Déjà vu All Over Again

How about this for the coincidence of the week for the Chiefs:

Only twice in the history of the franchise has the head coach been fired while the season still had games remaining to be played. The first happened in 1977 when Paul Wiggin was fired with a 1-6 record. The second time was this week, when Todd Haley was fired with a 5-8 record.

Both Wiggin and Haley were replaced by their defensive coordinators – Tom Bettis in 1977 and Romeo Crennel in 2011.

And both of the new coaches had their first game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Green Bay Packers.

That’s the team headed for Arrowhead Stadium to face the Chiefs this Sunday. The Packers were also the visitors on November 6, 1977 when Bettis took over the full team.

Those ’77 Packers did not show up sporting a 13-0 record. That year Green Bay finished 4-10.

This connection will get really spooky if the Chiefs overcome the longest odds they’ve faced as a team in more than two decades and beat the Packers.

On November 6, 1977, the Chiefs beat the Packers 20-10. A crowd of 62,687 fans watched the Chiefs offense post a nearly 10-minute advantage in time of possession and the defense held Green Bay to 199 offensive yards.

The Chiefs had a one-yard touchdown run by RB Ed Podolak and a three-yard TD pass from QB Mike Livingston to WR Henry Marshall, along with a pair of Jan Stenerud field goals.

Podolak finished the game with 98 yards on 18 carries, while also catching four passes for 51 yards. The Chiefs defense sacked Green Bay QB Lynn Dickey three times.

After the game, Bettis announced that the game ball was going to go to a fellow in Mission with the initials P.W.

8 Responses to “Déjà vu All Over Again”

  • December 15, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Suddenly I feel better. Forgot about Livingston. Palko looks better all the time. That was Chiefs dark ages, between Stram and Marty. Two wins a year was expected and four wins was a good year. And if there were really over 62,000 fans there it meant that over half got free tickets. Parking didn’t cost $27 either. I miss Lamar.

  • December 15, 2011  - el cid says:

    Bet you remember parking in people’s yards at Met Stadium and sitting in the bleachers in center field.

  • December 15, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    You betch’em Red Ryder. Remeber everybody taking a taxi to KC A’s game because nobody wanted to drive in that part of town. Arrowhead/Kaufmam stadium returned sports to KC. Loved it then, love it still. Don’t tell anybody but I get goosebumps walking toward Arrowhead before a game.

  • December 15, 2011  - el cid says:

    Not my experience, I met OGs father as a kid, played with the boxer a Bryants, had a seat behind a Ibeam and could only see both endzones none of the middle of the field. Watched a lot of bad Athletics game, wearing a wool team warmup jacket Hank Bauer gave me (still got it) For me they were the best of times with only good memories, although I might suffer of some loss that comes with age.

  • December 15, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Yep! My family sat in the Wolf Pack Club bleachers have way up on the 25. Feels good to be sitting there at Arrowhead. I get goosebumps waiting in line to park and walking to my seats.

  • December 16, 2011  - Chuck says:

    The nostalgia is nice and all but it really means very little.

  • December 16, 2011  - Flyboy26 says:

    True enough, Chuck, but some of the best moments we humans have is remembering the good moments of the past. Some of the fun moments I remember are parking cars in the yards that el cid mentions and then sitting in the Wolf Pack bleachers on the 40yd line for some great Chiefs’ games, especially the ones we won.

  • December 16, 2011  - Terry Robinson says:

    looking at that ugly old helmet of Willie Lanier’s, that he had to use because he kept knocking himself out because he hit so hard. They didn’t have advanced enough equipment, even for the AFL/NFL in those days brings back good old memories of when the Chiefs were an ass kicking team.

    Willie came to give a speech to the Hickman Mills H.S. football team when we had a dinner for some reason. One of us asked him who the greatest football player was that he ever played against and he told us Joe Nameth.

    I remember listening to the A’s on the radio and it was so hot on summer nights and hearing Guy’s potato chips and Hamms beer comercials.

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