No angelic smile, rather a silly Alfed E Neuman grin. After a loss. Yup, in the aftermath of the Chiefs first loss of the season I'm a happy camper, and why? Because the Chiefs lost a game? No, of course I'm not happy about that ... rather (you know who). Thing is, this team will bond more than ever before ... I know it's ONLY one game, and in the long run it means little (if anything) to the team's playoff hopes. Indeed, this team is a virtual lock for The Dance, and in two weeks I fully expect sweet revenge, a dish best served cold, as my favorite Klingon would say.
Oh, I know there are billions and billions of disappointed and heart-broken fans across Chiefs nation right now (H/T Carl Sagan) but into each life some rain must fall, and we all know that April showers bring May flowers (see? I can mix metaphors with the best of them!). By now you're most likely convinced that I've lost my mind, and you'd be right but that happened years ago ... no, this loss is not at all a horrible thing, aside from Chiefs fans having to endure two weeks of gloating by "those guys"... that's saying a lot about a team that already considers itself to be a "family" ... and the end result will be a Chiefs squad that may just be better than anyone can imagine as this season heads down the stretch run. Personally, I'm hoping that the Chiefs front office can arrange another flyover for the second Denver game and plant a small (or sky-sized) seed of doubt in the minds of the Broncos just before gametime.
Already I've seen the excuses, and quite honestly none are needed. Let's face it: the Chiefs got kicked by a VERY good Denver team. It happens all the time, and it happened last night. The Broncos were the better team at Mile High and that's simply a fact. Peyton Manning showed why he's the best ever, or at least close enough. Moreno and the Denver O-Line did what they had to do, and the Denver receiving corps is as good as advertised. On the flip side, the Broncos Defense played well and stopped the Chiefs when it mattered. The Chiefs were outmatched, outgunned, outscored and outplayed. No excuses. No Whining.
For the team it means another workweek, just as they've done all season long, and getting ready for the Chargers. For the rest of us, for fans, it's going to be a lot of "looking forward" to The Rematch with Denver in Kansas City. Fortunately, Andy Reid is going to have the players attention squarely focused on stopping San Diego, where their attention needs to be. For now, it's no more than a blip on the radar screen, a bump in the road, a nothing on the existential path of universal Chiefs Nation dreams of this 2013 Kansas City Chiefs team taking us along for the most glorious ride we've been on in a long, long time.
Heads up, Chiefs fans! Stay classy, be nice to Broncos fans (they've earned the right to be even more annoying than usual) and remember: It ain't over til the spilled milk goes under the damned dam and no crying over the fat lady.