Exodus 3:5 Eternal One “Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals and stand barefoot on the ground in My presence, for this ground is holy ground.” (The Voice Translation)
Anthony, thanks for restoring my account. It will be a long time before I let it go that dormant again…
Some of you might be surprised at the screen name and may have wondered if I had gotten ‘Rona’d. Nothing that dramatic. I took a long break from AG at the start of last year; made a couple of comments after the Super Bowl about my hiatus during an incredible roller-coaster season and the utter magic alchemy of the playoffs, including the Superbowl… then the ‘Rona hit, work got weird and my account got nuked and things stayed weird. But football is coming…
I watched every minute of 2019 and purposefully stayed away from AG (except to lurk). And I had a reason for being absent last year.
In August, I started getting a feeling. It was like anticipation, but something else… kind of like what you felt as graduation got closer, or when you hear that the promotion you put in for is happening… a knowledge that things were about to change. I could feel a shift coming as opening day got closer and I started getting really hungry.
I saw what you all were writing last August. I knew that this fanbase expected a championship and as the season grew closer, I had a feeling that one was coming in 2019 and that it would be GLORIOUS.
I also knew that it did not belong to me.
I am not a Mahomes band-wagon fan (and I plan to be completely great with those jumping on what I expect will be a huge wagon that will only grow), but I got here a lot later than most of you. My love for the Chiefs started in January 2017 and I saw the home playoff loss to Pittsburgh. That felt familiar after my 1971 – 2016 fan experience. The commonality that I have felt with the Chiefs fans is futility (I remember football back to 1971) and some runs of good teams. The good teams would get you to believe and hope in a Championship (Just One Before I Die!) and then crush your soul in the playoffs. Any second thoughts if had picked the proper team to follow closely and care about evaporated with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft.
I had seen enough Red Raider games on Saturdays to know what Reid COULD do with the savvy and physical tools. With that knowledge, I waited for the reveal of what I knew Reid would unleash upon the NFL. I was laughing for three hours as I saw MVPatrick rip a carpetbagging franchise in front of 12,000 Chiefs fans and few dozen dead enders in his REAL debut in Carson. I was laughing most of the 2018 season as we saw QB play being redefined in the NLF. As with everyone else, I cursed Dee Ford’s hand and waited for 2019.
As the near certainty grew in me at the end of August that 2019 was THE YEAR, I had another thought. There are people on this board that have rooted for the Chiefs longer than I rooted for the San Diego franchise. People younger than me know nothing of Chiefs football except heartbreak, curses, and snakebite. And then I had the certainty of Reid and Mahomes bringing home a silver football and what that would actually MEAN for:
- The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS organization,
- Fans that had known only frustration in their lives,
- for Andy Reid,
- The Hunt Family — really, everyone that has tried and cried, and cared and bled and hoped since 1970.
It was going to be more than a championship. 2019 and the emergence of The Champion Chiefs, the next dynasty in the NFL, would be a 5-month long ritual. An exorcism of 5 decades of demons and bad memories. 2019 was a curse breaker and a heart transplant that culminated in the delivery of Sterling Silver anti-venom to snakebite. Put simply, the entire season would be Holy Ground and I did not really earn the right to be FULLY there. I wanted to see and feel every second, but this was not my bag of s—t to set fire to. My full participation would have been improper. I clearly saw this, kept my shoes on, and lurked as you all gathered on Holy Ground Sundays, Monday Nights, and even that horrible Thursday, bleeding Red & Gold and believing all these things right along with you.
Let me quickly mention that nobody in the Kingdom ever suggested such a thing to me. Nobody in the Kingdom, either real life, here, or Another Place has ever given me crap about joining the Kingdom after spending 46 years chasing lightning, only to have it stop my heart. You have been more than welcoming and that has been a blessing to my enjoyment of football. I think of what a presence like Mahomes’ and a season like 2019 could mean for any number of franchises; Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Buffalo, the Jets… even San Angeles. Thinking about what it meant for all of YOU; I gotta confess, I got misty eyed a couple of times for some of y’all around 7:30 the first Sunday of February when I saw that it was truly gonna happen.
I felt the tension… I felt the waiting for the wheels to come off. I was doing that too.
At several points in the season, the wheels could have come off…
The un-flagged cheap shot on the Cheetah in week 1 that put him on the shelf.
That Night in Denver when time stopped for an eternity in the 2nd quarter.
The weeks of the offense looking a little ‘off’.
And then, the first 17 putrid minutes of the Divisional round…I have to confess, as I watched the drive that would have made it 28-0, I did think “how could this be happening again?’ And then when the Houston doofus sent his FG team on, somehow… I KNEW. I knew this was a day for a fan base to remember with bitterness for years, maybe decades… and it would not be The Kingdom.
After that, I watched the Championship Games and saw the leads surrendered, and did not worry one second. How could I after the Houston game? #15 has their a—-es right where he wants ‘em! And I watched with joy as Reid, Stone Cold, Honey Badger, Cheetah, and of course, the Magic Man #15 laugh and hug and raise up a silver football.
That was their moment and it was a moment I’m certain many of you wondered would ever happen. Believe me, it WAS a valid question… Chiefs fans, I got great news for all of us:
5 years from now, other fanbases will be cursing the Mahomes-Reid-Chiefs the same way we started cursing the Brady-Beelzubill-Patriots dynasty 10 years ago. And I plan on being here for every awesome second of it! It belongs to me now as much as it belongs to anyone else. See you around…