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Old 12-05-2005, 06:03 AM   #1
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For Chiefs, Broncos fans, rivalry is spelled with RVs

By SAM MELLINGER

The Kansas City Star

You have your Zubaz pants and your Priest Holmes jersey, and you think that’s pretty special. Maybe your rec room is even stuffed full of Chiefs pictures, Chiefs blankets, Chiefs rugs, Chiefs everything, and you think you’re hard core.

Let us introduce you to Bruce Weilert. He drove his Ford RV almost 300 miles east on Interstate 70 from Hays, Kan. — borderline Broncos territory, by the way — just so he could be among the first fans into the gravel lot outside of Arrowhead Stadium dedicated to fans with motorhomes.

It’s about 8 p.m. Saturday, pitch black and maybe 20 degrees out when Weilert answers a knock on his RV door. Sure, he would love to talk. Just let him put on his Chiefs jacket, Chiefs hat, Chiefs gloves and crack open a Miller Lite. His is one of five RVs here as he takes his first sip.

“Normally there’s more people here,” he says. “But it’s cold.”

When it was all over, emotions were everywhere. Chiefs fans elated with a 31-27 victory in a critical game against rival Denver; Broncos fans steaming over everything from Jake Plummer’s interceptions to the treatment received by some Chiefs supporters.

But before all that, out in the RV lot on Sunday morning, it was a celebration for all. Besides a private party thrown by Coors Light in one corner, this uneven plot of rocky ground just west of the Truman Sports Complex parking lot was a haven reserved for the most dedicated football fans.

This is the first year the Chiefs have allowed overnight tailgating. It’s $90 to park Saturday night, compared with $45 charged to RVs on game day.

No less of an authority than Joe Cahn, the self-named commissioner of tailgating, says that Buffalo is the only other NFL team with a similar setup. Think NASCAR’s weekend infield parties.

The next morning, about seven hours before kickoff against Denver, Broncos fans are beating Chiefs supporters at their own tailgating game. An orange bus — Orange Force One, to be specific — pulls in around 8 a.m. and immediately begins setting up the tailgate to end all tailgates.

There’s 10 pounds each of burgers, chicken and brats, plus nearly that of brisket and bags of chips, a giant jar of (orange) cheese balls, and seven 30-packs of beer.

“Plus whatever else is coming,” says Steve Fesch, a Denver-area real estate developer. “One guy’s supposed to bring a keg, if we can figure out how to get it here.”

Fesch bought this former New Jersey transit bus from a scrap heap. He and some buddies spent a few months working on it and produced what Fesch calls the best tailgate vehicle you’ll find anywhere.

It has three televisions, including one high-definition set inside. There’s a wet bar in the back with a beer tap. In the bathroom — Chiefs fans, you might want to skip the rest of this sentence — is a Raiders bumper sticker on the inside of the urinal and a Chiefs emblem on the toilet.

Fesch’s friends call him “Meck” because he’s always in a throwback Karl Mecklenburg jersey. It’s freezing cold, but he’s in shorts. A few weeks ago, he broke down and wore pants when the Broncos played at the Giants. That was the game Eli Manning threw the game-winning touchdown with 5 seconds left.

No more pants for Fesch.

“It’s a superstition,” he says. “We all have them.”

The “we” Fesch speaks of is a group of Broncos fans brought together by a fan Web site. “Dr. Disco” is wearing an orange pimp suit and platform shoes. His buddy is in a jumpsuit and orange Afro. Dan painted one side of his bald head blue, the other orange, and is wearing sunglasses, a John Mobley jersey and camouflage hunting pants. But even he has limits.

“(Fesch) always wears shorts,” he says. “He’s crazy.”


If so, then everybody else out here is also crazy in his or her own way. Pat and Rosalie Wike drove out here from Highlands Ranch, Colo., a week after having to detour through Oklahoma to avoid that post-Thanksgiving snowstorm, which doubled the usual 7 1/2 -hour drive home. But that’s all details.

This weekend was the first time they had taken advantage of the RV parking, and it’s worth every penny. More time to cook breakfast (eggs and elk sausage) and lunch (“donkey” chili).

The Wikes are Chiefs season-ticket holders, but they even brought some Broncos fan friends from Colorado. They knew the drive home would be long for one side.

“It’s all good-natured,” one of the Denver fans says.

Brian Arnett, a local man who lives in his RV, is disappointed with the Chiefs setup. Says that for $90, he expects electrical or water hookups, or at least a paved lot. He estimates it costs $10 to $15 to run his 6,500-watt generator overnight.

