46 years ago today: Packers 35 Chiefs 10 in Super Bowl I
It had never happened before, an NFL champ taking on the best of the upstart AFL.
Then came January 15, 1967. Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers represented the old guard, while Hank Stram's Kansas City Chiefs bore the standard for football's junior circuit.
No one knew what to expect. Even Lombardi was nervous, feeling the pressure of an entire league that didn't want the suffer the indignity of losing to what the old guard considered an inferior product.
The Packers prevailed--it was close until halftime--with admittedly hung-over Max McGee having the game of his life.
All seemed right with pro football, at least if you were an NFL fan.
The AFL would absorb one more Super Bowl thumping as the Packers routed the Raiders a year later but they'd score one of the biggest upsets ever in Super Bowl III when Joe Namath's Jets shocked Baltimore 16-7.
We digress. In honor of the 46th anniversary of Green Bay's win over KC, there are some 20+ previously unpublished pictures being released from the game--my personal favorite is #14, showing KC QB Lenny Dawson in the Chiefs' locker room, sitting on a folding chair with a Fresca at his feet and a burning heater in his head.
THAT'S old school.