Cheering On The Chiefs: A Family Tradition


BOLIVAR, Mo — “When I was a young kid I would watch games with my dad, my mom, and my friends,” said Michael Cooper, a Bolivar resident and a diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan since he was about 10 years old.

“Marty Schottenheimer, the head coach, he was probably one of my favorites,” Cooper said.

Chiefs fans have been waiting 23 years to see their team win a playoff game at home. And after a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night, fans will have to wait a little longer.

Sunday was the Chiefs first home post-season game since 2011. KC had lost four straight playoff games, now five after Sunday’s game.

“Am I used to heartbreaks? Yeah,” said Cooper.

One of Cooper’s favorite memories with the Chiefs is a 1993 victory against the Broncos.

“Me and my mom were jumping up and screaming, that’s a moment I’ll never forget,” he said.

A most recent memory – with his daughters.

“Taking my little girls down there to the front row getting our pictures taken, those are moments I’ll never forget either,” says Cooper.

His 16 and 11-year-old daughters went to Arrowhead Stadium for the first time in 2014.

“I was kinda shocked,” said 16-year-old Mckenzie Lamb. “I felt like I was gonna have a heart attack.”

Whether at the stadium or at home, cheering on the chiefs has become a family tradition.

“For five years, I’ve always watched the game, I’ve never missed a game,” said Lamb.

“My daughters actually yells louder than I do during the Chiefs games now,” said Cooper. “My youngest daughter who is autistic, she is non-verbal but she goes up to the TV when the refs make a bad call.”

The Chiefs last playoff victory at Arrowhead was in 1994 against the steelers.

“That was probably our greatest year since I’ve been a Chiefs fan, since I’ve been alive,” said Cooper.

Sunday night, the Chiefs had the chance to do it again.

“A lot people didn’t think we would be here,” said Cooper.

His family, like thousands of Chiefs fans were hopeful for a victory, and for a Super Bowl. The last time the Chiefs won the Super Bowl was in 1969. But while it didn’t happen this time, they say they will remain loyal until it happens.

“If I ever see a Super Bowl, if I’m 16, 38 or 50. It would be amazing,” said Lamb. 

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