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Chiefs celebrating 50 years in Kansas City

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At a time when St. Louis could be inching toward losing its second NFL franchise in less than 30 years, the other Missouri city that hosts a pro football franchise is popping the cork on a relationship that has lasted a half-century.

During a Tuesday press conference, owner Clark Hunt talked about the team’s history in Kansas City, and it’s future there.  The latter was secured by the late Lamar Hunt, who negotiated upgrades to Arrowhead Stadium during the final stages of a battle with prostate cancer.

“One of the things I remember about that time period, he was very, very sick and pulled an all-nighter with us on one of the negotiations on the lease,” Clark Hunt said, via the Associated Press.  “He did it because it was so important to him for the Chiefs to stay here another 50 years.”

Clark Hunt and the Chiefs also unveiled several fan initiatives — the ultimate of which will be (if everything happens to fall together just right) a win in the Super Bowl, a label that Lamar Hunt devised.

“It’s been a long time since Kansas City has enjoyed the celebration that goes along with winning a Super Bowl,” Clark Hunt said. “I desperately want to win the Lamar Hunt Trophy first, then go on and win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which my dad also named.”

They’re hardly favorites to win the AFC title; they’re not even favorites to win their division.  But the beauty of the month of May is that every team can plausibly piece together a string of “what ifs” that would result in a berth in the playoffs.  And as we’ve learned over the last several years, a berth in the playoffs can become a Super Bowl win, even if the team is the fifth or sixth seed.

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15 Responses to “Chiefs celebrating 50 years in Kansas City”
  1. moelester says: May 16, 2012 3:17 AM

    Meanwhile the rest of the NFL celebrates their 49 years of mediocracy. Thanks Chiefs! For never being a team to worry about!!

  2. straightfromthedonkeysmouth says: May 16, 2012 4:19 AM

    MY HUSBAND IS A CHIEF’S FAN AND I’M A BRONCO FAN. POPPING BOTTLES FOR 50 YEARS WITH ONLY 2 TRIPS TO THE SUPERBOWL AND ONE WIN IS THEIR REALLY ANY CAUSE TO CELEBRATE OR TO REGURGITATE……….LOL, SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE BRONCO FAN RIGHT!!!! LAST BUT NOT LEAST COME GET YOUR TITLE BACK CAUSE WE HAVE IT AND LET’S SEE IF YOU CAN PUT UP 7 PTS AND WIN AGAIN @BFLOWERS24 FROM LITTLE ANDREA’S MOTHER :) NOW POP THAT.

  3. joetoronto says: May 16, 2012 4:25 AM

    “Celebrating 50 years of cheapness in Kansas City”

  4. wtfchiefs says: May 16, 2012 7:08 AM

    As a chief fan, I question exactly what there is to celebrate? Am I supposed to feel all warm and fuzzy? No playoff wins since 1993 Clark!!!!!

  5. hornbuckle says: May 16, 2012 7:17 AM

    Good for them.

  6. selldannysell says: May 16, 2012 8:24 AM

    @straightfromthedonkeysmouth: Sadly, all those years as a Broncos fan hasn’t taught you proper grammar nor how to type without using the Caps Lock button.

    Congratulations to the Chiefs and good luck this season.

  7. mrgdawg says: May 16, 2012 8:24 AM

    Whats with the Chiefs Hate? They are one of the Original franchises. The AFC championship is named after their founder and was instrumental in making the NFL what it is today. In the 90’s there wasnt a tougher place to play then KC. “The Sea of RED” was deadly.
    Chiefs will win the AFC west this year!

  8. chuckxx says: May 16, 2012 8:32 AM

    Iam with “wtfchiefs” comment from above. What is there to celebrate???? They never win the big ones when it really counts.

  9. selldannysell says: May 16, 2012 8:47 AM

    Haven’t, that is!

  10. wtfpft says: May 16, 2012 8:58 AM

    And almost 20 years without a playoff win. Impressive!

  11. schmitty2 says: May 16, 2012 9:43 AM

    moelester says:May 16, 2012 3:17 AM

    Meanwhile the rest of the NFL celebrates their 49 years of mediocracy. Thanks Chiefs! For never being a team to worry about!!

    ummmm…huh?

  12. yelix says: May 16, 2012 10:32 AM

    @straightfromthedonkeysmouth

    The Broncos have been blown out of four Super Bowls and only won their two with the assistance of salary cap violations.

  13. bamaboy3023 says: May 16, 2012 11:08 AM

    They have had more downs than ups , but with this defense the chiefs have built , Good WR’s, good, running game an improved OL ,if they can find stability at the QB position watch out for the CHIEFS!

  14. jbaxt says: May 16, 2012 11:34 AM

    So what team is the favorite in the west??? The Raiders with Palmer and a strong running game, the Broncos with Manning if healthy, will the Chargers actually play to their potential, or a healthy, maybe best overall Chiefs team that had multiple injuries last year.

    Since the writer says the Chiefs “aren’t” the favorite, who is?

  15. nosmak40 says: May 16, 2012 8:48 PM

    I think moelester meant “mediocrity”. Geez, I think I lose 20 iq points every time I read a comment on here. Seriously, you Raider fans have to stop inbreeding..

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