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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. pic.twitter.com/X5Rrxl4j3z
— 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 AJKCFAN@yahoo.com. 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.
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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....

Adam (AJKCFAN)
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AJKCFAN 07:14 PM 03-10-2021
Originally Posted by HayWire:
Very well done sir. My only problem is your lack of goatee.
Heh - me wifey has been trying for YEARS to get me to grow one. As you can see, there’s not much facial hair anywhere, except for the eyebrows....
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βearcat 07:19 PM 03-10-2021
Originally Posted by AJKCFAN:
Heh - me wifey has been trying for YEARS to get me to grow one. As you can see, there’s not much facial hair anywhere, except for the eyebrows....
Might as well shave them too to complete the aerodynamic look.
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Bearcrumb 07:50 PM 03-10-2021
Originally Posted by HayWire:
This thing is basically fait accompli :-)

Joe was the only one able to tear me away from Dorsett and Sweetness

Outstanding
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AJKCFAN 09:17 PM 03-10-2021
Originally Posted by Easy 6:
This thing is basically fait accompli :-)

Joe was the only one able to tear me away from Dorsett and Sweetness

Outstanding
For the old timers over there

1:01-1:07 of the feature

That was from our inaugural 37 Forever weekend

AND

that white ball cap I’m wearing..... is a Chiefs Planet logo hat!
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burt 10:03 AM 03-12-2021
Originally Posted by AJKCFAN:
For the old timers over there

1:01-1:07 of the feature

That was from our inaugural 37 Forever weekend

AND

that white ball cap I’m wearing..... is a Chiefs Planet logo hat!
I totally missed that!!
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Coach 08:39 AM 03-21-2021
I know it's only been a week AJKCFAN, but are there any new updates?
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AJKCFAN 12:36 PM 03-21-2021
Originally Posted by Coach:
I know it's only been a week AJKCFAN, but are there any new updates?
We are making progress on the venue for the BBQ contest. October, 2021 remains the target. Really would like to see the Chiefs home schedule announced before locking in the date. Location we are shooting for is a known establishment in the Kansas City area. Don’t have an official proposal yet, but talks are definitely underway and intensifying. Somewhat confident by months end the car will be out of the bag....

On the Memorial Highway front - the application was officially received by MODOT. From what I am being told, MODOT meets up in May to evaluate and officially approve the project.

For now, due to COVID, only signs being installed are highway exit signs which need to be replaced and other essential signs to prevent accidents. Understandably, I asked my contact at MODOT to try to move this project ahead so that it can be up in time for Opening Day in September or at some point in season. No guarantees, but was told they would look to prioritize this request (due to Covid, there will be no dedication ceremony at this time)
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SuperBowl4 10:02 AM 03-27-2021
:-)
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Rausch 05:26 PM 03-31-2021
So for over a decade the mark of a true Chiefs fan was the goatee. Everyone had it.

Is it now officially the shaved head? I'm bald enough now it probably wouldn't take long to fit in...
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Rausch 05:27 PM 03-31-2021
Originally Posted by Shiver Me Timbers:
To do the thing at Arrowhead-
How many $$$ is a "staggering amount"?
The guy pays rent in NY so you do the math...
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Bugeater 04:37 PM 05-02-2021
It's been over a month since anything has been posted so I'm going to un-sticky this thread for the time being.



AJKC, please continue with any updates and if you want it stuck again, just ask. Thanks for all you do!
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Hammock Parties 07:06 PM 05-03-2021
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. pic.twitter.com/X5Rrxl4j3z

— Joe Delaney Memorial Highway Project (@ClayWendler) May 4, 2021

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rockymtnchief 07:08 PM 05-03-2021
Excellent job, everyone!
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AJKCFAN 07:40 PM 05-03-2021
Originally Posted by Bugeater:
It's been over a month since anything has been posted so I'm going to un-sticky this thread for the time being.



AJKC, please continue with any updates and if you want it stuck again, just ask. Thanks for all you do!
Thanks Bugeater.

MODOT did promise they’d meet in May and they did not disappoint! Clay’s Tweet is confirmed - The Joe Delaney Memorial Highway is officially a reality! Covid has backed up a lot of projects but fingers crossed that it will be up in time for the Chiefs Home Opener (just have no control over MODOT operations) and whenever it is complete, these signs will adorn I-435 for the next 20 years!

So massive congratulations to Clay and everything he did to tirelessly drive the online petitions, plus the secret Chiefs Planet member who covered the entire cost of the project, to Marty, to the unwavering support received by Vahe and The entire KC Star Sports Department and time Gabriella Pagan and the KSHB news team who did an incredible job covering the story - THANK YOU ALL!

As far as the BBQ Contest - definitely working on it. I’ve intentionally worked slow because I want to set the date on same weekend in October as a Chiefs home game and schedule release isn’t until next Wednesday but things will start intensifying quickly once that happens

So stick or unstick?

Let’s unstick for now. With all going on with the passing of Patteeu and the scare with Nzoner, that should be the attention.

When there is an update (and there will be one soon as a proposal is expected) I’ll post it and we will take it from there....)

(For all you codebreakers out there, my last post on this thread does reveal the location. I just cannot reveal publicly the location until things get more set in stone...)
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Coach 08:34 PM 05-03-2021
Congrats.

Code broken. Marked as *Top Secret/Classified* :-)
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