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Examiner
  • Bill Althaus: Chiefs fans deserve criticism

  • I don't pay $27 to park at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoons to watch a team that has not won a playoff game since 1993.

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  • I don't pay $27 to park at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoons to watch a team that has not won a playoff game since 1993.
    I enjoy a nice pre-game meal in the sky box/press box that allows me to see Russia – OK, I can't see Russia, but I can see the Canadian border – and I can't begin to tell you what a ticket costs to watch a bumbling team that turned the ball over four more times Sunday in a 9-6 loss to Baltimore because I don't have to buy one to get into the stadium.
    That's why I rarely criticize Chiefs fans.
    I don't like it when they finish the national anthem by yelling, “Chiefs!” and the guy in a Larry Johnson jersey who was making an obscene gesture to a young woman in a Ravens jersey Sunday afternoon in the parking lot made me want to run him down with my car.
    Sunday I was embarrassed to witness something at Arrowhead Stadium that made me sick to my stomach.
    With 9:48 left in the fourth quarter of a lackluster loss quarterback Matt Cassel – the fans' favorite whipping boy – was knocked nearly unconscious.
    As he lay motionless on the ground, fans applauded.
    Way to keep it classy, Kansas City.
    A large group of fans sitting in the upper deck began chanting, “Brady Quinn! Brady Quinn!”
    I wondered if Cassel's wife or children were in Arrowhead Stadium and how they must have reacted to the hit, and the off-field antics by a group of brain-dead idiots, who somehow scraped together enough money from the cushions of their couch to purchase a ticket to the game.
    And I wasn't the only one who felt that way. Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston compared Arrowhead Stadium to the Roman Coliseum, and wanted fans to know that Cassel is a football player and not a gladiator.
    He said he “was sickened” by the cheers and chant for the Chiefs backup quarterback.
    This team is 1-4, and the frustration is going to continue to boil and fester, but cheering an injury – especially a head injury – doesn't belong at Arrowhead Stadium or any sports facility in the country.
    Let the Chiefs ownership/management know how you feel by staying home, which many fans appeared to do Sunday afternoon as the stands were barely three-quarters full on a beautiful fall afternoon.
    But cheering for an injury is the type of classless act I'd expect from Raiders fans. Instead of feeling outrage following another turnover-laden loss, I was just embarrassed – and a little bit sick to my stomach.  
     

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