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Once again, it’s on…

Yes, I’m a lover of ’90s hip-hop, which explains "I Got Five On It," my version of five questions. Truth is, I want "I Got Five On It" to be more about you, the reader, which is why I asked for submitted questions. Tomorrow is Bill Walker – hopefully – and I’m using the Five sent in by pissclams. So thank him for the effort.

Next week, the subject is Yamon Figurs, who will likely be making his NFL debut this weekend against the New York Jets. Now you know the drill – send the questions in and maybe they’ll be used.

It was nice while it lasted…

I’m signing off for a while, folks. Probably until Tuesday. Feel free to keep commenting and antagonizing each other, but I’m headed back to Vermont for my best friend’s wedding. Wouldn’t miss it for the world, although Jordan-Hare is enticing. I trust you’ll relay your best stories about what you all did or saw in Auburn. We’ll start it back up next week – and there a couple of surprises in store.

As always, handle your business…

So, there’s this…

I’m leafing through Auburn’s media guide and on page 202, there’s a picture of Ryan Lackey, a recent K-State graduate who worked in media relations. It says he’s doing the same at Auburn, an assistant handling cross country, gymnastics and women’s tennis.

Lucky fellow.

Anyway, on Monday at the Vanier Football Complex, there’s Lackey, back in Manhattan, in his first day on his new job at his alma mater, helping out on football and assuming the lead role on all things baseball.

He’s not listed in K-State’s award-winning media guide.

So I figured he’d be uniquely qualified to give the straight scoop on what might go down this weekend at Jordan-Hare Stadium and, well, I was wrong.

Asked how he was going to handle being a K-State alum while working at Auburn, Lackey said, “It was going to be difficult, I know that.”

He quickly realized the difference between the SEC and the Big 12 when he turned on the radio. The sports talk programs are bombarded with calls from Auburn or Alabama fans, both camps taking shots at each other. And the bitter rivals don’t play until Nov. 24.
K-State/KU, it’s not, he said.

And then there’s Jordan-Hare, which holds a capacity of 87,451 — about 35,000 more than “The Bill.”

“It’s not even the biggest stadium in the SEC,” Lackey said.

Auburn has only the fifth-largest, behind Georgia (92,746), Alabama (92,158), LSU (91,600) and Florida (88,548). But as Ron Prince recently said, fans won’t coming out of the stands to tackle the Wildcats. 

There is a mystique, though. Look at the point spread — 13.5 points is a lot.

How about it, Lackey? A prediction?

“I can’t make a prediction,” Lackey said. “I’m not in a place to do that. I don’t know. I got nothing.”

Aren’t you better for reading this blog?

Greetings and salutations, purple people

C’mon, you all knew it was just a matter of time. Yep, the powers that be have relented and given me a blog, a forum to inform, perhaps educate and hopefully entertain K-State Nation. A little ambitious, sure, but you have to aim high, right?

What can you expect from “K-Stated”? Quirky, off-beat stories, a weekly feature I will call “Five Questions” that will allow you, the reader, to understand your favorite Wildcats a little differently, a glossary of Ron Prince’s favorite terms and much more. I want this to be interactive, so definitely send in questions. I plan to publish live updates during games, home and away. There will be contests – I promise to send readers stuff taken directly from my desk – and it should be a blast.

But it won’t be all light. There will be news and analysis, too. Predictions. Maybe some video at some point. Basically, it will be everything a K-State fan could want, and hopefully more. Nah, now I’m setting the bar too high, placing myself in a position to fail. Seriously, it’s going to be a lot of fun – but only if you all help.

What do you think?