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thetrickytree
02-13-2016, 08:54 AM
Hello People,

As an Englishman I have no affiliation with any NFL team so despite loving the game, I don't get to feel the ups and downs of really supporting someone. As I'm sure you understand sport of any kind is better if you care about the result. This led me to the obvious conclusion that I needed to pick a team to support. But how? I decided that the thing I loved about following soccer over here (Nottingham Forest are my team and first love) was the noise and fore passion of the fans, so I did a little research and was informed by quite a few different people that KC Chiefs fans have passion in abundance, are very noisy and also know the game.

Therefore I would like to respectfully ask.... Will you adopt me into the Chiefs family, and if so please could you educate me in what I need to know to be a Chiefs fan. I want to hear about the history, the rivalries, the cult heroes, the important moments in Chiefs world.

Thanks in advance,

Paul

Chiefs4life24
02-13-2016, 10:17 AM
Welcome home Paul

rodu
02-13-2016, 10:38 AM
lesson 1, read up on the career of #58 Derrick Thomas

thetrickytree
02-13-2016, 10:43 AM
Cheers for the welcome Chiefs4Life, and I shall be starting lesson 1 just as soon as this has been posted rodu. Thanks guys

Eydugstr
02-13-2016, 10:45 AM
Welcome to the forum & to the Chiefs. Right now things are a little slow-going, but they'll pick up in April when the draft rolls around.

N TX Dave
02-13-2016, 12:21 PM
You can start here http://www.chiefs.com/team/chiefs-history.html to get the history of the team, it is many hours of interesting reading about the team we love. It is broken down but decades

Chiefs4life24
02-13-2016, 12:43 PM
There is a celebrity I can't remember his name, he did a video about the Chiefs noise and legend you should watch it on you tube

thetrickytree
02-16-2016, 06:26 AM
Thanks people for the info, links etc. I have read my official history and watched plenty of you tube vids now. So now I'd love to ask a couple more questions. Firstly what makes a game day for you all. For instance my beloved soccer team have their stadium on the banks of the River Trent here in Nottingham, and the feeling of walking over Trent Bridge, seeing the stadium lit up with the Nottingham Forest Logo lit up proudest on the side of the stands. Having a beer at one of the pubs either end of the bridge, listening to the noise of the crowd as you queue at the turnstiles, coming up into the stands and seeing the green pitch ready for action, all this makes me feel like a kid again, all excitement and starry eyed. So what does it for you.

thetrickytree
02-16-2016, 06:44 AM
The other question I'd like to ask, and please forgive my ignorance, is how does the draft work? And what do you guy want the Chiefs to do regarding the draft. Unfortunately over here we get a 45 min highlight programme on a Tuesday night during the season and nothing else in terms of American Football coverage. Our biggest selling national newspaper carried a 1 inch by 2 inch story to cover the Superbowl. I have tried to get an understanding but every article I find is written by an American press for the American market and therefore assumes its reader knows the basics. As far as I can see the draft order goes in reverse of the success each team had in the previous season. And this year the Patriots have no pick? I presume this is something to do with "deflategate". Anyway any help on the basics of what happens come draft time would be appreciated.

ctchiefsfan
02-16-2016, 01:09 PM
Thanks people for the info, links etc. I have read my official history and watched plenty of you tube vids now. So now I'd love to ask a couple more questions. Firstly what makes a game day for you all. For instance my beloved soccer team have their stadium on the banks of the River Trent here in Nottingham, and the feeling of walking over Trent Bridge, seeing the stadium lit up with the Nottingham Forest Logo lit up proudest on the side of the stands. Having a beer at one of the pubs either end of the bridge, listening to the noise of the crowd as you queue at the turnstiles, coming up into the stands and seeing the green pitch ready for action, all this makes me feel like a kid again, all excitement and starry eyed. So what does it for you.

Paul....

Please forgive my tardiness in replying. Always takes me a while to recover when the Chiefs season ends.

First off and most importantly, WELCOME TO CHIEFSCROWD!!!! You have chosen the right team if you are going to be an "out-of-area" American Football fan! Our Chiefs probably have more out-of-area fans than any other team in the NFL. I'm a Chiefs fan from Connecticut....just a bit over 1,300 miles from Arrowhead. There is a pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that is totally devoted to the Chiefs. That's over 1,100 miles away from Arrowhead. The Chiefs have the most devoted fan following in the NFL....and that is despite the fact that Kansas City is one of the smallest markets in the NFL.

You mentioned walking over the River Trent, having a beer at a pub on the way to the game....The Chiefs version of that is all about "tailgating". The parking lots are packed for many hours before the game. And everybody is cooking! BBQ! Grilling! Music! Face-painting! BEER??? What would all that food be without beer????

