“Well, for a long time this was one of the magnificent franchises in the NFL.”
Marv Albert, play-by-play voice on Bengals/Chiefs game, as he surveyed the blacked-out Arrowhead fans at the Bengals/Chiefs game during the Chiefs 28-6 loss, CBS
GH: Wow. The word “was” should bother the hell out of Clark Hunt. When The Clarks are giving thanks this week around their Thanksgiving table, they should save an empty chair for the Chiefs’ fans who have endured this franchise’s nosedive under Clark and Scott Pioli. It would be appropriate to toss a shawl over the chair as well – a black one.
“The fans are tired of what they call ‘broken leadership and subpar performance on the field.’ They have endured 19 seasons with no playoff victories. The goal of this group is to create change. The red will disappear if change does not come about. I would say a pretty fair amount of fans did wear black.”
Marv Albert, play-by-play voice on Bengals/Chiefs game, CBS
GH: I was stunned to hear Albert, a network guy, detail the story of the Save Our Chiefs campaign on the CBS broadcast. Read on.
“It’s kind of a grassroots effort to get fans to wear black instead of red to protest. This is so foreign to me though, Marv. A guy who played here from ’95 to ’98. These fans are great fans. They’re just so frustrated now with the product on the field.”
Rich Gannon, NFL analyst, CBS
GH: This protest, the people dressed in black, the ‘Fire Pioli’ banners, the Fescoe rants are not just the work of a few but it now appears the many. The view of Arrowhead Sunday was so telling that even the CBS crew took time to comment on what was once a great home-field environment. Was.
“The biggest story of the Chiefs game once again was not the Chiefs’ game. It was the disgruntled crowd. It had to be 75% of the crowd [dressed in black or Bengals fans at Arrowhead] yesterday. It was incredible. … I got to be honest – it was a beautiful thing.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
“Nobody cares about the [Chiefs’] game. We haven’t talked about one X and O of that game. Because nobody cares. You better pray that people care enough that they still want to talk bad about this team. When apathy sets in and we’re getting close to that. Where you just shrug your shoulders and say, ‘Well, I knew they were going to lose. Who cares?’ That’s when you’ve lost your fan base.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: I had not realized this until SSJ brought it up. The game is no longer written or talked about. Not in The Star, not on the radio, not on television. The fans have become the story and their unhappiness with the franchise’s attempt to discover new depths to rock bottom each week.
“Departing of the Red Sea.”
Headline, in Monday’s Kansas City Star, with a photo of the sparse Arrowhead crowd filing out of their stadium seats, Kansas City Star
“This Chiefs fan base has won. They have won.”
Carrington Harrison, on making a loud statement at the Bengals’ game, 610 AM
“The more fan bases at Arkansas and Tennessee fawn over Gruden, more likely he’s not going want that pressure. NFL fan bases more sedate.”
Fran Fraschilla, @franfraschilla, Twitter
GH: Fran must not have ever been inside Arrowhead on game day.
“Never thought I would be saying the same thing to my son. They will be back, we just have to suffer. I love them no matter what #Chiefs”
Shaker Pepper, @shakepepper, lifelong Chiefs fan now living in on the east coast, Twitter
GH: This tweet hurt my heart. It should rip Clark Hunt’s wide open.
“Watching $$$ Hunt-Glass hoodwinked from voters validates my decision to sell my house/move to Vegas. Suck it, Royals and Chiefs.”
Chad Harberts, former Metro Sports anchor, @ChadHarberts, Twitter
GH: Once again it is geography that compels so many of us to embrace the Chiefs and Royals. Shake Pepper still feels a strong connection to the teams of his youth, despite the 1500 miles between him and the Truman Sports Complex. Harberts is loving Vegas and has these two losers in his rear-view mirror. Winning cure all – but winning seems like it too has up and moved away.
“As a [Chiefs’] fan, how can you go to the game? You go tailgate but then you walk into the stadium and it’s a horrible negative experience from there. At the stadium – it’s just not fun!”
Gary Lezak, 810 AM
GH: There wasn’t a more festive and proud place to be in the ‘90s than Arrowhead on game day. A ticket to the Chiefs’ game was a ticket to a great experience. Gone. All gone.
“Not surprising, but Arrowhead crowd to see end of blowout is sad.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, of ESPN, Twitter
“Prediction: Scott Egoli goes tomorrow [Monday]. Just a prediction.”
Jason Whitlock, @WhitlockJason, Twitter
“Strap yourselves in. I don’t think there are going to be any [Chiefs] firings until we get to the end of the year.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I think Petro is more right here than Whitlock. It looks like Clark Hunt is content to move slowly and suffer through the next six games with his lame-duck regime.
“The only things left are shame, ugly accusations about mistreatment from fans, and questions. If not now, then when? If the Chiefs can land like an anvil at the bottom of the NFL in year four of a process that was supposed to be competing for the division championship, then what, exactly, could it possibly take for major changes? If not after this, then what?”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
“I look at these [Chiefs’] players and I don’t see any fear for their jobs. They look awful gosh darn content. Why aren’t guys getting whacked? Every week somebody ought to get whacked just to set a precedent and say, ‘We’re not going to accept this!’ When I was playing and we lost, guys couldn’t sleep Sunday night because they were afraid they were getting cut on Monday morning.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: This week I’d fire Eric Winston. Instead, we have high-priced first-year free agents scolding the fans and calling them sickening and disgusting.
“Derrick Johnson is making plays like the Chiefs are 8-1 instead of 1-8.”
Mitch Holthus, on the continued superlative play by the Chiefs’ linebacker, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: I want to end this OTC column on a positive note. Derrick Johnson embodies everything Chiefs’ fans want in their players. He plays hard, he plays smart and he competes. We have gone from the right 53 to the right one.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24