11/28/07 - Kansas City

This past weekend was Thanksgiving, but also, it was the weekend of the annual Kansas City Chiefs v. Oakland Raiders game in Kansas City. Chris came through again with tickets (although technically, I believe it's his wonderful wife that deserves the credit). Whatever the case, we were able to get great seats again this year. This year, as pretty much every year goes, we try to cut costs wherever we can and we were able to stay with a few of my friends from church camp so we didn't have to get a hotel room. Another big thanks goes out to the Nelson's for putting us up for the night.

This was the sixth (or fifth, I can't remember) year that we have been to Kansas City for the football game and we have yet to see anything in Kansas City except for Arrowhead Stadium, the restaurant we eat at on Saturday night and the place we stay. (Some years we haven't even stayed in Kansas City but drove up Sunday morning and returned that night). This year, we wanted to actually see Kansas City a little and so we found out about the College Basketball Experience in the newly opened Sprint Center. They also were advertising a Hall of Fame which turned out to be a waste of time. The CBE (College Basketball Experience) however was incredible. It's basically had several large scale versions of the basketball games at arcades. If I recall correctly there were 5 different scenarios to work on, a full court for running pick up games and what not and a three on three court. The 3-on-3 court was just a small court setup in a corner all chained in and stuff. While looking around, Chris and I came across two other guys just shooting around and we asked if they wanted a quick game to 10. After watching them shoot for a bit, neither of us were too worried. That is of course before they started the game leading 7-0. After that, we picked up our game a bit and wound up winning 10-8. It was fun, but it reminded us how bad out of shape we were. After the quick game, we just walked around to the different scenarios.

The first of the setups was simply how many free throws you could make in a mintue. Next to it was similar, however instead of how many you could make in a minute, there was a 10 second timer. Every time you made a free throw, it reset the counter to 10 seconds, meaning that as long as you were making them consistently, you could shoot all day. On the other side of the area was a dunking setup with goals set at different heights from 7'-10' in one foot intervals. There was a "hot shot" type situation where the timer was set to five seconds and the scoreboard showed a tie game. A light would come on underneath the floor and you had to run to that spot and make a shot before time expired. I do believe that was Chris' favorite. The last and most enjoyable was a three point situation where you were given 40 seconds to make as many 3's as you could. My biggest complaint about the whole deal was the sensors in the goals. If you made the shot cleanly, the sensor would typically not register the shot and if you really rattled the shot home, it would count as many as three shots. More times than not, I was getting screwed rather than getting the extra shots.

Downstairs they had a few more scenarios setup, mainly for smaller kids as well as a passing drill, a rebounding drill and they even had a few of the arcade games I mentioned above on the smaller scale. They had a few replica trophies that I was able to get a picture of and a sportscaster's desk where you could pretent you were Chris Berman or Dan Patrick or whoever.

As for the actual reason we went to Kansas City, the Raiders finally won a game against the Chiefs. Apparently, we had gone 9 straight meetings without a win. The Chiefs had a chance to tie the game near the end of regulation, but Herm Edwards made a bold call and went for it on 4th and 1 (a good coaching call when you look at the odds). Overall, I think this might have been one of the best years for the trip. I'm not sure how next year is going to work out. Apparently our connection for tickets might be getting traded in the off season which will leave us at the mercy of the ticket scalpers. I'm pretty sure we will always be able to find a place to stay, but the game tickets might become an issue.

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