The State of the Country

Did you hear? Chiefs beat the Patriots. I may have laughed a little too hard at the photo above. I couldn’t help myself. I’m not sure if it is really that funny or the fact that I am that tired. Truthfully, it could be a combination of both.

Guys, I’m sure you’ve seen throughout the years, we’ve spent a lot of time going to and watching the Chiefs play. As I sat here and watched the opening game of the football season, the Chiefs versus the New England Patriots, I couldn’t help but think about how long I’ve been a Chiefs Fan. I think I was a Chiefs fan long before I knew it.

My grandma was a die hard Chiefs fan. She never went to a game, but you can bet your bottom dollar that if they were playing, her tv was on and she was sitting there yelling at the tv screen. At that time I was young and didn’t understand football, but I still watched with her. She was also a huge Chicago Bulls fan. Her favorite player was Michael Jordan.

Then came my teenage years. I always watched the Superbowl. I never understood the game, but I always watched. My dad always said there were 2 teams. The Kansas City Chiefs and anyone who could beat the Oakland Raiders. I rooted for the Chiefs. I still didn’t understand the game. In college, most Sunday’s I found myself sitting in front of my friend Matt’s tv, you guessed it, watching the Chiefs. He always had the TV on but muted and the radio so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think.

Jump forward a few years and a guy I dated… the same thing. He was a Chiefs fan. We watched every game. I understood none of it. No one would ever explain it to me… I still watched and rooted for the Chiefs. Finally, 4 years ago, someone took the time to sit down and explain it to me. They didn’t look at me like I was stupid. They would ask me why the puzzled look on my face. I actually watched. (Usually, if I watched with my dad I read a book so he wouldn’t know I was confused. He’d have explained it years ago….)

So now I’m a huge Chiefs Fan. But tonight, I was a bit saddened. I am saddened by the sport as a whole. I am saddened by the men who sit during our National Anthem. My husband was a member of the United States Army. He told me that all the Men and Women out there fighting, were fighting for their freedom to choose to sit, if need be.

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Jose Peppers – Belton, MO

It was the day… The day to head to Kansas City to watch the Chiefs in the Playoffs. They were divisional Champions and now it’s time to claim victory… I’d like to say the day went as planned, but sadly, it didn’t…

If you follow baseball at all (which sadly I don’t) you’ll remember that about the time of the World Series in 2015, Kansas City was painted up blue to support their team. Well this year as the Chiefs made the playoffs it was time to swap out the blue for Red.

Our noon thirty game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was pushed back to a 7:35 game so we had plenty of time to make it to Kansas City. Other than the fact, you know… they opened gates like 4 or 5 hours before the game where normal game its like 2 hours or something like that. Don’t quote me on times, I’m just usually where I’m supposed to be when I’m told to be there.

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Bye Week

I googled it. It says it is correct: Bye Week but could be by week or it could be bi week. So you call it what you want but know I’m talking about the off week that the Chiefs didn’t have to play because they were sitting second seed!

What what? or Woot woot if you prefer 😁.

So unfortunately Grady wound up back in the hospital due to his surgery before Christmas. Jared and hubby conjured up a scheme that we were going to go sit in his hospital room with him and watch the Dolphins Steelers game and the New York Green Bay game on Sunday, but he was able to “break out” on Saturday night so we changed our plans and decided to make lunch and go to their house to watch the games. One was at noon and the other at 3:30. The game plan was to make a day of it 😀.

The game plan for the meal (yes, I keep saying game plan, going with the scheme of the day….) was chicken wings because why not? Hubby made some of his “famous” salsa and the wings and carrots/celery and as a last minute thought, No Bake Cookies!

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Springfield Cardinals at Hammons Field {Springfield, MO}

One of the exciting summer sporting event activities around happens to be a Springfield Cardinals Game located at Hammons Field in Springfield, MO (955 E. Trafficway Springfield, MO).

So who exactly are the Springfield Cardinals? Well, they are a Double-A Texas League affiliate of the 11-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. They are owned and operated by the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball Team located in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012 they won their first Texas League Title.

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Chiefs fans know how to do it right!

Do you ever get worried when you see a scene like this? Don’t worry, Chris got meat for us to do for the Chiefs Bonfire Cookout. I don’t know details but they were getting the meat out of Chris’s truck and moving it to hubby’s truck.

