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


38 Responses to “Good Bye And Thank You”

  • July 14, 2015  - cychief24 says:

    Bob.. I’m happy you will still be around contributing to Chiefs digest. I’ll definitely follow you there. I hope you find something that supplements your income to continue writing about our Chiefs. Count on me to order 2 of your books.
    Take care!


  • July 14, 2015  - ObscureDave says:

    Having already thanked Bob for his tireless efforts, I want to now thank all of my fellow subscribers for your bountiful comments, analysis and just plain loyalty to our Chiefs. You have all contributed to enhancing my enjoyment of our addictive pastime.

    I think this may be a very special year for our team. Let’s hope I am right and we can still get a weekly fix from our favorite Chiefs scribe, Bob Gretz.

    Thanks again for every post from all of you.

    God bless.


  • July 14, 2015  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Sorry, I must have read this post before a reply link popped up. Please see my reply on the Stabler post.


  • July 14, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Holy Crap, Bob, I am going to miss you. I have depended upon you for Chief information. I have enjoyed the interaction of comments. The sharing of Chief fanship.

    Oh, Hell, I’m going to miss your readers.

    It’s like being in the Air Force and being transferred. Good friends never to be seen again.

    Most of all I will miss your insight. You might still share but it will not be like here.

    You were every day my first site to check and, at the end of the day, my last.

    We DO what we have to DO. Thank you for what you DID.


  • July 14, 2015  - KC_Guy says:

    Bob,

    thanks for the ride. Good times. Well, most of it. It was fun to read the background info you often provided witrh your historical knowledge of the team and the individuals that builtit at a time when I even didn’t know how to spell football.

    Thanks for seven joyful years.

    Wherever you may go – fair winds and following seas.


  • July 15, 2015  - PAChiefsFan says:

    Bob,

    It was with great sadness that I received your email the other day and now reading your farewell note.

    Here in northwestern Pennsylvania football news does not include the Chiefs. You were my lifeline for Chiefs stuff. I truly enjoyed all your work in providing the best coverage of the Chiefs available.

    I understand how life sometimes forces change on us whether we want it to or not. I wish you all the best as you move forward. Thanks for a job well done.

    Go Chiefs!


  • July 15, 2015  - aPauled says:

    Best wishes on your future endeavors Bob. I look forward to reading your books and articles on chiefsdigest.com. God’s continued blessings!


  • July 15, 2015  - Ernie Barney says:

    As a long time reader and subscriber: Thanks for all the great reads and insight Bob! Your’s was the voice of reason in the internet chaos. The Chiefs season won’t be the same without bobgretz.com. Best wishes and I look forward to your upcoming books and articles.


  • July 15, 2015  - jimbo says:

    Well Bob. Since you are simply changing ships and upgrading from one that leaked to one that sails into the sunset each night. I would like to congratulate you for wising up and let somebody else sign your paychecks. We have not lost a friend. We have not lost the in depth coverage or subtle humor.

    Chiefs Digest has just gotten better and they will have a significant increase in web traffic, comments and spot on reporting and analysis.

    Thanks for banging the drum the last 8 years Bob. A great man was quoted as saying “Free, Free at last”. Enjoy.

    It’s been great being part of your family. Thank You.

    Before signing off for the last time. I want to thank all you fellow commenters. It’s been a great ride and I appreciate all the stories and opinions you have shared. You have made me laugh and made me think. You are the ones I am going to miss. It’s been great… Happy Trails.

    Go Chiefs.


  • July 15, 2015  - DanO says:

    As a first day subscriber to Bobgretz.com, I will truly miss this site as well as the camaraderie of all the posters! It’s been a great ride! I’m glad Bob will still be doing some writing about our chiefs. I look forward to reading his insight on Chiefs Digest. This could be the year!!


  • July 15, 2015  - DanO says:

    HOUSTON SIGNS!! 6 years $101 mil!


  • July 15, 2015  - Redcross says:

    For the sake of brevity I will not regurgitate Johnfromwichita and jimbo’s fine comments as they must have been reading my mind when they wrote. I will keep you in my prayers and wait with bated breath for your next article on the digest. All the Lord’s best to you Bob.


  • July 15, 2015  - Enrique Siu says:

    This deserves a good sendoff, don’t you think?


  • July 15, 2015  - txchief says:

    Bob, no “goodbye.” Just until we meet again! I’d love to have a send off for the site, and I’ll drive up from Dallas if it’s on a weekend. Hell, I’ll pay the bar tab, and I’m serious!!!


  • July 15, 2015  - Enrique Siu says:

    I was thinking abour a different kind of sendoff, txchief, but yours sounds better nonetheless


  • July 15, 2015  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I posted some comments on the earlier article but want to join in the chorus of others who have said all I want to say better than I could. I’ll follow Bob on Chiefs Digest and wherever else his talent takes him. I’ll miss all of my fellow Chiefs Nation Amigos as well. It has been an educational experience as well as a lot of fun and at least in my case proved you actually can teach an old dog new tricks. It’s been a hell of a ride and I’m thankful to have been along for the trip. With Houston in the fold and training camp just around the corner this is it. This is the time for our Chiefs to make their move. Goodbye friends and Go Chiefs! P.S. Enrique, I think I can speak for others in asking what you have in mind for a send off.


