We've been tooting our own horn quite a bit recently (and frankly, lots of cool stuff has been happening) but I think the heart of KCporkchop's post is about Chiefs fans being a special type of sports fan. I have to smile when read a post about loving an 0-5 team. -Chris
So I know that some of this has already been said on more then one occasion, but I think it bears repeating. I love being a Chiefs fan. It may of been a hard time to love them these last few years, but I know that I'm not alone. I know I'm not the only one that wakes up on Sunday morning jacked up that my team is playing. I know I'm not the only one that decks myself out in Chiefs gear and commits a few hours of my precious time on the weekend to the team that I love, even when I know that it will probably end in heart break.
You know how I know I'm not the only one?
AP. This place.
I was impressed with this place from the get go. As I've become more of a regular I've come to realize something. This place isn't normal. Chiefs fans aren't normal. Now if you've been around this place very long I'm not telling you anything you don't know. We've lost 28 out of the last 30 games and this place is still packed with passionate fans that support their team. We have our differences. Some our optimists, some quite the opposite. But even those that are labeled "negative" are still here everyday because they love this team so much.
As the season has gone by I have visited more and more SB sites from other teams. Now don't get me wrong, there are some good sites and good fans for a lot of teams, but I gotta say, this place is special. Maybe I'm just a total homer, but I just see a different level of passion and dedication here at AP.
In my humble opinion there are two big reasons for this.
1. The way this place is run is first class. Mad props to the Thorman brothers for their dedication to this site and our team.
2. Not to take away from #1, but I think the real reason is because the Chiefs just have great fans. You can see it when you walk around the Arrowhead lots before a game. It's almost like a college atmosphere only instead of 18-24 year olds, its all ages. Nothing that the team has done seems to be able to drive us away. It may piss us off or break our hearts but it doesn't kill our passion.
For whatever reason, I'm having a sunshine and rainbows kind of morning. If you want to complain about the current Chiefs there are plenty of threads up where you can do that. On this one I'm looking for what you love about being a Chiefs fan. Why do you think we love our team so much? I'll start off with a few of my own.
I Loved Christian Okoye. I was in elementary school when he was in his prime and just thought he was "awesome". His legendary Tecmo Bowl abilities only added to his "awesomeness".
I Loved DT and the whole Chiefs D during Marty's glory days. I was actually excited when the other team had the ball. I just knew that the D was going to do something to just crush the other team. I get pumped up just thinking about it.
I Loved Marcus Allen as a Chief. I don't know what was better, knowing that he couldn't be stopped on short yardage or that every TD he scored was like a dagger in the heart of Al Davis.
I Loved the Vermeil era offense. Much like the D during Marty's era, you just knew this offense was going to make it happen. Trent Green, Priest, Tony, the O-line, they were just unstoppable.
I Love that nobody can tailgate like we can. KC BBQ? Come on, enough said.
I Love that we aren't Bronco or Raiders fans. I don't care what their records are, how could you like those guys? I hate the Broncos and Raiders and would NEVER want to support those teams. Wins against those teams are better then any other.
I Love that even when they're good, the Chargers just aren't worthy of hating. Even when they win the division they don't matter like Denver and Oakland do. Sorry Chargers nobody cares.
I Love "the home of the CHIEFS!!!" If we as Chiefs fans could somehow file a class action law suite against Jets fans, I'd be all for it.
So there you go. A little "good cheer" on a Saturday morning. Feel free to add yours to the list.