Sep 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans cheer during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium. Atlanta won the game 40-24. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Being A Chiefs Fan: It's A Hard Knock Life


Fan culture today is much different than it was when I was growing up. Being a “fan” has become a cliche. In the age of ever-changing bandwagons, I wonder how true people are to the sports teams they pledge allegiance to? Does the die-hard fan still exist? Fans seem to fly by night any more.

Ask yourself how many fans of the Miami Heat you know. How many of them would you guess know either Rony Seikaly or Eddie Jones? I’d venture to guess it’s a significantly smaller number. Better yet, how many of them were following the team during its first championship run in 2006? It’s like one long comedy sketch. Repeating itself on an annual basis in college athletics, Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the NFL.

I’ve been following the Kansas City Chiefs for 27+ years. Over that time, I’ve been to Hell and back with this organization. My memories of the 80′s Chiefs teams are faint. I can’t recall many of the specifics of that era, but the names stick out in my mind. I’ll never forget the iconic players from that period. Seeing the jagged names of players like Dave Lutz, Deron Cherry, Kevin “Rock” Ross, Nick Lowery and Art Still, in block letters, on the backs of those jerseys, helped mold me into a lifelong fan of this football team.

Despite the failings of the 1980′s Chiefs teams, my adoration of this franchise grew exponentially. By the time the 1990′s rolled around, I was old enough to be able to enjoy seeing my beloved football team in person. I saw so many football games inside of Arrowhead Stadium during those years. Back then, it really was the “toughest place to play in NFL.” The 90′s were a decade for defense. A decade where I learned what it meant to be a twelfth man. For the most part, those were the good times.

From 1990-1999, the Chiefs were the winningest team in the NFL (by percentage). Kansas City won the AFC West four times over that stretch and made the AFC Championship Game in 1993. Despite the heartache of the postseason, it was relatively easy to follow this team then. The loyalty of the Chiefs’ fanbase would be tested over the next ten years though (from 2000-2009), as the Chiefs dropped a total of 90 games. It’s that kind of adversity that reveals the character of a fan.

Many of you continue to hang in with the Kansas City Chiefs in spite of their recent struggles. For you, wins and losses are paramount, but ultimately of no consequence to your devotion to this team. I salute you and am honored to find myself in your company. To us, the grapes of victory will be sweetest when the Chiefs and the Lombardi Trophy meet again.

It’s not easy to endure year after year of futility. The endless jokes, the ridicule, and the accumulative disappointment all take a toll on you after a while. The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game in nearly 20 years. There have only been four winning seasons in Kansas City since 2003. The last regime twice lost 12 games in a single season. 2013 marked the first time in franchise history that the Chiefs held the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Things can’t get much worse for this organization. There is literally nowhere else to go, but up.

I know few people who were fans of this football team in 1969 when Chiefs won Superbowl IV. Even so, Chiefs Kingdom is bubbling with renewed faith in the new-look Kansas City Chiefs. Clark Hunt has received a momentary reprieve from accusations of being a disinterested, penny-pinching owner. The Chiefs have a new quarterback who is currently exceeding the expectations of his teammates and the coaching staff. There is reason to believe in Kansas City. None of us knows yet how any of this will play out, but I have a feeling that no matter what happens, a faithful contingent will remain. Hope springs eternal this time of the NFL year. It’s the perfect time to be a fan.

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • Jason Seibel

    Amen, Reach…amen!

  • chiefridgy

    Always feels good to be a Chiefs fan!

