Not everyone in KC is rooting for the Chiefs

What it's like for local folks who support other NFL teams

Marc LaVoie
January 24, 2020 - 4:00 am
Dec 15, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; A costumed Oakland Raiders fan poses for a photo during the first quarter of the game between the Oakland Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas City, MO - Chiefs fans are enjoying every minute of Super Bowl hype. Why wouldn't they? It's the first time most of them have ever seen the spotlight focused on their team.

But not every football fan in Kansas City is celebrating. Some have allegiances that lie elsewhere. 

There are "Chiefs haters" -- and then there are Raiders fans.

Marvin is a small businessman who lived in southern California as a kid. He's always felt a close kinship with Raider Nation and their late owner, Al Davis, who coined the famous motto, "Just win, baby."

"Even my cleaning company and logos are all based off of the silver and black," said Marvin, who lives in KC.

Marvin has no fond feelings for the Chiefs. He says the bitterness of the rivalry is just part of the fun, which is something he experiences, going to every Raiders game at Arrowhead Stadium.

His plans on Super Bowl Sunday include going to a party and hoping for a chance to "pass out the Kleenex," if the local team loses. 

Greg grew up in Phoenix, where he chose the Raiders before Arizona got its own team. Yes, he hates the Chiefs, but he was willing to buy his brother a Chiefs Championship jersey for his birthday. He appreciates the talent and personality of Patrick Mahomes, but something really grinds his gears.

"He's just a very likable kid and it just upsets me so much that he's in Kansas City," Greg said.

Greg says "hate" is a strong word, but yes, you can call him a Chiefs hater.

Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, CA USA; Green Bay Packers fans before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levin's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Otis is a Green Bay fan because of the influence of his father, who was born in 1933. His dad solidified his loyalty in the 1960s, when the Packers dominated the NFL with its future Hall of Famers, who included Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke and Herb Adderley.

Otis can't get away from all the Chiefs talk in the male-dominated place where he works. He's a barber in Lenexa.

"There's a lot of ribbing going on right now," Otis said, laughing. "The Chiefs are in the Super Bowl and my Packers just lost in the NFC title game, so that's to be expected."

Otis says one of his regulars guaranteed a 16-0 season this year. Then, after a Chiefs loss in week five, the guy called or texted him after every single victory.

Not one to hold grudges or call himself a hater, Otis understands what his Chiefs friends are experiencing. He had a good time when Brett Favre was leading his favorite team in Green Bay.

Otis's one piece of advice for Chiefs fans is simple; enjoy it, because you never know when they'll be back in the Super Bowl.

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