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Football 2016, coming Sunday: Nearly 46 years ago, Chiefs were kings of the world

The front page of the morning Kansas City Times on Jan. 12, 1970 proclaimed the Chiefs “Champs of the world.”
The front page of the morning Kansas City Times on Jan. 12, 1970 proclaimed the Chiefs “Champs of the world.”

CHIEFS CHAMPS OF WORLD.

Could there be sweeter words for a fan of the red and gold to hear (or, in this case, read)?

That was the headline in the Jan. 12, 1970, edition of The Kansas City Times, when the city’s morning paper proclaimed Lamar Hunt’s Chiefs winners of Super Bowl IV in New Orleans by virtue of a 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

A few facts and items of note from the time:

▪ Quarterback Len Dawson was chosen MVP of the game at Tulane Stadium and would later be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

▪ The Royals had played exactly one season since their inception, and Royals Stadium (later to be known as Kauffman Stadium) wouldn’t open for another three years.

▪ Gas cost 36 cents per gallon; a copy of Sports Illustrated was 15 cents.

▪ The AMC Gremlin, at about $1,880, was among the hottest rides to own.

▪ “ABC” by the Jackson 5 and the Beatles “Let It Be” were top songs of the day.

▪ Tina Fey and Kelly Ripa were born. Janis Joplin and Vince Lombardi died.

Today, nearly 46 years later, the Chiefs and their fans are still waiting for a return visit to football’s greatest stage.

You can read about their pursuit, plus a little about the long wait, in Sunday’s “Football 2016” special section of The Kansas City Star, and on KansasCity.com. Also covered in the annual preview will be Mizzou, K-State, Kansas, other area colleges and the Metro’s 100-plus high schools.

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