Reader Submission: I Like Strawberry Kool-Aid
I was at my friend’s house the other day, and he had this nasty kool-aid. I can’t even begin to describe the flavor of the kool-aid, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. But this nasty kool-aid got me thinking.
I have been so excited about the Chiefs this offseason. Excited to see what we can do in the second year of the new regime. Excited about what this offense can do with the same starting quarterback two years in row. Excited about what the two most highly sought after coordinators can do with some of the most electrifying play-makers we have seen in years. I have to admit that I have been drinking the kool-aid since the draft (strawberry kool-aid because it is the best kool-aid), but every once in a while I get this funny taste in my mouth, it reminds me of that nasty kool-aid at my buddy’s house. I couldn’t quite figure it out, but then it hit me.
The bad taste was fear.
Fear that we won’t get all the W’s that we all know/hope we can. Fear that the Donkeys, Faiders, or LTless Bolts would make the jump to a top tier team quicker than the Chiefs. But the worst fear for me is injury. It’s the depth or lack there of at every position that truly scares me. What will we do if, heaven forbid, one of the starters goes down for an extended period of time. What if Chambers has to be the number one WR? What if O’Callaghan has start at left tackle? What if JC pulls a hammy? What if Sheffield has to start at outside linebacker because Tamba Hali goes down?
All the great teams are able to plug in a player, that is at least comparable to a starter, if someone goes down. Our bench will be like trying to plug in an American phone charger into a European outlet. I know that we are a team that is on the rise. A team that is building (not rebuilding we have some cornerstones) for the future, but these fears are real.
Eventually that taste will go away because I am a die hard fan. A fan that is blinded by the ever powerful light that is hope. I always believe deep down that this is the year, the year that we bring that beautiful Lombardi Trophy to the holy land.
Once I get into the sports complex for the Monday double header (Royals in the morning and Chiefs MNF) these fears will subside, the beer will surely help. What do you think guys? Am I overreacting? Is all of this just years of disapointment and heart break that won’t allow me trust my instincts, and just be excited for what is sure to be an exciting action packed year full of wins?
From the Forums. A great conversation starter and an exemplary Addict Post by reader Troy. Props to Troy.