Our Kansas City Chiefs.

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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!

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steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
05/13/2021 5:35 pm

rec !!!!

Our Kansas City Chiefs have played in three straight AFC Championship games

That still has not quite sunk in 🙂

upamtn
Reply to  steve_chiefs
05/13/2021 6:06 pm

not sure that’s ever happened before, even in the old AFL days … it’s different for sure, and quite nice!

upamtn
05/13/2021 4:59 pm

welcome back, CBO … wait, you were gone? I hadn’t really noticed, partly because I’ve been mostly gone myself since the SB

great read and 5-Stars (YAY!) ,,, one thing you said that I agree with more than anything, and it’s the one thing that I most dislike about AG (and disliked at The Other Place as well) … the BLIND DELUSION (especially coupled with the notion WE [fans] really have ANYTHING to do with the team and decisions [aside from donate $$$ to the cause])

I see it as entertainment: like a movie, or (perish the thought) wrestling or pretty much any other “organized” sport … it’s a PROFESSIONAL sport, meaning SOMEONE gets PAID to play football (and a hefty amount at that) … not life and death, not THE most important thing in the world … I know, that in itself makes me a “pariah” to some (go ahead: ask me do I care [I don’t]) and I’m fine with that … all that said, my particular fandom is just fine with me

GEAUX CHIEFS! (H/T – Steve_Chiefs)

blind delusion will only take us so far

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steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  upamtn
05/13/2021 5:37 pm

hahhahaha

Now I know why you were a history teacher and not a Language arts 🙂

upamtn
Reply to  steve_chiefs
05/13/2021 6:03 pm

The Seth Keyser School of Literary Arts and Nested Asides

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name
05/13/2021 4:34 pm

3rdnlong
Reply to  Plus Name and Plus Name
05/13/2021 5:36 pm

Who’s he and what did we give?

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  3rdnlong
05/13/2021 5:40 pm

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Severely Concussed
05/13/2021 9:24 pm

So nothing

pompano
05/13/2021 4:18 pm

upamtn
Reply to  pompano
05/13/2021 6:04 pm

funny!

871510
871510
05/13/2021 3:58 pm

Great read! It was a long road to the promise land and falling short last year was rough, but we still have 2 more Lamar Hunt trophies than we’ve had in my lifetime, which is grand. I’m not old but I’m no spring chicken either.

It’s a wonderful time to be a Chief’s fan, all the bitter years have made the latest run just that much sweeter.

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Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
05/13/2021 1:38 pm

We signed Nick Bolton and Trey Smith.

I love that we no longer have to worry about rookie holdouts.

3rdnlong
05/13/2021 1:25 pm

Agreed, well said. As one who understands completely how we had a fascination for 49ers QBs, this hit home.

Melissa Etheridge’s great song she made when we won the ACG before SB LIV rightly said there were a lot of guys we had who were great players and never got to taste what a championship game in the NFL is like. “50 years they came and went, and sometimes we got close. Gonzalez never got to go, nor Jamaal nor the great Priest Holmes.” Tamba was definitely one of those I wish could have gone.

Thanks for writing and glad you’re back.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
05/13/2021 1:22 pm

Whatever brain dead fanbase is saying this nonsense needs a good thumping on the forehead, or kick in the crotch. I think I prefer the latter.

“win a real ring.” 

slackator
slackator
Reply to  probablyamistake
05/13/2021 7:12 pm

It doesnt even make sense, it wasnt the Covid season so how is it not legit? Its not like the Lakers or Dodgers “championships”

pompano
05/13/2021 12:23 pm

Well said.

larch
05/13/2021 11:55 am

I just reviewed that ‘83 draft, holy macaroni! Eric Dickerson #2 overall. Dave Rimington C 25th to the Bengals. #1 John Elway, #7 Todd Blackledge, #14 Jim Kelly, #15 Tony Eason, #24 Ken O’Brien, #27 Dan Marino. Wow, and we picked the dud, no wonder the Chiefs didn’t pick a first round QB for 3 decades!

larch
05/13/2021 11:44 am

I’m feeling it.
Now that the draft is done and schedule is out seems like the season has begun, despite the dog days of summer yet to arrive. Good timing for this editorial, and a good one.
Hard to believe I was married before the Honey Badger was born. Happy Birthday, TM, and I like that Hoosier has included those birthdays at the start of the AM Huddle.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
05/13/2021 11:38 am

“We’ve never had a coaching staff this long and consistent.”

Not entirely true, but it seemed like marty was here forever and Andy should surpass his win total this year barring catastrophe with 10 more wins. Hank stram, Andy just need 33 more wins. Can he do it 2 years? Well its possible now.

Of course it took Marty 10 seasons to reach his total and 15 for Stram. Reid is entering his 9th.

MasterChief
MasterChief
05/13/2021 11:27 am

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