What a week, which is now in the history books for the Kansas City Chiefs. First, you announce to every father mother and child that you want them to be in their seats early for the home playoff game to make a good impression on the NFL world ostensibly to host a future NFL Draft. Then, blow an 18 point lead at halftime in another playoff game at home with the same miserable result for the second year running. Then the head coach takes the typical blame he always takes after any loss, leaving you empty inside and without any real feeling that the team is ready to exact any kind of accountability… but at least he admits this offseason will be all about re-building. Then your offensive coordinator is signed to be the Chicago Bears next Head Coach leaving a giant vacant hole at OC. Then you hear that Assistant Head Coach Brad Childress is retiring and you begin to believe the team really has the ball rolling towards re-building as rumors fly that the team is about to give their defensive coordinator Bob Sutton the axe but nothing happens day after day even though you keep checking Twitter feeds by guys like Adam Shefter 999 times an hour (not sure it’s possible but it’s true). Then good ole pal ole buddy John Dorsey, who has inexplicably taken the worst GM position in all of sports, steals three scouts from K.C. leaving more holes to fill in the Chiefs organization. Then Alex Smith was awarded the Derrick Thomas Award and Kareem Hunt was given the Mack Lee Hill Award which made me forget that the Chiefs lost another home playoff game for 3 and a half minutes. Then RB Coach Eric Bieniemy was promoted to the Offensive Coordinator leaving the RBs — including Kareem Hunt — without a coach. Then more projections abound as to who will replace DC Bob Sutton who just so happens to still be with the team. Then, late yesterday, Deland McCullough agreed to be the Chiefs’ RB coach (former CFL and NFL RB who served as the USC RB coach in 2017).
So, now that the horrendous playoff loss is nearly one week in the books, it leaves me with several questions and/or observations:
The Risks of Fandom
There’s just no getting around the fact that being a fan is a risk. We dream the dream and when we do we take in the possibility that the dream will fail.
What Time Is It?
What time is it? On this watch, it says the work day is over. That’s precisely what I’m having trouble internalizing. The season is over. Boom. Click. Snap. Just like that, a season that had so much promise… maybe not Super Bowl promise… but more promise than being beaten by the lowly Titans… is hard to believe it’s over. But it is.
A Simple Message For Clark Hunt
A woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day. One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, “You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you stayed right here. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. You know what?”
“What dear?” she asked gently, smiling as her heart began to fill with warmth.
“I think you’re bad luck.”
Anyway… It’s Just Football
Like many fans who visit this site, I’ve been a Chiefs fan for a long time. Long enough, in my case, to recall the last time K.C. won it all… and long enough to recall the lean years of the 1970s and 1980s. I have to remind myself sometimes, it’s just football, just a game. The word “fan” is derived from “fanatic” but it’s not good for my blood pressure to take things as seriously as I do at times. So, I have to remind myself to “enjoy” the process of watching the games. Red also so happens to be my favorite color and no matter which team is playing… if they have a red jersey on (except Washington) I can usually be found rooting for them.
Defining the Problem
It’s Easier to Ask Forgiveness
You’ll have to click on the Tweet below to see the gifs.
Thread of gifs from As seen on TV ads/infomercials because they’re literally so funny and underrated:
— Tate (@tatehill_) January 9, 2018
A History of Winning
On this day in 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs became Super Bowl IV Champions.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 12, 2018
Hope Is As Hope Does
Some of you are aware that I am a heart patient. I had a heart attack in a classroom 11 years ago and two students saved my life. Everyday I wake up and say, thank you for one more day. Life is too short for me to spend time being down about my favorite team. So, I had to listen and watch an old video last night that made me smile. I leave it with you.
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