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DJay23
07-08-2005, 11:11 PM
Looking at Rainman's "Greatest Chief" polls, I start to realize that certain players don't get voted for by a majority (even though they may deserve it, and Rainmain has to pimp them), mostly because they played back in the "day." Now, either some of us are too young to remember and haven't bothered researching our team's roots, or jumped on board sometime after.

I'm also interested to see what people who have never lived in the general vicinity of KC have to say about their path to the light.

I will say that I am prejudiced against any band wagon fans, even if they have stuck with it since, say '90. I'm very big into hometown loyalty.

When I was a wee child I watched and went to Chiefs games with my dad. There was no other option. We didn't go to other games, we didn't watch other teams, we didn't listen to other teams on the radio, and we didn't talk about other teams (Same with the Royals and KU). This was during the '80's mind you, so it's not like there was a lot going on in Arrowhead. My dad raised me right. Since '89, I have been away from the KC area, but have maintained my Chiefdom, and I will never relinquish it.

So I'm curious, how did you come to find yourself bleeding red and gold?

(I'm sure this has been done several times, but my feeble search attempts were unsuccesful.)

Fire Me Boy!
07-08-2005, 11:23 PM
I grew up in Oklahoma and southwest Missouri, so nothing particularly close. Just kinda got interested with my brother watching all the time... now, when he was a fan (and I was 3 1/2 years younger), I'd almost always root for the other guy, just because my brother liked it... but that's what little brothers do, right? But when I actually started to get interested in watching football, the Chiefs was the team for me.

cdcox
07-08-2005, 11:27 PM
All of the first 4 options would apply for me.

I started following them in '69 when my family lived briefly in NY. Dad was a big fan. We moved back to KC in '71, but by then I was already a diehard.

I noticed a similar problem on polls of other teams. I am very familiar with the stars of the game (not just Chiefs) from previous eras. I liked to read NFL history when I was a kid. My guess is that those who grew up in the '80s and '90s were too busy playing video games to spend much time learning about the history of the game and hence lack the knowledge to make informed votes in many cases.

Chieficus
07-08-2005, 11:39 PM
My parents weren't rabid fans, but they were fans from the Super Bowl days, so I naturally picked it up... Some of my first memories of the Chiefs included DeBerg and his broken finger... so my age was a natural fit to get the intensity of the early 90's going at the right time...

DJay23
07-08-2005, 11:58 PM
All of the first 4 options would apply for me.

I started following them in '69 when my family lived briefly in NY. Dad was a big fan. We moved back to KC in '71, but by then I was already a diehard.

I noticed a similar problem on polls of other teams. I am very familiar with the stars of the game (not just Chiefs) from previous eras. I liked to read NFL history when I was a kid. My guess is that those who grew up in the '80s and '90s were too busy playing video games to spend much time learning about the history of the game and hence lack the knowledge to make informed votes in many cases.

Being that I teach 12-14 year olds, I get to witness first hand how sports team allegiance is formed. Here in Central PA, if I have a class of say 30 kids, all of which like football, I would say probably 10 would be Steelers fans (proximity/family influence) 7 would be Eagles fans (Less Eagles fans, and I think it's because in the 70's, when these kid's parents were kids, obviously the Steelers were the team, so they carried that tradition over. And let's face it, the Eagles are good now so they're easy to root for). Then with the remaining 12 you get an interesting phenomena, which I blame on the internet and satellite TV. You might have 2 Broncos fans, a Ravens fan, a Dolphins fan, 2 49ers fans, 3 Cowboys fans, and 3 Packers fans or something along those lines. Kids have no loyalty. It's the flavor of the month with kids nowadays. I know a particular kid who is Broncos fan, White Sox fan, Lakers fan, and Red Wings fan. For a college team he likes Texas. Wha? When I was a kid in Leavenworth, ALL of my friends were Chiefs fans, because that was the local team. And I'll reiterate, this was the 80's! Same with the Royals and Jayhawks. Interestingly, all of my grown up friends are Steelers fans. They all grew up in this area, and all grew up rooting for the Steelers.

The new trend is disturbing to me. It means the end of loyalty to your home, and the beginning of prostituting your allegiance to whoever happens to be good at that point so you can look cool wearing their stuff.

Ultra Peanut
07-09-2005, 12:01 AM
Joe Montana.



