At first glance that sentence doesn’t really mean anything. I mean most of us that read this blog watched the game with baited breath and scooted to the edge of the couch for every down until we jumped to our feet with every sack, every touchdown, and every play that we thought deserved cheering…. even the plays that didn’t because it was the first real game of the season and our hearts weren’t broken yet. That sentence doesn’t tell us anything new or really even notable, considering that we tied the Jaguars with the worst record in the NFL last year—it’s not like we beat the defending Super Bowl Champions, or the Patriots, or Seahawks, or any of the teams picked to survive post season football. That sentence won’t go down in history, people won’t look back on their lives and remember the day that the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars---that sentence means next to nothing…unless you are a Chiefs fan.
As a lifelong Chiefs fan, seeing that score scroll across the bottom line for the rest of the day Sunday meant everything to me. It’s not like we have never won a game before…it’s just that last season was really rough to say the least…in fact the last twenty years (which was the last time we won a play off game) and more specifically the last six years (since we got Scott Pioli as a GM) have been really, really rough.
Every time I talk about the Chiefs with people, they say Chiefs fans are always the same…we always claim that "this (insert year) is the year", we always show up hopeful full of pride, with belly paint and tomahawk chalks, full of trash talk and beat the hell out of you chants, ready to take on the season…until Matt Cassel takes the field for the first game and cant complete a pass in front of the line of scrimmage. I don’t want to give those stupid…Rams fans, Raiders fans, Broncos fans, etc. any more ammunition, But…I dare say that THIS is the year. This, Matt Cassel less, Scott Pioli less year…is THE year.
Not the year that we win the Super Bowl, or even go to the Super Bowl…but the year the Kansas City Chiefs become a contender. This is the year that can change our franchise. Last night we got to watch all the talent that has been on our team for the past five years, finally get to show what we have known they could do. You could feel the excitement in the air…even with the mistakes, and that stupid safety… you could feel the wind shift—you could feel the pulse of the team. And I am so excited…not just for this year, but for what this year means for the years to come.