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Good morning Chiefs fans. Another good day for Kansas City Chiefs news. I think the best part is the Kielbasa receipe. Enjoy.

Lamar Hunt would be proud. With the Super Bowl set to play in Lamar's hometown of Dallas for the first time, the widespread impact of the sport has grown to unthinkable levels. It's been 41 years since Hunt's American Football League merged with its rival to create a new-look National Football League.

Even the biggest optimists following that merger would have found this type of growth difficult to predict.

We've Come a Long Way from The Mothership

NFL players have gotten bigger and faster since Super Bowl I, and much has changed on the field.

So have the fields themselves.

Forty-four years ago, legendary Kansas City groundskeeper George Toma arrived at the Los Angeles Coliseum just one week before that first Super Bowl - then called the world championship. He brought a 4-by-3-foot case of equipment...

...Toma, the former Royals and Chiefs groundskeeper and NFL hall of famer, is officially a consultant to Ed Mangan, the NFL's field director. But Toma has worked at every Super Bowl, so his experience is invaluable.

Toma Still Working Field for Super Bowl from KC Star

KC Star Photo Gallery: Memorial service for Tony DiPardo

There must not be a photo on the walls of the Tony DiPardo household this week, because they were all on display at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the site of the longtime Kansas City Chiefs bandleader's visitation.

Despite blizzard-like conditions, that turned my usually 35-minute drive in a 2-hour marathon, there were many DiPardo fans on hand at the Hyatt when the family opened the doors of the Chicago Room at noon.

Althaus: DiPardo's Funeral Draws Many Fans, Friends and Family from The Examiner

The NFL gets to cash its $4 billion in TV checks.

The union gets about $7 million in damages from the league.

Both sides claimed victory Tuesday after a special master ruled on the NFL Players Association's complaint that the league improperly negotiated TV contracts, part of legal maneuverings connected to negotiations for a new labor deal.

NFL, Union Both Claim Win in Ruling on TV Deal from KC Star

The brutal cold, snow and winds in Dallas today are not a good omen for northern cities who want to bring a Super Bowl to their towns after the New York experiment of 2014...

...this does not portend well for New York and other cold-weather cities thinking about hosting a Super Bowl, including Kansas City. Football was not meant to be played outside in February unless it's indoors or in South Florida or Southern California.

A Cold Weather Super Bowl? Forget It from The Red Zone

Does your family's heritage find its way into your kitchen? My family is everything to me, and certain foods speak to my Polish heritage. This recipe I'm sharing has been passed down for generations by the Coolick family, which is my maiden name...

...Todd loves this dish, and although I don't make it very often, when I do, it's like my father is in the kitchen with me.

Coolick Family Polish Kielbasa, Sauerkraut and Applesauce

Polish Dish is a Favorite of Chiefs Coach Todd Haley from KC Star

Legislation aimed at protecting young athletes from head injuries in school sports has won the backing of the NFL and Kansas City Chiefs...

...NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt submitted written testimony in support of the legislation.

"Given our experience at the professional level, we believe a similar approach is appropriate and necessary when dealing with concussions in youth sports," Goodell said.

"While concussions occur in football, they are also prevalent in many youth sports including soccer, hockey, and basketball - whether played by boys or girls," said Hunt, chairman and chief executive officer of the Chiefs. "This legislation will help parents, teachers, coaches and the youth athletes themselves recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and respond appropriately," he said.

Bill Targets Prevention of Sports Head Injuries from The Lawrence Journal World

He was an offensive lineman, which means statistical numbers can't tell the whole story. So how do we know Willie Roaf should be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

It's simple really. You compare him to the best offensive linemen ever. If he stacks up, he gets in. If he doesn't have the résumé, he doesn't get in.

I'll make the case right now that Roaf's résumé is sparkling and he should be elected Saturday when voters in Texas see his name as a finalist in the first year he's eligible.

The Case for Willie Roaf in Hall of Fame from ESPN

His four Super Bowl rings -- won in 1974, '75, '78 and '79 -- edge offensive lineman Harris Barton, who won three (1988, '89, and '94) playing for the San Francisco 49ers. Barton's teammate John Frank won two (1984, '88).

Other Jews who have the championship jewelry include Bobby Stein, the first Jewish player to appear in a Super Bowl (Kansas City Chiefs, 1970); Lyle Alzado (Oakland Raiders, 1983); Alan "Shlomo" Veingrad (Dallas Cowboys, 1992); and Josh Miller (New England Patriots, 2004).

The Ring's the Thing: Ex-Steeler Randy "The Rabbi" Grossman Recalls Glory Days from Jewish Telegraphic Agency

SportsBusiness Journal, a sister publication of Sporting News, analyzes how a lockout of NFL players would affect the league in three major areas...

..."This would be the year clubs (and facility operators) are less risk-averse at a time when we all need content," said Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are partnering with tour producer Louis Messina to bring Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift to Arrowhead Stadium, the facility's first summer concerts in 10 years.

How a Lockout Would Affect the NFL from Sporting News