That's a sad face. A face that most of us as Chiefs fans, have shared plenty over the first 3 games of this season.
There have been plenty of times during this short season, where I felt like this truly is rock-bottom. That we really just might go 0-16. Frustration and humiliation have been in abundant supply everywhere you look. From friends and co-workers, to Jay Leno and the Sports Analysts, the Chiefs have become a punchline. And the anger and frustration has never been more clearly evident than here at AP. From the 2200 Fanshot/Fanposts we've been graced with every Sunday, crying for us to Suck4Luck, or to tell everyone I"M DONE WITH THIS TEAM!, its been a struggle to find anything positive to take away from this season so far.
Its been tough watching this team this year. But, each and every Sunday I still look forward to it. I still try to hope (with limited optimism) for the best.
Today I sat on the edge of my seat, impatiently waiting for the last few, precious minutes to tick off the clock. Throughout the game I screamed and yelled, hollered and hooped. At several points, I had to flip the channel over to something that would give me less of a chance of popping a capillary.
My screams of, "Cassel you F*@#ing piece of &#*$!!!! Try being a real QB for a change!!!", obviously got through to him, because he put up better numbers today than Matty (ICE) Ryan.
Matt Cassel lead, he threw, he pissed me off, and then he blew me away with some more quality throws. All while under pressure. All while knowing he was going to take a hit. Was he perfect? HECK NO. But did he do his job and be efficient? Yes, he did.
Watching our team today, I couldn't help but be excited by what I saw. Or think how night and day different we looked. Our D was pressuring the QB. Tyson Jackson looked good. Gilberry was a factor for a change. DJ looked like a beast. Steve Breaston was phenomenal. Dwayne Bowe actually made some plays. Thomas Jones had a few nice runs. Battle didn't fumble. Flowers played through pain. And Tamba Hali looked eerily similar to the revered #58.
We fought hard to contain the 2nd best RB in the league (if you have to ask who's #1 you're not a Chiefs fan). We limited turnovers and penalties. And although we were not perfect by any means, and made mistakes, we managed to overcome, fight hard, and win a tough, physical game.
The biggest thing that really struck me about this game (and maybe you noticed it too), was at the very beginning of the game itself. As I watched from my living room, the camera panned over Arrowhead Stadium and I felt my heart skip a beat. The stadium was packed. As the Chiefs matriculated up and down the field the roar of the crowd sent chills through me.
How awesome was it to see a fanbase, one that's been struggling to figure out whether this team is worth the time and effort, or whether they should just give up and fold this season for a "real QB", to come out and support this team in that fashion? To me it was incredible. As soon as I saw the Sea of Red, I knew we had more than a chance to win this game.
This is a young team with a lot of talent and a lot of heart. We may have lost some of our best players to the IR/ACL plague, but the fact remains, we still have a team. And the support for that team was on full display for the NFL, analysts, and jesters to see and to hear, loud and clear today.
I'm proud of our guys for stepping up and showing that they still have fight. That they still have pride. That they still have a fire, and a yearning to win. And I'm just as proud of those of you, that made the effort to let those guys know they still have your support, by showing up today.
I can't guarantee we're going to walk away and win every game here on out (although it'd be fantastic if we did). But I hope those of you that want to throw this season, or feel like this team isn't worth supporting this year, took notice of how hard those guys played today. Because you can't tell me, with all the twitters and tweets floating around, that those guys didn't take pride in playing for their fans today. Playing for you.
In the immortal words of Peter Quincy Taggert, Commander of the NSEA Protector in Galaxy Quest: "Never give up, never surrender!"
To life, love, and football. Go Chiefs!