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Old 11-15-2012, 12:34 PM  
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Will a blackout work? - Mellinger

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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 11-16-2012, 10:54 AM   #121
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:55 AM   #122
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The people wearing black need to stay to the end of the game even if it is a blowout. The few black shirts will stand out more when the stadium starts to empty at halftime.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:04 AM   #123
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Oh yes I have... You all want to shame the franchise to the point the base does not spend any money with them...


I think you guys are possibly the worst fans in the NFL
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:09 AM   #124
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Oh yes I have... You all want to shame the franchise to the point the base does not spend any money with them...


I think you guys are possibly the worst fans in the NFL
You have no clue at all...
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I definitely value your opinion.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:11 AM   #126
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I definitely value your opinion.
You're clearly practicing for an upcoming interview...
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #127
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I think you might be the worst financial advisor on this board.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #128
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Oh yes I have... You all want to shame the franchise to the point the base does not spend any money with them...


I think you guys are possibly the worst fans in the NFL
This word is incorrect IMO. Unless you are just doing a little trolling. Which I have noticed you doing a lot more lately.
I personally don't mean any shame at all. It is merely trying to show the franchise that the fans love this franchise and that the direction lately is not acceptable. Doing things like this is the only way for fans to communicate with the franchise. Letters don't send a strong enough message.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:16 PM   #129
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:27 PM   #130
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Most people don't even know what the Blackout even means. Its going to be the same red we see every Sunday.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:45 PM   #131
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Most people don't even know what the Blackout even means. Its going to be the same red we see every Sunday.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:48 PM   #132
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Oh yes I have... You all want to shame the franchise to the point the base does not spend any money with them...


I think you guys are possibly the worst fans in the NFL
Or the best, depending how you look at it. It's clear a good portion of this fan base actually cares enough to organize a movement that has clearly gained some steam. How much, I don't really know, but it's a valiant effort.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:54 PM   #133
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On the note of negative things being said about SOC and the blackout, there is a post in the Chiefs Crowd facebook today where a woman has decided that SOC has promoted violence against other fans and players, including possibly throwing things at or even SHOOTING at Matt Cassel.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:56 PM   #134
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On the note of negative things being said about SOC and the blackout, there is a post in the Chiefs Crowd facebook today where a woman has decided that SOC has promoted violence against other fans and players, including possibly throwing things at or even SHOOTING at Matt Cassel.
If Matt Cassel shot Matt Cassel....he would miss
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