  • jimfromkcj

    Stacy, I can’t help but think how empty a person’s life is if they let a sport’s team control their emotions. I enjoy watching a good football game at any level, but I have never called one of them beloved. My family and some of my friends might come under beloved, but never a bunch of my peers playing a game. My life is full and I hope you and others can fill your life too, without placing so much importance to a sporting event. If the Chiefs have a good year I will enjoy it, but I am not going to change my life style or drown my sorrows in a bottle if they don’t. Many times I have said that it is a game and enjoy it for what it is, it isn’t going to make any difference to you unless you let it.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That’s quite the strawman, Jim. While the Chiefs are a big part of my life, they come well behind my faith, my family, my friends, my responsibilities, and my personal aspirations. It IS a game that I happen to love, but I have meaning in life with or without the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t read too much into the article.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I find this a bit insulting to Stacey. Everyone is entitled to find value in whatever the like in this life, whether it be family, religion or football. You judging someone as having an empty life for loving something you find not to be equally important isn’t fair.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m just wondering where I made such a claim. That football somehow gave my life meaning. I’m also curious why the simplest pleasures in life NEED to give life meaning. Life would be pretty miserable if the only things I gave my time and energy to were the most important things in it. It’s not what’s on your list of priorities that matters. It’s how you have those things prioritized.

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          I just don’t like the judgement. If all you had in your life was the Chiefs and the Chiefs meant the world to you then nobody else has to right to sit here and call your life empty. What do we know about your life? Feel me?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I understand completely and appreciate the support.

          • KCPauly

            Good read Stacy, and good call Pat, I too bleed Chiefs red I have for 28yrs. or so, and my wife is also a Chief(how I knew it was meant to be) how’s that for the importance of the Chiefs in my life, I too have put up with a lot of crap, but even when the Chiefs suck I still wear my colors proud and I get a lot of grief here in N. Idaho, it does put a damper on my day(s) when my Chiefs lose, I love the game and I love the Chiefs, I also love my God, my family, and my life has plenty of meaning, I like my job, blah, blah blah, but let me tell you on Sunday I can forget about all my worries responsibilities, and purely enjoy football, it is a nice escape from “life”, and sometimes people need that I am totally passionate when the Chiefs are on you can hear me a block away regardless of which way, whether winning or losing you will hear me and damn it I like to watch my football and I really do love the Chiefs, they have been a part of my life longer than any pets I have had, so do we not love our pets because there is more to life? I am just saying there is more to life than the Chiefs EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS and if you or anybody else don’t like it or understand it then tuff shit…I love it and I feel ya Stacy…Go Chiefs

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Well said!

          • KCMikeG

            Excellent thoughts…. Loud & Proud no matter what.

        • oldchiefsfan

          Exactly

    • Bosco Cletus

      Where in the world did you get Stacy’s life is empty out of that article? I’m just curious.

      • KCMikeG

        He won’t answer. He’s like Joe Btfsplk, from the comic strip L’il Abner, always the dark cloud.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, I have learned to drink Champagne if my favorite team or thoroughbred wins and to drink Champagne if they lose, but, the Chiefs, Jayhawks and Oakland A’s will always remain beloved to me. This is no way takes anything away from my longtime friends and family. It is part and parcel of living life to the max.

  • Eric Exton

    I will always love the Chiefs. When you grow up as a child loving this team as much as so many including myself has, the dedication will be there. Call me EMPTY but the Chief’s will always be an influential part of my life. The chiefs lose, there goes my day (week) but you better believe the party will continue and the feeling in my heart is indescribable after a big W

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Usually only ruins my Monday unless it was a game we let slip away. Then I’m usually down on Tuesday as well.

      • Eric Exton

        You are right by Tuesday or Wednesday im already thinking about next opponent. Maybe I exaggerated a little

  • oldchiefsfan

    I have been an Active Chiefs Fan since 1966. I recall sitting with my Uncle and my Dad watching Green Bay beat my Chiefs. I will always be loyal to this team. I realize there are those who will judge my loyalty and try to make themselves feel better at my expense. In all honesty I wish those who would seek to judge me and my loyalty the best although I don’t care what they may think. This is my team! It has always been my team and as long as I breathe I will be a Chiefs Fan and a Raider Hater!!!
    I have had a couple of decades where I reveled in any small victory this team has had and where fans were hard to find. I also have had a couple of decades where wins came easily and fans were everywhere.

