When buying a Kansas City Chiefs jersey goes wrong
Four months ago, I made a fateful decision. With the Kansas City Chiefs set to make their second straight Super Bowl appearance, I made a choice that still haunts me to this day: I bought a Super Bowl LV jersey.
What seemed like a great idea at the time not only backfired, but turned into a global hunt to hunt down a bundle of deception.
It was early February and I was excited. The Chiefs were back in the Super Bowl and I had finally decided to buy a jersey to mark the occasion.
I opted for the red home jersey with Travis Kelce’s name and number sewn on the back and the Super Bowl LV patch on the front. “A great choice,” I thought to myself. It wouldn’t arrive in time for the big game, but I was happy with my last purchase.
Buying a Kansas City Chiefs jersey has gone from fun to pain for this fan.
At first it took me a while to decide to buy the jersey. I was skeptical, and there were a number of factors that led to my hesitation.
I knew there was an element of risk involved. Should I buy the jersey before the game while it was in stock knowing the Chiefs could lose? Do I wait until the end of the match to run the risk of the shirts being sold out?
To make things a little more difficult, I live in Melbourne, Australia, so a post-game trip to Rally House, Dick’s Sporting Goods or the Chiefs pro shop wasn’t exactly in the cards. If I waited until the game was over, I would have to try my luck in the random world of online shopping.
To complicate the decision further, I get pretty superstitious when it comes to sports. What if buying a jersey before the game put some sort of mischief on the Chiefs? What if the sports gods perceive my actions as some kind of arrogance and take action accordingly?
It was a tough call to make, but fortune favors the bold, I thought to myself, and after a few days of thinking, I called the Chiefs pro shop and placed my order.
A decision that backfired dramatically.
The Chiefs were absolutely hammered and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a final score of 31-9. As a result, my new jersey would now serve as a lifelong reminder of that disappointing Sunday and possibly the worst Chiefs game I have ever seen. Fantastic.
After a horrendous result, I was so happy to know that I had spent a not-so-insignificant amount of money on a reminder of the big game we lost (ah, not really).
The week after the game, I tried to save the day. I called the pro store to see if they could help me: was it possible to still have the same jersey but not with the Super Bowl LV patch on it? No, they said, it was too late. The patch would be attached. Oh joy.
But now, more than a dozen weeks after placing that fateful order, the decision still comes back to bite me. Not only had I bought a jersey that I don’t particularly want anymore, but I still don’t have this jersey – it’s currently lost somewhere in the postal service world.
Its exact location is unknown, which means that I must now try to find an object that will only serve to remind me of a game that I did my best to forget. Awesome.
What’s worse than spending $ 150 on a product you don’t really want anymore? Spend $ 150 on a product you don’t really want anymore and don’t actually receive it.
When I ordered the jersey, the pro shop told me it could take 4-10 weeks for it to ship out, but as that time elapsed the package was not delivered .
So far, my efforts to find the jersey have been unsuccessful. With the jersey being sent from Kansas City to Australia, there really is a chance it could be almost anywhere in the world right now.
A bold purchase that seemed like such a good idea at the time has come back to haunt me again and again. If a Super Bowl loss didn’t hurt enough, a global hunt to find an expensive and hapless memory of that miserable Sunday night only tops it off.
And so, my hunt continues. More than 120 days after Super Bowl LV, I’m still waiting for my jersey to arrive. But when he finally does, I’m not even sure I can bring myself to wear it.