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2010 World Cup In Kansas City Was A Success

The way ESPN portrayed Kansas City during Saturday's coverage of the 2010 World Cup, it would appear as if we're a soccer town. Relative to others, I think we are.

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Those ESPN cameras floated around the Power & Light District on Saturday and, according to various accounts, it was a major success.

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The people who run the place say it’s the busiest they’ve ever seen the KC Live! block, an eclectic mix of young and old, men and women, some who cheer good midfield passes and others who wonder why the time on the clock moves up and not down.

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There are women in high heels and women pushing strollers, guys with preppy shirts, guys with tattoos and guys with preppy tattoos. It’s quite possible the national anthem has never been sung louder, though it was still punctuated with that disappointing "Chiefs!" at the end.

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Sam Mellinger's column is a good read and includes a part in there about a grown man -- with a family -- being "half-tilted" on a Saturday afternoon with face paint on.

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I think it was this guy:

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