The meat was Ribs and Meatloaf. The guys did injections of flavor into the meat as well as dry rubs. Then they smoked them. The meatloafs were smoked as well and wrapped in bacon, except for one loaf. The one loaf was done in the oven, that way if someone didn’t like smoked something, there were options. One of the meatloafs contained our candied jalapeño’s. It gave a sweet and spicy flavor to it, then add in the smokey flavor and yum! They also did up baked beans. Deb provided the potatoes. Her potatoes are awesome. I’m not sure where the dessert came from but it was Pillsbury brownies and ice cream. Then there was potato salad, chips and dip. It was a feast for a large army. There were only 40 of us there…..

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2016 Chiefs Draft Party

Here we are, Finals week. Not only finals for the semester, but this is my last semester of graduate school. But we’ll address that all in another post! Today let’s address the issue that last Thursday night I got to go to my second Kansas City Chiefs Draft Party! What?!?! And this year, the hubs even got to go. btw, I almost dropped my phone getting this picture. See what I do for my bloggy?

And this picture was for Deb. Our evently (word?) foot picture. So DW was laughing because his shoes don’t fit in. I pulled up my pant leg as did hubby and Jared and we were all wearing the same boots. Gotta love it!

KC Wolf came walking up and I just had to have my picture with him. When he went past, the group behind me wanted their picture and then couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t show up. I really wanted to offer some advice but figured I should keep my mouth shut. Hubby accuses me of being a know it all and picture snob sometimes….

A sea of Red!

Doors opened at 6. Now here’s time time I tell you how I called hubby and Jared fat… So they picked me up around 2:30 or 3 that afternoon. When I got in the truck they said, Where are we going to grab a bite to eat. I was like they have food there. they said yes but we didn’t eat lunch. I said I hadn’t either (I typically don’t on Tuesday/Thursday). They said, yeah but this is us you’re talking about. I was like oh, the fat boys in the front seat? And that’s what I haven’t lived down yet.

And what was the first thing we did when we got in the doors? Table, then food.

Btw, I didn’t get carded. Um…. I also didn’t drink but it was cool I didn’t get carded. Does that mean I look old though?

I took one of Tbug’s shirts up with me to get autographed for her. I couldn’t get hubby to stand in line with me so I went through one set of players for her and one set of players for him.

#55 Dee Ford – Linebacker

#99 Rakeem Nunez-Roches – Defensive Lineman

#2 Kelly Goodburn – Punter

#43 Efe Obada – Defensive End

#95 Niko Davis – Defensive End

#11 Tony Adams – Quarterback (’75-’78)

So this is where the shirt change. Story again… I wore my shirt under hubby’s shirt. Last year I was teased that I stripped off and threw my shirt at DW to have him take it through and get signed. He was only 15 and blah blah. I had a shirt underneath. So this year, I decided to wear a shirt underneath in case I needed to take my top one off.

So…….. I also went around and took a poster that I got and had the cheerleaders sign one each for the girls. After I got through this line I put hubby’s shirt back on and the writing was across my chest. The cheerleaders at the cheer table asked if I was having fun and made mention that I got my shirt signed. I was like yeah. They said, this year. Yes, then I said…… Don’t worry I took my shirt off for them to sign. The look on their face was priceless so I said, “OH I must clarify I have a shirt on underneath this. I promise.” and then pulled it out of the neck hole for them to see. Oh dear…

73 Zack Fulerton – Offensive Line

13 De’Anthony Thomas – Wide Receiver (in the stadium when they announce his name it sounds like they’re saying The Anthony Thomas….)

53 Ramik Wilson – Linebacker

59 Shawn Barber – Linebacker

50 Anthony Davis – Linebacker

66 Rickey Siglar – Offensive Lineman

63 Bill Maas – Defensive End

Why did I take a picture of a bag of shoes? Well… Some of the red coaters came and sat at our table. One thought this was a giant Oreo cookie….

And we went all the way up there for #28 in the draw to find out we traded and we got better odds in other draft rounds! Hey it was All worth it!

Then I drove home while everyone snoozed after an hour and a half conversation about cars that I paid no attention too apparently. I don’t remember much of the conversation anyway. I was annoyed at the radio because they were playing really slow, relaxing, mellow music, which isn’t what you drive home to at 11pm at night…. Just saying :). Don’t worry I was wide awake. (oddly enough)