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The Marty Lounge>Joe Delaney - I-435 & BBQ Contest Projects **UPDATE**
AJKCFAN 05:45 PM 02-15-2021
Originally Posted by Hammock Parties:
We did it!

CELEBRATE! @MoDOT has OFFICIALLY APPROVED the Memorial Highway honoring @Chiefs RB Joe Delaney.

The location of the memorial: I-435 from State Hwy 350 to Raytown Rd in Jackson County.

One sign will appear at each end of the route. They will be fabricated in 6-9 weeks.
— Joe Delaney Memorial Highway Project (@ClayWendler) May 4, 2021

Hi Everyone – Moderators if you would not mind, can I ask of you to place this post as a sticky, please?

Hope this post finds you all healthy and safe (and warm) during these most trying times.

For some of you, my relationship has gone back more than two decades and I am most appreciative of that. Being able to work alongside you for 37 Forever way back when will always be thought of as a worthy endeavor that did achieve a lot of success thanks to all of our efforts.

It is with this same purpose that I come to you today, my fellow Chiefs fans - in need of your help and hopeful assistance.

Over the past 7 months, from here in New York - I have been working on a pair of projects that will achieve lasting recognition for the late Joe Delaney in the Kansas City area. NOTE - There actually was a third project of mine that has already occurred when I had the ear of Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas’ office and he thereafter proclaimed this past October 30 (Joe Delaney’s birth date) to be known in Kansas City as Joe Delaney Day, which was a wonderful thing but its effect was only a temporary measure.

Therefore, I have been trying to make things happen to attain something more far reaching and permanent.

With that in mind, I am here to reveal these ideas and ask for your support and what you might be able to do to bring this to reality.

I’ll start with the one closest to happening:

1. The Joe Delaney Memorial Highway
The Joe Delaney Memorial Highway will be dedicated on I-435 between Exit 66 (Missouri State Road 350) and Exit 63C (Raytown Road). Originally, it was intended to have the dedication cover a 3.7 mile stretch which would include the Arrowhead exits themselves, but further research led to the discovery that there was already a dedication to Lamar Hunt, so this became the next option, as it is the nearest area available to dedicate and for those traveling on I-435 on your way to Arrowhead, you’d be able to see this sign once this is completed.

Brief background. There were 5 requirements which must be met in this process, as per the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT, for short). 3 of the 5 have already occurred behind the scenes, leaving us with these 2 remaining requirements, which are the following:

One is to pay for the cost of the signs but that is already being taken care of by one of our very own Chiefs Planet members who plans to cover for the entire cost (which is four figures). This Chief Planet member will remain anonymous. To that end, I have established an account at a local Kansas City bank specifically geared for funds towards this endeavor (as well as looking into a separate account for the other project that is being worked on) which will establish a local presence.

The final requirement is what I need your collective help in and likely the biggest reason why this is being posted.

As per the Missouri Department of Transportation, this project needs 100 original signatures from residents of the following Missouri six counties:

Jackson County
Johnson County
Ray County
Clay County
Cass County
Lafayette County

Each individual who supports Mr. Delaney’s route designation can then forward an email stating his/her support which shall include the individual’s name, address, and county along with his/her typed signature. These emails may be sent directly to me at The supporting signatures would then be complied and attached to the application that will ultimately be submitted to MODOT.

All I am doing with these signatures is compiling them and once I hit the magic number of 100, it gets sent to the Missouri Department of Transportation, with the funds and this project will be completed.

I will definitely NOT be using your signatures or address or name for any other purpose besides meeting this requirement. It goes without saying that your privacy would be fully respected.

My presumption is that MODOT would confirm the addresses as being authentic (so a Chiefs fan from out of the area cannot send their information to be added to the count – otherwise, I’d be gathering signatures form here in New York – it needs to be from these locations.

Once completed, The Joe Delaney Memorial Highway signs will last on I-435 in this designated area for a twenty (20) year period beginning on the date of dedication.

That’s the first project. It is the more realistic project of the two.

The other project is an even more exciting idea and although that too is realistic, there will need to be more “heavy lifting”.

If there are two things Kansas City is currently most well known for, what would it be?

I would say (and you would likely say also) it would be the Chiefs and BBQ.

Yes, the best tailgating in the NFL by far can be found at Arrowhead and there’s some incredible BBQ every home game there but how often has Arrowhead Stadium been a venue for an actual competitive BBQ Contest?

Not that often, which is somewhat shocking given Arrowhead’s reputation.

