Yesterday KC Kingdom welcomed a new knight to our round table. Jacob Meysenburg is that knight and Joel and I are pleased as punch to have him joining our team. His addition gives us another resource to provide additional coverage of the Kansas City Royals in the coming months. He is still working through the setup process and hasn’t published his debut article yet but he did take some time to answer the same eight “biographical” questions that the rest of us have done along the way.
Here are his responses.
How did you become a fan of the team you’re covering?
Being from Lincoln, I grew up watching Husker sports. My dad had season tickets to Nebraska basketball when I was a kid, so you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t share the same kind of enthusiasm many of you do for Jayhawks basketball. I never had much to do after school was over, so I spent many summer nights watching the Royals with my dad. Ever since, I have been a big fan of KC.
Where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
I was actually born in Omaha before moving to Lincoln. Before they were the Storm Chasers or even the Royals (the second time), I’d go to Omaha Golden Spikes games. I currently live in Sioux City, Iowa.
What is your college/educational background?
I’m currently a student at Morningside College, alma mater of Paul Splittorff. My majors are Math and English with a minor in Economics.
What do you do for a living?
I don’t do much aside from study, so I suppose the correct answer is student.
What is your family situation (wife, kids, etc.)?
I grew up in a family of seven with my parents and four brothers. My girlfriend and I have been together around a year.
What do you like to do for fun (sports related or otherwise)?
I’ve spent a fair amount of time swimming competitively and recently picked up frolfing. Fantasy sports, particularly football and baseball, are things I enjoy. I’m still sore about losing in the championship match of both my last football and baseball league, though I’ve come into this season reinvigorated.
What is your favorite sports moment or memory?
Boy, I’m glad that I’m not covering the Rockies or any other Colorado team. The day was November 28th, 2008, and I was sitting in Memorial Stadium with two good friends. Colorado led Nebraska 31-30 with 1:55 left in the game. Nebraska was faced with a 4th & 25 on the 40 yard line and sent Alex Henery out to kick the game winning 57 yard field goal. I know that it’s not a KC area-themed memory, but that’s my favorite. My favorite Royals memories include Zack’s 15 strikeouts against the Indians, Alex’s walkoff home run against Baltimore in 2010, and Brian Bannister out dueling Stephen Strasburg in the midst of the “Strasmus” craze.
What are your least favorite team(s) and why?
I don’t like the idea of ragging on any amateur sports teams, but I’m not too keen on the Texas Longhorns. They seem to have a way of pulling things out of thin air to win games. I’m sure that the Jayhawks fans here remember last season’s game vs Texas.