Now the odds are that Larry Johnson’s first encounter against the Chiefs as a Bengal will be nothing more than a letdown. LJ has already said he’s not holding a grudge. More importantly, the Bengals had a solid running game without him so there’s no reason to turn an otherwise depressing end of season game into a grudge match.
However, taking revenge of Kansas City is something of a local tradition in a way that’s much more interesting than just a run-of-the-mill beatdown.
The cruelest affront to Kansas City that so many former hometown greats have perpetrated on this town is a complete disregard for the city.
Allow me to offer a little bit of explanation:
Sports people and professionals from every walk of life don’t even like mentioning their days in Kansas City once they’ve moved on to greater things.
Neil Smith won a Superbowl with the Broncos and beat Chiefs to do it but it wasn’t a big deal because there wasn’t a big kissoff to Kansas City, just an anticlimactic (and mostly long overdue) departure. The same can be said of most people who use this town as nothing more than a stepping stone.
This concept goes over the head of most half-wit sports fans but I’ve learned that indifference is a far more powerful and hurtful sentiment than hate. Therefore, athletes, professionals, artists and so many other people who shake the dust (or snow) from this cowtown and never look back are really making the more meaningful statement. So I believe LJ when he notes that his departure from Kansas City isn’t personal. I doubt he gives this burg or its people a second thought and, unfortunately, that feeling (or lack thereof) is shared by far too many folks.