Before we roll into our Monday morning linkage (which rhymes with Dinklage, which makes me remember that I can never, ever erase the final scene of last night's Game of Thrones from my brain), here's something totally cool to watch.
That's the trailer for a documentary being put together by K-State grad Dan Youngman, and now we're anxiously awaiting the full release.
A lot of freshmen, redshirt or otherwise, put in solid performances Saturday, as Ken Corbitt reports at the Capital-Journal. At the Eagle and Star, Kellis Robinett opines on the return of Dante Barnett and his journey back from last year's season-ending injury. Alex Schneider at Heartland College Sports says the quarterbacks and newcomers were a bit of a revelation. And one guy who's not a K-State beat writer was impressed by what he saw; Jake Trotter of ESPN thinks K-State already looks much improved over last season.
There's drafty stuff to mull over today as well. Our colleagues at NFL blogs here at SB Nation all seem to be putting together mocks. Dawgs By Nature, the Browns site, is doing a community mock and has Cody Whitehair going 26th to Seattle; the same is true of the Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles.
Freddie McSwain picked Indiana, and that's the last time we'll mention him. (Ken Corbitt)
What's this? Two series wins in a row? The BatCats pummeled Baylor 10-4 at Tointon yesterday, which leaves both teams with identical 18-22, 5-10 records. The series win could be critical as the season rolls to a close, since it gives the Cats the edge in seeding. K-State is actually in decent position to make a move over the next three weeks, with series against Oklahoma (20-20-1, 6-9) and last-place Kansas (17-22, 3-8) still to come. The Cats end the year at TCU, which won't be fun, but if K-State can manage to win the next two series they could actually head to Fort Worth at .500 in Big 12 play.
Before that, though, they'll try to get back over .500 overall with six straight non-conference games. Tuesday they'll visit Wichita State, then come home for a Wednesday game against Grand Canyon. A weekend series at sub-.500 Iowa follows, and then it's back home for the return game against the Shockers. Hang on to your hats, kids. The tide could be turning.
The regular season lurched to a close at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on Sunday as the Wildcats lost 4-2 to Oklahoma. K-State ends the regular season with a 10-13 overall record, but a dismal 1-8 in conference play. That's a ninth-place finish and a first-round match against Iowa State (13-9, 2-7) in the first round of the Big 12 championships on Thursday in Stillwater.
For the first time in a dozen years, a Wildcat has posted a top-10 individual finish in the Big 12 women's golf championship. Madison Talley shot a 2-under 214 in the 54-hole event at Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, earning a fourth-place finish. The team as a whole, however, finished eighth out of nine teams.