Sadly, that was not to be. Hunt and head coach Hank Stram initially planned on retaining the Texans name, but a fan contest determined the new "Chiefs" name in honor of Mayor Bartle's nickname. However, despite the use of Native American features, their name was actually a reference to a white Kansas City Mayor who was nicknamed "Chief." Thomas was moved to Jackson Memorial Hospital in his native Miami, FL the following day. Drums are important parts of Native culture. Also, he has been called, “The Big Show” because he bears a striking resemblance to the WWE wrestler by the same name. Andy Reid is going on his 7th season as the Head Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and somewhere along the line he was given the moniker: BIG RED. "In particular, the 'savage' and 'clownish' caricatures used by sports teams with 'Indian' mascots contribute to the 'savage' image of Native peoples and the myth that Native peoples are an ethnic group 'frozen in history.'". Yet despite the research and the dissents from many Native people, these customs -- the racist names, the fan behaviors -- persist. Before the Kansas City Chiefs adopted K.C. The Chiefs have often been referred to in the past… in the not so pleasant terms… as the, In the NFL, things aren’t much different. Almost 40 years after the founding of Mic-O-Say, Bartle became the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri for two terms. Native American characters get scant representation in the entertainment we consume. He seems to have won the TE job mostly by default with the injury to Deon Yelder (an ankle) although the Chiefs could keep 3 TEs on the roster. Maybe some Native American headdresses. In name-the-team competitions, "Chiefs" kept popping up as an option in connection to Bartle. This one is fantastic. ", Of course, the Chiefs aren't the only popular sports team to trade in characterizations of Native American culture. If you are viewing this in Apple News and would like to join the Discussion, GO HERE. The Braves, the Seminoles and the Chiefs. This cultural blindness can do lasting damage. When the Kansas City Chiefs take the field at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, thousands of fans will see the culmination of five decades of striving for the NFL's ultimate stage: the Super Bowl. De’Anthony Thomas came out years ago and stated that he’d had the nickname “Black Mamba” long before Kobe Bryant ever picked it up. If Mahomes is cleared in time for the AFC title game, we could see him running similar plays to the one he was injured on. Of course, after researching all the nicknames of the players on this team, I came up with so very many that I had to create an, Mitchell Schwartz wears a size 18″ shoe, so in college he was referred to as BIGFOOT. Colloquially known as "chief," Bartle helped convince Lamar Hunt, owner of the Dallas Texans football team, to bring the team to Kansas City. My rule of thumb is, if the shoe fits, wear it, and at 6-foot-6 and 252 pounds, Bell may have been a masher in college but we have yet to see him roughing up the defensive lineman of the NFL. In 2018, the Cleveland Indians announced they would remove all depictions. In the NFL, things aren’t much different. And why does the practice of such cultural appropriation still endure? Professional sports teams make billions of dollars and have millions of ardent fans who are loathe to give up their team's icons and traditions, no matter how problematic. [Video Note: skip the first and last 30 seconds]. A great nickname has to fit the person. On the field, he has run over enough defenders already to garner the respect that goes with that nickname too. Streaming on Chiefs YouTube, Chiefs Facebook Watch and Chiefs.com. While Washington’s NFL team considers changing its racist nickname, Native American leaders have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, asking the Kansas City Chiefs … As for the message it will send on football's biggest stage, well, he's not so confident. If you’ve been to training camp and watched him move up close, he’s not only fast but quick. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, Thomas was in good spirits, and looking forward to life after extensive rehabilitation. Kelce also has that Greek God physique that is often associated with that name. We already know that their name is problematic because of the controversy over the name … As bad as invoking the 49ers as a sports team may be, though, the Kansas City Chiefs is even worse. Vincent Schilling says he respects Chiefs fans and supports their right to support their team. "These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and too often, insulting images of American Indians,", The National Congress of American Indians published. Images of Natives Americans as mascots began in the golden age of film, Schilling told CNN. Christian Okoye embodied the Marty Schottenheimer bludgeoning running method often called, “Martyball.” Now there’s another nickname that I left off the list. Schilling says. But there is a lot of interesting facts many people still don’t know about the Chiefs. Let me know. Bartle was not a Native American, but claimed he was "inducted into a local tribute of the Arapaho people,". He tells CNN such excuses remind him of his grandmother, a Mohawk woman who was stolen away to a boarding school as a child and never spoke a word of Mohawk afterward, out of sheer terror. Americans tend to think of Native Americans as people living in a bygone era, Echo Hawk told