Will 2015 be a Super year for KC?

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Will 2015 be a Super year for the city?

By JOE POSNANSKI
The Kansas City Star

There was what I thought was kind of a funny moment Sunday in the instant after NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced the Kansas City Super Bowl date.

What happened was Tagliabue broke away from negotiations with the NFL players union for a few minutes to make a statement by phone to everyone at the Arrowhead Stadium Pavilion. He said: “I’m extremely pleased to announce that the owners have voted to give Kansas City Super Bowl 49” — he didn’t use the Roman numerals — “to be played February 2015.”

And as soon as he announced the year, most of the 200 or so people there jumped to their feet and shrieked and whooped and shouted, “Yes!”

I don’t know exactly why I found that funny. I guess it was because of the timing. Tagliabue said “2015” and immediately everyone jumped in wild celebration — it was as if they were celebrating the year itself, as if they were happy the Super Bowl is not coming in some other lousy year like, say, 2013 or 2018. It was as if each of them was saying, “Whew, I had every February on my calendar booked except 2015! This is great! What a lucky break!”

Of course, that’s not really why everyone jumped. Everyone jumped because this was a canned political event. It was a pep rally. You know the deal, right? On April 4, people in Jackson County will vote on Question 1 (a three-eighths-cent sales tax that would go to renovating Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums) and Question 2 (a county use tax that would help pay for a rolling roof that could cover either stadium — and make Kansas City a player for big events like the Super Bowl, Final Four and national conventions).

A no vote on either question ends the Super Bowl dream.

Well, this room was filled with politicians and spinmasters and pretty young women charged with placing stickers on people. Everybody wore red except Chiefs president/CEO/general manager/Fonzie Carl Peterson, who wore a leather jacket. Come to think of it, Peterson never wears red.

It was a nice celebration, it really was. Everybody loves a good pep rally. Mayor Kay Barnes spoke. Actually, just about everybody spoke. A new logo was unveiled. Most of all, it was touching to see Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt so close to realizing a dream. He has always wanted to have the Super Bowl played in Kansas City. Most people figured that was insane, but Hunt has spent most of his life chasing insane dreams.

And so, last November he asked for the Super Bowl. You have to understand that cities will spend a lot of money — sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars — to try getting a Super Bowl. They will put together elaborate presentations with politicians and celebrities and jugglers and have them perform in front of the owners.

In this case, Lamar Hunt simply said to the other owners something like: “We’re trying to get this roof built, can you give us a Super Bowl?” And the other owners love him so much, they said: “Yeah, sure Lamar. OK. How about 2015?”

Everybody loves Lamar Hunt.

But even with those good feelings for Hunt, I still felt dizzy from the spin on Sunday. I still have no idea how people really feel about the Super Bowl coming to Kansas City. I’ve heard from people who think it would be the greatest thing to ever happen to this town — heard from some of those folks Sunday. And I’ve heard from people who think it would be the single worst thing ever, worse than the Lin Elliott misses, worse than the Jermaine Dye trade, worse even than the apparent decision to repave Main Street with salad forks.

But I’ve not heard from many in between. And that’s what I really need here. Personally, I think the Super Bowl would be a real good thing for Kansas City. It would be fun to be the center of national attention for a week. It would give Kansas City a slightly larger dot on the world map. But is it worth all that money? I would vote yes without thinking twice. But I’m a sportswriter.

I should say I finally did find something real at the Pavilion Sunday. I talked to longtime Chiefs announcer and Kansas City icon Bill Grigsby. Grigs is 84, which means he’s at the age he doesn’t have to really worry about what he says. I asked him what he thought about all this fuss. He said, “It’s kind of a silly show, isn’t it?”

When the announcement of 2015 was made, he didn’t jump up. Instead, he did some quick math. “Well,” he said, “I’d be 93 when the Super Bowl comes. I think I can make it, don’t you?” That was plenty real.

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/football/nfl/kansas_city_chiefs/14026799.htm
 
Kansas City in February?

Other than the game, what are people going to do? Freeze their butts off? :p
 
CrossBones said:
Kansas City in February?

Other than the game, what are people going to do? Freeze their butts off? :p
Oh they will definitely freeze their asses off!! ;)
 
They have Super Bowl in further north climates like Detroit and Minnesota? Just put a good game on, with teams that people care about.
 
JC said:
They have Super Bowl in further north climates like Detroit and Minnesota? Just put a good game on, with teams that people care about.
Yeah....a Chiefs/Rams SB would be good!! ;)
 
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