Monday, November 12, 2007

Milk Bottle Competition Crowns Chiefs' Croyle Starting QB

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When mowing the lawn, what is the more useful tool: a feather duster or a hammer? For Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards, the decision proved too arduous for one human to make, so he took it to the carnival.

Sub-par professional quarterbacks Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle joined Edwards and several Chiefs staff members at the Missouri State Fair Monday, where the two tossed balls at milk bottles to determine the qualified starting candidate.

"I lost my lucky coin that I used to make personnel decisions with," Edwards said when asked about the unusual tryout method. "Plus, sometimes a man just craves a gigantic cotton candy! A two stones with one bird kinda thing."

Huard's first two throwing attempts each struck the bottles, however none were knocked over. On his third attempt, Huard was sacked by a wandering goat that escaped from a nearby petting pen.

Croyle's first two attempts each zoomed by the bottles with tremendous velocity, sending a slight jiggle through their structure. On his third attempt, Croyle scrambled a few paces to his right and then heaved the ball back across his body, knocking down a stuffed prize Panda from the booth's wall, which landed on the bottle pyramid, toppling it over.

"Brodie's clearly our man," Edwards said. "But don't worry, Damon will be fine. He's back at the fair riding a pony right now. On me."

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