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Moving On...


As the Kansas City Chiefs embark on their new 2013 NFL season, it is time for me to embark on some new adventures of my own.

Today is my last day as the senior editor of Arrowhead Addict.

My first post on this website was on December 16th, 2009.

This post is my 6,070th on this site.

For the past three years plus, I have posted on Arrowhead Addict every day. I have seen our readership grow from just a few hundred a day to thousands. This past March, during NFL free agency, our little site had over one million page views.

I am very proud and very humbled to have been the editor of this site. I’ve met some of you and gotten to know others in the comments and through social media. Covering the team I love was only a small portion of what made running Arrowhead Addict so great.

The Addicts themselves, are what made it so gratifying.

As FanSided has grown, I’ve grown with the company. I serve as FanSided’s VP of Content and now work in this industry on a full-time basis. I always knew that one day my new duties might require me to leave AA behind. Today is that day.

I won’t be gone entirely. I will still contribute articles from time to time and I may even jump in and run things when the new editor needs me to. I will stay involved with the site as its managing editor and I assure you that I will ensure the site continues to bring you the same great content and coverage you are used to but the days of you hearing from me daily are over.

A new editor means some things may change a little bit. We worked really hard to find a person we thinks can keep Arrowhead Addict moving forward. I will introduce you all to the new editor later today. I am confident the site will be in good hands. You can also count on the AA staff. They will be sticking around and will still be bringing you their awesome columns.

A special thanks to Adam and Zach Best for believing in me and trusting me to take over the site they started.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all of you. You’ve made this site an absolute joy to run. I often said that I was able to succeed at this gig because I felt an obligation to the readers to make sure they didn’t miss any Chiefs news. Thank you.

Below, I am including my first post on the site, published December 16th, 2009 at 12:49 pm. It is an article I am very proud of and it perfectly describes how I feel about life, sports, the Chiefs and Arrowhead Addict.

It’s called…

 

If The Pass Never Comes Down

December brings with it many things. The holidays are fast approaching and we are all looking forward to taking some time off work, getting together with family, giving and receiving gifts and of course, watching some holiday football. For some football fans, December brings gathering excitement as their team prepares for a playoff run. For others, it brings the disappointment of another lost season. For the latter, the disappointment will soon be be replaced with anticipation of the draft and for an off-season where hope springs eternal.

To the devout, being a fan can lead to a turbulent emotional investment. Cheering on your team can cause incredible fits of anger, depression and happiness. It is the fastest and the most dangerous of all emotional roller coasters and no matter how much pain it continues to dish out, most riders simply hop off and get back in line.

I was not alive when the Chiefs won Super Bowl 4, but I think the closest I have ever come to experiencing what it might feel like to see that happen was during a play from the 2008 season. It is easily one of my favorite plays of all time. I am talking about the touchdown pass that Mark Bradley threw to Tyler Thigpen.I live in New York City and congregate at a bar called the Village Pour House to watch the Chiefs games with a great group of KC natives I’ve met here in the city. When that play happened, right in the middle of such a dismal season, we went absolutely crazy. Everyone in the bar was staring at us. You would have thought that the Chiefs had won the Super Bowl. We were jumping around like maniacs and this was just due to one play…in a game we lost. In a season that was lost.

Powerful stuff.

Reflecting on the way I felt that day, I’ve realized that sport gives us something we need, something ingrained in our very DNA; competition. Competition is a very natural urge for a human to have. Humans are part of nature and nature is a competition first, ask questions later kind of set up. You win, you eat. You lose, you starve. Thankfully the human race has created a society that allows even those of us who are physically weaker to survive through a number of means. Imagine if you had to fight over food with someone like Willie Roaf or Brian Waters. Forget it. You’re toast. Luckily, you don’t have to compete for food with Willie Roaf. Instead you compete for a place in line for a turn at the deli counter or, God forbid, for the last rib on an appetizer plate you are sharing with Jason Whitlock.

Another way to feed your competitive desire is sports. You might play intramural softball, darts down at the pub, or like me, a rousing game of Madden. The best among us get to compete at the very highest level against the best athletes in their field. As spectators we are transported back to the Coliseum in Rome, rabidly watching a gladiator slay a lion. Take a look at a modern day football stadium and a picture of the Coliseum and you will see that not much has changed in the way we view our sport, HD flat screen TV’s not withstanding. Whether you are cheering for the lion or the gladiator or today, the Lions or the Saints, you want your side to win.

These feelings, these emotions that make us human are what make sports such a wonderful thing to behold. When have you ever seen two dogs fighting over a bone while three other dogs sat watching them, seemingly rooting for one or the other to win? Life is hard. Being a fan is just another way for us to all get by, another opportunity for us to feel, to escape and to be human.