So I am attempting to “marry the two”.

What if there was a competitive BBQ contest to be held at Arrowhead Stadium, during Chiefs football season – all in the memory of Joe Delaney, who is easily among the most distinguished and revered Kansas City Chiefs players in its illustrious history?

2. The Joe Delaney Master Series Barbeque Contest

Here, during this past Chiefs football season, I have had not one, not two, not three, not four, but five Zoom Call conferences with the Chiefs organization and in conjunction with The Kansas City Barbeque Society, which is a not for profit BBQ contest organization which sponsors a tremendous amount of BBQ contests throughout the year not just in Kansas City, but throughout America.

Very late in the season, we received a proposal from the Chiefs to have the debut of this event to be held at Arrowhead (with options to continue the contest at Arrowhead for both the 2022 and 2023 seasons), with the target being in late October of this year (hopefully to coincide with Joe Delaney’s birth date) and them being flexible with the date to allow for it to coincide with a Chiefs home game as well (particularly if the Chiefs were playing a home game in Arrowhead on a Sunday Night or a Monday Night that weekend).

The issue with it right now is the cost of the contest to hold the debut of this event in Arrowhead Stadium is a staggering amount. In essence, sponsors are vital to have this contest occur – whether it is at Arrowhead or at a smaller venue to kick things off for this year. I do at least commend the Chiefs for being willing to hear out this idea and staying in contact with me over the football season and still maintaining close ties with me to this day.

Guess I will throw this out there:

Does anyone here have any connections or tie-ins with any potential sponsors because that is what would yield the best results to this event occurring.

It would be really awesome to have this dream event occur. I mean, a BBQ Contest to be held in Arrowhead Stadium during the football season, in a weekend where we can finish the festivities off with enjoying watching Mahomes and the Chiefs kicking somebody’s ass on national TV – and this contest being held to memorialize a heroic great late Chief like Joe Delaney, it doesn’t get any better than that.

That’s why I am coming to you today. I am going to need some help.

Football analogy. We have driven the ball down the field two times and we are in the Red Zone for both projects. Joe Delaney Memorial Highway is definitely in First & Goal status – we just need 100 signatures and we got this TD. Joe Delaney BBQ Contest, it feels like it is 2nd and makeable distance from inside the Red Zone. Maybe we will need to settle for a field goal with that and debut the contest at a smaller venue or maybe there is still reason to hope this can still find its way into the end zone too and we make the contest occur at Arrowhead this fall on a Saturday.

I’ll be happy to either discuss on this thread or privately any direct questions you may have.

Thank you very much in advance....

AJKCFAN 07:50 PM 02-16-2021
Thanks for the early responses to this thread so far. With things being so bad weather-wise over by you, it makes me even more appreciative to read the comments.

I have already sent PM's to both Big Red Chief & Shiver Me Timbers as per the cost of the BBQ event at Arrowhead. I contemplated mentioning it here but I just don't know who might be lurking and reading this. I'll also add to both of you (and anyone else who might be interested) that I can send via e-mail the actual proposal, so you can see it is legit.

What I can say is if it was to be held at Arrowhead, we'd have use of 4 different parking lot areas (Parking Lots B, C, H & M) for the teams to BBQ and the judges area would be held at the Founders Club and we'd also be able to access the Founders Club Plaza.

If this were to happen, it really would be a most memorable event - BBQ Competitive Contests at a football stadium don't really happen and in my first couple of Zoom meetings, it was said that during the downtime of the early part of the pandemic, NFL teams were talking to each other about how to drum up some interest to get fans back in the stadium for events besides games and this kind of idea was mentioned in passing, so a contest like this - especially if achieved success, would potentially cascade a bit in other NFL cities to hold their own (which I personally wouldn't be involved, since I want this to succeed here in KC).

Big Red Chief - I would very much welcome discussing your experience with Arrowhead South. I will PM my cell.

Gblowfish - thanks so much for those suggestions. I have been brainstorming ideas as to who to go after for sponsorships. That is definitely crucial to the success of the BBQ Contest and I will go after each and every one of who you listed (as well as countless more ideas - I only hope and pray potential sponsors will be willing to donate, especially in these uncertain COVID times...)

Big thanks to Clay - who I had the pleasure of talking with for awhile last evening! He's already got several ideas to go about doing this so he is on board and I'm very appreciative of not just his willingness to help out but his vast professional experience in getting this out on his platform. As was said last night, this is a team effort and for this to really become reality, there are people who have areas of expertise and Clay knows exactly what he needs to do and how to go about doing it, so I have sent him something to work with and he's going to do a great job with molding it the right way.

