BracketCat’s football roster countdown is up to #41 linebacker Sam Sizelove.
Luke Sobba returns with fantasy, fandom, and futility in his recap of the season opener for Game of Thrones: Noisy Open, Quiet Close.
As for Purple and Black, they had an epic run but couldn’t quite keep it together at The Basketball Tournament, dropping 84-77 to the Golden Eagles Alumni squad. Not even a 25-point effort from Jacob Pullen—who also went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc—could make up for a late-game surge from the ex-Marquette players.
ICYMI in the last Slate: Dayton Valentine has started 16 games as a Kansas State Wildcat. He’s caught exactly two passes in those games. This isn’t much of a surprise to any of us or indeed to Valentine. He knows his primary responsibility is to block for Kansas State’s run game. Basically, he’s just another lineman. The surprise here is that he’s also a preseason nominee for the Mackey Award for the best tight end in college football (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal).
The Manhattan Mercury’s Joel Jellison takes a closer look at D.J. Reed and the defensive back’s journey from California to Kansas, from “too small, too slow” to “Big 12 Newcomer of the Year”
Bill Snyder was on SportsCenter and gave a brief interview. The questions ranged from his health to the current state of the Big 12, and Snyder said nothing that would surprise any Kansas State fans. His thoughts on this year’s Big 12 Championship game were of interest, however. Although he stopped short of suggesting that a championship game is sort of stupid in a league where all the teams play each other, he doesn’t seem that high on a title game without a two-division structure.
After a third-place finish in the heptathlon at the Big 12 Championships, Ariel Okorie won the U.S. junior championships in June. Now, competing in her first international event, Okorie finished second at the Pan American Junior Championships with a total of 5253 points, about 480 points behind ultimate winner Adriana Rodriguez Fuentes of Cuba.
Okorie had been in third place after the first day but surged ahead on the back of two top three finishes in the final events (long jump and 800 m). Okorie also finished in the top three in the 100H and 200 m races on the first day.
Brynn Carlson, freshman outside hitter, is currently training with the US Junior A1 team in Florida. She’s blogging her experiences and travels with the team for KStateSports.