The Monday Morning Power Digest
Put on your uniform, fix your bayonet and join the parade.
How’s my favorite unpaid weekly email segment doing? Good? How was the weekend? Same as all the other ones? Good. Let’s keep that up.
CORRECTION OF THE WEEK
Last week, I shared my mom’s spaghetti and meatball recipe. She texted me first thing Monday morning to let me know I got the meatballs all wrong. I am truly ashamed. Make sure you mix in one egg and a 1/2 cup of italian breadcrumbs into the meatballs.
The MMPD apologizes for the error.
Hometown Pride Moment of the Week
Kansas City was named a host city for the 2026 World Cup and will host at least three World Cup games at Arrowhead Stadium.
I cannot begin to tell you how big of a (charming) shithole KC was 20 years ago. Like, this town was on no one’s radar. We had great barbeque and a terrible baseball team. That was pretty much it. Pretty much everyone moved away after high school or college.
Downtown was a derelict financial district littered with abandoned buildings. Nightlife districts like Westport and the Plaza were crime ridden dumps. If you asked a local what their food recommendations were outside of BBQ, they’d probably send you to a Chinese restaurant or a steakhouse in the suburbs.
Our greatest cultural monuments, the National WWI Memorial, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Union Station, Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums, were either abandoned or crumbling and in desperate need of repair. All of them are now fully restored and international destinations. Our once convenient curb-to-gate airport was destroyed by TSA security checkpoints. We’re about to open a billion-dollar 40-gate terminal in 2023.
You could buy a three bedroom house pretty much anywhere for less than $150,000. Kansas City is now one of the hottest housing markets in the world.
The city is flourishing. Being tabbed by FIFA to host an international event of this magnitude is an achievement that even the most pessimistic Midwesterner should be extremely proud of. I know I am.
To whoever delivered on the bribes FIFA needed to be sold on KC, thank you!
Dad of the Week
I was extremely blessed with a great dad. I owe my charisma, my humor, my wit, my love for family all to my dad. He is a business owner, a philanthropist, a massive sports fan, a loving husband and the best dad I could have asked for. He taught me how to be accountable, how to be passionate, how to take ownership of my work and actions, how to be honest no matter what, how to work hard and how important relationships are with the people you love.
He has a World Series ring and sat on the bench for NBA playoff games. But he’d tell you his favorite job is his current one, Head Athletic Trainer at Rockhurst High School where he is a legend among student athletes because of his genuine character, empathy and eternally optimistic nature. I am extremely grateful.
Happy Father’s Day to the man and our family’s number one, Paul McGannon Jr. Onward and upward.
Zillow House That Would Financially Ruin Me of the Week
Price tag: $1.2 million
Sq. footage: 866
A Hemingway-esque aesthetic here. Escape into the Florida Keys without the burden of massive trench warfare PTSD and crippling alcoholism. Key West is a great American town. The Florida Keys are one of the few places in America to keep commercialism at arm’s length. We’ll see how long that lasts.
This is a house that just screams “Please leave me the hell alone.” That’s really all you can hope for, right?
White Pill of the Week
While we were arguing for two years about masks, vaccines for six year olds, stolen elections, MLB All Star Game locations, pronouns, Qanon, Antifa and whether or not a sitting US Congresswoman used to be a prostitute, Wall Street raided the China cabinet. Again. Repeatedly. For two years.
People are furious and for good reason. Elevate your thinking above blue team vs. red team. We got robbed again by a repeat offender. Inflation is not a left vs. right issue. A tank of gas should not cost $100. Groceries for a family of four should not be $300.
So go ahead and be furious. You should be. Every person in this country is being sold down the river while screaming at each other about nonsense.
Krystal Ball (actual name) and Saagar Enjeti are the future of news. Highly recommend their morning news show Breaking Points.
That’s it for this week. Go get ‘em.