Why You Should Go To A Preseason Game And What You Should Do When You Are There!

 

 

Your Arrowhead Adventurer loves football! Even preseason. For years I complained about being forced to buy the two games included in a season ticket package. Then I went. And I had a great time. In the years since I always try to go to at least one.

 

The reasons are many and I like to make lists so here we go

 

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Red

1. The pressure is off.  It is always nice to walk back to the car with a Chiefs win, even in preseason. But that is not what the game is all about. It is about evaluating talent, which means fielding players you never heard of. But it also means watching exciting new draft picks like our new QB. Sit back, relax, and take notes. Don’t pay attention to the score.

 

Explore Like a Pirate

2. This is a real chance to explore Arrowhead, the greatest NFL stadium in the world. It took me years to work up to my 2nd row seats, but until I did, I used the preseason games as a way to check out potential upgrades. They are also a great way to meet new people, and get real close to the players. I like to get in the stadium as early as possible and look into doors, crannies, and corners. I also like to ask the staff questions. And take notes. As far as evaluating future seating, take pictures from all kinds of areas of the stadium. Then when it comes time to buy tickets you can check out the real view, not just the one on the Chiefs website.

 

Dream Like Nobody’s Looking

3. Dream. I love to read about the Chiefs both in the present and in the past. The historic plays are endless and this is such a storied venue. Don’t just read about them, but find out exactly where they happened. Then visit that part of the stadium. It has been said that you can read all you want about the Mona Lisa, but you cannot truly appreciate it until you stand in front of it. Same is true with Chiefs history.

 

Hurry Up to Slow Down and Enjoy Yourself

4.The tailgating is great! Relax, stuff yourself, and take a nap. Who cares if you miss the first quarter. It is an incredible experience to wake up from a nap and realize where you are. At the greatest NFL stadium in the world.

 

Don’t Even Think About Cutting Corners

5. Check out the corners. In my opinion the 50-yard line is overrated. I like the corners. The four corners are the closest to the action you can get. Plays gravitate toward the corners. The player jump the wall right in front of you. You can catch stray passes. I have heard the argument that you cannot see all the action but that is fine with me, I lean back and watch the jumbotron.

 

Be Yourself……….. or Be Somebody Else

6. Record the game at home. Take a funny sign with you, or wear something different. When I am in the mood to be on TV I always wear something that stands out. There are some really cool black jerseys, and yellow ones as well. Then when you get home scan the recording.

 

 

 

I think Thursday night will be a great opportunity to experience all of these things and more.

See you there!

 

~Arrowhead Adventurer

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    Interesting take. So, if you really want to appreciate the finer points of an art work, you must go to the Lourve. If you really want to appreciate the finer points of observing professional football, you must attend Arrowhead. Hmmm.

    • ladner morse

      One of my dreams… going to the Louvre.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        As impressive as the Louvre is……nothing compares to the paintings on the refrigerator door by your 2nd grade children.

  • berttheclock

    One quick juke and a veer. When I am wrong, I will be the first to admit it. A couple of years ago, early on pre-draft, I was very much in the Cameron Erving camp. I wanted Dorsey to bring Erving to the Chiefs. I thought Erving was another example of the fine work of the offensive line coach for Florida State in honing prospective talent for the NFL. Prior to the draft, I switched to another player. However, how wrong I was about Erving. Cleveland drafted him and they have had little success finding any position on their offensive line where he could be effective. He did not work out at center. He was a dud at OG. He was lost at OT. Now, Sashi Brown is trying to move him out of Cleveland along with both Osweiler and Haden.

    Of course, I won’t feel too bad about this considering the fact Geno Smith is very much on the bubble of departing the NFL. If memory serves me well, I believe more than one fan of the Chiefs wanted said Geno to become the next QBOTF of the Chiefs. Sometimes in life, one finds the worst thing which can happen to you is to have your wishes granted.

    • ladner morse

      If we are “truthing” this morning… I was both an Erving fan as well as a Geno fan.

      Can’t win em all.

