“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work” states a popular Bud Light football commercial. In one of those ads, four guys are sitting together at a game and their team’s kicker is preparing to kick a field goal. Each is holding a bottle of beer and one says “labels out,” instructing the others to expose the company’s logo. After some crazy scientific explanation as to why it helps, the kick is good.
Every true fan feels like they are a part of their favorite team. You’re on an emotional high when they win and crushed when they lose a close one. You scream at players and referees, question coaches’ decisions and applaud great plays even when you’re not at the stadium.
It’s not very often, however, that your team is actually appealing to you for help before the game even starts. That’s exactly what Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid did on Friday. Going into Sunday’s matchup against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Reid implored fans during his press conference to get loud!
“When the Bronco offense is out there, just keep being you,” the coach instructed Chiefs fans. “Loud, loud, loud; it is a factor, an absolute factor.”
Reid wasn’t the only one. Linebacker Tamba Hali, who is questionable for the contest with an ankle injury, also took time to mention the Kansas City faithful in his comments.
“Let me say one thing,” Hali began. “As long as they’re that loud… things become slower on the offensive side and that helps us, so we can execute.”
This is the biggest game the Chiefs have played in since Jan. 11, 2004. In that divisional playoff game, Kansas City’s defense (or lack thereof) was facing Manning as well, though, he was with the Indianapolis Colts. Neither team punted, and the Colts went home victorious.
Sunday’s contest is for the best record in the NFL, sole ownership of the AFC West and quite possibly home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Chiefs fans can make a difference in the outcome.
I plan on only clipping the toenails on my right foot this weekend. It’s in hopes that Denver punter Britton Colquitt (right-footed) needs to use his leg more often than his brother in the game. Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt is left-footed.
If you really want to be a member of your team, you’ve got to do what the coach asks of you. So, “keep being you,” Chiefs Kingdom, and remember that it’s only weird if it doesn’t work.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia.