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.
KC's March Setting Up More Mad Than Usual
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Mar 2 2012 7:34PM
Finally, it's March, which means we're finally done. We're done with trying to figure teams out. We're done slogging our way through the early darkness of winter nights. We're ready for basketball. We're ready for Royals baseball. And, we're ready to discuss Peyton Manning as a Kansas City Chief.
Yep, it's not called March Madness for nothing. So, let's start in Manhattan where...
- ...well, the good news for Kansas State is that the Big 12 Tournament isn't played in Manhattan, where the team lost four Big 12 home games this year (depending how Oklahoma State turns out Saturday).
- The not so good news is that barring a monster upset by Texas in Lawrence, the 'Cats will be the No. 5 seed instead of the No. 6.
- Why is that not so good? KSU is 1-3 against Kansas (No. 1) and Iowa State (No. 4) this year, and 3-1 against Missouri (No. 2) and Baylor (No. 3).
- With my attitude as such, mark me down as one of those who doesn't believe it's as hard to beat a team three times as the old coaches' legend purports it to be.
- Meanwhile, KU has plenty to play for with that "work-to-be-done-for-a-No. 1-seed" carrot dangling in front of them.
- Oh, and the chance to take on Missouri for the true tiebreaker in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game.
- Selfishly, please, PLEASE, can this happen?
- Judging from my Twitter feed, Missouri fans pretty badly want it to.
- My reaction: Do you really?
- I know the teams split, but it took KU giving away an eight-point lead in three minutes and Marcus Denmon going all Superman for the Tigers to win.
- Forget the Thomas Robinson no-call at the end of Round 2 for a second (and, yes, it was a foul), KU systematically erased a 19-point deficit to get the game to that point.
- The point is that while Missouri may have a couple of individually more talented players, especially at the two and three, the Jayhawks' top-level game, maybe because of the defense, feels better to me than the Tigers' does.
- What feels even better is the attitude that the Royals are showing. Whether it's Danny Duffy wanting to shut people up or Aaron Crow pitching in his two cents on the MU/KU rivalry, these kids are showing some bite.
- I can almost see Tony Muser reaching up to the top shelf in his garage and cracking the seal on a really dusty bottle of Jose Cuervo.
- I'd gladly help him break that thing in, and gladly have some of whatever many of the Royals seemingly had during the offseason.
- I'm pretty sure Chris Getz just hopped aboard one of Eric Hosmer's biceps for a ride to spring training.
- Here's hoping Hosmer's shoulders are able to support an entire city's 27-years worth of desperation for a legitimate baseball team.
- I think they can.
- I still have to remember, though, that this is the first spring training for Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Johnny Giavotella, and Lorenzo Cain to not just be a part of the big league club, but be ready to start, produce, and produce big on opening day.
- Jeesh, talk about "our time."
- Time is ticking and talks are heating up regarding Peyton Manning to the Kansas City Chiefs.
- The biggest question/concern, of course, is whether Manning is healthy. The rest of the conversation doesn't matter if he's not.
- Then again, consider this and fill in the blank: Peyton Manning at ____ percent is better than Matt Cassel.
- If Manning is able to play at the number you entered, do you make that deal?
- His ability to coach and lead on the field mitigates some of the potential physical limitation, too, doesn't it?
- After all, Cassel only averaged 6.4 yards per attempt and 10.7 yards per completion last year.
- I bet a broken-winged Manning could do at least that, plus some.