Conan O’Brien said something on his last Tonight Show in 2010 that stuck with me.
Conan O’Brien said something on his last Tonight Show in 2010 that stuck with me. “All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical,” O’Brien pleaded in his final message. “I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere.” It was a plea to his younger viewers, the ones who supported him as he and his employer at the time, NBC, had a very public, very nasty break up. It could, however, also be a plea to Kansas City Chiefs fans. Kansas City continues to play inarguably the worst football in the NFL and arguably some of the worst in the nation at the moment. The Chiefs have only racked up one victory so far this season, an overtime win over a New Orleans team that is a far-cry from the 2009 Super Bowl champions. A troubling stat came to light following the Chiefs 26-16 home loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Kansas City, through seven games this season, has not led once in regulation. According to STATS LLC., this hasn’t been done since at least 1940. Even in the Saints game, the Chiefs won off a field goal in overtime from Ryan Succoup after the Saints failed to score. There’s more, though. Kansas City has scored 10 touchdowns this season, but have 25 turnovers. They have trailed by more than one score after 15 of its 28 quarters so far this season. All these stats are piling up to create a fanbase that is becoming openly hostile toward both the team and the front office bumbling what some had predicted to be the year the Chiefs return to NFL prominence. The anger, of course, first came to national attention during the Chiefs’ Oct. 7 loss to Baltimore, where fans were heard cheering as quarterback Matt Cassel was injured during a play. There was a media firestorm, sparked by the passionate remarks of offensive tackle Eric Winston. “When you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel — it’s sickening,” Winston said during a post-game interview. “It’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams, I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than in that moment right there.” Chiefs fans were quick to dismiss the cheering as coming from a vocal minority, but the damage was done and what had once been heralded as one of the best fanbases in the nation suddenly has a very prominent black eye. That incident has not slowed fan outcry against the organization, however, as the losses pile up. On Sunday, a group of fans paid for a banner to be flown over the stadium pleading for the dismissal of general manager Scott Pioli. On Twitter, the account @SaveourChiefs, which the owner proclaims is dedicated to restoring the glory days of Chiefs football, was at nearly 103,000 followers as of Wednesday afternoon. By comparison, the official Chiefs account has 117,000 followers. This is a fanbase desperately searching for a reason to cheer. Unfortunately, the losses will continue and the once-raucous Arrowhead Stadium will grow increasingly silent as fans give up hope and opt to stay away. Let us know what you think about the Chiefs season by logging onto our new Twitter account, www.twitter.com/macsentsports.