As 2011 comes to a close it’s time to look forward to what 2012 will bring to all of us Kansas City sports fans. Here are a few of the stories I am interested in as the calendar turns over.
Big 12 Basketball Conference Play:
10 teams in the Big 12 this year and every school has to play each other twice. The round robin play is going to kill some of the lower tier teams in the conference. I can’t wait to see how this affects the upper crust teams like Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri.
Is MU Hoops for real?
The story of the young Big 12 basketball season is Frank Haith and the Missouri Tigers. They are ranked in the top 10 simply because they have not yet lost. They have beaten the teams they have played but their schedule is not a murder’s row of competition. Now it becomes a question of if they can continue playing this well throughout conference play.
2012 MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium:
Well, we finally got what was promised to us when we taxpayers forked over millions for renovations to The K - an All-Star game. People have already begun to sling arrows on how the All-Star festivities will shine a negative light on our fair city. I say, who cares what everyone else thinks. I love this city and I love The K. There is going to be an insane atmosphere and buzz around the city that has not been seen in many years. I hope people are ready for the circus when it rolls through town.
K.C. Chiefs 1st Round Draft Pick:
The Chiefs season crashed and burned and now everyone is clamoring for Scott Pioli to find and draft the franchise QB in this year’s draft. Pioli never had to address the QB position in New England, thanks to the greatness that is Tom Brady. This 1st round draft pick is going to make or break Scott Pioli’s career in Kansas City.
Heat vs. Thunder in The NBA Finals:
A sixty-six game season is being played over 123 days. The Thunder made the Western Conference Finals last season and has a great young nucleus. The dream-team Heat fell short in the NBA Finals. Everything points to a match-up in the finals between these two teams. The NBA would be able to wash away the bad taste of the lockout if these two teams meet in the NBA finals. You have your small market Thunder team that was built through the draft and with smart trades and free agent signings going against the flashy big city market of Miami and a team that everyone loves to hate, made up of 3 big name free agents who all joined together to win championships. Please, David Stern, do everything you can to make this happen.
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