  • July 15, 2015  - Enrique Siu says:

    Wait and see, johnfromfairfax…


  • July 15, 2015  - txchief says:

    Enrique, what’s the plan? I don’t think it would be a proper send off for Bob’s website unless the cops were called.


  • July 15, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    How about a tailgate before a game? I’ll bring my friend bigjimfromwiscon and Sam Adams.

    Damn, going to miss this place.


  • July 16, 2015  - ChuckXX says:

    Bob; As I said in my email to you I too am going to miss you and your great writings. Take Care. Still hope to meet you someday my friend.


  • July 16, 2015  - Enrique Siu says:

    Like I said to johnfromfairfax, txchief, wait and see…


  • July 16, 2015  - Niblick says:

    I also posted an earlier comment. I too like all of you will miss this site. I’m going to check Chiefs Digest daily to pick up some of Bob’s articles. I too am wondering about the send off for Bob’s website.


  • July 16, 2015  - TimR says:

    Bob,

    Thanks so much for all you have given to us to enhance our Chiefs experience. It has been truly valued and appreciated over the years. We’ve benefited greatly from your experience, exposure and insight. This site will be truly missed.


  • July 16, 2015  - KC_Guy says:

    Folks,

    as Chiefs Digest does not provide the opportunity to exchange thoughts (yet) – how about having a peek here:

    http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=22

    No Bob though I’m afraid, but a bunch of dedicated Chiefs fans.


  • July 16, 2015  - kc arrowhead says:

    It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve always respected your work, Bob. Wish you all the best, and I’ll be looking for your stuff at Chiefs Digest. Also looking forward to reading the books.


  • July 19, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Every one. We are in N44/45. Come say hi.


  • July 19, 2015  - ObscureDave says:

    JFW,

    How will we recognize you? Vehicle? Sedgwick County plates? Peyton Hillis jersey?

    Thanks.

    Dave


  • July 20, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Dave: Gray Chevy Traverse/ Yes/ No. Priest Holmes/

    Instead of bread crumbs, follow the empty Sam Adams bottles.


  • July 21, 2015  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    I’ve sent my goodbye to Bob already when his email came thru. I will miss this site immensely.

    I want to say THANKS to all of you. Others have said it better, but I will miss our dialogue here on all things, especially the Chiefs. It’s been great to read what everyone writes, whether I agree or not. The flow of ideas and opinions was cool, with very little troll-age (RTT was shot out back, behind the barn).

    JohnfromWichita, I’ve still got your info and I’ll be in touch next time I’m down that way.

    ObscureDave, … Peyton Hillis jersey … that cracked me up. By the way, you can easily find JohnfromWichita in the parking lot. He’s the one in the red jersey. ;p

    Best to all of you, until we “meet” again.

    Go CHIEFS!


  • July 23, 2015  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    I can’t leave this place.

    2 items:
    1) Jamal Charles is the Hallmark Stores’ KC Chiefs ornament this year (2015), coming in October. I am only collecting the KC Chiefs ornaments, for those questioning my membership in the Manly Man Club.

    2) How do I get an autographed copy of the book, Bob? I have my annual dues for this site available for payment.

    Go CHIEFS!


  • July 31, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    BigJim, anytime.

    Dave, Peyton Hillis? Just hit me. I now understand. No.


  • August 1, 2015  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I’m with you Dave, BigJim and JFW. Although I would have expected an Abner Haynes or Mike Garret jersey… Or maybe MacArthur Lane or John Brockington? Personally, I think Ed Podolak would have been more appropriate. Yeah, this was fun.


  • August 1, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    John, maybe Garret. That little guy had guts and desire. Needed a little more size.

    But Podolak? Not likely. Remember that longest game ever with the Florida Fish? He had gained like 30 yards on one play and needed 20 more for the win. No one in front of him. He dropped the damn ball. One play kept him out of the HOF and pissed me off forever.

    I pride myself on not holding grudges, but I’m surprised that I’m the only one booing when, at half time, he gets introduced.

    Sorry. But a ball designed to be easy to hold gets dropped? In the open. No jersey for him in this family.


  • August 2, 2015  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I had forgotten all about that play JFW. I actually had stomach pains after that game (because of that game) and didn’t shake the blues for a long time. Podolak had a great game despite that play and if you’re gonna hold it against him you have to do the same with Stenerud, who missed two game winners as I recall. I forgave both of them even though we had nearly two decades of futility after that season. Now I’m pulling for that little Taylor kid to make the team.


  • August 2, 2015  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Oh well, just saw they cut him. And the wheel goes round and round.


  • August 2, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    JFF. Can not tell you the pain that game and next twenty years caused. Stenerud also blew it.

    We probably take this football crap too serious.

    Sam Adams is so much more fun.


  • August 3, 2015  - johnfromfairfax says:

    And a lot less expensive. Take care my friend.


  • August 3, 2015  - Niblick says:

    Just a final post from me. It is great that Eric Berry is back and able to practice fully. I would have been ecstatic if he just made an appearance at Chiefs camp let alone a full recovery. He’s an amazing individual who beat the odds. Nothing but the best for him.

    I’ll miss this site and all of the posts from all of you. Best of luck to all of you and lets ‘Go Chiefs’.




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