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15 Oct 2007

Gonzalez Breaks Record In Non-Meaningless Fashion

Congratulations, Tony. No one ever doubted that he would break the all-time record for touchdowns by a tight end. On the other hand, a great many people doubted that it would mean anything significant when he did so. But Gonzalez's 3-yard touchdown catch from Damon Huard proved to be the difference in Kansas City's 27-20 win over the Bengals, a win which moved the Chiefs to 3-3 and a statistical tie atop the AFC West. How many Hard Knocks viewers saw that coming?

Posted by: Sean McCormick on 15 Oct 2007

7 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2007, 5:04am by Theo, Holland

Comments

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by Sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 10/15/2007 - 2:03pm

"On the other hand, a great many people doubted that it would mean anything significant when he did so."

That's a rather odd statement. Touchdowns are seldom meaningless and regardless of score no defender wants his guy to catch one. Plus, Gonzalez entered the season only needing 2 to break the record. (It's actually somewhat surprising it took until week 6 for him to do it.) Granted, the Chiefs were supposed to stink, but in today's NFL where 8-8 will either make the playoffs or be on the verge of doing so, he was almost certainly going to get the record before the Chiefs were hopelessly out of things.

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by Derek (not verified) :: Mon, 10/15/2007 - 6:26pm

Re: 1

I think he just means we knew Tony Gonzalez would break the record, we just thought he'd do it playing for a crappy Chiefs team which would already be out of playoff contention. Clearly that statement is not true...so far.

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by Derek (not verified) :: Mon, 10/15/2007 - 6:28pm

Re: My previous message

Sorry, Sundown, I misread what you wrote, clearly you did get the point. I still think the comment was warranted though

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by DolFan 316 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/15/2007 - 8:58pm

"That’s a rather odd statement. Touchdowns are seldom meaningless and regardless of score no defender wants his guy to catch one."

Unless they're Miami Dolphins defenders, who apparently have incentive clauses in their contracts to allow as many TD catches as possible.

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by Athelas (not verified) :: Mon, 10/15/2007 - 9:42pm

After watching Hard Knocks, I didn't think KC would win a game this year--yeah, I'm stunned they have 3 already!

And DolFan, I'm starting to see a certain similarity to your posts in all threads.
;-)

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by DolFan 316 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/15/2007 - 9:58pm

#6: Hey, when your team is bad they're bad, no sense being a homer about it.

You should see what I say about them on the Dolphins board I post at :-)

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by Theo, Holland (not verified) :: Tue, 10/16/2007 - 5:04am

6.
On a positive note, the Dolphins got themselves a shiny new kick returner!