The Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs will never again truly matter, says comedy club owner/sports scribe Craig Glazer.
“From the looks of things – based on our history, the current situation, ownership and management – I can’t see either organization winning a World Championship in the foreseeable future,” Glazer says. “And that includes many of our lifetimes. Not for Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers, anyway.”
Let’s start with the Royals.
“The reason the Royals have been the least successful pro franchise for the last 30 years is because of three issues,” Glazer continues. “Ownership, front office management and because of the failure to find one great player.
“Because I believe that in baseball, football and the NBA, the successful teams are usually built around one great player. There might be more than one, but at least one, because that person raises all boats. George Brett is a perfect example of how one great player can turn a good team into a great team.
“The current Royals are a pretty good team – they’re not a bad team – but they don’t have that ignition switch. They don’t have any stars. They have potential stars, but they’ve always had potential stars.”
And the Chiefs?
“The Marty Schottenheimer era had at least two teams that could have won world championships,” Glazer says. “But their Achilles heel was their front office and Carl Peterson. And Schottenheimer has to take some of the blame because he went along with it.
“They made two really bad decisions. The first was firing (kicker) Nick Lowery which cost them a trip to the Super Bowl. And the second was not putting soon-to-be NFL MVP Rich Gannon in at quarterback. They benched him for Elvis Grbac. A 9th grader wouldn’t have made that call.
“People say, we’re a small market, we don’t have any money? Well,that’s horse crap. What about the Minnesota Twins and Green Bay? We live in a world where it’s always gonna happen later. Well, let me tell you something Chiefs fans, it’s going to be ugly. If they win seven games, I’ll be surprised. And if they break .500 I’ll be stunned.
“And remember in late May or early June and some of the people in the comments section wanted me to eat some crow and I did when the Royals were in first place for a half a second. It’s not a case of me flip-flopping I just gave them their props because they got hot for a short while. Now they’re back where they belong.”