Good, bad, right, wrong, truth, lies, positive, negative, innocent or guilty. There seems to be a need to choose a side, define a subject–circle the predicate–and make a factual statement with correct intent, or at least correct passion made in a politically correct fashion. However, sometimes it’s not that simple no matter how difficult that reality makes writing an enticing headline. Instead, create a series, name it something cheap & chiefy like Blinders On, Blinders Off and allow fanatics to Andy Reid it!
Since beginning his electrifying career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Tyreek Hill has put everything he is charged up with, both positively and negatively, under the high definition magnifying glass of the NFL. Under the brilliant lights of Arrowhead Stadium Hill has been viewed through the powerful lens of the media. He’s been thoroughly dissected by reactive blogger’s fingertips and sent out instantaneously into the eagerly awaiting sea of red. All of the while, having the best Star football analysts recording every detail online, offline, on the camera, off the camera and in print for the annals of gridiron history.
Words are cheap. Cheap is a word. ‘Talk is cheap’, that’s an idiom, and it takes a ‘dirt cheap’ idiom to be able to not afford themselves the time to identify cheap shots (talking about you, Denver Broncos). Digress. Cheap shots are being launched at the Kansas City Chiefs. Cheap shots are being thrown at the ‘Hill’ dang Chiefs Kingdom. Twitter is definitely chirping about Hill situation just as charged up, positively and negatively, as when Tyreek Hill was drafted by the Chiefs 165th overall in 2016. The football fans watched as the shrewd public stance against Hill began to cheapen immediately once the games started. Hill simply became electric with the Chiefs! Hill made friends with the end zone and the crowd as the boos became made into cheers. As the worries became wins (except in the playoffs)[SEE: Cheap shot <–] Tyreek Hill became an NFL superstar. Hill’s little piece of action in a Madden video games as a regular player became the big Hill PEACE sign addition into Madden games. That simply doesn’t happen to every player that does well in the NFL.
I was mesmerized by how good Hill became. Chiefs fans chanted his name during games. Tyreek’s talent wasn’t cheap and perhaps his star was beginning to burn too bright. Looking back though, he really was a phenomenal player. Three years, 3,732 yards, 29 touchdowns. Wow! The Chiefs took a cheap risk in the draft and the production they received was a cheap cost for the Cheetah that Kansas City let run into our lives full speed a-Arrow-head. Enter 2019. Has there been a more frustrating and emotionally taxing story this offseason than the constantly fluctuating saga of the embattled wide receiver Tyreek Hill? Will Hill be a Chief in 2019, will he be suspended, will he be a Chief in 2020, will he be banned for life, should he, shouldn’t he? What exactly are we supposed to be asking? And what kind of ‘blind idiom’ would properly describe it without saying, it’s a case of the blind leading the blind? Because–no one knows yet.
So I asked Anthony to set some parameters for this discussion, so that we all remain on the same (Super Bowl) course. We will continue this discussion under the assumption that based on everything we know to this point that Hill will be a Chief in 2019 and that he will likely face a suspension of no more than four games. So then, what is the question, in the grand scheme of things? The question becomes:
Will Tyreek Hill be a Chief in 2020 or beyond?
In an extremely positive light, Tyreek Hill might not even be the most difficult story this year. In terms of instant brute force impact maybe the answer is the fifty-fifth story. As Chiefs fans also had to deal with the blunt object strike right to the Super Bowls that was Dee Ford (#55) being offsides in the AFC Championship game. While equally or more frustrating, the Hill story just may be unarguably more emotionally taxing than Ford’s. Also, the Super Bowl misstep from Dee Ford is over, while the potential parental overstep from Tyreek Hill concerning his beautiful son Zev Hill keeps on running. Running like, well, running like a family of Cheetah’s. Fast, unpredictable and out of control at times, but crouched down and silent as the winds blowing in a vast wide open terrain. A hunter, waiting to strike at a moments notice as the chirping prey cheep away, unbeknownst of what’s about to happen until it’s over.
If you let the NFL offseason tell it, the answer to “Will he play in 2019?” was a resounding “NO!” If you set a parameter on the question, such as Anthony’s: At the time of this writing we are going to assume Tyreek Hill will be cleared of any legal wrongdoing and that the maximum NFL suspension he will face is 4 games” Perhaps the question becomes easier to answer? Not really, the answers are still unknown, because that parameter isn’t set in stone. However, we can pretend it’s a fact. After all, not many in the media, not many fans, and not many haters on either side of the spectrum have had much trouble defining facts about Hill thus far. So why not let the Arrowhead Guys play along. Will Hill play? Did Hill invite this distraction into his life and onto the team, and does it negatively impact the Chiefs? Which are questions that don’t really matter because the Chiefs are definitely winning the Super Bowl regardless. However, I’ll play along.
It’s obvious this has negatively impacted the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s debatable whether Hill invited this distraction himself, because it’s been debated to death already. If that’s the parameters, I would say be aware of what’s happened with the entire Hill family. Especially Tyreek and Zev. It was Father’s Day on Sunday. Tyreek Hill is a father. Zev Hill is a son. Father and son relationships are lifelong potential contracts that only officially expire by death on either side. Being an NFL superstar and a fatherhood super dad is something I don’t know anything about. I know about parenting, and raising boys, trying to build that bond and trying to keep the roller coaster of fatherhood on the right track. It’s quite the challenge.
