark; lost to Pittsburgh 18 to 16 in the playoffs.

2017. Won 5 in a row; lost 6 of next 7 bringing record to 6-6;  Won the final four to finish 10-6;   Lost a 21 to 3 lead to the Tennessee Titans losing 22 to 21 in the first game of the playoffs.


Presidential Election 1920 I

In the 1920 Presidential election,  Republican Warren G. Harding defeated Democrat James M. Cox in a landslide. Both nominees were from Ohio.  As I indicated previously, it seemed like Ohio and New York  had a monopoly on Presidential Candidates prior to 1952.

Harding came from the Senate and Cox was the Governor. Harding won with 60% of the popular vote, 404 electoral votes, and 37 states.  Cox had just under 40% of the popular vote, 127 electoral votes, and 11 states.

Back in 1920, voters from the South and Border South voted Democratic no matter who it was.  The vote total for Governor Cox  did not mean he had any appeal in Alabama,  Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi , North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.  It was a hangover from the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln.   Many in the South still saw him as a tyrant.   Actually Lincoln was advocating generous terms for bringing  the Confederacy back into the Union.  With Lincoln’s death,  his dream for America died as well.

The State of the Union in 1920 was very bad.  Bills from fighting World War I  were coming due  with interest.  This was slowing down investments. Historians and teachers give inadequate attention to Post War Depression of 1919 because of the more serious depression of the thirties.  Up to 1920 it was the most severe economic slowdown in our history.   There were memories 0f Palmer’s raids named after the Wilson’s  Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer.  Democratic  goons, police departments, and Coal and Iron Policeman  harassed German and Irish Americans in organized labor, fraternal societies, and churches.  Inference with mail  made it dangerous to send correspondence especially to other countries.

An ailing President Wilson said the 1920 elections would be  a referendum on American entrance into the League of Nations.  This was unwise because Americans were tired of war and foreign alliances.  Traditionally the voters turn out the party in the White House after a war.   No doubt, Americans were war weary and did not want entrance into League of Nations.  Nevertheless, it was not the all consuming issue, just one of many that hurt the Democrats. In the midterm elections of 1918,  the Republicans took over both Houses.







The Amazing Things About the Eagles

The attitude that Doug Pederson brought was amazing.    He managed to keep the team loose saying playing the game should be fun.  Yet at the same time he was intense.  Pederson connects with his players but was adamant about thing.  Keep all comments respectful.  When players make negative  comments it degrades their victory.  Worse yet, it gives others a rallying point when the Eagles meet them again.  Our team will a real target to defeat.  They will no longer be an underdog.


Jake Elliot is showing  there is more pressure on a short field goal attempt than a long one.  The fans have higher expectations.  We will see how Elliot deals with this pressure.  David Ackers was the longest tenured placekicker for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Our history has so many kickers that looked invincible then rapidly went downhill.  There were players like Paul McFadden, Louis Zendaos, and Tony Franklin.  The pressure just got the better of them.

Last Regular Season Game-2017

The Eagles were coasting on Game 16 and lost to the Dallas Cowboys 6 to 0.  Some things were riding on this game but nothing was critical.  Had the Eagles won,  they would have established a record for wins in a season.  As it was, they tied the record of 13 wins in the Super Bowl season of 2004.   The shutout was the first since the last game of 2009 also to the Dallas Cowboys.   That game was at Dallas with a 24 to 0 score.

Nick Foles played the first 10 minutes and Nate Sudfeld for the rest of the way.  It seemed as if every time the Eagles got something going there came a sack, a penalty, or a dropped pass.  

Two Big Mistakes

First Quarter-Torrey Smith dropped a 15 yard pass which would have given the Eagles a first down at the Cowboy 40. 

Second Quarter-A brilliant punt  the ball at the Cowboys’ eight yard line.   Two plays later Vinny Curry recovered a fumble from Zeke Elliot at the Cowboy 14.  I felt the team would get a touchdown.   However,  an offside penalty negated the play.

Sudfeld actually had a very decent day going 19 for 23 for 134 yards.  He also ran for 22 yards on third down to the Cowboys 45.  His big problem was high snaps from center.  This gave the Cowboys defensive line a split second longer to rush the passer.  This cost Nate Sudfeld a split second longer to throw the ball.  Philadelphia must address this problem.  Eventually a snap will fly over the passer.

Philadelphia showed good defense despite playing only the reserves.  The first string players were on the sidelines studying formations  and our teams’ reactions to them.  This was valuable time and the Eagles were fortunate to be able to utilize players like this.  Sometimes even the most talented players get involved  so much in their own play that they lose sight of the big picture, be it offense,  defense, or special teams.

Seeing all this from both teams,  I never thought the game would go three quarters without a score.  Our defense finally  cracked in the fourth quarter.  Dak Prescott threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to Bryce Butler.  Dan Bailey missed the extra point and a 23  yard field goal.  Ezekiel Elliot gained only 28 yards in the first half but finished the game with 103.




Winning the Superbowl

Earlier I stated that the 27 to 10 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFC Championship Game was biggest thrill I ever had in following the Eagles.  Now at 70, Super Bowl 52 pushes 2004 down to number two.   The victory over the Perennial Champion New England  Patriots was exciting with no real letup on any play.  Even the points after touchdown were no sure things.

The Eagles made only three  mistakes that I felt were critical  (1) a missed extra point after the first touchdown with Eagles in front 9 to 3. ( 2)  either Nelsen Agular or Anton Jeffrey baubauling a pass at the Patriot 5.  The interception on that play really hurt.  And (3) the missed two point conversion after the Philadelphia had gone ahead 38 to 33.

It would have gone down much easier if the Eagles had clicked  on the above plays.  I take victories in any form but I prefer it easy.



A Few Ideas

One of John F. Kennedy’s few accomplishments was the advertisement for Evelyn Wood’s Reading Dynamics and the handling of the Cuban Missile . Is this a scam or could I, now 70, learn the knack of it now.
I noticed many novels written by Pearl Buck in your library, which was not exactly a big surprise.   I read mostly American novels.   When you are in the setting of a novel and/or the writer is from a familiar  place it enhances your interest and is much easier to understand.
Back in the 60s and to this day,  Democrats are invoking JFK to pass social programs.  In doing so, they are painting a picture of a historical figure that has limited connection to reality.  JFK in his first Senate race in 1952 was clearly to the right of incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge.  Once again,  Kennedy did the same thing in 1960.  Republicans are using the same techniques now with  Ronald Reagan.
Remember the 1960 Campaign:
–the missile gap;
–going to the moon;
–fixation with Castro;  Kennedy said we lost Cuba as if it was ours to lose;
–In action with regard to the Soviet rape with Hungary; what could we really do;
–inflammatory inaugural address;
–raised troops in Vietnam from a few hundred to 17,000;
–and gave us the biggest military peace time buildup in history until RR in 1980;
–took no action on Civil Right until the March on Washington in the summer of 1963.
Now let’s look at this closer
As far as I see it, Kennedy handed the Cuba Missile Crisis  very well.  He installed the hot line between Moscow and Washington to insure communication especially in  crisis moments. JFK presented the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to the Senate in August of 1963.  President Eisenhower and Minority Leader Everett Dirksen supported the Treaty.  It passed 81 to 19.  For these actions, we do have to be grateful to President.