Instead of reporting, local news is playing the role of presser hype machine. Don't get it twisted, there's a market for this coverage and locals certainly want every aspect of the big game covered . . . And so, here's a quickie collection of some of the most notable "news" developments today.
Local LGBT Hero Lead Off
Kansas City Chiefs superfan and Kansas native Melissa Etheridge will sing the national anthem at the AFC Championship game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs and Etheridge announced she will perform Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. Etheridge, who was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, said she's been a Chiefs fan her entire life.
Fanboy Advocacy Continues
Let me be the first to admit that after a lifetime of watching professional football, including a couple very fanatical years coinciding with my New York Giants winning a pair of Super Bowls against the devil, the league has faded from my interest recently.
No Points For 2nd Place
ABC's FiveThirtyEight is best known for its statistical predictions for elections, but those that follow the sports world also know the website has a track record for accuracy in projecting what will happen on the field. So, was certainly eye-opening when FiveThirtyEight updated its predictions to give the Kansas City Chiefs a 31 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.
The Cold-Ass Forecast
Sunday is shaping up to be brutally cold in Kansas City as fans fill Arrowhead Stadium to watch the AFC championship game. The New England Patriots will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs on Sunday night. Kickoff is set at 6:40 p.m. EST.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will play for their first Super Bowl berth in half a century. But first, they needed to vanquish the Colts-and all the ghosts-of playoffs past. Whatever happens next, "A Fan's Notes" commentator Victor Wishna will always remember the day the postseason curse was broken.
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