With LA KISS, football doesn't have to end with the Super Bowl
Arena Football League team starts its inaugural season in March at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
By Chris Erskine
October 1, 2013, 4:29 p.m.
Say hello to Gene Simmons' new baby. It's a healthy and screaming baby oy. That's right, as in "Oy, what will they dream up next?"
The rock legend's new pride and joy is an arena football team called LA KISS, which starts its inaugural season in March.
Yep, just when you typically sink into PFD (Post-Football Depression), there will be yet more football. But is it good football? Does it have the resonance, the passion, the bada-bing-bada-boom of the conventional game?
Visionaries like you and me scoff at such thinking. Of course, visionaries always seem a little nuts.
Appreciate for a moment that a sport born and nurtured in America's steel towns now has a team called the KISS, sponsored by rock legends famous as much for their makeup as their music.
Dull, backward-thinking traditionalists see the Arena Football League as a tacky offshoot of real football. I see real football as a brutal, bloated, family-hostile sport in need of some healthy competition. Every business needs that, even raging successes like the NFL.
And if you prefer monopolies, look what an outstanding job the NCAA does. Can't wait till someone proposes an alternative to that, with a real playoff system and trust funds for players.
Till then, I say bring on the Arena Football League. Season seats sell for $99 for a package of 10 games, in the lower bowl of the Honda Center. Which, of course, technically means they are the Los Angeles KISS of Anaheim — sound familiar?
"Our best seats are like putting folding chairs on the hash marks," brags co-owner Brett Bouchy.