With the resurgence of my Kansas City Chiefs this season (10-5, 9 game winning streak), I dedicated this latest entry to them. As we prepare to beat the Raiders this Sunday and conclude the 2015 NFL regular season. I felt it was only right to share with everybody my wonderful story of how I became a Chiefs fan. Also to set the record straight because I know there’s some haters throwing shade out there. This isn’t me just randomly jumping on the Chiefs bandwagon because they’re on a 9 game winning streak and headed to the playoffs as one one of the hottest teams in the NFL. If you know me personally, you know that the Kansas City Chiefs is and has always been my favorite team. I’m not talking about a year or two, not even five. I’m talking about over 20 years and running, I’ve put a lot into this relationship of ours.
I originally wrote this entry on October 14, 2010 and this is my third time updating it.
Usually the first thing I get asked once I tell people my alliance to Kansas City is, “How does a kid who grew up in Compton, California grow up to be a Chiefs fan?” Well for one it wasn’t because my neighborhood gang were bloods and that was the team logo/colors they used to represent their gang. In fact my neighborhood gang were crips, so you can imagine that made it a little more interesting when i did decide to wear my Chiefs jersey's, jackets around Compton and even Los Angeles for that matter. What ultimately determined my love for the Chiefs stems from a mere occurrence of fate and lucky NFL regional tv programming.
It all started when I was 9 years old, it was a typical, lazy Sunday morning inside our house. For some reason my parents decided that we weren't going to church that day. I don't remember what my mother or sister were doing, I can’t even tell you what exactly I was doing that morning either. What I do remember from this day is somehow I ended up walking into the room where my dad was watching the Los Angeles Raiders game. Since it's one of his favorites NFL teams (the other being the Cowboys), he was really caught up into the game. So caught up that I could hear his cheers and profanity throughout the entire house. So much that it lured me into the room with him to watch the game. Next thing you know, he’s trying to teach me some of the rules of the game. Now one would think this was a typical father and son bonding moment while watching a football game right? Like most little boys who mimic and cheer on the same teams as their fathers, I did the opposite. I don’t know what made me do this (perhaps my competitive nature) but for some strange reason I choose to cheer for the opposing team.
A team whom I didn’t know anything about besides the fact that their jerseys were white, trimmed with red and gold would wound up being the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were losing but ended up coming back to win that game with the heroic efforts by Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Joe Montana. During that 1993 season the Chiefs ended up going 11-5, winning the AFC West and advancing all the way to AFC Championship game.
After the Chiefs game finished, I started talking trash jumping around and saying, “My Chiefs won, my Chiefs won” in silly, immature kid fashion. I’m sure my dad thought I wouldn’t keep up with the Chiefs after that game. So for the remainder of that season, he would test me to see if I knew the score of their games after each week. Which then forced me to watch the local Sunday night news every week and patiently wait for the sports segment to recap all the NFL scores of that day. I had to be prepare just incase my dad would ask me how my Chiefs did. If it wasn’t for him doing that I would’ve never paid any more attention to the Chiefs, but just to prove him wrong I made sure I did. Thus began the start of a beautiful relationship between a boy and his favorite NFL football team. It just goes to show, how the littlest occurrences a kid goes through can have a lasting impression even once you become an adult. That was the best gift a Raider fan has ever gave me!
From Chiefs pin ups on my wall in my bedroom, to even getting a Derrick Thomas jersey; I began collecting Chief gear proudly. I even started choosing the Chiefs (well most of the time) when playing Madden. From memorizing team facts and accomplishments, to doing research on my favorite Chief players and colleges they attended. I started doing all the things needed to become a dedicated fan to his team. I still reminisce watching my favorite Chief players on television: Warren Moon, Steve Bono, Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, Dale Carter, Neil Smith, Tony Gonzales, Trent Green, Priest Holmes, Donte Hall, just to name a few.
I’m also tired of hearing haters complaining that our schedule is weak and that’s the only reason we were able to go on a 9 game winning streak. Last time I checked this is the NFL, time to give credit where credit is due. Especially after we lost arguably the best running back in the NFL Jamaal Charles way back in week 5, nobody had fate in us. What I also realized is that most of the people hating on my Chiefs their teams are with losing records. Let's be honest, they shouldn't be allowed to talk about football at this point in the season anyways. Teams that are busy winning don't have time to hate on other winning teams. Just get ready to watch us play in the post season, just like your favorite teams will be doing too. Yeah I'm talking about you Raiders, Niners and Cowboys fans. This season I'm positive we win a playoff game, I'm willing to bet anybody too. With Andy Reid out there dabbin on all you haters, I can't help but feel confident.
Kansas City can easily take out any team in the AFC right now. Anybody can beat anybody, and whoever is hot is the team to beat. Well, no team is hotter than Kansas City right now. Just imagined what will happen once Justin Houston is back at full strength. Nobody would of thought (not even me) that my Kansas City Chiefs would go from 1-5 to 10-5, but thats why you play the game right? I have been through more downs than ups since becoming a Chiefs fan back in 1993 and its time that I started making some more good memories. Nowadays you can find me every Sunday around 11pm watching my Chiefs play online. To cheer and yell at my laptop just like my old man did on that wonderful day 22 years ago, when I first discovered my team. #ChiefsKingdom