Maybe one particular K-State fan was in the holiday spirit when he sent an e-mail to me in December. Or, maybe it was his New Year’s resolution to be kinder and gentler to KU fans.
Who knew that a Kansas State fan would reach out across the great divide, also known as the KU-KSU rivalry, and offer an olive branch in an attempt to be encouraging?
This K-State fan will remain anonymous to protect his identity. Oops. I’ve already slipped and admitted it was a male fan, so that eliminates a significant portion of the population.
In any event, this KSU fan wants KU fans to know that football coach Charlie Weis and his staff will have a great recruiting tool this off-season, in spite of their 1-11 record in 2012.
This fan let me know that KU coaches can let potential recruits know that KU had Northern Illinois on the ropes in the fourth quarter this season in DeKalb, and they were a BCS Orange Bowl team.
The Jayhawks also had K-State on the ropes in the first half, led Texas late in that game and had the ball late with a chance to beat Oklahoma State.
Rice, another bowl team, had to rely on a last-second field goal to beat KU.
The K-State fan wrote, “That is five potential additional wins, which, when put together with your win against North/South Directional Dakota State, gives you six wins and makes you bowl eligible in Coach Weis’ first season.
“And you thought Coach Snyder had the greatest turnaround in college football. Let’s wait a few more years before we make that determination.
“Remember, K-State was 1-10 in Snyder’s first season and beat North Texas, (I grant you that’s not like playing Northern Illinois but still a directional school with North in the name) on the last play of that game by scoring a TD rather than going for the field goal which would have resulted in a tie.
“And way back then there was no overtime in college football. K-State would have been 0-10-1 that season.”
There now, KU fan, don’t you feel better? Either that or you’re busy breaking the olive branch.
I’m an equal opportunity columnist. If you’re a KU fan and want to offer some encouragement or advice for Kansas State fans, I’m willing to listen.
Beano Cook, a longtime ABC and ESPN college football studio commentator, died last fall at the age of 81.
One of his most famous quips occurred after Major League Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn offered returning hostages from Iran lifetime passes to games. Cook said, “Haven’t they suffered enough?”
Cook also had a fear of flying, citing that one of the words associated with any airport is “terminal.” He once said, “You have to bat a thousand in two things—flying and heart transplants. Everything else, you can go four for five.”
Not that it’s any consolation, but Tabor’s loss to Ottawa in a bizarre ending to that football game was trumped by two colleges in Minnesota.
Two Minnesota colleges—Bethel and Concordia—were playing a homecoming game at Bethel, with both teams unbeaten in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Trailing 14-7, Bethel had the ball on the Concordia 19-yard line with one second left in the game. The Bethel quarterback was sacked and fumbled as time expired, which would have ended the game except that a Concordia lineman picked up the loose ball and rumbled 74 yards for an exciting but irrelevant touchdown.
That would have ended the game except that players on the Concordia bench understandably got excited and rushed the field even before the ball was recovered. They were penalized for having too many men on the field, giving Bethel one more shot at the end zone from the 9-yard line.
Bethel took advantage of the second chance, connecting on a pass into the end zone and a two-point conversion to win the game.