This was not the dying moment of an ugly loss. This was a feel-good charity softball game in the middle of the summer, for heaven's sake, when everybody was feeling happy and upbeat.
Still the boos rained down on poor Matt Cassel.
A few weeks earlier, in another sign of the little regard so many in Kansas City seem to have for their quarterback, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt had publicly announced, seemingly with glee, that the team hoped to sign free agent Peyton Manning.
It's been the offseason of disrespect for Cassel, the summer of indignity. It must have hurt. It had to hurt.
If it did, the perpetually sunny California native does a fine job of hiding all the pain.
''I'm going to be the same guy each and every day,'' he said with an engaging grin as the Chiefs opened camp. ''I'm going to give you 110 percent of what I have, and some people like it, some people won't. You know what? I'm going to give it my all.''
Even his harshest critics agree that Cassel's been giving it his a...