HORIZONS

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN SCOTT NUSS
Since a new year has come, I suppose it would be good for me to wish everybody a happy new year! So, with that said, Happy New Year!

If somebody would like a project for the new year, I’d sure like to know why each year seems to go faster than the previous year. If anybody has an answer for that, let me know!

Being a college student who travels with a basketball team, I’ve eaten my share of fast food this year. I can’t believe how much the fast food world has changed in just the past five years or so.

Even back when I was starting high school, the menu at a fast-food joint was basic, usually consisting of a couple different configurations of hamburger, a chicken sandwich or two, a non-sandwich item like chicken nuggets, and of course, french fries and drinks.

These days, you can’t go anywhere without running into items geared specifically toward those on diets, particularly the Atkins diet.

You can hardly drive past a fast-food establishment these days without hearing about what diet food they offer.

You can get “Carbwatch Ice Cream” at one restaurant.

At another, you can get your meal “Protein Style.”

Yet another place offers an “Atkins Friendly” menu.

It’s fine that these people are catering to those who are trying to watch what they eat, but I think it’s gone overboard, especially for the handful of people in the world who really don’t even need to think about a diet.

If somebody really wanted to make a buck or two and had some patience, maybe they should open a strictly diet-friendly restaurant, just make sure it’s not in a certain building in downtown Hillsboro.

Doing this would provide those on a diet a place to eat, and would relieve the non-dieting public of the overwhelming presence of special diet foods that seem to have the upper hand in today’s food world.

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Anybody who follows college sports at all knows that 2003 was quite the year, especially for college football.

The biggest controversy had to do with the Bowl Championship Series situation.

I’m a pretty big college football fan, so I’ve had plenty of people ask me how I feel about it. Most of them get the same answer: I definitely don’t want a playoff system.

For the big schools, a playoff would be far too expensive, and would take out all the fun of the bowls.

I like having some good football to watch over my Christmas break, so I definitely don’t want to see a playoff system.

If they’re going to use polls to figure out who goes to what bowl, I think there needs to be one poll-and, personally, I think the coaches poll would be the way to go. The coaches are the ones who know the teams the best, and by the time they get to the national level, most of them are honest enough to vote for the team they believe deserves to be ranked at the top.

I really don’t have a solution for the Bowl Championship Series problem, but something needs to be devised so that people aren’t arguing about who the national champion is.

Personally, I think LSU deserves the honors this year. They played a tougher schedule than USC, but what do I know? I’m just some college freshman from Kansas.

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While I’m on the college football topic, I’ve got to get a word or two in about K-State and their season. Sure, they ended the season with four losses, but they also easily took care of Nebraska in Lincoln and spanked Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship game.

These two wins were easily my favorite. They gave me a chance to return the grief I’ve received through the years from Nebraska and Oklahoma fans.

Since I was out of the state during the game, I didn’t hear all the details on the Ell Roberson situation, so I can’t say much more than it was an unfortunate situation.

Even after a tough loss to Ohio State in KSU’s first ever BCS bowl, I’m still a die-hard K-State fan. It’s going to take a lot to make me quit wearing my purple with pride.

I wish you all the best in the coming year!

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