The Wall Street Journal believes Kansas City's delicious barbecue deserves national praise, but the sports teams are putrid.
After a miserable start for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals finishing another year with losing record, the newspaper reported Thursday that Kansas City stands poised to jump a notch on the list of all-time stinky sports towns.
There were expectations of the first winning season in eight years and, if everything fell right, the first playoff appearance since 1985, the longest drought in the major leagues. The AL Central appeared up for grabs, and the Royals were ready to seize their opportunity.
Then reality hit: Injuries piled up before the season began, a 12-game losing streak forced them to dig out of a hole and things never got on track for some of those key young players. And the culture is one of losing.
The result was a 72-90 season and fresh promises to rebuild.
Next door to the Royals at One Arrowhead Drive, the 1-3 Chiefs also seem likely to extend their playoff-victory drought to 19 years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
As the Chiefs prepare Sunday for a match up against Baltimore, they have spent extra time this week focusing on protecting the football.
Kansas City leads the NFL with 15 turnovers, and its eight fumbles lost are double the next-worst team in the AFC. The Chiefs have a minus 13 differential, and all that wrapped together is a big reason why they've lost three of their first four games. Their only win came against the equally wretched New Orleans Saints in overtime.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel spent a portion of practice Wednesday focused entirely on wrapping up the ball after a particularly disastrous game last Sunday. The Chiefs turned it over six times in a 37-20 loss to San Diego.
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:12 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:12:27 GMT
ROCKVIEW, MO (CNN/AP) - Federal investigators are trying to determine how two freight trains collided in southeast Missouri early Saturday morning, injuring seven people. Authorities say the two trainsMore >
Two trains collided in Missouri Saturday morning, causing an overpass to collapse and injuring seven. More >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:01:17 GMT
Strong feelings are funning high one day after the Boy Scouts of America reversed its policy on gay scouts. The decision upset one Kansas City man so much that he decided to make a very personal protest.More >
Strong feelings are running high one day after the Boy Scouts of America reversed its policy on gay scouts. The decision upset one Kansas City man so much that he decided to make a very personal protest.More >
Saturday, May 25 2013 1:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 17:59:50 GMT
A multiple vehicle collision has closed lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 Saturday afternoon. The wreck happened on the interstate, just past Brooklyn Avenue. Two left lanes are closed. There's no wordMore >
A multiple vehicle crash has closed lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 Saturday afternoon.More >
A New Jersey company that operates 13 TGI Fridays restaurants accused of secretly replacing premium liquor with low-quality booze says it's shocked at the allegations.More >
At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water - and apparently not even clean water at that.More >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >
Friday, May 24 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:31:26 GMT
A nurse who serves on the Kauffman Stadium K-crew was able to revive a 14-year-old girl who collapsed during Thursday night's game.The girl was dancing in the upper-deck stands when she suddenly collapsed.More >
A nurse who serves on the Kauffman Stadium K-crew was able to revive a 14-year-old girl who collapsed during Thursday night's game.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:08:55 GMT
A military father came home to Las Vegas after spending a year overseas, and surprised his children with an early return. Major Scott Powell spent almost a year in Afghanistan flying planes in the UnitedMore >
A military father came home to Las Vegas after spending a year overseas, and surprised his children with an early return.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 7:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:38:20 GMT
The federal government warned recently that nearly three out of five tested positive for the bacteria found in feces. With Memorial Day weekend marking the official start of pool season, the Centers forMore >
The federal government warned recently that nearly three out of five tested positive for the bacteria found in feces. There are steps you can take to enjoy a summer day at the pool. More >
Friday, May 24 2013 5:23 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:23:39 GMT
Police are investigating whether a person being shot in the chest is connected to a home invasion robbery.Two men attempted to burst into a home in the 106 block of Greenwood Road when shots were fired.More >
A woman fired shots at three men attempting to break into her home, and one of the suspects was shot in the chest, police said. Her husband described the harrowing ordeal. More >