If there's a good reason to scream CHIEFS!!! at the end of the anthem, please let me know
LAWRENCE — What’s the point, really? Is it just something stupid that kids in college do that are hilarious to them and stupid to most of the rest of us? Is it rebellious? Is there an inside joke I’m not in on? Are Kansas basketball fans just REALLY big Chiefs fans?
And, while we’re asking questions, shouldn’t I be too young to be a grumpy old man?
Sorry. Can’t help it on this one. I think Mizzou’s Antlers are/were funny, I dig the Octagon of Doom’s angry vibe, I even giggle when KU football fans scream their obscenities at kickoff.
But I just can’t get behind the screaming CHIEFS!!! at the end of the national anthem.
I’m a hard guy to offend, and I’m not even sure I’m offended, not really, not in the true sense of that word. There is a bit of patriotism at work here, that can’t be denied. But that’s not the whole thing. Come to think of it, I’m not even sure why we sing the national anthem at sporting events. It just sounds so…stupid.
Full disclosure, I also think it’s ridiculous to do it at Arrowhead Stadium, but at least there, I get it. You’re at a Chiefs game, you’re stoked, probably drunk, whatever.
But this CHIEFS!!! thing at other places has gone too far. The guy who sang the anthem at the KU-Mizzou game last night — hell of a set of pipes, by the way — wrote a letter to KU fans pleading with them to give the Chiefs thing a rest last night.
Of course, they only screamed louder.
Here, look, I’m not trying to get preachy here. Goodness knows I do enough that reasonable people might think is stupid. So, honestly, if you’re into there’s a good reason — or even a bad one, I’m just looking for an explanation — this should go on, please, by all means, enlighten me here in the comments.
If you agree with me, make sure you’re also not easily offended before you check out this Facebook page.
There’s a cuss word on there.
I thought it was funny, you might think it’s offensive.
We all have different views, I suppose.