Ask A Chiefs Fan - Pearl Edition

I'd say get it while you can, hey, hey, get it while you can, don't you turn your back on love, no no, no ...

Hello again, dear friends and loyal opposition, brothers-in-arms in the world of football fandom ... and forgive me and my fellow Chiefs fans if we REALLY want to wrap up this playoff thing against your favorite team this coming weekend. As most of you know, the Chiefs are far from the undefeated team they were at the time of the the first meeting between the Chiefs and Raiders so long ago and far away. The Chiefs have lost 3 games to division rivals, twice to the Broncos juggernaut and once to the Chargers and Philip (say it with me) "Cry Me A" Rivers (and that one hurt the most). Back to the present and the Chiefs need just one more win (or a loss by either of a couple of teams) to clinch a wildcard spot, an amazing turnaround after last year's 2-14 debacle, and to be honest it's a place few of us thought our team would be in at this point. But as with fans of most teams, we're used to the bad times, the down times ...

I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it, take another little piece of my heart now, baby! Oh, oh, break it! Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah ...

So, what's new and different since the last meeting? Tamba Hali and Justin Houston were both hurt during the Chargers game, and while Hali returned against the Broncos, Houston has been out and is week-to-week ... our secondary has been flame-roasted and grilled by both Rivers and Manning, and Alex Smith has been doing his best QB impression, making throws leading the team to actual scoring drives as needed (what a concept!) along with Jamaal Charles being ... well, being Jamaal Charles. That said, Chiefs fans are hoping for the best in the always unfriendly environs of Oakland, another tough divisional game with pride and then some on the line as usual. And, as fans of both teams know, pride goeth before a fall, but there's always that hope that the team can succeed ... it's part of the hope that goes with being a fan ...

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town, I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down. Prove that you love me and buy the next round, oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town?

So we (Chiefs fans) will hope (and pray) for the best this weekend, and a "night on the town" down the road in the playoffs (at this point against the Colts if things continue as they are) and a chance to get a bit of revenge against Manning's former team and exorcise a few of the ghosts from the past. Of course, that's only if the Chiefs win at least ONE game, and maybe more to get the 5th seed, and there are never any guarantees in the NFL, especially when it comes to rivalry games like the Chiefs vs Raiders. And we've already heard that the Raiders will start Matt McGloin, yet another new QB to give the Chiefs a hard time.

Cry baby, cry baby, cry baby, honey, welcome back home.

We all know how it goes, and with these two teams there's always the promise, the hope of better days to come ... and we almost always end up back home, crying over what might have been. To be honest, I thought the Raiders would be a team on the rise this year. That said, there's still a chance for the Raiders to make Chiefs fans cry on Sunday, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if the Raiders played their best game all year and took it to the Chiefs, because that's often how it goes in this rivalry that goes back 50 years. Know that this game will have Lamar and Al watching down, smiling, while fans go crazy, that's what fans do.

I can't turn you loose, if I do I'm gonna lose my mind

Here's to a hard-hitting, injury-free game on Sunday. Chiefs vs Raiders. As always, some of my more knowledgeable friends from Arrowhead Pride will be over to answer your questions and shoot the breeze (I know NOTHING, Col Hogan!). Meanwhile, til game day, enjoy the week.

Well, I ain't got a nickel and I ain't got a lousy dime.
If she don't come back I think I'm gonna lose my mind.
If she ever comes back to stay,
Well, that'll be another brand new day,
Walking with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay.

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