CNN. The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). In any event, he’s the Chiefs best offensive lineman and Pro Football Focus named Schwartz the Best Offensive Lineman of 2018 this offseason as well. A real honey badger is said to be an animal that is the most fearless in all of the animal kingdom. "The Franchise" presented by GEHA is an all-access look at the Kansas City Chiefs through the eyes of the players, coaches and leadership, on and off the field. As in Washington, D.C., and in Cleveland, fans will insist the names are meant to honor Native Americans or aren’t related to that community at all. I am also here for the Andy Reid Kool-Aid man GIF pic.twitter.com/pNlaBB3LKg, — Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 7, 2017. Top Ten List of the Chiefs Best Nicknames for 2019 or Ever – The “Super Bowl” was originally nothing except a nickname for the NFL Championship game. How did the team, founded in 1959, come to have such a loaded name? Did I miss some nicknames you like? -- While experimenting during a break at Kansas City Chiefs practice earlier this season, Patrick Mahomes got the idea to go in motion before returning behind center to receive the snap. In college and pro football, there's the Florida State Seminoles and Washington Redskins. Some have told Schilling these things are done in honor of Native Americans, but he doesn't buy that. Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Football Team Names (2020) By Athlon Sports , 6/22/20, 9:00 AM EDT The best, most clever and funny fantasy team names for Kansas City Chiefs fans As old as American football is, nicknames endure. The Nickname is a BIG FIT for Big Red and easily earns #4 on my list. I came across this little video which should help you get hyped for the season to come… that is, if you’re not hyped up already. For Kansas City, a few of those traditions are jazz music, barbecue, and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have been on the Kansas City scene since 1963. (CNN)On an average NFL Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, one is bound to see some tomahawk chops. Another one that belongs on some list, but I’m not so sure it’s the nicknames list, is when Dick Vermeil told Larry Johnson to “take the diapers off.”. Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt bangs the drum before a game. A recent Twitter thread and article from Native journalist Vincent Schilling shed light on the problematic origin story of the Kansas City Chiefs' name. His kick-back when getting off the line of scrimmage is near legendary and the main reason he is able to keep up with the best speed rushers of the league. "It serves to dehumanize native people," she said. After the Chiefs opening day win over the Chargers in 2018, a game in which Sherman caught a 36 yard TD pass from Patrick Mahomes down the sideline, head coach Andy Reid was on a radio interview and said, “I was telling [Chiefs Radio Network executive producer] Dan [Israel], he’s got crazy hands, man. Anthony Sherman has been called, “The Shermanator” or “Tank” but the most endearing name seems to be Sausage. When the NFL created the Dallas Cowboys to put the AFL Texans franchise out of business, team owner Lamar Hunt moved his team to Kansas City where there was no NFL team to compete with. I saw a thread on reddit talking about some of the Kansas City Chiefs player nicknames. In any event, he’s the Chiefs best offensive lineman and, Anthony Sherman has been called, “The Shermanator” or “Tank” but the most endearing name seems to be Sausage. Stereotypes of Native Americans as "savages," stories about killing settlers, and so on — those depictions became popular and made money. KANSAS CITY, Mo. It has been making the rounds in the city … Thomas, aka DAT, was often referred to as the Black Mamba while at Oregon where he had a stellar career as a running back and return man. Mahomes later went to coach Andy Reid with an unconventional idea for a play using the quarterback in motion. The stadium is the home of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, one of several American sports teams that copy Native American imagery and traditions. Hunt agreed to relocate the franchise to Kansas City on May 22, 1963 and on May 26 the team was renamed the Kansas City Chiefs. As far as Nicknames goes, I like it a lot and don’t hear enough people use it. The decision to retire the team name has put other franchises that use Native-American symbols and imagery under the microscope, including the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Chiefs, who have had that name since 1963 when they moved from Dallas and changed their name from the Texans, apparently do not intend to follow suit. Now, Tyrann Mathieu brings that same fearlessness to Chiefs KIngdom. "I'm sorry folks, I'm just not going to be. That type of mascot probably wouldn’t fly today, especially with how many issues the Washington Redskins have had over their name. The Chiefs open each game with a cheerleader riding a horse named Warpaint, while hitting a giant, native-style drum embellished with the team's logo. The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger wrote this article about the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and the name change debate. Also, he has been called, “The Big Show” because he bears a striking resemblance to the WWE wrestler by the same name. Blake Bell was given this nickname while at Oklahoma. Now, Harrison is putting it to good use. According to the Chiefs