K-State Football

I really fought a hard battle with myself about whether I should mention last Friday’s game on the eve of our next opportunity for a victory. I decided that I should mention the fact that we lost to an FCS opponent when we started a new chapter of Bill Snyder Family Stadium with the inaugural game in the shadows of the West Stadium Center.

If you were lucky enough to have season tickets, you know how nice that stub was. Nice enough to frame and set it on your desk so everyone could see it and know that you were there. The first game and you were there.

I have to imagine many of those tickets were thrown away. I couldn’t just toss mine in the wastebasket because of the outcome of one game that, in all honesty, does not matter in the grand scheme of things. It now resides in my junk drawer at the house so that I may stumble upon it and let it serve as a reminder that nothing should be taken for granted.

In the same spirit, I would like to remind all of you loyal Kansas State Wildcat fans our there that we should not have taken the hype surrounding the West Stadium Center, a QB race that was dubbed a win-win, a second level FCS school from a small town in an under-populated state for granted. We are supposed to know better. We are supposed to appreciate everything even more than the next team, because we know what it’s like to go SEASONS without a victory.

Now it’s time to turn the page on last week as I remind you of another scary time in Kansas State Football history. September 3, 2011. Kansas State scores a late touchdown on a Chris Harper TD catch from a first year starter Collin Klein that resulted in a 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky, an FCS school. That game provoked fear in the Wildcat faithful. We questioned our teams toughness. Our offense was horrendous.

That 2011 team was just a few plays away from a Big 12 Championship. The 2011 team that went to the Cotton Bowl, would they have lost to this year’s North Dakota State team?

I understand that the loss on Friday hurt. I felt the kick to the gut as much as anybody, but that doesn’t mean the season is lost. So put last Friday behind you and start looking forward. Two games after the Eastern Kentucky game, the Wildcats stuffed Miami on a 1st and goal. The game after that they beat the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, RGIII.

Let this team come together and improve a little bit each day. Gain confidence each game. We just need to go 1 and 0. Just keep rowing the boat and turn the page.

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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