But for the most part, this RV park is as happy a spot as you’ll find in the entire lot. They have the most shelter, the most food, the most TVs, the most beer.

The gravel’s a bit of a bummer, and there are only two portable toilets provided by the Chiefs. The woods off to the side might as well count as a third.

Weilert’s RV is a converted construction trailer. The inside was purple and pink when they bought it. Bruce’s wife, Linda, helped turn it into a shrine to their favorite team. There’s a Chiefs bedspread, Chiefs mirrors, Chiefs clocks, Chiefs trash can, and, of course, two intense Chiefs fans who consider it a privilege to pay money to park in the cold and be the first ones awake at Arrowhead Stadium.

“This is the best thing the Chiefs have ever done,” Weilert says. “We’re the best customers they have.”
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I was wondering if they were going to get any post game quotes from him that might have read like "That GAWD D@#ED NAPTOWNCHIEF TOOK A FIDDY SPOT FROM ME!..."
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For Chiefs, Broncos fans, rivalry is spelled with RVs

By SAM MELLINGER

The Kansas City Star

You have your Zubaz pants and your Priest Holmes jersey, and you think that’s pretty special. Maybe your rec room is even stuffed full of Chiefs pictures, Chiefs blankets, Chiefs rugs, Chiefs everything, and you think you’re hard core.

Let us introduce you to Bruce Weilert. He drove his Ford RV almost 300 miles east on Interstate 70 from Hays, Kan. — borderline Broncos territory, by the way — just so he could be among the first fans into the gravel lot outside of Arrowhead Stadium dedicated to fans with motorhomes.

It’s about 8 p.m. Saturday, pitch black and maybe 20 degrees out when Weilert answers a knock on his RV door. Sure, he would love to talk. Just let him put on his Chiefs jacket, Chiefs hat, Chiefs gloves and crack open a Miller Lite. His is one of five RVs here as he takes his first sip.

“Normally there’s more people here,” he says. “But it’s cold.”

When it was all over, emotions were everywhere. Chiefs fans elated with a 31-27 victory in a critical game against rival Denver; Broncos fans steaming over everything from Jake Plummer’s interceptions to the treatment received by some Chiefs supporters.

But before all that, out in the RV lot on Sunday morning, it was a celebration for all. Besides a private party thrown by Coors Light in one corner, this uneven plot of rocky ground just west of the Truman Sports Complex parking lot was a haven reserved for the most dedicated football fans.

This is the first year the Chiefs have allowed overnight tailgating. It’s $90 to park Saturday night, compared with $45 charged to RVs on game day.

No less of an authority than Joe Cahn, the self-named commissioner of tailgating, says that Buffalo is the only other NFL team with a similar setup. Think NASCAR’s weekend infield parties.

The next morning, about seven hours before kickoff against Denver, Broncos fans are beating Chiefs supporters at their own tailgating game. An orange bus — Orange Force One, to be specific — pulls in around 8 a.m. and immediately begins setting up the tailgate to end all tailgates.

There’s 10 pounds each of burgers, chicken and brats, plus nearly that of brisket and bags of chips, a giant jar of (orange) cheese balls, and seven 30-packs of beer.

“Plus whatever else is coming,” says Steve Fesch, a Denver-area real estate developer. “One guy’s supposed to bring a keg, if we can figure out how to get it here.”

Fesch bought this former New Jersey transit bus from a scrap heap. He and some buddies spent a few months working on it and produced what Fesch calls the best tailgate vehicle you’ll find anywhere.

It has three televisions, including one high-definition set inside. There’s a wet bar in the back with a beer tap. In the bathroom — Chiefs fans, you might want to skip the rest of this sentence — is a Raiders bumper sticker on the inside of the urinal and a Chiefs emblem on the toilet.

Fesch’s friends call him “Meck” because he’s always in a throwback Karl Mecklenburg jersey. It’s freezing cold, but he’s in shorts. A few weeks ago, he broke down and wore pants when the Broncos played at the Giants. That was the game Eli Manning threw the game-winning touchdown with 5 seconds left.

No more pants for Fesch.

“It’s a superstition,” he says. “We all have them.”

The “we” Fesch speaks of is a group of Broncos fans brought together by a fan Web site. “Dr. Disco” is wearing an orange pimp suit and platform shoes. His buddy is in a jumpsuit and orange Afro. Dan painted one side of his bald head blue, the other orange, and is wearing sunglasses, a John Mobley jersey and camouflage hunting pants. But even he has limits.