My favorite moment in all of football is during the long pass play. Precisely, it is the exact moment when the ball is at its highest point and is about to start falling back down to earth. Usually by this moment I have realized what is happening. A play with a low percentage for success, with the potential for high impact and high reward is happening. I’m half out of my chair; half standing up with my knees bent in anticipation of leaping with triumph. My shoulders are raised and my fists are clenched. Everything goes quiet. My eyes are fixed on the ball in the air. For an instant there is nothing else around me. I am in a vacuum. I am not happy. I am not sad. I am not afraid. I am something else entirely. I am feeling something there is no word for.

Einstein said that time is relative. There is no future and there is no past. There are theories that because the universe is so vast, that somewhere, in some other dimension, we are living out all the moments of our lives, each instant, for eternity. If this is true then somewhere you are taking your first breath and somewhere you are attending your first day of school. If this is all true then somewhere, I’m in the Village Pour House in New York City with my friends and Mark Bradley has just thrown a pass to Tyler Thigpen. I am half out of my chair, half standing up, with my knees bent in anticipation of leaping with triumph. My shoulders are raised and my fists are clenched. Everything goes quiet. My eyes are fixed on the ball in the air. If this is true, in that moment, the pass will never come down.

And I’m okay with that.

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  • Sarah Thomas

    Good luck in all that you take on Patrick! I will miss hearing from you daily, as you were the first to welcome me to the site! Huge hugs!

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

      Hugs back at ya, Sarah. You’re the best.

  • Chiefer

    Good luck Paddy! You have always brought us great insights and timely updates. We’ll miss you!

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

      Thanks Chiefer. Appreciate it.

  • obrien5

    Best of luck Patty, your articles were second to none. Congrats on the promotion!

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

      Thank you, kind sir.

  • Shawn Duce

    Patrick,thanks for all your hard work over the years and good luck on your next adventure!!! As a KC fan from VT this site(and you) have been a life line for me and many die hard chief fans,and we all thank and appreciate you very much!!!

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

      Really glad to have helped Shawn. The site will keep cranking and keep you informed!

  • chiefridgy

    Wow! Thank you for all you have contributed to this site and to Chiefs Nation! I have enjoyed your knowledge and insight. Thanks again!

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

      Chiefridgy, you are an AA commenting all-star. Thanks!

  • calciomoti

    Your articles are what brought me to this website and have kept me coming back for several years now. Congratulations on your promotion, I am sure it is well deserved! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors, and I look forward to future articles here at AA!

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

      Thank you for the kind words.

  • Michael Shaw

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! You can’t leave us Paddy!!! Oh well! We will miss your articles and great reporting! Sucks to see a fellow Chiefs fan and Irishman go, but I am glad it is for a better and higher position with FanSided! They will do well with you at the helm, so to speak. Make them better as you did our beloved Arrowhead Addict and we will look forward to any posts you send out way!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!

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

      Thanks Mike. Have really appreciated all of your comments over the years. Makes this place keep ticking.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    The new editor will have some pretty big shoes to fill. Thanks again for the opportunity, big guy. We’re retiring your jersey next week!

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

      Thanks Stacy. Make sure it is a #16 jersey, would you? I know Lenny’s is retired but this is a blogging jersey.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        You got it, dude! #michelletanner

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

          lol

  • Altarium

    Thanks for all your hard work making AA the best FanSided blog (or any blog for that matter) out there! The daily posts from you and other writers are often the most exciting parts of my workday (it’s too bad my job doesn’t actually have anything to do with the Chiefs or any sports for that matter lol). I’ll miss your regular articles, but wish you luck in continuing your work with FanSided!

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

      Wow. That was really kind of you to say. Appreciate it.

  • steve james

    Good luck with the promotion:)

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

      Thanks Steve.

  • Priest4Prez

    Patrick, it was a pleasure reading your articles and opinions. Thanks for always keeping us informed on the love of our lives. You will be missed sir thanks, again

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

      Thanks Priest. Means a lot.

  • Nemoi

    Congratulations, Patrick. You are the reason I came to this site in the beginning. Lyle and Stacy are my reasons for staying. I don’t comment much but I read way too many of them. Good luck in your future endeavors and thanks for your contribution to my addiction!

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

      Hey Nemoi! Good to see you, brother. Thanks for the kind words.

  • mnelson52

    Good luck in your new position. You will be missed.

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

      Thanks!

  • Clint Moran

    Good luck in the future, been reading for about 2 years and have been very pleased with the knowledge and passion of the articles, thanks a bunch. Go chiefs!!!

