I think Ive mentioned this before here, but Im the kind of airhead who sometimes puts the cottage cheese back in the cupboard instead of the fridge. My dog sometimes needs to remind me shes hungry. Thats how it goes.
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
So, you shouldnt be surprised that I originally had a Sporting Kansas City question in the last Twitter Tuesday but somehow lost it in the editing process^.
^ A fancy way of saying I cut-and-copied to move it higher in the post, and best as I can tell, didnt paste it back down.
Anyway, heres the redux and, as a penalty, Ill answer another question, too.
@mellinger Sporting didn't get the shield, but still had an amazing season. Will their pattern of underperforming in the playoffs continue?— Ben Davis (@bdaviskc) October 28, 2013
Im going to leave the specific soccer breakdowns to sharper minds like this, but I will say that this is one of those under-the-radar storylines locally. I adore most everything that Sporting KC has done^, especially their relentless and creative efforts of building a strong relationship with their fans. Other franchises in Kansas City and other places should try to copy some of it.
But I do think the narrative has lost touch in a lot of places and Im curious if another underwhelming playoff performance will bring it out. Like, take the people who think Sportings ownership group should buy the Royals. Even if we ignore that the Royals arent for sale, the idea that Sportings owners would spend more than what the Royals have been spending is, at best, built on hope and dreams. Sportings success has come without big spending on players, even by MLS standards. Why would that change if they jumped into the bigger money world of major league baseball.
I know Im tangent-ing here, so sorry. Point is, Sporting has earned a seat at the big boy table, in other words, and should be treated like it. If they dont at least make the MLS Cup, some fair and tough questions should be asked of a franchise thats heard almost nothing but compliments.
And if they deliver the citys first pro championship in more than a decade, they should be proportionally celebrated.
@mellinger as long as there's bonus TT, can you add something on KU preventing lotsa people who want to see product from seeing product?— Dan Hodes (@danhodes) October 29, 2013
This isnt something Im all that worked up about. I dont get Time Warner, and Id like to watch those games on TV, but this is a business decision that KU has made. They know theyre pissing off a chunk of their fan base, and have apparently concluded that the math still works in their favor.
Im never one to think unnecessarily irritating your fans is ever a good idea, but this is a business decision. Let the market decide whether it was a smart one.