    This is my team. This is the team I will always be a fan of and whether the team wins or loses I will be there cheering for and being a fan of my team.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Here, here!

    • Bosco Cletus

      Win or lose, the Raiders game will always be my favorite of the year. I wish they played them four times instead of two.

      • BWrangler

        And that the Raiders would lose all SIX of them!!

    • Jim Harper

      I watched that game too and every Super Bowl as well. I hated the Packers back then. They were so arrogant I could not stand them. In the NFL I was a Bears fan so already had a hatred for the pack and my love affair with the Chiefs began with the Texans. I sense something great is about to happen with this team and I hope I will be here to see it.

      • KCMikeG

        Lord I hope you are right Jim! I was watching “Hard Knocks” with the Chiefs and Herm. The positive thinking and high hopes were so sickening knowing what really happened.
        I became a loyal fan in 1969 as an 8 year old watching them win the Super Bowl. Wow – hard to believe 44 years have passed. I think it helps us long timers weather the storm a little easier having experienced the greatness of our team and the franchise.
        I will always be an optimistic Homer but with time has come some reservation. Obviously winning is the best but win or lose I just love being a part of the Chiefs Kingdom and giving everything I have with my fellow fans to the Sea of Red at Arrowhead to create many unforgettable memories.

    • berttheclock

      Biggest mistake I made was allowing my ex-wife to keep the program from that first game. There were not many of us, Chiefs fans that is, sitting there in the LA Coliseum, but, we tried our best to cheer on “Our” team.

      But, as being a fan since my first attendance at a Chiefs home game in November, ’63, lots of ebbing and flowing. The glory years of the team Don Klosterman built for Hank Stram to use, then, those terrible drought years by Steadman, the early rise under King Carl to the ebbing of his talent in keeping the team going, the trip into mediocrity under Disaster Pioli, but, hey, looks as though there is a ton of hope coming to work in KC under Dorsey/Reid and their new program. Perhaps there will really be “Happy Days are here again” played out by the beloved Chiefs.

  • Shane Summers

    Great article Stacy, getting me more pumped for the upcoming season.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      We’ve got a few weeks left of dead air. Now was a great time to try and keep the blood warm!

  • Bosco Cletus

    I gotta say Stacy, after 22 years, and only missing maybe two games that I remember since Sunday Ticket came about, I feel pretty justified as a fan with whatever the Chiefs do. I get mad when they play like crap, but not near as bad as when I was in my twentys and a loss would ruin my whole week.

    I sat at Arrowhead with my brother the last two playoff losses and wasn’t surprised really that they lost, even after Charles had the big td against the Ravens, and Dante took a kickoff to the house. I didn’t burn a jersey, or throw a fit, its just part of being a sports fan.

    Not many coworkers talk about the Chiefs with me anymore, they know without a doubt that I watched the game on Sunday, and that we probably lost. But I’m confident now, that people are gonna want to start talking about them again, because they’re gonna win some damn games the next few years, I’m sure of that.

  • BWrangler

    I look forward again to the days when you met new people, started talking about sports, told them you were a Chiefs fan and they didn’t roll their eyes at you or smirk a little bit. The days are coming soon when the first things out of their mouths will be, “The Chiefs are tough.” Even if those days are still a little while off, I’ll be here, rooting them on.

