The K-State women open their season today at noon, against Grambling State in the Commerce Bank Classic at Bramlage. They will play again Saturday at either noon or 2:00 PM against either St. John's or Marist. This is a great opportunity to get out and cheer on Deb Patterson's basketball team, if you are in or around Manhattan.
The K-State men will open their season tonight at 8:00. In their preview of the opening game against James Madison, the C-J notes that the Cats have stated that "Houston" is the goal for the season. Houston is the location of the 2011 Final Four. I like the optimism, for sure.
Earlier this week, the C-J also pointed out that it's not like K-State's quarterbacks have had their throwing arms amputated. Maybe the Cats start Klein and come out throwing, creating another set of surprises for the opponent to have to deal with. It's no secret that Coach Snyder is known for running a more clandestine operation than the CIA. In fact, Klein says that a bit of omerta-like silence is practiced around the Cats' football team: "What happens here stayse here, in the sense that we protect our family and protect each other, no matter how small or big the information happens to be." Am I the only one who thinks that's pretty freaking cool?
Austin Meek has some more on the Cam Newton saga that KSU was -- thank heavens! -- able to avoid. I don't know how others feel about this, but I'd far rather be where K-State is right now (6-3, 3-3) than in the national championship hunt with the NCAA Sword of Damocles hanging over our head, and Cecil Newton's big mouth dooming us to probation or worse. Not that I think Coach Snyder would ever pay for players, I'm just saying...
Lastly, the Manhattan Mercury taps the brakes a bit on the exuberance surrounding the men's basketball team right now, noting that the Cats lost "four grown men" (Frank's words) off last year's squad, and have yet to replace them. Here's hoping this early season murderer's row on our schedule brings about some growing up amongst our young guys. Jake definitely needs a voice in that locker room helping him lead. (Note: SeanT mentioned this issue in a fan post, but didn't have a link to a story on it. Still wanted to give him a shout for bringing it to my attention.)
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