I grew up with legendary Hall of Fame players such as Abner Haynes, Bobby Bell, and Len Dawson, three of my dad’s favorite Chiefs players. Though my roots are from Kansas, I grew up mostly on the West Coast, so my dad, myself and brothers, didn’t have the opportunity to attend Chiefs games and events. We moved back to Kansas the summer of 1970. Earlier that year the Chiefs won SB IV on January 11th. We watched SB IV on TV living at the time in L.A.. I was a kid, so don’t remember much about the game, but do remember my dad’s excitement when our Chiefs won.
As an adult making my home in Kansas, I had the opportunity once in a while to attend a Chiefs game or event, like Draft Day at Arrowhead. My dad and brother, Ricky, did not, as they continued living out West. My dad passed in 1994. I brought him to Kansas so I could care for him his last two months of life, but he was too sick to attend a Chiefs game.
In 2007 my brother was diagnosed with kidney disease and also needed a caretaker. He came close a couple times in life, but never married and had no kids. I was the sibling he was closest to, so he came to live with me in Kansas Fall of 2007. He told me one of the first things he wanted to do once living with me was to attend a Chiefs game at Arrowhead.
My brothers birthday was in November, so for his birthday I bought us tickets to a Chiefs game. It was November 4th, 2007 we played the Packers. Brett Favre was my brothers favorite QB, and mine as well, so we were able to see Brett play at Arrowhead prior to his retiring. The Chiefs lost the game, but the memories we made that day are cherished and priceless. Little did I know that game would be my brothers first and last experience attending a Chiefs game at Arrowhead. I lost my brother on February 8th, 2008. I was with him in his ICU room when he had his code blue and left our earthly presence.
I read of so many Chiefs fans currently, who are boycotting the games because the Chiefs are losing. I think to myself…what if I had done that back when my brother was alive, and we had not attended the one game he would ever attend? I wouldn’t have those cherished game memories with my brother. I just can’t imagine making a point over losing being worthy of sacrificing such memories, but to each their own life priorities.
I raised my kids to be Chiefs fans, and grandkids now, also. I have cherished memories attending a few games with my son, and also my grandsons. I took my grandson Mikey, to his first Chiefs game in 2010. He told me and everyone he could, that his first game experience at Arrowhead was the best birthday he had ever had, hahaha.
I took my grandson Brennen, to his first Chiefs game in 2006. We won the game in the last seconds with a record long FG kick by Tynes. The crowd noise was deafening! My grandson covered his ears and looked up at me with a smile and said, "OH MY GAWD NANA, IT’S SO LOUD! DID WE WIN?!" He was 8 years old, so couldn’t see over those standing in front of him, that we had made the unexpected winning FG, hahaha.
I have so many awesome cherished memories as a Chiefs fan attending games and events, that I could literally fill a novel with memory stories held within my heart. This past Sunday I created more cherished memories while attending the game and Alumni Weekend at Arrowhead. One memory in particular was a memory of a lifetime for me as a Chiefs fan.
With the evolution of Facebook I had become Facebook friends with Abner Haynes and interacted with him once in a while. Although I’ve met many Chiefs players over the years, I had never had the honor of meeting Abner. After the game on Sunday, I was walking out of the stadium when I noticed a crowd of fans gather around a gentleman asking for his autograph. As I walked closer I recognized him as Abner Haynes. I politely waited hoping at some point I would have an opportunity to introduce myself as one of his Facebook friends.
Abner has thousands of Facebook friends, so I didn’t expect him to know me personally by name. When I introduced myself to Abner as, "Connie Jo from Facebook", I was overwhelmed by Abner’s response. A big smile came across his face and he loudly with excitement said, "Connie Jo! I was telling Mr. Hunt today that two people I wanted to find and meet were Connie Jo and Deb from Facebook!" We gave each other a big hug and then he said, "what about Deb, is Deb with you?"
Deb is a good friend of mine, also active on Facebook related to the Chiefs. I told Abner that I had been with Deb earlier, but wasn’t sure where she was after the game. About that time I glanced to see Deb standing not far away. I said to Abner, "well, there she is, there’s Deb right there!" Deb heard me and came over. Abner then told Deb the same thing he had told me with much excitement in his voice, "I kept telling Mr. Hunt I wanted to find you and Connie Jo, that you were two people I had to find and meet while I was here!"
We chatted for a bit, but Abner needed to catch a plane back to Dallas where he lives. We took our photo together, then we said our goodbye’s with hugs. I walked away in awe that Abner Haynes, a football hero and HOF legend, was so excited to meet ‘me’…’me’, a simple Chiefs fan. He made me feel so special and honored as a fan and person, yet I can assure you I was more than honored to meet him after a lifetime of knowing him by name.