    • Philip W

      Patience is a virtue my friend. All we need is just a little patience

  • Philip W

    Great article! I’m a lifelong Chiefs fan (27) & grew up with them in the 90′s and to the author’s point, it was very fun to follow them. Joe Montana, Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, Will Shields; I would name other Chiefs of the era but it doesn’t quite feel right putting them in the same sentence as those mentioned. I live in E. Iowa which is in most part NFC North territory. What I love most about seeing a Chiefs fan in public is that without a word being said you know that person is not pretending to be a fan because it’s popular or because they want to taste the flavor of the week. I dedicate a lot of my free time to the Chiefs just like the rest of the men and women who roll through this site daily. I’m passionate about the Chiefs to the point I’ve stopped trying to explain it. I know it’s irrational but there is no place on earth I’d rather be than in/at Arrowhead on game day. From the tailgate to hearing Start Me Up echo from wall to wall to high-fiving and yes the occasional hug given to a complete stranger after Charles bust one for 60 yds, there is nothing better than being a Chiefs fan. You can’t enjoy the sunshine if you don’t experience the rain.

    • KCMikeG

      Couldn’t agree more. Especially the seeing a fellow fan here in central Iowa and knowing the depth of their loyalty. There is just something about being a part of something bigger. Of the bonding together of every different possible type of people for a single cause knowing we can influence what happens on the field in our Sea of Red. From the motivation and attitudes of the players to the delay of game and holding penalties to watching their OL give up a sack because they couldn’t hear the snap count. Trust me there is nothing irrational with savoring the roar of the Sea of Red. It is an inspirational experience. Thanks for sharing.

  • Troy Utt

    Arrowhead late 80′s, early90′s in the pouring rain & snow! Just before times got good again… Even though many times we could have moved to virtually any other seat, Those 6 seats in section 122 were the best in the house! After springing for a couple of $12 rain poncho’s & some dry gloves, all was good in the world again!
    Those are still the BEST SEATS in the house, for the BEST TEAM in the NFL! WAR CHIEFS!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I went to a 90′s game and sat in the South endzone. It was a monsoon. I got so wet my coat pockets were full of water. Dye was bleeding from my coat for days after that game.

      • Troy Utt

        LOL… My best friend would always wear a bright red spikey wig over that freshly shaven head… I know well what can happen. It’s even worse with cheap promo mechandise! But darn-it it looked good with the outfit on sunny days!

  • Jared Watson

    I’m
    a Virginia native, born, raised, and still here. The Chiefs have been
    my favorite pro sports team since I was a kid. I don’t have the
    luxury as some of you do of remembering anything before Joe Montana.
    In fact, my memory barely misses Montana and I vaguely remember
    Marcus Allen. I was about 10 years old, mid 90′s, and stumbled across
    an NFL game on tv. It happened to be the Oilers and Chiefs (yea I
    have no idea why they were showing that game here). I’ve been a fan
    ever since. There was something about the arrowhead on the side of
    their helmets and the name “Chiefs”. It intrigued me then,
    it intrigues me now. After 16 years of being a fan and following them
    from 900 miles away, I made the 900+ mile drive to One Arrowhead Dr.
    for the 2010 opener and it exceeded all expectations I had. Am really
    hoping to make it back soon. GO CHIEFS! My history doesn’t run as
    deep as some of yours but my earliest playoff memory is a 10-7 loss
    to the Colts after the ’95 season and I specifically remember
    watching the Chiefs miss three field goals in that game. That’s the
    most obscene memory I have. I always remember the Monday Night game
    against Oakland with bad moon Andre Rison catching a TD with seconds
    left to win that one. One of my favorite memories was watching that
    Aguila guy boot a 53ish yard FG to beat Denver 24-22? during I think
    it was the ’97 season. Well, that play rivals Studebaker coming out
    the pile with the football against the Chargers a couple years ago.
    Kinda sad that my favorite memories don’t include a playoff game. The
    most unassuming finish I’ve witnessed was against the Browns about 10
    years ago. You remember one of their players taking his helmet off
    while big John Tait rumbles down the sideline with the ball and the
    guy had no clue lol? My saddest memory was reading the paper one
    morning and learning that Mr. 58 DT died, and the Belcher tragedy.
    The most amusing memory was last year (Barnum and Bailey on steroids,
    mainly the coaching staff, GM, and the QB lol). The lowest form of
    quarterbacking is throwing an int on a screen play. The second time
    Cassel did it I was flabbergasted. The most offended I’ve been was
    when Cassel fumbled last year on the goal line. All I was asking for
    was for them to lead for no less than one second every five games.
    The most liberating moment was the staff turnover this offseason.
    Enjoy your legacy, Pioli! The most awkward memories I have are those
    of Cassel’s rock star celebrations after every pee wee td pass he
    threw. Talk about spending $1,000 on a $100 concert! One of my
    proudest memories was walking out of Arrowhead and joining thousands
    of others in the War Chant. I have two Chiefs logos that I proudly
    display on the tailgate of my truck and I hope every rare Missouri
    vehicle that passes me is giving my a silent high five. There have
    been many disappointing moments but there have been many memorable
    ones. I’m a Chief forever no matter the journey.

