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Woman trades wedding rings for Chiefs-Broncos tickets

Wedding-ringThe Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are set to face off on Sunday night in what is the most important game to date for each team this season. Depending on how the next three weeks turn out, their meeting on Dec. 1 could be even more crucial. Tickets for the second meeting between the AFC West foes are currently selling for anywhere from $180 to $13,000, but one savvy fan was able to barter her way to Arrowhead Stadium.

Last week, a Missouri woman listed her wedding band and engagement ring on Craigslist and offered to trade the jewerly for tickets to the Broncos-Chiefs game on Dec. 1. On Thursday, she found a taker.

“It’s official! I have tickets to the game!!!” the woman wrote in an email to the Kansas City Star. “We met at a jewelry store so they could verify the ring was real and matched the appraisal I had provided him.

“The official trade was the ring for 4 tickets to the 12/1 Broncos game and 2 tickets to the 11/24 Chargers game.”

The seller said she dealt with plenty of criticism for offering to trade such sentimental items, but there was a slight catch. The rings were from a previous marriage and have no significance to her anymore. The gentleman who traded the tickets, 49-year-old Rusty Jones, said he and his girlfriend began talking about marriage roughly a month ago. Jones, a season ticket holder since 1993, saw it as perfect timing. He plans to propose to her during the game on Sunday.

But wait, there’s more. The woman who traded the rings is using the tickets as a birthday gift for her current husband. His birthday was Monday but the family was unable to celebrate because of a medical emergency.

“I think I’ll put the tickets in a card and get some balloons and dinner and celebrate his birthday tonight so he feels like he actually had one!” she said. “He was a little disappointed in how his day turned out so it’s time to make it up to him!”

I guess it really is true what they say — when the football Gods close a door they open a window.

H/T For the Win

Chiefs fan has an incredibly frightening skull tattoo on his head (Picture)

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Kansas City Chiefs fans are some of the most rabid in football, and anyone who has played at Arrowhead Stadium can attest to that. Like any other fan base, there are certain Chiefs fans that take the games just a bit more seriously than everyone else. This dude has to be one of them.

A Reddit user with the username DementedDiabetic shared the photo that you see above on Friday. Getting a head tattoo is intense enough, let alone one that depicts a skull wearing a a headdress.

At least when that Dolphins fan got a tattoo on his head he just settled for the team’s logo. However, we’d expect nothing less from the same group of fans that produced a fan who has a glass eye with the Kansas City logo on it.

H/T Arrowhead Pride via SI Hot Clicks

Dexter McCluster delivers Thanksgiving meal, hears it from Chiefs fan (Video)

The Kansas City Chiefs are hearing criticism from all angles. Even when they try to good things, they still are razzed about their abysmal 1-9 record.

Receiver Dexter McCluster was one of the players who took part in the team’s annual delivery of meals to low-income residents in Kansas City this week. As KSHB captured on video, one elderly lady couldn’t accept her meal without sharing some thoughts on the team.

“Y’all better start winning some games. I be praying for you all, but you’ve been coming up short,” the woman told McCluster.

When he responded that she needs to pray a little bit harder, she gave a zinger back.

“Y’all got to work a little bit harder.”

What can you say to that?

This is just the latest chapter in a contentious year between Chiefs fans and the team. They’re have been snafus over Twitter, airplane banners calling for the GM’s firing and quarterback’s benching, and in the strongest example, there was this. Chiefs fans are passionate about their team, and they won’t put up with this losing nonsense much longer.

Helmet smack to Deadspin

Ronald L. Hall arrested after allegedly shooting son’s friend during Chiefs game

A 65-year-old Missouri man named Ronald L. Hall has been arrested and charged with assault and criminal action after he allegedly shot one of his son’s friends during the Cincinnati Bengals win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. According to KSHB 41 in Kansas City, court documents indicate Hall, his son and several other people were gathered to watch the game and trading insults when things got out of hand.

All the men were reportedly drinking, and Hall’s son said his father is ill-tempered and has gotten worse over the past year. He said the men gather to watch games often and that Hall has become angry over the banter in the past, threatening to shoot people on more than one occasion but never following through.

Hall’s son said he and the victim were outside when they heard a loud noise and the victim fell to the ground with a shotgun wound to his face. The victim reportedly suffered a stroke and other severe injuries. Officers were able to remove Hall from the house after he resisted and also discovered that there was a two-month old baby in the home.

And yet again, we hear about an incredibly stupid incident of violence that stems from watching sports. Some people just can’t accept that it’s only a game.

H/T Deadspin

Kansas City Chiefs fan’s obituary says he died of heartbreak caused by team

Talk about the ultimate slap to the face. The obituary for a Kansas City Chiefs fan says the man died because of heartbreak caused by the team.

Here’s the first sentence of the obituary for Loren G. “Sam” Lickteig that appeared in the Kansas City Star on Sunday:

“Loren G. “Sam” Lickteig passed away on Nov. 14, 2012 of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs football team.”

This is not the first time someone’s obituary mentioned a sports team, though it’s probably the first time a franchise’s disappointment has been mentioned as the cause of death. Surely whoever wrote the obituary was just joking, but it’s still probably the strongest indictment of the 1-8 team yet.

On the bright side, at least Peyton Manning wasn’t the cause of someone’s death again.

Photo via Jeff Passan/Twitter
H/T Black Sports Online

Eric Winston rips Chiefs fans for cheering Matt Cassel’s injury

Chiefs fans went to extreme measures on Sunday to voice their unhappiness with the team, and at least one player is calling them out for it.

Not only did a group of fans purchase an airplane to fly over Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with an anti-Scott Pioli and anti-Matt Cassel message, but many fans in the stadium cheered when Cassel got hurt during the team’s 9-6 loss to the Ravens.

Cassel was hit hard by the Ravens on a fourth-quarter pass to Jamaal Charles. He appeared quite woozy and was rolling on the ground, and he was replaced by backup Brady Quinn after the play.

Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston went on a rant for the ages to call out Chiefs fans for the poor display.

Here’s what he said via Arrowhead Pride:

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Chiefs fans hire plane to fly ‘Fire Pioli – Bench Cassel’ banner (Picture)

A group of disgruntled Chiefs fans hired an airplane to fly a banner over Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday to express their dissatisfaction with the organization.

The banner’s message stated: “We Deserve Better! Fire Pioli – Bench Cassel.” It was paid for by a bunch of hardcore Chiefs fans who frequent the forum at ChiefsPlanet.com. The organizer wrote in a posting on the site that the cost to fly the banner was $725/hour, but that the company dropped the price by $100 because they believed in the cause.

Pioli is Scott Pioli, who was hired as the team’s GM after the 2008 season. He came from New England where his teams won three Super Bowls since 2000. One of his big moves was acquiring and then signing Matt Cassel from his former team the Patriots. Pioli’s Chiefs teams have gone 21-27 the past three years, and they’re 1-3 this season.

After playing extremely well as an injury replacement for Tom Brady in 2008, Cassel has been mostly mediocre for Kansas City. He threw for 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in a Pro Bowl season in 2010, but he’s thrown for 31 touchdowns and 32 interceptions outside of that year.

The fans somewhat got their wish on Sunday when Cassel got hurt and was replaced by Brady Quinn.

You can read all about the reasons the fan decided to organize the effort at ChiefsPlanet.

Below is a story on the flyover from KSN in Wichita:

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