Move over Topeka…
The real reason we don’t have college or professional sports programs of note – meaning ones that win or get into championships – we live in Kansas City.
We’ve been a small to medium market city for more than half a century. We’re not considered a glamour town. What many of you guys don’t know or won’t face is that we have no real national image.
What are we? A jazz town? Please, that’s New Orleans. A cow town? We no longer have a big cattle base. Oh yeah, a barbecue town. Again, PLEASE!
What we are not known for are championship teams.
The Royals and Chiefs have not been near a title in half a lifetime or an entire lifetime. That’s too long. We don’t attract the best talent because our pay is generally a bit lower and the town boasts little excitement for young men looking for love and bright lights. Most importantly we have no national media in KC. None!
We have had a couple of national stars in 60 years for chrissakes. That’s it!
The only household name of merit – and he is now older, and fading due to time – is LEN DAWSON. Hall of Famer and a 20 year on-air star of NBC Sports and HBO. Len is the man to this day. Next would be Tony Gonzalez, who likely will win his first play-off game with Atlanta, not the Chiefs.
Tony has had a fair amount of national attention. Oprah, a brief reality show, TV commercials and he’s always talked up on network TV as the all-time best tight end in pro football. He’s handsome and has had only a couple legal scrapes, one with a couple of strippers covered up by the local press and a slight rumor about his sexual preference – very slight.
Then there’s George Brett, a Hall of Famer but again getting older. And George was not controversial. Oh yeah, the pine tar incident, that’s one. That’s it! Yes he had the crazy interview a year ago but that didn’t make the national press. Why? He wasn’t well known enough, that’s why! Had he been Roger Clemens it would have been all over the national media.
I love Kansas City and feel it is a fun town. I can also vouch for its beautiful women and nightlife.
God knows we have and have had both.
While living in LA for nearly two decades it seemed like half the pretty girls I met there were from this area. And they were all trying to be stars. Many KC and small town folks have done just that. From Paul Rudd to Debra Winger, all from this general area. Sadly most never return.
Marcus Allen could have owned this town.
He was our best offensive player since Dawson and Otis Taylor. No argument on that. And yes, that includes Gonzalez. Allen won games, Tony did not. Allen won big games for us and for the LA Raiders. But the Super Bowl MVP has long since disappeared from Kansas City. Not sure why CBS dumped him; it’s hard to find a sharper black guy and he speaks well, better then most every other black reporter who covers football. That’s not PC, but it’s true. Allen must have pissed someone off.
Yes I know KU has a great basketball program – the only legit program the KC area has. And MU is just an also ran, again, headed for the Schmuck Bowl.