    • Bosco Cletus

      Stoyanovich booted the 54 yarder to beat Denver in 97, I was as that one as well. There were a few Denver fans in front of us that didn’t even stay to see the ball hit the ground. :) Without a doubt the best game I’ve ever attended. Amazing!!

      • Jared Watson

        My bad. I believe I was thinking of the punter.

  • KCMikeG

    “Many of you continue to hang in with the Kansas City Chiefs in spite of their recent struggles. For you, wins and losses are paramount, but ultimately of no consequence to your devotion to this team. I salute you and am honored to find myself in your company. To us, the grapes of victory will be sweetest when the Chiefs and the Lombardi Trophy meet again.”

    THANKS Stacy! Truer words have never been spoken. I salute you for your post, am also honored to be in the company of loyal fans and thanks for inspiring the conversation.

    I am hard on fans that turn on our beloved Chiefs but I have also come to realize that many of them don’t have what we do. I think it helps us long timers weather the storm a little easier having experienced the greatness of our team and the franchise.

    • Troy Utt

      Well put Mike!

  • BurtGummer44

    Since the Merger in 1970 the Chiefs only have 3 playoff victories; only the Lions have fewer over that period. The Chiefs are the epitome of futility, even the 90′s which most Chiefs fans refer to as the “Glory Years” we’re talking 2 wildcard wins and a divisional win. Since the merger AFC West teams have made 11 Superbowl appearances with 5 Superbowl wins…………and not one of them were the KC Chiefs. Wake up CHIEFS FANS, DEMAND MORE FROM YOUR TEAM!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      There were only three postseason wins during the 90′s, but it’s important to note that they were only eligible seven times over that stretch. That works out to 42%. Certainly not as bad as you make it sound. Clearly this organization has had a historical dry spell, but as long as there are four teams who’ve never MADE a Super Bowl and fourteen who’ve never WON it… I think we can all step away from the ledge. Fans and the organization are clearly demanding more.

      • BurtGummer44

        There are only 3 postseason wins over a 43 year period, and they’ve had 12 playoff berths over that time period which is a .25 winning percentage and 10 of those births ended in with first game eliminations. Your post serves as great example of how deluded the fan base is, and if they go 9-7 & get in the playoffs with yet another immediate elimination; 90% of the fans will consider the season a success and season tickets will sell out for the next season. I for one see anything short of a SB appearance as more mediocrity. Missouri is the SHOW ME State, and for 43 years the Chiefs have basically been a No Show.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I’m deluded because I provided context for the “glory years” you seemed to want to gloss over? That was a special time for this franchise. Certainly those years yielded only a modest level of success in the grandest sense, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Being the winningest team in the NFL says something about the state of the franchise during those years. Those were excellent football teams.

          This “if you’re not first, you’re last” perspective on the history of the Chiefs misses the mark. Again, FOURTEEN NFL teams have NEVER won a Super Bowl. Hell, FOUR of them have never even been.

          This team has struggled for a long, long time but to pretend they’re NFL bottom feeders from a historical perspective is to take liberties with the truth.

