A Plea To Chiefs Fans At Jayhawk Sporting Events

Mar 2, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks mascot performs before a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

There is an excitement in the air in Lawrence this year for Jayhawk football, and as always, for Kansas basketball as well, especially after the announcement that Andrew Wiggins would be attending Kansas. I don’t remember this kind of optimism headed into a season since 2008. I am not suggesting by any means Kansas is fielding an Orange Bowl winner, but after the last few years, putting four or five wins on the board would feel great.

Secretly, some of us might even be thinking six wins and minor bowl game. That would be amazing and who knows, a couple of upsets and our beloved Hawks could be bowl bound! Anything can happen and as the old saying goes, “there is a reason they play the games”.

No one bleeds the Crimson and Blue more than I, which is why I am so excited for this year. After reading fellow KC Kingdom writer Josh Michael’s article A Chiefs Fan At The Super Dome I have something to address with some of my fellow Hawk-a-Holics that has bothered me for a long time.

I have made it no secret that I am not a Kansas City Chiefs fan and have taken a fair amount of grief from some of you which just comes with the territory. Some have even suggested I should not be allowed to write for this site even though I am a lifelong Kansas fan and The Kansas City Royals. By the way, how about those Royals of late!

I even find myself being a closet fan of Sporting Kansas City, even though I am not much of a soccer fan as a whole. It is pretty fair to say, outside of the Chiefs, I am about as loyal to the Kansas City area as anybody you will meet and I make no secret of my pride of being a resident of Lawrence.

Nov 17, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks band performs before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Memorial Stadium. Iowa State won the game 51-23. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

I will argue with anybody that Memorial Stadium when full and rocking with the Waving of The Wheat, is as exciting as anywhere to watch a college football game. Yes, there are bigger college stadiums with more NFL type amenities, but what I love about Memorial is it has that throwback college football feel. It is that special kind of place where you can take a step back in time and yet be modern at the same time. That is a rare combination.

To experience a game at Allen Field House is beyond compare. It is simply the greatest sports venue anywhere and that is not hyperbole. To say it is magical, electric, or special simply under sells it. Tradition means something at Kansas and honoring it is important.

So what it is my beef? It is the small but very vocal and loud minority of Chief fans who yell “Home of the Chiefs” at the end of the National Anthem at every single Kansas sporting event. To begin with, it is my firm belief that it is absolutely disrespectful the the flag, the anthem, and those who faithfully serve in our armed forces. Yes, I know that makes me a wet blanket and maybe even an ugly American in the eyes of some but I make no apologies for that belief.

Mar 8, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Diamond Dixon of Kansas before a womens 400m heat in the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I am fiercely proud to be an American and still have to wipe a tear from my eye every time our anthem is played. I still beam with pride when our nation’s athletes participate in the Olympics and stand on those medalist platforms. I cheered wildly for KU’s own Gold Medalist, Diamond Dixon, at the Olympics and look forward to her next Olympic appearance. For the record, I would be equally bothered if we yelled home of the Jayhawks, Royals, or anything else. It simply does not belong. If that makes me a sentimentalist so be it.

Aside from those nationalistic feelings it absolutely grinds on me as a proud member of Jayhawk nation to hear that line at the end of the anthem when at a KU event. I know many of my fellow Jayhawks are die hard Chief fans, and that is perfectly fine, but Home of the Chiefs has no place at Memorial Stadium and Allen Field House. Remember, a great many international students and out of state Jayhawks do not have the first clue who the Chiefs are. Furthermore, they simply do not care as they are fans of pro teams elsewhere.

I have seen the looks of absolute disbelief and confusion of “what was that all about” of Kansas fans and visitors alike attending their first campus event. I just have to apologetically shrug my shoulders and roll my eyes as if to say ignore them. Not to mention we don’t need to pay homage to any team from Missouri at a University of Kansas event!

