I know as Chiefs fans we like to bemoan the fact that the Chiefs don't get the national attention they should. Dallas opens a new stadium and they're on national TV ten times last year. As a Cowboys hater, that's like shivving me in the ribs and then twisting the blade around. For the Arrowhead crowd to find its passion and voice again last night will be a huge part of the Chiefs getting more national coverage. I am not much of a Jim Rome fan but he's right when he says the NFL is better when the Chiefs are good.
I was watching the game in a sports bar in L.A. last night. Not to bore you guys with a lot of technical TV production stuff, but the crowd really made the game visually compelling to watch. On Charles big TD run you can see the crowd reactions in the background. Same thing with Dex's punt return. There were massively long cut-away shots of the crowd after those plays because seeing 70,000 people in red jumping up and down looks mighty impressive, especially in HD. There were also a lot of crowd shots in between plays just leading up to the snap of the ball. Normally you get on field shots in those moments of a regular game. You don't see those types of crowd shots in pro games all that much because the pro football crowd usually just sits there and looks at the game, as if they were at a baseball game. Or a wake. I can't imagine NBC not using the flex schedule for that week 17 game against the Raiders if there are playoff implications tied into it -- Arrowhead looked awesome on TV last night.
I've seen some test footage from 3D TV (since Best Buy is selling 3D TVs now they may be showing some of this type footage in-store) cameras and a game with that kind of atmosphere will look absolutely stunning in 3D. ESPN is supposed to be launching a 3D network very very soon.
So to all the season ticket holders: keep it up! You're helping the team on the field, but you're also making a great case for the Chiefs to be showcased nationally. Who doesn't want to watch a game with that kind of home field atmosphere?