          All loyal fans of this fanbase want to see this football team win a Super Bowl. That’s a process though. Few teams are capable of serious Super Bowl contention year in and year out. Making the postseason after losing 14 games in 2012 would be a success. You cannot minimize how important a 7 game improvement, in one year, would be for the new regime. That’s a MAJOR turnaround in a short period of time. Moving the goalposts and playing fast and loose with the facts won’t change that.

          If you wanna talk about the Chiefs from a historical perspective, you can’t use the year after they won the Super Bowl as your starting point. That’s called “cherry picking.”

          Talk about the entire history. The Chiefs are 1 of just 19 teams to take a team to the Super Bowl more than once. The Chiefs are 1 of just 18 teams to ever WIN a Super Bowl. Manipulating numbers is fun, no?

          • BurtGummer44

            Yes the Chiefs won some Regular Season Games in the 90′s, but what do they have to show for it? Nada, Nothing, Zilch! Meanwhile over that Period the Broncos made 6 SB appearances and the Cowboys won 3 SBs. Nobody, and I mean nobody outside of KC even think Chiefs when they harken back to the NFL in the 90s. But, Hey if you’re okay with mediocrity so long as 4 other teams (2 are expansion Teams) have never been to a SB………..well then go for it. But, in reality the Chiefs are since the 1970 merger (modern era) historically one of the 3 worst teams in the NFL along with the Lions, and Browns.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            No knowledgeable fan of the NFL would gloss over the Chiefs of the 90′s. They didn’t win championships in those years, but few teams did. That decade was all about dynasties. The Chiefs were essentially a perennial playoff team. They won games consistently in the regular season.

            You continue to move the goalposts. You flat ignore several of the key points I’ve made. Then you roll a straw argument out by suggesting that since I’m not a malcontent about the Chiefs (historically), I must be okay with losing.

            This is like a clinic on how NOT to argue.

          • oldchiefsfan

            There are a lot of Chiefs fans who Love to Hate the Chiefs. I see them all the time.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Basically. I’m fine with criticism. I’m not in the fan contingent that thinks the Chiefs can do no wrong. I’m also not part of the other contingent that thinks the Chiefs can’t do anything right. Credit where credit is due. Criticism where criticism is due.

          • oldchiefsfan

            I agree

          • BurtGummer44

            Now that I think about it: The Old Browns are now the Ravens who have won 2 SBs, and the New Browns are an Expansion team. That leaves only the Chiefs and Lions as the only non-expansion teams not to make a SB appearance since the merger. Yep, even the Lowly Saints and Expansion Buccaneers have won SBs over that time period.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Guess we’ll just skip over all of those teams who have yet to win a Super Bowl at all?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Has there been some recent expansion of the NFL that I don’t know about? The Panthers have been around 20 years, the Ravens were established in 1996, and the latest iteration of the Browns have been in the NFL since 1999. These franchises are certainly “younger”, but the idea that they’re “young” is disingenuous.

          • BurtGummer44

            Do you suffer from cognitive dissonance? You just described what I stated……..THEY ARE EXPANSION TEAMS! Only the LIONS serve as a more losing team since the MERGER that CREATED the MODERN NFL in 1970. The Chiefs were not an NFL team until 1970. An Expansion team would be a team CREATED since 1970 like the Buccaneers and the Panthers who have both been to Superbowls. As a Chief Fan I am not Scared to state the obvious Reality that the Chief are one of the two worst teams in Modern NFL history. They certainly have been the least Successful of the original 10 AFL teams since the merged and officially became an NFL franchise in 1970. The CHIEFS organization have been largely non-competitive as an NFL Franchise.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Cognitive dissonance isn’t the word you wanted to use there, I’m pretty sure of it. We can stash the ad-hominem stuff for now though. Just the facts, ma’am.

