Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Last Time We Talked...

The last time we talked, the Royals were at the beginning of yet another losing season...

The spectacle of the Kansas City Chiefs going 2-14 was still a long way off.

Missouri had not yet discovered how tough it was to play football in the SEC.

Now, in September, the 2013 Major League Baseball season is drawing to a close.  The Royals have not yet been mathematically eliminated from the race for the second wild card spot.  The boys in blue, however, are assured of their first winning season in 2 decades, and have been awesomely exciting to watch.  If not for a disaster of a May, and some bad losses in August, we might really be talking playoffs.  Royals are still short on offense, but good pitching and defense means the team is rarely completely taken out of a game.  2014 has the potential to be a beautiful season, but it will require work in the off-season to keep up the level.

The Chiefs are 3-0, with a game coming up against the suddenly (Oh they are bad!) pathetic New York Giants here in Kansas City. The Giants are suddenly old, and the potential for 4-0 is very real.

It cracks me up when cynical and jaded fans are looking for what is wrong, or people accuse followers of Kansas City teams of not being realistic, of only looking at their teams and their chances with rose colored glasses.  Part of following a team is always being hopeful, and when your team is going well, enjoying the ride.  Yet, the informed fan well knows the deficits of the team.  The Royals offense lacks home run power and is too subject to disappearing.  The Chiefs offensive line is not as good at pass protection as it needs to be.  We need to find out if we finally have a real running mate for Dwayne Bowe at wide receiver.  Why in the world does Sporting Kansas City always manage to play down to the level of their competition and make a match out of what should be an easy win?  Aurelin Colin is going to get Sporting in trouble one day with his temper.

So we have the Royals much improved, the Chiefs with a great beginning, and Sporting KC driving to the playoffs and a real chance to take the MLS championship.  Oh, yeah, stuff can go wrong--one must realize at bottom there is only one champion--but to be able to, as a fan, realize that your team is not too bad, that is something.

So, yeah, a long year coming for the New York Giants...who would have imagined the New York Jets have more wins?!?

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