Kansas City Fans: It’s just a game

October 8, 2012

Features, Football, NFL

Over the years, in a conference stocked full of franchises with incredible histories, the Chiefs year after year turn in mediocre performances. Granted, the Chiefs have nowhere near the pathetic history that some of the more notoriously awful football franchises have (right Detroit fans?), they can still take solace in the fact that their franchise has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the sport. Despite being without a Super Bowl winner since 1969, expectations never falter – despite a terrible front office.

During the fourth quarter of a defensive slugfest with the Baltimore Ravens, and a score that stood at 9-3, the Chiefs started driving towards what they would hope a go-ahead score. Despite being absolutely hounded by the Ravens defense, the Chiefs’ quarterback, Matt Cassel, showed faint signs of having the capability to put more points on the board.

Concerned linemen hover over Cassel awaiting medical assistance

It was on the drive that started at the 10-minute mark in the 4th quarter where it all went wrong. After taking a blistering blow to the head, Cassel went down in a heap – writhing around in pain on the ground. It’s moments like these that have forced the NFL’s hand in (finally) starting to take initiative in helping their players after retirement. It’s moments like these that are the reason why the NFL’s cracked down on plays that put players in serious danger. In usual circumstance, a severe hit on a player similar to the one that Cassel suffered is normally followed by an audible gasp from the crowd. And once the play ceases, silence immediately follows after the initial gasps – to the point where any given audience member can hear their own thoughts.

This was not the case in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. In a disgusting breach of etiquette, the crowd not only failed to maintain a level of silence in respect for a man who may be in midst of a career-ending injury, but instead uttered deplorable faint cheers and whistles.

Kansas City Chiefs OL Eric Winston’s reaction to the events at Arrowhead Stadium.

(via Awful Announcing)

Now, growing up in an area subjected to one of the worst, if not THE worst franchise in NFL history, I can speak for having immense frustration in the failures of an organization. However, there’s a way to go about voicing said frustrations. Rather than jeering a single man writhing around on the ground in severe pain Chiefs fans, go stand outside the front office and boo them. Something. Anything… Except the display that was put on in the 4th quarter on Sunday.

Broncos fans going so far as to purchase billboards imploring John Fox to force Kyle Orton out in favor of Tim Tebow

However, breaches of audience etiquette is not a new problem for NFL fans.  Though Denver Broncos followers booed Kyle Orton out of town in favor of a quarterback who’s somehow worse than Mark Sanchez, and Oakland Raiders fans all but started another Los Angeles riot upon hearing the news of the acquisition of Carson Palmer… Nothing compares in nature to cheering on another human being’s immense pain. To say that these fans should feel ashamed of themselves is the definition of an understatement, and classless acts like these should be more than enough cause to look in the mirror and re-evaluate yourself not just as football fans, but as human beings.

Though sometimes used as a consoling phrase to pained sports fans after a bad loss, it’s moments like these that it’s important to remember: “It’s just a game”.

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7 Comments on “Kansas City Fans: It’s just a game”

  1. Bryan Jordan Says:

    This article is guilty of the same thing at a majority of sites and TV. You rushed to judgement and placed an entire fanbase with the few knuckleheads who cheered. I was at Arrowhead in section 326 for the game and most of the cheering was because of JC getting the first down. When it was announced “injury timeout” was when a lot of us realized Cassel was down. Nobody that I coukd see or hear in my section cheered because he was down so you might want to change your sentence of the crowd cheered. At least Winston came out yesterday and said he regretted saying all 70K cheered and he didn’t want to paint all Chiefs fans with a broad brush. Also there are now some national guys questioning Winston’s choice of words to bring negativity to one the league’s best fans. The bottom line is a small minority of the fans cheered. Not the entire stadium like you and everybody else who rushed to repeat Winston’s words and put their owb take to it think.


    • skoobasteve Says:

      Feedback’s always appreciated. Thank you for your input.

      … This being said however, a closer read will reveal that this piece in particular describes the scene as follows: “the crowd not only failed to maintain a level of silence in respect for a man who may be in midst of a career-ending injury, but instead uttered deplorable faint cheers and whistles.”

      At no point does it say that “all 70k cheered” like it was a re-enactment of “Gladiator”. Those “few knuckleheads” who cheered are, in fact, the ones being described, as noted again by the word choice “of faint cheers and whistles”. Video from telecasts will prove this (of which was not included in this article due to the NFL’s strict infringement protection. You are more than welcome to find such evidence on your own, as the author did here).

      The article pays tribute to Chiefs fans, and again, a closer reading reveals this: “… they can still take solace in the fact that their franchise has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the sport.”

      Instead of assuming the entire NFL fan base and those who cover it are coming after the Chiefs’ fan base every time you see a lengthy opinion dedicated to the events that took place this past Sunday, my suggestion would be to read the opinions and the language more closely before you attack it.


  2. Ryan Womeldorf Says:

    It’s moments like these that make those who don’t care for sports thing all fans are drunk idiots.


  3. Stefan Jagot Says:

    I agree, it also puts a terrible image on us who enjoy sports. I like to think of the majority of us love watching the games, and talking about them. But they are by no means our lives.


  4. Matthew Milko Says:

    I hate fans that take the game way too seriously and think they can affect the outcome of a game with their actions. All the people who dress up, buy billboards, boo their own players, are losers, simple as that.



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