Kansas City's sports are at their nadir. It has been more than a decade since the Chiefs or the Royals won a playoff game, let alone a championship. Most of the time, the metro is trapped in a loop of hopeless mediocrity (or worse). But on occasion, a sport lifts our hopes high ... before crushing them. Witness Tom Watson's summer run for a victory at the British Open. At age 59, Watson gave a truly remarkable performance. The golfer who last won a major tournament 26 years ago led the field going into the last hole, and he seemed certain to become the oldest ever to win a major tournament. But in an instant familiar to Chiefs fans holding their collective breath in clutch situations — and Royals fans at the arrival of summer — Watson badly missed a short putt. Our failures now define the local sporting culture. We have become a more humid Buffalo or a landlocked Cleveland. But we thank Watson for reminding us of the dream.