The Perfect Kick

Arrowhead is a wonderful place. A sea of angry red seats, still one of the largest stadiums in the NFL, and certainly the loudest. The experiences it delivers never ceases to surprise your Arrowhead Adventurer.

I’ve seen players (and staff) carried away on stretchers, broken bones protruding from open wounds. I’ve seen heartbreaking losses, and indescribably joyous wins. I’ve seen both  savage fights and tender moments of joy in those angry red seats.

Arrowhead Stadium isn’t a bad place to spend a perfect, 75-degree cloudless day. Spending such a day at Arrowhead with 70,000 fans that need a much better reason to stay home than a win-less season is even better.

I’ts the rare moment when you see absolute perfection at the home of the Chiefs. It’s even rarer when you see it from a kicker.

Ryan Succop needed to prove himself to me Sunday. One of the best kickers in the league last year, for reasons I could not put my finger on, had become one of the worst. Sunday was looking good for Mr. Succop, but when he lined up for a 54 yard test I was sure he would fail.

He lined up for the test on the opposite side of the field. My buddy Kent and I had a spectacular view of the festivities.  With confidence I hadn’t seen this year, Succop trotted toward the football as 70,000 breathless fans waited for that familiar, solid pop.

For 54 yards his work of art sailed across that cloudless sky and began its decent. As it cleared the bottom of the upright, 70,000 weary fans cheered.

You can read every book ever written about the works of Michelangelo, it’s said, but you will never know how the light dances from the statue of David’s perfect contours unless you make the trip to see it.

I made the trip to see Succop’s brilliance. No big screen will ever be able to reproduce what I saw and felt.

Your Arrowhead Adventurer will make the trip to Indianapolis next weekend, and I’ll bring more Arrowhead Adventures back home with me.

What about you, Addicts? Have you seen perfection at Arrowhead?

See you next week!

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