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Curtis Kitchen has followed the Big 12, Kansas State and national college basketball beat including K-State's run to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in 2010. You can currently follow his work at his blog: KitchenKC.com In the past, he also covered the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) for Major League Soccer's mlsnet.com site as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals for the other sports station in town. His freelance portfolio ranges media outlets and publications, including gopowercat.com (part of the Rivals network), collegehoopsnet.com and the Miami Herald.

Curtis Kitchen: Fightin' Words!

Each week, it might be me mixing it up (good), an aggravated quote from a coach or player (better) or an irritated email or angsty tweet from you (best). One way or the other, we’ll hash it out because here, in this column on 610sports.com, we definitely talk about the club. It’s FIGHTIN’ WORDS! - ck

Matty Mauk = Fake Bobby Petrino. 
Call this incident a case of growing pains as Missouri tries to figure out how to fit in with its SEC peers. While Bobby Petrino apparently lost control on some tight curves, and the road for that matter, Missouri’s freshman quarterback was busted for hitting two cars on a scooter stacked with two coeds. That was before he high-tailed (you bet that pun was intended) it through a stop sign as only an overloaded scooter can do.


Between this non-issue and that God-awful country song thing that came out the past few days, Mizzou…seriously, c’mon... it’s time to step it up a notch or five.

Javier Arenas does what for the Chiefs?
I threw this out on Twitter in the middle of my third-week preseason rant over the Kansas City Chiefs. In the middle of that terrible waste of a preseason outing (yes, I think there is such a thing as wasted opportunity, even in the preseason), Javier Arenas made his standard 5-7 yard punt return and was demolished.

He was drafted because he was a supposed special teams returner super hero as I recall; one who was going to provide value because he could also play corner or at least provide support in third-defensive back settings.

Still waiting…

Still waiting as I watched him get chased down by a linebacker against Green Bay on Thursday night during a punt return. Seriously, enough with that.

What would be interesting is to know where Arenas would finish if the team lined up and ran even a 75-yard sprint. My bet is it isn’t in the top 10 or 15, which is no good for someone who plays a game-breaking position.

Good feelings in Lawrence…for now
It shocked me to find out that KU had “sold” more than 40,000 tickets to its football season-opener tomorrow. An athletic department official told me the ticket office was very pleased with how sales have been. No kidding. KU had 300, THREE HUNDRED, fans show up to an open practice event a few weeks ago, and now it is expecting that kind of crowd? Do we find out next Monday that you had to show up to the football opener as some sort of hurdle toward better basketball seats?

My personal favorite part to this came on Thursday night as I texted Bob Fescoe to tell him what I had found out about the surprising ticket sales.

“Is that good?” he texted back.

Considering where this team has been the past few seasons? I’d say so, but let’s see if we can get some help here. I’ve had several folks point out the time-honored SID tradition of bumping attendance totals, and if you look at KU’s official attendance to home games last year, you’ll understand. Those stands were never as full as the 40,000+ figures that made the box scores, not by the end of the season especially (i.e. after basketball started). So, if you are in Lawrence on Saturday, snap some shots of the crowd at its best and send them to me (Curtis.kitchenkc@hotmail.com). I don’t doubt the stadium will be full. At least this way, we’ll have some evidence to back it up.

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08/31/2012 12:47PM
Curtis Kitchen: Fightin' Words!
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