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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Tony Ballard
    The 14th installment of “Profiles in K-State fandom” features Tony Ballard. Tony was nominated by a previous honoree. Ernie Barrett once shook Tony’s hand and it’s never been the same. Or maybe he’s never been the same. Either way, you’ll enjoy reading the story! In the photo above is Tony’s daughter Abby (on the left), Tony, Tony’s sister Val, and Tony’s brother Don at the Women’s NCAA tournament games this past March. JM: Tell me a little bit about your…

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  • Will The New Playoff System Help K-State?
    The College Football Playoff expands to 12 teams for the first time this fall, and as a K-State football fan, I am excited that the 2024 Wildcats have a great shot at being ranked in the top 12 of the college football playoff rankings at the end of the season. A conference championship means an automatic berth and a likely first-round bye. I have been a proponent of an expanded college football playoff for a long time. For a program like…

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  • Can K-State Football Get To 10 Wins Or More This Fall?
    The sports betting apps all agree that K-State football’s over/under win total for this fall is 9.5. When I first saw it, I thought that number was a little high. Win totals set that high are usually reserved for programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan, Georgia, and Clemson. So I was curious to take a deeper look at the schedule to see if this number of wins is something the Wildcats can accomplish or, on the other hand, see if this team is…

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  • Rapid Fire – “Hey Look Kids, There’s Big Ben, Parliament!”
    I am in the mood for some Rapid Fire today. Let’s GO! -K-State quarterback Avery Johnson has the best odds of any Big 12 player to win the Heisman trophy, according to FanDuel (+2500). He has the 12th-best odds of all players. Former K-State quarterback Will Howard has the fourth-best odds of all players (+1300). With a few exceptions, the Heisman usually goes to the quarterback of the best team or one of the best teams. Can K-State be one of the…

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  • Another Outstanding K-State Offensive Backfield In The Making?
    It was a great weekend for K-State football, as transfer running back Dylan Edwards committed to play for the Wildcats this fall. During his true freshman season at Colorado in 2023, Edwards rushed for 321 yards and a touchdown and added 299 yards and four touchdowns receiving. Edwards will join returning K-State running back DJ Giddens in the backfield. Giddens rushed for 1,226 yards and ten touchdowns in 2023, and he also had 323 yards receiving and three touchdowns through…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Tyler Gilbert
    Well, heck. The more of these that I do, the more I realize that I pale in comparison to some of the great K-State fans out there. The 13th installment of “Profiles in K-State fandom” features Tyler Gilbert. Tyler was nominated by someone that I have previously profiled. Tyler and I follow each other on X, but have yet to meet in person. Tyler represents the exact type of person I’m looking for when doing these profiles. I’m sure you’ll…

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  • From The Couch – Dylan Edwards To K-State/K-Staters To The NFL/Basketball Recruiting Update
    What a weekend for K-State sports fans. Three football Wildcats were selected in the NFL draft, it has been reported that running back Dylan Edwards is (finally) coming to K-State, and Jerome Tang nabbed a sharpshooter and a former McDonald’s All-American. Here’s the scoop…. JM: I talked to someone close to the Edwards family last year when Dylan Edwards was trying to make a final decision between Colorado and K-State. He was very torn, and ultimately decided on Colorado. My…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Jerod Eller
    The 12th installment of “Profiles in K-State fandom” features Jerod Eller. I met Jerod many years ago and we have remained good friends since we met. He takes the moniker “K-State Family” seriously, as he is raising his kids to follow in the Eller family footsteps of many generations of tremendous K-State fans. Wanna read about a family that bleeds purple? You’ll enjoy this one! JM: Tell me a little bit about your background.  Where were you born/where did you…

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  • Cooper Beebe – First Round NFL Draft Pick!?
    Did you know K-State has not had an offensive guard selected in the NFL draft since 1974? That is, by far, the longest drought compared to any other position on the field. In fact, since 1999, K-State has had a player selected from every position other than punter. (For you trivia buffs out there, the lone K-State punter selected was Bob Coble in 1969 in the 15th round of the draft.) That will likely change this year, as offensive guard…

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  • Five Changes Chris Klieman Needs to Make at Kansas State
    K-State head football coach Chris Klieman made headlines this week when he said in a press conference that there will be “a lot” of changes to K-State football this fall. After drilling down to see what he meant, it appears K-State football fans will see some schematic changes on the offensive and defensive side of the football. Change is often good, and I am excited to see the football Wildcats take the field this fall. It also got me wondering…what…

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  • From The Couch – K-State Basketball Is Busy In the Transfer Portal
    Jerome Tang and his K-State basketball staff are very busy working the transfer portal. Some talented players are considering the Wildcats. Let’s dive right into it… JM: Mitchell was a five-star player ranked as the number 13 player in the country coming out of high school in 2022. He played at Sunrise Christian in Wichita. JM: That’s two pretty high profile X accounts saying that Mitchell wants to come to K-State. “Not so fast” says KSO’s Derek Young…. JM: This…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Meri Miller-Kahle
    The 11th installment of “Profiles in K-State fandom” features Meri Miller-Kahle. Meri and I follow each other on X, but have never met in person. She was nominated by someone that I profiled previously. I consider myself one of the biggest K-State fans out there, but I am willing to admit that I pale in comparison to Meri. Reading through her profile makes me think I need to step up my game if I ever want to catch up with…

