There seems to be a generational gap in the fan base of Kansas City sports teams. The older generation is still very partial to the Royals, while the younger generations are more partial to the Chiefs.
For the sake of this article, I’m specifically focusing on the Chiefs and Royals.
See, for a guy like me, having grown up in Kansas City during the late 80’s and early 90’s, it was majority Chiefs football. By then, the Royals hadn’t even sniffed the playoffs since 1985, the same year they won the World Series, and the Chiefs were in the midst of a dominating era.
Now, that’s not to say that Kansas City hasn’t been loyal to baseball and we’re not passionate about our team. Lord knows that KC is starved for good baseball and I promise you, I love the Royals but I just don’t follow them like I do the Chiefs.
Perhaps I do have the wrong attitude about it but even if you find that to be the case, can you blame me? Kansas City was once known as a baseball town in the 70’s and 80’s but has been exactly opposite since.
I mean think about it. People my age only have memories of the Royals playing bad baseball. If you had a conversation with my pops, he would’ve told you how important the Royals were to KC and how opposite it was compared to now.
That reason alone is what creates the generation gap I sense.
He grew up with George Brett, Frank White, and Bo Jackson and I grew up with Joe Montana, Derrick Thomas and Tony Gonzalez.
And of course, you can always choose to like them equally, which is the way it should be but I’m just being honest. I’m more interested in the Chiefs than I am the Royals.
So just out of curiosity to see which one is more popular, I created and embedded a poll below. It’ll be interesting to see the votes!