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SBD/November 19, 2012/Franchises
Large Contingent Of Chiefs Fans Wear Black To Game To Protest Team's Struggles
Published November 19, 2012
FAN FRUSTRATION: Also in K.C., Sam Mellinger writes if the Chiefs can "land like an anvil at the bottom of the NFL in year four of a process that was supposed to be competing for the division championship, then what, exactly, could it possibly take for major changes?" Arrowhead Stadium "used to be one of the toughest places in the NFL to play." Now, fans are "literally dressing for a funeral." Chiefs officials -- "most notably" Owner Clark Hunt -- have been "privately concerned about a growing fan resentment for some time now." Hunt "continues to meet with angry fans, partly to gather information to help diagnose the problem." Until now, team execs "held a stubborn belief that the loudest dissent came from a vocal minority, but in a season full of milestone losses, here comes one more: Arrowhead split between fans dressed in blacks, fans dressed in other colors and empty seats." If this does not "push Hunt to make major changes in the coming weeks, then it's fair to wonder what could." The Chiefs are "so bad it's turning one of the league's most loyal and passionate fan bases into its most angry and outwardly disrespectful" (K.C. STAR, 11/19).