I plead guilty your honor. I have looked ahead to the game against Kansas on Tuesday night. Kansas has looked untouchable at time this season, but recent struggles with Iowa State at home and toying with Texas Tech on the road has me itching to take a swing at them while Kansas State is playing their best, most consistent basketball of the season.

First, maybe we should take care of Oklahoma at home on Saturday afternoon. What a perfect little “look-ahead” game. Or maybe we can consider it a tune-up game instead. Coming off of a lack-luster 13-point win over TCU Wednesday night, the team, the fans and the students need a warm-up game.

Home crowds so far this season have been okay by recent Kansas State standards. I am hoping that the students will be back in full force and will bring back the rowdiness that has become the norm inside the “Octagon of Doom.” Since the football season has expired, maybe a full coliseum could help get loosened up with a Wabash or two; warming up the vocals with a resounding, “GO HOME!!!” At the first media time-out of the second half, the Classy Cats could remind us that the band is hot (not a little, but a lot.) Hopefully it won’t to be needed in this game of two Big 12 unbeatens, but if the situation should present itself on Saturday, we could fist pump through a “Sandstorm.”

The team must play 40 minutes on Saturday before we get to that date that is circled in
purple on everyone’s calendar. That game might even be circled in crimson now that Mizzou has left the Big 12 for greener pastures, leaving the Jayhawks without a “true” rival. (Side note: typing “Jayhawks” into a word document creates squiggly lines under the word. I guess Microsoft does not recognize a fictitious bird. I wonder if Manti Te’o has an opinion on this matter?) Will this be the first time that KU plays K-State in basketball and recognizes them as their “true” rival? Does that put added pressure on the Kansas squad to get a win? Dammit, see what’s happening? I am looking ahead again.

Okay, focus. Oklahoma. Former Kansas State great and basketball training facility donor Lon Kruger’s squad. They won five Big 12 games last season. Sounds bad, but they swept Kansas State. Wait, what? There’s the motivation I need for this game. Traitor. Payback. Revenge. “THEY WILL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!” Maybe that’s a little too much motivation, but you get my point. Oklahoma was not very good last season, but they swept Kansas State. They look much, much better this season in Kruger’s second season as head coach and they are coming into our Coliseum to do battle.

It’s going to be a fight to the end, and the crowd – that’s you guys – have the ability to give the final thumb up or thumb down. When the final horn sounds and the blood is mopped off the hardwood, only then can you move on to the Kansas game. Motivation comes standard.


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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