            You tried to discount the point I made about the four teams who’ve never made Super Bowls. You did that by suggesting two of them were expansion teams. While that’s clearly true, there hasn’t been an expansion of the NFL in more than a decade. That doesn’t change anything. Even the youngest organizations are expected to compete, at the highest levels, at this point.

            The Chiefs ARE NOT one of the two worst non-expansion teams since the AFL-NFL merger. That’s a crock. They ARE one of four teams who’ve played 500+ games, since the merger, not to appear in the Super Bowl. Controlling only for Super Bowl appearances, they have been one of the worst teams in the league since 1970. Overall… They’re about the 17th winningest franchise in the league (of teams who’ve played 500+ games). There are 11 teams who’ve won fewer games since 1970.

            As I said earlier, we can look at the history in a number of ways. If you’re dead set on making the Chiefs look like one of the lowliest franchises in NFL history… There are numbers to support that claim. There are also numbers to support the claim that they aren’t (given the fact that 43% of teams in the NFL have NEVER won a Super Bowl – 28% of teams in the NFL have had fewer Super Bowl appearances than Kansas City). I suppose it depends on which factoids you want to pay attention to.

            But you can keep running this merger smack. You’ve recycled that tripe in a half-dozen threads now. You’re an incorrigible “fan” of the ne’er-do-well Chiefs who won’t be satisfied by anything. As you were.

          • 44WinMag

            The merger in 1970 created the NFL we know today. Before that there
            were only 10 AFL teams, so the competition was pretty limited, if I
            remember right only about 5 teams were any good at the time.

            So
            just cherry picking the 91-97 seasons is a little disingenuous when viewing the history of the Chiefs. Burt is right, since the merger the
            Chiefs have been mostly non-competitive when it comes to competing for championships. The 2 best teams (95 &97) had fatal flaws that
            resulted in 1st round embarrassments. The problem for us old-time fans who’ve seen since at least 1970 is we see the same old pattern developing especially when it comes to the New Used Coach, and the New Used QB moves.

            I’d like to see the Chiefs become great; but I’m afraid it is just management doing just enough to get the fans hopes up. The Chiefs never make bold moves esp when it comes to Coaching and QBs, it’s always quote “the safe move”. The Chiefs never try to find the young up and coming Coach or that QB of the future that end up revolutionizing the game for a decade or more. Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. Hell they play it so “Safe” they can’t even stumble into one like the Patriots did with Brady.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Let’s not discount the pre-merger Super Bowl winning teams. No one ever does that with the more storied NFL franchises. The Chiefs beat a Hall of Fame coach on the way to that championship.

            I didn’t cherry pick the 90′s, I put them in perspective.

          • 44WinMag

            You completely miss the point that before the Merger they were an AFL team and only competed with 9 other AFL teams of which half of those teams were pretty dreadful. SO the odds of going to the AFL playoffs and winning an AFL championship were better just based on the competition’s pool size. There was reason the Packers dominated the Raiders and Chiefs in the first 2 SBs. I won’t get into the Conspiracy theories involving SBs 3 and 4 which directly led to the merger. Anyhow, all of this is the reason sports writers and NFL experts almost always refer to the Merger as the beginning of the Modern NFL and use statistics based on that fact. If you look at the Chiefs history since 70 there’s a long 2 decade period of uncompetitive teams, a 7 year period of regular season competitive teams with post season failures, and now another decade plus long period of basically uncompetitive teams. Simply put, if you compare the Chiefs to other teams over that same period they definitely fall into bottom 10 percentile no matter how you try to spin it. The Saints were hands down the worst franchise since the merger until recent years; so the Chiefs can turn it around. The question is can they do it by following the same formula that’s not worked for so many decades; IE doing the same thing yet expecting different results. It’s funny how so many young fans want to reference the AFL years before they were ever born and the short “glory years” of the 90s all the while minimizing the bulk of the Chiefs history which have been mostly dysfunctional. The Pioli/Crennel debacle was just the latest example of dysfunctional-ism that is the Chiefs lest we forget Herm Edwards, Gunther Cunningham, Frank Gansz, John Mackovic, Marv Levy and Paul Wiggins. So pardon us “old-timers” who have witnessed this exact script at least half a dozen times if we don’t fall head over heals in love with Reid, and Alex Smith. The odds are that the Chiefs will show just enough improvement to keep the fans tantalized.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’m not trying. I’ll leave you two to do historical cherry-picking until your hearts are content.

