A Fan's Notes http://kcur.org en A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes http://kcur.org/post/fan-s-notes-hometown-heroes <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:40:45 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 59494 at http://kcur.org A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes A Fan's Notes: The World Cup Comes Home http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-world-cup-comes-home <p></p><p></p><p>Before Monday night’s match between the U.S. and Ghana, I’d always found the World Cup just a little bit irritating. Especially when I was young, before I became the cultured citizen of the world that I am today, I didn’t see what was in it for me, an American, from the middle of America.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:56:07 +0000 Victor Wishna & Scott Ross 57545 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The World Cup Comes Home A Fan's Notes: None Of Our Business http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-none-our-business <p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:12:14 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 56154 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: None Of Our Business A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-great-expectations <p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:18:40 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 54017 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations A Fan's Notes: The Bucking Stops Here http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-bucking-stops-here <p>We are on the verge of what every sports fan dreads worse than the agony of defeat: the occasional lull. The Winter Olympics, timed so perfectly to counter the post-Super Bowl hangover, are winding down, while March Madness and Royals Opening Day remain just out of reach.</p><p>Fortunately, I’ve found an antidote, not to mention the perfect answer to two weeks of ice dancing: The bulls are coming to town!</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:07:52 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 51571 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Bucking Stops Here A Fan's Notes: Why Be Sochi Pessimist? http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-why-be-sochi-pessimist <p>Of all sporting events, perhaps none is more tangled up in dreams of glory and miracles and fellowship than the Olympic Games. For two weeks, the peoples of the planet come together in celebration of the Olympic spirit and all is well with the world!</p><p>Yeah, right.</p><p>The Olympics are a human endeavor. All those idealistic “principles” in the Olympic Charter—social responsibility, mutual understanding, universal respect—are written down because they’re so often forgotten. Just search “Olympic Scandals and Controversies” on Wikipedia; you’ll find nearly a hundred offenses.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:25:25 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 50949 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Why Be Sochi Pessimist? A Fan's Notes: Bowled Over http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-bowled-over <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday is the beginning of college football’s bowl season. Yep, season. Where there used to be just a handful of games—with names like Rose and Orange, Sugar and Cotton, mostly huddled on or around New Year’s Day—there are now 35, spread out over weeks. If ESPN’s ads are to be believed, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:18:41 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 48672 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Bowled Over A Fan's Notes: The Comforts of Home http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-comforts-home <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ve heard the statistics: Over the next two days, some 44 million of us will pack ourselves into trains, planes, and automobiles for Thanksgiving—and perhaps a few more for Hanukkah. Nearly all of us will be headed home. Why? Because even in this age when “contact” is for lists, “touch” is for screens, and </span>“FaceTime”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an app, it’s being at home, together with family, that still brings out the best, or at least, the most emotional, in all of us. Home is where the heart is.</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:53:43 +0000 Victor Wishna & Cody Newill 47427 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Comforts of Home A Fan's Notes: The Joy Of Being A 'Raider Hater' http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-joy-being-raider-hater <div>On Sunday, the still-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will take the field to face their mortal enemy: the Oakland Raiders.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In this month&rsquo;s &ldquo;A Fan&rsquo;s Notes,&rdquo; commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> tells us why it feels so good... to be a Raider-Hater.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let&rsquo;s start with the obvious: the Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated. It&rsquo;s historic. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:42:02 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 45080 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Joy Of Being A 'Raider Hater' A Fan's Notes: Little Big League http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-little-big-league <p>This week the 2013 Little League World Series has bought teams from across the world to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The championship game will be played on Sunday.</p><p>In this month’s “A Fan’s Notes”, commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> tells us what Major League players could learn from their Little League compadres.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:18:32 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 42427 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Little Big League A Fan's Notes: MLS Stars Shine In KC http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-mls-stars-shine-kc <p></p><p>Barely a year after baseball's best swooped through town, another All-Star Game will kick off Wednesday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The fanfare may be more subdued, but as <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> cautions in this month's edition of A Fan's Notes, don't believe the lack of hype: soccer--especially soccer in Kansas City--is major league.