I am a KC native and Chiefs fan and I moved to Los Angeles about four years ago. It took me a while, but I am now feeling an emotional connection to the Lakers, and last night's win over the Celtics was just awesome. ABC has to be thrilled with a 7 game series and ecstatic with the last quarter of the game. The NBA must be equally satisfied with the ratings the series has generated.
Being from KC, my tendency is to associate sports fandom with pain and disappointment. Our championship moments are so few and far between. I was a kid in 1985, so I barely remember the Royals World Series win. The Chiefs of the past 20 years have been (until the past 3) competitive but always heartbreaking. When I moved to L.A., becoming a Laker fan just seemed too easy for me. Too convenient. Where would all the suffering come from? Plus I hate bandwagon-jumping fair weather fans with all my heart (75% of the Who Dat Nation springs immediately to mind). So four years later, I now feel really emotionally invested in the team and would really call myself a true Laker fan.
Last night was great but today was really cool. Everybody was sporting their Laker gear today. Everybody seemed to be energized by the win. Everybody seemed a little bit happier. I am not making this up: I have seen at least a half dozen homeless guys wearing Laker shirts today. Everybody is in the spirit of things. It was also very cool to hear Kobe speak last night of the team really wanting to rally and win the title for the city. As Kobe put it, the city was really calling out for it.
I realize KC is not nearly as diversified ethnically as L.A. is, but today everybody is united as Laker fans. As Angelinos we have the love of the team in common. The parade on Monday should be great as well as a diverse city comes together to celebrate.
I have great faith in Scott Pioli as the GM of the Chiefs. And I really wish for a Superbowl win for the Chiefs sooner than later. It's been so long since KC has been able to have a day like the one I've experienced over the past 24 hours. Too long. I don't want this to sound mean, but I've always kind of hated KC's resentment at being overlooked in the national media. But if you win the Superbowl they can't overlook you.
Kansas City deserves a Champion.