Quite possibly one of the best lines I've ever heard from a football player. So simple, yet so powerful. If you didn't already know, this comes from our own Eric Berry, right after he was diagnosed with a torn ACL. I firmly believe that this line was not only meant for him, but for the whole season in general.
If you're reading this fanpost I'm going to assume that you are a rabid Chief fan like myself. When you heard about Moeaki, a piece of your heart broke. When you heard about Eric Berry, your heart cracked in two. When you heard about Jamaal Charles, your heart shattered altogether. Yeah, we know, it's going to be a long season.
Alas, this isn't a fanpost about the play of our team, or how we're going to overcome adversity to win games this season. No, this fanpost is for all of the "fans" that are rooting for our team to fail miserably just so that we can acquire the number one pick. Follow me after the jump to see what I'm talking about...
When we lost our stars for the season, a lot of people here on AP decided to take the year off. A lot of people left the board, a lot of people decided to put their jerseys away for next season, a lot of people just gave up in general. To be honest I'm ashamed in our fanbase. Not only did we abandom our team, we abandoned each other.
I don't really care where you're from, what you look like, what you've done in your past. What matters to me is that we're all supposed to be united in our Chiefs brotherhood. Some of you may scoff at this; I'm not here to keep you happy. I'm here to provide my opinion on the disgusting performance of our fanbase.
There's a fanshot out there saying that a poll taken here on AP showed that 70% of the voters agreed on chanting"Stanzi" if Cassel did not perform on Sunday. While Stanzi may the future of our team, he's not our starting quarterback. Hell, he's not even our BACKUP quarterback. Stanzi isn't even activated on gameday! You fans should know that booing your starting quarterback or chanting his backups name is only going to create more problems. There's a reason why Stanzi isn't the number 2: The coaches don't feel he's ready. How would you feel knowing thousands of people are cheering for a guy 2 spots behind you that has no chance of playing anyways? You don't already think he's feeling the heat?
Look back at the gameday threads. I know we're all frustrated with the gameplay, the coaching, etc. Take a look at some of the comments made by our fellow APers. Countless people trashing everyone from the players to the coaches to the execs to the janitors. Countless fanposts about how we need to tank the season for Andrew Luck.
The people that can accept the Chiefs are a bad team that will hold the number 1 pick and would be content with building the team for the future with the number one pick would be fine. The people that are openly rooting against the Chiefs, hoping that they lose is a whole different story. Nobody should be rooting against our team. I don't care what happens, there's no reason for it at all. Every sunday I'm cheering on my team, no matter what their record is. Anyone that calls themself a fan should too. Our goal should be to win the superbowl every year, but we should also have the mindset of trying to win every single game no matter what the outcome is later on down the line.
In addition to wanting Luck, I ask some of you guys....What happens if we get Luck and he busts? Not only does that screw us over with the first pick of the draft, but it sets us back even further. I'm not saying that Cassel is the answer or anything but you can't put so much emphasis on one kid. He's never taken an NFL snap in his life, there's no guarantee that he's going to amount to anything. For all you know he could be the next Ryan Leaf. He could be a damned good quarterback, or he could be the biggest draft bust in the history of the game.
Remember the season opener from 2010? The magic, the excitement you felt? I was at my mom's apartment here in Southern California, throwing a party for the game. A few Chief fans, majority Charger fans. Every single minute of that game I had a smile on my face because I could feel a new era coming on. Haley and Pioli finally had their year to properly scout the college players they wanted. They had established their core group of players. Everything seemed right. We experienced our ups and downs throughout the 2010 season, but there was enough optimism to keep us excited for the 2011 season.
I understand we get frustrated and say things we don't mean. But really guys, we're supposed to be one of the classiest fan bases in the entire league. Praying for tanking is horrible for any team, let alone one of the most historical teams in the history of sports. Cheer on every snap, pump your fists for every first down, scream at the top of your lungs when we score one of those rare touchdowns. This season is going to test not only our team, but our fanbase in general. Stay on board; the storm will pass soon. After all, it's only a minor setback for a major comeback.