You mentioned a "pitch". Some of the guys here might not have caught that reference. I went to school in Edinburgh long ago and far away so I got what you were saying. Here is a youtube of the "pitch" at Arrowhead...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VImNBuJW3sQ

Arrowhead the the loudest outdoor stadium in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Here's a youtube of when we set the record. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ3djcCpAHY

You mentioned rivalries....that is a bit of a generational thing. Back in the '60s and '70s the Oakland Raiders were PUBLIC ENEMY #1. And Chiefs fans from back then still DESPISE the Miami Dolphins. For "less old" Chiefs fans the damned Denver Broncos are the main rival. Personally, I LOVE it when we beat the Broncos....but I despise the Raiders more than any other team in the NFL.

As for the draft.....I will address that another time. It's complicated and most of the guys here understand the draft far better than I do, but after I get back from work I'll try to provide the basics.

Again....​WELCOME TO CHIEFSCROWD!

thetrickytree
02-16-2016, 01:36 PM
ctchiefsfan, love the links and yes that first you tube link is exactly what I mean. Full stadium, fans wearing the colours (excuse my English spelling) and a perfect green ... field? is that what you call it. Admittedly our stadium in Nottingham only holds 32000 people and the Arrowhead looks at least twice as big, and the only flyover I remember was when our local rivals beat us despite having a player sent off, and the next game their fans paid for a plane to fly past with a rather unpleasant but amusing message trailing behind, but the idea is the same. I have promised myself that I will get to a chiefs game within the next 5 or so years, I want to experience it all. I am very grateful for the reception on here from you guys. You've helped start a passion that wont die. Its payday for me on Friday and I'll be ordering a bit of merchandise to wear in support of my newly adopted team.

Seek
02-16-2016, 02:00 PM
We are part of the AFC Division. Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos an Chargers.

Rule#1 Hate the RAIDERS - Most of their fan base, A. is in prison, B. Just go out of Prison and will return. C. Has prison in their future D. Actual stand up citizen but looks like they belong in prison. They have a very large fan base, mostly because they are attractive for fan as A-D. In the past, any cancer, trouble maker or dirty player was welcomed on their team as their MOTO is to just win. They don't care how. Their Fan throw batteries, beer and anything they can find on players. Their is even videos of their fans stabbing opposing teams fans while in their seats.

Rule 2. Hate the Donkies. (Broncos). While they have been a good team recently, their fans a whine and chees fans who complain about everything. They are dirty player who players well after the play. And try to rip peoples heads off in the Superbowl knowing the penalty would only be two yards.

Rule 3. Care little about he Chargers - Even their fans don't care about them.

thetrickytree
02-16-2016, 02:27 PM
That's a class post seek, that is the post of a person who is a proper fan. Can't beat knocking rival teams and their fans. In terms of fans throwing things, our soccer teams have had issues in the past, thankfully not so much anymore, but I've been at stadiums where opposing fans used knife sharpeners to sharpen the edge of coins before throwing them at us, and on one memorable occasion darts were thrown. Tends to put you off a team when their fans are of that mentality. I will cultivate a dislike of the Raiders immediately.

Lewis_Chiefs
02-16-2016, 07:27 PM
As a fellow English Chiefs fan you won't regret it. KC sports fans are the best !

thetrickytree
02-17-2016, 04:15 AM
Cheers and hello to you Lewis, you are obviously a Liverpool fan judging by that signature photo. I was at Hillsborough that day as a 14 year old Forest fan. #Justice for the 96 #YNWA.
Anyway, good to make your aquaintence.

Chiefs4life24
02-17-2016, 12:33 PM
Iam a Manchester City fan

ctchiefsfan
03-03-2016, 03:01 PM
ctchiefsfan, love the links and yes that first you tube link is exactly what I mean. Full stadium, fans wearing the colours (excuse my English spelling) and a perfect green ... field? is that what you call it. Admittedly our stadium in Nottingham only holds 32000 people and the Arrowhead looks at least twice as big, and the only flyover I remember was when our local rivals beat us despite having a player sent off, and the next game their fans paid for a plane to fly past with a rather unpleasant but amusing message trailing behind, but the idea is the same. I have promised myself that I will get to a chiefs game within the next 5 or so years, I want to experience it all. I am very grateful for the reception on here from you guys. You've helped start a passion that wont die. Its payday for me on Friday and I'll be ordering a bit of merchandise to wear in support of my newly adopted team.

Yup....we call a "pitch" a "field". And yup y'all (contraction of "you all" and really just meaning the plural form of "you") spell "color" kinda funny :) ...but y'know, American's are used to that. This country is so damned big that we have regional versions of English and it's spelling and pronunciation....just as the English language in Northern Scotland can be a wee bit different than in London or Liverpool. :) It's OK to call a field a pitch, a bar a pub or spell things a little different. We won't mind. We've got Cajuns down in Louisiana who speak a whole different language and most of them still call it English...or Cajun...or Creole. We Americans are pretty tolerant of that sort of thing. We're used to it. :)