Lots of things to elbow around today, so let’s get started…
ARE CONCERTS AT LIVESTRONG WORTH THE DAMAGE?
Did you see Matt Donnelly‘s sum up about the horrendous field conditions last night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, home of the soccer team formerly known as The Wizards?
"LIVESTRONG has recently hosted two concerts on its turf, and the wear and tear has turned the once pristine grass into a total nightmare," Donnelly writes. "Throughout the game, players and coaches were seen tamping down large chunks of turf that made the potholes in Lawrence seem small."
Should Sporting Kansas City owners plan to continue raking in extra dough on concerts, they need to do one of two things – or both.
First, come up with a way of covering it for concerts that doesn’t do irreperable harm. Seemingly, this was all figured out in advance since the stadium was specifically designed to host these type of events. Second, hire someone to take care of the grass like former Arrowhead sod sultan George Toma.
Toma could shore up a bad turf in days and SKC has had weeks but still was unable to get the job done.
TOUGH TICKET SALE ALERT, TAKE ONE
Maybe it’s me, but $402 for a pair of reasonably primo ducats to see (yawn) Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs at Starlight seems a tad much.
Maybe it’s the $26 per ticket service charge that takes it over the top. Although musically speaking, it would almost have to be at gun point to get me to attend. But there’s no accounting for taste, right?
Still $402 for two tickets?
TOUGH TICKET SALE, TAKE TWO
Might the college football equivalent of the sign of the apocalypse be this year’s KU football team’s Groupon offer for "up to 63 percent off KU football tickets"?
Seems like only yesterday former KU AD Lew Perkins was kicking longtime KU football loyalists out of their seats at Lawrence’s Memorial Stadium to make way for higher dollar donors.
Funny how time flies.
With Sports Illustrated forecasting a 1-11 season, prospective KU football ticketbuyers find themselves in the unenviable position of deciding which of the 11 remaining losing games they wish to attend.
The ironic part being, that many (if not most) of the longtime KU season ticketholders excommunicated by Perkins, were through-thick-and-thin types.
Now that "thin" is back in.
SWALLOW AT YOUR OWN RISK
On the heels of Matt Donnelly noting how expensive the beers were at LIVESTRONG, promoter Jeff Fortier weighed in on Facebook last night – presumeably from the SKC-Galaxy game with this culinary observation:
"The food at livestrong sporting blowz!"
SPEAKING OF INDIAN SPRINGS SHOPPING CENTER…
Return with me now to 1992 when former Pitch editor C.J. Janovy – running the show then at former alt rag The New Times – decided to do a hit piece on on a beleaguered but still battling Indian Springs Mall.
Local movie powerhouse AMC Theatres was still operating a multiplex there and had recently completed a major overhaul and upgrade of its theater.
Unbeknownst to Janovy, obviously.
Because in an effort to spice up New Times "Best Of" issue that fall, she buried a dagger in AMC by declaring Indian Springs the city’s worst movie house. Based unfortunately on the state of the mall rather than the redo that actually had catapulted Indian Springs to near the top of the city’s best movie theaters.
Worse yet, the New Times – embroiled at the time in a bitter battle against the early Pitch – lost its exclusive distrribution deal with AMC, because not only did AMC feel betrayed by a marketing partner, it was extremely upset at having one of its best theaters wrongly besmirched.