Category Archives: Mama Sayz

Chris Harper says he’s going to K-State

Chris Harper told The Eagle’s Jeffrey Martin this morning that he’ll join the Kansas State football team. He’ll sit out a transfer year and be eligible in 2010.

– Kirk Seminoff

Mama Sayz (03/24)

It’s about time, isn’t it? And it looks like she has enlisted a ghostwriter — her daughter, Mychaela, begins this week’s entry. You’ve been waiting to hear what “Mama Sayz,” and here it is. Don’t forget to read until the end, though. And I’ll do an end-of-the-season “Post Mortem” later this afternoon…

Hey, its Mychaela! Unfortunately you wont be hearing from my mother since somehow she got me to write the blog this week. Had a bit of a writer’s block but I guess I’ll start from here…

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Mama Sayz (03/07)


Mrs. Smith is still employed.

Where do these rumors get started? Anyway, here’s an extra, extra-long edition of “Mama Sayz,” and she’s gone a little crazy with the pictures. She loves the pictures. But it’s all good:

I’m never at a loss for words BUT this week’s edition has been one of the toughest things to do. I have so many things that I want to say but I couldn’t figure out how to get it jump-started. So when I came in to work this morning (oh, by the way I hope this comment put to rest the rumors that I have QUIT my job) and my co-worker, Mrs. Lazy Bones herself a.k.a. Lucy, yelled out, “Hey, where’s that ‘Mama Sayz,’ you kook!” I turned around and screamed back to her, “I don’t know how to get it started – UGHHHH!” (J-MART NOTE: Writer’s block is a … problem) She said, “YOU? You’re never at a loss for words… That’s a first!” Then ta-da! “Mama Sayz” has been saved once again… Now let’s catch up, and boy, do we have a lot to cover!

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Mama Sayz (02/24)

Mrs. Smith has some crazy energy this week, which is a good thing. Out-of-town visitors will do that sometimes. Read all about that and much, much more – it’s “Mama Sayz”:

Hey Jeff, STOP PREDICTING THE GAMES! (J-MART NOTE: I know, right? I’m awful).

Man, that was a tough one to give up… Oh, in case anyone’s wondering, yes, we made it to the Nebraska game in Lincoln. Calvin, Miss Tiff and I were joined by my co-workers Lucy and Ms. G-Phi herself, Nikki, on our road trip. I really got a kick out of traveling through the small towns on our way north and seeing how content people can be in their surroundings. It’s very similar to how I’ve settled down here in “The Little Apple.” I remember traveling back east to The Big Apple for the game against Notre Dame. It was so exciting hanging out with Mona and Keisha and the rest of my family in the fast-paced world filled with the things that were so familiar to me for most of my life. However, when I finally made it back to Manhattan, Kan., I felt like quoting Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz –“THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!”

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Mama Sayz (02/14)

Mrs. Smith had this ready late Tuesday night, but I was in transit to Lubbock for most of Wednesday, so I couldn’t get to it until now. I know, I suck. Anyway, here it is, another installment of “Mama Sayz”:


Two more days. For what, you might ask? My sister Mona and my god-sister Keisha from New Jersey will be here on Saturday for the Mizzou game. It’s always fun to see them and I’m so excited. So if anyone is at the game, make sure you stop by and say hello to them — they’ll get a kick out of people knowing them by their first names.

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Mama Sayz (02/09)

She’s been sick. Down out and with the flu. She wasn’t answering her phone. She had us worried. But she’s back now, and life wouldn’t be the same without “Mama Sayz,” now would it? Thanks for re-joining us, Mrs. Smith.