Bowser - I am Facebook friends with Phil and we have always enjoyed a friendly, amicable relationship. He's a good guy and we have seen eye to eye on everything pertaining to Delaney, as well as other matters. If I had a Mount Rushmore of favorite moments in my life as Chiefs fan, being at Arrowhead when the Chiefs made the Super Bowl (against the Titans) is actually #1 because my must see event in life was to be in Arrowhead when the Chiefs finally made the Super Bowl, being in Miami when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl is a very close second. I can debate among a bunch of things as per the last one (likely Mahomes being drafted would be it), but the third one for me on Mount Rushmore is easy. It's the night of the 2004 - 101 Banquet in KC and Phil, Stevie Ray, myself and I believe it was Scott were there and sitting at the table of the Delaney family as Joe was finally inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame after 20+ years. We were there that night because we were their invited guests. The feeling of satisfaction that night being there - nothing can ever take that achievement away. I have reached out to Phil during the past several months to keep him appraised and I did so again earlier this morning. I know he has to be glad seeing this all happen and what he, I and others did with 37 Forever should always be something to look back on with pride. It was not just us accomplishing this - it was ALL of us!

Chiefs Planet has been involved in two worthy endeavors - Save Our Chiefs and 37 Forever. Hopefully, this will be the next one...

KS Smitty and Twisted Chief - thanks for your most kind words and for being great people. I'm proud to call you both friends....

MGRS13 - not a bad idea at all with the Jackson County Courthouse idea. I will look to see how to go about doing that. Keep in mind (not mentioned in the original post), these two ideas (I-435 & BBQ) are the ones that have the best chance, but they weren't the only avenues I've explored the last 7 months. For instance, I tried to contact the people in charge of renaming the JC Nichols Fountain, which would be an absolutely fantastic plan, especially given how visible that particular landmark is to KC (but they never answered either appeal). I also have reached out to KC International Airport about having the newly constructed terminal named after Joe and they did respond that they would take it under advisement and although that too would be great - it could easily reach overkill, so although I give you my word I will explore it - if we do attain I-435 Joe Delaney Memorial Highway on the approach to Arrowhead for tens of thousands of Chiefs on Game Day and some kind of annual Joe Delaney BBQ event in October to coincide with his birth date - those two especially really accomplish honoring Joe in a very proper and local way.

Keep it coming - I promise to be available for any feedback! I'm definitely very excited to be doing this not just for Joe's memory, but for KC itself. It is what I always call my home away from home and it is an honor to try everything in my power to make a positive impact to the area again....
gblowfish 11:18 AM 02-17-2021
Adam: I don't know who you've been in contact with at the Chiefs, but if you haven't been in the business or marketing people's radar, I'd start contact with Gary Spani. He's an ex player and has been in the Chiefs front office for many many years. He's also by all reports a stand up guy and very helpful. He played with Delaney, so he'd be a good source of info and perhaps could open some doors for you inside the Chiefs organization. I'd also contact the Jackson County Sports Commission to see if they could help with the planning of the event.
Shiver Me Timbers 12:38 PM 02-17-2021
Adam thanks for the response. That $$$ number for JUST the parking lot is nuts. Had no idea asphalt setting empty was worth that regardless of the venue.
ChiefBlueCFC 03:36 PM 02-17-2021
My uncle is the sales manager at Aristocrat - I can throw a word to him to see if they would be a viable sponsor option for BBQ contest? I imagine he isn't the person to speak to directly regarding sponsorships, but maybe he can put you in contact with the right person there or pass on their information to be contacted.

Feel free to PM me if you'd prefer to discuss further.
AJKCFAN 09:44 PM 02-17-2021
ChiefBlueCFC - thank you! Just sent a PM to you and looking forward to your response.

gblowfish - when the Chiefs were first pursued, the Alumni Department was first on the agenda and Gary Spani was the reason for it. Besides heading up the Alumni Department, Gary is 1 of 10 presumed Chiefs Ambassadors who were teammates of Joe, along with a coach at that time. That entire list is Spani, Art Still, Deron Cherry, Carlos Carson, Mike Bell, Ken Kremer, Ted McKnight, Dave Lindstrom, Charlie Getty and Trent Bryant (Walt Corey being the assistant coach way back then). Carson played college ball at LSU and grew up in Louisiana so he likely would have an interest. Art Still was part of 37 Forever's initial golf outing back in 2001 and he's a good stand up guy. Cherry always has worn his heart on his sleeve when talking about Joe in all the features. When I initially contacted the Alumni Department, they all were e-mailed and the very first Zoom Conference of the 5 with the Chiefs (which was held the morning of the Banner Raising Home Opener against the Texans) was with 2 members from the department (names withheld) but I can say Mr. Spani was not in on that meeting, but the people I spoke with are very good (and echoed by a KC media member I just befriended yesterday) and I still stay in regular touch with them. They actually were the ones who introduced me and got me connected with the local KC Bank to establish this account for the Memorial Highway.