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:01:24 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 41169 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: MLS Stars Shine In KC A Fan's Notes: The Long, Hot, Royal Summer http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-long-hot-royal-summer <p>You think the road is long and difficult for the <strong>Kansas City Royals</strong>? Imagine how hard it must be for Royals fans.</p><p>Commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> shares his thoughts on the roller-coaster team in this month's "A Fan's Notes."</p><p>__________________</p><p>The legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell was not the first or the last to say that, “Baseball is a lot like life…full of ups and downs.”</p><p>Well, if Royals baseball is like life, then life has been hard.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:28:36 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 39290 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Long, Hot, Royal Summer A Fan's Notes: Under The Spell http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-under-spell <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Next week, while the NBA and NHL playoffs drag on, ESPN will turn its attention to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Many will again wonder, "What's a kid's classroom activity doing on the quintessential sports network?" Commentator Victor Wishna has an answer, in this latest edition of "A Fan's Notes."</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 19:52:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 37334 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Under The Spell A Fan's Notes: Still Running http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-still-running <p></p><p>­</p><p>The road to answers on why someone would bomb the Boston Marathon, the nation’s oldest annual one, remains long, and difficult.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this edition of "A Fan's Notes," commentator <strong>Victor </strong></span><strong>Wishna</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> looks for inspiration in the marathon itself.</span></p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:48:06 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 35366 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Still Running A Fan's Notes: Happy Together http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-happy-together <div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the 29th time, the annual NCAA Division I Basketball Championship -- that is, "the tournament" -- has arrived in Kansas City. With thousands upon thousands of fans expected, the March Madness is spilling out of the Sprint Center and clogging the downtown streets.&nbsp;</span>Commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> tries to make sense of the maddening crowd in this month's edition of <em>A Fan's Notes</em>. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Victor Wishna 33905 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Happy Together A Fan's Notes: Wrestling With Decisions Of Olympic Proportions http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-wrestling-decisions-olympic-proportions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced it will be taking wrestling to the mat--the 2016 Games will be the last for the ancient sport. But with March Madness approaching and spring training already underway, why should the casual fan care? Commentator </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Victor Wishna</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explains in this month's edition of &nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">A Fan's Notes</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:15:43 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 32268 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Wrestling With Decisions Of Olympic Proportions A Fan's Notes: The Name Of The Game http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-name-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For every Arrowhead Stadium, there are a handful more named for banks, cell-phone companies, or airlines.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In big-time sports, <strong>corporate naming-rights deals aren't just a trend, they are the rule</strong> - with millions of dollars at stake.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what's in a name? Sometimes more than was bargained for. Commentator <strong>Victor </strong></span><strong>Wishna</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explains in <em>A Fan's Notes</em></span></p><div> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:51:40 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 30941 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Name Of The Game A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-1-got-away <p>As the year comes to close, <em>A Fan’s Notes</em> commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> looks back on “the year that was” in the world of Kansas City sports… with a glimmer of hope at what <em>could</em> be.</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:46:59 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 29385 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away A Fan's Notes: Jinx http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-jinx <p>At least one local college football team is on the brink of a perfect season. But as <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> explains in this month's edition of "A Fan's Notes," that storybook ending is in jeopardy, thanks to a cover.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:20:03 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 27702 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Jinx A Fan's Notes: Misplaced Cheers? http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-misplaced-cheers <p>When the bad news is about the fans instead of the game, you know things just aren’t right.