Fridays at The Salute

Fridays at The Salute

If you’re like me, you just reached the last stop on the Royals bus route. Tough loss for a team many expected to miss the playoffs, only to fall one run short in the seventh game of the 2014 World Series. How many 100-loss seasons did Royals fans endure and were then rewarded for staying on the bus? Didn’t that make the month of October even more special?

Surpassing expectations isn’t anything new to Kansas State fans. We are used to middle of the pack projections from coaches, national and local media members only to find our teams in the thick of the Big 12 race in the last few weeks of most seasons in most sports.

In the middle of the best October of my life I made a huge mistake. I took a win for granted and so did many of our fans. I made the comment with about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, “Beating Texas is so boring and commonplace that people are already heading back to their tailgate.”

I made another comment at the post game tailgate about the shutout of Texas not seeming like a big win. On a Mitch Holthaus scale of wins, this was just a big, big win. Then my brother-in-law shook me with his thoughts about the win.

“Enjoy wins like these while we can get them. After Snyder, these may be few and far between”

That’s really something you don’t want to think about. Snyder retiring and the possibility of losing ground on the Big 12 is frightening, but it’s reality. The three seasons between Snyder 1.0 and Snyder 2.0 were forgettable, sans a few big upsets.

Tomorrow’s game seems like a no-doubter and maybe it will be. Take a look around at the full stands, the capacity student section and the ESPN on ABC cameras circling the sidelines. Embrace their presence. A number nine ranking in the debut of the College Football Playoff Rankings, discussion on ESPN and a hall of fame coach on the sidelines.

How spoiled are we as Kansas State fans to have even had runs like the 1998, 2003, 2012 or even this year’s team? Royals fans had to wait 29 years before finally getting back into the play offs, let alone the World Series. You just never know when you will have a team capable off making a run and having the stars align and the ball bounce just right so you can have the opportunity to be elite.

That’s what the Royals had this season. That’s what we had in 1998 and 2012, so why can’t we have that in 2014? After this season, we don’t know when we will have the opportunity to be in this position again. Take a deep breath, look around and enjoy the journey.

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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