Twitter Tuesday: Royals pitchers, Chiefs coaches, KC stadiums, food, soccer, the NBA, frustrations and a Luis Mendoza lookalike
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Spent Saturday night in the Cauldron for what turned out to be Sporting Kansas City’s worst game of the season, a 2-0 stinkbomb to an expansion team playing something of a makeshift lineup.
But I wasn’t there to analyze the soccer as much as do some reporting for a big-picture column that should run soon, and there is no way you can go to Livestrong Sporting Park for a game and not walk away impressed. Many of you have been there, so you don’t need me saying it, but the place is gorgeous, and for now exactly the right size, sellout crowds of around 20,000 making it an absolutely terrific atmosphere.
On Twitter, this somehow turned into a few (I assume) Sporting fans hoping I don’t slam the experience as subpar to the K.
Wasn’t my plan, but now that they mention it … we’re pretty luck in Kansas City.
Think about it. When the Chiefs are right, Arrowhead is one of the best gameday experiences in the NFL. Over and over I hear people who’ve been to most or all MLB stadiums that the K is one of their favorites^. I don’t have a frame of reference, but LSP would seem to finish pretty high in a vote of the best MLS stadiums, and think about what we have at our local colleges.
^ I’d rank the (active) stadiums I’ve been to like this: 1. Wrigley, 2. AT&T Park in SF, 3. Kauffman, 4. PNC in Pittsburgh, 5. Fenway, 6. Dodger Stadium, 7. Petco in SD, 8. Yankee Stadium, 9. Citizens Bank in Philly, 10. Miller Park in Milwaukee, 11. Comerica in Detroit, 12. Coors Field in Denver, 13. Busch in St Louis, 14. Angel Stadium, 15. Comiskey, 16. Chase Field in Phoenix, 17. Tropicana.
Allen Fieldhouse might be the best place to watch college basketball in the country, and Memorial Stadium is at least a beautiful setting. Bramlage and Bill Snyder stadium both rock, mostly behind the student sections. I’ve always liked the atmosphere at Faurot, and Mizzou Arena is terrific for big games.
Again, we’re pretty lucky here. Be nice if the teams could be as good as their venues.
Anyway, let’s get to it…
@HisDirknesS Will KC have an NBA team by 2020? #TTies
Oh, right. There’s another big-time sports venue I didn’t mention in the open. I couldn’t be less optimistic about this, mostly because AEG doesn’t care about it anymore and, honestly, may not have ever cared.
The only (or, at least, best) hope for a team is that the Cerner guys decide they have enough spare time and money to lead the charge.
In other words…no. Do not bet on it.
@Z12superfly How much does is work to Dontari Poe’s advantage or disadvantage that there isn’t much fanfare about picking him?
Is there not much fanfare? It’s hard for me to tell how people are feeling now. When it happened, I wrote that it “may be the most instantly and universally despised first-round pick in Chiefs history,” perhaps extreme, but also in line with a completely unscientific poll on Arrowhead Pride.
But then, in the last week or so, I’ve sensed a coming around of sorts. Maybe that’s me projecting, because like I’ve said a few different places, the more I’ve thought about this pick the more it’s made sense to me.
I do think it helps that expectations seem to be realistic. People aren’t expecting him to be Vince Wilfork right away against the Falcons. I think it also helps that his success will be put as much on coach Romeo Crennel, a fan and media favorite, and that Chiefs fans are smart enough to know that Poe’s effectiveness cannot and will not be judged simply by tackle totals.
@drkn78 New to the #TwitterTuesday but from what I gather ur a floppy haired asshat who is a homer for all 3 schools? Miss anything else?
I believe you’re all caught up, yes. You’ll fit right in.
@kent_swanson What’s your valuation of a KC title? I.E. Superbowl = 2 WS titles = Local NCAA title = 15 MLS cup titles.
Love this. The NCAA title, obviously we’re just talking football and men’s basketball, but we also need a caveat that it’s only about your school, right? Because Mizzou fans couldn’t care less about K-State winning a football title, and K-State fans aren’t raising a glass to a KU basketball title, and so on.
Maybe I’m misunderstanding the parameters you want, but that’s what we’re going with here.
So my formula would be: Super Bowl = 1.5 World Series = three NCAA titles = nine MLS cups.
@brentbeats Chiefs front office/coaches vs Royals front office/coaches: who’s more on the same page with each other? #TwitterTuesday
These things are always evolving, and right up until the Chiefs-Jets game last year, obviously the clear answer would’ve been the Royals.
I think both teams are relatively smooth right now, but what’s interesting is I think this Royals front office has always seen eye-to-eye with the coaches while this Chiefs front office hasn’t. So it’s hard to differentiate what’s “now,” and what’s just a change from what it’s been, if that makes any sense.
Gun to my head, I’d go Royals. But I think it’s really close, and in both places pretty cohesive.
@stephenTpeel Being the well qualified floppy-haired ass-hat that you are, who has the worst hair on the #royals? Mendoza, Hoch, or Moose? #TT
@kelwill9 who has better hair: you (now) or Dennis DeYoung (Styx) circa 1979
@chaz_anderson Home from London, chose Los Tules over Peanut for lunch. Defensible I say given my locale (no good Tex-Mex). Your take? #Food
I’ll never criticize a man’s choice for his first meal back after a long trip away. That’s something special, every person’s choice is his/her own, and the only way to screw it up is to let it be someone else’s.
