Tuesdays on The Salute

Tuesdays on The Salute

First of all, thank you for clicking on the post of a lunatic that presented an argument that K-State had a chance to win the Big 12 Tournament. Instead it was an early exit just like my 4 years at K-State. The Wildcat basketball team never qualified for the NCAA Tournament. KSU went 56-61 yet somehow made the NIT twice. It wasn’t really disappointing because it was what we were used to seeing. We watched Selection Sunday with no real expectation of seeing “Kansas St.” pop up on the screen. That didn’t stop me from loving March Madness, though. In some ways it made it easier.

Here’s why.

1) Less angst filling out a bracket – If you’re the type of person that does only one bracket (like me), it become easier not having the Cats in it. There is no debate between my head and my heart as to how far K-State will advance. I’m pretty sure I killed my bracket last year by having the Wildcats take down Kentucky. Should’ve gone with my head on that one.

2) Unlimited choice – When your school is in the Big Dance, you’ll watch their game from start to finish. That’s 2+ hours where you don’t watch any of the other game. With the Wildcats not in the tournament, that won’t be an issue. You can flip from buzzer beater to buzzer beater without any distractions.

3) Sadness shutdown – In 2010 I had an epic meltdown when the Wildcats lost in the Elite 8 to Butler. We had friends over watching the game and I walked out of the house to avoid being seen as a maniac. I took a long walk and then didn’t watch any of the Final Four! I love March Madness and I didn’t watch the Final Four! That won’t be happening this year. *sidenote – I still have an irrational hate for Butler and nearly all mid-majors*

4) KU is going to lose – Chances are it will be epic and crushing, too. Only one team out of 64 (don’t tell me there are 68 teams) will emerge with a win, so it’s likely out biggest rival is going down with a loss.

So there you go. There is a bright side to the Cats not dancin’.

Go Cats! Beat South Dakota! (Football opener is 171 days away!)

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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