Over the years our man Enrique has rolled video tape on just about anything and everything Chiefs related that was available to him in Mexico. Despite his distance from middle America, he has developed quite a collection of memories from the last 20 years. In this quiet time for Chiefs football, we are going to bring some of these videos to you with commentary from Enrique. Enjoy!
TODAY’S VIDEO: A MEMORABLE HALLOWEEN SUNDAY
If thrills are your thing, then Halloween is for you.
It will never disappoint you.
October 31, 1999 was a good day to be a Kansas City football fan — an outstanding one I should say. Said date featured a Week No. 8 matchup between the Chiefs and the Chargers that to this very moment still resonates in the memories of those who cheer for the team from Missouri.
All, because of a gimmick.
The 34-0 Chiefs victory was in itself a reason to be joyous. But the rare occurrences that took place in this ballgame are what made the contest something of a cult reference amongst the Red and Gold faithful. Between the Chargers’ inexcusable gaffe at the beginning of the game, Reggie Tongue’s quadruple play, Greg Manusky’s run of his football life, Derrick Thomas’ first (and only) INT of his career, and the overall beating of the always-detested (in a gridiron sense) Jim Harbaugh in his return to KC, it would be accurate to say that enough relevant material was accumulated to label this happening as a remarkable event.
But BrandsMart turned it into a memorable one.
The failed bluff called by the appliance store remains one of the craziest episodes involving the Kansas City Chiefs. In trying to lure their customers into a frantic shopping-spree, BrandsMart offered that any purchase over $399 would be free if the Chiefs were to pitch a shutout against the Chargers. We all know what happened. The Arrowhead Ones delivered, and more than $400,000 remained in the pockets of some very lucky (and ecstatic) people.
And yet, contrary to popular belief, the ploy didn’t backfire like you might think. It was quite the opposite. Thanks to a providential measure taken by the company, the move actually generated dividends when a Dallas-based insurance company absorbed the cost of the publicity stunt. In the end, a maneuver that could have had more serious repercussions ultimately left us a happy remembrance across the board, constituting an unusual sight that is worthy of everlasting recognition.
or that reason, it’s appropriate to hop in into our time machine and in almost three minutes of glorious ESPN footage, the then NFL Primetime duo of Chris Berman and Tom Jackson will present you the recollections of a day where everybody got a treat of their own.
Well…except the Chargers. They’re the ones who really got tricked.