Lest we forget---
The 2005 retirement of Bill Snyder was generally accepted as the right thing by K-Staters after he went 9-13 in the last two seasons of his first tenure. His return after three forgettable years from Ron Prince at the Wildcat helm was widely looked upon as a stop gap. Four years later, there’s nobody else the Wildcat Nation would stand for on its sideline. What an amazing story, what an amazing coach, what an amazing man.
Bill Snyder has always been able to coach. What’s remarkable to me is that he still has the ability to make youngsters want to be coached. ‘ Youngsters’ is his term, I’m just borrowing it. We’re talking about a significant age difference here, sorry coach—yet Snyder’s ability to relate to his players is his magic. It’s funny, no matter how much things change—they have a way of staying the same. Values are something that all of us should be able to relate to, but sometimes it takes a little while to appreciate them. At K-State the 16 core values that the program lives by, is what Snyder wants his players to live by for life. The buy in comes early in Manhattan and helps to keep the legend growing.
KU’s near miss---
It’s either fun or frustrating to play ‘what if’—for KU football fans it’s the later as it relates too Jim Harbaugh. Remember when he was the preferred candidate of choice to replace Mark Mangino? Then Athletic Director Lew Perkins wanted him, Harbaugh’s wife is from Kansas City and he didn’t figure to stay long at Stanford. But he did stay one more year with Andrew Luck, before taking the 49ers job which has lead him to this weekend’s Super Bowl. The ‘Hawks got the disaster that was Turner Gill(you know a coach is bad when every description of him starts with…’a really nice guy…) and they’re still trying to dig out from under the mess. Of course there’s no guarantee Harbaugh would have stayed in Lawrence, as he seemed to have NFL written all over him—but it would have been interesting.
Lefty loves Phoenix---
Phil Mickelson went to school at Arizona State and loves to play and win the Phoenix Open. He’s already won it twice and after lipping out a 25-footer for what would have been a 59, he’s well on his way to a third. I like the young guns in golf, Rory McIlroy’s game is outstanding and his humility refreshing. Jason Duffner won in Wichita before he started winning regularly out on tour and Ricky Fowler is from right down the road at Oklahoma State. Of course there are others, but I still prefer the games old guard. I was glad to see Tiger Woods win last week at Torrey Pines and I’ll cheer for Mickelson this week. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and I’m loyal to a generation, but I think it’s more because I like shot makers.
There is a game coming, right?
Super Bowl fact given to me by my 13 year old son; this is the first Super Bowl since 2003 that Tom Brady, Ben Rothlisberger or Peyton Manning haven’t quarterbacked in. You may remember who quarterbacked the Raiders---Rich Gannon, but what about the Bucs? Remember Brad Johnson?