It’s time for a comeback. Local teams haven’t had a big one in quite a while.
Of course, when people think of comebacks in our area the first thing that comes to mind is the 1985 Royals who overcame two-games-to-none and three-games-to-one deficits in consecutive best-of-seven game series to win the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays and the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the World Series KC dropped the first two games at home.
Eight years earlier local hockey fans were amazed when the Kansas City Blues of the old Central Hockey League overcame similar odds.
KC won the regular season title and earned home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
However, in the first round a conflict with arena dates forced the Blues to open the post season in Fort Worth against the Texans who had finished the regular campaign 22 points behind the Blues.
After the Texans took the first two games at the Will Rogers Coliseum 3-1 and 4-3 the series shifted to Kemper Arena where the Blues faced an almost must-win situation.
After coming from behind in the first period the Blues held a 3-2 advantage in the third when the Texans tied the contest and sent it to overtime.
During the first 20-minute neither team scored and a second overtime was required.
At some point in the first overtime the linesmen, then 54-year-old Harry Dick and Jack Jackson, who was 52 at the time, would go to a knee on the blue lines as the teams approached.
At 3:10 of the second overtime Dave Kelly, who was acquired by the Blues for the playoffs, scored the game-winning goal with assists from Mike Bloom and Jim Nahrgang.
The Blues went on to win the next two games in KC 3-0 and 4-2 before polishing off the Texans in Fort Worth 4-3.
In the Adams Cup Championship Series KC defeated the Tulsa Oilers 4-1 and 3-0 at Kemper Arena before completing the sweep with 4-3 and 5-4 victories at the Convention Center in Tulsa. Both games in Tulsa were decided in overtime with Mike Korney and Gilles Marotte scoring the game-winners.
That season the Blues were led by player-coach Barclay Plager who was the CHL MVP.
Will local hockey fans see another area team, with a league MVP, win a championship? Time will tell.