So to my fellow Hawk fans who are also Chief fans, I implore you please stop this practice. To be perfectly blunt you look out of place and foolish. It is as if you do not know what sporting event you are attending or who you are rooting for. I know none of those are true as you are no doubt die hard Jayhawks! We are Kansas, home of the Jayhawks, and a mention of anything else simply has no place.

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas Jayhawks

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  • Bosco Cletus

    As a Chiefs fan, I can see your beef, keep it at Arrowhead, its really only special at THAT venue anyway. I wonder how many do it at MU games if any?

    • Joel Wagler

      Pretty embarrassing when Tiger fans show more class at their sporting events than Jayhawk fans…

  • 2dogs

    Blah blah blah. Lighten up you baby.

  • Josh Michaels

    Excellent read! And I agree there’s no place for it outside of arrowhead. This really hasn’t been a touchy subject except for the past few years. The chiefs fans have been doing this for years years. Disrespect isn’t their intent either, it’s intimidation. You get Chills hearing 70,000 strong in unison. that being said I wouldn’t do it any where else

  • Daniel Alvarado

    booooooo! go chiefs!!!!!

  • Los

    I am a Marine as well as a chiefs fan. I am proud that I was able to serve this country. I do and will always end the national anthem with home of the “chiefs!!!” #Chiefs #USMC

  • Jeremy Cates

    I pay my money to that lame University every semester; I will do what I want. I used to be a die hard KU fan until I went to school there. I dont know why? I really could care less about basketball and everything else in that school is a joke. America is the home of the Chiefs! I will sing it everywhere I go. If you cant get behind that then go watch the Faders!

  • chiefridgy

    Good luck with that buddy…

  • PunjabiPete

    I always find it odd that people are “proud to be an X”, with X being something that was simply dumb luck. Proud to be white? How could you be proud of the fact that 2 white people just happened to produce you? Proud to be black? Same thing.

    “I am proud to be an American” is slightly better, because you could of course always leave, but I always wondered if people who are born in Moscow, Istanbul, Rome, etc say “Man, I sure wish I was an American, I have absolutely no pride in being a Russian/ Turk/ Italian”…

    That being said, I don’t think those who say home of the Chiefs are being disrespectful at all. We love our Chiefs like we love our country: fiercely, inconceivably, even when they’re having a terrible year. For some, the Chiefs are one of the things that’s right about America: no matter what is happening in Congress, no matter how much you hate the President, no matter how F-ed up you think this country is becoming, you still get that twinge of excitement every time you go to Arrowhead. You still believe every draw play JC is going to take it to the house. You can still feel the excitement every time Tamba Hali lines up across from some rook on the line. That excitement is a drug, and we’re all addicts. We’re just trying to take our fix along with us.

    Saying “Home of the Chiefs” does not detract from America, or the armed services, and I am willing to bet a lot of those people yelling that are or were IN the armed services.

    in short, lighten up, Francis. The only one offended is you.

    • Cartmonkey

      As a veteran and someone who doesn’t give a crap about the Chefs, stop ruining the anthem by bringing your team into my house.

      • PunjabiPete

        I respectfully disagree, and you bringing up being a veteran does not give you any leverage in this argument. I support the troops, but I do not believe that because they are troops that they are infallible. I also believe that is not “ruining the anthem”… If at a funeral some jackwagon says “Yea though I walk through the valley of da Chiefssss!!!” then you have full license to be this annoyed. No one is insulting the national anthem by saying Chiefs at the end. If I was more of a jerk I would point out that since the Chiefs are an AMERICAN team it means the same thing.

        I understand you don’t give a crap about the Chiefs. I don’t give a crap about your piss poor argument and lame excuses for it. I have every bit as much a right to refute your opinion as you do to disperse it.

        • Cartmonkey

          Considering how some of us taken sports as religion, I take offense to the stain of the Chefs being brought anywhere near Lawrence. I have to deal with literally everyone I know being a fan, I don’t want that leakage falling into Memorial Stadium or Allen Fieldhouse.

