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The losing streak is over! I know K-State has a 4 game winning steak. So what am I talking about? Definitely not the fact that KU finally won a conference game. No, I’m referring to how my work sent the Wildcats into a tailspin. Call it the Wildcat Work Jinx.

I work a fairly normal day job, but I used to be a TV journalist (see: my bio). I’ve gone back to my TV job, by videoing high school football games for my old TV station. Usually there are no conflicts with Friday night football and college football. However, in Missouri high school playoff games often fall on Saturday. Last year I found myself in Holden, Missouri on November 17th. I covered a barn-burner of a high school football game. Meanwhile, K-State got off to a horrible start in Waco and had their undefeated season come to an end versus Baylor.

Game 2 of the work losing streak isn’t a football game and I think most of us were at work while the Wildcat basketball season came to an awful end against LaSalle in the NCAA Tournament. Still I shoulder part of the blame for that one.

The streak carried over to this year. The Missouri high school football season starts a week before it does in Kansas. Opening night was the same as the Wildcats home opener against North Dakota State. I got home to see the Bison inside the 40 on their way to the go-ahead touchdown. Sorry, guys. That one’s on me, too.

Thankfully that’s K-State’s only Friday game. However, loss number 4 in the streak switches back to basketball. Yup, you can blame Northern Colorado on me.

Now, thanks to Jack Cantele the streak is dead. I didn’t see any of the win over TCU as it was happening. I followed it sparingly on my phone. I bet it was the most exciting ending ever to watch live. It lacked the drama when I was watching it late into the night on my DVR. That ending and 2nd half was so crazy that my Wildcat Work Jinx has to be dead.

Go State!

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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