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Sunday Football

In the fall in the United States on Sundays, there’s a thing called the National Football League. In this part of the world, the team formerly known as the San Diego Chargers have now moved to Los Angeles. My childhood loyalties are to the Kansas City Chiefs, a fierce rival of the Chargers.

The Chargers are in an unenviable position where the people of San Diego hate them for leaving and the people of Los Angeles couldn’t care less about them. They don’t have a home stadium here – their eventual home will be shared with another team (the transplanted Los Angeles Rams, who used to be the St Louis Rams, after previously being the Los Angeles Rams) and for the moment the Chargers are playing in Stubhub Center on the college campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Stubhub Center is lovely and new and no doubt a high end soccer stadium by US standards. By NFL standards, it’s not even a decent minor league stadium. It seats 36,000 max, while almost all other NFL stadiums start in the 60,000+ range and from there get really BIG.

We got there about two hours before game time, were surprised that we could get into the stadium that early, so we sat in the shade and chilled. It was lovely.

The other thing about being a transplant team is that you don’t have a legion of loyal fans. Look at any other NFL stadium, you’ll see a sea of fans wearing the home team colors, jerseys, and paraphernalia. The Chiefs wear red, the Chargers powder blue – see what the crowd looked like during the game?

The game itself was exciting as the Chiefs took off to an early 14-0 lead after several HUGE Chargers mistakes.

The Chargers made a game of it, but the Chiefs pulled away at the end, despite playing a bit sloppy and making way too many penalties.

With a late touchdown to put it away, my beloved Chiefs won 24-10. We’re now 3-0 on the season, the final undefeated team in the American Conference.

Many thanks to my son for the surprise visit from overseas and the tickets, and to my daughter’s boyfriend (a Chargers fan) for putting up with us all.

Oh, by the way, I probably won’t be speaking much tomorrow. Or maybe Tuesday. I did a lot of screaming today…

 

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Tonight We Revel In The Inconsequential 

Given all of the world-class Sturm und Drang we’re being buried under these days – hurricanes, earthquakes, politics, threat of nuclear Armageddon, the new television season – tonight was a night to celebrate one of the simple pleasures, the start of the NFL season.

For those who have been around, it’s not a secret that I’m a lifelong KC Chiefs fan. Tonight we had the opening game of the season against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, on the road in Massachusetts. None of the “pundits” gave us a chance.

As a fan, one of the joys of being back in KC for the eclipse two weeks ago was being able to stock up on gear. I’m not sure it’s kosher to go full football fan on them at the office so the more garish and outlandish paraphernalia was left at home, but I did manage to sneak in a new (and wonderfully garish) pair of Chiefs socks.

Down in the garage, I had Hissy fitted out with her new flag – I was of course dressed in red and gold for the day.

We’ll see how long the flag lasts before some subhuman Raiders fan (like there are any other kinds!) tears it off and desecrates it.

It was a full and busy day at the office so despite my best intentions, I didn’t make it home until halftime. But for the record, we kicked their asses, 42-27.

I know that it’s “just sports,” in the big scheme of things it’s just a game, we could in theory go 1-15 on the season (but now we can still go 16-0 also!), and years from now it won’t matter a millionth as much as what’s going on with the hurricanes, earthquakes, politics, or whatever.

On the other hand, these days you have to take your cheap thrills where you can find them. It was a great night to be a Chiefs fan.

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Two Days Out & Counting

Tomorrow we attempt to divine the future from weather maps and scientific models of cloud cover.

Today we enjoyed Kansas City, with a visit to the wonderful World War I Museum…


…and a Royals game at Kauffman Stadium.


Look at that “clear and a million” sky! All day long!

Tomorrow it starts to go to hell (i.e., return to normal, partially to mostly cloudy, muggy, hot, convective, pop-up thunderstorms and fronts) and stays that way for the next several days.

As we knew going into this, Monday’s results are going to need a little bit of luck.

Two days out and counting…

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#15 of 30

Halfway there.


There are thirty current major league baseball teams playing in thirty different stadiums – this is the fifteenth of these that I’ve visited to see a game.

One of my kids, Spawn Three, has probably been to a couple more than me – that apple didn’t fall far from the tree. But she’ll also never get to old Municipal Stadium in KC to see a double-header with Charlie O the Mule signing autographs between games, so I’ve got that whole “arrow of time” thing going for me at least.

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Opening Day 2017

My beloved LA Kings lost and got eliminated from the NHL playoff race last night – but today is opening day for my beloved Angels, so it’s hard for it to be a bad day.

I was thinking about what it would take to make Opening Day a bad day. Something pretty horrible would have to happen to take ODJ (Opening Day Joy) away from me. And nothing horrible happened.

Neither I nor anyone close to me died. Or got a terminal cancer diagnosis. Or lost a limb. Or an eye.

I wasn’t maimed in a huge car accident. I wasn’t in a plane that crashed, or a train, or on a ship that sank.

My house didn’t burn down.

I didn’t get fired from my job.

There wasn’t a 9.9 earthquake that made California drop into the sea.

So it’s Opening Day and all is right with the world.

Except that the Angels lost the opener. That’s okay. They’ll talk about us in legends almost as much if we go 161-1 as if we went 162-0.

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NOT Baseball Weather!

Tonight we’re at Dodger Stadium for the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic.


USA vs Japan. It’s cold (60°F) and wet.


So far the Vuvuzela of Victory is successfully singing its sweet, sweet song. The USA is ahead 1-0 after 5 innings.

The view from a warmer, dryer time…

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PuckBall

Time for a little puckball sports thingie!

The Kings need to stop screwing around & win a bunch of games in the next three weeks or we’ll be watching the playoffs from home.

Go Kings Go!!!

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