4 Total Updates since June 17, 2010
almost 3 years ago Update 0 comments
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Week Five Most Confident: Jayhawks
For some reason, we saw an explosion of confidence this week from three of the four teams we're tracking in our Kansas City confidence polls.
The Jayhawks pushed out a confidence rating of 88, which is far and away the highest rating we've had of any team this week. There's not a whole lot going on in the world of Kansas athletics right now. The two biggest teams, basketball and football, aren't playing right now. Kansas has made some nice strides in recruiting but they also lost offensive tackle Jeff Spikes for the year.
Every week I can say the same thing about Kansas basketball. There's always reason to be near 100% confidence in that area.
Meanwhile Mizzou also made a surge in confidence moving up 21 points in our rating system. They're now at an 85 rating. The reason? Maybe it's Blaine Gabbert-related. Gabbert landed on two major watch lists this week.
First was the Davey O'Brien watch list which is arguably the most prestigious award behind the Heisman as it recognizes the country's top quarterback. 24 hours later and the recognition didn't stop as Gabbert also landed on the Manning Award watch list. You ever hear of this Manning guy? Not a bad NFL player from what I heard.
Mizzou is also drumming up some local interest with Mizzou Night at Kauffman Stadium Saturday evening. In addition, Kim English, Mizzou guard, appeared on some local radio stations this week. Not a bad week for Mizzou and not a bad week for their marketing department.
The Chiefs come in at third in the four major programs this week. That's the lowest they've finished but it's not by much. They hit a rating score of 84 this week which is also a jump of 21 points from last week.
So what's been going on around Arrowhead to cause such a jump? One national writer came out and said the Chiefs had the best free agent signing and they're a "dark horse playoff contender" while former Pats safety Rodney Harrison predicted on 810 WHB that Eric Berry would be better than him. Harrison's praise for Berry caused a very positive reaction among Chiefs fans. In general, the Chiefs have had a very positive offseason. More and more folks are believing in what Scott Pioli and Co. are doing so this is just another week in what has been a good offseason for the Chiefs and Chiefs fans (then again, when your team has won 10 games in three years, the offseason is always a good time).
And then there's the Royals who continue to climb. Last week they sat at a rating of 48 and today they're at 51. I wondered last week what might happen if to our confidence ratings if the Royals continued to win. At one point during last week's polls, the Royals had won 10 of 13, Ned Yost was talking playoffs and things were, for the most part, looking very positive at Kauffman Stadium.
Now? Well, the playoff talk is subsiding but there's still reason for hope in Kansas City. Some feel they have one of the better farm systems in MLB and some of the core talent continues to improve. Unfortunately, we've been saying that about the Royals seemingly every year. We'll see if it's "for real" this time.
almost 3 years ago Update 0 comments
The Tigers are back.
For the first time in our month-long series of Kansas City confidence polls, the Missouri Tigers can claim they're the most confident in Kansas City.
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Week Four Most Confident: Tigers
The Tigers didn't have anything in particular going on in the last week but they've been consistently feeling more confident since week one, when we were in the midst of the Big 12 drama.
Meanwhile, the other storyline developing here is the rise of the Royals. The Royals have won 10 of 13 games and four consecutive series'. This past week they swept the Mariners and took two of three from the Angels. Not a bad week, right? Royals fans' confidence continues to rise and for good reason. I suspect if the Royals continue to win, fan confidence will max out around the trade deadline.
The Chiefs continue to be, overall, the most confident fans in Kansas City over the last month. They've had an excellent offseason and things are generally considered positive at One Arrowhead Drive.
The Jayhawks are the Jayhawks. They've got the best basketball team in the country so don't feel bad for them. Kansas has been on a recruiting hot streak in football, as well, so KU has nothing to feel bad about. Frankly, I'm surprised they're not more confident.
almost 3 years ago Update 7 comments
We've got a new winner.
For the first time since we started the Kansas City fan confidence polls, a team not named the Chiefs has come out on top.
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Week Three Winner: Jayhawks
Kudos to the folks at Rock Chalk Talk for riding their team to victory. Nothing major happened to the Jayhawks in the last week except that Turner Gill has been on a hot recruiting streak, as Owen Kemp explained here. That may have had something to do with it.
Arrowhead Pride is a close second in the third week but still hold the overall top spot. The Chiefs are having a good offseason. OTAs are done and they're just waiting for training camp. The vibe for the Chiefs is generally positive at this point.
Rock M Nation is making huge strides after a disappointing first week. That was mainly due to the uncertainty of the Big 12 at the time.
Royals Review is....well, they're real fans, to be honest. You gotta respect the loyalty Royals fans have. They should be rising in the coming weeks if they continue to play .500 ball under Ned Yost.
almost 3 years ago Update 0 comments
Our first Kansas City Confidence Poll was last week. It ran for a few days but it happened to be before and after it was announced that the Big 12 (-2) would be saved so some Mizzou and KU fans were saying things would be different this time around.
And they were right. The Mizzou fans, at least.
Here are the results with last week's in parentheses.
You can see the results on the SB Nation Kansas City home page.
This means that for the second week in a row the Chiefs -- the Chiefs! -- are the most confident fan base in the Kansas City area (or, you know, two hours east in Columbia, too.
Now that there's not so much unrest in the Big 12 (-2), I imagine Kansas and Missouri fans will be in a tight race the rest of the way. Kansas blew out Missouri last week when it looked like the Big 12 was crumbling (and it was Missouri's fault).
And, staying steady, is the Royals. Consistency, Royals Review readers, consistency.
almost 3 years ago Update 10 comments
As you've seen by now, the Kansas City SB Nation blogs are running a Fan Confidence Poll. In the top left corner of Arrowhead Pride, Royals Review, Rock Chalk Talk and Rock M Nation are polls that allow you to tell us how you're feeling about your team.
The scores are....low. Here are the results for the fans on those four SB Nation communities:
(You can find the full results on the SB Nation Kansas City home page.)
This isn't exactly the best time to be a Kansas City Sports fan.
The Chiefs have won 10 games in three years so their No. 1 ranking is due in large part to the offseason moves including the addition of Thomas Jones and a solid draft. The Chiefs are entering year two of a new regime so I suppose it's reasonable that there's a little more hope at Arrowhead than, say, Kauffman.
The Jayhawks have arguably the best team in college basketball heading into the 2010-2011 season so that's big reason for confidence. On the other hand, they've hit a few scandals recently and AD Lew Perkins announced his retirement that may or may not be due to some of those scandals. Still, the Jayhawks have basketball.
The Tigers are a good program. They aren't lighting the world on fire in any particular sport but they've got a good program in both the major sports (football and basketball). Plus, having a possible future first-rounder leading your football team isn't bad. On the flip side, they're being blamed for the Big 12's near demise.
The Royals are....well, the Royals. They've been the definition of bad for the last two decades. GM Dayton Moore is four years into his tenure and received a five-year extension last summer so, if things aren't going well now, it's hard to believe they'll turn around anytime soon.