The World Series is pretty serious business, in case you haven't heard. With the 2014 version now a little more than 72 hours away, it's time for fans of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants to eliminate any possible distractions and zone in on what lies ahead.
Among many other odd things we're sure, that process apparently includes asking local radio stations to ban any song that even remotely references the other team from airing. Or at least that's the approach fans in San Francisco are taking, and both KFOG and 96.5 KOIT are going to help them out. The radio stations announced this week that they are removing Lorde's hit "Royals" from the playlist until the World Series ends.
Not long after the song first appeared on the U.S. charts, the 17-year-old pop star from New Zealand admitted she drew inspiration from the Kansas City baseball team when writing the song. So the ban isn't just about avoiding the word Royals, it's about that connection.
With the request granted, "Royals" will be off the air on both stations for at least the next week. Of course, that's probably subject to change based on the Series outcome. If the Royals win, we should probably anticipate that ban being extended awhile. If the Giants win, expect it to return full force, and perhaps even in parody form with a Giants' twist.
Meanwhile, in Kansas City, the only version of the song that matters right now is this terrific parody by John Long.