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 11/16
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Nov 16 2012 10:50AM
"Herbie, I’ve traveled the last 12 years on Saturdays, so I don’t watch a ton of college football. I have it on as background noise, but I watched [the Texas A&M/Alabama] game, with Johnny Football and Alabama. Then, I watched a little bit of K-State after this, so I want to play a game with you. Tell me why I’m wrong. I watch K-State, and it just doesn’t seem impressive to me. Their quarterback, I know he’s got great numbers, but he’s kind of gangly. He doesn’t have great mechanics when it comes to throwing the football. I don’t see a ton of team speed there; at least, that’s just my eyeball test after watching a sum total of about 10 minutes of that game. Am I wrong about Kansas State? Do they deserve to be the No. 1 team in the nation?” — ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, while interviewing Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the morning.”
I’m about to give up trying to convince people, even good football people like Schlereth, how stupidly awful this sounds. In one sentence, Schlereth discounted season-long production from the Big 12’s most efficient passer and current Heisman leader because “he’s kind of gangly.” Schlereth also said he watched 10 minutes during the middle of the KSU/TCU dogfight, and that was enough to gauge the flow of a game to the point that a team does or doesn’t have speed? You may only see one drive in 10 minutes. You might not even see a full drive in 10 minutes…especially if it’s on as background noise.
Surely, he doesn’t apply the same treatment to NFL games?
If we want to try and be fair about his comments, Schlereth did say he doesn’t watch a ton of college football. But, when you’re on one of the nation’s largest platforms, and you’re known as a “football guy,” your opinion matters to an extremely large base of casual fans who depend on your analysis to form their own thoughts.
Between this kind of gangly breakdown and the Miami Herald’s outstanding work saying K-State doesn’t belong in the BCS title game because Bill Snyder is old, it all but proves that there just really isn’t much to disagree with in terms of how the Wildcats play.
It doesn’t stop people from writing and talking, obviously, which unfortunately leads to stuff like this.
“If they win the Championship I promise to say something nice about him. To myself. Once.” — @evulm0nkey, Twitter.
The idea that Bill Snyder and Kansas State is on the doorstep of a national football championship has even the most die-hard Kansas Jayhawks fans acknowledging… on some level anyways… the work being done in Manhattan.
“How about a new rule? Next person to make "college team could beat an NFL team" statement, immediately FIRED!” — @jeremyswedlund, Twitter.