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 10/26
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Oct 26 2012 6:10PM
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
“I look forward to the challenge. I have heard their returners are very good and they’ve had lots of success. We’re looking to kick the ball in lots of directions and keep them on their toes.” — Texas Tech kicker Kramer Fyfe
It won’t be often that I quote a kicker, but I think this byte from Fyfe to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal accurately depicts the Red Raiders’ team-wide spirit for the K-State game. There’s respect there, sure, but Tech feels it is going to win the game. More than a couple of folks in the Lubbock media feel Tech has a legit shot to pull off the road upset.
However, if I’m K-State, I’m more concerned with Tech’s offense than I was with West Virginia, which has a tweaker’s mental consistency. Seth Doege isn’t just learning the quarterback position, and though Tech has had some wide-receiver injuries to deal with, the team is still deep. On offense, just do what K-State do. While it may not be easy or even all that comfortable, I think the Wildcats will emerge on the other side still undefeated. And, if K-State simply blows out Tech, then haters, shut yo’ moufs. At that point, KSU, without question, moves from “yes, they belong” to national pundits all but writing in K-State as Alabama’s BCS opponent.
“He's a great player. A great one. But he still got a lucky sack on me. It should've been a shutout.” — Tampa Bay offensive tackle Donald Penn on Jared Allen.
I throw quote in the mix because it makes me sad. I watched Allen and Penn go at it throughout an otherwise blah game between Minnesota and Tampa Bay, and I watched Allen single-handedly fuel a sleepy Metrodome crowd into a frenzy. God, I miss that guy playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. But, hey look over there! It’s a Tyson Jackson! *sniffle*
“He’s not going to talk to you. He’s just too busy.” — Kansas football spokesperson Katy Lonergan, to the Washington Post’s John Feinstein.
Feinstein wrote in the Post about the different paths being taken by Kansas’ Charlie Weis and Washington State’s Mike Leach. The point was, despite both teams getting off to dismal starts (KU is 1-6, the Cougars are 2-5), Leach has approached the season more with humor and not backing off of disparaging comments on his seniors. Weis, on the other hand, has been at times grumpy and confrontational, and wouldn’t respond to Feinstein’s inquiry about Weis comments to his senior class.
I’ve simply lost count at the number of subplots, twists and goings-on with Weis off the field this year, and we’re only just past halfway through the season. Lately, it has been quarterback controversies, (both in Kansas City and in Lawrence), where Weis hasn’t been at a shortage of words when speaking of either case.
In the meantime, KU is looking for its first Big 12 win since Nov. 6, 2010 — that stupidly inexplicable come-from-behind 52-45 win against Colorado when KU scored 35 points in the final 11 minutes.