Beyond the Box Scores

A Taste of Kansas City

By: Derek Forrest
By: Derek Forrest

Justin Skeens and I have spent almost two days in Kansas City for the NAIA National men's tournament. Here is how the experience is going so far.

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Courtesy of Justin Skeens

Justin Skeens and I have spent almost two days in Kansas City for the NAIA National men's tournament. Here is how the experience is going so far.

We arrived in Kansas City Monday night, and I have to tell you, for me, it was nice to be back in a city. Whether it is small or large, it is nice to get away for a little while. Growing up in New York City, living in Boston, and near Hartford and New Haven, I definitely prefer the city. I have respect for both small town living and city living, but nothing beats being around the bright lights.

First up on our trip was experiencing the food. Two days in and we have definitely put a nice dent on the goal.
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Courtesy of Justin Skeens

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Courtesy of Justin Skeens

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Courtesy of Justin Skeens

Goal two was to just be able to walk around and see everything that Kansas City has to offer. Across the street from our hotel is a Titanic Exhibition, which we have not been in yet. But that is just the beginning. There are several theaters, restaurants and places to mingle with the people of the city. 

One of the more interesting buildings in the city is the Marriott. Where I have already done a shot in front of for sports this week. This is what it looks like during the day:
And here is a completely different looking Marriott at night.
They call the center of Kansas City the power and light district, and they definitely have enough lights to prove it. Does it compare to Times Square in New York? No. But it is still impressive nonetheless. 

Even with the all the glitz, Kansas City still has a vintage look as well.
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Courtesy of Justin Skeens

But of course, we aren't here to eat and relax, although it is Spring Break for most. We are hear form the NAIA Division I men's basketball tournament which is hosting four teams from Kentucky that we are covering. Campbellsville, University of the Cumberlands, Georgetown, and Lindsey Wilson.

Just eight hours after we got to town, we headed in to the city to cover the Cumberlands at their first practice in KC.
We then proceeded to interview the team along with head coach Donnie Butcher before putting together sound bites to send back to the station in Hazard. After we finished up following the team we then had to wait around until 6pm where I did a live interview with Coach Butcher on WYMT from Kansas City. (Actually it was from one of the look out points at the hotel. You can see what the view was like from the first picture posted on this blog). After the interview with coach Butcher, Justin and I waited for it to get dark so I could do a stand up in front of the Marriott while it was lit up for a story that I did for WYMT that ran Wednesday night at 11pm. Finally I put together the story when we got back to the hotel, and that wrapped up Day One in Kansas City.

Day two in Kansas City meant day one of college basketball at the Municipal Auditorium.

Lindsey Wilson tipped things off for the state of Kentucky with Campbellsville closing things out. However both teams lost their first round games. Next up for the state on Thursday, the

University of the Cumberlands

and Georgetown. Lets hope that one of these two teams can advance to the second round of the tournament.

 

- Rock

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