</p> <p>Commentator Victor Wishna has more with this month’s installment of “A Fan’s Notes.”</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:15:13 +0000 Victor Wishna & Beth Lipoff 25899 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Misplaced Cheers? A Fan's Notes: This Is Our Youth http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-our-youth <p>The <a href="http://www.kcchiefs.com/" target="_blank">Kansas City Chiefs</a> open their regular season this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s hard to see underneath those protective uniforms, but this years’ team is….well, let’s not sugar coat it – young. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:34:07 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 24141 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: This Is Our Youth The 2012 Olympic Games: Inspiration Through Perspiration http://kcur.org/post/2012-olympic-games-inspiration-through-perspiration <p>The 30th Summer Olympic Games come to a close on Sunday in London. In his latest episode of "A Fan's Notes," commentator Victor Wishna tells us why we even the least athletic of us can find something powerful in the Games' message.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:04:57 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 22580 at http://kcur.org The 2012 Olympic Games: Inspiration Through Perspiration A Fan's Notes: The Stars Align In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-stars-align-kansas-city <p></p><p>The All-Star Game is known as the Midsummer Classic. But for all the attention it's bringing to their team's hometown, many Royals fans won't be distracted from their dreams of a World Series--and a Fall Classic in Kansas City. <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> explains, in this All-Star edition of "A Fan's Notes."</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 29347 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Stars Align In Kansas City A Fan's Notes: That Competitive Fire http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-competitive-fire <p>Although you're more likely to find people huddling over their smokers in warmer weather, barbeque is a year-round passion. And for some, it's a whole lot more, says A Fan's Notes commentator Victor Wishna: Kansas City, of course, is synonymous with barbecue…and barbecue is all but inseparable from our sports experience. Just try to imagine Arrowhead on game day without that haze of charcoal smoke wafting across the parking lot.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 04:01:17 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 18630 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: That Competitive Fire A Fan's Notes: It's Just A ~Draft~ http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-its-just-draft <p><strong>One of the most anticipated and widely watched sporting events of the year</strong> is happening right now&mdash;and it isn&rsquo;t a championship game or a playoff series or a competition of any kind. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 16664 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: It's Just A ~Draft~ A Fan's Notes: Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-why-night-different-all-other-nights <p>Tonight, once again, families throughout Kansas City will gather together and reflect on a simple question: “Why is this night different?”</p> <p>For anyone who believes in carrying on tradition from one generation to the next, the answer should be obvious, says "A Fan's Notes" commentator Victor Wishna: tonight is the first night…of the Royals’ new season. … And yes, it’s also the first night of Passover.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:46:12 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 15564 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-madness-march <p>In just a few days the field of the <strong>NCAA basketball tournament</strong> will be set and <strong>March Madness</strong> will begin in earnest.</p><p>In the latest installment of &quot;A Fan&#39;s Notes,&quot; <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> looks for a method in the madness and finds that the road to the <strong>Final Four</strong> is paved with poetic intentions:</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:44:03 +0000 Victor Wishna & Kathleen Pointer 13858 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March A Fan's Notes: And The Oscar Goes To.... http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-and-oscar-goes <p>The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.</p> <p>But, as commentator Victor Wishna explains in Friday's edition of 'A Fan's Notes,' Oscar isn't much of a sports buff.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:43:14 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 12269 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: And The Oscar Goes To.... A Fan's Notes: O, Romeo! http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-o-romeo <p>Writer and sports commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> greeted this week&#39;s news of the <a href="http://chiefs.nfl.com">Kansas City Chiefs</a>&#39; interim-become-permanent coach the way many others did: with <strong>a tribute to The Bard of Avon</strong>.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:44:36 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 10722 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: O, Romeo! A Fan's Notes: Sports and Sportsmanship http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-sports-and-sportsmanship <p>It&rsquo;s long since been <strong>commonplace for presidents to flaunt their inner sports fan</strong>&hellip;to joke about their golf game, invite championship teams to the Rose Garden, or toss out that ceremonial first pitch.<br /><br />But perhaps, says &quot;A Fan&#39;s Notes&quot; commentator <strong>Victor </strong><strong>Wishna</strong>, politicians - including the President and Congress - should pay <strong>more attention to sportsmanship</strong>.<br /> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:05:39 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 8695 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Sports and Sportsmanship