Monthly: January 2020

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Chief’s Championship: 1969

The Kansas City Chiefs of 1968 put a team on the field that went 12–2 and had 10 All-Stars but couldn’t advance past the first round of the playoffs, losing to arch rivals the Oakland Raiders. In 1969, one of the toughest defenses ever led the team to Super Bowl IV. The defense led the AFL in fewest rushing and passing yards allowed and the offense kept rolling even when Len Dawson went down with an injury.

In the playoffs, they won on the road to the the defending champs the Jets and despite losing to the hated Raiders twice in the regular season, the Chiefs took them in the AFL Title game en route to Super Bowl IV. Against the Vikings, the Chiefs were two touchdown underdogs and ended the first half with a 16–0 lead. Their rushing attack kept the mighty Purple People Eaters guessing all day, while the Chief’s defense rushed Joe Kapp and Gary Cuozzo, forcing three interceptions. Otis Taylor put the game out of reach with a 46-yard catch and run as the AFL Chiefs beat the NFL’s best.

This 20-card set includes: Ed Budde, Tom Flores, Mike Garrett, Robert Holmes, E.J. Holub, Jim Kearney, Ernie Ladd, Willie Lanier, Jacky Lee, Paul Lowe, Jim Lynch, Jerry Mays, Warren McVea, Gloster Richardson, Johnny Robinson, Noland Smith, Jan Stenerud, Emmit Thomas, Jim Tyrer, and Hank Stram. Get your set here!

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1969 Rams: Dominating On Defense

The 1966 Rams finally took a step into winning territory under first year head coach George Allen with an 8–6 record. The former underachieving Rams improved to 11–1–2 in 1967 and 10–3–1 in 1968, miking them one of league’s best. Though they did not qualify for the playoff in 1968 despite their 10-win season, the Rams had put together one of the most talented rosters in the NFL.

Offensively, the Rams had balance and depth but it was the defensive unit that captured headlines with the Fearsome Foursome. Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Roger Brown, and Lamar Lundy plus up-and-comers Gregg Schumacher and Coy Bacon were as good as it gets as the defense continually set the table for the Rams offense led by Roman Gabriel.

This RetroCards set includes: This RetroCards set includes: Coy Bacon, Roger Brown, Joe Carollo, Charlie Cowan, Irv Cross, Willie Ellison, Ken Iman, Lamar Lundy, Tom Mack, Jim Nettles, Richie Petitbon, Milt Plum, Myron Pottios, Joe Scibelli, Ron Smith, Pat Studstill, Wendell Tucker, Clancy Williams, George Allen, and the Fearsome Foursome.
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2019: Those We’ve Lost: Part Three

Our last entry for 2019 mentions more losses from the past year: Ed Simonini, Andy Etchenbarren , Mike Reilly, Willie Brown, Bernie Parrish, George Tarasovic, Ron Fairly , Bill Koman, Dean Prentice, Jim LeClair, Dan McGrew, Fred Cox, Walter White , MacArthur Lane, Pat Sullivan, Caroll Spinney , Cas Banaszak, Peter Mayhew, McKeon Philip, Dave Parks, Georgia Engel, Eddie Money, Rusty Hilger, Lam Jones, Pumpsie Green, Jan Michael Vincent, Arte Johnson, Bill Macy and Elbert Dubenion.

This brief mention is a slight wink and nod to the many sports heroes and pop culture figures who have colored our world. Happy New Year!