Even if there is more than one way to skin a cat, we couldn't do it. Just hours after the most horrific Chief's loss since 7 days ago, and already people are ready for next season. Two games into this season, and I would dare say there is not a fan among us who thinks we have a shot at the playoffs. It is funny though, how quickly we can forget a traumatizing experience. Our bodies, especially our minds, have an amazing ability to protect itself from getting overwhelmed. As disturbing as today's loss is, I see an incredible number of fans already saying enough is enough. They are ready to forget all about this season, looking instead towards the Draft or what could be another painful off season of firings and hirings. Why others are ready to quit on the Chiefs altogether.
As to trying to put a good spin on things, or even try to figure out what the heck is wrong with us, forget that. There are more problems with the Chiefs than with my '72 Ford Galaxie. Today's game was so bad I was trying to think of a new name to call it, but I just couldn't express it in words. Not even in words that do not exist yet. Regardless, I think it is time for us to regroup, get our game face on, and figure out what WE can do to stand behind our team.The first thing I want you to remember is why did you become a Chiefs fan in the first place? I have read many an interesting tale of when and where someone decided to give their fandom to the Chiefs, and let me tell ya, a fickle mistress she can be. But the common theme in all of the stories I have read is that there was some player, or play, or game, or moment when the Tomahawk Chop just came indescribably flowing out of you like a boulder down a mountain.
Most of us grew up locally watching the games with our Fathers, or in my case, my Grandfather, and it just became part of our lives. To be honest, I couldn't stop being a Chiefs fan if I tried. Call me square or lame, but one thing you cannot call me is disloyal. So when I see a bunch (and I mean a bunch) or fans saying that they are going to quit rooting for the Chiefs, it just breaks my heart. Why did you start rooting for the Chiefs in the first place if are going to jump ship now? This is where the term "band wagon" fan came from.
Let me step back and say that I have been a Chiefs fan long enough to know that I am completely and utterly frustrated with what has historically happened to us (kicker to not be named), and what is happening now. I hate it. I despise it, and I want desperately for it to stop. For us to contend for Championships is all I ever wish for in the long, anxious moments of the off season, and to have it all come crashing down like this...Well, it damn well hurts.
I tempered my expectations for this season, along with most of you, knowing we might have a difficult time being as successful as last season, but what I didn't expect was that we wouldn't even be competitive. I assumed that those days were over. I assumed that the Pioli regime had gotten our talent level, and coaching, up to respectable league levels. Something is really wrong in the Chiefs organization for them to be so bipolar. Whatever it is, hopefully it comes boiling to the surface sooner than later so we can move on.
I say all of this because I want you to know that I feel like many of you do, at the end of my rope. But I still think there is one thing that we can all do. Be Chiefs fans.
Our team's failure or success shouldn't alone define what it is to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan. True fans don't run, and that is what the players on our team really need to know. That they are playing for something greater than themselves. That they are playing for a community of fans who never say die, and who won't accept this apathetic play.
Had I been in attendance at Ford Field today, I would have set there to the very last trying to find something to be optimistic about. But regardless of how I felt, at least the 53 guys down on the field would know that there is at least one person out there who believes in them. So how much better can it be, to know that there is a whole lot more than that.
I won't tell you to not be frustrated, or upset, because you should be. But I am asking you not to say that you are going to start rooting for this or that team because you give up. Just cry, yell, scream, fart, meditate, or whatever else helps you get over this loss, but don't you dare quit. We certainly wouldn't tolerate the same from our Chiefs.