Chief Fans Get A New Perspective from UK

By Neta Davis // @ND622

Kansas City Chiefs 29 – Washington Redskins 20

“OK, that’s good, now look down at your feet and remember the place where you are at.   You’ll need to hit that spot when we come out for pregame,” bellowed the coordinator.  How could I forget?  I looked down at my feet—32-yard marker on the field of Arrowhead. I looked up into the empty stadium, 3 hours before the Monday Night Football game between Kansas City and Washington.  I scanned the faces of my new and old Arrowheads Abroad friends, all scattered about the edges of the United States-shaped flag.  We were all grinning, not believing where we were and what we were going to be doing on national TV.  This was the beginning of the end of a perfect long weekend that seemed too good to be true, even by Hollywood standards.

It all started on Friday, when they each landed in Kansas City, after at least half a day or more of travel from the UK.  The unusually warm weather was as if they had ordered it so they could get the most out of every second they were here.

Right off, many of them began their BBQ odyssey, starting at Char Bar in Westport, which has a great outside patio.  Saturday, they toured the National WW1 museum and Liberty Memorial.  Several of them also made their way to see the lovely architecture of Union Station, and ambled around a bit in town.   Continue reading “Chief Fans Get A New Perspective from UK”

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Kansas City Chiefs: A Tale of Two Games

by Neta Davis // @ND622

Two weeks into the 2017 season and the Kansas City Chiefs have won two very different games. One an offensive juggernaut against the current Super Bowl Champions; the other, a nail-biting defensive battle that was up for grabs until the last seconds of the game.

The Chiefs are presenting themselves as a cohesive, focused team whose sum is greater than the total of its players. At times playing to their potential; other times having to fight back by calling upon every bit of reserved spirit left in them. Players drop the ball (literally and figuratively) and their teammates make up the shortcoming.

My mind goes to two players, especially in these first two games—tight end Travis Kelce and quarterback Alex Smith—each having very different moments. Kelce continues to amaze and confound. Providing a third major offensive option to running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill, his presence, and skill are a large part of Kansas City’s success since he joined the team.

However, on the other side of the coin are the immature antics that are racking up unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. While none of them can yet be linked directly to a loss, they have created unnecessary hurdles for his teammates and coaches to overcome.

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