While writing this I first want to say that I respect Chiefs fans, they are loyal. Arrowhead is one of the coolest places in the world to watch a football game and the fanbase knows how to tailgate. But it’s that time of the year again where the inevitable has happened, it is time for the fanbase to realize that the Chiefs are losers.
Over the last 23 years the Chiefs have lost an astounding 10 of 11 playoff games, the single victory coming against a Houston Texans team the was playing their practice squad offense due to massive injury issues. This team has become infamous for breaking down in the most crucial moments.
Saturday, the Chiefs entered the second half of a home playoff game with commanding 21-3 lead against a lackluster Titans team. As I watched along side multiple Chiefs fans whom had already begun preparation for next weeks playoff party, I couldn’t help myself but to quietly laugh, knowing what was to come over the next two quarters. The game was not over, the game is never over when it is crunch time for a team that seems to live for disappointment. Slowly as the trainwreck was taking place in front of me I saw a familiar look on the fans faces. Their once bright dream of a playoff run was fading away and in the back of their heads they knew if was going to happen. When the clock finally struck 0 and the game ended their wasn’t shock in the room, their was just a realization that their team had done it again. Their was no anger their was acceptance. When a fanbase has acceptance of a meltdown, it has accepted that they are losers.
Alex Smith played well, the defense was sound for most of the game, the coaching staff made the right calls. When you look at a game as a fan you try and find the reason that your team has lost. What could have been done to avoid this defeat. Questions loomed: How can a player catch his own pass for a touchdown? What if Travis Kelce doesn’t get concussed? What if the sack of Marcus Mariota is called a fumble? What Demarco Murray doesn’t get hurt and Derrick Henry is watching this game from the sideline? If any one of these questions had a different answer maybe the Chiefs somehow win, but thats not the world we live in. We live in a world where the Kansas City Chiefs are losers.
We head into an off-season where the Kansas City Chiefs have to figure out how to lost their stigma of just good enough to be in the playoffs. Historic franchises have found ways to reverse what seems to be a curse, the Red Sox and Cubs found a way to reverse their curses and bring home World Series titles with the prophet that is Theo Epstein. The Cleveland Cavaliers found a king to break their curse. Is their a mythical way for the Chiefs to overcome what has become a curse. The stench of losing is one that can take years to wash away. The first step is to understand that their is a stench.
I have gotten used to hearing Chiefs fans say their is always next year…Do you really believe that?
No….you really don’t.