At the end of the above video, in which KCTV-5 reports that Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs’ two best players, were drooling over Peyton Manning like a couple of middle schoolers, the two anchors have an exchange.
There’s a lot to unpack here.
1. Not sure what’s the funniest part of Dwayne Bowe’s role in this: when he asks to pose for a picture with Manning? How the reporter says he’d like for Peyton to be throwing him passes, and Bowe goes, “That too,” which probably made Brady Quinn cry into his pillow? His outfit?
2. Jamaal Charles actually gets an autograph from Peyton. Jamaal Charles is making a little over $3 million this year. He was an All-Pro in 2010. He is not 12 years old. Do adults even get autographs from people? Also, he briefly tries to tell the reporter that he was getting the autograph for his mom.
3. Sure, this is funny and all, but should we be mad that Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe were in good spirits and trying to be friendly with their opponent after they got beat? The KCTV anchors were.
ANCHOR: Real quick: have you ever asked for an opposing player’s autograph?
FORMER KANSAS CITY CHIEF, RICH BALDINGER: No, not at all. I just don’t understand it at that moment. Even to be smiling, laughing after a loss like that today, I just think it goes to show what this team’s about. I don’t know if winning is really that important. I guess maybe they’re trying, but they don’t understand how to get it done, and that’s why they continue to lose games.
Sure, OK, I get that — it does seem a little unprofessional, and demoralizing, when your best players are asking the other team for autographs. But this idea that “winning isn’t really that important” to Charles and Bowe because they weren’t miserable after losing? Well, when you’re a part of the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the worst franchises in the NFL, you can only base so much of your personal happiness on winning. These guys are 1-10. And it’s not Jamaal Charles’ fault that they’re losing, either — Charles is a top-10 back in rushing yards and yards per attempt, and that’s with two games in which he only carried the ball a combined 11 times for 7 yards. Meanwhile, Dwayne Bowe is catching passes from Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. To some extent, you can understand why Bowe and Charles were so shocked to meet a real quarterback.