Second-year tackle Jordan Black insists that he was just trying to give a shout-out to his high school. But that won't stop angry Notre Dame fans from shouting at him.
Black, who made his first NFL start on Monday Night Football against Tennessee, decided to identify his school affiliation as Dallas Christian High School instead of Notre Dame during the taped introduction of the starting lineups.
After the move solicited a rash of angry criticism on the message boards of Notre Dame fan websites, Black tried to put the best possible spin on his decision. But the bottom line remained intact: he is not happy with his alma mater's decision to fire his college coach, Tyrone Willingham.
"I just wanted to give my high school some publicity because they're always hitting me up for money," Black said in trying to laugh off the issue. "The last time I was home I told them if I ever got the chance to start on Monday night I would mention them. The whole thing about being upset with Notre Dame got a little out of hand."
But Black readily admits he didn't like the way Willingham's firing was handled after posting a 21-15 record in three years.
"I was there when George O'Leary was fired after a week," Black said of the coach who was hired and immediately fired when falsehoods were discovered in his resume. "Then after they got rid of Ty they apparently thought they could get Urban Meyer (of Utah) and they didn't get that done.
"It just seemed like they didn't do their homework or didn't have a plan. A school of that caliber needs to know what they're doing. But getting Charlie Weis (New England's offensive coordinator) was a great move. He'll do a great job for Notre Dame."
BY THE NUMBERS:
7 - The combined number of points separating the Chiefs and Broncos in their last three games at Arrowhead.
16-1 - Kansas City's record in December games at Arrowhead dating back to 1995.
22-3 - Kansas City's home record since 1995 when scoring 30 or more points at Arrowhead.
38 - KC's average number of points scored in its last three games, two of them victories.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"At this point of the season, when you've got to find things to motivate you -- outside of your personal pride -- why not use (the spoilers role) as a motivating ploy. They beat us and set us back at the beginning of the season. This is our chance to give them a little hello at the end." - Chiefs G Brian Waters, on the idea of hurting the playoff chances of 8-5 arch-rival Denver serving as a motivational ploy for the 5-8 Chiefs.