media guide, the Chiefs moniker was selected in honor of Bartle, who helped convince Lamar Hunt to move the Dallas Texans to Kansas City, as part of a … A Chiefs fan yells during the AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans on January 19, 2020. Imagine if fans supported their team while in blackface, Echo Hawk pointed out. Zeus: the god of the sky, lightning and thunder in Ancient Greek mythology seems incredibly fitting for Travis Kelce. Here, he’s quite deserving of #3 on my Best Nicknames of the 2019 Season for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have often been referred to in the past… in the not so pleasant terms… as the Chefs or the Chumps. "They cannot see us as fully-formed, multidimensional human beings.". He passed the 7,000 consecutive snaps barrier last November and is currently the NFL’s Iron man among offensive linemen. After the Chiefs opening day win over the Chargers in 2018, a game in which Sherman caught a 36 yard TD pass from Patrick Mahomes down the sideline, head coach, I don’t know if the name “Sausage” predates that interview or what Reid had on his mind, but it seems to be a fitting nickname. College sports has been ahead of the curve on this issue. Major League Baseball has the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians. Almost 40 years after the founding of Mic-O-Say, Bartle became the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri for two terms. Kelce also has that Greek God physique that is often associated with that name. Of course, after researching all the nicknames of the players on this team, I came up with so very many that I had to create an Honorable Mentions list. "And we learn most from television," he said. So, DTrian, is one that fits and I hope we get to see him running with the ones a lot this season. It’s a great fit and makes him 5th best on my list. In a statement released Thursday , the team cited multi-year discussions with Native American advocates, and pointed out several new procedures to minimize any offense: You think of him as a sausage, so he goes out, and he’s a sausage with hands.”. In no particular order, here are the five best nicknames in Kansas City Chiefs … I can’t imagine when or where Harrison Butker may have picked up that name. First, let’s take a peek at the Top Seven players and their nicknames, the best nicknames from decades in the past. Football season has officially begun which means the Chiefs are back on the field. Andy Reid has the most hilarious nickname for the new Chiefs kicker. - on one of the saddest days in Kansas City Chiefs history, in a one vehicle accident on I-435, future Hall of Famer and Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas was grievously injured. And on Sunday, when millions of people tune in to watch the Super Bowl and 65,000 people pack into Miami's Hard Rock Stadium, it will all be on display: the tomahawk chops, the regalia, the headdresses, the face paint. During the 2019 MLB postseason. Kansas City Chiefs fans do the tomahawk chop before a game against the San Diego Chargers. Updated 1915 GMT (0315 HKT) February 1, 2020. I don’t know if the name “Sausage” predates that interview or what Reid had on his mind, but it seems to be a fitting nickname. The Kansas City Chiefs began their existence in Texas as the Dallas Texans playing in the AFL. He is fast if you haven’t heard and many call him the fastest man in the NFL. If you are viewing this in Apple News and would like to join the Discussion, Len Dawson: The Chiefs Original Phenomenon, Paul’s Playfully Preposterous, 1,000% Accurate, Prognostications. Top Ten List of the Chiefs Best Nicknames for 2019 or Ever, Pro Football Focus named Schwartz the Best Offensive Lineman of 2018, Andy Reid was on a radio interview and said, Ben Almquist gave Kelce the 9th best ranking. What makes all of this so intriguing is that the Chiefs' are named after a white man who impersonated Native American culture. In the NFL, nicknames are the new normal, but they’ve also always been there, with nicknames like: The Immaculate Reception, The Ice Bowl, Roger Dodger, or The Gipper. "My grandma couldn't even share what she was really, but they can do a stereotype of it and tell me to be honored by it?" Top Ten List of the Chiefs Best Nicknames for 2019 or Ever – The “Super Bowl” was originally nothing except a nickname for the NFL Championship game. He’s not just a piece of. The following is a detailed history of the Kansas City Chiefs, a professional American football franchise that began play in 1960 as the Dallas Texans.The team was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and now is currently part of the National Football League (NFL) (they are not associated with an earlier Dallas Texans NFL team that only played for one season in 1952). Now that the Chiefs will take the field for Super Bowl LIV, have been the subject of lawsuits and sharp criticism, that many schools don't teach about Native Americans, former APA president Ronald F. Levant in a statement, the Atlanta Braves altered the way they featured the famous Tomahawk Chop after a player on an opposing team complained. The Nigerian Nightmare is my favorite Chiefs related nickname of all-time. Could the … There would be outrage. 