Nevertheless, I'd really love to be introduced to Gary Spani. As you said, he can be an incredible help.

The Jackson County Sports Commission is a brand new idea and I'm going to bring it up with KCBS before the week is out. Thanks George!

Shiver Me Timbers - yeah, the cost is a pretty penny. I do very much wish the price came in a lot lower, but I'm not upset at the Chiefs. Far from it. They have a business to run and I get it. This will definitely grab attention and be great PR for them as well. I just need to qualify that we would have access to The Founders Club, as well as The Founders Plaza so it would include use of those facilities as well. It might not be meant to be to have it at Arrowhead, but if that does indeed come to pass, it will not deter me to having a Joe Delaney BBQ Contest take root in KC this year.

Other Location Ideas:

BBQ Restaurant - there's definitely a lot of great venues to choose from and makes a bunch of sense. BBQ Contest should naturally occur at a BBQ restaurant. I have reached out to 1 so far - only because it is an up and comer and is still not open on weekends, so they would not have to worry about being out of pocket but no response yet. Clay had another BBQ venue in mind when we spoke the other night and he is right - their atmosphere would make for a superb venue. If we go that route, it's not necessarily about choosing the best BBQ restaurant in the area - it's more about choosing a BBQ place that offers up a great location, spacious parking area for teams to cook, vibrant atmosphere and sure, a solid reputation as an entrenched KC BBQ restaurant. From our side, it would need to be a location which would welcome the chance to host the event and be able to offer a sweetheart of a deal to make the cost of having the event there be the right choice.

Going perhaps in a different direction - someone from KCBS suggested West Bottoms and stated a BBQ promoter had used the area around Kemper Arena for a contest the last couple of years. As a New Yorker who knows where Arrowhead, Kauffman, the best of the best KC BBQ restaurants, the best ice cream places and a few other places in town are, yes I know where Kemper is but West Bottoms is where exactly?

Also, there might be a chance to bring it to a historical venue....

Big Red Chief - I need to respond to your PM's and I will shortly...
gblowfish 11:33 AM 02-18-2021
The West Bottoms is an area where the old KC Stockyards were located. It's at the bottom of the bluff in the river valley just west of Downtown KC. Kemper Arena is located in the West Bottoms. The American Royal facilities are located there too, right next to Kemper. Kemper is now owned and operated as a youth sports facility by Hy-Vee Grocery chain.
Hammock Parties 02:38 PM 02-21-2021
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AJKCFAN 10:21 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by Hammock Parties:
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Looking really good, Clay! THANK YOU!

Have an e-mail into the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) as per whether electronic signatures can be utilized for the signature requirement, which would probably make it easier. Should be hearing from them soon, maybe as early as tomorrow.

Hope to also have a BBQ Contest update this week/next week as George's ideas (along with others involved with the project from the onset) are bringing new important people into the mix that have the necessary experience to pull this off in KC, so stay tuned with that.

Thanks everyone...
Hammock Parties 09:04 AM 02-22-2021
What do we think about adding the counties to the image - will that muddy the message too much?

We could always put that in the tweet on the image instead.

Let me know if we need to tweak anything - I think it's a good week to blast this out in a few days on the socials and get going.
Otter 07:37 PM 02-22-2021
Originally Posted by Dartgod:
Did you even read his post?
He just wanted to talk at us.
Hammock Parties 08:04 PM 02-22-2021
Marty and I are going to tease the graphic tomorrow with a tweet.

Graphic will go out Wednesday as a call to action.
Hammock Parties 09:51 AM 02-23-2021
Teaser tweet scheduled.

Hammock Parties 09:56 AM 02-23-2021
I'm also changing my avatar to Joe and twitter name to "Joe Delaney Memorial Highway Project"
Hammock Parties 10:15 AM 02-23-2021
2.0 - reads better

Hammock Parties 11:47 AM 02-23-2021
FB posts are up

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