Is it in your blood? Were you raised in Chiefs diapers? Or did you pick them to spite your dad, who's a Bronco fan? Maybe you just randomly picked a team. Whatever the reason is, you're still a Chiefs fan.
Myself? I was born in England, and when my parents moved to California when I was a baby, they didn't care about football. They didn't eat, breath, or even think about it. I remember watching Superbowl 34 with my dad at my neighbors house. We had put money into a pool, but had no idea what was going on. I was only 9 at the time. I remember asking him, dad why do they get 3 points when they kick it through the two sticks, but only 1 at other times? And my dad sat there as baffled as I was.
When I was 12, my best friend had bought Madden. I still didn't know anything about football, except that I liked to run the ball when I played with him. He always told me to just push up on the joystick and when I got near the touchdown line to press square to dive. Eventually I persuaded my parents to buy me a used copy of Madden, and that's when I discovered Priest Holmes.
With Priest Holmes I could actually beat people. I still didn't really know what I was doing, but damnit I could pretend. Madden eventually taught me how to play football, and my ability to use #31 helped me decide my favorite team. Runningback has always been my favorite position, so it was pretty much a no brainer that he would become my favorite player. When I was a freshman in high school my mom bought me a Priest Holmes jersey for my birthday. I wore that jersey every Sunday, washed it, and wore it to school the next day, win or lose.
As soon as I was old enough to drive, every year I'd head down to San Diego for the game. Most of the time we lost, but it's alright, a real fan is there no matter what. My close group of friends all loved football as well, and we use to argue about it back in high school, the same way we argue today.
About a year ago ago my girlfriend of four years broke up with me. I had made her into a die hard (or so I thought) Chiefs fan. She watched every game with me without fail. She had just as many jerseys as I did. She even argued with men about the Chiefs. She was pretty awesome in that regard. When we were going through our break up phase, she dropped off a few bags at my house and left a note saying that it was for my sister. Inside was 4 years worth of Chiefs stuff. The tickets to the games we went to, the jerseys, the bumper stickers, even the lingerie. Needless to say, this pretty much crushed me. Out of anything that girl every said or did, this is what hurt the most. Apparently now she's a Charger fan, but I'm not bitter.
Three months after our breakup I started dating this new girl. She's absolutely amazing. We don't ever fight or bicker, she loves to buy me sneakers and she encourages me to hang out with her brother and dad and talk about football. Not to mention she's smoking hot. Nearly perfect right? Wrong....
This girl is raised in a Raider household. Not ghetto by any means, these guys are actually loyal fans, and can hold a conversation about football. Their loyalty however has completely derailed her of any football whatsoever. She hates it. Which really surprised me that she bought us tickets to the Chiefs/Steelers game in November for my birthday. We're flying all the way out to KC for a few days, and going to the game that I'd kill to see in person.
The only issue I've got is that she knows pretty much nothing about football, nor does she know anything about the Chiefs. I managed to get her interested in Matt Cassel's high school/college story, I grabbed her attention with the MNF intro from last season and I also had her laughing with Bfetts "Rage of Haley" vid. I lined up pictures of Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster, Eric Berry, Matt Cassel and Brandon Flowers and asked which one she liked the most so that I could get her their jersey (EB29 won if any of you were wondering).
Yes AP, I was forced to bring the cutest Chiefs players into the conversation. I need some help. Most of you reading this are males (no offense to the females of course; I'm not that sexist). Assuming that most of you have a loved one that is a Chiefs fan, how did you help influence their decision? I figure I've already got a few points headstart seeing as how she spent a bunch of money on tickets to KC in the first place, but still. I need to get this girl actually interested in the game so that I can scream at every play, pump my fist for every first down and drink my beer without having to take a breath every 3 seconds and explain the game to her. I know you guys can help me out. I mean really....Look at this picture. Need I say anymore?