The Patrick Mahomes-lead Kansas City Chiefs are, to some’s delight and many others’ dismay, quickly approaching the status of the National Football League’s next dynasty. Whilst they are certainly not at the level of the New England Patriots over the course of the first two decades of the millennium, who ruled the AFC with an iron fist, they have certainly been the league’s most dominant team over the past half decade.
Why Has Patrick Mahomes Turned Into The NFL’s Villain?
And as we all know, with vast success comes glory, yes, but also jealousy and anger from rival fanbases who resent the Chiefs for hogging all the AFC Championship appearances (they have been to 6 straight), whilst the majority of the AFC have been to none over that period.
When our team is not winning, or indeed, not THE ONE winning, we as people love an underdog story (for the most part). We like to see people go up against the big favorites and defy all the odds to come up with a reason-defying victory.
It’s why so many non-Lions fans were gutted when Detroit gave up a 17 point half-time lead to eventually succumb to overwhelming favorites and perennial contenders, the San Francisco 49ers.
Patrick Mahomes Playing An Unfamiliar Role
Per ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Mahomes seems to be unfazed with his new ‘role’ in NFL lore, despite it being very much new to him.
When I sat down with Patrick Mahomes recently ahead of the Super Bowl, I asked him if he senses that he’s become a bit of a villain to other fan bases. His answer, specifically his comparison to the Patriots, was a pretty honest assessment: “I can definitely sense it. I never…
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 5, 2024
Mahomes is right; as mentioned above, if you keep winning and crushing the dreams of long suffering (or even short suffering) franchises, you will eventually become public enemy number 1 for the entire NFL.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Next Dynasty?
Ultimately, as Mahomes mentions above, if you are going to keep doing well, you have to eventually adopt the anti-hero, antagonist cape.
And it seems like, whilst not something Mahomes has dealt with too much, being the ‘good boy’ of the media juxtaposed with his headline-making, controversial brother and rowdy wife, has come to its end for Mahomes, and he can now relish in the life of the dream-crusher, something that will undoubtedly be music to Chiefs fans’ ears.