KC Bedtime Story

Once upon a time there was a sleepy little city that set right in the middle of these great United States.

It was a most ordinary city from all the views, it had hustle and bustle, it had big art museums, it had libraries, it had shady, tree lined streets and was by all accounts no different than any other medium sized metropolis one could come upon, dream or no dream.

This town however was different because it ranked among the big-boy cities in terms of professional sports team franchises and has had for some 40-50 odd years.

The sports fans of this town were at least as loud as other cities were when they were cheering on their professional football and baseball teams and were once or twice ranked as the toughest places to play in all of the pro sports leagues! This particular football team (who shall remain nameless for the moment) went on an absolute tear when they were first admitted into the union of teams on the early 1960's.

They had players that actually played their hearts and lungs out for a mere pittance of the salaries that the players of today make but that didn't seem to make a difference to them. They truly played for the love of the game and a greater majority of those players had to take second jobs just to make ends meet and put food on the table for their families. Many of them had to ride the same bus that you or I would ride to get to the game. That's how much they loved it.

Now, of course, times couldn't always remain as verdant as they had been and naturally every good run comes to a close. It's only proper. Remember the saying, "enjoy it while it lasts kid, because it never does"? Oh, how so true through the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond all the way up the modern time that we live in today.

All through these years that were passing by, this team kept trying to better itself in practically any way possible. Hiring great older players who had proven track records. Hiring shady somewhat marginable players who would later get caught doing illegal things and forcing themselves into retirement.

This team even had the nerve to not pick a Dan Marino or a John Elway and instead choose one Todd Blackledge instead, turning that deal into one of the busts of the century. So as the years piled on, this team could do very little correct. The draft picks that looked so promising came up short generally. The trades that this team made were either shadowy at best or mindless at worst, but the fans of this great suburbia never turned their backs on their team because it was THEIR team. The team that inspired them and made them feel warm inside knowing that our city was one of the best cities in all of sports for people to come and visit.

Well, now I believe that the Kansas City Chiefs (of course) have actually reached a point in their storied history that this Chiefs fan says it's time to stand up and be heard and actually try to make a difference in the make-up of this team because if your team loses 8 of the first 9 games that they play, most by at least 14 points, man, something is definitely amiss in the state of Texas (used only for wordplay-actually the Texans are quite good this year). Instead of sending a list of things that I want for Christmas to Santa Claus, my list goes to the executive branch of the KC Chiefs, so here goes:

Dear Sirs, please send us some quarterbacks who can actually throw more than 1 pass on a set of downs, send us some wide receivers and tight ends who can actually catch the ball once it is in their hands (or, you could reinstate Stick-um) but most of all, send us the strength and knowledge that when you hear a true Chiefs fan say, "yeah but just wait until next year," it won't be accompanied by a round of Bronx raspberries as it usually does especially after 7 or 8 beers. This, I believe is a good night story to beat the band and here's the main reason.

The KC Chiefs might as well just go home and go to bed for their next 7 games because it's damn near the same watching them play as it is watching them sleep. Goodnight all you little Chieftains. Don't let the bedbugs bite and if they do, penalize them 15 yards after you drop them on the ground!

What will be the Chiefs story at the end of the season?

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