1 Trumpeter But, Schilling said, it's what's connected to the Chiefs' name that concerns him and many others -- things like the tomahawk chop or the headdresses fans regularly wear to games. Our beloved DT passed mere weeks later, after suffering cardiac arrest. That got me thinking about ... well, about Chiefs player nicknames. If you’re interested in watching an 8:37 video on Tyrann Mathieu’s story, here’s your chance: Tyreek Hill wins my best nickname for the 2019 season. Wolf as their mascot back in 1989, their mascot was Warpaint, which was a horse ridden by a man wearing a full native chief headdress. At most, only about 0.4% of characters depicted on prime-time TV and popular movies are Native American, Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director of IllumiNative, told CNN. Hill has hit speeds of 21.95 mph and as Mitch Holthus, the voice of Chiefs radio, has stated, Hill could get pulled over for going too fast in a school zone. "Widely consumed images of Native American stereotypes in commercial and educational environments slander, defame, and vilify Native peoples, Native cultures, and tribal nations, and continue a legacy of racist and prejudiced attitudes," the report states. The image of Reid breaking through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man will forever be stuck in my mind. During an interview on 610 Sports Radio Kansas City on Monday, Mahomes gave his opinion on that name, then revealed which nickname is his favorite. In 2005, the American Psychological Association published a resolution calling for the retirement of mascots featuring Natives. He looks like the perfect compliment to Dame… Damien Williams. The Kansas City Chiefs were the last professional team in the United States to adopt a name or logo suggesting a reference to Native Americans. He’s not just a piece of meat (often used as a nickname)… he’s not just a ham (also used as a nickname), but he’s The Sausage. This lack of representation -- in pop culture, in education and in the general American consciousness -- can lead to an erasure of Native American people and experiences. Kansas City has been known as the “Chiefs” since founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 There are still a number of teams in North America that have what Native American groups consider racist nicknames First the Washington Redskins, then the Cleveland Indians. What the article fails to report is that the Kansas City Chiefs are named after Kansas City Mayor Harold Roe Bartle, whose nickname was “The Chief.” … His Grandfather’s Grandfather’s Grandfather… likely had to put up with it as a kid… and so, decided to continue to pass it along until, one day, they actually got a Place Kicker in the family. Sometimes nicknames fit like a glove, catching on throughout an entire fanbase. The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is part of the Boy Scouts of America program, which was created by Harold Roe Bartle in 1925. Also, in the recent past, ex-Chiefs players have had some nicknames worth recalling: There are currently Ten Chiefs with nicknames that I’ll rank here, down below. This kind of cultural change can be slow to enact. It seems like an innocent original story. Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs do the Tomahawk Chop, which many Natives consider offensive despite its common usage in American sports. As far as nicknames goes, it is a 100% fit and believe me, as a teacher, I would rarely give out a 100% to anyone on anything. Yet many look past redface or the wearing of headdresses. The Kansas City Chiefs have arrowheads on their red helmets, Arrowhead Stadium as their home and the Tomahawk Chop with a “war chant,” so it might be hard to believe that their nickname … Chiefs Fit is a 37,000 square foot state-of-the-art health, wellness and recovery facility that will open in Spring 2021 at Regency Park Shopping Center in Overland Park, Kansas. So, BIGFOOT it is. "I really, really have a big apprehension for how this is going to look," he said. "I … The status of Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is still in question for the AFC Championship Game as he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. Zeus: the god of the sky, lightning and thunder in Ancient Greek mythology seems incredibly fitting for Travis Kelce. The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri.The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division.. In the NFL, nicknames are the new normal, but they’ve also always been there, with nicknames like: The Immaculate Reception, The Ice Bowl, Roger Dodger, or The Gipper. Choosing your own nickname hardly ever works but that’s exactly how Darwin Thompson has come in. Now that he’s back with the Chiefs perhaps fans will pick up on it again, especially if he returns a couple of Kickoffs for a TD. NCAA, which governs college athletics, instituted a policy in 2005. The cheetah is the fastest land animal capable of running up to 40 mph. However, change does come, often in small, halting increments. So, before giving you my final Best Top Ten Nicknames of 2019, here are the Honorable Mentions: Top Ten List of the Chiefs Best Nicknames for 2019: Mitchell Schwartz wears a size 18″ shoe, so in college he was referred to as BIGFOOT. Besides serving as Kansas City's mayor, Harold Roe Bartle, center, was a Boy Scout executive known for creating the Tribe of Mic-O-Say honor program. Many don't have a real sense of the complexity of native people in the 21st century. Ben Almquist gave Kelce the 9th best ranking on his list of all-time best nicknames in Kansas City Sports history. So, they kept getting made. For how this is going to be an animal that is often associated with that name says! 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