When you’d turn on the game and geek out over the jerseys — the Red Wings wearing that giant D on the front — and the aesthetics, like hockey fans cramming the rooftops across from the stadium? Remember when even the hokey stuff was charming, like Ryne Sandberg singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game with Stan Mikita?
Also: scoring! The Blackhawks built a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period, and the Red Wings roared back with five straight goals to build a 6-3 lead by 3:24 of the third. OK, maybe too much scoring, as the game was basically done after that, but scoring nonetheless.
This story appears to corroborate an anecdote Griffin mentioned in an exclusive interview with Fear the Sword last April.
He doesn’t like to push the ball, it’s just not his nature. He’s gotten by in the halfcourt his whole life because his handle is so good, he never felt the urgency to press the ball, whereas most guys develop their game as to what they need to do to succeed. Ky never had to do that. So when you’re explaining to him why it’s important to push the pace and I think he was reluctant to do that, because, well, ‘because I can get mine regardless’. Well, it’s not necessarily about you. So I think where he’s grown and evolved is he’s starting to figure that out.
The Chargers go three-and-out on their second possession of the game. Kansas avoids a disaster on the punt as the ball bounces off a blocker and is free. But, the Chiefs recover it and they’ll start their drive at their 6.
Alex Smith throws an incomplete pass and the Chiefs follow with two short runs as they go three-and-out on their opening drive.
The Chargers pick up a pair of first downs but their drive stalls when Philip Rivers is sacked on third down. They punt and Kansas City will take over at its 18.
We’re underway in Kansas City. The Chiefs win the toss and defer. The Chargers will start the game’s opening drive on their 25 following a touchback.
The Chiefs and Chargers have both announced their inactives.