Tales From the Kansas City Chiefs Sideline

Beginning with their founding as the Dallas Texans of the American Football League in 1960, the Kansas City Chiefs have been one of professional football’s most storied franchises. In Tales from the Kansas City Chiefs Sideline, veteran sportswriter Bob Gretz brings the team’s rich history to life.

Gretz begins with the Chiefs’ visionary, 27-year-old owner Lamar Hunt, who founded not only a team but an entire league. After the Texans won the AFL championship in 1962, Hunt moved the team out of his hometown to Kansas City. Two Super Bowl appearances as the representative of the AFL culminated in a Chiefs’ championship in 1970, despite being a double-digit underdog to the Minnesota Vikings. It would be the final game featuring an AFL team, as the Chiefs and nine other teams merged with the NFL. Gretz covers the battles leading up to the merger along with the high and low points in team history—the lean years (1972–88); the “Carl and Marty” era, when the team made the play-offs in six consecutive seasons; the “Joe and Marcus” show of 1993; the dismal 2008 season; and the team’s 2013 renewal under Andy Reid and John Dorsey.

Tales from the Kansas City Chiefs Sideline is a must-have for any Chiefs fan and will be available in September. The book can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Good Bye And Thank You

The day has come to say goodbye to bobgretz.com.

Over the last seven years, I’ve tried to bring you in-depth coverage of the Chiefs and the NFL. More often than not, I think the site provided clear and informative posts and always welcomed the participation of readers. Many of you have been with the site since those early days in training camp at River Falls, Wisconsin back in July 2008. Many of you have watched the site and my life go through many stages. The encouragement you provided was a gift I never took for granted. Even complaints and disagreements taught me something. Without a doubt, the readers of bobgretz.com proved to be the most intelligent followers of football that I’ve ever been around. You guys have also been very sane, if it’s possible for anyone that’s a Chiefs fan to maintain their sanity.

bobgretz.com was a good idea, but there are landfills around the world filled with good ideas. I keep reading about all these folks that have made millions – billions even – from the Internet. Obviously my skills as a businessman leave something to be desired because the site never came close to breaking even. Closing down should have been done several years ago, but I was having too much fun. Then, the site became an escape for me during a heart-breaking time in 2013-14.

It’s now time for me to grow up and find a real job. Attending sporting events so I could talk and write about games and the people involved didn’t seem like such a tough job. It’s been so much fun hiding out in the toy department of life, from watching Jim Kelly quarterback his East Brady High School team against Brookville High School back in the late 1970s, to spending time at the Chiefs most recent mini-camp – those are bookends and what happened in between was a great ride.

Speaking of books – wasn’t that a great segway! — Tales from the Kansas City Chiefs Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Chiefs Stories Ever Told will be available later this summer. You can pre-order right now on Amazon.com. Plus, I have another book in development as they say. I think you’ll like that one as well. There will be other news later this month that should be of interest to the bobgretz.com family. Stay tuned; the site will remain up for a while, but eventually will go dark. I’m not sure when but before the summer is over.

Special thanks to Dan Israel whose help made the site possible technically and provided advice and support from day one. Thanks to Enrique Siu our correspondent from Puebla, Mexico. What a huge Chiefs fan and one intelligent man. Thanks to Chiefs public relations folks, as directors Bob Moore and Ted Crews, along with their staffs always treated me with respect. That’s all an Internet scribe can ask for in this crazy 21st Century world of the media.

I’m not disappearing completely . . . you’ll be able to find me starting in training camp on chiefsdigest.com. I think you’ll enjoy the product that Herbie Teope is putting out on a daily basis. He’s a hard working guy, with his boots on the ground at Chiefs headquarters on a daily basis. I’ll be doing a few pieces each week. Here’s a link to the site.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Your humble Internet servant,

Bob Gretz

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