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 11/2
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Nov 2 2012 6:20PM
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
“Look, I’m sure it’s a feel-good story to some people that Snyder thumbed his nose at Social Security to return to Kansas State and rebuild the program with JUCO players and transfers. Frankly, I could care less, and I’m pretty sure the majority of college football fans feel the same way.” — Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald.
This came out just after I had filed my column last week, or it would have been included then. That said, that piece, that entire, wretched, awful piece, is infuriating. And, it has nothing to do with the team mentioned.
Joe, I wished all week that this was you getting caught in the middle of some higher-up political game that led to you being forced to put your name on garbage. If so, I could feel for you and commiserate with you that newspapers, even major ones like The Miami Herald, have had to turn to junk like this.
You mischaracterize coaches. You fail to tie together obvious points between traveling fan bases, dollars and bowls. You present personal assumptions as fact. And, like a bird, you splattered it all over a major newspaper’s name?
To borrow a page out of your book: I’m “pretty sure the majority of college football fans feel the same way” that your effort was gross.
Better luck next time.
“Similar to what's been happening throughout the course of this year, we shoot ourselves in the foot.” — Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel
The foot? How about the head, Romeo? That’s where this Chiefs team is. It needs to go out back, and go the way of Old Yeller. Jonathan Baldwin screamed at Matt Cassel on the field in the first quarter. Offensive (you got that right) Coordinator Brian Daboll laughs and/or yells when he should be crying. Romeo isn’t ever sure what’s even happening on the offensive side of the ball. Your 1-7 Kansas City Chiefs, folks.
I said this a few weeks ago on Twitter, but Kansas City is the lone team in the NFL that I watch and feel that there’s simply no way the team is going to compete in the game. Even Cleveland and Carolina feel different. Those teams feel like they belong in the league. Kansas City does not. Certainly not when you watch the team drive down the field on its way to answering San Diego’s touchdown, only to watch Dwayne Bowe lay the ball on the ground. Or you watch Dexter McCluster nearly get broken in half. Or watch Jamaal Charles finally get the ball a few times before getting dinged up again.
That’s just the offense.
Defensively, Derrick Johnson told a national television audience the Chiefs have no leadership. Well, gee, Derrick, where should that start? Point fingers, accept no blame and get my cash to make it rain. That’s how much dedication it seems this collective group has.
It’s to the point where Matt Cassel’s play stood out during the game when he decided to kamikaze himself into a linebacker during a scramble. It made him “tough” and a “warrior” by some accounts. In most NFL climates, that’s not “warrior.” That’s just Sunday.
Eh, as far as all of this goes, like I said to cap Thursday night’s game, I hope someone told Clark Hunt just how bad his investment looked.
“This is definitely a huge mile marker in our season. As of right now, it is the most important game of our year.” — Oklahoma State linebacker Alex Elkins
As you’re aware, Kansas State has Oklahoma State this weekend in Manhattan. Unlike a couple of other idiotic tweets coming from Kansas and Texas Tech players leading into their games with the Wildcats, if this is the mindset that OSU is bringing with it to the game, we might finally have a contest. Funny enough, while it’s being talked about this week some, the KSU/OSU matchup has by far received the least amount of hype when compared to the general hoopla that surrounded both the West Virginia and Texas Tech games. It doesn’t help that everybody is really tuned into the Alabama/LSU tilt.
I think the Wildcats are 9-0 come Monday, but the slight backseat feel is a little bit worrisome. Kinda like your kids, bad things can happen when it gets a little quiet.