This week I am aiming for something a little different from the norm.
Normally my approach to these weekly articles is to pick a topic related to what is currently going on in the Chiefs Kingdom and what steps they are taking to ensure that next year they are built for the long run.
However, something interesting happened to me on Sunday. I was in the local Safeway with the wife when I was approached by a man.
“You a Chiefs fan?” I was wearing my favorite Chiefs hat I bought at Arrowhead two years ago.
“Yes, I sure am,” was my reply.
“Me too. I think there are about three of us in here in town.”
He shook my hand as he left and told me that next year could be our year if we stay healthy. I was taken back by this encounter. I live, as I have mentioned before, in Ogallala, Nebraska, which is a short 230 miles from Mile High. So whenever I get a chance to meet a fellow Chiefs fan I am excited because I know that I am not alone in this town.
Then the obvious hit me. There are Chiefs fans across the country, and one thing I have noticed is how united we are.
I can remember talking with my fellow Kansans about the Chiefs during the abysmal 2-14 season, and how things were never darker for the organization. But the one constant I have noticed is the loyalty of Chiefs fans.
I was in the stadium during that awful season a year ago, and heard Bronco fans start a cheer that was so loud people around me sat in silence, as if they were so deflated nothing could bring them back. Who knew that in less than a year the cheers from Arrowhead would be so loud they would break a world record.
What a difference a year can make. Despite the loss to the Colts which saw the season come up short, Chiefs fans have never been more united for a common cause. That is the one thing I love the most about being a Chiefs fan. We seem to have this united front. The entire 2013 season you could see it. It was in the face of the fans that this year was different than the past, that we had something we were fighting for. Even with the Chiefs loss in the playoffs which continued the playoff win drought, there was still this core belief in what we were doing as a fan base and as a team.
With the 2014 off-season just beginning, there is an excitement in the air. Fans are actually looking forward to the changes that are coming. The departure of some players has us ready for who will be the next man up. The thought of bringing in some new players that will help us succeed has the Kingdom on fire. The draft is a chance for us to continue to not only build for next year, but lay a foundation of a winning culture in Kansas City.
The future is bright for the Kansas City Chiefs. We have the people and the players to turn around this franchise, and, if this season was any indication of what this team is capable of, there is no where else to go but up. The fans could not be more excited.
Sound off, Addicts. What do you see for the future and are you excited about this team going forward?