          • KCMikeG

            Excellent points. Why would you want to ignore or even worse discount any successes in the past? Just so you can harp on how bad the team you’re a “fan” of is and has “always” been since winning the Super Bowl. I fail to see the benefit, logic and value of that position especially before we even take the field. Great work Stacy!

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Thank you, sir.

          • Suzi Conger

            Thank you, Stacy

  • chiefridgy

    Went to a game that I paid 5 bucks for the ticket cause they were so bad. -10 zero . Wanna say ’08 went 2-14 that yr I think. Oh and we lost on that cold ass day. But nothin better than sitting at Arrowhead Stadium with your wife, dad and bro….just watching the legacy that is the CHIEFS!!!!!

  • jimfromkcj

    Stacy, I wasn’t singleing you out as much as I was talking about the entire jist of the post and all who seem to live and die with the Chief’s wins and losses. It just seems kinda juvenile to call a sports team beloved. I have to admit I cringe when I see that kind of hero worship by grown ups. I like very much to watch the chiefs and it is even torturous to watch at times, but I usually manage to watch the game in it’s entirety. I consider myself a fan in that I have always supported them since they came to town. But I have been critical of the Hunts since the days of Steadman. No matter what the kool aiders say, the proof is in the pudding, and the Hunts have never spent any more than they had to, in order to keep the seats as full as they could. We would not be seeing what we are seeing today if the fan base had not rebelled and taken things to a level where it could no longer be ignored.

    • BurtGummer44

      Amen!

  • sidibeke

    All hell, it’s just a game. And it’s no fun rooting for a team you don’t know. I used to be an LA Ram fan, grew up in soCal. But when the team moved to StL, I had moved a couple of years prior to KC. My grandparents got me into the Chiefs (KS natives). It is fun to see good football, though, and here’s hoping we get more of that!

  • Tony Parker

    Great post Stacy, i remember going to a buddy’s house in 1990 and he was watching the Chiefs play the shithawks, him being a Sea fan. I was not much into NFL at that time being from Canada. kind of liked the Bears & S.F. However everything changed that sunday. My buddy said to me “you should cheer for this team, we play them twice a year” and all Sea games were televised in Western Canada. Since that day i have grown into an absolute diehard fan. When sunday ticket arrived at jumped all over it and now never miss a game. NFL is my religion and sunday mornings my church is in.
    the last 6 years have been tough, a lot of yelling at the TV, blood pressure up, wife and kids running to get out of the house…lol. Last year I almost threw in the towel, thinking i cant take this anymore, got to find another team to cheer on. then i looked around at all my Chiefs stuff and realized, i’m a lifer, I bleed red & gold, i cant look away from this train wreck.
    Now this year I am having quiet optimism, i see this team coming together as something special, hope I’m right.

  • Patriot42

    I remember waking up the morning after the Chiefs beat the Vikings in SB IV and the feeling of knowing they were the Champs. Following them throughout the years are like watching your kids having their ups and downs but still sticking with them through thick and thin. Those fans that pick a winning team to follow because they have just won a SB or the fair weather fans that jump on when they are winning will always be around. I complain about the Chiefs as much as anyone but will continue to be a true fan until I die.

  • Perch Booth

    I predicted the chiefs to do really good last year or really bad, forgettably it was the latter… but now this year feels different, im not even predicting them to go below 9-7!!! I think our defense will shine like it did decades ago! I’ve never been more excited for a next season then this one, even though we went 2-14.