      I really thought Erving could fit well anywhere along the line as he seemed to have experience at all of the OL positions… OT, OG, OC.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        I was sitting in a casino in Reno watching Geno’s last collegiate game with my son in law, and I said it right there and then….”watch, this guy is going to be a bust”

        • jimfromkcj

          One of the things that send up red flags for me In a QB is size. The skinny ones who are small boned with very little meat on their bones are a no no for me. football is a violent game and hard enough for big muscular guys to stay healthy, almost impossible for the skinny little guys.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Erving is the source of my rule regarding college OL. Look for guys who either play the same position their whole career, or move up in the ranks. For instance, Mitch Morse made his way from C to LT, while Erving started out as a T and was moved to C when he couldn’t hack it.

      • berttheclock

        Great take. Tom Cable tried to use the same thing Erving’s college coach did and switch defensive linemen to become offensive linemen. Cable has missed more than he has been able to produce.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      My biggest whiff, as far as a favored draft prospect, was Phillip Dorsett. Though he would be really good, but he hasn’t done much of anything for the Colts thus far.

    • Merlin

      I missed on Erving too. I loved the kid coming out. The draft is a crapshoot so we are all wrong at times. My biggest miss? Eddie George, I thought he ran too high and would be a bust in the NFL.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        I was at a Sacramento Kings game years ago, in line waiting to get a drink and Eddie George was in line in front of me. We sparked up a nice conversation…..nice guy.

      • jimfromkcj

        My biggest miss was Hernandez, Didn’t miss on ability, but what a miss otherwise.

    • Frank Rodela

      I also missed on Erving, thought he would be an instant and consistent pro-bowler. I can say that I did not drink the Geno Smith Kool-aid, I did however drink from the EJ Manuel cup.

      As far as the biggest miss…I was upset when we drafted Berry over Rolondo McClain and even more upset when Oakland drafted him…..boy was I wrong there

      • Frank Rodela

        Fun fact, of the top 10 picks from the 2010 draft, only Sam Bradford, McClain and Tyson Aluala have not made a pro-bowl

        • Frank Rodela

          And of the first round picks of the 2010 draft, exactly half have made a pro-bowl.

      • freshmeat62

        I was on the McClain bandwagon too.

    • freshmeat62

      As Garth so eloquently put it, “Thank God for unanswered prayers”!

      • Frank Rodela

        “Just the other night, at a hometown football game….”

  • Frank Rodela

    Below I posted a few comments regarding players from the first round and top ten of the 2010 draft…..the number 7 overall pick that year was just released. The Browns tried to shop CB Joe Haden on the trade market, but found no one would bite on his enormous cap number, so he has been cut by the organization. According to OTC, Haden had a cap hit just north of $14 mil. The Brown will eat $7.2 mil in dead money, and gain $7.2 mil in cap space with the move

    • Frank Rodela

      Per PFT, Haden’s dead money number is $10.8 mil. so I don’t know what the actual number is, either way it is high enough to show that the Browns organization was willing to take a hit in the bill fold to let him go. At a smaller pay rate, Haden may not look for work long as he is a former pro-bowler and has HC Hue Jackson’s endorsement

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Easier move for a team that finds themselves at the bottom of the page annually than a team that is a contender.

        • Chiefly Bacon

          Depends on what Hayden wants. If he takes a one year deal, with a good team, he could turn around and sign another big contract.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Absolutely.
            I was referring more to the Browns……it isn’t as difficult a decision to take a 7 mil. hit and let a star walk when you know you are going to be at the bottom of the league regardless.

      • berttheclock

        However, the biggest problem trying to move him is PFF has rated him below the 3 guys with the Browns who are trying to take his place. His production has really fallen the past couple of years.

        • ladner morse

          IOW… no divorce in sight.

          • berttheclock

            The Browns may beat out the Saints in the dead money category, but, at least, they have begun to clean house. Points out one major problem with paying large amounts of money for contracts. If the player remains healthy and keeps producing, fine, but, should Old Age set in and/or the injury bug begin to erode their talents, then, the team is on the hook. Crap shoot, either way.

        • Frank Rodela

          If Haden can show he has shook the injury bug, his PFF raking could shoot back to the top fraction of the league, depending on where he lands

          • berttheclock

            I just read this AM somewhere that the new team would be on the hook for 3 years of guaranteed monies.

          • berttheclock

            Wasn’t his contract drawn up by the former exec from the Chiefs who went to the Browns?

          • Frank Rodela

            Is this what HAden is looking for in a new contract?

