My dad took me to games when the Chiefs got here in 1963, I was a little kid and didn’t understand the game at all, but I learned fast and became a huge fan by the time KC was in that first Super Bowl in 1966.
Nobody much in my school cared about the Chiefs back then. They were not a big deal at all.
It was even hard to read much on them in the newspaper and just here and there in Sports Illustrated. By the time the Chiefs reached Super Bowl some people in KC were pretty into it, but nothing like today.
A couple years later I went to a party after the game outdoors near the Plaza and maybe 5,000 fans were there…AFTER WE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Boy how things have changed, huh?
Our Red Fridays in Westport had bigger crowds than the Super Bowl bash of 1970.
The Chiefs and the Raiders ruled the AFL and the early AFC.
The teams hated each other and those games were THE Sunday afternoon delight of the late 60’s and early 70’s.
The Chiefs were of course led by Len Dawson, Otis Taylor and defenders like Bobby Bell and Johnny Robinson. We were always one player away from winning it all until we found cornerback James Marcellus in 1969. He was the one guy needed to give us a championship, put us over the top. He’s now forgotten by most fans sadly.
Who can save our Chiefs today?
But hey, I’m a fan just like you. I want us to do well. However, I have to write what’s going on good and bad.
Right now we all see our Chiefs at 6-2 and way better than expected before the season. In fact, that might be a big issue today.
Our front office didn’t plan for a Super Bowl run this year, did they?
Andy Reid, Clark Hunt and crew decided to wait til next year as K would say. We put all our draft eggs in one basket with QB Pat Mahomes. We didn’t have many draft picks left after trading up for Pat. The Chiefs dumped Dontari Poe, over money, and likely wanted a future upgrade there in the middle of the D line.
Now we have nobody and he was better than average in plugging the middle.
In other words, it was about sacrificing this year for next.
Next we traded for nobody really and bought nobody to improve a poor, aging, wounded defense. Now we are amongst the leagues worst defenses. The Chiefs are ranked 30th and are horrid. Anyone can run on us.
In fact, passing on us is pretty open as well – just ask Oakland.
With Dallas this Sunday, oh brother.
Now they got Ezekiel Elliot back, so that’s not good.
He could bust 200 yards on the ground against our absent D line and no linebacker corp.
The other mystery is simple, the trade deadline ended this past week and the Chiefs did zero while in contention and desperate for defensive and offensive line help.
I’d hire KU left tackle over Eric Winston right now – ha.
Maybe all this has something to do with John Dorsey leaving?
I’d love to see our team in real post season contention for the Super Bowl, I truly would. I used to live and die with the Chiefs through the Marty era, then reality set in,
It’s not the end of the world.
It’s not that important in our real lives folks, it’s just not.
We don’t play pro football; we don’t get paid to be fans or go to games. We pay them and boy do we.
Our city isn’t really measured by our sports teams is it?
No, I mean it’s nice to have them, but win or lose our city economy isn’t affected much by the team’s ups and downs.
Most NFL history has a short life span in the real world.
America sees the Chiefs as a generally good franchise that just can’t get to a Super Bowl, but does make the playoffs. We have never had a real super star NFL player here, some great ones like Dawson and Otis Taylor but no Joe Montana‘s..
Damn, we had Joe , but…
So lets enjoy the games, be glad the Chiefs are in the mix, hope for the best and maybe someone will step up and save our season. It could be Alex Smith or Tyreek Hill, maybe Marcus Peters or perhaps a lesser known player.
Hey, it’s just a game, we don’t play we just watch.