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

      Thanks Clint. Nice to hear from you.

  • Calchiefsfan

    Wow Paddy I was shocked to hear this. Anyway we can talk you out of this? While we will give the new guy our complete support, (we’ll be nice breaking him in), you will be sorely missed. You have done an excellent job here at AA and I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor. I’m sure you will do a phenomenal job there as well. Good luck and don’t be a stranger here, remember you’re still a Chiefs fan!

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

      CalChiefsFan, another rock stat AA commenter. Thanks buddy. I knew this would need to happen eventually. Appreciate the kind words and support.

  • Caleb Wylie

    Thanks Patrick for all the love you have tothe Chiefs, thanks for your time and passion, good luck in your next adventure!
    Born Chief, Die Chief!

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

      Morgan Freeman voice: “Born Chief, Die Chief. That’s damn right.

  • Adam Best

    Thanks for taking such good care of our baby, Paddy. When Zach and I started AA 6 1/2 years ago we had no idea it would ever become this big, this beloved. You took it to those new heights. Similar to how when we moved on, AA will keep on trucking. But I will miss reading your Chiefs coverage on a daily basis.

    To Chiefs fans, thanks for letting us call Patrick up to help oversee all of FanSided’s sites. He’ll now be hooking up millions of fans (of every team) just like he has the Red and Gold faithful over the past three years or so. I think you’ll be pleased with the next editor given that he was hand-picked by the first two AA editors over a somewhat grueling process. We’re confident you’ll continue to get your Chiefs fix here and that the site will continue to grow.

    • ladner morse

      Thanks Adam. For those of us who read and contribute to AA everyday, it’s important to know that the site is in good hands going forward and that a lot of positive forethought has gone into the process of replacing Patrick. Of course, we all know, there is no replacing him. Thanks for bringing AA into being as it has become “the” beacon for all things Chiefs in the world of K.C. news sports reporting!

    • Danny W

      Man I hope so. This site lost a good bloke in Big Matt. Now Paddy! I’m scared man.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I just want to let the readers of AA know that as good as Paddy was at passing on the Chiefs info that you all crave, he was even better with us staff writers. There aren’t a lot of people that can motivate you to do your best work while still coming across as a cool guy you’d love to have a beer with, it’s usually one or the other. You’ll be missed around here by us all Paddy!

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

      Very kind, Lyle. Thank you.

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I haven’t been a reader of this for a very long time, but in that time I’ve appreciated the intriguing perspective you brought to the table as well as the reporting you gave us. You will be missed, best wishes in your next endeavors.

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

      Thanks! Very nice of you to say. Great username btw.

  • Joseph Simpson

    Here’s to a great writer! Best of luck to you in the new job!

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

      Humbled. Thanks Joseph.

  • Jason

    Congratulations Patrick, I don’t post alot but read AA every day. I wish you the best and will look for articles with your name on it in the future!

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

      Thanks for reading Jason! We always need more comments. Love to hear your thoughts on stuff.

  • thomas webb

    Thanks for your undeniable dedication,your heart & soul into AA..You have a GIFT a PASSION a LOVE for your work & it shows!..A standing O

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

      Wow. That was really kind. Thanks, Thomas.

  • ArrowFan

    I love the site and and thank you for making it what it is today.

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

      You rock, Arrowfan. Epic commenter!

  • Cam

    So sad to see you go. Not an NFL fan, but what you did with this site should serve as a model for every single FS site. Good luck, Patrick.

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

      Thanks, Cam. That is very nice of you to say.

  • UtahChiefan

    Too bad I found this site not that long ago. Thankful for the internet and writers like yourself that keep us Chief fans that live out of state but cheer for the red & gold up to date with what is going on with the Chiefs. Good luck with your new gig.

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

      Glad you found the site, Utah!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    Wow… respect from Bolt Beat to you Patty. I have a learned a ton from you and it will be weird working with a new person on the KC site.

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

      Thanks, Ernie. Now if we could just get you to start rooting for KC…

  • Jim Harper

    Congratulations Paddy! A well deserved promotion no doubt. I started on here about 2 years ago and as a matter of fact when you started the radio call in after games I was the first outside caller you had. Now that I am retired I never miss a day, but I will miss you.

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

      You’re the man, Jim. Thanks for all your support.

  • Doc

    The very best to you Patrick in your new adventure. You will be missed around here, but we the Chiefs Nation will persevere and keep on keeping on because that is what Cheifs fan do best!

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

      Thanks, Doc.