Last Friday I had the opportunity to also attend the Chiefs 50th Anniversary Tour featuring Bobby Bell and Len Dawson. Years ago when my kids were young we had met Bobby while dining at his BBQ restaurant in KC, but didn’t have a photograph opportunity with him at that time. I had also met Len once before at a signing event in 2006, and do have a photo of Len and I from that event. Having the opportunity to have my photo taken with Bobby and Len at the same time was priceless. They’re two HOF legends I’ve been familiar with since childhood.
Being a Chiefs fan for me is much deeper than wins or losses, it’s much more than just a game. For me being a Chiefs fan is a way of life, a lifestyle. After it became necessary for me to divorce in early 2009, in an effort to rebuild my life I sold my home in Kansas and moved to Kansas City. I became a Chiefs season ticket holder as well. I’m very grateful for the life my buddy above has blessed me with. Being a Chiefs fan is a blessing in itself, as are the lifetime memories created among family and friends attending Chiefs games and events.
The Chiefs are celebrating 50 years in Kansas City this season, and I’ve been blessed to experience those 50 years as a Chiefs fan in many ways. I hope my dad, and my brother Ricky, are smiling down from Heaven as they witness my blessings occur as a Chiefs fan. I hope in spirit they’re able to share in my experience’s as a Chiefs fan, since they didn’t have the same opportunities as a fan that I’ve been blessed with. I know my dad would have been thrilled to meet Abner, Bobby, and Len, three favorite players during his era, HOF legends during mine.
I had been a Chiefs fan since 1990, Today it’s seems that we really have it the bottom.
I never bought Cassel being “True QB” he was line Frank Rich (Buffalo to Carolina)
Scott Michel (Miami to Detroit) for name few QB’s that have a GOOD season and then teams thought they could be a their QB of the Future but what happened. They fail!
In the same case is Matt Cassel, Yes I know he had been into turmoil of OC and Head Coaches but no matter what. He has never show any improvement at all… yes he got ONE single season under Weiss that he reach Pro Bowl but also it was a weak schedule. Cassel facing real teams with winning record or playoff appearance it’s simple a SHAME!
Many Cassel believers thought he needs a better OL, WRs… Getting JC healthy as well Tony M.
But no matter if you get him a better OL or WR. He have NO leadership, his physical tools are really week, poor reading, poor arm and a the WORSE ability to make decisions I had ever seen.
Pioli sticks with Cassel because he’s not the kind of GM that accepts his owns errors (Egoli’s nickname fits like a glove here) The Patriot Way only works for Belichick and his organization. I have just read an article on it explains how Belichick covers every “weakness” on their former staff. Could be GM, OC or DC… On it name every single one of Patriot Way bust being the only exception Atlanta’s GM. For Atlanta’s Dimitroff the scenario was different he broke the Patriots Way and Drafted a Franchise QB on 1st Round (A Sinn on Bellichek System BTW)
so why is gonna be different with Pioli… He brought Cassel under a 60 Million contract (He sell it very well to Clark Hunt) He says that if we are going under a Patriots Ways we need a QB who runs the whole Offensive System and Blah Blah Blah.
And then he brought a Good OC and turns him a HC… under the name of Todd Haley and he shows his inexperience and really makes a hell for few players. I know Todd isn’t that bad at all but for a Rebuilding project he wasn’t the best option, We need a HC with experience under his belt (IMO Pioli brought a Rookie Coach, so he can cover himself in case everything goes wrong and he can easily make decisions over HC duties)
Then he kick Haley and keep Romero a great DC, a great persona.. I’m not sure if he’s a good HC (I wanna give him a shot going on himself far away Pioli’s shadow and the Patriots Way)
Pioli push Cassel to be his QB, he sells that he pursued Peyton but he really did?
He never brought any competition for Matt, Orton was here for few months when all we had was Palko and at the end neither Orton nor Pioli showed any interest on staying. Maybe Kyle knew that no matter what .. Pioli’s QB is Matt.
But Matt had never faced any REAL competition… why?
Pretty simple he would be overshadow and there will be a glimpse that the FAMOUS Patriot Way isn’t that great.
Today Pioli’s hands can‘t cover it NO more. Matt shows what Some Knew, Some Other resist to see… he’s an OK Back up QB at the Best.
I don’t blame Matt for everything goes wrong so far in 2012 but He’s the pick of the Iceberg
We got a real deal on JC, Dwayne is a good WR but sometimes he seems disconnected from field.
I wanna believe Balwin is a sleeping Giant waiting for awake… I always love S. Breaston as a #3 WR.
D. Wylie was drafted to be “OUR” version of Welker… but I belive he could be his own persona an brought something to the table.
DM is a good hybrid but if we keep OVER using him we are going to burn him so fast.
Our OL I think is a good one. And our TEs are average to good.
On the other side of the field, we got very good players than need to be fitted where they belong.
T. Jackson was a 1st. Round Talent maybe a 3rd or 4th and OK Back up.
G. Dorsey is a great player under a WRONG scheme and position; he’s making his best to play a role that never suits him. D. Poe could be a beast or bust… I wanna believe he could be a good to great player but he need to understand the system.