“(Fesch) always wears shorts,” he says. “He’s crazy.”


If so, then everybody else out here is also crazy in his or her own way. Pat and Rosalie Wike drove out here from Highlands Ranch, Colo., a week after having to detour through Oklahoma to avoid that post-Thanksgiving snowstorm, which doubled the usual 7 1/2 -hour drive home. But that’s all details.

This weekend was the first time they had taken advantage of the RV parking, and it’s worth every penny. More time to cook breakfast (eggs and elk sausage) and lunch (“donkey” chili).

The Wikes are Chiefs season-ticket holders, but they even brought some Broncos fan friends from Colorado. They knew the drive home would be long for one side.

“It’s all good-natured,” one of the Denver fans says.

Brian Arnett, a local man who lives in his RV, is disappointed with the Chiefs setup. Says that for $90, he expects electrical or water hookups, or at least a paved lot. He estimates it costs $10 to $15 to run his 6,500-watt generator overnight.

But for the most part, this RV park is as happy a spot as you’ll find in the entire lot. They have the most shelter, the most food, the most TVs, the most beer.

The gravel’s a bit of a bummer, and there are only two portable toilets provided by the Chiefs. The woods off to the side might as well count as a third.

Weilert’s RV is a converted construction trailer. The inside was purple and pink when they bought it. Bruce’s wife, Linda, helped turn it into a shrine to their favorite team. There’s a Chiefs bedspread, Chiefs mirrors, Chiefs clocks, Chiefs trash can, and, of course, two intense Chiefs fans who consider it a privilege to pay money to park in the cold and be the first ones awake at Arrowhead Stadium.

“This is the best thing the Chiefs have ever done,” Weilert says. “We’re the best customers they have.”
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I dont think there is a reason to bump this but Boob has been on my iggy to even read it.
Well, that's great that you dont think that there is a reason to bump this and came onto the thread to let us all know. Thanks for that.

If you want to read it I quoted the original post.
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Well, that's great that you dont think that there is a reason to bump this and came onto the thread to let us all know. Thanks for that.

If you want to read it I quoted the original post.
I did notice that it was quoted and have to ask why in the middle of August that you feel the need to bump a thread about Meck's bus on a trip to a Chiefs game that has no connection right now to us playing the Chiefs or Meck offering a tailgate with his bus? Also, if you can read this sentence in one breath, you have proven yourself to have good lungs.
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Does OF1 still go around? Had a blast hanging out in NY on my 21st bday (2005).
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I did notice that it was quoted and have to ask why in the middle of August that you feel the need to bump a thread about Meck's bus on a trip to a Chiefs game that has no connection right now to us playing the Chiefs or Meck offering a tailgate with his bus? Also, if you can read this sentence in one breath, you have proven yourself to have good lungs.
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Not that I have to justify anything here, but it popped up on the bottom of a thread. It was interesting and I'm sure that alot of old timers around here wouldn't mind seeing a blast from the past to get a little pumped for this upcoming season and the tailgate experience.

You don't have to read it.
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Not that I have to justify anything here, but it popped up on the bottom of a thread. It was interesting and I'm sure that alot of old timers around here wouldn't mind seeing a blast from the past to get a little pumped for this upcoming season and the tailgate experience.

You don't have to read it.
Well, you do have to explain it or the Mods are going to get on you for bumping threads for no reason. They want to keep it fresh on the first page. I know you don't mean anything bad by doing it but you can see if this was done a ton more, worthwhile threads would get lost.
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Well, you do have to explain it or the Mods are going to get on you for bumping threads for no reason. They want to keep it fresh on the first page. I know you don't mean anything bad by doing it but you can see if this was done a ton more, worthwhile threads would get lost.
I'm sure a mod will let me know if theres a problem.
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its nice to know that we have a noticable presence in the sea of red in the KC tailgate.
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its nice to know that we have a noticable presence in the sea of red in the KC tailgate.
Do Welfare Cards work @ Arrowhead? If not, might make it easier to have a good crowd.
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Where are all the pictures of Boob outside Analhead for the one KFC game he saved up to go to?

This thread is worthless without pictures of fat momma's boys with their camera's and fanny packs.
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We were at that game and tailgate with Meck... My recollection was 3 degrees but perhaps it warmed up to 20. One of our group (Jimmy D) was accosted by Chiefs fans after the game and had to visit the infirmary. We had OF1, my RV and a whole host of people who drove cars and parked close by. This was a CLASSIC tailgate!!

btw - they have closed our lot this year (Lot R) for construction and we'll be on the south end of Lot M.
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