Sunday, February 12, 2012
Monster Jam Kansas City. It ain't what it used to be
I grew up in Nebraska, and when I was a kid, these shows were considerably more grass roots. Monster trucks were sort of a novelty, and their claim to fame wasn't so much that they could jump real high, but rather that they could slowly crush and destroy cars. Glass and plastic would pop and crack, leaving all kinds of debris and carnage scattered around. But it was unlike anything else, and it definitely seemed cool at the time.
They also teamed these events up with mud races pretty often. They'd have a big mud pit, and guys would try and blast all the way through without getting stuck. Again, it was lots of great action, and the crowds really enjoyed it.
Thanks to Monster Jam, monster trucks have never been more popular than the are today. But after watching the show this weekend in the Sprint Center, I can tell you that they've never been less entertaining, at least in Kansas City.
Also, their alternative entertainment leaves something to be desired. They have "Quad War" races, which are utterly ridiculous. Yeah, they're riding around the course, pretending like they're competing against each other, but it's obviously a fixed race, and nothing more than filler.
You can still see sled-pullers, mud-racers, and even Tough Trucks, but not at a Monster Jam event. These have been relegated more to rural venues, county fairs, and the like. Of course, with their attempt to sanitize and de-redneck these big monster truck shows, they've scoured out a big part of the fun.
Sometime we need to go to a bigger Monster Jam event, like in St. Louis. A more suitable building would make all the difference for something like this. But in the meantime, this show was right here, it was kind of fun, and we didn't have to book a hotel room or drive hundreds of miles to see it. Still, like everything else, it ain't what it used to be.
Pictures taken from our $32.00/person plus tax seats in the nosebleed section in the slideshow below.