I’m enjoying Kansas— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) May 6, 2021
Among the many hundreds of responses was a retweet featuring his original tweet — and Long felt compelled to explain further.
Things were getting out of hand quickly.
Then, Long tried his best to understand.
This is a very strange response to someone saying they enjoy the new state they live in. Not trying to make enemies, but definitely finding some crazies https://t.co/VAQybN4olt— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) May 7, 2021
And finally... threw in the towel.
I’ll return to twitter after I read some more literature on Kansas and Missouri hate one another so deeply. Until then I’ll be training for my job in Kansas City I hope you all enjoy your evening pic.twitter.com/qU2eROIl9U— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) May 7, 2021
But after time to reflect and learn — not to mention a couple of mornings working out at Arrowhead — Long tried a different tack.
Had a great morning in Missouri— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) May 11, 2021
Then he asked the all-important question...
Are we even now?— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) May 11, 2021
And got an answer from someone who is now one of the most important people in his life.
Long is hardly the first member of the Chiefs to unexpectedly stumble into the Missouri-Kansas Border War (known by some partisans as the “Kansas-Missouri Border War”). One of the respondents to his original tweet noted a previous incident.
Y'all remember when we signed Tyrann and he was new to the KC area? He was so confused by fan comments. This happens every time a player mentions being in Kansas. pic.twitter.com/IRGSdkfck4— Connie Jo (@cjkc_life09) May 7, 2021
It’s hard for those from outside the area to fully understand.
With its roots in the time before the Civil War, the Border War goes back far beyond the memory of anyone now living. And it’s made worse by the remarks of poorly informed TV announcers and touring musicians who never seem to realize that the metropolitan Kansas City area is bisected by the border between two states — not to mention a certain series of college football and basketball games, along with perceptions that drivers in one state are worse than those in the other. (And no... I’m not going to weigh in on that — except to say that I have lived on both sides of the state line and drove exactly the same way whether my license plate was from Missouri or Kansas).
Welcome to Kansas City, Mr. Long!