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Preseason Football Watching

24 Aug

Can’t get enough KSU football? The season begins with a home game against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3, but until then, there are a myriad of opportunities to gather more tidbits about the Wildcats and their so-close-to-starting season. According to a press release from the university’s sports information department, the 2011 Kansas State Football Preseason Special is a one-hour show produced by K-State. Here is the guide of when it will be on which channels, and at the end of this list is also the schedule for the Bill Snyder show, which will have a new episode each week throughout the season.

K-State Football Pre-Season Preview (FSN)

Aug. 27 – 1 p.m.

Aug. 28 – 7 p.m.

Sept. 2 – 11 p.m.

K-State Football Pre-Season Preview (Cox Kansas 22)

Aug. 29 – 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Aug. 30 – 7 p.m.

Sept. 2 – 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 3 – 12 p.m.

K-State Football Pre-Season Preview (Metro Sports)

Aug. 28 – 11 p.m.

Aug. 29 – 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 – 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 – 3 p.m.

The Bill Snyder Show (12 shows from Sept. 4 – Dec. 4 with no shows on open weeks)

FSN – 10:30 p.m. on Sundays

Cox Kansas 22 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

Metro Sports (Ch. 30) – 11 p.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m. Wednesdays; 11 p.m. Wednesdays; 3 p.m. Fridays

Metro Sports 2 (Ch. 222) — 12 p.m. Tuesdays; 12 p.m. Wednesdays; 12 p.m. Thursdays; 2 p.m. Fridays

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Why We Like Sports, Not Politics

1 May

As I read an article about President Obama making derisive jokes about opposing presidential candidates, I couldn’t help but think, “What if sports was like this?” I’m not just singling out Obama; politics in general seems to be biting and derisive, with candidates determined to sour potential voters on their opponents instead of convince them of their own qualifications. Can you imagine a Big 12 coach saying something like, “Well, with that ticket scandal KU has been mired in, I’d imagine it’s somewhere students would want to avoid, especially since their athletes get in fights amongst themselves. Not to mention that idiotic mascot. That’s a hoot!”

No! That would never happen! It’s not as if sports is angelic and does not have its faults – it certainly does – but there is usually a certain amount of respect between coaches and players and other organizations. If you’ve listened to Bill Snyder or Frank Martin, they are always highly complimentary of coaches and programs from other schools. Martin has said that there are coaches with whom he is friends and others with whom he is not close, but the only set he ever talks about is the former.

The message from coaches, 19 times out of 20, is “X, Y, and Z is what this team does well. X, Y, and Z is what our team has been trying to do, so if we execute that properly and bring the right amount of energy, we should have a good chance.”

How refreshing! Instead of bashing the opponent, players and coaches usually focus their comments on what they have been working on and pretty much leave the other team out of it. In fact, another statement you’ll often hear is. “We’re not really we going to worry about them. We just have to do what we can do.”

I’ve really got nothing more substantial than that to say, but as I read that Yahoo! article I realized the underlying reason that I love sports and seriously am not a fan of politics, so I thought I’d share. I might even venture a guess that I’m not the only one.

Spring has Sprung: What to make of the “15th practice”

30 Apr

While a spring game doesn’t usually give a solid idea of whether a team is good in comparison to other teams, it can sometimes yield hints of which players are confident and which players work well together. In my opinion, that is exactly what the “15th spring practice,” as head coach Bill Snyder referred to it, did for the Wildcats.

For my actual story on the game, read this or this or this – that’s the beauty of writing an article for the Associated Press. Here, I’ll just go through a few of my more opinionated observations about the ramifications of the Purple team’s 38-37 win over the White team.

First, I’d be no less than flabbergasted if Collin Klein doesn’t end up with the starting job. Now, Snyder might not – probably won’t – announce it. It’ll more likely than not be a “surprise” just like it was last season with Carson Coffman. Klein has the most game experience and looks the most confident and most comfortable with the receivers. He played great in the spring game, just like Coffman did a year ago. I could be wrong, but I’d guess that Snyder will stick with that modus operandi for choosing the starter. Some may question his methods, but I’m sure it’s true – as the saying goes – that Snyder has forgotten more about football than most people will ever know.

Secondly, the Browns are beastly, in the best way. Linebacker Arthur Brown led the team in stops. 14 tackles is impressive even in a spring game. He lived up to the hype there, to be sure. His brother, Bryce, was the most consistent rusher for the team with 73 yards. When the two, native to Wichita, decided to transfer to Kansas State, Wildcat fans were excited to see what would happen. Now they should be even more excited for the actual season. These two can make major contributions to the team, and I’m sure they will.

Third, I’ve always kind of wondered why these games feature the 1’s versus the 2’s. How about first-string offense versus first-string defense and second-string offense versus second-string defense, and then mix different guys in both of those groups? Granted, the response to that suggestion would probably be, “That’s what we do in practice.” I’ll defer to coaches 9 times out of 10, but it’d be neat to have a legitimately close game instead of a falsely close game due to the old halftime score swap.

Fourth, I love that the spring game allows the crowd to cheer for both teams. One the last-second touchdown drive, the band and cheerleaders were going back and forth with color chants, encouraging both sides. As the band yelled, “Pur-ple! Pur-ple! Pur-ple!” the guys with the megaphones responded, “White! White! White!” How nice to have a game in which your team cannot lose.

Fifth, Snyder’s sense of humor never ceases to amaze me. He takes joy, I’m quite certain, in sabotaging reporters’ attempts to lead him into a certain response to a question. For example, when one man asked if Arthur Brown was the fastest linebacker K-State has had, because he chased a certain player all the way across the field, Snyder responded that he could catch up with that particular guy. Obviously, it was a comment made in jest. But you have to give the coach credit for making it difficult for the media to blow things out of proportion by making their comparisons – especially ones based on performance in a spring game – seem silly.

All in all, it was a beautiful day for a nice, non-stressful game. Here’s hopefully the real season goes as smoothly.