After a horrendous start in which they were blown out by the Bills and Lions and lost a tough game to the Chargers, it appeared the Kansas City Chiefs’ season was a lost cause. Todd Haley was — and still likely is — on the hot seat as the Chiefs offense looked stale and their defense could not stop a nosebleed. Fortunately for Haley, the last two weeks have been a different story as Kansas City was able to take care of lesser opponents in Minnesota and Indianapolis.
How is it that the Chiefs were able to prevent their season from becoming a lost cause and keep their squad in contention? According to the Kansas City Star via Pro Football Talk, the bean bag toss showed them the way. That’s right, the Chiefs began playing the bean bag toss game — known to some of you as cornhole — as a team-building exercise.
“We’ve been trying to figure out ways to create togetherness, and it’s been great,” Haley explained. “It’s a way to keep guys hanging around and interacting with each other, and winning helps out. We’re going to get two more because the line to play gets too long. 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.”
We are no strangers to slump busters here at LBS, having shown you baseball players cutting their hair, teams sacrificing chickens, and others beating the crap out of a toolbox. That being said, playing cornhole is one of the more unique exercises in team unity we have seen. If it makes the Chiefs feel better to say they won their games because of a tailgating game rather than as a result of facing two of the worst teams in football, more power to them.