Don't Kill The Mellinger

If you’re frustrated with Chiefs or know someone who is, please read

Updated: 2013-10-28T18:34:09Z


The Kansas City Star

Things happen fast in sports, especially the NFL, and this is something you’ve probably heard a million times — including here.

But even in that context, there is something completely bizarre going on with at least some Chiefs fans. I read it in my emails, hear it in my voicemails, see it on Twitter and around town talking to people:

At least some fans of a team that went 2-14 a year ago are now frustrated with the same team being 8-0, the NFL’s last undefeated team, and in control of its division and homefield advantage in the playoffs.

Now, what I’m talking about is different than the reasonable acknowledgement that the Chiefs have caught an ungodly string of breaks this year, have played a very easy schedule, and need to get better on offense.

What I’m talking about is what feels like almost a muscle memory strings of complaints and pessimism about a team that’s finally giving a starved fan base something to chew on.

Look, if nothing else, the Chiefs have what really might be the best defense in the NFL. If nothing else, it has shown itself to be a remarkably clutch defense, and like I wrote in the column, we’ll see soon enough if this can hold up against better competition.

But for right now, if you can’t enjoy these Chiefs a year removed from those Chiefs, then what’s the point of liking sports?

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