I WAS 8.

mcan
07-09-2005, 12:20 AM
I was 10 years old when Montana beat the Broncos in SuperBowl XXIV. It was the first football game that I watched seriously on television. I was in the fourth grade, and occaisionally there were kids playing football on the playground at recess. So I was familiar with the game, but hardly what I'd call a fan.

In '90, I watched a bunch of the Chiefs' games on television, but again I wouldn't call myself a big fan. I remember bits and pieces of that season, but I get them confused with bits and pieces of '91 and '92. Again, I was a big enough fan to watch some games, but mostly I remember loving watching the "Bud Bowl" cartoons during the SuperBowl that year.

In '91, I was hit by a megaton bomb. That bomb was called "Tecmo Super Bowl." It was freaking awesome! And since all the players and teams were on it. All the sudden, I was a BIG fan, and an expert on all the players. My Dad and I would watch the televised games, and here I was 11 years old and correcting my Dad on the player's names and numbers. I never looked back.

Reaper16
07-09-2005, 12:24 AM
I was born and raised here in the Kansas City area. The Chiefs are in my blood, as much as barbecue, fishing and hunting.

HolmeZz
07-09-2005, 12:30 AM
I'll credit DT with making me a Chiefs fan. I clinged onto him when I was younger. No real other explanation on how a 19 year old from Connecticut who's never been west of Pennsylvania could become a Chief fan.

Sadly I've never met another.

I did realize that the Chiefs have one of the most loyal fan bases in all of sports at an early age too. Definitely made me want to be a part of it.

Plus my Uncle's a Fader fan.

It puts together like a puzzle. :cuss:

go bowe
07-09-2005, 01:43 AM
Being that I teach 12-14 year olds, I get to witness first hand how sports team allegiance is formed. Here in Central PA, if I have a class of say 30 kids, all of which like football, I would say probably 10 would be Steelers fans (proximity/family influence) 7 would be Eagles fans (Less Eagles fans, and I think it's because in the 70's, when these kid's parents were kids, obviously the Steelers were the team, so they carried that tradition over. And let's face it, the Eagles are good now so they're easy to root for). Then with the remaining 12 you get an interesting phenomena, which I blame on the internet and satellite TV. You might have 2 Broncos fans, a Ravens fan, a Dolphins fan, 2 49ers fans, 3 Cowboys fans, and 3 Packers fans or something along those lines. Kids have no loyalty. It's the flavor of the month with kids nowadays. I know a particular kid who is Broncos fan, White Sox fan, Lakers fan, and Red Wings fan. For a college team he likes Texas. Wha? When I was a kid in Leavenworth, ALL of my friends were Chiefs fans, because that was the local team. And I'll reiterate, this was the 80's! Same with the Royals and Jayhawks. Interestingly, all of my grown up friends are Steelers fans. They all grew up in this area, and all grew up rooting for the Steelers.

The new trend is disturbing to me. It means the end of loyalty to your home, and the beginning of prostituting your allegiance to whoever happens to be good at that point so you can look cool wearing their stuff.is that mckee'sport? (i probably spelled it wrong...)

i dropped this chick off there one time in like '69 or so...

a few pretty steep hills, pretty country mostly...

go bowe
07-09-2005, 01:46 AM
Joe Montana.



I WAS 8.hell, i still think you are older than that... :p :p :p

luv
07-09-2005, 01:48 AM
Dad. Big shocker, huh?

go bowe
07-09-2005, 01:49 AM
ok, on topic...

my older brother moved to kc way back when and was already a fan when the chiefs won the superbowl...

when i moved to independence, i took my father in law and a bunch of brothers and cousins in laws to a chiefs game and have followed the team every since...

my inlaws totally enjoyed the game, even though they had never seen american football before, let alone a live game...

it was fun watching them have fun, if you know what i mean...

go bowe
07-09-2005, 01:52 AM
I'll credit DT with making me a Chiefs fan. I clinged onto him when I was younger. No real other explanation on how a 19 year old from Connecticut who's never been west of Pennsylvania could become a Chief fan.

Sadly I've never met another.

I did realize that the Chiefs have one of the most loyal fan bases in all of sports at an early age too. Definitely made me want to be a part of it.

Plus my Uncle's a Fader fan.

