Jackson County officials were as happy as anyone yesterday when Chiefs honcho Carl Peterson announced that Missouri and Kansas would move their border tussle (a G.R.I.T.S. is mildly amused by the hoo-ha over a three-letter word) the next two seasons to Arrowhead Stadium. They were seeing $. Lots of $$$.
That's because as The Star reported in November, the county and the city and the state stand to lose $500,000 or more in sales tax dollars because the NFL is mandating that all its teams play a regular season game overseas. The Chiefs hope to play their international game during stadium construction.
But in a Nov. 17 statement then to the newspaper, Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt vowed "to redouble our efforts to attract a major college football game" to replace the loss of the Chiefs game. He sent a follow-up letter via e-mail just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. It would be the last statement Hunt would make on behalf of the Chiefs because at some point that same afternoon/evening he would enter a Dallas hospital where he would pass away about three weeks later.
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders Tuesday afternoon praised Peterson, the Hunt family and the Chiefs organization for fulfilling Hunt's promise. He said two MU-KU games more than makes up for the loss of a single Chiefs game.
And Sanders, also a Chiefs season-ticket holder, is already scheming about how to use his top post at the county to get an uber prime spot for the game (maybe he needs to personally inspect the condition of the field from the sideline? Hand over the Lamar Hunt trophy?) The MU alum/die-hard fan joked that if KU by some freak accident won then the trophy might get lost.
"I am looking very forward this fall to Chase Daniel hanging four hundred yards passing on the Jayhawks defense if that's what it's called," he said this afternoon.
Posted by DeAnn Smith