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Mark and Dana Poese booked their trip from Stewartsville, Missouri, to Las Vegas this summer. A Super Bowl win would cap a season that's taken them all over the world.
The Kansas City-area couple said their experience at last year's Super Bowl -- when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles -- gave them the inspiration to come back this year to the big game. For Mark, Chiefs fandom has been a lifelong journey since the team moved to Missouri in 1963.
"My mom and dad put up the antenna so they could reach [Jefferson] City from Kansas City," Mark Poese said. "And then on Sundays, they would get together with a couple friends."
For Dana, fandom came through watching the game with Mark, wondering about the rules of the game.
"I'd say, 'Well wait a minute, how come they let them to do that?'" Dana Poese said. "And then I'd just go back to the (news)paper. Then it would come up again and I'd go, 'Wait a minute, I thought you said...' and then I just started loving it."
Rooting for the Chiefs has not always come with easy years. Mark Poese said the emergence of Patrick Mahomes as quarterback and the status as perennial Super Bowl contenders has made life as a fan easier.
I remember one day sitting there and I realized, I might know what it's like to be a New England Patriots fan," Mark Poese said. "So, and then, here we are, four-out-of-five years, going to another one. We're getting closer."
The Poeses said their trips around the world has given them stories from many stadiums. Dana Poese pointed out the unique trip to Germany this fall as a highlight. The couple witnessed the Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins in November.
The couple traveled and saw nearly every Chiefs game. Their fandom took them to New England, Green Bay, Denver, Minneapolis, Jacksonville, etc. And of course, Arrowhead Stadium. The couple missed just the last two playoff games.
A Chiefs win in Las Vegas on Sunday would put the final stamp on their season.