I'm starting a new thing that I'm going to try to do weekly to increase more conversation both here and on Twitter. What I'll do is I'll take some of the best comments and post them in a follow up post later in the week. I'd wanted to get this out yesterday, but today will have to do.
This week, the topic of discussion is Sporting KC fans themselves. Are Sporting KC fans becoming cocky, over confident, etc. in the team? Whether it's on Bigsoccer, Twitter, Facebook, or any other number of social media locations around the net, and even in person, you see a lot of KC fans really talking up the team. And talking up the team is to be expected, the team is 5-0-0, the first team to have that record in the post shootout era of the league. They haven't allowed a shot on goal in 245 minutes. Some great stats. But there comes a point when the talking up becomes arrogant, cocky, and over confident.
For me it is way too early in the season for any of this talk. KC has traditionally been a fast starter and then slowed down as the season's gone on. So I'm more on the wait and see approach when it comes to this team. Can they be good? Absolutely. Will they win trophies? That remains to be seen. But temper the excitement a little bit. I know that KC as a whole hasn't really had a professional sports team that has done well in recent memory, but that's no reason to overhype what's there.
On another thing with regards to KC fans being overconfident, is the team's attendance. KC's attendance has been fantastic since the opening of Livestrong Sporting Park. Last year was in the top half of the league attendance wise, a great achievement for a team that has in the past usually occupied the bottom or near bottom of the attendance rankings. It's amazing now to see KC fans blasting other teams for their attendance woes, considering the team's history. All time KC averages around 11,500, that's the second worst in league history behind only the now defunct Miami Fusion. I know it's great to talk up how good KC is doing attendance wise, but it wasn't so long ago KC was in a boat very similar, or even worse than Chivas or Dallas.
So am I overacting to KC fans being confident? Or are KC fans the new Seattle Sounders fans in a way?