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Old 10-26-2006, 09:35 AM  
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Weir chastises Arrowhead fans for booing

WEIR: The Arrowhead Experience
Oct 26, 2006, 9:09:39 AM by Eileen Weir

I donít go to very many Chiefs games. Spending nearly a decade in the teamís public relations department and coordinating the press box operations, Iíve seen enough live games to get all the atmosphere Iíll ever need. These days Sunday afternoons are happily spent in the comfort of my own living room, close enough to Arrowhead to hear the fireworks and almost whiff the barbeque. If itís raining or snowing I count that as a bonus, removing Sundayís occasional guilt that Iím not doing something more productive with my day.

But going to games is good for the soul, if not for the body. Tuesday I am still gingerly nursing a stiff neck resulting from the tension and chill of Arrowhead on Sunday as the good guys took on the visiting San Diego Chargers. Typically I attend one or two games each year to soak up the ambiance that is exclusive to pro sports. Despite the state-of-the art technology (or maybe because of it) and the high-definition broadcasts that filter out any unwanted noise, television simply canít capture the mood of the crowd or the stress of the competition. There is no substitute for sitting in the stands.

Out of town visitors, of which I had two on Sunday, marvel at the scene played out in the Arrowhead parking lots in the hours before kickoff. Chowing down ribs at ten a.m. suddenly seems like a reasonable activity as does washing it down with a Bud Light. Born a gaming and gambling breed, my visiting sisters in town from California and I placed wagers including ďfirst to spot the most outrageous fan,Ē awarded to me for picking out a young man sans shirt in full body paint in the frigid morning hours, and ďWho can find the most outrageous fan?Ē going to my oldest sister. Loud and obnoxious didnít cut it in our little competition. ďI like the ones who canít shut up,Ē the victorious sister announced. And she found them.

If observing the tailgating rituals of the Kansas City faithful reveals Chiefs fans passionate loyalty, the inside-the-stadium experience reveals their sophisticated knowledge and high expectations. National and local broadcasters frequently praise supporters of the red and gold not only for their fervent fandom but for their smarts about the game, knowing when to bring down the house and when to be quiet. K.C. boosters know the rules and react appropriately to bad officiating but donít complain when the team is tagged for legitimate infractions. Even though I think I possess an average or a little better than average knowledge of football and the Chiefs, sitting in the stands is always an education.

Void the influence of professional commentary fed to viewers and listeners by the play-by-play announcers and color analysts on the airwaves, Arrowhead attendees supply their own breakdown of play calling, performances and strategies. Without constant statistical updates, meticulous fans keep mental tallies of yards gained or simply divine who is winning the stat war from subjective deduction.

For at least a year after I left the press box and was forced to watch games like normal people, I felt crippled without constant access to up-to-the-moment statistics. I could barely follow the game without the aid of quarterly play-by-play sheets and the barrage of statistics pumped out from the press box staff. Finally acclimating to the culture of television viewers who get added information from the network production crew or by turning down the volume and safely relying on the hometown expertise of the Chiefs radio broadcast team, being shoved back into the stands still comes as a shock. I prefer to be comfortably coddled.

Most striking of all is the temperament of the fans once removed from the influence of analysts to tell them whether or not things are going well. Surprising to my game-day companions and me were the glowing critiques given to the team after Sundayís victory. Regarded by all as a critical win and one that would not come easy, the Arrowhead crowd rejoiced as Lawrence Tynesí game winning 53-yarder plopped over the crossbar in the final seconds of regulation, but the after-party aura was far more one of exhaustion than ecstasy. None of my fellow ticket holders in the exiting crowd talked about a single stand-out performance or a great call. The entirety of Arrowhead acted like they had just walked away from a car accident. Grateful but frazzled.

If I had to choose a word to describe Sundayís Arrowhead crowd it would be cranky. Suffering the first really cool day on the home schedule, the chilliness gave most in the already cynical ranks an added reason to be irritated, many entering the game with expectations of a loss against the surging San Diego Chargers. A fast start, jumping to a two-touchdown lead in the opening quarter, alleviated a measure of animosity but boos raining down as the team left the field at half-time indicated the frustration exhibited by fans throughout the day.