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  • K-Staters In The 2024 NFL Draft
    The 2024 NFL draft starts on April 25th, and K-State looks to have up to four players selected. I’m not one to sit and watch the entire draft, but I like to try and watch when K-State players might be selected. Knowing when that might happen gives me a little clue about when to tune in. Based on the limited research I did, here are the four K-Staters most likely to be selected in this year’s draft. Cooper Beebe, Offensive…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Tom Billings
    The 10th installment of “Profiles in K-State Fandom” features Tom Billings! Tom is the creator and administrator of the largest Facebook group of K-State fans, “The K-State Family.” He is also the Co-President of the Salina Area Catbackers. Tom has his own “K-State family,” and I am sure you will enjoy learning a little bit more about them and Tom…. JM: Tell me a little bit about your background. Where were you born/where did you grow up and how did…

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  • K-State Sports Rapid Fire 4/3/24
    With the transfer portal in full swing and spring football practices underway, there is plenty of K-State sports news to talk about. Sounds like a perfect time for some Rapid Fire. Let’s GO! -Jerome Tang received a commitment from Michigan point guard transfer Dug McDaniel Wednesday. McDaniel is a former four-star top-100 high school player who played the last two years at Michigan. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points and 4.7 assists per game. Perhaps most importantly, he averaged…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Damon Newell
    The ninth installment of “Profiles in K-State fandom” features Damon Newell. Damon was nominated and when you read his profile it’s easy to see why someone suggested that he be featured. Damon is an alum of the K-State band and went on to become a band director himself. I am sure you’ll enjoy getting to know a little bit about Damon and his fandom…. JM: Tell me a little bit about your background. Where were you born/where did you grow…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Renee Gates
    The eighth installment of “Profiles in K-State Fandom” features Renee Gates. I “met” Renee on Twitter/X and she was nominated by several people to be featured in this series. If you find yourself at a K-State baseball game and have any baseball questions whatsoever, you might want to seek out and start a conversation with Renee! This is another profile I am sure you will enjoy… JM: Tell me a little bit about your background. Where were you born/where did…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Kyler Jost
    We’re rolling now! The seventh installment of “Profiles In K-State Fandom” features Kyler Jost. Kyler is the President of the Kansas City Catbackers. I’ve never met Kyler, but he seems like my kind of guy. I think you’ll agree after reading his profile… JM: Tell me a little bit about your background. Where were you born/where did you grow up and how did you become such a huge K-State fan? KJ: I’m a Central Kansas wildcat, born in McPherson, my…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Lora Watson
    The sixth installment of “Profiles In K-State Fandom” features Lora Watson. I “met” Lora on Twitter/X and we follow each other on there. When I asked for nominations to be featured in this series, Lora was nominated and plenty of people seconded the motion. So I reached out to Lora and she eagerly accepted. Lora’s story of becoming a K-State fan because of her son’s love of K-State is similar to the story of my Mom and Dad becoming massive…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Cindy Norris
    The fifth profile in K-State fandom features K-State super fan Cindy Norris. I’ve never met Cindy personally, but after reading about her background and viewing all the photos that she sent to me, it’s quite obvious that Cindy is a huge K-State fan and worthy of being featured. I am sure you will enjoy learning a little bit more about Cindy… JM: Tell me a little bit about your background. Where were you born/where did you grow up and how…

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  • K-State Football and Baseball Betting Odds
    My DraftKings account balance has gradually increased during the last week or so thanks to some bets on the NCAA tournament. I lost some bets, but I’ve won a little bit more than I’ve lost. I don’t bet a lot of money. I do it for the fun of it and it gives me someone, or something, to root for in games that I normally wouldn’t care about. Having a little skin in the game makes watching the tournament more…

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  • The Next Few Months Are Critical For K-State Basketball
    Glad that is over. That is the sentiment of K-State basketball fans after K-State’s 91-82 loss to Iowa in the first round of the NIT. Here is a sampling of the texts I received and some of the posts I saw from friends on social media: “I’m glad this misery is over for this season.” “At least the season is over.” “Every time I watched them this year, I kept thinking they are better than they are showing.” “Frustrating year.”…

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  • From The Couch – Football News, Avery Johnson, Ayoka Lee, And Men’s Basketball
    We’ve got K-State football news and K-State women’s basketball and men’s basketball news today. Let’s get into it…. JM: The K-State/Arizona “non-conference” football game this fall will be on Friday, September 13th. Friday night college football games? What a joke. This is a very bad idea and I hope it doesn’t continue into the future. How many out of towners will be unable to make it to watch this game? It will be interesting to see what attendance is, or…

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  • Profiles In K-State Fandom – Bucky Bucholtz
    The fourth installment of “Profiles In K-State Fandom” features Bucky Bucholtz. You may recognize Bucky at K-State games wearing his purple cheesehead. I met Bucky at a tailgate many years ago before a spring football game. We have seen each other at football games since, and we got connected on social media. Bucky posts a lot of pictures on his yearly trek to Ireland posing K-S-U with others in front of Irish landmarks. He sure seems like a “bleed purple”…

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  • Does K-State Belong In The NCAA Tournament?
    As I watched K-State lose to Iowa State (76-57) in the Big 12 tournament, still needing a win or two to make the NCAA tournament, it reminded me of the first game the Wildcats played this season against USC. Why, exactly? First, K-State scored 69 points and lost by 13 points to USC on November 6th in a game in which they had 17 turnovers. They shot 31% from the field and 24% from three-point range. Tylor Perry scored 22…

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