Super Bowl I

Today, people all over the world will participate in the time honored traditions surrounding the Super Bowl… watch the game (and commercials) with family and friends, and eat…. my tradition since Super Bowl I.

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Super Bowl I is indelibly imprinted in my brain, even though I was only 9 years old at the time.  It pitted my team, the Kansas City Chiefs, against the reigning World Champions… the big dogs… the Green Bay Packers.

Our whole family (a rather large family with 6 kids) gathered around the old black and white TV, ate s’mores (a “new” taste treat in 1967) and watched the Packers defeat the Chiefs.

That is what I remember…. family, eating, TV… and then the utter disappointment because my team lost.

It is easy, with 20/20 hindsight vision, to see with clarity how amazing this game was, and these two teams were.

There were no less than 17 future NFL Hall of Fame members on the field for that first Super Bowl!  Here is a list of players (and links to their HOF page) from each of these teams that are now enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame:

Kansas City Chiefs:

Green Bay Packers

Now for some editorial comment…

There are two glaring exceptions to this list – #64 Jerry Kramer from the Packers, and #89 Otis Taylor from the Chiefs.

Jerry Kramer was a six-time All-Pro (five first-team honors) at right guard and also went to three Pro Bowls and was on the NFL All-Decade team for the 1960s.

In addition to all that, Kramer was named as a member of the NFL’s 50th anniversary team in 1969. Kramer is the only member of that team not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Jerry Kramer was a member of 5 NFL championship teams and 2 Super Bowl championship squads.

Otis Taylor, Wide Receiver for the Chiefs from 1965-1975, was one of the best and most exciting wide receivers of his era. Taylor was part of two championship teams, numerous playoff teams, and selected to the Pro Bowl 3 times.  His TD catch in Super Bowl IV sealed the Lombardi Trophy for the Chiefs in 1970. Taylor led the AFL in receiving touchdowns in 1967, and led the NFL in receiving yards in 1971.

Great players… great coaches…. great memories…

Enjoy the game – be safe.

Remember – You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

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Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear

The idiom says you can’t do it…. “You Can’t Make a Silk Purse out of a Sow’s (pig’s) Ear”.  You can’t make something very good out of something very bad.  I guess the opposite would be “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.   So which is true?  Based on my experience today, you CAN make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  I drank some delicious “lemonade”.

Today with friends and relatives visiting, the whole group ventured to the West Bottoms of Kansas City to partake of the monthly experience of thrift shop/ flea market/ antique shopping.  This is not one of my favorite ways to spend a beautiful spring Saturday.  I was definitely anticipating a “sow’s ear” type of day.

photo 1 copyAt the very first antique store we went popped in, there it was … the “silk purse“.  It was a program from the 1957 (my birth year – yesterday was my birthday!) 24th Annual All-Star Football Game.  The College All-Stars were playing the World Champion New York Giants.  This program was a treasure to me for several reasons.  Two of the Giant assistant coaches this season were Offensive Coordinator Vince Lombardi, and Defensive Coordinator Tom Landry.  In less than three years Lombardi would be leading the Green Bay Packers and Landry the Dallas Cowboys in what would be Hall of Fame coaching careers for both men.

Playing for the All Star team were the likes of future Hall of Famers Len Dawson (Chiefs) from Purdue, John Brodie (49ers) from Stanford, Jim Brown (Browns) from Syracuse, and Paul Hornung (Packers) from Notre Dame.  Paul Wiggin from Stanford, who would later become the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs played in the game as well.

I snatched up the program immediately and have since flipped through the entire 152 pages.  By the way, the Giants won the 1957 game 22-12.

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Attitude is everything.  It was a great, “silk purse” day with family and friends thrift shop/ flea market/ antique shopping.

Questions and Comments are always welcome

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com