It puts together like a puzzle. :cuss:did you grow up in new haven?

i went to school there from 72 to 75 and i absolutely loved the town and the locals...

they were as much fun as the students that i partied with... :BLVD: :bong: :D

a truly amazing place...

arrowhead20
07-09-2005, 03:18 AM
I was born in KC and grew up here, i lived in Texas for a year when we got all those good offensive players, i will always be the most dedicated fan of the Chiefs, when i was younger ( in highschool) i used to care more about the chiefs winning than my highschool team, which i started for. i check every morning on the updates and probably would cry if the chiefs won the SB. i will wear chiefs red in the black hole( done it) and will mouth off to anyone who thinks the chiefs suck, especially AFC west team fans. I could care less about the royals, because baseball is just not fun
to follow, any sport that isnt football is redundant.
we are the greatest fans in the NFL and im proud to be a few decibles in the loudest stadium in the world.

greg63
07-09-2005, 03:44 AM
Our whole family has been Chiefs fans for as long as I can remember. I became more interested in girls during my teen years. But, I got married and all that changed, and I've been a Chiefs fan ever since. :)

Fire Me Boy!
07-09-2005, 03:45 AM
Our whole family has been Chiefs fans for as long as I can remember. I became more interested in girls during my teen years. But, I got married and all that changed, and I've been a Chiefs fan ever since. :)
Now you're not interested in girls? You sound like keg.

greg63
07-09-2005, 05:30 AM
No just ONE GIRL. Who's keg???

htismaqe
07-09-2005, 05:45 AM
I'm a Chiefs fan because Carl Peterson told me I had to be.

Fire Me Boy!
07-09-2005, 05:49 AM
No just ONE GIRL. Who's keg???
keg in kc... since his ex cheated on him, he doesn't seem interested in anything. Anyway, just kiddin' around with you. I knew what you meant.

greg63
07-09-2005, 05:56 AM
keg in kc... since his ex cheated on him, he doesn't seem interested in anything. Anyway, just kiddin' around with you. I knew what you meant.

Oh ok. Sometimes it's difficult for me to discern sentiment on this board. Didn't mean to sound as if I took offense, just wasn't quite sure what you meant since I didn't know who keg is. I guess I should post more often and get to know all the players. :)

greg63
07-09-2005, 05:57 AM
I'm a Chiefs fan because Carl Peterson told me I had to be.

Sounds like King Carl alright.
ROFL

Electric
07-09-2005, 06:23 AM
When the Dallas Texans moved to KC and became the Chiefs was the very first year I became interested in football. The local team was the Chiefs, they played at Municiple Stadium. It's all history from there. Never been a fan of any other NFL/AFL team.

CrazyHorse
07-09-2005, 06:42 AM
I was raised in St.Louis back when the Cardinals was the football team. I was playing Pop Warner football in those days, so I took an interest in "TV football".

In the day when the Cards played in St.Loo there was no cable at the time. If there was, we didn't have it. So I watched them. I even had the chance to meet Pat Tilley.

So when the Cards moved to Az, the team that was playing on TV were the Chiefs. So that's who I watched. Several years later the Rams came to town, but I had been a Chiefs fan for so long that I had no interest in any other team.

I remember alot of people jumping to the Rams bandwagon when they started to win. Many will tell you that they became Rams fans because they moved to St.Louis. For some it's true. But many did not make the switch until the Rams began to win.

Today it's much easier to like any team you choose because of cable TV and the NFL Sunday ticket stuff. But back then, either you inherited your favorite team from a family member or your freinds. Or you just loved the only team you were able to see every week.

I even tried to like the Dolphins like a buddy of mine did. Back when Griese played. But I never saw them play.

So I guess I could be considered a Chiefs fan by default. Today I wouldn't change it for nothing in the world. But if they had NFL Sunday ticket back in the day, I would likey be a 'phins fan. Yuck!

DJay23
07-09-2005, 08:51 AM
is that mckee'sport? (i probably spelled it wrong...)

i dropped this chick off there one time in like '69 or so...

a few pretty steep hills, pretty country mostly...
No, I lived mostly in Williamsport, but now live in a town to the north. I teach in Montoursville (home of Mike Mussina and Kelly Mazzante, also made famous by TWA Flight 800)

RedNeckRaider
07-09-2005, 10:23 AM
(Jumped on the bandwagon in the early 90's [ 1 ] 3.33%)
Well atleast one of you guys came clean :)

KChiefs1
07-09-2005, 10:31 AM
I read somewhere that a lot of people became Chiefs fans when Joe Montana joined the team in 1993.

KCFalcon59
07-09-2005, 10:54 AM
I've loved football since I was a little kid. The parents watched the Chiefs every Sunday during the season. It was just a natural occurrence that I became a Chiefs fan.

