For those of you who don't know me well, maybe you haven't been around Arrowhead Pride very long, or maybe (like most people) you simply don't pay much attention to me (which ranks you in the "highly intelligent" category) a little bit of background, if I may. I'm older than dirt and yes, the Big Bang really DID wake me from a pleasant nap. I've been around and seen way too much, including the Kansas City Chiefs since the time the franchise moved from Dallas to Kansas City (thank you, Mssrs Bartle and Hunt). I listened to the Chiefs on the radio with Bill Grigsby (Our Old Pardner) since the mid-60's when they were one of the dominant forces of tthe AFL, along with our FAVORITE team to hate, the Raiders. I've seen the Chiefs go from Super Bowl to dust and sort of back up again a few times, born and reborn in various incarnations, including (but not limited to) Paul Wiggins, Marv Levy and the Todd Blackledge Affair, Big John Mackovic's ouster by the player's revolution, Martyball, Uncle Dick and Herm's The Man. Since joining AP about the time Pioli/Haley came aboard I've been (occasionally) the Voice of Reason ... not getting too bent about a loss, not getting too carried away about a win, unsure about the drafting of some Safety out of Tennessee (way too much hype but in hindsight well-deserved) and saddened by the "middle of the night" departure of Brian Waters. [Editor's Note: I still owe go_saleamua for talking me down off the ledge that fateful night, thanks man!]. Back in 2010 I got into some delicious debates about the possibilities of the Chiefs beating the Ravens in that year's playoff game and subsequent debates about just how lucky the team was that year. Then 2011: The Year of the Injury. And last year, 'nuff said. Today I'm going to do something I've never done before. Ever.
"We feel like we can put points on anyone we play" - Jamaal Charles, 12-15-2013
H/T - The Amazing Chris Sembower
Closer to the present, I tossed up a short paragraph earlier this season about how good I was feeling about the current Chiefs administration, like that Andy Reid fella, and John Dorsey. I've felt so good about this team all year, even during the losing streak to the Killer B's (Broncos, Bolts, Broncos) I had no worries because I knew this team would bounce back. What I didn't realize at the time was that even during the losses, beginning with the Chargers game, the Chiefs were ALREADY in the process of "bouncing back" from adversity. Building on it. Learning from it. Becoming more resolute in everything they were doing as a team, as a family. As of right now, it's clear in my muddled mind that the Chiefs are on a roll and a mission, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if this team made it all the way to ... see, getting to the playoffs, while unimaginable a year ago in the wake of last year's diaster, seems almost like an afterthought following the beatdown in Oakland: we already had a ticket to the dance, bought and paid for. But this collection of players isn't about to let history or anyone else get in their way, at least not for awhile. This. Time. It's. Different.
PS: I Love You
No, that's not meant for Bsrkr or BAMF (hey, I love you guys!) ... I mean Post Season (what were all of you thinking?) and how can we NOT love it ... the Chiefs not just in the playoffs, but locked and loaded two full weeks ahead of time, on a (current) winning streak heading down the stretch, believing in themselves like never before with an MVP candidate leading the way physically, and a real, genuine Regional Game Director leading the guys in the huddle and on the field, a re-awakened defense and the best head coach for the team at just the right time in the team's history ... like it was all meant to be: Reid's own nightmare a year ago and the nightmare that the team went through (for the record: as much as I really, really, really, really REALLY disliked Pioli, what he went through that day is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy) making it the perfect time for the perfect coach for the perfect team all coming together and evolving into ...
"We are the champions of the world" - Queen
For the first time in all my years of fandom, the first time in nearly 50,000 comments and a few hundred fanposts along the way, for the very first time I'm going to go out on a limb (which hopefully isn't being sawed off at the trunk right behind me) and I'm going to "predict" ... state as a certainty ... offer as an optimistic opinion ... make a wild, baseless claim with absolutely no foundation of reality aside from a gradual build-up of hopes and dreams along with every other Chiefs fan across the globe ... and say right here, right now, that the Chiefs will win not only a playoff game, but two or more. In fact, something just tells me that despite the Mannings of the world, despite the rotten luck that Chiefs fans have endured for years in one form or another, regardless of the past history of the franchise in "big games" from Montana v Buffalo to the Trent v Peyton Game ... all that aside, because ...
This. Time. It's. Different. Post Season, I Love You.
I don't care which team the Chiefs play. I don't care where the Chiefs play. I don't care when the Chiefs play. The Chiefs are going to rock the dance like nobody's business. Jamaal Charles is going to be the Prom Queen (or something like that) and we can all go home happy. There's something special going on a One Arrowhead Drive, and we're blessed to be a small part of it, fortunate enough to be able to witness this year's history of the team and the NFL (and believe me, history will be made by both Manning AND Charles). Chiefs fans, hold my feet to the proverbial fire and give me well-deserved trash-talk for days and weeks and months about it if I'm wrong, but come on ... me? Wrong?
Are you ready for some football?