Pro sports teams from Kansas City and Houston don’t meet often enough to have developed any sense of rivalry.
But with Tuesday’s decisive Game 5 in the American League Division Series between the Royals and Astros, they will have met in an elimination series in all of the major sports on the Kansas City sports scene — and one that is no longer part of the mix.
The most recent pro sports ill will between Kansas City and Houston played out on the pitch. Three times during 2007-12, the Dynamo went through Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Cup Playoffs before Sporting prevailed in 2013 on its way to the Cup.
The Chiefs’ last playoff victory occurred in Houston, so long ago that the team wasn’t the Texans but the Oilers. Like the Royals’ game on Monday, that playoff game played out in comeback fashion, with the Chiefs trailing by six early in the fourth quarter before rallying behind quarterback Joe Montana for the 28-20 victory in the 1993 season.
Their first championship meeting? The 1981 NBA Western Conference finals matched the Houston Rockets and the Kansas City Kings.
The Rockets of Moses Malone and Calvin Murphy prevailed in five games over the Kings of Reggie King, Scott Wedman and Sam Lacey. It marked the deepest playoff run of the Kings’ 13 seasons in Kansas City.
Game 5 tonight in the AL Division Series isn’t the first time that Kansas City and Houston teams have collided with something on the line. Here are some KC-Houston clashes in four different sports:
AL Division Series
The Royals rallied and won 9-6 in Game 4 after trailing by four runs in the eighth.
MLS Cup Playoff
Dynamo 3-1 in series
The conference series produced MLS champions in 2007 (Houston) and 2013 (KC).
AFC Division Playoff
KC quarterback Joe Montana outdueled Houston’s Warren Moon.
NBA Western Finals
The Kings had no answer for Moses Malone (27.2 ppg). Few teams did