Now, this isn't one particular moment, but it's something that seems to have had a residual effect among the Chiefs and fans alike. So, instead of peppering you with anecdotes throughout the memory-lane montage, consider this a one-stop slide for them.
Red and White Noise
Although Seattle eventually reclaimed it (half dome!, I know), Arrowhead, registering 137.5 decibels in Week 6, claimed the coveted Guinness World Record for loudest outdoor stadium.
Alex Smith Silences Philly Trolls
Following Week 3's win, Smith joined Rich Eisen and Co. on the set of Thursday Night Football. Due to the Chiefs' 10-point victory, the crowd was predominantly made up of Chiefs supporters chanting and tomahawk chopping. But despite the loss, a small constituency of Eagles fans (predictably) began echoing "Colin Kaepernick!" as Smith joined the postgame roundtable.
A still-adrenalized Smith, unaware that they were on-air with the camera swooping behind set, casually acknowledged the Kaepernick chants by raising his hands and flashing "3-0" at the Philly faithful. And just like that, a band of drunken megaphones were muted. Golden.
Like Making Andy from a Baby
Last October, diehards flayed the front office while "Fire Pioli" banners flew laps around Arrowhead. This October, newborns were rocking ginger 'staches and headsets.
War(paint) and Peace
You can't spell "esoteric" without Eric.
Turf war? Son of a Seabiscuit? Sly Little Pony? Horseshoes and Hand Betrayed? Whatever the title, someone needs to make a full-fledged documentary of Eric Berry's equinophobia.
Last season, NFL Films released (viral) video of the safety warily sizing up Warpaint, cordial horse and beloved mascot, with unwavering "fool me once" suspicion. A year later, the crew delved further into the backstory and uncovered the deep-seated roots of the star's (very real) fear of horses.
A wide-eyed Berry recounts:
We ended up at a petting zoo. You know all the cartoons and the TV shows you see when you're young, like, horses and ponies are always really, really cool and happy. They always got, like, a rainbow or some stars flying behind it. You know what I'm saying, like, 'Oh, it's a pony! Its a pony!'
So, I'm at the petting zoo, and for some reason, the pony came and bit me. When it happened, I turned around and looked at it. Aside from the fact that the horse didn't look anything like the cartoon or what I saw on TV, it was like, 'Dang, horse...I trusted you!'
Phobias are serious business, and if you have any doubts about Berry's fearfulness, observe his blood pressure spike when Warpaint's ears spring up while the Pro Bowler's petting her. That being said, this video will never be unanchored from my bookmarks, and I may or may not be scouring Google for a "Dang, horse! I trusted you!" T-shirt right now.
The original version of this video, which shows a line of players chanting "Andy!" before Reid rounds the corner like a buoyant bull, was already making rounds throughout Kansas City. Then, @LSUFreek sprinkled some GIF magic, added a brick wall and confirmed our growing suspicion: Reid's a Randy Savage fan.
What It Defined: A revived fanbase and a night-and-day difference (compared to 2012) in the franchise's culture and allure.