R. Pitoutua remembers me Erick Hicks… he could be a very good situational player.
On the LB corp I think we got a very good group… here is where Romeo’s magic worked better. He understood how to use DJ on the right way as well T. Hali. J. Houston seems to be a Draft Steal.
And our deep is OK.
On the DB we got B. Flowers a very good CB but it seems he miss B. Carr so much. Now he good a lotta pressure covering ACE WRs more than usual. S.Routt is an OK back Up not a starter he we really screw it not keeping B. Carr (is like Albert Lewis without Kevin Ross) On the SS and FS positions… I guess E. Berry reason for his backward step his kind of simple. He miss that 2nd year where the normal acknowledge curve shows you the secrets to play the position he miss that curve due to his injury and know he struggles to catch it up again. On K. Lewis side he’s a good player but like Berry he’s missing that Curve too… let’s hope he can come back and show a quick adaptation.
On the Special Teams… well since Nick Lowery we have struggle on our K… yes we got Stoyo and Morten… but for few seasons. Nick was the K for years. I really dig Succop and underdog that shows guts (yes sometimes he miss some easy FG) BTW Nick says that if some deserve to break his record is Ryan (I guess Nick knows a few things about kicking) Our LS… well he’s an Ok player not like Kendall G. but an OK player. And final but not least… our P… IMO he never gets the real credit he deserves because he plays for us… D.Colquitt… no matter what… he could have a couple games playing average but normally he’ very good punting.
This where cover unit screw up his punts… if they fail… then means the Punter fails.
So our team is full of potential Good players but… is like an enterprise
“You could have all the tools … equipment… and personal to make it successful BUT if the BOSS is a dumb … and never push the right bottons … well is going to be a mess”
Yes It’s kinda sad to realize that this Pioli-Cassel experiment was the WRONG choice.
But hey it’s never too late… we got the TOOLS (on the past we don’t have it) to make a better rebuild.
Remember back on the 90’s we got a Pair of Older QBs named Steve DeBerg and Joe Cool booth deliver a couple of good seasons and he got no great WRs beside S. Paige, W. Davis or JJ .. We got great RB’s for the Marty Ball style back then. And our “D” was commanded by the “BIG BOSS CHIEF” DT… and his good to great teammates Nel, Bill, Dan, Kevin, Carl, Deron… maybe they weren’t the fastes or hardest hitting players but they play so soulful.
On the 2000’s we had the other side of the coin an AWESOME Offense and a weak “D”…
We seems to be short on any of the two sides of the field until TODAY!
We are just short to be a GOOD team…
But we need a real hard to fine player … a GOOD QB… IMO we don’t need the next Manning or Bress .. I believe we need our next Trent Green … an underdog that erforms and deliver so his offense can work with struggle.
On the “D” side… we really need a leader… we need our “2010’s” Derrick Thomas… some one that could bring and push the guys to excel… that’s something even more hard to find that a QB .. Why… because since Derrick’s death. He left a HOLE that NO ONE fills in.
But I’m not the one to make this research… I’m a simple KC Fan… with high hopes and dreams of SB!
We need a true GM that understands how NFL works… to do what it takes to make a legacy… and more important to deliver what the RED SEA season after season are craving for .. A TEAM that gives them Joy… Make Kansas City a respectful place… and the nightmare of every single player who dares to stand into the Arrowhead … I’m 34… I have a 10 year old girl and a 8 year old boy… they are about to star to know what football is all about… and if they want… and choose it .. I want them to be Chiefs… BTW I don’t live in USA… I’m a proud Mexican CHIEFS fan… and all I want is a Winner Team…
Thanks for your time and reading!
I apologize for any grammatical or spelling errors you could find
Good morning Chiefs fans! Good luck this week!
Will it do any good? No.
I have to give them a little credit for at least trying to show their discontent.
"We the fans of The Kansas City Chiefs, on this 1st day of October 2012, have elected to voice our overwhelming discontent with the current Quarterback of our beloved NFL football team, Matt Cassel. We will not stand idly by as our team and city are disgraced by poor performance. Let this petition mark the beginning of a new era of professional athletics wherein the customer (us) elect the best man to represent not only our team but our city as well. Like our four fathers, we expect our actions to be met with controversy, and like our four fathers we will overcome it!"
I cant post the link but its on ipetitions dot com slash petitions slash fire-matt-cassel
I signed it, and I implore you all to do the same!
Perhaps some nice UFO, ghost hunter, conspiracy theory, or holocaust denial websites out there would benefit from your outstanding wit and keen insight.
If the fact that this team is a disaster and that Matt Cassel needs to go cannot bring Chiefs fans together then nothing can.
Anyone wanna put up a website? www.benchmattcassel.com and put up at least a count down ticker for his contract’s expiration date?
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