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Bring on the PodCats: Celebrating 10 years of BotC

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We brought out every staff member we could get to break down basketball and share what makes our little blog so special.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Kansas State vs Cincinnati
When your little blog makes it ten years and captures a larger following than you ever imagined possible.
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Ten years ago today, a bored K-State law student named Tye Berger (TB to many of us) saw a void in the Wildcat blogosphere and decided to fill it with a blog he called “K-State Sports and beyond.” Less than five months later, SB Nation invited him to join its budding network, giving birth to Bring on the Cats. We decided to honor the occasion by bringing on TB, editor Jon Morse, BracketCat, wildcat00, Eric Rubottom and JT VanGilder to join host Luke Thompson (that’s me!) for a special Bring on the PodCats, which just so happened to be our 100th episode.

Of course, we had to spend a little bit of time reflecting on basketball, both the disappointing men’s basketball result as well as the bright prospects of the K-State women just before their first-round win over Duke Drake. JT also updated us on some baseball.

Most of all, though, we tried to share a little about the behind-the-scenes efforts of the blog’s staff and its mission, from Tye’s humble beginnings to Jon’s leadership in fostering our site’s unprecedented growth. And we’ve done it all without raising subscription rates! Whether you’ve been commenting for 10 years (highly unlikely) or lurking for 10 days (please join us in the comment section!) we hope you’ll listen as we recall great memories like Panjandrum’s unforgettable Adventures of the Big 12 series, TB’s story about K-State getting kicked out of the Big 12, and the time a KU player got stuck in a Taco Bell drive-thru window (one of these stories is nonfiction).

Although they couldn’t join us, we paid respect to the contributions of social media guru Gracey Terrill, our outstanding student correspondent Greg Woods, and my former podcast co-host Derek Smith. If you’re interested in writing about Kansas State and especially if you’d like to help us cover the non-revenue sports, we’d love to have you join us. Just contact Jon.


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