You’re from Missouri. You root for the home team.
Perhaps that’s why some of you spent the last 20 NFL seasons wearing variations of blue and gold on NFL Sundays.
Those days are over. You’re a Kansas City Chiefs fan now. The bandwagon has seating, climb on.
As the season nears, it’s going to be helpful if you know a thing or two about the Chiefs, especially when you’re watching with seasoned fans that make up Chiefs Kingdom.
You might start your fandom by visiting Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph for an up-close look at the team.
Here are five more tips to help get you prepped for your first season as a Chiefs fan.
The QB: If nothing else, you need to be able to speak intelligently about starting QB Alex Smith. He played college ball at Utah and was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He’s entering his 12th NFL season, his fourth in Kansas City. Smith passed for 3,486 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Here’s his career stat sheet.
The Defense: Kansas City’s defense was one of the best in the NFL last year, finishing No. 7 overall (based on yards allowed per game). Unfortunately, the Chiefs may be without the services of one of their best defenders. Linebacker Justin Houston will miss a significant part – if not all – of the season as he recovers from ACL surgery. Ugh.
Speaking of ACLs: All eyes will be on Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs dynamic running back, who also tore his ACL last year. He’s long been a focal point of the team’s offense, having rushed for more than 1,000 yards in five of his eight seasons (his 2011 campaign also was cut short by injury). Charles wrote a fantastic article on his blog site about his rehab, his expectations for the coming season and his life.
Nobody does it better: When it comes to tailgating, the folks who come to Arrowhead Stadium can’t be beat. “Tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium is monumental,” says Rebecca G., a longtime Chiefs fan from Osage Beach. “Walking through the parking lots, the vast aromas of an amazing variety of food make you realize that Chiefs fans are not only serious about their team, but their food as well.”
Arrowhead is loud: Make plans to see a game in person this year. If you’ve never been to Arrowhead Stadium before be prepared to make (and hear) some noise. It’s the loudest venue in the NFL. You can take tours of Arrowhead on Fridays and Saturdays, year-round. Oh, here’s a handy A-Z guide to peruse before you visit.
The final pre-game tip we’ll offer pertains to singing the National Anthem. At Arrowhead, fans alter the final line to pay homage to their beloved Chiefs. If you’re inclined to join them, when the time comes, sing “… and the home of the CHIEFS!”
Enjoy the games and enjoy the season. Oh, and don’t forget to wear red on Fridays.