INDEPENDENCE, MO — I was asked to participate in the Missouri Comets Media Night soccer game at halftime of their match between the Comets and the Syracuse Silver Knights. The Comets won 17-9. But clearly the highlight of the night was my coaching performance to a 2-2 tie between the Red team and the Blue team.
In a game that clearly advanced the popularity of soccer in the Kansas City area, my Red team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a nifty little goal by 610 Sports Mike Welch off of assists by Platte County Landmark Editor Ivan Foley to 610 Sports Big Man, Jay Binkley. It wasn’t until the final seconds and with the help of a stuffed shirt of a referee who swallowed his whistle that the Blue team would tie the game. It mattered not, however, because it was a moral victory.
Led by outstanding goal keeping by 96.5 The Buzz’s DannyBoi who kept the Blues scoreless until he was tackled with seconds to go. “He left it all out on the field,” said teammate Kris Ketz of Channel 9. Left it on the field, indeed as Danny was visibly bloodied in both knees and had one finger pointing the wrong direction.
The Blue Team, led by Channel 4’s Nick Vasos and KMBZ’s Scott Parks displayed poor athleticism as they appeared winded and shaken a full 30 seconds before the Red Team did. Which was, about 45 seconds into the 6 minute match.
The media fatties will simply need to face off again, perhaps at a Hockey match being organized by Ketz and possibly Denny Matthews before anything can be settled as the teams kiss their sister with a 2-2 tie.
Rambling Morons has received exclusive video of the match which is below. One thing is certain, the participating media members sure got a “kick” out of the night. (Sorry.)