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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: In the past, he also covered the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) for Major League Soccer's 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 (part of the Rivals network), and the Miami Herald.

Curtis Kitchen: Fighting Words for 11/30

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, we definitely talk about the club. It’s FIGHTIN’ WORDS! - ck

Eat your (pig) heart out, Chiefs

A Kansas City Chiefs story to warm your heart as we begin this week’s edition of Fightin’ Words… it comes from a coworker of mine, who began by telling me that as she was doing some Christmas shopping, a local merchant apologized for offering up to 60-percent off Chiefs gear. The store merchant apologized because he was embarrassed to have to offer Chiefs apparel at all.
That’s not the story.

Instead, the Chiefs topic then turned to my coworker’s junior-high son, who was ready to head to school last week dressed in a KC sweatshirt. His mom questioned his choice, telling him he might get ridiculed for wearing it. He responded by saying he would be dissecting a pig’s heart in a class that day, and the teacher had instructed them to wear something they didn’t mind getting destroyed. (I thought about offering up my Eric Berry jersey, but then thought against it just in case I ever have the chance to get Antonio Gates’ autograph.)

As I first heard it sang on Fescoe in the Morning, “That’s Pioli.”

You were always on my mind

Have fun at a bowl game that 15 folks that don’t shuck corn will watch (like all your games) Told ya ND baby !” (sic) - @cincyirishfan

Over the past few weeks as the BCS mess (sort of) sorted itself out, it was pretty interesting to note that of the teams involved (Alabama, Notre Dame, and Oregon) the most vile comments I received on Twitter came from a couple of fine representatives of the most “religious” fan base. The comment above wasn’t one of them, but after not hearing from the Irish folks for a few days, this was the sendoff, which came in at 11:21 p.m. last Saturday – after the Domers suffocated USC.

It’s nice to know someone’s thinking of you in the middle of their celebration, and hey pal, Kansas is the “Wheat State.” Being Buddhist and all, I figured you would know that.

No more hiding

No, this is big, it is the Big 12 Championship on the line. It is a huge game.” – Kansas State WR Chris Harper

No more of that internal motivation stuff, not at this point. Harper and the rest of his KSU teammates, along with Bill Snyder, have made it perfectly clear that they’ve talked about what a win against Texas would mean. Knowing what a loss means (assuming Oklahoma can get past TCU), yeah, I’d say for sanity’s sake that K-State’s guys just flat better find a way to get that win against the Longhorns.

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11/30/2012 12:49PM
Curtis Kitchen: Fighting Words for 11/30
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