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Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs: A Historic Rivalry, a Hot Encounter

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJune 4, 2010

Lloyd C. A. Wells was one of the first African-American NFL scouts. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas.

Most of his career in the NFL was spent with the Kansas City Chiefs working with Hank Stram. Later in his career, he worked for Muhammed Ali, one of the world champions in boxing.

Wells would talk loud and hard to a couple of Oakland Raiders when they visited Houston, usually during the offseason in those days. Wells would brag that the Chiefs were going to beat the "heck" out of Oakland back in the day.

Wells had connections with Otis Taylor, Warren Wells, and others who would show up at a club named Syls, and things would rumble in the club when they would show up together. This gathering place was located near Dowling and Blodgett across the street from the Houston Area Urban League, an organization which advocated for disenfranchised people from all communities.

Wells attended Wheatley High School in Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas with this writer's father.

The football stories (and professional photography experiences) were shared with this writer over the years before my father passed away in 1996.

This writer would hear the urban stories or legends from a distance while living in Brooklyn Heights, New York between 1966 and 1971. My love for history was present even in those days, and I took notes and saved relics from the past.

Well, let's take a look at a sample of the record and see what happened between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. In those days, the Raiders and Chiefs were fierce competitors.

Week     Day     Date     Score Chiefs-Raiders

3          Sun      10.21.67        21-32  We won!

11        Thu      11.23.67        22-44  We won!

7          Sun      10.20.68        24-10  We lost!

9          Sun      11.3.68         21-38  We won!

11        Sun      11.23.69        24-27  We won!

ConfChamp         1.04.70         17-7   We lost!

7         Sun       11.01.70        17-17 We tied!

13       Sat        12.12.70        6-20   We won! 

Now looking at it with hindsight and remembering when my generation was in its prime years, the data shows a good pattern for the selected games.

The Oakland Raiders won 63.5 percent of the selected games with the Kansas City Chiefs. They lost 25 percent and tied 12.5 percent.

Well, here we are in 2010, and a historic competition between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs will be on Sunday, Nov. 7, in 2010.

As an organizer of the First Annual Football Party at 2728 Goliad to mark the restoration of the historic site, we are going to gather together and eat good food (barbecue, Louisiana craw fish (if the spilled oil has not killed or contaminated all of them)), drink soft drinks, keep up with the data, and watch the Oakland Raiders regain their prominence in the NFL.

It is a type of "tailgate" party to look forward to, and it is a victory for the Oakland Raiders that we hope for!

Let's just say that the restoration of the historic property will symbolize the restoration and ascension of the Oakland Raiders in the ranks of the NFL. In other words, let us all work toward restoration, recovery, wellness, and wholeness together with our team, the Oakland Raiders, and in our own lives and in the lives of those we encounter!

We anticipate a "hot" encounter; Louisiana hot sauce on the craw fish, roasted jalapeno peppers, and lots of non-alcoholic drinks will cool the palates while we watch the hot encounter between the Oakland Raiders and our rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Let's be the best that we can be! Let's rise up, again!

Go Raiders!

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