Wow!  What a week of events…

First, let me tell you all this — if you haven’t gotten a flu vaccine yet, please run to your doctor’s office at the very first opportunity. I have been bitten by the flu bug and I’m here to tell you that even though I survived it (barely,) that bug has some of the biggest and sharpest teeth out there!  It snuck up on me with no warning and then BAM! I was down for the count. I was finally able to see the other side of my bedroom door after four days of excruciating body pain. Before I could fully recuperate, Dymond was taken hostage, too! So, do as I say – get the shot!
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Mama Sayz (01/31)

No one does family drama like Mrs. Smith – and she’s got the pictures to back it up. She submitted this Wednesday afternoon, but I was backed up a bit and couldn’t post it. Excuse the dated references to the Sunflower Showdown – it’s not her fault. Here’s the latest in “Mama Sayz”:

One week, four days, five hours, 33 minutes and 17, 18, 19 seconds…

Why the countdown, you might ask? Maybe the Sunflower Showdown? No. That’s how long little Miss Tiffany and the rest of the family had to “bond” before her daddy returned from his latest road trip adventure.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Tiffany is as sweet as she appears in person to mike-n-t-on-tv.JPGmost people at the games, the mall, daycare and the countless other places that people may meet her. However, she is the only one of my five roommates who challenges EVERYTHING I say or do! The whole time that her daddy was gone on his longest road trip ever we practiced with her what she was going to do during the Little Cat Slam Jam Competition and had it down to perfection. The moment she and her Dad walked into the tunnel just before half-time of the Iowa State game, she tells him, “Daddy, I don’t want to do what Mommy showed me. I wanted to spin around and then dunk — like Michael.” He said to her to do what ever she wanted to. Although I was pleased that she pulled out the win, I just couldn’t figure out what happened to the big performance we had planned until she announced what happened when we got to the car.

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Mama Sayz (01/24)

She’s back, and she’s calling out her readers – kind of. Mrs. Smith is complicated. Anyway, read for yourself in this week’s edition:


Is anybody out there? I mean, seriously, does anybody really read this besides my sister? The reason I ask is because I’ve talked to quite a few people lately, most recently a reporter, Bill, from the Kansas City Star, and some of the stuff that was asked of me would have clearly been “self-answered” if “Mama Sayz” was really being read — not that I mind talking at all because of this “gift for gab” that I possess. I really enjoy conversing with others that don’t live under the same roof as me. Hey J-Mart, can I make a suggestion? (J-MART NOTE: Of course.) What about adding a page counter? That way you could keep track of what makes for interesting reading (or not).  Remember it’s just a suggestion…  (J-MART NOTE: Duly noted, but just so everyone knows, “Mama Sayz” is routinely one of the top three read blog entries every day at

Anyway, how about that Texas A&M game? Bramlage was so LOUD that I could hardly hear Malik and Tiffany asking for popcorn/pretzel money. It was so amazing to see the excitement from everyone there. The marching band was just as fun to watch as the girls from GTM. My co-worker, Lucy, told me they would be fantastic, and from now on, the top thing on Tiffany’s to- do list is to learn how to do a no-handed somersault, play the drums and own a shiny green suit like the little boy she keeps talking about.

Over the last couple of weeks, many different articles have come out regarding Lil’ Mike that show his “playful” side. Although they are VERY entertaining and somewhat enlightening on how or what he thinks while off the court, I think some people (very few, I hope) might get the idea that he doesn’t take life seriously. Well, first let’s not forget that he just turned 19 and the majority of his “pranks” were done during his very youthful years.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making excuses for him and/or his behavior, but fair is fair, right? And really, looking back on most of his pranks, I just shake my head and sort of chuckle to myself… he’s like a modern day Dennis the Menace! (J-MART NOTE: I think he’s a better rebounder, though.)

But on a serious note, I would like to touch on one of the comments left this week.

FROM: Will
WHEN: Jan. 22, 2008

Brian Gates at posted this story. He said to pass it along to anyone and I thought we should pass it on to Mama.

“I wish there was a way to share this story with more people. This will get it out to a lot of K-State people, I realize, but feel free to pass this along to anyone you want to.

Blade Winter, an 11-year old boy from Clifton, is battling leukemia. He was at the women’s game on Saturday night and had made his way down by his cousin and was sitting on the aisle beside his cousin so he could see the Marching Cobras a little better.

