The Patriots face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday. It’s the eighth consecutive conference championship for New England, while it’s the first for Kansas City since 1994.
That hasn’t been lost on sports talk radio’s Bob Fescoe, the host of 610 Sports Radio’s “Fescoe in the Morning.” Examining the content of 610’s sister station in Boston, WEEI, Fescoe acknowledged his surprise at how much non-football talk there was in the lead-up to a game with Super Bowl implications.
“I’m listening to Boston radio,” said Fescoe, “it’s another day at the office for them. ‘Let’s talk about Brad Stevens. We’ll get to [the game] in the third segment of the hour, I guess.’ But for us, this is life or death. This is the difference between being a team that takes things for granted and an area that takes things for granted versus a city that appreciates their sports franchises, and that’s what we do here in Kansas City. Boston, no so much.”
Fescoe continued his line of reasoning, saying that he kept checking back in to see what was being discussed.
“Every time I tune in, they’re talking about Brad Stevens calling a timeout too soon in the Celtics game. They were talking about the Red Sox and whether or not they’re going to show up to the White House that’s coming up because they won the World Series,” said Fescoe, before referencing a colleague heard a discussion of Bruins lines at practice as well. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Boy, in Kansas City, this is all-consuming right now for everybody.'”
Fescoe theorized that success has dissipated the value of reaching such a football height for Patriots fans.
“It’s almost like a birthright now,” Fescoe said, “because you think about a lot of kids in [New] England that are 18 years old, they’re now able to serve in the military and vote and they’re going off to college. All of those kids are babies of a generation in New England sports where all you do is win, win, win, from the Red Sox to the Bruins to the Patriots to the Celtics. They’ve all won championships in that time span.
“I feel like they’re taking this thing for granted. Like this isn’t that important to them.”