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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/31

Good morning! Lots of history in today's Kansas City Chiefs news (the LA Times was not kind in post-Super Bowl I coverage). Enjoy.

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Mitch Holthus Inducted into K-State Athletics Hall of Fame from The Mothership

The man who has made it his life's work to promote the success of others, both on the athletic field and away from it, was properly honored this weekend in Manhattan, Kansas.

For once, the applause was directed back his way instead of the other way around.

Before he was the "Voice of the Chiefs," Mitch Holthus was the "Voice of the Wildcats."

On Friday night, Holthus, along with 9 other Wildcat legends, were inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Chiefs Replay: Week One vs. the Houston Texans from The Mothership

Chiefs Replay: Week 1 vs. the Houston Texans

WHEN: Saturday, January 30 at 10:35 p.m.

CHANNEL: KCTV5 (CBS) | No KCTV5? Click here for listings around the area.

Chiefs.com Photo Gallery: Saturday in Hawaii

Five key decisions that shaped the Chiefs' season from The Kansas City Star

The foundation for the Chiefs' 2015 season was laid over 12 months ago, when Chiefs general manager John Dorsey signed Allen Bailey to an extension.

The deal kept Bailey, a rising young lineman with versatility, from hitting the market and allowed them to focus their energy on signing Jeremy Maclin and and re-signing Justin Houston.

The 2015 NFL Draft also yielded a pair of starters in Pro Bowl rookie Marcus Peters and center Mitch Morse, picks that were not viewed as automatic slam dunks at the time.

Now, with the 2015 campaign officially in the rearview mirror, here's a look at all those moves and how they helped the Chiefs.

Mike DeVito plans to stay busy ahead of free agency, lay foundation for future from Chiefs Digest

"I had three sacks, so if I get the statistics right I should have at least six next year," DeVito said with a laugh in a telephone interview. "I'm going to need a whole plethora of moves that's going to have to be added in my training. I'm going to have to take some of those online hip-hop dance courses, something like that."

The 31-year-old DeVito is kidding, of course, and he isn't likely to devote too much time pondering the latest dance fads.

Instead, DeVito will spend the offseason with his wife, Jessi, and 2-year-old son at their home near Bangor, Maine, to focus on the future after playing the past season in the final year of his contract.

"I'm going to try and unwind and not think about it, but obviously it's there and we're going to have to go through free agency again," DeVito said. "I was blessed in 2013 the way it worked out, I was signed within two days of free agency starting, but I know that's not always the case. A lot of players don't always have that opportunity."

RANKING ALL 49 SUPER BOWLS from ESPN

41. Super Bowl IV

Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7
New Orleans, Jan. 11, 1970

From the Archives Super Bowl I: Packers prove NFL's brand best, 35-10 from The Los Angeles Times [article originally published on Jan 16, 1967]

Kansas City, the recalcitrant child, bitterly opposed the lessons its elders sought to teach in the first half, and left the field before the spectacular half-time show trailing only 14-10.

That was the end of the line for coach Hank Stram's Chiefs, who never got deep into Green Bay territory during the second half as the always rugged Packer defense turned back the AFL champions at the 40-yard line twice -- the deepest penetrations.

"We mangled 'em a little bit," was the understatement of Packer fullback Jim Taylor after the game.

Victorious coach Vince Lombardi kindly called the vanquished a good team but honesty got the better of him when he added:

"The Chiefs are not as good as the Cowboys (who lost to Green Bay in the NFL playoff game). They are not as good as the good NFL teams."

From the Archives Jim Murray from Super Bowl I: Fee, fi, fo -- Fumble! from The Los Angeles Times [article originally published on Jan 16, 1967]

No Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. They pulled his whiskers off at the Coliseum Sunday and it turned out to be Vince Lombardi saying "Ho, ho, ho!"

Sorry, kids, fairy tales don't come true, after all. Sleeping beauty was really dead. Hansel and Gretel never did get out of the over. The giant ate Jack AND the beanstalk.

St. George got eaten by the dragon. The guys in the black hats got clean away with the cattle rustle. Little Red Riding Hood didn't notice Grandma's ears 'til too late and she found out her teeth were too big the hard way. Goldilocks is just a big lie. The Easter Bunny doesn't really bring all those jelly beans. They get them at Thrifty Drug.

All of which is my way of telling you the clock struck midnight for the American Football League Sunday.

Los Angeles Times Photo Gallery: Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Football | Super Bowl I looked little like current title game from The Columbus Dispatch

There is something appropriate about the fact that one of the more memorable moments of the first Super Bowl involved head trauma.

After all, that game on Jan. 15, 1967, featured a team from the NFL, a league that in recent years has had its astronomical growth in popularity and revenue besmirched by increased awareness of and concern about players' concussions.

So a fitting narrative about Super Bowl I - played in the far-from-filled Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum -€” links to today because of Fred Williamson, then the big-talking cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League.

Williamson, known as "The Hammer" for his crunching hits, spent part of the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 35-10 win on a stretcher that resembled something used to carry wounded soldiers in the jungles of Vietnam.

Tale o' the (missing) tape from the first Super Bowl from The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

For decades, there was no known copy of Super Bowl I. The networks had made no effort to archive sports programming in those days, and home recording was practically nonexistent.

Then came a breakthrough. In 2005, a man walked into the Paley Center with a briefcase that contained two reels of 2-inch quadruplex videotape. On the tape was that historic game, Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers beating Hank Stram's Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 to preserve the pride of the NFL.

AFL exhibition games in Fort Worth helped shape pro football landscape from The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

As the story goes, oil tycoon H.L. Hunt was asked about the financial losses his son, Lamar, had sustained as owner of the AFL's Dallas Texans in their first season of operation in 1960.

The total was reportedly in the neighborhood of $1 million.

"Well, at that rate, he can go another 100 years," the Hunt patriarch was said to have replied in words similar to those and perhaps a suggestion that this Texas family wouldn't be bullied by the bigger and more established NFL, which showed nothing but contempt for the competition.

Yet, business needed an enhancement.

Paul Rudd And Rob Burnett Talk Letterman, Ant-Man And ‘The Year Of Paul Rudd' from UPROXX

So, yes, 2015 was the Year of Paul Rudd. Not only did he make his Marvel debut in Ant-Man - a movie littered with production drama that nevertheless turned into a success - his beloved Kansas City Royals won the World Series for the first time in 30 years and his beloved Kansas City Chiefs won 11 games in a row and won their first playoff game in 22 years. (The only thing missing was some sort of clue in Back to the Future Part II that foretold that 2015 was the year of Paul Rudd.)

Try these super bowls: Chili an MVP dish for game day from The Indiana Gazette

Marissa Allen, who blogs about cooking and is married to Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen, hails from Texas. Her favorite chicken chili recipe has a Southwestern spin and incorporates taco seasoning mix, canned corn kernels and Rotel.

"I make beef chili too, but chicken is Jeff's favorite," Allen says.

Allen loves to entertain -€” she has five to eight guests for every home game - and making a big batch of chili in her trusty slow cooker is the easiest way she has found to feed a crowd. For extra color and flavor, she tops each bowl with cilantro, pico de gallo or sliced avocado.

"It's light and healthy, with lots of flavor," she says, "so you don't need to pile on a bunch of cheese."

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