One of the Bramlage ushers made their way down to him and told him he would not be able to stay sitting on the aisle like that.

That is when Michael Beasley told the usher that Blade was with him. He had Blade come sit down by him in the chairs on the floor. So, Blade sat there with Michael, and his friends (Jamar Samuels, Dominique Sutton and James Franklin).

His mother told me that Blade has battled chemotherapy for nearly six of the last eight years of his life. That fact (and probably the existing leukemia) wasn’t known by Michael when he invited Blade down to the seats with them.

Michael also gave Blade an autographed t-shirt while he was sitting there with them.

I know we all watch them on the court and are thrilled with their play out there, but these guys are truly great representatives of Kansas State University.”

First, as a mother I always wonder how my perfect little angels behave when they are not in my presence so this story warms my heart two times over. Here’s why… Sometimes when I want Lil’ Mike, or any of my kids, to do something out of the kindness of their hearts it doesn’t always go over so well – it’s as if I’m giving them another chore or something. So to actually take the time out and be a part of the women’s game by signing autographs for the various fans without being told to shows me that he not only listens to me but he actually hears me as well. He actually loves to see the smiles on little kids’ faces (young and old) when they meet him. Anything to bring a genuine smile to someone’s face is a satisfying feeling. Because he didn’t know the condition of the young man Blade makes me even more proud. You see, my sister Mona lost her only son, Stevon, to a very rare form of cancer almost three years ago. He was just as much one of my children as my children are to Mona. Our kids were inseparable up until this very sad event in our lives. When she and I read this comment we couldn’t help but think of him. I really pray for strength for this young man and his family.

OK, I know I promised to have this done by Tuesday but for some reason I have been extremely busy. (J-MART NOTE: Deadlines are a pain in the butt.) So here it is, 11:30  p.m. after the Colorado game and I’m trying to wrap this up. That game was good to watch and I was at home cheering the guys on at the top of my lungs. I was so worried the change in altitude was going to affect some or all of them but we pulled through again.

Go Cats!

More questions and more answers…

FROM: Schitz
WHEN: Jan. 19, 2008

Hey Mama,
Just wanted to tell you that you looked good tonight. That might be the coolest jersey I have ever seen.

Hey Schitz,

Thanks for the compliment. For those who didn’t see my jersey, it has all of the players’ numbers on it to represent the whole team. (J-MART NOTE: A picture would be nice.) I have said from the beginning that this is not a one-man show and I really believe that the boys are showing that in the way they have been playing.

FROM: Steve Dave
WHEN: Jan. 19, 2008

Hey Mom, any chance you make the road game in Lincoln? I have to live in Nebraska and I need a date for the game! If you are heading this way anyway, let me know and I will take you out for a Juice Stop and game!

Steve Dave,

When I travel, I travel deep! Me, Calvin and my roommates usually load up the SUV and and hit the road together. If you have any recommendations on kid-friendly restaurants, that is always helpful.

FROM: VirginiaKid
WHEN: Jan. 19, 2008

Hey Mama,
Thanks for sharing your time and thoughts with us. Will you continue to do so when Lil’ Mike goes to the NBA? As part of the K-State family, I’m sure we would love to continue to follow his progress as a person and not just what we see on ESPN. Also, y’all are from D.C. — what area of D.C.? Did Lil’ Mike ever play in the Tidewater area of Virginia? B-Cool.

Hey V-Kid,

Whenever the time comes for us to move, I would like to stay in touch with the Wildcat fans in one way or another. K-State will always be a part of our family for as long as we live. So I guess I will be here as long as I am wanted. Oh, and we are from P.G. County, Md., and that is right outside of D.C.

FROM: PowerCatScott
WHEN: Jan. 20, 2008

Thanks again for another great blog. Just a cautionary word, “ChickenHawk” is a derogatory term used for fans of that OTHER team in Lawrence, so you might want to be careful calling yourself one of those, someone might get the wrong idea.

