Chiefs fans revolt against ownership, losing ways

Associated Press Published: November 18, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Terry Glenn has been a season ticketholder for the Kansas City Chiefs since 1969, showing up in red every game to cheer on the team, win or lose.

On Sunday, he'd finally had enough.

Glenn was dressed solemnly in black, hoping to make a statement by participating in a fan-organized campaign to blackout Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs' 28-6 loss to the Bengals — an attempt to convey their displeasure with a 1-9 start.

"I am actually ashamed to wear Chiefs sweatshirts and shirts around town anymore and I never thought I'd say that," said Glenn, whose longtime friend Steve Leasure joined him in the blackout.

They've been attending games together since they met in the stands during that '69 season.

"We're still engaged, we are still doing what we've done as fans for 40 years, but they are not doing what they've done in the past 40 years," Leasure said. "They've completely changed."

Arrowhead Stadium was roughly half-full against Cincinnati and a good percentage of those who showed up were also wearing black. Prior to the game, an airplane towed a banner — also paid for by fans — asking for general manager Scott Pioli to be fired.

Some fans handing out fliers pleading for the same result were told by security to stop.

An obituary for Loren G. Lickteig, a former city councilman from Grandview, Mo., who died last Wednesday, ran in The Kansas City Star on Sunday. It listed his cause of death as "complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs football team."

"We spend thousands of dollars every year to come out here and do this," said Jared Stach, a ticketholder since 2009, "and we don't get rewarded, and we are over it."