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But I’ll try….
* Thank God all this volleyball shit is almost over. I’m not sure how much more of even the discussions I can take. You can actually tell it’s an overblown Omaha event, when you crack open the World-Herald this morning and there’s a huge article on….bun huggers. Ok, I realize hardly anybody knows anything about volleyball and wants to be a part of all this…but good Lord, at least try and get creative. (Not that that was ever the WH’s strong point.)
* Speaking of volleyball, the Omaha media continues to beat the drum of having the Volleyball Final Four here permanently. The argument for that (aside from absolute blind hysteria of having an ESPNU camera somewhere in the city limits) is “Omaha can support the CWS for 50+ years, why not the volleyball tourney?” Ohhhhh..I dunno…perhaps because the Huskers are a dominant program, and nobody wants to see them have an 17,000 home-court advantage every year? That’s just my guess. That’s like having the basketball Final Four in Durham, NC every year. It’s like having the College World Series in Baton Rogue. It’s like having the BCS Championship game in Austin. See what I’m getting at here? Get the hell over yourselves people. It’s embarrassing.
It’s easy to say, “Let’s have it here all the time”, when your team is in it. I wasn’t there, but didn’t a large majority of the crowd on Thursday night bail out after the Husker game? If “Nebraska sports fans will support their teams no matter what”, how come the Devaney Center is sitting empty most of the time? How come Creighton has a brand new soccer stadium, a great team, and zero fans? How come we still have the Omaha Beef and Knights? How are their crowds?
The point is..you people are fucking crazy. I don’t even blame you though. The real driving force behind this is a disenchanted local media, that thrives on ratings…ratings that step from everybody rooting for the same team. And you wonder why there are people like me out there? I doubt I’m the only one who sees this.
* Since a lot of my Big 12 hits have died down post-football season, I can now go back to talking a bit more local stuff. (Think of me as the anti Todd and Tyler). To start with…I have an observation….since when did North Omaha become South Central East? I mean, it’s always been relatively bad, but did I read correctly that 9 people had been shot since Thursday? Nine? That’s something you want floating out there with so many hicks from Saunders County, uhhhh….I mean “volleyball fans” in town. At what point is the mayor and the powers that be realize that there may be a hint of a problem in that part of town? Nothing you can do, perhaps…but you would think there would be a bit more outcry from the rest of the community. Then again, Biff and Muffin at Village Pointe probably don’t travel to 30th and Ames very often. Sad really.
* You may notice I don’t mention the NFL very often here. Don’t get me wrong…I love watching the NFL, and follow it quite a bit…probably as much as college football or more in some seasons. However, I have a serious handicap. You see, I was born a Kansas City Chiefs fan, and by natural selection, I am not allowed to enjoy a successful season without pissing it away. You see, the Chiefs have fallen into a trap outside of the natural ebb and flow of NFL cycles. While most teams have great cycles, then down cycles (49ers, Cowboys, Steelers, Dolphins, Chargers etc), the Chiefs have been blessed with mediocrity. Never super bad, they are also seldom super good. Their stadium and their fan support is second to none…but the product on the field is often bland and lacking in some major aspect of fundamentals. (Such as tackling, catching or even thinking)
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt passed away on Thursday, and his loss will be felt throughout the NFL. He was a pioneer who achieved much in his rather long life, and will be missed I’m sure by family, friends and colleagues. However, Mr. Hunt had a shortcoming, and that was settling with high attendance rather than high results. The Chiefs are one of the most successful teams in the NFL in terms of winning % over the past 15-20 years (only 4 seasons since 1988 with a losing record), but have THREE playoff wins since 1969. (1…2…3).
Lamar’s son Clark is now tasked with running the Chiefs, and many believe now is the time to make some long needed changes. Over the past 20 years or so, being a Kansas City football fan has been almost as difficult as being a Royals fan. At least in baseball season, you know you have no shot by about April 30th. But with the Chiefs, the potential and possibilities were all there…year after year. It’s devastating to lose a pioneer, and Lamar Hunt will be greatly missed. But let’s hope his son can bring new ideas and new hope to a team that was always almost good enough.
Maybe he’ll get rid of those fucking trumpets during the game as well.