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Tuesdays on The Salute

Tuesdays on The Salute

We’ve all failed as fans. Some do it publicly, like running on to the field at the Alamo Bowl. (No, that wasn’t me.) Some do it less publicly, like shouting something really stupid or angry at a game right when it got quiet. (I’m pretty sure I’ve done that.) Numerous times I’ve written in this blog about how my second job has led to me missing huge games. This, Saturday, my family may lead to a big-time fandom fail. That’s right…during Part 1 of the Sunflower Rivalry.

My sister is coming for a visit from Florida. My parents and other sister are coming, too. On the surface that seems fine. My family will happily watch a K-State vs KU basketball game. It’s only 2 hours. It’s in the middle of the afternoon. It should be fine. Except one thing: Arbonne.

Arbonne is a skin care product where people host fancy parties and try to get their friends to buy products. My sister from Florida does this and my wife agreed to host one this Saturday at 2:30 in my house. My loud, crazy kids can’t be at a fancy party, so it’s my job to keep them out of the party!

I didn’t see this coming until I saw the game time was set for 2pm. My head began to scramble for places I could go with my dad and kids that would be showing the game. Reminder, I live in Columbia, Missouri. People around here aren’t enthusiastic about showing any game with either the Wildcats or Jayhawks. I thought of one place where the manager is a Kansas fan. He’d have the game on! However, it’s completely and totally a beer bar. It doesn’t serve food. It’s not exactly the type of place that I should take a five-year old and an eight-year old.

I think I’ve found my solution and what’s scary is that it’s a Nebraska fan. His wife is coming to the party. His kids will be driving him crazy, so let’s combine our kids. They’ll drive each other crazy while we watch the game. He’ll probably root for the Cats because his Huskers fell victim to many Beaker beat-downs.

So maybe I’ve pulled this fandom fail out of the fire. And we all know that if I watch the Wildcats will win, right? That’s how superstitions work right.

Go Cats! Beat KU! (And beat WVU, too)

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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