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Believe it or not, Sunday’s game against the Browns will likely have more of a lasting impact for the Chiefs organization and its fans than any game they have yet played or will play this year.
Why? Because it marks the end of a remarkable 156 game streak of sold out appearances at Arrowhead. “Blacked out” now formally re-enters the vernacular of Chiefs fans after a 19 year absence. After nineteen years, a generation of Chiefs fans, tens of thousands of families mind you, will be forced to plan their Sunday afternoon in some way other than sitting in front of the TV and cheering or jeering their beloved team. After nineteen years, tens (perhaps hundreds?) of thousands of longtime, loyal Chiefs fans will discover that there are other ways to spend their Sunday afternoons in the fall.
This my friends will likely be a mind-opening and life-changing event for Chiefs fans and until the day the Chiefs once again find a way to regain their full attention, the expectation of full attendance at Arrowhead as a given will remain elusive. If absentee owner Clark Hunt did not grasp what the full impact of a black out would mean to his franchise, he will soon find out. His father earned our love, respect, loyalty, and trust. Those are things he can not simply inherit. This Sunday officially marks the day where if he desires those things from us, he must now start earning them through his own passion, through his own vision and effort, and upon his own merits.