It’s worth the effort. Just like the Kansas City Chiefs effort to get to the Super Bowl, parents put in the effort to raise the best kids possible. Sometimes like the balloons around my house and the Father’s Day cards I collected presume: I succeeded. I’m a Super Dad and everyone appreciates the effort. Sometimes like the cheap shots life will hand you and in the sticky situations parenting can bring about. I fail at those situations sometimes, and I fail tremendously. Being a father is hard.
Is that an excuse for Hill? No. Is he in the limelight? Yes. Should he be a good role model? Yes, I think so. There are lots of other children watching number 10 play. They’re wearing his jersey. They’re wanting to win the Super Bowl! They’re not necessarily weighing all these questions. They’re just wondering if he’s going to play and how many touchdowns he’s going to score on the way to the Super Bowl. At least that’s what my sons have told me when I’ve asked them what to talk about concerning Hill. They’ve asked me if he was going to play. They’ve wondered about Zev’s broken arm, and whether or not Tyreek abused him, and why? I couldn’t necessarily answer those questions. I don’t have all the answers. I’m not smart enough to figure out the right thing to say to define the Hill situation and his parental obligation to young Zev or the rest of his blooming family. I’m just not. What I can do is tell you that I support the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tyreek Hill family. I support the idea of protecting our young children and doing our best to keep them safe, avoiding harming them at all costs. Saying stuff like that may seem cheap, but ignoring the trauma to Zev is also cheap. What’s the best approach here to utilize in 100% of the situations we face? I simply do not know.
Looking at it from a Chiefs fans standpoint, I would love for Anthony’s parameter to be accurate. I would love to write an article exonerating Tyreek Hill. Talking about how Mahomes is going to hit him with a 58 yard bomb to win the Super Bowl. One: to say something impactful to all Chiefs fans. Two: to add a cheap pop for Derrick Thomas when it’s completely unnecessary. Which is a segue to the just football portion of the argument. If Hill does get proven innocent and receives only a small few game suspension, how good will the Kansas City Chiefs be?
This may seem like a cheap track for me to take, but it’s where we’re heading. If that happened, the Chiefs would be amazing! Mahomes would have Kelce, Watkins, Hardman and Hill running wild. Running wild, like well, Cheetah’s. A whole family of them like the Hill family, the Chiefs! If the Chiefs are running wild with Hill, I expect a Super Bowl. If the Chiefs are running wild without Hill, I still expect a Super Bowl. Why? Because it’s SHOWTIME! The Kansas City Chiefs entire team still has Mahomes, Andy Reid and Travis Kelce to punctuate their efforts as a unit. Plus they added Frank Clark and The Honey Badger as new faces of change. They subtracted Bob Sutton, hired Steve Spagnuolo as DC and fine tuned the D with one of the best defensive coaching staffs they’ve had in years. The Chiefs have the sea of red (in brand new seats). The Chiefs organization still has one goal, winning the Super Bowl. I hope they get there with Zev Hill watching the game with us as Tyreek points to him after they win and everyone involved has that moment of redemption.
With all that said, with my Blinders On and securely fashioned, the Chiefs absolutely will offer Tyreek Hill a long term contract before his rookie deals expires. Will it be the $100 Million blockbuster we heard about prior to the story breaking? Likely not. Hill did allow this drama into his life, even by way of simply keeping Espinal around, and it did affect the public perception of the team. The Chiefs keep Tyreek long-term and get a discount? I call that a win every day, Chiefs Kingdom!
This is one of the hardest articles I’ve ever had to write. I’ve been fired for writing about touchy subjects as I don’t have the best situational awareness or empathy. That said, what a situation. What an accusation. What’s the proper articulation? What in the actual ****, Tyreek Hill? Did you learn nothing from the Kareem Hunt ordeal? He lost his multi-million dollar Chiefs deal as well. Kareem is now a Brown. A Brown! You want to be a Brown? Keep up the stupid **** and you’ll definitely be a Brown, if you’re lucky!
Sure under Anthony’s parameters, you’re only going to be suspended for a few games here. Nevertheless, just know that there’s a lot of football fans (Chiefs fans included) out there that are demanding blood. They’re talking lifetime bans. They’re talking no more football ever again. You’re being mentioned in National Sports debates with some of football’s biggest off the field disasters. You’re being thrown under the bus of every publication and sports talk show that does that sort of thing as a shtick. You’re the Cheetah, but right now the Cheetah is being preyed upon by Internet and Media monsters. Your million dollar image is broken. It’s broken into a million madden-peace’s by fanatics who are ‘mad-den’ not going to take it anymore. You let down Chiefs Kingdom.
The questions from up above don’t matter. The court of public opinion has already long since adjourned. Did you hear that resounding gavel? It’s loud, like Arrowhead. It’s not going to be cast aside by a few touching videos. There’s an overall stigma that you should be the one that’s terrified Tyreek. Not Crystal. Not Zev. You–Tyreek Hill–you should be terrified that it even came to this. You should be terrified by the millions of dollars you could lose, and the billions of respect points you shattered along the way.
