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Tuesdays on The Salute

Tuesdays on The Salute

400 words. I had written 400 words.

Yesterday morning while driving to work I thought up a concept for what I would write following a K-State loss to arch-rival Kansas on Monday night. The before the game I wrote 400 words about how disappointing this team has been. The post stated how difficult it has been to stay positive and write about a team that appeared to have quit. Even through the early parts of the first half I added to my post. Then my world flipped upside down. The Wildcats kept fighting and beat the Jayhawks 70 to 63.

I don’t know how it happened. What changed? The Cats looked motivated. They looked like they cared. Did Bruce Weber say something to motivate them? Did the players find something inside themselves to turn this thing around? Was it seeing those blue KU jerseys that got this team fired up? Or was it the raucous crowd that got this team going? I don’t know, but the ESPN announcers mentioned it…this is the team we thought we had this year. I only wish we hadn’t had two or three awful stretches of basketball.

As the dust settles, K-State now has back to back home wins against KU for the first time since 1983. Return of the Jedi was released in 1983!!! I (like many people) experienced zero wins over KU at home while I was a student. The Wildcats can finish above .500 if they play like this in their last two games. The NIT is a possibility if they can do that. Does that save the season? No. No way, but it could take away some of the sting of a season of under-achieving.

Whatever happens from here on out won’t take away last night. Beating your rival always feels good. Waking up today felt great.

This post is falling well short of 400 words, but that’s okay. There’s only two words that really matter: Beat KU.

Go Cats!

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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