• MAGICAL YEAR FOR WILDCATS? — The more I think about it, the more I believe the stars are aligning perfectly for the Kansas State football team to win the Big 12.
Given Bill Snyder’s recent health scare and the fact he’s approaching 80, KSU fans have to believe that this year could be his last.
While Snyder never seems to age, at some point he’s going to step aside for a second time.
Snyder was his usual guarded self Tuesday during the Big 12 Media Day, an event I’m sure he detests. All he wants to do is coach football and dealing with we media types takes away from his meticulous preparation.
Kansas State, for one of the rare times, is not being overlooked by the media that covers it the most. The Wildcats were recently tabbed No. 3 behind Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the preseason poll.
But why not K-State for No. 1?
No matter what anybody says, Oklahoma is bound to slip a bit after the retirement of Bob Stoops. While the Sooners aren’t quite the power they were in Stoops’ earlier years, you always had the feeling his team was favored in about every game it played.
Lincoln Riley is the youngest coach in the country and while he has keen offensive acumen, there’s a difference in being the captain of your own ship.
K-State plays OU at The Bill on Oct. 21. KSU also gets West Virginia at home as well as TCU, Baylor and Iowa State. The toughest road game will be at Oklahoma State, but KSU also plays lesser lights Texas, Texas Tech and Kansas on the road, teams that all finished in the second division last year.
I truly believe K-State will be one of the most explosive teams in the country. Quarterback Jesse Ertz is a running dynamo and when he does throw it, he has some breathtaking talents. And remember the name Alex Barnes. He’s going to be a monster this year and will gain 1,000 yards if he gets the carries. The offensive line is the best in the Big 12 except for Oklahoma.
KSU also has quality back on defense and Snyder always unearths some diamonds in the rough on that side of the ball.
I, for one, think the Wildcats will win the Big 12 and Snyder can ride off into the sunset at the top of his game.
• ROYALS IN FREE FALL — It’s official. The April version of the Royals are back.
Kansas City made it six losses in the last seven games on Tuesday as Detroit battered the Royals for a second straight night, this time 9-3. Just like Monday’s game, the starting pitching was awful and you could just see Kansas City’s players swinging for the fences once they got behind.
It’s amazing how quickly things can change. The Royals were 18-6 right before their 1-6 slide. They were scoring runs at a pinball clip, now they can barely score. Everybody was hot during their 24-game sizz, now everyone is carrying around ice sticks. And the starting pitching is showing its lack of depth, which is taxing the bullpen.
The f-word (firesale) is starting to rear its ugly head again
• THANKS TO LGC — I had the pleasure of being a guest Tuesday night at the Lindsborg Golf Club’s Men’s Night.
Thanks to Don and Brian Bengtson for inviting me. I had not played Lindsborg in about 25 years and the course has come a long way since then. The folks in Little Sweden should be proud of their course.
A whopping 49 players turned out (and many of them I knew) and we played a five-man scramble in less than 2 hours. I only wish I could have helped my team more. I felt like I was an albatross around their neck as I couldn’t get a putt to the hole and while I hit the tee ball well, we didn’t need it because I had a couple of bombers on my team. Oh well, I was a good cheerleader.