With the resurgence of my Kansas City Chiefs this season (7-0, first place in the AFC West), this entry is dedicated to them.
I originally wrote this entry on October 14, 2010, which sadly was the last time my Kansas City Chief had a good season worth conversing about. Since then, we endured two very disappointing NFL seasons. But with the off-season acquisitions of head coach Andy Reid, Alex Smith and other influential pieces on defense, instead of having another miserable year of growing pains. We are exceeding expectations to the point that we are the last undefeated team in the NFL going into week 8. Not so bad for a team who won only 2 games all of last season.
Also to set the record straight because I know there’s some doubters out there. This isn’t me just randomly jumping on the Chiefs bandwagon solely because they’re undefeated. If you know me personally, you know that the Kansas City Chiefs is my favorite team and have been for a while. And when I say a while I’m not talking about a year or two, not even five. I’m talking about 20 years and running, I’ve put in a lot into this relationship over the years. Usually the first thing I get asked once I surprise people and tell them about my passion for the Chiefs is, “How does a kid who grew up in Compton, California with no ties whatsoever to Kansas City grow up to be a Chiefs fan?” Well for one it wasn’t because my neighborhood gang was bloods and that’s what they mutually decided to wear to represent the gang and I just following their lead. I only say that because it’s not so far off from what gangs ordinarily do. What ultimately determined my love for the Chiefs stems from a mere occurrence of fate and lucky NFL regional tv programming.
It all started when I was 9 years old, it was a typical Sunday afternoon inside our household. My mother was doing something, my sister was somewhere doing something and I couldn’t even tell you exactly what I was doing that day either. What I do remember from this day is that I somehow I ended up walking into the room where my dad was watching the Los Angeles Raiders game. Since they’re one of his favorites teams (the other being the Cowboys) he was really caught up into the game. So caught up that I was hearing his cheers and yells racing throughout the house. So much to the point it lured me into the room to join him and watch the game. Next thing you know he’s trying to teach me some of the rules of football, you would think typical father and son bonding while watching football right? Well, like most little boys who mimic and cheer on the same teams as their fathers. I don’t know what made me do this (perhaps my competitive nature) but for some strange reason I choose to do the opposite and cheer for the opposing team. A team whom I didn’t know anything about besides the fact that their jerseys were white trimmed with red and gold wounded up being the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs ended up winning that game with the assistance of Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Joe Montana. During that 1993 season the Chiefs ended up going 11-5, winning the AFC West and advancing all the way to AFC Championship game. I just had to throw that “fyi” in there real quick to educate real quick, lets back to my story. So after the Chiefs came back and won I started talking trash jumping around and saying, “My Chiefs won, my Chiefs won” in silly, immature kid fashion. I’m sure my dad thought I wouldn’t keep up with the Chiefs after that game because for the remainder of that season he would test me to see if I knew the score of their game each week. Which then forced me to watch the local Sunday night news every week and patiently wait for the sports segment to recap all the NFL scores that day, just so I could be ready for my dad. If it wasn’t for him doing that I would’ve never paid any more attention to the Chiefs ever again but just to prove him wrong I made sure I did. Thus began a beautiful relationship between a boy and his favorite NFL football team. It just goes to show how the littlest occurrences a kid has can have a lasting impression even once you become an adult. Thanks for that pops!!!!
From Chiefs pin ups on my wall in my room to even getting a Derrick Thomas jersey; I began collecting Chief gear proudly. I even started choosing the Chiefs (well most of the time) when playing Madden. From memorizing team facts and accomplishments to doing research on my favorite Chief players and colleges they attended, I did all the things needed to become a dedicated fan to a team. I still reminisce watching my favorite Chief players on television: Warren Moon, Steve Bono, Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, Dale Carter, Neil Smith, Tony Gonzales, Trent Green, Priest Holmes, Donte Hall, just to name a few.
I know our offense isn’t the best but we do have legit weapons with Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. As long as Alex Smith continues to game manage and get the ball to our playmakers and not try to do too much we will be fine. Jamaal Charles is on his way to being the next Marshall Faulk with his running and receiving capabilities out the backfield. Dwayne Bowe is having a slow year so far but I’m positive he will get into rhythm by playoff time. What I love the most about our team this season is that our defense is so good. We’re the best in the league when it comes to scoring defense, sacks and forced turnovers. Its so reassuring to know that no matter what our defense will keep us in games. Andy Reid and his coaching staff are doing a great job running the team this year. There’s no doubt he will win the coach of the year award, he’s well deserving of it
I’m also tired of hearing Chief haters complaining that our schedule is weak and that’s the only reason we are still undefeated. What I find funny is that “nobody” has said that about the Denver Broncos this season. So far we have had five common opponents with them and held those five teams to 83 fewer points. Everybody loves stroking Peyton Manning’s ego, especially when he started 6-0 this season. Yes he has this high efficient offense but the Broncos defense is trash and that’s why I’m not worried about them. There’s a saying, “Offense wins games but defense wins championships.” So I’m fine with what we got going on over here in comparison to the Broncos and everybody else.
Seattle Seahawks fans please stop complaining about how we only broke the Guinness world record for loudest fans at a sporting event only because Arrowhead Stadium seats 10k more people than Century Link Field. You really sound like a bitter ex boyfriend, just get over it. Just be glad you guys were able to own the record for 5 weeks, that’s better than nothing at all right? At the end of the day, all you have to do is step your stadium game up. Don’t hate on us blame the architect/s who designed your inferior structure.
Nobody would of thought (not even me) that my Kansas City Chiefs would be 7-0 going into week 8 but we are and I’m enjoying every second of it. I have been through more downs than ups since becoming a Chiefs fan back in 1993 and its time that I started making some more good memories. Nowadays you can find me every Sunday at 11pm gearing up to watch my Chiefs play, to cheer and yell at my laptop just like my old man did on that wonderful day when I first discovered my team. Also if your visiting Rome don't be alarmed if you see a tall, black man in Rome with his chest out proudly rocking his Kansas City Chiefs hoody or t-shirts because its not a coincidence. Bobby Ray Jones Junior loves his Chiefs and made sure to pack those items with him. #ChiefsNationAllDay