Dec 2, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; A Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader rides in on Warpaint before the game with the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 27-21. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Fun To Be A Kansas City Chiefs Fan!

Wow! How long has it been since I have actually been able to say that , and feel it in my heart? “It’s fun to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan!”

Longer than your Arrowhead Adventurer cares to remember.

It wasn’t an instant realization for me. It kind of gradually hit me at the draft party at Arrowhead this year. I felt different.

Everybody knows that person who tries to make fun where there isn’t any.

It just makes things worse in the long run.

For many of us loyal STH’s that is what we had become.

This party was different for me for sure.

I didn’t feel the need to get my photo with the Cheerleaders this year. I was happy to just watch them exist.

I didn’t fight over the discount Chiefs gear either. I have plenty and I’m glad.

I didn’t mind waiting in line for the free concession food. And when I ate it, it tasted so wonderful it was hard to eat and not smile.

I saw Clark Hunt and said “hi” to him and he returned the greeting, and I liked him and was glad he was our owner.

And I missed his dad, but was glad in my heart he never was cursed to spend his last days like Al Davis.

I didn’t hurry by Warpaint and the pretty lady that rides her to get a jump on the beer line.

I stopped and marveled at how soft Warpaint’s pretty fur is, and pretty the lady is that rides her.

Yes, something was different about this draft party.

I didn’t have to justify being a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

I just liked being one. It was fun.

And it hit me. Being a Chiefs fan is fun again.

Many of you have been Chiefs fans so long that you might not even remember why you became one.

You may have inherited it, like my friend Shawn who grew up with red and gold carpet in his basement and breakfasts with his father and brother at Arrowhead in the frigid weather.

You might have noticed a player like the great Derrick Thomas, and wrapped your mind around the rest of the team.

You may have went with a winner, like the Kansas City Chiefs certainly were when they won what I personally think was the greatest Super Bowl victory in the history of the greatest sporting event on earth.

None of that was really true with me.

Someone gave my buddy and I lower level tickets so many years ago when the Chiefs were the worst of the worst.

And I sat in my seat, and marveled at the brightness of the green grass, and the blueness of the blue sky, and the cheerfulness of the cheerleaders.

And I said to my buddy….”This is fun.”

And so it went. I became a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan on that warm September day.

We have had some rough times Addicts for sure.

How long did I wear my Chiefs hat at Walmart ready to defend their honor instead of bask in their glory?

A long time.

But now I wear it to HyVee to talk about the bright future and exciting players, and bad ass coach we have now.

I might be misguided but I don’t have to try and convince myself we have a talented coach, or a skilled quarterback.

I honestly believe we do. Time will tell.

I know we have the best sports complex in the NFL. Truman is still the envy of those who would rather drive a 1953 Corvette instead of a 2013.

I know we have the best tailgaters.

And the most beautiful uniforms, amazing red and gold wonder.

We have the most wondrous history in the NFL.

Amazing wins, heartbreaking losses, career ending injuries, and even deaths.

If it happened to the Chiefs, it’s likely to have happened at Arrowhead Stadium.

No, being a Chiefs fan doesn’t rule my life.

But I think about my beloved Chiefs fans all the time.

I have a text network that gets my alerts, usually after everybody knows it happened anyway. But so what.

Being a Chiefs fan is so important to me that when my fiancee and I talked marriage, we talked about keeping my Chiefs tickets after we tie the knot.

I get to keep them!

And how did I know for sure she was the girl I wanted to spend my life with?

Lots of things for sure. But it didn’t hurt that not only did she have a real, stitched Tony Gonzalez jersey, but a Kansas City Chiefs winter coat as well.

And I even found a Kansas City Chiefs water cooler in her garage.

And all doubts were swept away like the spring rains sweep away the dreariness of a long winter.

So scheme, plan, strategize, argue, and defend our beloved Kansas City Chiefs all you want.

But above all have fun being  a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Because being a Kansas City Chiefs fan is fun again.

And I for one am so very glad.

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  • Patrick Allen

    Being a Chiefs fan is great, even when we stink.

  • P Heitman

    This just made me happy. I agree, it’s fun again. Didn’t take nearly as long as I thought. The arrowhead represents so much more than just a team to me. I’m glad I’m not alone. GO CHIEFS!

    • Patrick Allen

      That is why we keep Randy around here. His articles almost always lift everyone up. Nobody appreciates the Chiefs and a Chiefs game like Randy!

      • Bosco Cletus

        The part about career ending injuries took me back to when Berry got hurt and thinking man that is a HUGE loss, but we can still be good, then the next week Charles got hurt and it just felt like the season ended right there, our one home run hit was gone.

        • Arrowhead Adventurer

          UPS and downs for sure

      • Arrowhead Adventurer

        God help me I love .Arrowhead! And the Kansas City Chiefs! And Arrowhead Addict!

