From the FanPosts. Agreed! -Joel
This has been the type of summer that that good people of Kansas City will not soon forget. The spotlight, along with the sun, has been shining directly on Kansas City all summer long. While we tend to keep things subtly under the radar around this part of the country, no one will deny the attention that we have received. If we take a step back, we may begin to view this as one of the biggest years in the history of the city.
This summer’s All-Star game, along with the pageantry surrounding it, solidified our city as a small market with a big fan base who is starving for big games to be played here every summer. The gurus of Google are busy designing and printing our label as the “Silicon Prairie,” while reinventing the way the internet is brought to us. We have settled into the praise of our state-of-the-art Livestrong Park, earned high honors as a city for entrepreneurs, and reestablished our cultural reputation with the downtown Kauffman Center.
With all the attention and success, why does it still feel like something is missing?
Quite simply, it is.
KC is by all accounts a great sports town. We have watched the heated rivalries between the Yankees and the Royals, and we have seen Otis Taylor break tackles and streak down field in SuperBowl IV. Danny Manning and the Miracles brought down Kemper Arena in 1988, and Derrick Thomas lived the fans passion for the game of football. Yet each time we think of our best sports moments, we have to look back on them with a historical perspective. We see gigantic shoulder pads, and slimmed down baseball players on grainy video cassette highlights.
Our sports teams play a colossal role on keeping us on the national stage, and continually help us maintain relevancy in fly-over country. We often cultivate an identity through our teams, and the wide-ranging appeal of sports helps bring the community together.
As this banner year winds down, we need to address the part of our city that helps shape us. Our Kansas City Chiefs need to be good. Not just good, but significant and able to create memories. We do not need to tout the season as “Our Time,” or bend the players backs with the pressure of expectations.
These blistering dog days have the Kansas City Chief’s fans turning their attention to the newly upgraded team. Over the next several weeks, only the people of Kansas City will be wise to the massive roster upgrades and the budding team camaraderie. While the rest of the country drowns in Tebow and Manning coverage, the fans of Kansas City will keep their eyes solely on their team. They will see a team who is quietly humming along, blending chemistry and talent, while developing into the league’s biggest secret.
If the Kansas City Chiefs are able to parallel the city’s recent success and keep us on the national scene, they will do it with the quiet and understated nature that we are all familiar with. For now, we will keep watching and hoping that Kansas City will cap off it’s big year in a big way.