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A Chiefs Mule Because It’s Playoff Week

Posted on January 14, 2017

Chiefs Mule

In 1960, Lamar Hunt spearheaded the founding of the American Football League as a rival to the National Football League. He created the Dallas Texans franchise. Three years later, Hunt relocated the Texans to Missouri where they became the Kansas City Chiefs. (Yes, Kansas City is in Missouri.)

For that first year in Kansas City, our grandfather bought season tickets. His tickets have remained in the family for 53 years. We go. We cheer zealously. We consume an adult beverage or two. Losses crush us. Wins elevate us. The Chiefs are a family tradition.

The team had early success in Kansas City. After the two leagues agreed to play a championship game, later named the Super Bowl, the first matchup featured the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers won. The Chiefs returned in Super Bowl IV beating the Minnesota Vikings.

From 1975 until 1988, the Chiefs stunk. Big time. Our father jokes that he could leave the house 30 minutes prior to kickoff yet arrive to his seat in time to see the ball booted from the tee.

The Chiefs’ renaissance came with the hiring of Coach Marty Schottenheimer. His squads featured football greats like Christian Okoye, Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith, Joe Montana, and Marcus Allen. The Chiefs were, by percentage, the winningest team of the 1990s.

Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium emerged as a mythical venue. Smoke from ten-thousand grills combines to form a delicious yet ominous cloud that hovers above the festivities. Exuberant fans, full of barbecue and light beer, cheer and jeer from player introductions until the final whistle. Arrowhead Stadium owns the Guinness World Record for “[t]he loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” which hit 142.2 dbA.

For all the winning of the 1990s, and a pair of subsequent division championships, the Chiefs have largely squandered the Arrowhead advantage. They have not captured a home playoff win since January 8, 1994. That victory came against the Steelers of Pittsburgh.

Now, 23 years later, it is the Steelers again who will march into Arrowhead Stadium and against whom the Chiefs must prevail. The NFL moved the start from 1:05 to 8:20 p.m. EST because of a forecasted ice storm. It’ll be cold and wet. Of course, we will brave the elements. Don’t worry about us; we’ll bundle and layer. As they say, this ain’t our first rodeo.

Kansas City Chiefs

Because we are eager for the game, and because this ice storm has us cooped up, we started crafting cocktails. This one, being red, pays homage to our hometown team. We’ll call it a “Chiefs Mule.” We considered dubbing it an “Andy Reid Special,” but that sounds strange.

Chiefs Mule

Ingredients

Directions

Prepare two glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker, mix whiskey, pomegranate liqueur and bitters. Close, and shake. Pour ginger beer into glasses. Pour mixture from shaker over ginger beer.

Makes two servings.

Chiefs Mule

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