But now that the weather’s cleared up, it’s time to get out and raise some hell. One thing sure to put a smile on your face would be going to one of the two Stanford’s Comedy Club locations here in Kansas City.
Enjoy former Kansas Citian comedian Jon Schieszer’s at the Legends Friday through Sunday with his hysterical sidekick Jeremiah Watkins from Los Angeles.
Stanford’s On Broadway, by the Uptown is featuring America’s youngest headlining comic, 18 year old Aaron Branch who beat out more than 100 regional comics to win Comic of the Year in 2012. Aaron is honing his craft in Chicago with the famed Second City Improv Company and has been compared to a young Will Smith and Kevin Hart.
If you’re like many, you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve yet.
Allow me help you out. Years ago we had the number one comedy ventriloquist of today, Jeff Dunham, who won the hearts of America. These days you see him and all his puppet pals at venues like the Sprint Center where he played last year. New Year’s Eve through Saturday, we have Dunham and pals’ evil twins in Otto and George, who are regulars on Howard Stern, the Tonight Show and even have their own Showtime special.
Like Frank Sinatra (almost) said, it was a very good year…for Kansas City…
All our pro teams stepped it up, so a tip of the hat to the Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC. We also need to acknowledge the best overall sports franchise in this area is the University of Kansas basketball team, that won its 9th consecutive Big 12 title as well as making a nice run in March Madness.
And KU looks to be even more talented this year. The University of Missouri football team could equal one of its greatest seasons ever with a win over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl next week. We even have to send a smile Kansas State’s way for ending up in a decent bowl against Michigan next week.
While many Kansas Citians enjoy their college teams and cheer for the Royals, the big news is still what’s going on with our Kansas City Chiefs.
You know the saying, the better you get, the more you want.
Our Chiefs shocked the NFL with a 9 and 0 start but then fell to earth with a 2 and 5 finish (assuming they lose to the Chargers, which they will). This is a huge improvement over last year’s 2 and 14 team. Head coach Andy Reid is likely NFL Coach of the Year, Jamaal Charles is the best running back in the NFL and an All-Pro. Several Chiefs will make the All-AFC team including Alex Smith, Derek Johnson and Tamba Hali. You might even see Poe and a couple Special Team guys on the list.
I’ll be honest, when you start out 9 and 0 and finish out 2 and 5, that big improvement takes a hard kick to the groin.
We all now know that the Chiefs never beat a very good team the entire season. What we’ve learned after 15 games is the following: our pass rush is nearly non-existant, the Chiefs secondary is well below average, the Chiefs have no true NFL starting receiver anywhere excluding running back Charles. And with the exception of Dexter McCluster, Alex Smith and Charles, there are no offensive weapons on the Chiefs worth mentioning.
To be blunt, one could argue that while their record improved dramatically, the team itself is almost no better than last year’s.
I fear that next year this team will still be somewhere around average. And after seeing the Chiefs poor performance against Indy at Arrowhead it’s tough to believe they will win that road game in Indianapolis next week.
But, let’s hope for the best.
Minnesota (-4) over Syracuse
San Diego (-3 ½) over KC teased with Denver (-5) over Oakland
San Francisco (+6) over Arizona teased with Philadelphia (-1/2) over Dallas
San Diego (-3 ½) over KC teased with the Rams (+17 ½) over Seattle
I’ve had a good run so far with 53 wins and 33 losses against the spread. I’d love to hit plus 60 wins and stay in the 30’s on losses by season’s end. Happy New Year. Follow me on Twitter @KCKingofSting