That said, I’m going to the Olympics this summer, be gone for about four weeks, and here are the top five places I’ll crush when I return:
OK, that’s not bad.
@KevinJW1 You are the Royals’ marketing dpt. #OurTimers continue regularly-scheduled programming of suck in 2012. Next year’s slogan is..?
I know this is a joke, and I appreciate it, but I’m going to give a semi-serious answer anyway:
The Royals just can’t promise results. I don’t mean that as a slam on the team’s sorry recent history, either. No team should promise results, not even the Yankees or the Lakers or the Packers or (especially) the Heat.
In recent weeks, the Royals have backtracked off the #OurTime thing, saying it was meant to be more about the All-Star game, and that’s fine, but if that was really their intention it was a poorly constructed marketing campaign that sure sounded like they were talking about 2012.
@mikeagraber buddy and I bet on who would score more,runs this reg season, Royals vs Phillies. Who you got?
Royals are up right now, 3.89 runs per game to 3.73 for the Phillies. Ryan Howard is due back in a month or so, and overrated or not, he’s still a very good player. But the Royals have had injury issues of their own, of course, most notably Lorenzo Cain and Sal Perez. Eric Hosmer, bad luck and all, isn’t producing as much as he almost certainly soon will.
But, for real, look at that Phillies lineup. Lot of holes in there.
I’d bet on the Royals.
@michaelengel Given the Royals track record so far, if they’d drafted Lincecum over Hochevar, would he be the same Lincecum? #TwitterTuesday
Sucks that these are the questions Royals fans have grown accustomed to asking themselves.
There’s no way to know for sure, of course, but Lincecum seems like a self-made man, the Freak stuff and all that, so I think he was going to be a stud regardless. The interesting part of this is how much pitching in the weaker league and in a terrifically friendly ballpark has helped.
One more thing about Lincecum, and I’m saying this in full trust that you won’t twist this around as a comparison between the two guys’ talents, but: Lincecum had three crappy starts in a row to start the season and at least some people had big worries.
He’s been mostly great since, so things are closer to normal, but I just say this as a reminder that pitchers outside of Kansas City often underperform expectations, too.
@beware_phog Wouldn’t the K be better if the #Royals encouraged fans to jump into the fountains?
Assuming it could be done safely — or even with waiver forms — I’d be 100 percent in favor of this.
@patronaut0709 How delusional am I to think the #Royals could be .500 by July 31st? #TwitterTuesday
Well, it’s not delusional at all to think the Royals could play .500 UNTIL July 31 — they’re 6-5 since losing their 12th in a row — but to get back to .500, they’d need to go 42-31. That’s a 93-win pace, which isn’t at all impossible, but also not something I’d expect.
This needs to be said in the current environment, though: this Royals team is MUCH better than the 9-19 record suggests.
@omastormchasers When are coming up to Omaha for a @omastormchasers game?
Soon, hopefully. I’ve got a couple ideas brewing, just need to better articulate them in my head and figure out some dates that might work. I’ve always liked Omaha.
@evblackwell Just wanted to be the (I’m guessing) 1,000th fan today to point out to you that Gio has hit about .500 over his last 10 games.
Hey, look! There’s an idea!
@MikeVmos should I have been as excited as I got when the #Royals passed #SportingKC in wins over the weekend?
@canglem Give me a compelling argument why I shouldn’t ditch #Royals season tix in favor of #SportingKC.
Honestly, if I had a different job and enough money, I’d have season tickets to both. A partial plan with the Royals, obviously, because 81 games is way too often to be somewhere a beer costs $9 or whatever, but the K and LSP are both great places.
Maybe this is the Kansas City in me, but I can’t find it in me to criticize a first-place team. The effort against Montreal the other night was pretty weak, and I saw where at least some of the guys were openly wondering if they took the game too lightly. That can’t happen, of course, but in the big picture this is still a really good team — young, too — that shouldn’t feel like it’s even close to panic time.
@flsku who is going to play PG for #kubball in 2012-13?
Some combination of Elijah Johnson and Naadir Tharpe, which, at this point is by far the biggest concern. Thomas Robinson’s jersey will hang in the rafters soon, and he deserved every bit of attention and praise he got last year, but Tyshawn Taylor will be the more difficult player to replace.
Maybe that sounds goofy, but it’s the truth. KU will get enough scoring and rebounding from other places, but that’s a lot of playmaking to replace.
@ksubmac Thoughts on the new #Big12 commish? #KState and OU fans know him as the man who didn’t hire Bob Stoops when he was AD at Iowa
Makes a lot of sense. From all accounts, he’s brilliant and forward-thinking, two traits the conference needs more of. League commissioners are more important and influential than ever before right now, so we’ll be able to make more educated judgments soon enough.
Bob Bowlsby is a critical piece, but in the way that he’s a critical piece because of what he can do with Oklahoma and especially Texas, he’s still part of the same landscape that chewed up Dan Beebe.
@nsatterl Have you ever considered DKTAH?
@mikerohr12 how crappy is it that an all American city with BBQ, deep history of football & baseball and it’s bleepin soccer that’s any good.
…but Mike wins the week for summing up so many of the e-mails I’ve received in one tidy little Tweet.