This situation is bigger than Chiefs football. It’s bigger than the Super Bowl, it’s about fatherhood. It’s about opportunity and the American Dream. Respect, honor, dignity and how hiding your true colors behind your shield of NFL ability paints the picture of you not taking any of it seriously. Being undefeated in NFL speed but being too slow to understand parenting and how to treat people behind closed doors when the NFL camera you took over stops rolling, and it’s just you and your family. Because that’s the speed you need to be training to improve. We know you can juke the pants off a linebacker, Tyreek, but stay out of the instant news–NFL Press–the only thing in the NFL faster than you.
Some say it’s already too late, and they’re done with you. They gave you your second chance. They screamed your name at Arrowhead. They bought their children your jersey. They named their pet goldfish Cheetah because it had spots and swam fast in its home with its gridiron corral themed Super Fish-Bowl. They paid to attend your youth football camp only to have another player take over. They played Madden and scored with you so many times the memory alone had them smash the game into little peace’s for just a little release. Do you understand? Do you even get the criticism? Do you even know why some of the people seemingly hate you and some of the people seem to think you did nothing wrong at all?
Part of it is because the world is a cynical, hypocritical place if you want to make sure that’s included. But part of it is just basic human decency. Doing what you are in the news about is not how second-third-fourth-fifth…etc, sixth-chancers are ideally supposed to behave. To top it all off, the Chiefs almost went to the Super Bowl last season. Chiefs fans waited for well over 30+ years for a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes. Chiefs fans have already felt cursed and every year have the ‘what’s it going to be this year’ approach to the NFL calendar. They want the Chiefs to win it all, but sometimes it feels like something always gets in the way. You want to know what that something is this year Tyreek? That something is you! Innocent. Guilty. Whatever… you cost the Chiefs by not taking advantage of the opportunities being afforded to you. You didn’t hold up to your end of the bargain. Why Tyreek Hill? Why now? Why this season?
Maybe you’ll play in 2019 as they’re currently saying. Maybe you’ll make an impact. Maybe the Kansas City Chiefs will win football games with you as the number one wide receiver option. Maybe you’ll be the MVP of the season. Maybe you’ll get your record setting deal in 2020 and go on continuing your career as the fastest in football. The true Cheetah. But with my Blinders Off, the Chiefs aren’t giving you that contract. You’ll be a Chief in 2019, but at the season’s end the Chiefs either let you walk in free agency or give you the tag’n’trade treatment a la Dee Ford.
Stay out of trouble Tyreek.
That’s all you had to do.
The subject of Tyreek Hill is as flammable as gasoline. It can explode with any opinion about the matter that is too positive, too negative or even too neutral. The subject is as explosive a matter as Tyreek is explosive as a player with the ball in his hands. It’s an infinitely-sided subject that can be taken any way depending on the personal viewpoints of each individual spectator that is attempting to determine where they stand on the matter.
Even after thinking about this particular article for days, what matters to me remains unclear because I still don’t know the facts about what happened within Hill’s family. I can literally rant all day positively or negatively about one side or another. I can be vulgar and hateful, or forgiving and hopeful. Either way, I don’t know the facts about what happened. Determining that this early in the facts would make me too over-entitled to my opinion. Because it’s just another cheap opinion.
It’s my hope that Tyreek Hill plays football for the Kansas City Chiefs again, not just this year, but in 2020 as well. It’s my hope that Tyreek Hill turns into a fantastic family man and helps to raise some wonderful children, especially young Zev Hill. It’s my hope to become a better family man myself, and to remember to not make all of life into football analogies. Life is so much bigger than football or the Chiefs quest to achieve hoisting the Lombardi trophy high and proud as it’s only a small part of our journeys on Earth around the Sun as human beings. Life is hard, parenting is impossible. Watching the Chiefs and Tyreek Hill overcome this situation will be a wonderful experience for us all. And if they don’t, well, I’m positive we’ll figure out that too. We’re Chiefs fans, we’re Arrowhead Guys, we can do this and so can our Kansas City Chiefs!
That was some adventure and mess of a PEACE on Tyreek Hill. Ultimately however, I would say it doesn’t matter to the Chiefs in terms of football. The Chiefs can win the Super Bowl with or without Hill. I’d relate to a race car that was already winning all the races but had NOS capabilities. Hill is that NOS feature that will be helpful in getting to the Chiefs Super Bowl. However, the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes and a host of other players that can win without the NOS. I’d suggest not to forget that dynamic when factoring where you stand on the Tyreek Hill situation. Look at it from all sides just like number 15 does when he’s standing in the pocket gauging what to do with the football before unleashing his next amazing throw.
Arrowhead Guys wanted me to write this with the idea that Tyreek Hill was only going to get a few games suspension. I probably did a little MOAR than that. But if that’s the case, Andy Reid will get his can of NOS ready as the Chiefs win the AFC West again and blow through anyone that gets in their way on their path to the Super Bowl. It may be a cheap path, but it’s my cheap path.