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Letter From The Editor: Just Like The Chiefs, We Always Want To Get Better


fansided chiefsThere’s an old sports saying that goes like this: If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.

As a football coach, that’s a saying that I firmly believe in, and I feel it can apply to more than just sports. If you can take that simple, yet hard to do, mantra and apply it to your everyday life—there’s no telling the amount of success you can have.

The problem is, like most things worthwhile in life, it’s hard to do. It takes time, effort, dedication and sacrifice. It takes long hours, hard looks in the mirror and honest assessments.

At the end of the day though, if you can put aside your pride and put it all together, I believe you can truly get better every day.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “I’m here to read about the Chiefs. If I wanted a life lesson I’d turn on doctor Phil”, and I totally get where you’re coming from, but let me explain.

Believe it or not, I can tie this into the Chiefs.

It’s rather obvious that Kansas City has improved since last season, and we saw the evidence of that in last weekend’s 28-2 win over Jacksonville on the road. No matter the opponent, a road win in the NFL is hard to do, so kudos to the Chiefs for going out there and playing up to their new standards, rather than playing down to the opponent.

At this point, it’s important for Andy Reid’s team not to get complacent though, and I’m sure that’s something he’ll be preaching in the locker room and in meetings as this week goes on.

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One good game does not a Super Bowl champion make, and while the Chiefs did some great things Sunday afternoon, there’s always going to be room for improvement.

If you’re a Chiefs fan, it’s going to be exciting to see how Kansas City responds from the week one win. Do they come out complacent and lazy, or will they be ready to go, ready to improve and ready to start the season 2-0?

The Dallas Cowboys may not be the juggernaut of old, but they’ll still provide quite the challenge for Kansas City, despite being in the not-so-friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium.

If the Chiefs can use last weekend’s win as a building block, they’ll definitely have a chance to beat the Cowboys and move on to a 2-0 record.

We here at Arrowhead Addict are trying to follow the same upward path of the new-look Chiefs. Just like Kansas City’s future has unlimited potential, I believe this website and Fansided.com in general has just as much in store for the future.

Ever since taking over as editor, my goal has been to improve this site in both content and creativity, and I believe we’ve done that so far. With that said, I don’t plan on getting content.

I like to use this space as my personal open letter to you, our great readers, and I hope that it can become the same thing for you as we move into the future. I welcome your feedback and aim to cater to your needs as the Arrowhead Addicts this site serves, so please feel free to openly discuss what you like that we do, and especially what you don’t like.

We’ve done some great things. New writers have come aboard, new features have been created and we’ve even brought back the AA podcast. We’re looking into meet ups and I’m trying to establish some local connections, and overall, the feedback I’ve gotten from you, the Addict, has been pretty positive.

Still, there have been times where I know that I’ve screwed up personally, and even though our staff is incredible, nobody is perfect. We make mistakes, but the main goal is to always get better, and to always keep you craving more.

So, with that in mind, feel free to let us know what you’ve liked and what you haven’t liked. Have a favorite writer? Give him or her a shout out here in the comments section. Let us know whose opinions you want to hear more of. Have something that you’d like to see us improve on? Also feel free to sound off about that in the comments.

You are the Addicts, and we are merely looking to be the vessel that fixes your addiction.

After all, if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.

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  • Dustin Matz

    Hey guys I want to get some word to spread and thought this was a good spot to start it up! There is a Facebook fan page, called Terrorhead Returns, that has made a pretty good buzz and got it set for Arrowhead to break the world record for loudest stadium on earth!! The date is set for when the hated Raiders travel to the kingdom to face the chiefs, October 13th I believe. They need help spreading the word to all corners of Chiefs Kingdom to pack that stadium full of RED and make sure everyone knows the goal of that day and the importance! I figured this site could get a nice size ball rolling and get the word to more fans media and radio stations all around

    • Dustin Matz

      Arrowhead is in direct competition with Seattle for loudest stadium so the urgency not to be shown up by a stadium that was “built for noise” is vital! Thanks!! GO CHIEFS!!

    • Jordan

      I wish I could go so bad I’ve never been to a game since I live in va and I’ve never been in kc during fb season love the idea of re cementing our fan dominance over the seachickens

  • Jordan

    As requested Lyle and Ladner always have me waiting till their next posts and you all do a great job of interacting and staying involved with the comment boards love the mailbag idea from last week wish it had more fan questions if I had one request it would be an everyday forum board for anyone who wants to talk chiefs 24/7 from day chief dealing to wild chief memorabilia to chiefs tattoos etc great job with the site of late Andrew

    • Jordan

      Day to day*

  • Danny W

    Man my favorite writer retired. Big Matt or Matt Verdame. He was a peach. I liked the idea of meet ups for addicts at watering whole, a bbq joint, or on the parking lot too. As far as the content goes everything seems to be okay thus far. I wish I could see on my email through disqus when someone commented on my statement so I could promptly rebut them. That’s all I can think of.

    • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

      Have you tried to change your settings in Disqus? I think that’s an option.

      • Danny W

        Under notifications it won’t scroll down to personal settings. I have it set on alert me daily though.

        • clay simester

          You can do it for sure though. That’s how i have mine set so it emails me when people comment. It’s pretty tight

  • Tom Sparks

    I agree with Jordon’s opinion, completely! Lyle & Ladner are very credidible journalists, with a very keen sense of Chiefs history added, and also peppered with a with a great sense of humor! I would also like to give you Kudos Andrew for seamlessly entering the conversation and doing a great job as the new Editor! I have been a fan & reader of AA, since it’s inception & always get my fix for Chiefs info & opinion here.
    On that note, and this is not easy to deal with, but I feel I must! I have been suffering for 6 years from a failing Autoimmune System and thus suffer from many complications due to this! I had been hospitalized for 8 months, during the last year and my little brother (whom I shall not name) got on here, somehow, and created havoc amongst the community and members, a lot that I had come to know through this site! He changed my alias and was very disrespectful to many members and for this I apologize!
    I hope you can forgive him for stirring up trouble (why? it is beyond me)! He had a problem with alcohol & certain medications he was being prescribed by his, so called, Psychiatrist! I got him to be a crazed Chiefs fan, as we are originally from KCMO. And I said “had a problem”, as he recently passed away due to foolish doctors dealing with his mental illness, but not monitoring him enough, IMHO!
    In any regard, my family & I have really been through some tough times, but we still fight to hang on, everyday it seems, lately! I mean, if I can stay a lifelong Chiefs Fanatic & still survive the last 10 years, (not to mention most of the 70′s & 80′s)
    I can survive anything, right! I thank all of you who used to know me by westred, & hope I can gain my proper place back and therefore, prefer to use my real name, as I have nothing to hide!
    I may be getting old, but I still carry the Chiefs Tomahawk high! Go Chiefs!!!