Real Mavericks

Behold the Kansas City metropolitan area’s most successful professional-sports franchise! The Missouri Mavericks do not reside in last place — unlike almost all of the city’s other professional teams. And the Central Hockey League expansion franchise may even qualify for a playoff spot in its first year. For any KC resident who’s bored by casinos and interested in witnessing a successful pro-sports team, the Mavericks continue their march to the post-season in tonight’s 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Mississippi RiverKings at the Independence Events Center (19100 East Valley View Parkway, Independence). It has been a long time since a Kansas City team appeared in the playoffs, so here’s a primer: A “playoff” is when the best teams in a sport face off in highly competitive games for a league’s championship. It’s very exciting. Tickets to tonight’s game cost $12 to $32. Call 816-252-7852 for details.

Fri., Jan. 15, 7:05 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 16, 7:05 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 13, 7:05 p.m.; Sun., March 7, 7:05 p.m., 2010