  • Justin R Groth

    Paddy I started reading this site in the summer of 09 when for the first time I was working over 65 hrs a week and didn’t have a chance to talk chiefs. For nearly a year I read but left no comments, ( I actually blamed the 2011 season on my first koolaid infused comment). Thank you for making this site, that for people like me and the other addicts a must read for our daily fix. Congratulations for the promotion but I have one question for you. Will you stay for waffles?? You know you wanna.

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

      lol. I do love me some waffles.

  • CHIEFFANINAZ

    Patrick, I know what it’s like to root for the chiefs from along way from KC, being from St joe originally and moving to Yuma , az long ago. Thanks for making It easier to stay up on all things Chiefs . I’m surrounded by Charger & Raider fans out here… Best of luck in your next endeavor & thanks for all your hard work

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

      Be careful out there, man. Those Raiders fans will stab you!

  • Jordan

    A huge thanks to you paddy this site has become a part of my everyday life. You are and always will be a huge part of AA the dedication you’ve put in to it is appreciated. I’ve been reading this site for about three years now and in that time I’ve always looked forward to the next post. I’ve played you in madden( I lost) talked to you in the comments and even had you answer a question for me on XBXLIVE and you are always a class act gonna miss you good luck on your future endeavors

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

      Thanks Jordan! What is your gamer tag? We should get some Madden 25 games in when it comes out.

      • Jordan

        Coldjet94 (lame I know, I hit random when I made it not knowing I’d have to pay to change it)

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

          I thought that was you but I just wanted to make sure.

  • Troy Utt

    Patrick… Congrats & Many Thx! Cudos for attaching that first piece… it is indeed one of your finest! Good Luck to you Sir!

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

      Thanks, Troy. I love that piece. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • kcpauly

    Patrick, Thanks for all the daily columns over the years, you Sir are a master of your craft, even though I have not always agreed with all your postings I have thoroughly enjoyed them all. You will be missed so for the last time on a daily basis let me just say again…GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!

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

      Thanks mate.

  • Henry Stallings

    We will miss you Paddy! I have been following this site since the very beginning and you have been amazing. I would not have been able to keep this sick and unhealthy addiction I have to the Chiefs without you. Thanks for all of the effort.

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

      Glad to have helped feed the beast. =)

  • Danny W

    #1) Paddy’s Pot of Gold is no more!? Tell me I’m dreaming! Tell me this is a joke! Pat,…..don’t do it. Sure your gonna be busy bumping ‘em with the big boys but you can fit is us in your schedule mate. At least once a month. Dude we just got a new quarterback!

    #2) Your not going to leave your just joking.

    #3) I’m so ticked off right now.

    #4) Okay Paddy tell you what. I will send you barbecue four times a year.

    #5) Okay this is my fault. I get it I blew it. This ones on me. Let’s get passed this, you will deny the promotion for personal reasons and we’ll keep rocking.

    #6) I’m going to open my veins in the bath tub tonight!

    #7) Guess I have to accept it. Here’s to hoping the new editor is half as good.

    I think that got it. Seven stages of grief in a relationship. Shock, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Guilt, Depression, Acceptance. Seriously though Patrick, great work man. Congratulations, to you and Mag man. You deserve it good Sir. This place will not be the same with out you.

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

      This might be the nicest comment anyone has ever left for me. Thanks ,

  • KCMikeG

    I wish you all the best! Thanks for all of the time and effort you brought to make AA my favorite source for all that is Chiefs! You will be missed but at least I still have Ladner to brighten my day!

  • http://fansided.com Zach

    I love Paddy like a brother and could never thank him enough for taking over our baby! He has done a better job then I ever could and glad that he has become a major person in FanSided so he can help other sites become other AA’s. I know our new editor is really good and has the stamp of approval from Adam & Patrick so I know the site is in great hands.

  • Philip Wolke

    OK Patti, you finnaly got me to sign up for a Disqus account so that I can comment on the site. You’ve been on me for years and I’ve resisted. So here I am. I am commenting. There is no need to keep this sharade going any longer.
    Seriously, I have been reading this site since its infantcy. I read Adam and Merlin and all those guys because I craved Chiefs news. I thank Adam and Zach for starting the site. But I want them, and you, to know that this site is what it is today because of you. You have made it great.
    Thank you for your time. I have no doubt that you wll do a fine job as Managing Editor but if you ever get the urge to write an article we will all be here waiting to read it.
    Good Luck,
    OKChief

  • LandryHat

    I’m not a Kansas City Chief fan, but I am a huge Patrick Allen fan. I know you’re still with FanSided, but I must admit this news still saddens me. You are absolutely the best there is and, as an editor, someone I want to be more like. Cheers!