It's kind of funny that even though the Vince Lombardi coached Green Bay Packers played the Dallas Texans, the Dallas Cowboys never did.
OK, actually that was a Dallas Texans team that didn't make it. Eight years later though, Dallas was ready to support a professional football team.
The Dallas Texans were by far the more popular team in town in Dallas, and heaven forbid, if the Cowboys would lose to them. So, the game that should have been, never was, because the inevitable would have rocked the establishment. Check out these links for some interesting AFL history:
In 1960, Lamar Hunt attempted to get an expansion team in Dallas. The NFL said "No." On the plane ride back from his meeting with the NFL, he realized there were others wanting an expansion team, why not form another league? And the AFL was born, along with the Dallas Texans, and the "foolish club" of other AFL owners.
Well, the NFL could not sit idly by, and let this other league grow, so, they granted an expansion team in Dallas to get back at Lamar for rocking the establishment. The Dallas Cowboys were born. The Texans were by far the better of the two teams, and the Cowboys were so afraid that they would lose to the Texans that even though Lamar frequently asked for a game between the two teams, he was always rebuffed. Heaven forbid, an NFL team would lose to the lowly AFL, no matter how bad that NFL team was. The ownership groups were both based on oil money, and the town was split along company loyalty lines.
In 1962, Lamar's Texans were losing $1 Million per year. Someone complained to Lamar's father that he was such a bad businessman. His father said, "Yea, at the rate he is going, he can only last another 100 years." Even so, Lamar was a businessman and saw that two teams could not succeed in Dallas, so after the Texans beat the Houston Oilers in the longest (at that time) game in history to claim the AFL title, he moved the team to Kansas City, where they became the Chiefs. If he would have stayed and forced the Cowboys out of business, history would be entirely different than it is today. Not only would the Cowboys have gone under, but most of the AFL teams would have gone under as well. Lamar "took one for the team," so to speak, and it paid off.
Since the Dallas Cowboys only exist because the NFL wanted to stick it to Lamar Hunt, since Priest Holmes, the greatest Running Back in Chiefs history is having his retirement ceremony this Sunday, since Nick Lowry, the best kicker of his era (no waterboy commments, please), is being inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame, since most of the great Chiefs will be on hand to witness this game, and the Chiefs faithful is desperate for a win, come on we are better than 2-26 or whatever, how badly do you want to see the Cowboys get what they so deserve...
I've never understood how anyone that knows this history could actually root for the Cowboys, or how anyone could root for the Ravens after Art Modell so rudely screwed the fans in Cleveland. Anyway, it is the game that never was. It was a dream of the late Lamar Hunt. Here's to KC, or Dallas, or the Chiefs, or the Texans, rising to the next level, for the fans, for the City, and for the Hunt family!
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