Are You Ready for Some Football?
February 7 is Super Bowl Sunday featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These fans are fired up for their teams!
Bret Scholtes has been an avid Chiefs fan since birth.
“I was 20 days old when the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970. They did not win another Super Bowl until January 2020,” said Bret. “Fifty seasons in between may be the reason this current run is so special.”
Bret and his wife Ann are thrilled that their daughters, Libby and Madelyn, have inherited their parent’s love of the Chiefs.
“Last year, we decided to brave the Kansas City cold to tailgate at Arrowhead Stadium with the girls,” Bret recalled. “We had a great time, but the 15-degree weather had me complaining the whole time.”
When watching Chiefs games from Houston, the Scholtes re-create the game day experience (without freezing temperatures) by shipping Kansas City BBQ to Houston.
David Stephan is the youngest of nine kids in a huge family of Chiefs fans.
“My mother and father were fourth to get Chiefs season tickets when Arrowhead opened,” said David. “We moved to the 50 yard line in the 70s and have been there ever since.”
Two of David’s older brothers can regularly be seen at games. People always smile at the KC priest who goes to Chiefs games religiously. People don’t always smile at his oldest brother though. He’s an NFL official, who was a bit of a celebrity a few weeks ago when he did not return Tom Brady’s high five after a touchdown in New Orleans.
David’s shared these words of Midwest wisdom.
“In KC we always say - God bless the USA and God bless the Kansas City Chiefs!”
Tom Martin loved growing up in West University, cheering on the Episcopal Knights and the Houston Texans. He now lives in KC.
“I miss being in Houston dearly, but I have loved living in Kansas City on its own merits and having the Chiefs is a bonus,” he said.
“My fiancé, Aly Trost, who works in sports radio, emceed a 2020 Super Bowl watch party,” said Tom. “After ten hours onstage, she got tired. A couple beers deep, I saw a lone microphone sitting there. Thousands of fans were still celebrating into the wee hours... so I ‘emceed’ another three hours and yelled ‘Kansas City!’ into the mic every few minutes.”
Texas Tech alumni Leroy McCarley shared, “When our ‘Red Raider – Patrick’ went to Kansas City, we had to became Kansas City fans.”
“Pat Mahomes was an underappreciated talent from a small Texas town with a 2A high school,” said Leroy. “It’s a joy to see people like Mahomes do well in the spotlight and keep the same humility he had at Tech. That is the real reason we are Mahomies and Chief fans again this year!
One Super Bowl player with strong southeast Texas roots is Buccaneer Mike Evans, who is a wide receiver and a graduate of Galveston’s Ball High. He was also a nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award which recognizes NFL players for excellence on and off the field.
“I’m definitely cheering for the Bucs!” said Bucs fan Jonathan Chumley. “Mike Evans is a great person with a good heart. Lot of kids look up to him. It is awesome to see someone from our city going to the Super Bowl!”
Strake Jesuit junior Eli Jones has been a fan of Tom Brady since he was little.
“During a Patriots game, they showed Brady’s stats,” said Eli. “I was in awe and have been a fan since.”
Eli’s dream came true in 2018 when he got to see Tom Brady play in Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium.
An anonymous New England transplant shared, “I am wholeheartedly rooting for Tampa to win the Super Bowl, especially because of TB12 and The Gronk. Both have well represented themselves for many years and still do even though their jerseys may be different. Go Pats... I mean Tampa!"
These Houston Buzz residents are sure to tune in on Sunday along with millions of others. Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments.
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