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 for 9/7
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Sep 7 2012 1:46PM
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
Kansas State leads the Big 12 power rankings?
Nothing creates a little tension like a poll or power ranking, and Sporting News writer Steve Greenberg turned in a doozy this week – ranking Kansas State at the top of the Big 12. That’s the same KSU that was tied 9-9 mid-third quarter against Missouri State. He has them ahead of West Virginia, which put up 69 points against Marshall, and over Oklahoma State, which scored so many times on Savannah State that it made Antonio Cromartie jealous.
I’m all for going out on a limb once in a while, but this is walking five steps off the cliff Wile E. Coyote-style. Then again, this is the same publication that had the Wildcats ranked No. 6 nationally in the preseason.
Iowa State’s Jake Knott says you’re only smart if you wear Cyclones gear.
Speaking with the media this week, ISU linebacker Jake Knott called into question the mental aptitude of his past academic peers in Ames. Asked whether there is somewhat of a culture change taking place in and around campus, Knott called out those who had attended the school in the past but wore other schools’ apparel – “There are a lot more smarter people on campus, I guess you could say,” he said, referring to more Cyclones gear showing up these days among the kids.
Jake, it helps when the team is worth cheering for – something you’ve helped turn around.
In Denver, it starts with “P,” which rhymes with “T,” and that stands for trouble.
That’s what a third-grader in Colorado found out this week when he was sent home for wearing a Peyton Manning jersey. Okay, to be fair, it wasn’t Peyton’s name that cause the issue, it was the 18. The number is one of several that local Denver gangs have assumed for their own and caused schools to ban them for students.
Leave it to stupid gangs to come up with unoriginal ways to represent themselves and have that lead to perfectly functioning kids having to find something else to wear.