Scenes from Sin City: Chiefs fans stumble into enemy territory in Vegas

In a sportsbook full of Green Bay Packers fans, Jamie Doss definitely stood out at the Golden Nugget Monday night. Doss was donning a Kansas City Chiefs T-shirt, and the Wichita, Kansas, resident put his money where his fandom is.

“I’ve got the Chiefs on the moneyline – $20 to win $43,” Doss said. “I feel good.”

So did his two buddies, Mark Sanders and Matt McKenzie, with all three in town for a convention, but able to break away to the Golden Nugget’s book to soak in the atmosphere and back their Chiefs.

“We walked all over, found this place and thought, ‘This is it.’ Good TVs, they’ve got the sound on,” Doss said just a few minutes before the Monday Night Football kickoff, unbeknownst that the Golden Nugget has a reputation of being a Wisconsin book.

From left, Chiefs fans Mark Sanders, Jamie Doss and Matt McKenzie react to a Packers TD.

The Packers went off as 5.5-point chalk, but that didn’t concern Doss when he was asked how the game will unfold.

“Jamaal Charles running wild on them. He’s got to make up for last weekend,” said Doss, alluding to Charles’ final-seconds fumble that turned certain overtime into a Denver touchdown and a Chiefs loss. “Marcus Peters is gonna pick off Aaron Rodgers. It’s gonna happen tonight.”

Sanders had a $10 moneyline bet – “The Chiefs straight up, none of those points,” he said – and McKenzie followed Doss’ lead with a $20 wager.

“They’ve never lost at Lambeau Field in the regular season,” McKenzie said, noting Kansas City’s 3-0-1 record at the hallowed stadium.

As the game kicked off, it became far more apparent just how outnumbered these Chiefs fans were. Packer backers were erupting from the get-go, something Sanders – on his first-ever trip to Vegas – duly noted.

“Watching the Chiefs is awesome, no matter where I see them,” he said. “But I’d like to have a few more Chiefs fans in the house.”

All three admitted it was a nice twist to be able to wager on the game, something they can’t do back home in Wichita – at least not legally, anyway.

“It makes it a little bit more interesting,” Doss said. “Maybe I’ll root them on a little harder. At home, I’m screaming at the TV.”

Well, then, he certainly wasn’t out of place at the sportsbook, where everybody is yelling at the TV all the time. After both teams exchanged punts on their initial possessions, Green Bay got it going and ultimately put up the game’s first touchdown.

The Chiefs never got closer than seven points the rest of the way and were getting trounced 38-14 early in the fourth quarter before a couple late TDs made the score a bit more respectable. There was no Charles running wild (11 carries, 49 yards) and no Peters interception of Rodgers, who threw for five TDs and now hasn’t thrown a pick at Lambeau in his last 572 attempts – dating to Week 13 of the 2012 season.

Perhaps the Wichita contingent should have expected this outcome. After all, they were in town for a processing and packaging convention – dubbed the Pack Expo.

But it’s doubtful the loss put too much of a damper on their trip.

“As long as you’ve got cold beer, food to eat and good friends, we’re good,” Doss said.

Colin Kelly is a Las Vegas-based contributor for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @ColinPKelly29.


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