|Eric Reed is unable to stop Ryan Junge's 3 point blast|
The Slide show
|Jack Harry probes soccer again|
"I'll be honest; I still have a difficult time trying to get a grip on this new name. I preferred the old nickname---Wizards."
"It seemed to roll off the tongue much easier. I shortened Sporting Kansas City, to just calling the team "Sporties". That didn't fly with club officials who notified and urged me to drop that moniker right away."
"But, if you know me, I’m not one to bow-down to sports promoters of any kind.
I did ask, what I thought was a fair question: "How can you take a team seriously that doesn't have a nickname?” I didn't get a response."
"Oh by the way, here's another of my pet-peeves about soccer.
The new TV announcer was imported from England. At least, he sounds like an Englishman."
"I guess that’s the stylish thing in this sport. Everything seems to have a European theme, to it. That bothers me a little bit."
"This is America, isn't it? Don't get me started."
"Look, I’m not a big soccer guy, so I don't know how good our team really is.
A fan of the sport told me our team would be only the fifth best team in the other conference.
That may be true, but I really don't care. It's not relevant."
"I want to use this space tonight to alert you of a special, mailbag feature, I’ll be doing Sunday night on the 10 o'clock sports, on NBC Action News.
I will be showing a number of e-mails I’ve received in the last two weeks regarding my comments on pro soccer in kc.
Many of you are unhappy with my posture regarding Sporting Kansas City. For those who do not follow soccer, the team was formerly known as the Wizards.
It happens to be the moniker they used when reaching the pinnacle of the sport, winning a major league soccer title a decade ago.
I might add, it was great time for our city. A time when soccer fans were civil and not full of hatred and vitriol for those who dared, to offer any criticism of the sport.
While I have high praise for the team ownership, I have been somewhat critical of the European theme this sport now uses , to promote itself.
They’ve even hired an Englishman, I assume because of his accent, to serve as a TV commentator for the games."
"When I mentioned that in my story, some said my remarks were offensive, inflammatory and very xenophobic."
"While that certainly wasn't my intention, those detractors are entitled to their opinion, but at the same time, I vehemently disagree.
Let’s be honest about this.
The internet has turned anyone, with a library card, into a reporter, a columnist, or even, a media hater."
|Benedictine Soccer team|
|The JCCC Soccer team before I got to know them|
|CJ rapping his affection for Hope Solo|
|Watching the ball over the endline|
|Hope laughing during CJ's rap...|
|You can barely see the Sporting in the seats across the field.|
Jimmy Nielsen is so awesome he even makes saves on Omar Bravo's little bobble head...
|Andy with a few jerseys...|
|Bunbury and Bravo celebrate Teal's goal|
|Lucas Rodriguez returning to Comets|
|Bravo taking it on the chin...|
|Joseph Peterson playing against Newcastle|
|Last time we see Smith's name in KC?|