      • valente347

        As active duty. Take a knee, drink water, and suck it up.
        Just imagine you’re getting a knife hand as well.

    • jayhwk01

      From the response I have been getting it is pretty clear I am not the only one who takes issue but it is a matter of opinion ultimately and I can accept that. Interesting to me you find it odd that someone is proud of “X” when clearly you are proud of the Chiefs. Either way you have ignored the larger point. Being proud of your Chiefs at Arrowhead is one thing. It still does not belong at events that have nothing to do with the Chiefs.

      • Cartmonkey

        It’s ok to be a proud chiefs fan. But don’t you care disrespect this guy by being a proud American, or telling him to stop shoving his team down your throat when it isn’t related.

        • PunjabiPete

          That’s right, get all butthurt, that’s way better than having any kind of real discussion and disagreeing in a respectful and constructive manner. Being a “proud American” doesn’t give you the right to dictate what anyone else says and does. I’m not shoving anything down anyone’s throat, I was merely trying to respond to your one-sided editorial with possible reasons others may disagree with you and was trying to refrain from the “you are a moron” or “if I sat by you I’d scream ‘Chiefs’ the whole game!!!”… but I see ANY disagreement with your narrow minded view of other people’s behavior is seen as such. My mistake.

          Jayhwk01 – I can be PROUD of the Chiefs because that is not something that was just a fluke of nature. If I lived in Denver, I could STILL be proud of the Chiefs.

          I am a man. I am male by virtue of birth and some chromosomes. Being proud of something that is a literal fluke of nature is stupid. I was trying to make a point, but like most points given in a cogent, level-headed nature, they flew right over your head, and Cartmonkey’s as well.

          In that same vein, since KU is in Lawrence, how dare you put a story about them in KC Kingdom, which is not Lawrence? See, I can be a nonsensical d-bag as well.

          Seriously thinking of buying tickets to a KU game so I can see how many people ACTUALLY do what you’re talking about. I am willing to bet it’s a statistically nil number.

          You disrespect Americans everywhere by telling us what we can and can’t say then hiding behind your veteran status rather than backing your statements up. I’m done here.

          • Cartmonkey

            Your response you think so highly of is a subtle attack on those who disagree. You think yourself so high and mighty, yet you disregard completely those who don’t share your viewpoint.

            Give me a reason home of the Chiefs is valid outside of Arrowhead?

            KCKingdom covers a wide range of schools, much like a kingdom would cover a wide area. (See:Medieval History).

            A large number of people yell home of the Chiefs at every damn sporting event in the area.

            I don’t disrespect anyone, I disagree with your viewpoint. I never hid behind my veteran status, you brought up armed forces members, and guess what, I’m one who hates the Chiefs and their stupid saying.

            So here is my argument.

            You, aren’t, at, a, Chiefs, game. Done. That’s it. No reason to yell “Home of the Chiefs” if you aren’t at Arrowhead Stadium. I’ll even make a simply flowchart for you to follow.

            Are you at Arrowhead Stadium?

            No – Do not yell home of the Chiefs. You are not at the home of the chiefs.

            Yes – Go crazy! Yell all the Chiefs stuff you want, you’re at the home of the Chiefs!

            But let me guess. I’m somehow disrespecting your freedom of expression? Newsflash: You are free to say whatever you want and I will fight to the death to maintain that freedom. That does not mean I am responsible for preventing you from doing or saying something stupid.

          • jayhwk01

            I was not aware I was telling anybody what they could or could not do. As you said yourself it is an opinion piece of which I have the right to hold as you again pointed out. The article is titled a “Plea” not an order but I appreciate your passion.

    • Joel Wagler

      Say it all you want, just not at KU games

  • valente347

    If you have Kansas City on your uniform you rep. both sides of the state line. Also to be fair America is the home of the Chiefs. You just need to get over yourself.

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