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Old 11-15-2012, 01:34 PM  
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Will a blackout work? - Mellinger

http://mellinger.kansascity.com/entr...ve-our-chiefs/

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If you are a Chiefs fan, you undoubtedly know about the grassroots fan movement that calls itself Save Our Chiefs. I’ve written about them a few times, players have been asked about them, and it’s been all over the internets.

But what we know about their reach is still fairly vague.

As I type this, their Twitter account has 68,811 followers but nobody can really be sure what that means. The number used to be well over 100,000 but the people who run it self-reported a bunch of spambots. There’s also the thought that whatever the number of real-life human beings are following on Twitter, the number who passionately support the message is smaller. In other words, there are Chiefs fans who don’t wish Scott Pioli to be fired who follow Save Our Chiefs on Twitter just to keep up with things.

The other way that Save Our Chiefs has created waves is in paying for banners to be flown over Arrowhead Stadium before games. They have another one scheduled for rush hour traffic tomorrow morning. But all it takes is one person with about $600 to get a banner flown, so again, it’s hard to know how many people are behind the message.

The point of all this is that we’re about to have our best indication yet of how many people are on Save Our Chiefs’ side.

That’s because the message is going from Twitter and message boards to something more tangible for Sunday’s game, for which the group is pushing a “blackout” — you know, everybody wear black like it’s a funeral.

So far, people inside the team’s offices can diminish Save Our Chiefs’ reach as a small but vocal minority, and there’s really nothing tangible that people could point to in response.

It’s true that if you have ANY fans angry enough to fly critical banners over games or start a movement like this that attracts more than a tiny handful of supporters you’ve got a problem, but it’s also true that none of us — not me, not you, not the people who run Save Our Chiefs — can have a real strong feeling of how many people are with this.

That changes, in large part, on Sunday. Because thousands of the Chiefs’ most passionate fans will be there in person, and many more than that will be watching on TV and there will be nowhere to hide.

If Clark Hunt looks out at his stadium and sees the same mix of red jerseys as usual, he can more confidently feel like the angry letters he receives come from a vocal minority.

If he sees a big number of people actually wearing black and treating the stadium as a church funeral, then that will be the most powerful message yet about fan disapproval.

We’ll find out in three days.

Read more here: http://mellinger.kansascity.com/entr.../#storylink=cp
I think he's right. There's no way the black shirt wearers make a dent in the red. I'm very concerned. pr_capone can't even find people to pass out fliers. Who is going to go out of their way to wear black? A couple thousand people isn't going to cut it. All the banners, interviews, and social media followers in the word won't send a message Sunday. This is where SOC comes up short.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Well SOC is allready a winner. It called out Pioli and cashole and brought a Lot of attention on Clark. What a joke a team has to be when your beloved fans are flying banners. Besides the Marlins owner in MLB- Clark might be the worst-now everyone in the country knows it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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The only things that matter are empty seats. Black shirts and banners, even though they are cool, don't mean shit.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:43 PM   #4
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people are still AT the stadium ... the money is still flowing.



If you want a blackout that will really work then you need a empty stadium so T.V. is a blackout to really make the point.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:45 PM   #5
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people are still AT the stadium ... the money is still flowing.



If you want a blackout that will really work then you need a empty stadium so T.V. is a blackout to really make the point.
Which brings up a question did the Chiefs sell enough tickets to avoid a TV blackout this week?

And the next question would be who are the stupid people paying to go to this game?
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
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Which brings up a question did the Chiefs sell enough tickets to avoid a TV blackout this week?

And the next question would be who are the stupid people paying to go to this game?
I'm reimbursing a friend $6 to pay for a ticket. I'll park for free though.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:48 PM   #7
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It doesn't matter the number of people who wear black to the game......unless all 70k do.....people are going to view it as a failure.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:52 PM   #8
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I'm reimbursing a friend $6 to pay for a ticket. I'll park for free though.
6$ is the going rate now?

My cousin has season tickets and he is going deer hunting this weekend and asked me if I wanted to go and I said no way I don't want to waste my time and gas to watch these clowns.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:54 PM   #9
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I agree after this week basically a boycotting of home games needs to be the next step and given the record and weather this time of year should be effective.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:54 PM   #10
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Ever since Pioli didn't get fired after Monday's game i've felt defeated. There's too many dumbass fans who still support Pioli and Clark is the same guy who fought to keep Herm around when he hired Pioli.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:54 PM   #11
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Look, if 1-15 doesn't convince Clark that he's got shit management, then the number of black jerseys and social media participants sure as hell won't.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:55 PM   #12
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And the next question would be who are the stupid people paying to go to this game?
The people going to the games are people that can't afford regular priced tickets. They are getting them at a huge discount and want to experience Arrowhead. Can't really blame them I guess.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #13
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I think there was always going to be a ceiling to the movements effectiveness... but that doesnt take away from its usefulness.

We're like the news media, all we can do is continue to shed light on the situation... ultimately, the government still controls the levers of power and makes the final decisions.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:57 PM   #14
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The blackout thing is kinda a waste of time.

It's hard to reach 70,000 strangers and to have them all wear black.

That's just my opinion.....love the idea and what it stands for, I just think it's a little bit over the heads of prcapone and co. to really have that blackout work and make a difference. Hopefully I'm wrong...but it wouldn't surprise me to turn on the TV Sunday and to see maybe a couple specks of black here and there.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:57 PM   #15
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I think there was always going to be a ceiling to the movements effectiveness... but that doesnt take away from its usefulness.

We're like the news media, all we can do is continue to shed light on the situation... ultimately, the government still controls the levers of power and makes the final decisions.
Agreed.
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