Thank you, Chiefs, for bringing the hope back after a 2-14 debacle. For bringing football back to the Midwest.
Thank you, Clark Hunt, for canning Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel, and for going after John Dorsey, part of a winning tradition at Green Bay, and Andy Reid, a proven winner and repeat postseason visitor.
Thank you, Dorsey, for revamping this roster and providing us with depth. We now know that when our key RB goes down, we have a more-than-capable backup at Knile Davis.
Thank you, Coach, for helping to lead us from bottom-of-the-barrel laughingstocks to legitimate contenders in the span of seventeen short weeks.
Thank you, Alex Smith, for being the best quarterback to wear the arrowhead since Trent Green. A lot of people say you're a game manager, and perhaps they mean it derisively, but after the Croyle/Huard/Cassel/Palko/Cassel/Quinn carousel we've had since 2007, I'll take "game manager." You showed us that managing games can and often does contribute to winning games.
Thank you, Jamaal Charles. You are the definition of awesome, and I couldn't be happier that you play for us and not for our opponents.
Thank you, Donnie Avery. Yes, you had some mistakes - we all do - but you provided us a semi-consistent deep threat on a team that was sorely lacking one. I look forward to your ongoing improvement with the red and gold.
Thank you, Dexter McCluster, Quintin Demps, and Knile Davis, for bringing special teams back to Kansas City. An often-overlooked facet of the game, you made teams pay for neglecting it not once, but twice. And your record-setting returns always kept our contests exciting.
Thanks again to Knile Davis for backing up Jamaal Charles. Yes, it was your first year and with those come hiccups, but two words for you: Sandy Eggo. You kept us in that one, doing an awesome job considering it was your first-ever start. And you were on fire in Indianapolis.
Thank you, Chiefs defense. Yes, there were struggles down the stretch (particularly in the secondary), but we showed that we can once again generate turnovers and QB pressures - at least during the first half of the season.
Thank you, Kansas City Chiefs. I know it's been a revolving door of sorts in terms of head coaches, coordinators, and such in the past few years. Thank you for making it to the postseason, for making my wife enjoy football, for this emotional rollercoaster - going from elation to frustration, disbelief, sadness, anger, and joy again all in the span of three and a half hours, once per week. Thank you for bringing us back to contention.
Thank you, Chiefs Nation and Chiefs Kingdom, for being loud and generating what normally only happens on video games: 3rd and 48. One word: one-thirty-seven-point-five. 137.5. That record is ours, dammit, and when Seattle comes to sacred Arrowhead next fall, we're going to show them what it's like to play in the loudest stadium on earth.
I don't know about you, but I'll bleed red and gold until I'm dead and cold! 2014 here we come!