It’s been a lifetime since I’ve been welcome at Arrowhead…
Carl Peterson and I were mortal enemies for the last l5 years, so my being invited there was rare to say the least. But now Peterson’s gone and I’m still alive and kicking. So my pal, former Chiefs running back Ted McKnight invited me to the kickoff Alumni Party at Arrowhead Saturday Night. I went. Ted felt it was time to mend fences. I’ve never had any issues with players or coaches, just Carl.
But when you get right down to it, who didn’t have a problem with Carl Peterson?
So I’m glad I went. I took the Mermaid, Debbie – she loves the Chiefs – and she looked great!
We had a ball. Saw so many of my running mates from the 90’s and before. One guy my age, who looks even younger than me, is Art Still. Man, he looks no older than 35 and is in fantastic shape. He’s almost too thin to have been a Hall of Fame (Chiefs) defensive end, but that’s exactly what he was.
Art and I were pals in Westport in the late 90’s through the mid 2000’s. A sweet person and a good friend, he got very family oriented in the 2000’s and well, I wasn’t, so we quite hanging out. He almost became a Stanford’s manager in comedy at one point.
Another one of my favorite Marty-Ball guys, Anthony Davis was there. He and I once dated the same gal who worked in Westport. And maybe the best Chiefs tight end ever besides Tony G, Walter White, was the first Chief I went bar hopping with. Even went to Chapman’s with him. Yep, those were fun days but they’re gone now.
KMBC TV anchor Larry Moore was the master of ceremonies. We talked at length. He said Len Dawson wouldn’t be there.
"Lenny sure missed Bill Grigsby hosting these events," Moore said. "What a guy – what a character."
Then Moore laughed and said, "It’s odd not having a Glazer in the news each week."
Also there was the "meanest man in pro football," Conrad Dobler. Dobler was never a Chief, he was a St. Louis Cardinal, but he lives in KC. Conrad and I did many radio shows back when he did sports talk on KCMO AM. Now he’s basically just a nice person who has nine leg operations but looks pretty darn good.
Then there were the Super Bowl Chiefs, Ed Lothamer, Ed Budde and more. Lothamer has been one of the most financially successful Chiefs, a multmillionaire for sure. Other players of note included Mark Collins, who has two super bowl rings with the Giants.
It was bitter sweet to see many of my heroes aging.
Maybe a tougher feeling of how long it had been since the Chiefs were a great team that ruled the NFL in my childhood with Hank Stram, Dawson, Otis Taylor and the rest of the crew. The 69/70 Chiefs Super Bowl team was no doubt one of the all-time best NFL (AFL at the time) teams that ever played. We even forget that they didn’t win their division in ’69. They were the first wild card team to win a Super Bowl. Oakland won the division that year, we went on the road as an underdog and beat the Jets and Oakland. Then the Chiefs followed it up with a big win over the Vikings in Super Bowl Four.
I hope one day the Chiefs can regain that pride and organization. Time will tell.
In any case, it was nice to revisit the ONCE GREAT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS.