From the FanPosts. Warning: cuss words used below. I appreciate this perspective. Thanks for venting. -Joel
I CHOSE this. It's my own fault. That is the worst part.
To be fair, I was only 7 years old. But I CHOSE to be a Chiefs fan. You people from Missouri and Kansas and the surrounding areas didn't have a choice, so you can't blame yourselves. You just pulled for the local teams. That's what people do, and you didn't choose this. You're not to blame.
But I grew up 5.5 hours from the nearest NFL team, in the middle of nowhere near the Canadian border. Everyone where I am from just chose teams pretty randomly to follow. I grew up with fans of the Patriots, Steelers, Raiders, Cowboys, Jets, Giants, Vikings, Dolphins, Bills, Rams, pretty much every NFL team.
But as a 7-year-old, I had to choose the goddamn Chiefs. It was 1972, they had just won the Super Bowl a couple of years before, were still a good team, were loaded with great players, had great uniforms, and got into fights with the evil Raiders all the time. What's not to love? How could these other kids pick these other teams? Didn't they see how awesome the Chiefs were?
Well I blew that one, but I still stuck with them, now going on 42 years, through all of this crap. Once you pick a team, they are yours, you can't switch. If I could go back in time to tell my 7-year-old self one thing, it would be to choose pretty much ANY other team. 49ers, Packers, Steelers, Giants, even the goddamn horrible Buccaneers in their stupid uniforms that arrived a few years later would have been a much better choice. They won the Super Bowl, and don't really have any heartbreaking playoff losses. Sounds pretty good to me right about now.
But the rule is, once you pick a team, they are yours. The Chiefs are mine.
So I stuck with these guys. Over the years, it was hard to find any news on the team, and they were hardly ever on TV, but that didn't matter, they were MY team. I would comb the magazines at the newsstand to find out any info on MY team. What the hell is the Wing-T? Shouldn't they draft a QB? Wait, Todd Blackledge, in THAT draft, really? Will they EVER even make the playoffs? Okay, we finally made it, but then we lose to the Jets, fire the coach and hire the special teams coach?
Finally in the early 1990s things seemed to be on the right track, but even Joe Montana couldn't drag this team to the Super Bowl. So many bad breaks, bad decisions, Grbac over Gannon, Lin Elloitt, you all know the score.
To me, Pete Stoyanovich of all people exemplifies the Chiefs in the playoffs. With Miami, he made the longest field goal in NFL playoff history against the Chiefs, a 58-yarder, to help the Dolphins win a tight playoff game, while the Chiefs' legendary All-Pro kicker Nick Lowery missed a 52-yarder that would have won the game. Okay, it completely sucked, but it happens.
But that's not the end of it. Pete Stoyanovich was the Chiefs kicker in 1997, when KC had the best team they've had since 1970. Stoyanovich was still a good kicker, he even made a crucial long kick for the Chiefs to beat the Broncos in Denver in the regular season. KC went 13-3 and had home field advantage and the bye week before hosting Denver again.
But in the playoff game, Stoyanovich missed a field goal that could have made the difference in that game. That is just the Chiefs: the SAME guy will make a record-long kick against them in the playoffs but when he is playing FOR them in the playoffs, he will whiff and cost them. Players, coaches, GMs, they all change, but the playoff misery does not.
But why am I telling you people this? You all know what's happened in the past two decades that we haven't won a playoff game. I suppose I am just venting, because I honestly don't know what else to do at this point. What else is there to do? I can't bail on this team after 42 years.
But what the hell? What the hell? 38-10 in the second half! 38-10! THIRTY EIGHT TO TEN! Are you kidding me? Over the years, they had found every single way possible to fuck up any expectations I might have had except for ONE: they hadn't yet CHOKED and blown a GIGANTIC, HUGE lead in a PLAYOFF game. Until now.
THIRTY EIGHT TO TEN. Second half. FOUR TOUCHDOWNS. Don't even start with that "if I had told you before the season that the Chiefs would go 11-5 and make the playoffs you would have taken it" garbage. That is pointless, because if I had told you, when the Chiefs were 9-0, the only unbeaten team in the league, that they would finish the regular season 2-5 and then CHOKE away a HUGE lead in the playoffs, you WOULD NOT have taken it. No one would. A great season crashed and burned yet again. AGAIN.
Going into the playoffs this year, I was pretty sure that the Chiefs would do what the Chiefs always do, and lose. But even knowing that, I was asking for ONE thing: don't fucking humiliate me. I live in enemy territory. I am the only Chiefs fans that anyone knows, and everyone knows me as "that Chiefs fan guy." I just wanted these guys to not embarrass themselves, because embarrassing themselves would embarrass ME, "the Chiefs fan guy." But no, they couldn't do that, they couldn't just play well but come up short, they had to find a way to choke away one of the biggest leads in NFL playoff history and find a new way to lose AGAIN to the goddamn Colts in the playoffs.
I didn't expect victory, I know who these guys are. I just wanted them to not make my life worse. But they couldn't even do that. They had to puke all over themselves on the biggest stage they'll ever get, and lose in an incredibly humiliating fashion. Everyone who knows me knows my Chiefs problem, and now they all have to call me up and email me to tell me stuff like "Wow, what the hell happened to your team? I left the room with them up 4 touchdowns in the second half and came back 10 minutes later and it was a close game. And then they lost." Great, like I wasn't watching or didn't know that or something. Yup, that happened. Thanks AGAIN, MY Chiefs!
I don't even want to go over the game tape to find out who's fault it is. Because in the end, it's MY fault that I CHOSE this team. That is a burden that you people who grew up in the KC area don't have. It's not your fault. You went for the local team, you had no choice. It's much worse when you have a choice and it's your own fault that your 7-year-old self screwed up.
You people in the KC area also have plenty of other Chiefs fans around you to commiserate with. When people see you with that demolished look in your eye, they know what it's about. They probably feel the same way. But no one else here in enemy territory feels that way. They just laugh at the choke job they saw in the playoff game on TV. They're all still excited about the NFL playoffs, because their team had a bye week and has won multiple Super Bowls in the last 15 years and still might win another one this year. Haha, football is great, for them. I hate them.
I don't know what to do at this point. I can't bail on the team after all this time. But this isn't fun. This makes my life worse. It seems like it's always going to make my life worse. It's been 42 years, that is longer than a lot of lives (way longer than Joe Delaney's life, for example.) Longer than most marriages.
I just want this team to stop making things worse, but they can't ever do that. So yeah, go Chiefs. MY team. For life. I chose them. Yippee, hooray.