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      It makes me happy too!

    • Gino Garcia

      Having moved to San Antonio 17 yrs ago I am in cowboy country. My office is decorated in chiefs. I gave a chiefs room in my house. My house curb address is the chiefs logo. I am ridiculed and laughed at ever year. One day I reply back, one day. Well I sense that day is coming when the will no longer laugh at the team I have pledged my loyalty to.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    It’s always fun for me to be a fan of this team. Not to toot my own horn, but I think my loyalty to this team is a throwback to the fandom of the 80′s and 90′s. It’s so easy to align yourself with a team you have no real connection with. There are so many Miami Heat fans in Kansas City, it’s laughable. When asked, none of them can even tell you who Tim Hardaway is. This bandwagon fandom gets under my skin. What happened to being a fan of a team no matter how terrible they are? I’ve been through the thick and thin with this organization for 25+ years. When we finally win another Superbowl, I will cry like a baby.

    • P Heitman

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. I’m die-hard because I have to be. I’ve suffered disappointment too long not to eventually bask in glory when we win it all. I also know that when you say you’ll cry, you actually mean that. You’re not being funny, you’re totally gonna cry. I know, because I will too haha.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I almost feel like I’ll have to watch that Superbowl alone so I won’t embarrass myself, but who am I kidding? Every guy present will be crying like a newborn baby.

        • Bosco Cletus

          I know this cat will. I’ve said it for years, and win OR lose, I wont be at work on Monday bitches!!

        • Arrowhead Adventurer

          its gonna be awesome SS!

    • DieHard_ChiefsFan

      I agree 100%. I moved to Kansas City back in 1989 when my son was born. My father has been a Chiefs fan since they were the Dallas Texans and always says the wrong team left Dallas (hes still sore about that one originally being from Texas).
      I have taken my son to every Chiefs signing Since last year. This year my company moved me to our Colorado Springs office. Asked if i would EVER be a Donkeys fan, I reply “Hell NO” My basement is finished in Chiefs gear and signed pictures including one from the Great Derrick Thomas.
      So glad Direct TV has Sunday ticket as i have Never missed a game. I am Stoked about this season, finally I feel we are building for the future. Look out AFC, here comes the Chiefs !!

    • Spencer

      i’ma just say this, in the NBA its different, at least its different now days, its more of a player based fandom then team based, people love Kobe, but don’t really care for the Lakers, same with LeBron, Shaq before and more, sure there are a lot of fans who stay with the city and culture, but its turning more and more into a player based fan base, rather then the team…

      while football is a little more team/city based (a lot more) there are more (i assume) fan boys of teams that have nothing to do with their culture/city that they grew up in now then the past (I wasn’t around to confirm admittedly) and its hard as hell growing up in south eastern Wisconsin right between the Chicago/Packer rivarly and being a Chief fan…originally from KC and my father bred that KC Chiefs fan boy into me, and damn its been hard the last few years…but i’m waiting for the fun, if first got interested in football in a bigger way in the early 2000s of which was a perfect time to go into the Chiefhood, and i miss those years, i feel for some of the older guys and hopefully this feels like those early 2000s and 2010 again

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Used to be player-based in the past, but people are legitimately claiming “teams” like the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Heat. I’m a Knicks fan, but I have been since the early-90′s. It should also be noted that the Knicks haven’t won Jack Squat the entire time I’ve been a fan. My allegiance to that team has absolutely nothing to do with any hardware they’ve earned. The other three teams I mentioned have recently won NBA Championships. That’s what bugs me. Fans ride with teams they saw in a recent Finals and claim to be die hards. That sickens me. Fair-weathered fandom.


      I have to retell a story that happened to me and my son back in the early nineties. We were at a mall in KC for an autograph signing, which included Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. My son got his Chiefs cap singed by both these defensive stalwarts for our Chiefs. He then approached a receiver (name withheld, just in case he is reading), and the player asked my son, eleven at the time, if he wanted it signed. My son asked, are you an All-Pro?” The player said, “Not yet, but I will be next year”. My son then said, sternly, “Well, when you are, you can sign my cap!” Neil Smith was laughing so hard, I thought he was gonna’ lose his lunch. I remember that like it was yesterday, and it still says a lot about real Chiefs die hard fans, of which my son and I are a part of.

  • oldchiefsfan

    I can’t remember being not being a Chiefs fan. 47 seasons now.

  • Bosco Cletus

    I have people I barely know come up to me all the time and ask me what I think about the Chiefs this or that. I guess you have to be known for something. :)

  • Chris Tarrants

    I hear you, I have started to knock the dust off of my Holmes, Montana, and Law jearsey’s and honestly I don’t feel embarressed when I wear them

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      I found my Joe Delaney! And my Okoya!!

