First officials in the Obama administration – and shortly thereafter, the media – glommed onto the word in an effort to downplay the myriad problems with the Affordable Care Act website. A mere “glitch,” they said.
But two months worth of problems hardly qualifies as a “brief interruption.”
Which brings us to the mysterious case of Dan Meers aka the Kansas City Chiefs mascot known as KC Wolf. And what the Kansas City Star labeled a “glitch” that resulted in Meers being seriously hurt and having what could be career-ending back surgery while attempting a practice bungee jump from the stands to the field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Meers did not return calls for this column.
However the fact that the 46 year-old Chiefs mascot would try something that risky – and then slamming into the seats – raises the question of who made the call for Meers to attempt such a stunt.
I’ve known and interviewed Dan from his earliest days with the team when he was young and single and a nicer guy you’ll be hard pressed to meet. But clearly what’s being described as a very serious back injury like Meers’ could a a career ended.
“As long as my body holds up, I plan on continuing,” Meers told me in 1998, in recognition that the wild and zany stunts it takes to be an NFL mascot were temporal in nature.
Even then – 15 years ago – Meers said, “I notice it takes a little longer to recover after a football game. More time in the hot tub afterward…I don’t know. I’m 31 now and the Chicken is 43. And I figure wolves eat chickens so … The oldest mascot I know is 46 now, but I’m having fun. I’d love to retire at 65. I tell my wife I plan to avoid real work as long as possible.”
And while Meers lawyer was careful to kiss up to the Chiefs and direct the fickle finger of blame towards the unnamed company that rigged the allegedly-flawed bungee system, it’s clear that if push comes to shove and Meers is forced to seek “real work,” the team is the one with the deepest pocket.
How sensitive is this elephant-in-the-room subject?
“I was sad to hear that the family has already spoken to an attorney for a lawsuit,,,,sure sure i know somone has to take some responsibility, but as a family I would hope to see healing as number 1 priority over the almighty dollar….that is what is wrong with out country,,,we are so lawsuit happy and greed has made us ugly,” commented Amanda on Fox 4‘s spam infested website.
To which another comment responded:
“Amanda, your cynical comment only highlights how very little you know about Dan or his family. Perhaps someone making snap judgments about what hurting people value is a bigger problem here. The Meers family is made up of some of the most generous, caring, compassionate people I’ve ever known. In fact, they would probably prefer I not waste my time responding to your ill-informed post.”
As noted in the blog WrestleFun Time, “Kansas City was where a similar accident led to the death of Owen Hart in 1999.”
A horrifying stunt at Kemper Arena witnessed by Westport Flea Market owner Joe Zwillenberg and a worldwide television audience.