EDITORIAL: All hail the chiefs, hold on to your wallets

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Feb. 12—All hail the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was an amazing run for Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and rest of the team this season.

It was an amazing Super Bowl game too — one of the greatest.

Can the Chiefs do it again next year? Can they become the first team to three-peat a Super Bowl?

We think so.

Travis Kelce seemed to indicate that is what he's chasing too.

Oddsmakers favor the San Francisco 49ers next year in New Orleans, but a lot of it will depend on what happens during the off-season.

That said, we fear Sunday's Super Bowl victory for the Chiefs — their third in five years — will make it that much harder for Missouri lawmakers and elected leaders to turn down state funding to support the plans of the professional sports teams in Kansas City.

Both the Royals and the Chiefs have committed to staying in Kansas City if voters up there approve in April a sale tax renewal for stadiums. The Royals want a new downtown stadium. The Chiefs want to renovate GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, which is more than 50 years old.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson did not put any state money into the upcoming state budget for these projects, preferring to see how things play out in April, but a number of reports indicate he supports state funding once some details are ironed out.

Keep in mind that Parson has a red-and-gold tattoo with the number 57 on it, which coincides with him being the state's 57th governor but also with the fact that the Chiefs won Super Bowl 57 (and now 58).

We have never believed subsidizing professional teams with state dollars was a good business practice or good public policy.

Considering where the NFL is going — streaming games for a price — what we're heading for is subsidizing games we won't be able to watch unless we cough up more money for it.

That makes the Chiefs, the 49ers and the NFL the winners, no matter the scores, and the rest of us the losers.

We hope the Chiefs hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy in New Orleans next February.

We believe in them; we believe they could.

But as far as turning over state tax dollars to some pro teams ... punt that.