In an obvious display of adolescent pouting, silenced only momentarily for diaper changes between sobs, the Kansas City media has openly admitted that they feel used, abused and dissed by the Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux.
Apparently they actually thought they were getting a hockey franchise. Lemieux laid the smack down hard on this one.
Lemieux admitted it was a decoy; a bluff move to get Pittsburgh to budge on a new arena to keep the franchise in Pittsburgh and it worked.
"Those trips to Kansas City and Vegas and other cities was just to go and have a nice dinner, and come back."
There's a reason I grew up idolizing this guy...
The Star, a paper in Kansas City, broke it down nicely:
In other words, the Penguins held a gun to the head of local and state officials in Pennsylvania -- and those politicians caved in.
KMBC, the TV station in Missouri, said:
It appears that it's not just Kansas City residents who are upset by Lemieux's comments -- some in Pittsburgh said they're dismayed by his blatant statement regarding his tactics for getting a new arena.
But my personal favorite is this guy; excuse me, columnist named "Flanny" who writes for the Kansas City Star. This writer modestly posts as the top of his page a quote from - well, himself. It reads, "Just remember: Fans take losses much harder than the majority of players do." While this past Stanley Cup series could easily be proof of that for Pittsburgh, none would know it more than the Chiefs and Royals (hell, you can toss the Pirates in if you want).
They used Vegas, too? Well, hey, at least we're in good company.
He doesn't care one bit, and that's what I love about it.
Who cares in the end? Nothing lost and nothing gained for Kansas City fans except shattered hopes. And if the Royals and Chiefs have learned anything year in and year out, it's how to deal with unfulfilled dreams.