So much gloom and doom over the Kansas City Chiefs of late. Chillax, people. Tis the season to be jolly. Not angry or heartsick because a bunch of our hired gun, from out-of-town, millionaires lost a half dozen games to some other city’s from-out-of-town, hired gun millionaires. That’s no reason to bah humbug away our daily lives.
Hey, we still have the Plaza lights, right?
How many NFL teams are there, 32, right?
Which means that without fail, like 97 percent of the cities with pro football teams flunk out each and every year.
So effing what?
What are the pitiful souls who live in those 31 loser cities supposed to do – curl up and die? Of course not.
It’s a game, people, just a game.
And from what I could tell, Sunday’s ill fated Chief’s loss to the New York Jets was a heckuva fun-to-watch, closely-contested game. Not something to cry our eyes out over. Not something that cast a pallor over the entire town.
Allow me to remind you of that antiquated axiom our parents and teachers tried to teach us long ago:
It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
That said, with all the money involved in professional sports – college, too – that line of thinking seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.
For example, how much does KU basketball coach Bill Self get paid to cheat on his wife and lord over the entire state of Kansas? Over $4.7 million a year. Ridiculous, right?
Ridiculous but true.
And how many millions of dollars do fans shell out to run around in public wearing garish red and yellow nylon Chiefs jackets and the like?
Many sports fans are literally “invested” in today’s sports culture. And who likes to make a bad investment?
The bottom line: Kansas City is an increasingly cool place to live for dozens, hundreds or more reasons.Look around. And three of those reasons are that we have successful professional sports teams in football, baseball and soccer. Just like many similar size and larger cities do.
However, while it definitely makes things more fun and raises our spirits when these teams on occasion field championship teams, it does nothing to take away from the quality of life here when they do not.
So how about we collectively keep it in our pants when some other city’s hired guns beat our hired guns and avoid the temptation of equating the successes or lack thereof in our lives with that of these three teams.
Think of it in terms of a cup half full – we’re fortunate to have these sort of entertainment options. But after all, there are lots of other ways to fritter away (or make) money besides just sending it to Vegas, buying tacky sports gear or laboring over fantasy sports statistics for months on end .
Am I wrong?