…and other Weekend Odds and Ends
I’m trying to get my mind around what a happened this weekend in world of sports. The highlight of my sports weekend was:
Kansas State 53, Texas A&M 50 F 4/OT –
What an amazing game. And yes it was amazing because the Wildcats won the game. Had they lost that game it would have sucked and I likely wouldn’t mention it here. It was exciting. There were big plays by both teams, and Colin Klein shows that he has the biggest heart. I was exhausted after that game and all I was doing was sitting on the couch. I can’t imagine what the players were going through.
With that win KSU moves to 8-2 and maintains a good shot at having a 10 win season. The Wildcats travel to Austin this weekend to take on the Longhorns. A winnable game, but it’s on the road in a tough place to play. After that it’s Iowa State in Manhattan to close out the season. It’s hard to believe there are only two games left, and that there are only 3 weeks left in the college football season. And no, “Bowl Season” is not actual college football.
The Chiefs – Because of other obligations I rarely get to see a Chiefs game if it’s a noon start. This year that’s probably a good thing. It was announced today that Matt Cassel will be out for an extended period, if not the rest of the season. Granted the Chiefs have many play makers out for the season. However, I wonder how much of these surprising Chiefs losses come from the team not being prepared? How much of the Chiefs struggles come from the coaching staff being out coached? How much of the offensive struggle on the field is the result of a power struggle on the coaching staff? I’ve been on the fence about Todd Haley up until now. I think it’s time for him to go.
If the Chiefs win one of their next five it will be a huge upset. After that they travel to Denver, before finishing up at home against the Raiders. This season is essentially over. I’ll watch when I can because it’s football. But I’m already wondering where the Chiefs will pick in the draft.
UFC on FOX
I’m into a lot of things that aren’t popular with the masses. Which is why I’ve been on the fence about the rising popularity of MMA. Most of the fights are on Per-Per-View. With the availability of sporting events that are free, well not anymore money after I pay the satellite provider, the last thing I’m doing is ponying up for Pay-Per-View. If any of the sports I currently follow go to this business model I’ll be checking out, not signing up. Anyway, I tuned in Saturday night to see what this UFC thing was about. I was greeted by a pre-fight show. I don’t watch pre-game shows of sports I do like so I flipped back to college football, and kept checking in to see if we were getting close to fight time. Forty minutes later there was a fight that lasted three minutes. Some dude pinned another dude. I’m not even sure of their names. After all that…I’m still not sure what to think about MMA and specifically UFC. Guess I’ll have to watch the next time UFC is on FOX. They certainly didn’t show me enough to pay extra for it.
College Basketball Starts
For some reason I never got into college basketball as a wee lad. In fact I didn’t pay much attention to it until I got out of college. (My college played in the NAIA Div II) I jokingly refer to as college basketball as the crutch that gets me to baseball season. I say jokingly, remember all jokes are at least somewhat true. However, college basketball fills the same void baseball does. There is always a game going on through the winter months. College basketball is fast and neat. Two twenty-minute halves make a game. But most of all, college basketball is entertaining.
When the regular season is over there are the conference tournaments. (There is more basketball being played during conference tournament weekend than the first round of the NCAA Tournament) Then the NCAA Tournament, and when that is over, it will be baseball season again. So, bring on the college hoops!
That’s all I can remember from the weekend. Don’t worry there’s an NFL game on Friday-Eve this week so another weekend will