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The beanbag game that saved the Chiefs season

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When times got tough in Kansas City, the Chiefs coaching staff looked to the beanbag.

A story by Randy Covitz in the Kansas City Star Tuesday focuses entirely on the beanbag toss game installed by the team’s coaching staff in the locker room after the team’s 0-3 start. It was the idea of quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn.

“We’ve been trying to figure out ways to create togetherness,” said coach Todd Haley, “and it’s been great. It’s a way to keep guys hanging around and interacting with each other, and winning helps out.”

It is no surprise that long snapper Thomas Gafford has been the best at the game.  He has a lot of competition.

“We’re going to get two more because the line to play gets too long,” Haley said. “We’re trying to create an atmosphere that’s fun to hang out in. … Had we not won the last two weeks, they might be being used as firewood.”

The players are convinced of the beanbag game’s restorative powers.

“It was a great idea and hopefully keeps the momentum going,” safety Sabby Piscatelli said.

Now if only the beanbag game could schedule more winless opponents for the Chiefs.

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41 Responses to “The beanbag game that saved the Chiefs season”
  1. ken0west says: Oct 11, 2011 12:28 PM

    I wonder who had the wrong idea when someone said “Time to play some Corn Hole”

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 11, 2011 12:29 PM

    “Now if only the beanbag game could schedule more winless opponents for the Chiefs.”

    Exactly, the Chiefs and Donkeys will be going at it all year, in the battle of the basement.

  3. gmenhq says: Oct 11, 2011 12:40 PM

    Wow — the former Redskins whipping boy is still good for somethings I guess.

    Next toy to come out of Jim Zorns bag-o-tricks…

    The Swinging Gate

  4. iflounder says: Oct 11, 2011 12:41 PM

    thats totally different than the beanbag game we play at my house.

  5. capslockkey says: Oct 11, 2011 12:42 PM

    Lawn Darts = Superbowl!

  6. citizenstrange says: Oct 11, 2011 12:45 PM

    It is no surprise that long snapper Thomas Gafford has been the best at the game.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Actually that is kind of a surprise to me. I would have thought that the quarterbacks would be best.

    Does Gafford snap it between his legs? Does everybody just kind of pitch it underhand?

    In Roy Blount Jr.’s “About Three Bricks Shy of a Load” he describes the Steelers having a similar game/contest throwing a frisbee into a clothes hamper with the astoundingly coordinated and athletic Jack Ham usually winning.

    GO STEELERS!

  7. flyskimmy says: Oct 11, 2011 12:45 PM

    Maybe this came over with Zorn and some of the former Ravens they picked up this year. They’ve had a cornhole competition for a couple of years now and even have a twitter account where they post updates @RavensCornhole.

  8. wtfpft says: Oct 11, 2011 12:48 PM

    Victories came against teams with a combined record of 1-9, they’re gonna get teabagged by everyone else.

  9. chiefdt58 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:50 PM

    put me in coach…..3 time defending family bbq washers champion here…

  10. dukemarc says: Oct 11, 2011 12:51 PM

    That’s a lot better than the Teabag Game Peyton Manning used to play at UT.

  11. hrmlss says: Oct 11, 2011 12:53 PM

    It’s all fun and games until some one loses an eye to an errant Cassell bag toss.

  12. CJ says: Oct 11, 2011 12:56 PM

    Next up on PFT: Eagles purchase five beanbag games: two for the locker room to build morale and three to play linebacker. They can tackle at least as well as what they’re putting out there now.

  13. bobbinski1229 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:59 PM

    “The beanbag game that saved the Chiefs season”

    So by winning one game against a winless team = season saved?

    Isn’t this the kind of article you post after they miraculously make the play-offs or some crap?

  14. stampnhawk says: Oct 11, 2011 1:02 PM

    Just a time killer in the room until Haley can once again roll out the always colorful “Pin the tail of blame on ‘anyone but himself”” game.

  15. axespray says: Oct 11, 2011 1:03 PM

    Did Todd Hayley complain about the Long Snapper running up the score?

  16. slickster35 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:06 PM

    Nothing can save Sabby.

  17. amanistumor says: Oct 11, 2011 1:12 PM

    Really? Saved the season?

    Oh, I get it…. you mean save them from the Luck sweepstakes since all they proved is they can’t out-suck a couple other bad teams.

    Good luck with that Haley…. Maybe Zorn can take your job since he actually can implement something to help the team and not a finger doing elsewise.

