I didn’t start out life as a Kansas City Chiefs fan. I know most of you are born-and-bred Addicts from the heartland of America, but that’s not how I came to this team. I, like a large chunk of our fellow Addicts, began life as a San Francisco 49ers fan.
You see, growing up in Great Falls, Montana there’s only a handful of teams you’re allowed to root for. Not having a team of our own, most people in my town are either Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings or Denver Broncos fans. However, my dad is from Northern California and my mom was a huge 49ers fan. Thus, my fandom.
My first football memory was the game-winning pass from 49ers quarterback Joe Montana to John Taylor to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. However, that wasn’t my favorite Super Bowl memory; just the first real memory I have as a “football fan.”
No, my favorite memory comes from the Super Bowl the following season. In Super Bowl XXIV, the 49ers faced off against the John Elway led Denver Broncos. I was in the sixth grade that year, and I had a friend who’s last name was Reeves. Dan Reeves was the coach of the Broncos that year and he was convinced that they were related some way. Thus, he was a huge Broncos fan and my sworn enemy…even though we were friends. I know, everything is more confusing in the sixth grade. Anyway, we made a deal that he would call me and brag whenever the Broncos scored and I would call him and brag whenever the 49ers scored.
At the end of the day, I called Mr. Reeves a hell of a lot more than he called me. In fact, when the 49ers scored their last two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, he wouldn’t even answer the phone. After my first real year as a football fan, it was the possible way to end the year.
But, I’m not the only Addict here. I know there are more SB memories out there. I asked some of our writers here at AA what their memories were, to get some levity on the situation.
Nick Floyd, Staff Writer
"It was 2002, fresh out of high school I had to watch as the team I hated the most the Oakland Raiders went an astounding 11-5 and took the AFC West. Then the unthinkable happened as I watched the Raiders make it all the way to the Superbowl, and the need for revenge surged. That year I rooted hard for the dfensive greatness that was Gruden’s team, I even went so far as to buy a Tampa Bay hat. ( The only ever NFL hat I bought other than Chiefs). Our church, as always, had a superbowl party and I can remember cheering hard for the Bucs to take down the Raiders, even cheering super loud and telling all those there that defenses win championships. The Bucs won, the Raiders went home defeated and in my opionion have never recovered. What a great Supebowl."
Joseph Hoyt, Staff Writer
"After Hurricane Katrina, it was hard not to root for the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts. They became a team that embodied the beauty of the comeback and the epitome of resiliency. Being a 49ers fan, I know that we have to savor the game’s greatest quarterbacks when they are in their prime. However, watching Tracy Porter jump a Reggie Wayne out route and returning an interception back for a touchdown, pointing to the stands in the process, was easily one of the best Super Bowl moments in my lifetime."
Ben Nielsen, Co-Editor
"The two greatest Super Bowl plays I have ever seen are Santonio Holmes’ touchdown catch to win Super Bowl 43 and Mike Jones tackling Kevin Dyson at the one-yard line to win Super Bowl 34. With that said, I hated both of those games because I didn’t want Pittsburgh or St. Louis to win either of those Super Bowls. Fate hates me."
Some of our other writers went with the Beyonce performance from last year and of course, the absolute fan-favorite, Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction.” I chose not to name them to protect their honor, but they know who they are.
So, I know most of the Addicts who read this site weren’t alive when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. In fact, I would bet a good chunk of our readers don’t even remember the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game — yes, it still stings — but we’re all football fans. So, let’s hear your favorite moment. Was it the famous “helmet catch” from a couple of years ago? How about the Buffalo Bills losing their fourth Super Bowl? Maybe it was the first time you heard the infamous “Wasssuuuupppp?” commercial. Whatever it is, we want to hear it.
Sound off, Addicts. What’s your favorite Super Bowl memory?