Someone told me long ago there's a calm before the storm; I know it's been comin for some time.
When it's over, so they say, it'll rain a sunny day - I know, shinin down like water!
I want to know, have you ever seen the rain coming down on a sunny day?
I arrived in the parking lot Monday evening around 6 or so, with no real plans to tailgate. As I got out of the car, I noticed the people next to me were setting out a serious spread. One of them approached me and asked if I happened to have a bottle opener. I never go anywhere without my trusty Chiefs Keychain bottle opener, so I was happy to oblige.
As my reward, they invited me to tailgate with them. I was too grateful to point out how in the world they forgot a bottle opener, so I just went with the flow. BBQ Chicken, chips, all kinds of salads and even chocolate brownies were set before me while I watched the Jets/Bal game being displayed on the jumbo-tron inside Royals stadium - you could see it perfectly from where I was in the parking lot.
Awhile later (and several beers), I thanked my new friends and headed towards the stadium. As it happens, I arrived just in time to see the 800lb cake of Arrowhead being cut. There were 2 GORGEOUS cheerleaders along with KC Wolf under a little tent where they were cutting it. Someone remarked "oh there's a CAKE too?" sarcastically referring to the cheerleaders...someone else muttered "don't really want cake, but I'll take a muffin..."
Once inside, I quickly got settled and enjoyed a really cool fireworks and laser display. The stadium looks so awesome at night. When Billy Ray sang the Anthem, I swear he said "Home of the CHIEFS" along with everyone else, but I'm not totally certain.
When they rain started, I was caught totally off guard, and wound up getting totally soaked. It didn't matter, because there was no possible way I was leaving. When Rivers kicked the ball in frustration, I already knew we had won. I started screaming "We got you now - this game is already over!" Several people around me laughed, and of course I got several "calm down theres a lot more football to play." I didn't care, and remained relentless screaming the same basic thing the rest of the game.
That last defensive stand took all the guts I had to keep on with the same message. When the final play ended, and the place ERUPTED, pretty much everyone around me gave me a high five and several yelled "you were RIGHT man!" - a few people even thanked me for the positive energy (it wasn't easy at that point, lol).
I was soaked. I was freezing. I was exhausted. It was one of the best times I've ever had.
I can now honestly say I've seen the rain come down on a sunny day.