Yesterday for the first time in the last couple of months I was proud to be a Chiefs’ fan. Wake up this morning and I still feel the same way. I have been a Chiefs’ fan since I was old enough to figure out to cheer for the team in red. I have been mortified and embarrassed just to watch this team this year. For the first time though this year I was happy to watch a Chiefs’ game and see the frustration of our great fans played out in a way that civil but clear and to the point: We need change and it better happen in a big way.
Kansas City fans this year have been dumped on. The booing Robinson Cano in the Home Run derby was I thought amazing. Did they take it a little too far, maybe. Honestly I think it would have stopped if he had just hit a home run. Instead he fueled it with every out. But I saw passion. Something I haven’t seen from Royals’ fans since that magical 2003 season, where we stayed in first place for a couple of months. Then we have the cheering for the Matt Cassel injury. Another thing that would have gone under the radar if Winston would have kept his mouth shut. I’ll defend Kansas City till I die and I will defend the fans, because I’m right there with you; I’m frustrated, but let’s stay civil.
Now I’m not from the Save Our Chiefs movement nor have I given a dime. I have not even gone to a game this year. I don’t think that makes me any less of a fan though. I lost my job and disposable income is tight, but I work where I can and I love my Chiefs. I also love coming here and sharing my frustrations with all of you. I know that not everyone is a fan of these movements and think that flying the banners and wearing black to the stadium isn’t going to do anything. Yesterday though was the perfect storm for the fans. No matter what side of the coin you are on, you have to admit, a statement was made.
Now I was on Arrowhead Pride while watching the game and I was on Twitter most of the day. These are just estimates and I would like my fellow fans to help me out but I thought that the stadium was about 60-65% full. I know the Chiefs are telling us what the number was for paid tickets but the estimates that I have heard was about 65%. I thought that the number of people wearing black was probably 40-45%. Now I could be real off on that number but I’m reading from the Kansas City Star it looked like 50/50 at times.
Then you have the whole ordeal of the flyers being passed out that said Fire Pioli and that early in the day they were being confiscated by security. Then word got out on twitter that people were going to be kicked out if they were seen with that sign in the stadium. After the twitter explosion, they stopped taking the signs and fans were able to take them in. Now I’m sure that there were some people upset about the signs being taken from them, but for the most part this story is about how the Chiefs’ organization is so mismanaged that they decide to take away these signs, got scared from the backlash and then let fans take them in. Then try to cover it up saying that they weren’t taking the signs away at any point when they clearly were.
Fans cheered when they should have cheered and booed when they should have booed. It was a well organized protest that watching fans walk out before half time could not help but get the owner’s attention. Now whether he does anything about it or not I’m not sure. Personally I think he makes all of these moves at the end of the year so that he can get ticket holders to renew because there is “change” happening. If he makes moves now, it might get lost or quickly forgotten. Now I will say this to the fans; this is not worth taking to the next level. Let’s not get nasty where the organization or the media make us fans to be the bad guy. Wearing black to the games or flying the banners over the stadium is up to you and still shows our displeasure with the team. I think that if we start throwing things onto the field or start lighting things on fire we have lost everything that we have worked hard for. We are the best fans in the game, I truly believe that, which means that we can get mad and boo and share our feelings but let’s not take it too far.