Chiefs Embarrassment: Kansas City Blacked-Out for First Time in 19 Years

James AdkinsCorrespondent IIDecember 17, 2009

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 29:  San Diego Chargers fans enjoy a  43-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on November 29, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It's official.

The Kansas City Chiefs' last home game of the season will be blacked out.

It's the first time the Chiefs have been blacked out since December 16, 1990.

With 5,500 tickets left to sell when the week began, apparently Chiefs fans didn't think the return of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and a matchup with the 2-11 Cleveland Browns was worth the price of admission.

Of course, who can blame Chiefs fans?

The Chiefs have been difficult to watch for most of the season, and to fans longing for the success enjoyed by the Chiefs teams of the 1990s and early 2000s, it has been downright unbearable.

In recent home games, Arrowhead Stadium has been a home away from home for opponents' fans.

For those of you out there that remember Chiefs home games back in the early and mid 1980s, you'll agree that Arrowhead in 2009 bears a remarkable resemblance despite its cosmetic upgrades.

For those that do plan on spending money to watch this team on Sunday, you have to wonder how many will be pulling for the Browns. 

If the draft were held today, the Chiefs would be picking fifth overall. However, a loss to the Browns on Sunday could move the Chiefs up to as high as the third overall selection. 

And to those hoping for the Chiefs to have a shot at stars like Ndamukong Suh, Eric Berry, Derrick Morgan, or Russell Okung; a loss to the Browns could mean having your pick of the litter, versus taking the next best player available.