Packers themselves beat us in the first
half, then the Packers and the Packer myth
beat us in the second." - - Kansas City
defensive tackle Jerry Mays.
scene was finally set for the playing of a
football game in search of a name of its own
and an identity. After the historic
announcement of the merger of the two
football leagues, after weeks of bickering,
bargaining and ballyhoo, it was finally
almost Game Time.
Bay had arrived in Los Angeles the Friday
before the game. "If we lose it won't be
because of our physical condition or the
field. KC will just beat us,"said Vince
is Super Morning of Super Sunday,” announced
veteran Max McGee. “We are all going out to
the Super Bowl and I am a Super End.”
11:00 A.M. sharp, the Packers packed and
poised and feeling some pressure for the big
game, took their seats on the chartered bus
taking leave of their Sheraton-West Hotel.
All was in order for the trip to the
Coliseum. Writers who covered the team
hustled about to get seats.
last one to come aboard the bus was Coach
Vince Lombardi. He settled in, front seat,
right side. The bus doors were shut. The bus
began to slowly move out.
a minute,” the Packer boss told the
Standing up, moving into the aisle, Lombardi
called for the attention of his players. And
then he broke into a muted soft shoe dance.
coach, go!” some players encouraged him.
Lombardi explained that he did what he did
to loosen things up. “They were too tight,”
he said. (Maranis, 394)
CURRY: it was bright and sunny and that
seemed strange at that time of year. Getting
on the bus it struck me: everybody is
behaving just like they always do. The
players were not the least bit taken aback
by all the stuff that went on. Nobody
behaved any differently than normal. There
was normal joshing by the ones who tended to
be funny like Hornung.
was hung over. We didn’t know at the time
that he had been out all night, but he made
that very clear later. There were some
chuckles about that. There was some
couple of guys on the bus were discussing
the selection for the Pro Bowl which was
always a big deal to the players. Somebody
was chosen, somebody wasn’t. I remember
Forrest Greg saying, “Gosh, I never played
very well in those things.”
wanted to say, “Yeah, but you’ve been in 10
in a row, Forrest!” I’m just sitting there
listening to all of this.
LANE: Going to the game there were a
couple of buses. In those days the local
media were invited to travel with us. We had
a number of people from our executive
committee along. We were a very tight group.
It was an awful lot riding on that game, and
I think everybody had a great deal of
confidence that we could win the ballgame,
but there was pressure.
foggy Sunday morning in Long Beach greeted
the Kansas City Chiefs players who stood
around the bus, some hugging wives.
Chiefs were set to go directly from their
Long Beach hotel to the Coliseum.
the ride to Los Angeles,” Hank Stram said,
“the team was quiet and preoccupied. Each
player was afraid of the game, of coming
into the presence of greatness-- the Green
playing for every player, coach, official
who has ever been in the AFL,” Stram had
told his team. “We have a strong purpose."
They had heard this message many times
Los Angeles Times assigned four
photographers to the contest, three to work
the sidelines with 35 millimeter black and
white film in their cameras while a fourth
to operate from an overhead perch and shoot
with 70 millimeter black and white film
game would be broadcast over Armed Forces TV
in Vietnam at one in the morning. Beer,
snacks and rifles were at the ready as
troops settled in to enjoy the game.
Maximum effort had been expended decorating
the field of play at the gigantic Los
Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Ground for the
impressive structure was broken on December
21, 1921. It opened May 1, 1923 on 18
acres in the architectural style of art
Coliseum had been the scene of all manner of
events. Now it was set for the football game
of all football games. At the 50-yard line,
a large brown football capped with a crown
of gold was the central motif. The NFL
insignia in blue and the AFL in red were on
each side of the football. “Packers” was
spelled out in green on a gold background
with the NFL insignia on each side of the
west end zone. The east zone bore the word
“Chiefs” in red on a gold background, the
AFL insignia on each side.
Members of the NFL since 1921, the Green Bay
Packers were founded in 1919 by George
Whitney Calhoun and Earl
Curly Lambeau. The Indian
Packing Company provided $500 for
uniforms and equipment in return for the
team being named for its sponsorship. That
was how Green Bay “Packers," the oldest
franchise name used in the NFL, originated.
Pack on that lovely California day featured
players like Robinson and Starr, Taylor and
Kramer, Hornung, Gregg, Nitschke and Wood.
They were the champions, the front runners
in the NFL since the first week of the
season, a season in which they lost just two
games. Clad in forest green jerseys with
piping on the sleeves of gold and white,
bright yellow pants, the Packers wore one of
the most famous uniforms in all of sports.
MCNUTT, III: The Packers wore the home
colors. They were designated the home team.
The Kansas City uniform was fabulous, all
white with the red helmets and the black
Chiefs featured Dawson and Garrett, Holub
and Bell, Williamson and Buchanan. The age
of their starters was 26 years old with 4.9
years of experience in pro football. There
were players on Green Bay had played
together for a longer time than the Kansas
City franchise had been in professional
football. Green Bay starters on average were
28.4 years old with seven years average
experience pro football. Number 5 Byran
Bartlett Starr was already a four year
veteran when the American Football League
came to be. The affable but totally
business-like southerner was in solidly in
charge as starting quarterback for Green
Bay. He called the plays, not Vince
Lombardi. He was the consummate pro.
OLDERMAN: The Chiefs on average were bigger,
slightly faster and younger than the
Packers. Of the 23 regulars on the offensive
and defensive platoons of Green Bay – 11
were 30 years old or more. On offense Green
Bay averaged 29.1 years per man, with an
average of 7.8 years’ experience. The Chiefs
offensively averaged 26.1 years per player.
Packers in 1966 finished first in their NFL
West Division with a 12—2 record. Their
defense had allowed a league low 163 points.
Their offense had scored 335 points, fourth
out of 15 teams in the NFL. They had eked
out a tough win over Dallas in the NFL
Chiefs had posted an 11-2-1 record, finished
first in the AFL West, scored 448 points
tops in the nine team AFL, allowed 276
points, second in the league and shredded
Buffalo in their championship game.
Chiefs were the best team in the AFL.
Packers were the best football team in a
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