  • Troy Utt

    Can’t remember not being a Chief’s fan either… I believe I kind of grew up with them! But speaking of knowing you married the right one… I guess that would be when I found that lady with the KC Chiefs Red hair!!!

  • oldchiefsfan

    I wish I had gotten a Willie Lanier jersey. My favorite Chief ever. Well maybe Buck Buchanan…

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      Willie contact!

  • cd3382

    Great article!! I was born and raised and KC MO and I LOVE the Kansas City Chiefs. I live in Texas now, HATE the cowboys also…i mean HATE them. I get crap all the time, obviously because I am a die hard Chiefs fan living in Texas. I wear Chiefs apparel every Friday to work, only to be pestered by a bunch of bitter Cow fans, but at the end of the day they respect and tell me how loyal Chiefs fans are…and that makes me even prouder to be a Chiefs fan. Through good times and bad times…I will always be Kansas City Chiefs fan for life. YO Stacy!? remember the killer crossover bro!?!? LOL!

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      I almost had to move with my job to Wisconsin. I left the company instead and have not looked back

    • Nemoi

      I always say I have two favorite teams. The Chiefs and whoever is playing the Cowboys. Goes back to the days when they called the Cowboy’s, “America’s Team”. How arrogant! The Chiefs were my team and I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me otherwise!

      • P Heitman

        Haha…Dad? Is that you?

  • chiefs4real

    I knew it was meant to be with my wife when she allowed me to have our wedding reception at Arrowhead last fall, the day before the home opener. It was awesome!

    • Bosco Cletus

      You got a keeper my friend!!

    • Arrowhead Adventurer

      Oh wow!

  • Shawn Duce

    Had the pleasure of growing up a chiefs fan (groomed really,lol) as my father and his father were loyal supporters through thick and thin.Growing up in NE I have gotten some akward looks over the years when defending my chiefs to the ‘Pats homers and I always say the same thing…when KC returns to the feared team we once were all the pain and suffering of the recent past will make it all that much sweeter…and Stacy,you won’t be the only one crying like a baby when we win it again

    • SuperGnat

      Back in the day when the Pats had a dude with his ass in the air on their helmets, the Kansas City Chiefs beat this team again and again with ease. Those Pats teams were not even relevant. However, everyone had a great time making fun of the Patriot helmets. Maybe that is why they ultimately changed them. Good job representing the Chiefs back in the day, and I will also cry like a little bitch when the Chiefs win another Superbowl!

  • steve james

    Love the Passion. Got me a little misty thinking of being there with my wife & girl to see them win it again. Cherish this feeling. Unstopable potential of a level not seen since Marty IMHO.

  • calciomoti

    Wow, that is really a great article! No matter their record I completely agree with this article…

    • Arrowhead Adventurer


  • Suzi Conger

    Geeeeezzzzz Guys….I’m a brand new-b Chief-ette; followed ASmith from SF (and AReid) and I’ve been laughin’, excited , and good-cryi’n already!!! Got my KCC cap, earrings, and #11 jersey….lets ROCK….GO CHIEFS!!!! :-)

    • SuperGnat

      Better get a couple boxes of kleenex. Just in case you tend to cry when things go wrong.

      • Suzi Conger

        LOL,,,OK :-)

  • Gino Garcia

    Having moved to San Antonio 17 yrs ago from the KC area I am now in cowboys country. My office is decorated in chiefs. I have a chiefs room in my house. My house curb address is the chiefs logo. I am ridiculed and laughed at ever year. One day I reply back, one day. Well I sense that day is coming when they will no longer laugh at the team I have pledged my loyalty to. GO CHIEFS

  • SuperGnat

    I’ve loved the Chiefs for over 45 years and every minute has been a ball! Two Superbowl appearances with one victory! Who could complain about this organization? Many retired players are enshrined in Canton, and the Hunts have played a major part in the uber popularity of this sport in today’s society. If old AFL teams like the Chiefs, Raiders and Jets were not so good, then the NFL may not have felt pressured into merging the two leagues back in the late 1960′s. If anyone ever tries to dick with the Chiefs classic uniforms or (because of political correctness) try to change their name, then I will have a hard time identifying with this franchise. Please keep it “old school”.
    Also, I hope that all of the fans that decided to become Chiefs fans because
    of the moderate success in the 1990′s will someday soon be able to feel the extasy of winning an NFL championship!
    Love to all real Chiefs fans, and……….
    Let’s kick some serious donkey butt this year!

  • Tyler White

    Fan is short for fanatic. All agree? Amen, lets stand!

  • Nemoi

    I LOVE Kool-Aid! Pour me a big glass and count me in as a happy fan again. I’ve watched Len Dawson play, as a kid. I had season tickets when Derrick Johnson broke the single game sack record against the Seahawks. My email is ChiefsFaithful because I stick with my team through highs and lows and I can now honestly say that I feel the same glimmer of hope as when Marty came to town. Go Chiefs!