Despite our landlocked location nearly 800 miles from the closest honest-to-goodness ocean and its requisite beaches, beach volleyball courts and their sandy accoutrements are becoming as common as barbecue in the Kansas City area. About a dozen public facilities with as many as 18 courts in each complex operate around the city. Another half dozen or so neighborhood associations and apartment complexes also operate private sand volleyball courts.
The Fight Circus, beyond being an MMA event, is a carnival with feats of strength — including weightlifters taking turns hoisting a Dodge Dart. It is a car and motorcycle show and a festival for local businesses, bands and food trucks, especially those from the Northland.
Matt Antoine's level of fame soared after he won an Olympic bronze medal two winters ago. He was asked to make appearances and speeches. Everyone wanted to snap a photo of him and the bronze that he won at the Sochi Games, and people seemed to have more interest in the niche sport of skeleton than he could remember.