In all seriousness, I love this blog and I love that you’ve taken such an active role in the K-State community. A lot of time families of players, especially elite players, exist for no other reason than to promote themselves and their children, but your level-headedness and genuine passion for K-State is refreshing. Now, about next year…


I apologize for the slip of the tongue. I’ll try to choose my words a little more carefully.

I have a very big day ahead of me and I must go for now. Before I leave, I would like to say: Way to go, Bill, for another Rookie of the Week performance!

Mama Sayz

This is my bad for posting this so late. I was away all week without Internet access, believe it or not. Anyway, here it is, the latest from our beloved Mrs. Smith.

Driving to Norman was well worth it after watching the game against the Sooners. The guys on both teams played with real confidence and for once I was silent throughout the whole game. The lead switched so many times that I lost track, and neither of the teams could get a strong lead. But that’s what made the game both good and bad. If I had the fingernails that I used to have, I would have bitten them off by the end of the game. It was as if I was in a coma — I could not muster any emotions until the last 2.3 seconds of the game and we all know the outcome… so I really don’t have to go any further. What a relief that last basket was. On the other hand, Blake Griffin is a very good player and I’m sure he will have a great career. I wish him the speediest recovery for his injury in Monday’s game.

Well, since our last meeting, the Sports Illustrated article came out and I was surprisingly pleased by the outcome. It basically touched on Lil’ Mike’s basketball road which landed him at Kansas State University. I was told that if it weren’t for the BCS national championship game, he would have been on the cover. But after finding out about the “SI Jinx,” I’m glad that LSU made front and center because we don’t need anything but positive energy coming our way, right?

Lil’ Mike made his “live” debut on ESPN this week and I must say he looked and sounded very poised. I’ve already told him that if he pulls any pranks on me like he indicated in the interview that I would make him regret it — one way or the other!

After all of the holiday travels and my countless runs to and from the Kansas City Airport, I finally have all of my roommates back at home. To be honest, even though they occupy the majority of my waken moments and drive me absolutely bonkers with their many demands and although I say that I need a break and can’t wait for them to leave, I really do miss them being in the house. It’s just not the same when it’s empty. Now I feel complete again…

Well, since there were no real noteworthy events going on in the house this would be a great opportunity to tackle some of the questions that were asked, so here goes:

FROM: ksu777
WHEN: Jan. 11, 2008

If Lil’ Mike, Billy W., J-Mart, Frank, Dalonte, Stan Weber, that hot classy cat, Mama Beas, and Hoskins are all back at KSU next year…I will literally crap in my pants with excitement… Three craps if I can get all the KSU games on TV in KC. Four craps if that ‘2 Unlimited’ song from 1995 is still played at Bramlage. I almost crapped right then just thinking about (it).

My sister, Mona, has a very strange since of humor and after reading your comment she called me while laughing so hard that I could hardly recognize who was on the other end of the phone. So thumbs up for you all the way from the East Coast!

FROM: Tim Archer
WHEN: Jan. 11, 2008

Great blog as usual. I felt bad after the game when I asked you if Mike didn’t get anything for Christmas. I re-read the interview and it said that he didn’t ask for anything but got a Mac Book. I didn’t want to get him in trouble. Thanks for being so friendly at the games. I enjoy talking with you and your family as well. Thank Mike and the rest of the guys for signing all the autographs. My kids, and the kids I bring them back for, love them. I gave some to our Boys and Girls Club this week. Have a safe trip to OK and hope to see you guys again at a game (if I can get more tickets.)

Don’t worry about it. After reading the article myself, I figured as much. He’s really enjoying his new toy and he had a great birthday. It’s always good to talk to you after the games and I hope you make it to more games during conference play.

FROM: superksufan
WHEN: Jan. 11, 2008

Thanks Momma,
I really enjoy your blogs.

Since you have the inside scoop, I would like to pick your brain….

