Some games don't need elaborate recaps -- the scoreline tells the story on its own. Los Angeles 4-Kansas City 1.
The game also didn't leave me a lot of variation for questions. My first stab at this column was to repeat the question "WHAT THE $%*@ IS WRONG?" with increasing exasperation. Because I don't have access to Peter Vermes' brain nor the desire to resort to that sort of foolishness. I needed something else.
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So, I took 36 hours to ponder what I witnessed. During this time, I kept coming back to the same feeling: This was a team bottoming out.
While pondering the concept of hitting the bottom, I kept coming back to one of my favorite movies (and favorite books) -- "Fight Club." It's essentially a clever and violent mediation on what it feels like to hit rock bottom as a person (and, to a certain extent, a society).
So, this is 11 Quotes from Fight Club that explain KC hitting bottom.
1. "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."
Whenever anyone tries to look on the bright side of watching someone (or some team) hit the bottom, is to reassure them: "There's only one way to go from here ... up."
This quote, which pretty much distills the purpose of Tyler Durden down into one sentence, goes to the team and its current position. You could argue that this is the lowest point of Peter Vermes' tenure as manager. Sure they had issues last year, but the team managed to climb out of the hole. Now they've fallen back down.
The good news, it feels like there isn't any further down Sporting Kansas City can fall than right now.
You could also argue that it's time to start clamoring for Vermes' job. That's not happening right now. He'll have the entire season (I think) to climb back out of this hole.
2. "You wake up at Seatac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, mountain, central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?"
This line by the narrator is intended to foreshadow his relationship with Tyler Durden. In our exercise, it can be used as rationale for much of the team's problems.
The numero uno reason that KC is in this hole right now is the arduous 10-game road trip. Every one thought when the schedule came out that it would be a tough road. It has turned out to be much harder than many probably realized. Travel can be a righteous hassle: Cramped airplanes, debilitating airports, dealing with baggage, changing time zones and cities. Leaving families. Sleeping in hotels. And much more.
The decision by the ownership group -- and it was their decision -- to embark on this trip was like sending a knight into battle not just without a sword, but without one of his arms.
The 2011 Sporting Kansas Citians will likely be the last franchise in sports history that willingly puts themselves through this sort of ringer.
3. "Tyler Durden: Three pitchers of beer, and you still can't ask.