Fridays at The Salute

Fridays at The Salute

Let’s take a week step back from Wildcat football for a week. The Big 12 gods have given us an additional week off to rest and prepare for the conference bully, Oklahoma. That’s perfect for this team as they really get into the brutal portion of the schedule.

The rest of the Big 12, however, has a brutal week of football (excluding the jayhawk’s opponent). The normal night-cap game, Red River Rivalry,  will start off the Big 12 week along with West Virginia at Texas Tech. That’s a lot of fire power right out of the gates. The afternoon games have huge implications. A loss to Toledo and Paul Rhoads may need to call a few moving companies to assist his departure from Ames. The headliner of the weekend has to be TCU at Baylor. This game will really start the pendulum on the Big 12 Championship clock. The Frogs just took care of big, bad OU and Baylor’s offense just came off a game with Texas in which the passing game sputtered.

I think I am going to step back from more than just the Wildcat football. Not only is Kansas State idle, Kansas City Chiefs are also off on a bye this week making this weekend the first official “Royals Weekend” in October since the year nineteen hundred and eighty five. Yes, yours truly was eighteen months and one week old when the World Series started. I remember exactly zero outs from that game unless you count the numerous times I have seen the replay of the final out, “Zero outs! The Royals win the World Series!”

captureI grew up with a “1985 World Series Champs” pennant on my bedroom door, not knowing what it felt like to actually win a play-off game. So to say that this is uncharted territory is an understatement. My teams have never won a championship that I can recall. The Royals, Chiefs and Wildcats have been oh-fer in my lifetime. I got a taste of championship level success in the 1998 regular season. We picked up a Big 12 trophy in Kansas City in 2003. We made a very memorable run to the Elite Eight in 2010. And earned a trio of Big 12 Championships in 2012-2013 for football, basketball and baseball.

All of those seasons were exciting and rewarding as a fan. This year’s Royals team just feels different. For years the Royals broadcast was just background noise over the summer while I passed the time for football season. One hundred loss seasons were the norm making every win surprising. This season wins were expected and losses were disappointing. It totally changed my emotions toward the Royals this summer.

Then they made the play-offs, well, sort of. They made it to the Wild Card game and even had the opportunity to host it. Things were rolling. Until they weren’t. Things looked somber and that poor girl wasn’t going to get her puppy. Then the rally happened and the Royals won every fan’s heart back. A sweep of the best team in baseball and on to the next round.

There will be familiar voices on the radio waves tonight. It will sound like the background noise that droned on and on over the summers of my youth, but what will be said from here on out will be memorable. Win or lose, this is the best Royals team of my recollection. The descriptions will be burned into memory. Hopefully we will have another, “Zero outs!” moment to enjoy for the Royal loyalists.


About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

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