We all pretty much know that (David) Hoskins is out this year. Have you heard how he is doing with all of this and if he can, will he come back next year? How do Mike and the rest of the team feel about Hoskins not being able to play with them this year?

Believe it or not, we don’t talk basketball all day everyday. To be honest, whenever the kids come over it’s usually to get away from all of that. They don’t ask me what goes on at the office and I don’t ask questions about what goes on in the locker room. It’s pretty much family time therefore I know about as much as you do when it comes to David.

FROM: ksu777
WHEN: January 11, 2008

Mama Beas,
What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan? Have you tried the delicious and nutritious Pizza Shuttle?

Is this your 2nd question? I’m going to answer it because it’s been asked quite a few times. I like to go places that are entertaining for the kids as well and we are “chicken hawks.” Although, we have frequented many restaurants here in Manhattan, my absolute favorite is BWW in Aggieville! I get to watch sports and defeat the kids (and a few other patrons) in trivia while eating my favorite food. Although I have eaten the “Blazin’ Wings,” my absolute favorite is “Mango Habanera.”

FROM: OlatheCat
WHEN: January 11, 2008

What’s the fascination with Sponge Bob? My kids love it, too. I’ve tried to watch it but I usually get bored after a couple of minutes!

Sponge Bob is either on or off, hot or cold. In other words, either you love him or you hate him. If only all of life’s problems could be so simple. When my younger brother was coming up, it was Bart Simpson, and he and Lil’ Mike have the same type of playful personalities.

FROM: AuditCat
WHEN: January 11, 2008

Thank you for taking the time and effort to give all of us a little peek into your day-to-day life of your family and of the team. I really like how you include so many of the guys in your comments and not just your amazing son. Thanks to J-Mart as well. J-Mart does such a wonderful job of covering K-State sports for us!

My family will be reading and watching from Rio Rancho, N.M. Go K-State!

I include the other guys because they are a part of this whole thing. This is a TEAM! They are just as important to me and to the success of this program as my “amazing son,” as you put it. Thanks so much for even wanting to know what goes on behind the scenes of that crazy son of mine.

FROM: Bookie Pimp
WHEN: Jan. 14, 2008

Hey Mama!!

Your blog is truly appreciated and after driving up from Dallas to Norman for the OU game, we really enjoyed watching how much fun you and your kids were having after the game interacting with the fans.

What are the chances of you helping one of the administrators from get a couple of courtside seats with the rest of the K-State “VIP’s” at the Baylor game in Waco?

Keep up the good work. We love your blog!!

Hey Bookie,
Interacting with the fans after the game is almost as much fun being at the game. One thing I’ve noticed is that when Wildcat fans come out, they come DEEP! I’ve never seen such a love for a program before and this is a group of people that I will NEVER forget.

Well, gang, I’m going to call it quits for now and I promise to be back on track next week by having this ready by Tuesday…scout’s honor!

Mama Sayz (1/12)

She’s become a full-fledged media sensation, but I just wish she had told me the O.J. Mayo story. Guess that’s why I don’t write for Sports Illustrated. Nonetheless, here’s the latest from Mrs. Smith:

Happy Birthday, Lil’ Mike!


Mike, Cats and cake


Nineteen long years ago, Michael Paul Beasley, Jr. graced the world with his presence… In fact it was no graceful entry at all. He made a thunderous appearance then just as he commands attention now. He was two weeks overdue, and it was a long and very hard labor. And then, ta-da, I delivered a baby boy checking in at 10 pounds, nine ounces and 23 inches. And then there were two — Dymond and Lil’ Mike. I actually cried. Not tears of joy but of frustration. Why, you might ask? Because I wanted a little girl sooo bad. But as the days turned into months and months into years I was sure happy he was a boy… I just couldn’t imagine a little girl being the size that he was. He outgrew his older brother of two years by the time Lil’ Mike was 3 and Dymond was 5, and he’s been taller ever since.


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