Tuesdays on The Salute

Tuesdays on The Salute

Voice. There have been times throughout history where people haven’t had a voice. There are some places today where people don’t have a voice. Thanks to social media, more and more people have a voice that can be heard. Sometimes, the voices are so full of negativity that we don’t want to hear them. At other times a different perspective is valuable to the conversation.

One of the many things I enjoy about The Salute is that we have different perspectives. We have variety in age, gender and location. Living in Columbia, I often have a different perspective than other Salute writers and the rest of the K-State fanbase. For example, I love the Thanksgiving weekend K-State versus KU football game. As someone that isn’t close to Manhattan, it provides me an opportunity to see the Wildcats while I’m back home seeing family for Thanksgiving. I know a lot of Catbackers don’t share my enthusiasm for this schedule change

Similarly, I appear to be in the minority regarding the Spring Game moving to Sporting Park in Kansas City this year. I know fans from way out in western Kansas will find it hard to drive all the way to KC for that game. I get it. I grew up in Dodge City. The bright lights of Kansas City seemed like it was a world away when I was a kid. For the first time since I was in college, attending the Spring Game finally makes sense. Driving four hours to watch a scrimmage has never made much sense to me. Now, it’s two hours and I have connections in KC.

Then there’s my perspective on the basketball mess we have on our hands. My age and location give me a different outlook than others. First of all, I’ve seen worse. Yes, worse! The Tom Asbury years were bad, particularly the final one of his tenure. Also, living in Columbia, I’ve seen a football program rise to national prominence and a basketball program crash to rock bottom. The Missouri basketball team is 7-16 (1-9). The fans here are not happy about it, but they’re also not flipping out. The Tigers are in year one with a new coach and their fans are trusting the rebuilding process. My trust is waning but I haven’t begun to panic yet.

So that’s my perspective. My voice. Although, it may be different from yours regarding some issues we’ve got the common ground of loving Kansas State.

Go Cats! Beat WVU!

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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