Catbacker Commentary: Royal Pains Seth October 8, 2013 Catbacker Commentary, Features Is cheering for the 2013 Wildcats going to be like cheering for the Royals? It’s beginning to feel like it for me. I know some of our readers/listeners and even writers aren’t all Royals fans, but I am. It is frequently a horribly awful thing to be a Royals fan. Lately, it hasn’t been that fun being a K-State football fan. The similarities, for me, go all the way back to the beginning. My first experience with watching Major League Baseball was the 1985 World Series. (No, I didn’t attend but I watched as much as possible.) I had just turned 8 and seeing the Royals bring home a championship was awesome. Instant fandom. I had no idea that championships were rare. Kansas City had winning teams the rest of the decade, plus they had a legend in George Brett. Life was still pretty good as a Royals fan. As for me becoming a die-hard K-State fan, the story is very similar. I had watched Division 1 college football on TV, but never in person. My first ever live college football game was the inaugural Big XII game in Manhattan. How could you not be hooked? A 4th down pass breakup by Lamar Chapman preserved a 7 point win over Texas Tech. Things just got better from there. A number 1 ranking, bowl wins, 2 conference championships. Continuing the analogy, we all know things went downhill for the Royals. A few years I simply hoped they didn’t lose 100. Year after year I entered with low expectations. Even this year, despite a winning record it was very bumpy. Game after game, expecting the worst. I hope for good things but it’s hard to believe it will actually happen. That’s where I am right now with K-State, hopeful but worried. I wasn’t the only Catbacker feeling like this. I saw it on social media from numerous K-Staters before the Oklahoma State game. Lots of comments were focused on hoping to see improvement, but not really expecting to win. I’m sure this week, many of us will be hoping to keep it respectable against Baylor. At this point, most of us are just trying to figure out how the Cats will become bowl eligible. Ugh, it’s like the Royals season is still going for me. My sports fan psyche is fractured. If the Chiefs weren’t 5-0, I’d probably just curl up on the living room floor and cry all weekend. I don’t know how long it will take to repair my bruised and battered sports ego. I do know this, beating KU on November 30th will help. That team is an absolute train wreck. It must really suck to be a fan of that football team. Go Cats!