Halfway True Fun Facts About the Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs started life as the Dallas Texans in 1960 as one of the original members of the American Football League. Three years later they moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs. The Chiefs may be the coolest thing to come from Dallas if you don’t count the 8 Track Museum. What, you don’t believe me? Google it my friend! The world’s only 8-track museum is in Dallas. You remember 8 tracks, or ask your parents or grand parents–it would change tracks right in the middle of the song:

Every breath you take
And every move you make
Every bond you break…

For a new team, the Chiefs were pretty good. They won the league championship three times, in 1962, 1966, and and 1969. They won Super Bowl IV in 1970 over the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in New Orleans. The Vikings were 12.5 to 13 point favorites. The Chief’s coach said they won because of their high performance diet of Kansas City Barbecue. Or that was maybe a rumor that he said that, I don’t know.

By, the way, Kansas City Barbeque was also the name of the restaurant where Goose and Maverick sing Great Balls of Fire in the movie “Top Gun.” It was also in the last scene, when the song “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” playing away on the jukebox. For the Vikings in Superbowl IV, the song was “You’ve Lost That Winning Feeling.”

When the Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City, they had a fan contest to rename the team. The owner chose “Chiefs” because that was the nickname of then Mayor Bartle. Other popular entries included Kansas City Royals, which turned out to be the name of the baseball team that began playing in 1969, and the Kansas City Mules. What? The Mules? Why not just call them the Donkeys? Then you could have Donkey ears night.

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