Our Kansas City Chiefs. What a sentence. I stared at those four words wondering ‘what to add’ for a short time before I realized nothing more needed to be added. Our Kansas City Chiefs. It’s perfect. Perfect like how Arrowhead Guys is a uniquely perfect place. A spot on the web with a readership filled with many Chiefs fans that have been around since long before Patrick Mahomes II was knee-high to Pat Mahomes I. A community readership with members that understand the Chiefs love affair with former 49ers QB’s or how to match a Starter jacket with any outfit. AG is populated with fans that feel it when it– Andy Reid’s: Our Kansas City Chiefs.
I’m CBO, some of you know me as I’ve been around Arrowhead Guys before. Previously, I wrote with the AG team during the Chiefs Super Bowl run. Despite that, it still blows my mind that our Kansas City Chiefs won a Super Bowl. Returned to “Run it Back” and got stiff-armed by Tom Brady’s Buccaneers in Tampa Bay (of all places) which was a little more fitting to our senses. As prior to that run, “Our Kansas City Chiefs” were perpetually the team that didn’t win. Andy Heck, we wouldn’t even draft a first round quarterback for over three decades. Looking back, it was a long time with that me writing thousands of words about how the Chiefs could win it all with nearly every one of those quarterbacks. About how guys like Matt Cassel and Alex Smith were…good enough. About how what we really needed was hope and belief for our Kansas City Chiefs. Turns out, what we really needed was Patrick Mahomes…as the blind delusion will only take us so far.
Tamba Hali’s retirement as a Kansas City Chief hit me right in the reality like that recently. Those early Internet days as struggling Chiefs fans held together with unobtainable Super Bowl goals and aspirations mixed with alcohol, tantrums, rants and camaraderie–stirred with a keyboard and mouse are over. Now the worst we get are bandwagon Bucs fans and retired Patriots fans talking smack or new-age smartphone warriors telling us to: “win a real ring.” That one kills me. It’s like, if like they only knew half the shit we suffered through to get to that moment and comeback and win that “fake” Super Bowl ring against the 49ers. They’d realize that some of us can’t even believe we’re the team, or that the Super Bowl Ring is real in the first place. It’s a “Get out of Championship free” card brought to you by the thought-free-thinkers that spend all of their time on Twitter.
It’s almost like a free pass for Chiefs fans to be able to feel the way they used to when Tamba Hali was roaming the gridiron. Bloodstained, thirsty to drink from a Lombardi that would never come for that Chief. Angrily, I think about all those Marty Ball Chiefs that never got the glory. The Dick Vermeil years and how fun Dante Hall would have been to watch in a Super Bowl. But we’ll never know because we used to be long-suffering Chiefs fans. Not anymore. What we are now is dethroned Champions searching for our Kansas City Chiefs to “win a real ring”.
Not a fan base seeking it’s first championship in a half century, not any longer. We’re a fan base looking to return to glory after being shocked we finally actually had it. At least, I was shocked. The hope finally paid off. What’s crazy to me is how temperamental the rest of the fan base is about our talent. I’ve been studying the Chiefs for as long as I can remember. We’ve never had a coaching staff this long and consistent. We’ve never had a triple threat QB-WR-TE like we’ve been blessed with in Mahomes-Kelce-Hill and folks act like it’s not enough? Why?
Maybe some of it is young fans. Maybe some of it is that Super Bowl beat down. But I get the feeling that Chiefs fans just need a little spin with some perspective. With these latest additions of players and coaches this offseason, this just might be one of the best Chiefs teams ever put together. Now together, I want you to feel this next sentence. Our Kansas City Chiefs!