I hear way too much of the whole “panic” thing these days, especially from certain friends who, inexplicably, call themselves “Broncos fans” (you know who you are…). Now, to be fair, I recognize that you have to treat Broncos fans differently than everyone else – they’re “special” – but even so I’d expect them to grasp that the Chiefs season is not over, nor is it even remotely in dire straits (“Sultans of Swing”, anyone?).
Let’s recap and take a look at where we’re at. The Red and Gold started off the season with nine straight wins. That puts them at a 9-0 record for those of you who have trouble with math (like, say, the aforementioned friends – love you guys). History is on their side in terms of making the playoffs from there; no team has ever Continue reading No Panicking Allowed→
I considered calling this post “A Tale of Two Cities” but that just didn’t seem nearly as entertaining as the choice I ended up with. Inappropriate? Maybe – but c’est la vie, my friends. Welcome to The Paul Gillespie Experience.
Back to the topic at hand.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had quite the last two weeks. First was two Sundays ago in Denver against the much-hated Donkeys Broncos. In what promised to be a stellar matchup the #1 offense collided with the #1 defense. Unfortunately for the Chiefs they couldn’t put enough offensive firepower together to overcome Denver’s 27 points and they fell – their first loss of the season – with a final 27-17 score.
At approximately 7:30pm this evening the Broncos will host the Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado with first place in the AFC West on the line. There will be a gigantic crowd there and every single fan of professional football who’s not driving, on an airplane or otherwise unable to watch the game will have their eyes on NBC since the NFL flexed the game to Sunday night from a 3:25 start originally.
Let me give you seven facts about this game before it starts:
I’m not one who’s normally prone to getting a kick out of someone else’s personal problems. Having been made fun of as a kid (and I’ll just assume it stopped there – I grew up to the point I just ignored people who attempted it while I was an adult) I am fairly sensitive to people in situations that other people seem to laugh at. Sometimes I’ll turn off a TV show if the person’s situation and potential for it to get made fun of makes me uncomfortable – yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds . Deal with it.
I’m not some new bandwagon guy – I’ve always loved my Chiefs. We’re 2-14? Still a Chiefs fan. We haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years? Still wear my red and gold. We forgot to bring an offense to the game? Still yell until I lose my voice and the clock hits zero.
And so it kills me to hear Kansas City torn apart, stuck between two seemingly warring factions: “the Chiefs are the worst 9-0 team in the league” and “the Chiefs are the ONLY 9-0 team in the league”. This was never clearer to me than it was this Sunday on the Continue reading And Then You Run The Ball→
There really isn’t just one word you can use to describe how awesome this Sunday was out at Arrowhead. You could probably put a bunch of them together and get close, but you’d still fall short. The easiest way to describe it is Continue reading What?→
October 13. Arrowhead Stadium. The hated Oakland Raiders.
Combine those three with a 75-degree Sunday and the best – and loudest – fans in the entire National Football League and what do you have? You have a shattered record.
In 1993 we broke the record in Kansas City with a roar hitting 116 decibels – or roughly the level of a good rock concert – when John Elway and the Denver AssesDonkeysHorseysBroncos battled Joe Montana and the Chiefs. That record easily earned Arrowhead Stadium the title of “loudest open air stadium in the NFL”, a record we held and cherished for years.