Catbacker Commentary: Rock the (Wildcat) Vote Seth November 4, 2014 Catbacker Commentary, Features Tuesdays on The Salute It’s Election Day in the U.S., which I’m sure you are aware of unless you are a loyal Salute fan living in a foreign country. I’m a little too nervous about the upcoming TCU game, so how about an election-themed post? It’s topical and, hopefully, entertaining! Plus, the title is a rip-off of an MTV-driven campaign to increase voter turnout among young people. Very current and hip. (MTV is still cool, right?) What if it was Election Day in Wildcatland? (just the football part of it) Let me show you my ballot: U.S. Senator: ☐ Michael Bishop ☐ Ell Roberson ☑ Collin Klein I’m going with Klein for Senate. The other two are more athletically gifted but it’s Collin’s leadership qualities that win my vote. He’s the embodiment of a team player. That’s what I want in my Senate. U.S. Representative: ☑ Darren Sproles ☐ Daniel Thomas ☐ John Hubert The pick is Sproles for numerous reasons. The main reason is his elusiveness. He would make a perfect politician. You simply can’t catch him. State Senate: ☐ Kevin Lockett ☐ Darnell McDonald ☐ Aaron Lockett ☐ Quincy Morgan ☑ Jordy Nelson Tough call here. I wanted to write-in Tyler Lockett since he’s on pace to set new records. However, he doesn’t meet the minimum age standard. I went with Nelson here for two reasons. First, he persevered despite that “other” coach. Second, he’s the only on the list that is a Kansas native. State Representative: ☑ Justin Swift ☐ Brian Casey Let’s face it. This is a position that often goes unnoticed. Both candidates wore 86 for the Wildcats. Both are from the KC-area. However, Casey was from the Missouri side. I voted with Swift. He actually caught an NFL touchdown. (Which is something I learned while researching the highly qualified candidates.) Secretary of the Interior: ☐ Ryan Lilja ☑ Nick Leckey I know this position is an appointed one, but it’s my post and I wanted to include offensive lineman. Another close call, but I picked Leckey solely because he follows me on Twitter. Shameless, I know. Secretary of Defense: ☐ Mark Simoneau ☐ Darren Howard ☐ Terence Newman ☑ Arthur Brown Again, I know this isn’t a position we vote for, but it seems an appropriate way to include the defense. It was a hard-fought primary to narrow down to four outstanding candidates. Howard is out since he’s the only non-Kansas native on the list. I love Newman, but a defensive back can only do so much. I’m going with Brown over Simoneau. He had less help than Simoneau (like Howard). President: ☑ Bill Snyder (unopposed) The biggest no-brainer of the bunch. He’s the absolute best. I would take him over all the other presidents (head coaches) that are in college football. What he has done at Kansas State is unprecedented and cannot be matched. So there you have it. An unbiased look at K-State greats and how they’d fare in a political election of a fiction world. And my cheesy attempt at saying how much I appreciate what Bill Snyder has done for my alma mater. Go Cats! Beat TCU!