we taken the tailgating experience a bit too far?
by Greg Hall
Carl Peterson held a special press conference
this week to inform Chiefs fans that the security
at Arrowhead Stadium for the Sunday game against the Giants
would be at an all-time high. He asked Chiefs fans to
end their parking lot tailgating parties early and file
into the stadium prepared to wait in long lines while
security checks purses, diaper bags and bulky clothing.
A funny thing happened on our way to the stadium over
the past decade - we made the decision somewhere along
the line to stop off at Sams Club and bring half
of the stores inventory with us to the game. When
did it change from just grabbing a jacket and maybe your
binoculars to having to rent a U-Haul and take up three
parking spots just to fit your gameday gear into Arrowhead?
Some of the items the Chiefs are asking fans to refrain
from bringing are coolers of any size and shape, cans,
containers of any kind, thermos bottles, video cameras,
flammable liquids, air horns, poles and weapons of any
kind. I did not make this list up.
Can someone tell me why the Chiefs have to remind us
not to bring in any poles, weapons or flammable liquids?
When did Honey, are you sure you have the tickets,
turn into Harold, dont forget the 357 and
I like football and the NFL as much as any American male
and even as much as most of the residents of Raytown
havent we taken this tailgating experience just
a bit past GO here in the Heartland? Why should a three-hour
game take 10 hours of our Sunday?
When you have to pack a tent, a horse trough full of
ice, a big screen television, your davenport, a grill
big enough to BBQ Osama bin Laden and three of his camels,
a picnic table and half the items in your garage into
your vehicle just to take in the Chiefs gameday experience,
maybe its time to rethink our priorities.
Having security do a body scan of 80,000 Chiefs fans
prior to their entrance into Arrowhead on Sunday is going
to create a bottleneck the size of the Grandview Triangle
- especially considering the size of many of those Chiefs
fans bodies. I would suggest that we all go to the
game naked and speed up the process considerably but having
seen Belly Boys naked torso the past 10 years, Im
not so sure I cant just wait in line an extra hour
One item we can all bring to Arrowhead that wont
add any bulk to our tailgate goodies but still carries
a lot of weight is our voices. Use yours proudly when
it comes time to sing our national anthem. One more thing
you might consider doing is singing the final word of
our anthem as it was written.
Now, maybe more than ever, we live in the home of the