  • freshmeat62

    I remember the first preseason game I went to at Arrowhead, was also the first game ever played there. I don’t remember anything about the game or who we played, but the vision of walking thru that west endzone and the field stretching out before us was spectacular. I got chills, similar to walking into OLD Yankee Stadium just a few years earlier. About the only other thing I remember was before the game all of the big shots rode around the perimeter of the field in convertibles, and Sen Tom Eagleton got a standing ovation. He had just recently been dumped as VP candidate by McGovern.

    The last preseason game I went to was also the last game I ever attended at Arrowhead. It was the Governors Cup game against the Rams in 2002. I was one of a select few given tickets by my company in recognition for a job well done at work. I got to go to their suite and eat from a fantastic buffet, and sit in the gold seats. The following Friday they canned me. My job was moved to another state and I didn’t want to go.

    And one last comment, I am so glad they no longer have a team in St. Louis that they play that ridiculous Governors Cup game. I don’t remember ever seeing the actual Cup, but if it was any more than something they picked up at a Dollar General on the way to the game, it was too much. I think I would be humiliated to accept anything for winning the most worthless game of the entire pre, regular, and post season games, the 4th preseason game.

  • Frank Rodela

    According to PFT, the Chiefs are one of the teams interested in Haden. The other listed in the article is the Saints.

    • Frank Rodela

      Per his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Haden will have a contract by the end of the day. Though nothing can be done until 4 PM EST

      • berttheclock

        As so many GMs have learned, Drew Rosenhaus knows how to fight for the big bucks.

    • berttheclock

      Now, who was it who used to say, “Whoa, Nellie”? Keith something, who used to be a great college football announcer?

      • Merlin

        Keith Jackson

    • freshmeat62

      I can see that. Since he was released and Cleveland is paying his salary, does whoever picks him up, have to pay any more than minimum for the rest of his contract?

      • berttheclock

        As I mentioned below, I have read his contract calls for the new team to pick up the next 3 years.

        • Frank Rodela

          Being released, why would his former contract dictate the terms of his new contract?

          • berttheclock

            I believe it had to do with a trade which is what Sashi is trying to get.

          • Frank Rodela

            He has already been released, so I would think his contract with the Browns has zero bearing on any new contract signed. If the Chiefs could sign him to a 1 year, low salary prove it deal, I would not be opposed.

          • Frank Rodela

            Since, as you know, the team seeks my approval on players signed and released. Which is why Albert Wilson is still on the roster lol

          • berttheclock

            You mean that guy I kept cutting (along with Harris) last year, but, they never reviewed my e-mail to them?

          • Frank Rodela

            Must be a Dumerville-esque fax error. You should get your machine looked at Bert

          • berttheclock

            Used to be a joke at Dee’s Bar in Portland last year. Harris and/or Wilson would pull off a decent play and I would stand up and yell, “But, I cut you”.

          • freshmeat62

            You know how these lawyers are, make everything as complicated as possible so they can have jobs.

            oops…sorry bert!

          • berttheclock

            Hey, not offended in the least. Last week, i had to read about a woman who had gone to the same law school and made the news with a “Let them eat cake” comment about using a government plane with her high level government official who is her hubby.

          • freshmeat62

            Yeah, I thought that sounded a little funny too.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      So is about 20 other teams…..we are not in the position to compete for him.

      • Frank Rodela

        It looks like the Steelers will get first crack at him. He is visiting tonight, and based on his agent’s comment about expecting him to be signed by the end if the day, I wouldn’t expect him to leave the Steel City without a deal

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Vegas agrees with that, you know how people will gamble on just about anything, Vegas has given Steelers the best odds at landing him.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            We are 5/1

          • Frank Rodela

            And Haden signs with the Steelers

          • Frank Rodela

            3 years, $27 mil with $7 mil this year

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Wow, that was quick!
            We couldn’t have gotten anywhere close to that deal.

          • Frank Rodela

            Not even a little

  • berttheclock

    One discussion concerning Haden is over at CBS Sports/NFL on a thread by Joel Corry, the former NFL player’s agent, who talks about several veterans being on the bubble due to large contracts.

  • berttheclock

    Hey Frank. Thanks for the updates concerning Haden. I had been up at 2 AM and posted very early, then, went back for a snooze. So, I missed the latest from Rotoworlld.

    • Frank Rodela

      I do what I can…you should also be happy know that I am about half way through this Saturdays edition of Rodela’s Read

      • berttheclock

        Pre-cut or after the cuts?