  18. joetoronto says: Oct 11, 2011 1:17 PM

    hrmlss says: Oct 11, 2011 12:53 PM

    It’s all fun and games until some one loses an eye to an errant Cassell bag toss.
    *************************************************
    lol, oh man.

  19. tilllman40 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:18 PM

    Lol the chiefs

  20. joe6606 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:18 PM

    Cornhole..worst name for a game ever?

  21. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 11, 2011 1:20 PM

    I guess beanbag toss is one way to go. I might have tried watching film and practicing blocking and tackling first, but to each his own.

  22. favreforever says: Oct 11, 2011 1:24 PM

    “It was just $16 at the Wal Mart, and the boys seem to get a lot of use out of it. Keeps them out of trouble, you know. Sometimes when the neighborhood kids come over it gets a little loud, and goodness knows, they can’t keep their feet out of the dahlias, but as long as they’re having fun….”.

  23. bombayjon says: Oct 11, 2011 1:27 PM

    Really??? That’s the best they could come up with? Maybe winning some meaningful games would also bring a sense of togetherness. Well, since that is not gonna happen, maybe this wasn’t such a bad idea. My mistake. Carry on.

  24. wacco4flacco says: Oct 11, 2011 1:31 PM

    I honestly can’t believe it took 4 comments on this story before we got a “teabag” joke.

  25. phinfan says: Oct 11, 2011 1:33 PM

    Um… ITS CORN HOLE!!!! you corn holes!

  26. Deb says: Oct 11, 2011 1:38 PM

    It is no surprise that long snapper Thomas Gafford has been the best at the game.

    But does he face forward when he tosses the bag, or does he face backward and throw it between his legs?

  27. Nevis says: Oct 11, 2011 1:39 PM

    If this fails, maybe Haley can scream at it and it will change its effectiveness.

  28. farmmbig says: Oct 11, 2011 1:42 PM

    Kind of fitting that the hole for the bag ends BEFORE the goal-line…. Since the team also has dificulty scoring TD’s on a regular basis.

  29. waxthat says: Oct 11, 2011 1:49 PM

    Jackie Battle

  30. baddegg says: Oct 11, 2011 1:50 PM

    Jim Zorn tried to do this in Washington but they decided to go for Bingo instead.

  31. polishkingski says: Oct 11, 2011 2:03 PM

    @hrmlss….very very funny dude! haley, pioli, ravioli, stromboli, cannoli….mmmmmmmm.

  32. bombayjon says: Oct 11, 2011 2:03 PM

    wacco4flacco says:
    Oct 11, 2011 1:31 PM
    I honestly can’t believe it took 4 comments on this story before we got a “teabag” joke.

    ————————————-

    Lol. I can’t believe they let the teabag jokes through their filter. (I know they have a filter because evertime I say something negative about MDS it never gets posted).

  33. kckingb says: Oct 11, 2011 2:45 PM

    In breaking news! Cassel tears his shoulder on an errand toss

  34. favreforever says: Oct 11, 2011 2:46 PM

    They need an ad campaign with Beavis owning Butthead at it, pumping his fist in the air and screaming “Cornholio!”. Game will sweep the nation.

  35. pigskinswag says: Oct 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    Andy Reid is ordering this game as we speak…

  36. realitypolice says: Oct 11, 2011 2:52 PM

    The biggest news in this entire post is that Jim Zorn and Sabby Piscatelli have jobs in the NFL.

    Thank God it isn’t April 1st or I would have sworn this article was a joke.

  37. trollhammer20 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:55 PM

    They should implement this into Madden as a minigame if you choose the Chiefs as your franchise.

  38. kcbulldog says: Oct 11, 2011 3:09 PM

    waxthat says: Oct 11, 2011 1:49 PM

    Jackie Battle
    ————————————

    No no no no…. Real name? BATTLE… JACK BATTLE

  39. gjp2030 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:30 PM

    How about you guys give some credit to a team that easily could have packed it in after blowout losses in their first two games, but are still playing hard and trying to win. Regardless of the fact that the wins are against the Vikes and Colts, they were still good wins for a team that lost pretty much every all pro they had on the team this year other than D-Bowe and Hali to injuries. They’re not nearly as bad as their record indicates.

  40. klutch14u says: Oct 11, 2011 7:22 PM

    And everyone wonders why coaches never want to talk about/share what goes on behind the scenes….

  41. sullijo1 says: Oct 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    The “field” for the beanbag game was actually previously an electric football game. The Chiefs coaching staff was using this early in the season to develop plays for the team.

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