Dodge City had the legends Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, and near Kansas City were the James Gang and other big name outlaws.
Then, nearly 100 years later Kansas City once again became known for its outlaws and lawmen. We had Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger and the famous Union Station Massacre where some four law officers and a fugitive criminal were gunned down. That lead to the FBI being able to carry firearms.
Yep, we were once a wild, crazy, talked about town.
That ended with all the do-gooders that followed the depression era, bibles in hand. Unfortunately, we’re still led by these boring losers and so our city fell and fell hard.
Outside of the Civella Crime Family, Kansas City went quiet in the 50′s and beyond.
Our city stopped growing and to a large extent became an amazing failure.
Hey, don’t get me wrong Kansas City is still a nice town – a great place to raise kids and be kinda normal. But we have no more true outlaws – well, maybe one…
So yes, we got old and boring, fast. Then in 1963 a Texan named Lamar Hunt brought a cast off American Football League team to Kansas City. They were called the Dallas Texans at the time but became the Kansas City Chiefs.
With Len Dawson, Otis Taylor and a young running back named Mike Garrett, this ball club climbed to the top and fast. I was a little kid when I went out to Municipal Stadium to learn the game and watch these glamorous athletes compete and WIN.
Prior to that, we were LOSERS.
All we had here were the last place Kansas City A’s and nobody talked much about Kansas City outside of town. Then the Chiefs went to the Super Bowl and…
OH MY GOD, WE WERE NATIONAL NEWS.
Next Len Dawson was implicated in a gambling ring and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson was gonna take someone’s head off. Kansas City was a big deal again and the entire city became Chiefs fans. We were cool, we were winners again.
Thank God for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Then in 1969/70 we won the world championship and were on the cover of everything – players on the TONIGHT SHOW – KC WAS BACK ON THE MAP.
That’s why the Chiefs matter.
That’s why people get mad at guys like me who get fed up and dump on our city’s treasure. The Chiefs more than anything this past century put us back on the map and we are proud because they are US.
Now we’re mad, sad and embarrassed because our beloved football team totally sucks. And because they represent all of us and we care about winning more than the players do.
And yes, they owe us – all of us. So damn right we’re pissed.
The Chiefs belong to Kansas City and we ain’t happy. The Chiefs let us hold our heads up high when we’re not in Kansas City and we want our heroes back.