Kansas State over Kansas

In my younger days, I was a weekend sports anchor in Jefferson City. Don’t bother looking for me. It was pre-YouTube era. The Kansas City Royals were awful at the time. I struggled every weekend to write an intro to the Royals highlights. As a KC fan it was nearly impossible to search for a silver lining. “Hey, the Royals split a 4 game series at home against the last place team from the AL West.” It was hard. Really hard.

For the second straight year of writing my Catbacker Commentary, the Wildcats matched up with the Jayhawks on Big Monday. So I couldn’t write my post on Sunday afternoon. It lacks the timely element people expect from internet journalism. Last year I had it written at halftime while the Cats were being blown out. This year I feared, like my Royals lead-ins, I would be writing another “We lost to KU” post. I didn’t want to search for a silver lining. Thank goodness that I don’t have to.

When the game went to overtime, I thought the Wildcats would crumble. I couldn’t see any silver linings at that point. The post would’ve been anger, frustration and disappointment. I probably would written and rewritten numerous times.

The overtime stunned me. KU scored first but the Cats didn’t quit. Big shots from a Will and Foster. K-State made their free throws down the stretch. Wesley had a huge block. The students stormed the court and the Wildcats won!

I usually am not the guy for post game analysis, but I’ll offer up this. The Wildcat team beat the Jayhawk superstars. Throughout the game there were numerous Wildcats stepping up. Thomas Gipson got it started. Nino Williams and Omari Lawrence took over. Will Spradling and Marcus Foster started hitting shots. Before getting hurt, Shane Southwell scored 5 big points to start the second half. Later it was D.J. Johnson with huge buckets and boards. Then there was Wesley Iwundu with big free throws and the blocked shot.

Finally, the part I’m most proud of…Thomas Gipson offering to help ESPN reporter Holly Rowe off the scorers table. That is K-State.

Go Cats!

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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