        • Frank Rodela

          It will be completed pre-cut, but the comment board will be open to post-cut discussion

          • berttheclock

            Should generate a great discussion

          • berttheclock

            But, then, will not Laddie be loading his Penske truck?

          • berttheclock

            Pat and I were on I-5 yesterday heading north through Vancouver when I spotted a Penske truck following us. I told Pat that Laddie might have missed his turn.

          • Frank Rodela

            Would be one hell of a missed turn

  • berttheclock

    Still and all, late preseason games can deceive. Very early this AM, I switched to NFL Network where they were replaying the 3rd preseason game between the Browns and the Bucs. Saw a very good run by a Tampa Bay RB in the 4th quarter. Russell Hansbrough from Missouri. However, after checking him out, I found he had been a walk on with the Bucs last year, then, bounced around on PSs with the Bucs and Giants. Then, the Bucs picked him up. He is not even listed as the 4th RB for the Bucs on their depth chart.

    • Frank Rodela

      Late game heroics get me all the time in the preseason. I always forget that the players in the fourth quarter are playing against other players likely to not be on NFL teams, or at the very least ST contributors. Therefore the results are skewed.

  • Frank Rodela

    Cam Erving was a large topic below, mainly how we were mostly happy the Chiefs passed on him in the draft. Well, the Chiefs are spending a 2018 fifth round draft pick on the O-lineman as they just reached a trade with the Browns.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      I think it’s a good move. Chiefs depth at OT is abysmal. Erving can’t be any worse, and might be better in a new scheme.

      • Frank Rodela

        Do you know what kind of blocking scheme Cleveland used?

        • Chiefly Bacon

          They use some motion and pulling, but they’re mostly a power blocking scheme. Erving’s athleticism could be a much better fit in a ZBS.

          • Laurels and limitations

            not going to lie, I’m not seeing an elevated level of athleticism from Erving vs. the pros. Dude might surprise me, bit he appears to have peaked collegiately.

    • Frank Rodela

      What will this mean for Fulton and Reid, as all three appear to be the reserve role for the o-line, added in Witzmann/Ehinger both in play for LG that would leave 4 reserve lineman not including anyone else on the roster

      • Chiefly Bacon

        Reid seems likely to be the man out in that equation, unless Chiefs trade Fulton.

        • Frank Rodela

          Whoever than odd man out is, I would like to see something in return by way of trade

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          I can understand Reid being the odd man out……but he will always hold a spot in my heart for his retaliation on Von Miller

        • drwillez37

          Yes Red is donski!!! Fulton stays for sure

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I’m confused by this one……when words like disappointing, bust and struggle are what has been used to described the player that you have just acquired, its kind of a head scratcher.

      • Frank Rodela

        As noted below by Ransom, maybe a change of scenery will resurrect his career and shed the bust label.

        • berttheclock

          Perhaps, brown and orange were not his favorite colors. Now, the uniforms of the Chiefs are far closer to those of Florida State, plus, Ye Olde Tomahawk Chop………..

          • berttheclock

            Then again, he did begin his career at Florida State playing defensive line.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          I suppose there is always a chance of that.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        Some of it is perception though. Dee ford has been a disappointing first round pick for the most part. If he were a 5th round pick, we’d be thrilled about his production. Could be similar with Erving. He’s viewed as a bust based on his draft position, but, for a 5th round pick, he’s a darn good depth piece.

    • berttheclock

      Hey, at least they did not sign Haden, eh?

  • berttheclock

    Truly a WTF moment. Said my “Mea Culpas” about wanting to draft Erving, then, went shopping. What can I say?

    Of course, I KNEW IT ALL ALONG, right???????? Now, Cleveland had major problems trying to find a position for him. So, wonder where Andy and Heck will try to use him?

  • berttheclock

    One thing we have learned quickly about Veach is he can make deals with other GMs in the league. Traded with the Seahawks, then, Buffalo and, now, Cleveland

  • berttheclock

    Just read a piece at the Cleveland Plain Wrapper about Erving. He was, first, used at center, but, he had problems, so, they brought in a seasoned center from the Packers. They, then, moved him to OG, but, he was beaten out by a fairly high draft choice with more OG experience. This season they have tried him at ROT where he said he felt better. But, he suffered a calf injury and has missed their past two preseason games.

