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Driven To Drink

Fan Week

Here’s another great fan week Chiefs post, this time from All Weather Fan

Seeing the billboard & newspaper campaign schlepping 1/2-season tickets capped it.

Being an all-weather Chiefs fan these last 2 seasons has been excruciating. Watching Herm blow up the offense and listening to cliche excuses through the 9-game skid is enough to drive a guy to the bottle…even more than usual. There’s no relief reading Jason’s personal jihad to dethrone King Carl or the rage-a-thon on the Star’s Chiefs blog.

Then along came a critics’-choice draft. Not so suddenly, I feel compelled to study the transformation of a team. In the corporate world it’s called a make-vs-buy decision. Despite Herm’s job being on the line, he chose to make a team rather than go shopping. It’s a long range view, unlike my decision whether or not to re-up for another year of season tickets.

Call it Pollyanna, but I sense an Obama-esque hope that this strategy may build a team to last an era. Something in my inner-football fan is changing.

Fans have good reason to be full of venom, abandoning support of this team, as illustrated by my first successful move-down in 19 years as season ticket holder. Not only does Clark Hunt have to rebuild a team and a revenue stream, but a fan base as well.

So who are the new generation of Chiefs fans? Is there a stark contrast in their demographic or psychographic? Do they transition like the boomer generation discovering Branson?

Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone completely Kenny G for this notion of a smarter, stronger Chiefs. We want to go to the playoffs…every year. Screw the rolling dome and notion of hosting a Super Bowl. We want a winning franchise that makes the Sports Center reel and appeals even to the fair-weathered.

Will I be in the next generation of Chiefs fans? Likely. Will it be painful? Most certainly. Will I still raise my glass and scream “Chiefs” at end of the national anthem? Will you?

All Weather Fan

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