Do you ever catch yourself reminiscing of days long past? Or wonder what it would be like to go back in time and experience something you may have missed out on?
Everyone does. Whether we dream to re-live moments from our own past or yearn to experience the past dealings of others. One thing is certain, there is always a time from which we can each draw our own power, motivation, and hope for things to come by focusing on things that have already been.
The current state of the Kansas City Chiefs is certainly but a shadow of its former self. A shell of the greatness it once was. A home turf that was lauded as the loudest stadium in the NFL. So loud, in fact, that visiting teams dreaded playing within’ its concrete walls.
Then there were the fans.
They are the very reason that the sound was once recorded inside Arrowhead to exceed 120 decibels (equally compared to that of a jet engine). If visiting teams thought the Chiefs were ferocious ( which they were, very much so) then to couple that with the deafening sound of the eighty-thousand fans in attendance, had to be intimidating.
Sports Illustrated has said that due to the sheer volume of the fanbase at Arrowhead, it was difficult to beat a bad Chiefs team, and impossible to beat a good Chiefs team.
However, as we all know. Things have changed since the glory days of long ago. The Chiefs currently hold a record of 1-9 and sit dead-last in the AFC West division. A team picked by many to be a top contender in the division as well as a sleeper pick for the playoffs, have fallen flat and are hovering on the edge of the abyss with no clear way out. It is due to this current state of the team that has led many fans to focus their attention and support on a group called Save Our Chiefs.
Save Our Chiefs is the group responsible for organizing the “Blackout Arrowhead” movement last weekend during the Chiefs home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. An effort that encouraged Chief fans to wear black to the game to symbolize a fan base in mourning over a franchise that has hit rock-bottom. In fact, this franchise has sunk so low, they are probably underneath the rocks by now.
Recently, I was able to ask Save Our Chiefs co-founder Eric Grannell about the Blackout as well as other things concerning the future of Save Our Chiefs.
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What influenced you to start Save Our Chiefs?
What kind of support have you received? Any negativity?
Has Save Our Chiefs received any support from fans of other NFL teams?
How do you feel the “Blackout Arrowhead” movement went on Sunday?
Now that the Blackout is over, does Save Our Chiefs have any plans for the rest of the season? Any more banners?
What has to happen within the Chiefs’ franchise for Save Our Chiefs to stop protesting?
If you -as the person in charge of Save Our Chiefs -were to make a statement to the players on the field, what would it say? Because there is speculation that SOC doesn’t support the players.
When it comes to professional sporting, how much do you think fans can affect the decisions made within an organization?
Final Question: What do you say to those claiming Save Our Chiefs is a minority?
I want to thank Eric for his time and wish him and the rest of Save Our Chiefs the best for whatever they may have planned for the future.
So there you have it. Fans are tired. Tired of having a down-trodden team on the field every Sunday. Tired of going to a stadium that seriously lacks the grandeur it once was. Fans want change, and the people at Save Our Chiefs are the perfect example of those who are ready to restore the glory of the Chiefs franchise that many have forgotten.
That task rests on Clark Hunt’s shoulders.
We’re waiting Clark…can you restore the glory this franchise once was or are you going to let a General Manager by the name of Scott Pioli make Chiefs fans forever live in dreams of a franchise that “used to be”?
Save Our Chiefs also has an online petition directed towards Ending the Blackout and Restoring Red to Arrowhead. If you would like to sign this petition to fire Scott Pioli and hopefully send a message to Clark Hunt, please follow the link below.
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