Hydrae
07-09-2005, 11:44 AM
Moved to Columbia in 1990 so I have an excuse for jumping on the bandwagon at that time. Have followed a great team ever since even though I left the area in 1995.

HolmeZz
07-09-2005, 12:00 PM
did you grow up in new haven?

i went to school there from 72 to 75 and i absolutely loved the town and the locals...

they were as much fun as the students that i partied with... :BLVD: :bong: :D

a truly amazing place...

Yup, NeW HaVeN born and raised.

gblowfish
07-09-2005, 12:43 PM
Dad got season tickets in 1965.

I was in the Huddle Club in 1966,
old Municipal Stadium.

I've missed about 6 regular season homes games since 1966.

I was at the last game at Municipal, longest game vs. Dolphins.

I've been at every home playoff game in Chiefs history, including all the cold ones.

el borracho
07-09-2005, 03:53 PM
I was (and still am) a big Schottenheimer fan. At the time I really started getting into football (1989/1990), Marty was here with Okoye, Thomas, Smith, Carter, etc. Exciting times! and now I am hooked.

Delano
07-09-2005, 04:04 PM
I read somewhere that a lot of people became Chiefs fans when Joe Montana joined the team in 1993.

Joe Montana showed me the light. I was 12 and looking for a team to follow. At the time Joe was my favorite player.

DT, Marcus Allen, Neil Smith and Marty made me the Chiefs fan I am today.

Saulbadguy
07-09-2005, 04:07 PM
Raised that way.

chefsos
07-09-2005, 05:15 PM
When I first got interested in football (age 12 or so), I started looking around for a team. Both my brothers became Cowboy fans, and I didn't want to drink that Kool Ade, nor did I jump on the "local" teams' bandwagons (Eagles, Skins, Colts at the time).
One Sunday evening, we somehow wrested control of the TV from Dad and "Bonanza", I saw the Chiefs beat the Faders, and that, as they say, was that.
Been a fan from afar since '71. Missed the SB year-dammit!

Rain Man
07-09-2005, 07:13 PM
I was not raised in the KC area, but I was fortunate to be raised in the Chiefs television coverage area (southwest Missouri). Therefore, my early games were the Chiefs, and back in the time period when I started watching them, they were very strong (1969-1971). Therefore, I'm not sure if I was a bandwagon fan who never got off, or if I was just in the right place at the right time. Incidentally, no one else in my family is a football fan. I discovered the sport on my own.

Skip Towne
07-09-2005, 07:18 PM
I was not raised in the KC area, but I was fortunate to be raised in the Chiefs television coverage area (southwest Missouri). Therefore, my early games were the Chiefs, and back in the time period when I started watching them, they were very strong (1969-1971). Therefore, I'm not sure if I was a bandwagon fan who never got off, or if I was just in the right place at the right time. Incidentally, no one else in my family is a football fan. I discovered the sport on my own.
Do you have brothers and sisters? Just wondering how many times the world was blessed with Rain men and women.

Calcountry
07-09-2005, 07:21 PM
A combination of factors. My Uncle and cousins were visiting us on Christmas day, 1971. There was a football game on TV that day, and they were rooting for the team in Red. So did I, and never stopped.

Rain Man
07-09-2005, 07:28 PM
Do you have brothers and sisters? Just wondering how many times the world was blessed with Rain men and women.


I've got one sister two years older. She teaches school in northeast Missouri, and by all accounts leads a normal life.

So...did your dad skip town after he named you, or are there other townes around, too?

Skip Towne
07-09-2005, 07:33 PM
I've got one sister two years older. She teaches school in northeast Missouri, and by all accounts leads a normal life.

So...did your dad skip town after he named you, or are there other townes around, too?
2 brothers and 2 sisters. One sister is a member of the Planet.

KCJake
07-09-2005, 10:01 PM
In 1993, me and Joe Montana got traded from the 49ers to the Chiefs. Joe retired, but im still here :thumb:

Zebedee DuBois
07-09-2005, 10:12 PM
For some reason, I didn't follow pro football for a long time. I prefered college ball...the passion, the rivalries. Big 8 and Big 10 stuff.

I came to live in the Chiefs television viewing area, and after a while I starting working more pro games into my football viewing schedule.

The Chiefs had a pretty good year (for them) in the late 80s and made the playoffs for one game. That was the year I think I got hooked. Of course, they quickly went into the Frank Ganz years, but I stuck with them and have followed them ever since.