* I’m sure you Kansas State football fans have seen and read this piece by Miami Herald sports columnist Joseph Goodman. If you haven’t, it’s right here. Listen, I’m a columnist, too, and I understand that my job is to present opinions that will get people to think. Or to respond. Or to consider. Or, in some cases, to become angry. But I do my best to at least present a credible case for the argument I’m making. Goodman’s agenda is unclear and out of left field. I’m not sure what point he’s trying to make here, except to express his viewpoint that Kansas is a vast wasteland, unworthy of national championship aspirations. So on that, Mr. Goodman, congratulations. You have made what looks for you to be a slow news day an extremely active one, I suspect, as you fend off the e-mails from K-State Nation. Trust me, I know how adamant and invasive that Nation can be.
* In his column, Goodman makes the case that an Alabama-Kansas State match-up in the national championship game – and specifically a coaching contest between the Tide’s Nick Saban and K-State’s Bill Snyder – would fall short of what a title game should be. Huh? Saban vs. Snyder is a dream coaching match-up. You can make the case that they’re the finest two college football coaches of the past 25 years. Mr. Goodman, do you pay any attention whatsoever to college football?
* I posted Goodman’s column on my Facebook page, and the comments are as you would expect. I guess Goodman’s column is being read, which is a good thing. But as a columnist myself, I would prefer people read my stuff without then slamming down the newspaper. Or, thanks to modern technology, slamming shut their laptop. Making a fan base mad is one thing. But to do so with ridiculous tripe is another.
* OK, I’m off my high horse now. On to other things.
* Kansas is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press’s preseason college basketball poll. As KU football coach Charlie Weis is already finding out, when Jayhawks fans have a struggling football team their eyes do wander quickly toward basketball. Indiana is the preseason No. 1 and Creighton is ranked No. 16. Kansas State did receive 12 votes in the preseason poll while Wichita State received none. I have a feeling the Shockers are going to surprise people this season. I think they’re going to be good enough to sneak into the Top 25 sometime in February. Call me crazy. Just don’t call me Joseph Goodman.
* Goodman’s column has cheap shot written all over it.
* I’m not sure why his column is bothering me this much. Normally, these kinds of things roll off my back. It’s not that I’m a Kansas State fan. You K-Staters know I’m not a K-State fan; you tell me that all the time. I just don’t like the laziness exhibited in the column. There’s nothing there except a bunch of jiberish.
* Now I’m moving on. Promise.
* There are those – quite a few of “those,” in fact – who believe Texas Tech will upset Kansas State’s apple cart today in Manhattan. I’m not sure how Goodman feels about it, except that it sounds like he would be relieved. I suppose I could see it happening, but I don’t think it’s likely. Texas Tech is playing better defense in 2012, but the Red Raiders aren’t exactly the Purple People Eaters. They did give up 53 points – albeit in triple overtime – last week in a three-point win over TCU. That game was 36-36 at the end of regulation and I don’t regard the Horned Frogs as an offensive juggernaut.
* Texas Tech can throw the football, of course. And the Raiders have been good running the ball at times this season, but that’s not as much of a given. Kansas State, I think, will focus on taking away Texas Tech’s running game and make senior quarterback Seth Doege pass more than he or Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville wants to. Doege has already put it up 267 times this season in seven games and he leads the country with 28 touchdown passes. But he has also thrown seven interceptions, three of which came in Tech’s 41-20 loss to Oklahoma in Lubbock. Those turnovers really turned the tide the Sooners’ way and while K-State’s secondary is still questionable at times, it has been good at picking off passes.
* I like Kansas State to win today, 35-24.
* Won’t the movie “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe himself, either be the greatest movie ever or the biggest bust of all-time? Is there a middle ground? I’m thinking it’s going to be the former considering the rest of the cast and the track records of the director and lead actor. But this subject material is almost too overwhelming to get into a movie, isn’t it. Can’t wait for this flick.
* I really enjoyed Disco Week on Sports Daily. Next week, tune in for hair bands, as chosen by frequent SD contributor Shane Dennis.
* Texas beats Kansas, but in a closer game that you might think. I like the Longhorns, 35-24. Yes, that’s the same score I picked for Kansas State-Texas Tech. I can’t get anything by you people.
* I picked the Detroit Tigers to beat the San Francisco in five or six games before the World Series. Things change. I’m not sure Detroit gets this series back to the Bay Area now after the Giants have gone up 2-0. San Francisco’s two best pitchers – Ryan Vogelson and Matt Cain – make starts in the next two games in Detroit, facing the Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer. Now I think it could be a Giants sweep.
* Baseball, more than any other sports, has a strange connection to momentum and curses and luck. I do not believe San Francisco is a better team than the Cincinnati Reds or St. Louis Cardinals, teams they dispatched in the NLDS and NLDS. I don’t think the Giants are better than Detroit, either. But the Giants have some strange karma working for them, aspects that cannot be explained. This team is straight out of “Paranormal Activity 4″ or something.
* Chiefs vs. Raiders. Remember when that was a huge deal?
* Are you Chiefs fans excited about Brady Quinn? I didn’t think so.
* Somewhere in Miami, a sports columnist is being deluged by angry K-Staters. Just glad it’s him and not me. K-Staters love me.
* Texas Tech makes too many mistakes to beat Kansas State in Manhattan. The Red Raiders have turned the football over 11 times in seven games and are averaging 67 yards of penalties per game. I just don’t see Texas Tech winning at K-State. Now what it happen.
* I’m enjoying Day 2 of being a Brooklyn Nets fan. I’ve ordered gear. I like the whole black-and-white thing. Brooklyn, baby.
* Thanks for reading. I might post something on the blog when I arrive in Manhattan tomorrow. I hope I have a press box seat next to Mr. Goodman.