    Yes, he had been selected by Ray Farmer, who was the Chiefs during the Pioli reign. However, since, 2011, there are 7 first round picks by Cleveland who are no longer with their team. Not quite the way to build a franchise.

  • berttheclock

    Please do not let any fan of the Chiefs with a weak heart or even women and children watch a GIF over at NFL.com showing a Browns play against the Steelers. First and ten and the Browns QB was in the shot gun with a RB to his immediate left. Just as the QB handed the ball to the RB, you see a large DT of the Steelers shove Erving backwards onto his keister. He fell into the legs of the RB who was dropped immediately by the Steelers’ DT.

    • Laurels and limitations

      Keyser is tearing Erving apart. I understand that KC’s reserves are lackluster to say the least….but I’m still waiting to see a positive play from the Erving. We’ve seen good plays from Reid, Fulton, et cetera, et cet-er-rah!

  • drwillez37

    I liked Cameron Irving…I’m glad we didn’t bite in Haden OL is a big need

  • mnelson52

    I usually get to these articles after the article and all the comments have covered about everything. I like the fact that Veach is working at the positions of weakness to try and improve our team. He has been able to work with a variety of GMs, but that may be because he’s willing to overpay for what he’s getting, or maybe he’s just a high risk gambler at heart expecting to hit big on these bets. I’m not sure I would want to lose Reid or Fulton for Erving. I haven’t seen enough of Witzmann to know yet. I don’t think Erving has played enough OT to help us there. I also don’t think Erving’s guard play is better than Fulton, Ehinger, or even Reid in his limited guard play. Maybe I’m just overreacting because I thought the price was high, but I’ve not heard anything good about him since he was drafted. Is he going to be the backup to the backup Fulton for center and guard? I don’t think we have enough roster spots for that. If Witzmann starts, will Fulton and Reid both be gone to keep Ehinger and Erving? Guess all will be answered soon. I’m just not sure I will like the answer.

    • mnelson52

      Off subject but I hope we find a way to keep Kemp

      • Chiefly Bacon

        Me too, dude has looked too good to make it through wavers to the PS.

      • drwillez37

        Gotta keep kemp

    • Chiefly Bacon

      I’d guess this is the end for Jah Reid. Chiefs see Erving as a swing tackle and depth C. Witzmann is a swing tackle and LG, Ehinger is pretty much a pure guard, but he’s pretty good. Fulton is your depth C and G. Chiefs have a lot of guys who can play guard, but not a ton of guys who can play tackle. Reid hasn’t been very good in preseason and Chiefs can save money by cutting him. Fulton is a FA next year, so Chiefs will need a depth C by then. Erving gives them that, as well as another body at OT where they’ve been thin. 5th rounder really isn’t much in the current OL market. Every once in a while you hit big on a 5th round pick, but Chiefs have really only had one notable one recently in Tyreek Hill. Other 5th round picks haven’t generally made it past two years. 6th round picks, oddly enough, have had a much higher success rate for the Chiefs.

    • can’t see a fifth round pick as being a high price.

  • drwillez37

    Obviously someone that knows more then us…sees something worth a 5th round pick…next year’s draft will be short and sweet better pick well

    • Laurels and limitations

      I was actually thinking next year’s draft will be long and bitter. I am totally fine giving up the 1st for Mahomes, but we can’t trade them ALL away. That screams go-for-it-this-year-trade-away-next-year to me.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        Only missing two picks. 1st and 5th, plus they probably get a 5th round comp for Foles anyway. The Ragland pick is a 2019 pick. Week’s not over, Chiefs may yet pull off some trades that net them some draft picks.

  • ladner morse

    PFF had this to say about the Browns line when it comes to Cameron Erving heading into the 2017 season, a season which PFF had the Browns ranked as the 16th best OL:

    ” The issue on this line was Cameron Erving, the former first-round pick, playing center in his second season, having struggled massively at guard and tackle as a rookie. He was little, if any, better in the middle, surrendering 30 total QB pressures and being routinely abused as a run blocker. It’s difficult to see much of a future for Erving at this point, and his position is one in need of upgrade.”

    I need to see the doctor about some depression medication…………

  • I think this is far too demanding and depressing about the Erving pick. Stop and think about what Cleveland has done the last 3-5 years. IT IS A BLACK HOLE OF THE NFL UNIVERSE. GOOD PLAYERS ARE SUCKED IN AND SPIT OUT.