Kevin Haskin: Chiefs the top team in the NFL? Run with it!

College football replay system needs thorough examination

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) vaults over Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Musings at the mid-week:


— Not sure there is anything as pointless as declaring the Kansas City Chiefs the best team in football after two weeks.

— However, I do work for a newspaper, we do run polls before seasons even start and such speculation spurs interest.

— So OK, the Chiefs are playing the best football in the NFL.

— Run with it. Punt, pass and kick with it too.

— The national love they are receiving is understandable.

— The Chiefs coaches are also making great adjustments.

— Except with Travis Kelce, who seems incapable of adjusting his behavior.

— Officials who spot Kelce in their area have their hands triggered to throw a flag.

— The tight end extends the B.S. quotient to the Nth degree.

— His value to the Chiefs continues to exceed his theatrics. For now.

— Penalties are a concern, though. For the entire team.

— Through two games the Chiefs have drawn a league-high 27 flags, with 20 fouls accepted by opponents.

— Every play in college football is reviewed.

— Replay officials can then stop the game based on whether they want to look at a potentially reversible call.

— Question: Would the sack, strip, recovery and touchdown Kansas State produced in the second quarter at Vanderbilt warranted an NFL coach to toss his bean bag and initiate a review?

— Maybe, though looking at the play live, the call on the field seemed legitimate.

— Replays offered on ESPN did not look, in my eyes, to support the overturned ruling wiping out Kendall Adams’ touchdown.

— The SEC replay crew, coupled with observers at the SEC command center in Birmingham, Ala., were responsible for overturning the call by a Big 12 crew on the field.

— Officials I have met, and befriended, want to get calls right. Every official. Every call.

— But this setup involving crews from different conferences seems suspect.

— In the end, evidence better exist for the world to see, both in the stadium and on television, that clearly supports an overturned ruling.

— College football, in particular the Power-5, should consider using crews that are not assigned to specific leagues.

— Only certain calls can be reversed in college football, though the task of reviewing all plays and making split decisions whether to stop the game seems arduous.

— I prefer the coaches challenge system used by the NFL.

— In all honesty, get off my lawn. I like the game better without reviews.

— If interested in turning back that clock (but not stopping it), go to a high school game.

— Three games into the prep season, Seaman, Shawnee Heights and Topeka High remain undefeated.

— Nebraska could consider moves involving its athletic director, or football coach, or both.

— Still convinced the move out of the Big 12 was also detrimental for the Huskers.

— An MLB record this season for total home runs and yet no chase to excite us like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa staged in 1998.

— Magical and medicinal.

— Based on conditions needed for Gary Woodland to win the FedEx Cup, I might have a better chance of a FedEx carrier dumping pallets of cash in my driveway.

— Bravo to Topeka’s touring pro, though, for making it among the final 30 again for the PGA’s playoff finale.

— With a lot going on in his life this year, Gary continues to maintain a solid level of consistency.

— Please, Pennants, find the old baseball arcade game with the rolling metal ball and the flipper bat.

— An arcade (OK, a laundry mat) friends and I biked to in my youth had the game and we ran up so many credits we played free anytime we dropped in.

— Pretty easy stuff, I know, but I never hit one outta the glass.

— Pennants, BTW, is a new throwback place (restaurant, arcade, bowling alley, bar) planned for downtown.

— A vintage Pop-A-Shot would be good too.

— Anything to see Rick Peterson’s timeless underhand form again.

— Congrats to Ron and Mary Lou Bowen on the recent celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary.

— Still farming near Effingham, the Rural educators greatly impacted many Junior Blues.

Contact Kevin Haskin at or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.



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