Hi everyone. I've been lurking for over four years now, so I figured it was about time I contributed something besides clicks for Joel and Chris. I've been a football fan for as long as I can remember, but I don't know a whole lot about X's and O's. (Although, I've at least learned the difference between a 4-3 and 3-4 defense thanks to AP.) For my first Fanpost, I figured I'd try out something that even someone who knows little about the finer details of football and has never played the game can ramble on about. And, since it's the bye week, what better time? Here goes....
Reading through posts and comments from you regulars for the past few years, I realize that a lot of you have been Chiefs fans for a looong time. Others just jumped on board when the 49ers dumped their guy, Alex, like a pile of unwanted trash. (Wouldn't it be nice if the garbage collectors gave you something when they hauled away your trash--like two 2nd's?) Some of you were practically born a fan; some old timers know the Chiefs' history from the beginning; and some barely know Romeo Crennel was the Chiefs' coach last year. *shudder* But you all have the same thing in common: The Chiefs are YOUR team. OK, OK, so the Chiefs are technically the Clarks' team, but let's not get caught up in minutia like Red Hot Scott.
I grew up 100 miles north of Donkeyland, so I'll give you exactly one guess what kind of football drab I was forced to don as a wee little chap. (Man, I hope there are no pictures of that out there.) I was subjected to the brainwashing typical for any child growing up in a football-loving family, when the bandwagon of the nearby team is overcrowded and about to bust an axle.
But one day, at the ripe old age of 8, I sat watching a game between the Chiefs and Bengals. At the end of the game, Nick Lowery (gotta love that 'stache)
kicked a game winning field goal as time expired. In a post-game interview, Boomer Esiason said something to the effect of, "We have to be better than that. We can't lose a game to this kind of team." (Sorry if I'm slightly misquoting you, Boomer, but the interwebz don't turn up anything in the searches I tried; and besides, I was just a kid!) Being an 8-year-old, I didn't understand why he said something like that. In later years, I realized that the starting quarterback for an 8-2 team should be disappointed with a loss to a 1-8-1 team.
Here are a few other things I didn't know on that day:
- the Chiefs are division rivals with the team I had been taught to cheer for my whole life;
- the Bengals would go to the Superbowl later that season, while the Chiefs would finish that season with the 4th worst record in the NFL at 4-11-1;
- the Chiefs would fire Frank Gansz at the end of that season and hire Marty Schottenheimer;
- the Chiefs would select Derrick Thomas with the 4th overall pick in the 1989 draft;
- this man would wreak havoc on NFL quarterbacks in a way never before seen;
- 25 years later, Andy Reid et al. would resurrect a 2-14 Chiefs team and lead them to 9-0 (and hopefully a whole lot more)!
So what did I know that day?
I knew those helmets were awesome! Plus they had a dude on their team with an extra cool last name, given their team colors:
I grabbed a coaster off of my parents' coffee table (you know, those ones with the marble top and cork bottom?). Next, I grabbed a marker. Last, I went and hid in my bedroom and drew the best arrowhead on that cork-bottomed coaster I could. Mind you, my Heavenly Father didn't equip me with a whole lot of artistic talent, so I'm sure it was horrid. (I wish I had that thing, though--no idea what ever happened to it.) And that was that. The Chiefs were my team!
My question to all of you is, "Do you remember the exact moment it happened to you? When did you own a piece of the Chiefs? When did the Chiefs become YOUR team?" Thanks for sharing!
P.S. This is my first post on any kind of a blog....ever. So, I appreciate any feedback or tips for making them better from here on out.