Monday Night Football

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.

KC Brigade

Mon., March 24, 7 p.m., 2008