Kansas City football fans are desperate for a spring fix. So they flock to the Sprint Center to watch football's version of methadone, the Kansas City Brigade
. The Arena Football League lacks the passionate rivalries, history and even the rules of the NFL. That said, the AFL does deliver a reasonable facsimile of the NFL, utilizing the same scoring system and ball, albeit with a smaller field, different rules and incredibly loud distractions during stops in play. The Brigade returns to action in the season opener at the Sprint Center (1407 Grand) at 7 p.m. versus the hilariously nicknamed Grand Rapids Rampage. One wonders what constitutes a "rampage" in Grand Rapids, but a guess would include not tipping well at Bob Evans. Tickets cost $9 to $150. Call 816-931-3330.
Mon., March 24, 7 p.m., 2008