KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It takes a lot to get Big Red to turn red.
When he's not in the pressure cooker of an NFL sideline, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is about as mild-mannered as it gets. He wears floral print shirts by Tommy Bahama, prefers sweat shorts to slacks, and the Southern Californian exudes the kind of surfer chic that comes with the laid-back lifestyle of the beach.
The sight of the Las Vegas Raiders doing a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium in their caravan of buses after ending the Chiefs' 13-game win streak last month? Well, that was enough to get under Reid's rather thick skin.
“I don't think either team likes each other that much,” he said, “as they've stated before.”
Making the entire scene all the more galling is the fact that Reid considers Raiders coach Jon Gruden a close friend. Big Red spoke glowingly of him when Gruden chose to return to the AFC West from his plush gig in the television booth.
For his part, Gruden didn't want any part of discussing the victory lap ahead of Sunday's rematch in Las Vegas.
“I mean, you can find the smart aleck bus driver in Kansas City who made some snide comments when we got on the bus, maybe that’s why we drove around the stadium — just to tick him off,” Gruden said. "This is ridiculous. Next question.”
Oh, don't expect that to be the last time the parade around the Truman Sports Complex gets brought up.