My first FanPost, hello AP! Been following along for quite a while now, occasionally commenting on threads and such, but I'm excited to finally start posting! Anyway, enough of the big introduction. I'm here to talk about what our favorite sports teams do to us as people in the real world.
Maybe I'm an emotional guy. Maybe I'm too invested in my teams. Maybe I'm the type of guy that just cares too much. I believe I'm not the only one. I can personally testify this one fact, the quality of my favorite sports teams affects the way I present myself as a person in my daily life. I'm a lifelong (only 19 years, but that's a long time to me...) Chiefs fan, a Royals fan, and a Missouri Tigers fan/student. I'm used to the daily jesting, the commonplace rib-jabbing my friends and family give me about my teams. "Those Royals couldn't hit their way out of a wet paper bag, even IF Farnsworth was pitching AGAINST them." "Ah, maybe next year Chiefs." "The Missouri Tigers don't matter, if they left the Big 12, no one would even notice." Maybe you've heard these same things from your friends and family. It gets old. And it sticks to me.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been in Kansas City, Missouri for 47 years now. Through those 47 years, Kansas City has molded itself into a "Football Town". That means the citizens of Kansas City are crazy about their team. The fans are not just fans, they are fanatics. They show up in December, sit through brutal cold, pounding snow, and anything else Mother Nature sees fit just to spend three hours of their Sunday afternoon to watch THEIR Kansas City Chiefs play. Win or lose, most of us will always keep our Chiefs apparel, memorabilia, and memories. We all like to sit in our comfy chairs, close our eyes, and think back to the glory days of Joe Montana, Derrick Thomas, Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez, Christian Okoye, Marcus Allen, and many other greats that have graced Arrowhead with their presence over the years. But today, we don't have a lot of winning to smile about. We are now used to turning off that TV on Sunday with the same disappointed feeling. Many of us fear going to work or school that Monday, as the Colts fans, the Patriots fans, the Vikings fans that are our peers boast their teams' successes from the previous day, and we are left with nothing to do but stand by the road and cheer as the victors go by. Any of us that take our sports seriously can take this personally.
This inferior mentality that our teams can impose on us can and will carry on with us through the real world. Many of us have tough lives, and while we have our faith and family to keep us going (this sounds very dramatic, just stating a point), we turn to our sports to give us that brief moment of relief, just for a few hours a week. And Chiefs fans, we aren't used to that anymore.
But I, for one, am fed up with feeling let down, feeling inferior. I am becoming a Chiefs optimist. I truly believe in Pioli, in Haley, in Romeo and Charlie. I believe in our players. I want to feel that pride in my loyalty again. I want Kansas City to take pride in their team again, and I want our players to take pride in their fans again. Here's to 2010, the first step on a tall staircase that leads to that elusive playoff win. Let's go Chiefs fans, Monday Night awaits. It's time we puff up our chests again. Who cares about our recent failures? That's not us. That's not our Chiefs. Let's show our true colors again. Let's show everyone they all live in the home... of the... CHIEFS!