Booing your own team is tacky. If you are a fan of the team, you want them to win. By purchasing a ticket to sit out in the freezing-a*s cold, standing on a frozen slab of concrete all day, you better be doing all you can to encourage a win. Thatís not accomplished by booing. Booing doesnít motivate players or send a message; cheering wildly does.

But the Arrowhead crowd was in a booing mood. The guy next to me booed the cheerleaders. Seriously. After a choreographed dance number, the P.A. announcer acknowledged the cheerleading director, Elaine Hart of Hartbeat Productions, to which my row-mate screamed, ďElaine Hart, you sÖ!Ē He also booed Section 133 for losing the dance contest to Section 110. So donít feel too bad, Coach Edwards.

At-home viewers enjoy the opportunity to relax between plays that in-house fans are denied. The pressure inside the stadium is constant and with no laundry to fold during commercial breaks, every movement and gesture on the field adopts significance and scrutiny. Never feeling comfortable with the lead, and dreading the looming consequences of a missed field goal and a missed PAT, the Sunday assembly was an edgy group. Savvy supporters of the Chiefs follow trends. They know giving up 3rd down and 20 isnít good, missed kicks kill you in tight division games, and a bad day on kick returns, resulting in poor field position, can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

The tension was unbearable. As my friend said, ďIt was a good, bad, good, bad, great game.Ē Indeed, it ended up being a great game. But my neck still hurts.

The opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of Carl Peterson.

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Old 10-26-2006, 09:39 AM   #2
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But the Arrowhead crowd was in a booing mood. The guy next to me booed the cheerleaders. Seriously. After a choreographed dance number, the P.A. announcer acknowledged the cheerleading director, Elaine Hart of Hartbeat Productions, to which my row-mate screamed, ďElaine Hart, you sÖ!Ē He also booed Section 133 for losing the dance contest to Section 110. So donít feel too bad, Coach Edwards.
Oh dude - wow. I think I know that guy. She forgot to mention booing the stupid hick who didn't know whole chickens were $.49 a lbs at Price Chopper. How can you not know that?
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:40 AM   #3
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:41 AM   #4
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:43 AM   #5
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I hope Elizabeth Weir gets hit by a bus.

Is that tacky?
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:43 AM   #6
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I started to trash it without reading and then the bolded caught my eye. The guy she's talking about in the para below was me so I had to respond. Elaine Hart does suck. I say it every time. It also sucked that that 110 won. Section 133 was twice as good.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:45 AM   #7
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Not sure why she was in the crowd in the first place - she's obviously the type who can't handle being in a football crowd
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:51 AM   #8
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Hey I was never for booing your team but I don't think the crowd was booing the team but the conservative decision to not even try to score with a mintue left and 3 time outs.

I booed.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:51 AM   #9
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I was too busy mounting my sherpa and decending down Mt. Arrowhead to boo during that last "drive" of the second half.

Besides, how does she know Mrs. Hart isn't a s...?
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:53 AM   #10
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I started to trash it without reading and then the bolded caught my eye. The guy she's talking about in the para below was me so I had to respond. Elaine Hart does suck. I say it every time. It also sucked that that 110 won. Section 133 was twice as good.
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And sorry for my misinterpretation, I thought you said she was a sl.t.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:55 AM   #11
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WEIR: The Arrowhead Experience
Oct 26, 2006, 9:09:39 AM by Eileen Weir

I donít go to very many Chiefs games. /
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And sorry for my misinterpretation, I thought you said she was a sl.t.
Heh. No, she sucks. I can't believe I finally get mentioned in some kcchiefs.com commentary and it's because I said Elaine Hart sucks. She's doing a terrible job.
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I used to like to boo Warfield and Bartee when they were announced in pre-game introductions. But then the puzzies got together and decided to copy New England and be introduced as a group to prove that they were a close-knit team (and to avoid being booed individually). I think it was shortly after this that Hicks and Sims got into the locker room brawl after the Minnesota game.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:04 AM   #14
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I think it was shortly after this that Hicks and Sims got into the locker room brawl after the Minnesota game.
I think I was in that.

No, wait, that was at Chili's.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:05 AM   #15
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This Weir idiot didn't pay for my ticket. I did.

I'll boo if I want to. That's my right. If they suck, they deserve it.

As far as I can remember, though, the only time I booed was during halftime, when they inducted Bronco Neil into the Ring of Fame.
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