Get it straight, Kansas City isn’t a stepping stone, it’s more of a way station for people on their way up, down or out. The exceptions that prove this rule are the few people who have found an equilibrium in this town and will never let go of their positions. Folks like Walt Bodine, Larry Moore, former Mayor Charles Wheeler and to a lesser extent Mary O’Halloran. They cling with a vice like grips to the ethos of Kansas City. And in their own way, these people and institutions try and run this town in much the same way sappy Hallmark sentiments born in this Midwestern burg seems to define K.C. life in general.
But for the most part, people with enough silly self-confidence to hold onto real ambition and the will to become a “master of the universe” should never plan on hanging around Kansas City very long. Similarly, there is nothing as sad as a Kansas City minor league team bragging about their success.
A few examples:
There’s nothing “major league” about Major League Soccer. Sadly, the Wizards record isn’t that great, their attendance is the lowest in the league AND they can’t settle on a name.
Nevertheless, they keep bragging about the success of their franchise based solely on PR events and some rather risky speculation from the Unified Government in KCK. There is the possibility that soccer might attract the throngs of NASCAR fans and Nebraska Furniture Mart shoppers. I just don’t want to advise people to hold their breath waiting for that to happen.
And then there’s the T-Bones. They’re really good, but their games matter even less than the Royals after the All-Star break and most locals probably couldn’t name a single player from the team.
And that lack of any real marquee players pretty much defines small time sports in KC.
That’s not so say that small time success in this town isn’t nice, and a bit of a “pick-me up” from our perennially losing pro-teams. But it all needs to be put into perspective. The small time in this small town just isn’t significant and pretending that minor league success is a substitute for Kansas City’s major league woes is only a strategy undertaken by bored sports writers. Sure, winning is nice but this town’s desperate search for victory has sports fans moving backwards and settling for less despite the bigtime tax bills that support pro-sports losers.