Talk about getting ready for a let down. The Kansas City Chiefs have started selling playoff tickets. Did I miss something?
The Chiefs have a tenuous two-game lead on the AFC West and a road game Sunday with second-place San Diego. Nothing spells disaster like getting ahead of yourself.
The Star's Red Zone blog paints the Chiefs efforts to sell the tickets as apologetic with the franchise's hand forced into selling now -- even though the Chiefs could still blow it.
''Even on the business side, there's a clear focus on San Diego,'' vice president Mark Donovan told Red Zone. ''The timing forced us to do this. ... The good news is we're a potential playoff team. We have to get this information out. But this team is focused on the San Diego Chargers.''
Still, this couldn't have waited a week? Til, say, after the Chiefs beat the Chargers? Guess not. Season-ticket holders have a December 20 deadline to buy their tickets (from $45 to $126).
It's not that unlikely that the Chiefs can take the division. Football Outsiders now says the Chiefs' chances of winning the AFC West are at 68.6 percent and playoff chances are 70.4 percent. As for the Chargers, they only have an 18.9 percent chance of winning the division and a 25.4 percent chance of making the playoffs. I can already hear the commercials about Chiefs tickets making great stocking stuffers.