Friday musings

* Lane Kiffin says one of USC’s team managers is responsible for deflating footballs before the Trojans’ game with Oregon last week? Lane, you’re a real card. If I was that team manager, I’d probably come to your office and have a talk. Then again, that manager is probably a scared student, willing to take the bullet. This a big thing of you to do, Lane. Makes you look like a true leader.

* I’m not a James Bond fan. There, I said it. But I’m going to see “Skyfall,” the latest Bond movie.

* I always say I’m going to see a movie, then it usually takes forever for that to happen. Why is that?

* Headed down to Fort Worth later today for tomorrow night’s Kansas State-TCU game. Does Collin Klein play? All indications are that he will? Is Klein effective? If he plays, he’s effective. What if he gets injured again? Kansas State is in trouble. Hey, I just played “Three Questions” with myself and had a pretty dog-gone good time doing so.

* Nobody says “dog-gone” or “dad-gum” anymore. I like those words. They allow me to relay a point without being profane. I’m not averse to relaying points while being profane, but I figure the less profane the better, right?

* Kansas State beats TCU, 37-24. By the way.

* I’m working on a Troy Morrell feature for the Sunday paper. I really like Morrell, Butler’s football coach. He’s as down to earth as they come. The story is mostly about why he’s stayed in El Dorado all these years. Not that there’s anything wrong with El Dorado. My parents lived in El Dorado before I was born and always spoke highly of it. When I played in sports at Derby, we often played against El Dorado. El Dorado is cool.

* That said, I think Winfield is probably my favorite old-Ark Valley League town. Perhaps it’s because I was born there, but I don’t think that’s it. My parents moved from Winfield to Derby when I was just 2, so my memories of Winfield are non-existent. Come to think of it, my memories of Derby aren’t too vivid, either.

* Kansas won’t win its football game at Texas Tech on Saturday. But the Jayhawks will play their most competitive road game of the Big 12 season in Lubbock.

* I’m enjoying the start of the NBA season more than I’m enjoying the mid-section of the NFL season. Honestly, the NFL bores me this season. I’m having trouble finding a focus.

* Some NFL storylines that do interest me include: Peyton Manning in Denver; the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons; the game Sunday between Houston and Chicago; the train wreck that is the Kansas City Chiefs; the improving but still sub-par St. Louis Rams; Andrew Luck and RG III; Jerry Jones; Rex Ryan. Jones and Ryan interest me because they’re such blow-hards who rarely do much. I’ve always been fascinated by blow-hards who rarely do much.

* I think we’re going to put down some wood flooring in our living room, replacing carpet. That seems to be what all of the cool kids are doing.

* Next week, I’m starting work on a Conner Frankamp profile for the paper. Really looking forward to that one.

* It pains me to miss Wichita State’s home opener Saturday night, even if it is against North Carolina Central. I’m excited about college basketball season. But this K-State football train is rolling down the tracks.

* What’s will the mood be around Manhattan if the Wildcats finish 13-0 and don’t win a national championship? Sorry, getting a little ahead of myself with that one. But it’s something I think about. It’s a ridiculous system we use to determine college football’s national champion. I’m not really sure why the powers-that-be can’t see how productive a four-team playoff would be this season – THIS SEASON!!! – and make the necessary adjustments to make it happen. I guarantee that no fan of college football would complain. The place we’re headed looks to be totally unsatisfying.

* I feel like the St. Louis Cardinals are going to make a bigger trade than people expect. It’s killing me to wait for it.

* You know, that Carly Rae Jepsen sings a pretty good song.

* I just had a bologna sandwich for lunch. But the less I know about bologna the better.

* I have no young features anymore. I think my blue eyes used to be a young feature. Now they’re just old and not very feature-ish. And they look less blue than they used to. As we age, mirrors become cruel. Dad-gum mirrors.

* In a blog a couple of weeks ago, I went through a painstaking process that culminated with me choosing the Brooklyn Nets as my NBA team of choice. It was a narrow pick over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Well, I’d like to rescind my choice and takes the ‘Wolves. That is my right as a flip-flopper. I think Minnesota is an interesting team and one that has played pretty well in the early season, even without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.

* The Lakers have fired Mike Brown as coach, according to an ESPN source. Doesn’t that team kind of resemble the Dallas Cowboys with their futile ways of the past couple of seasons? Hard for me to care much about the Lakers, even though I do like point guard Steve Nash. I hope their struggles continue. This is Minnesota’s time.

* The PGA Tour should mix in a major tournament for about this time of the year for those of us who could use a fix.

* Last summer, my wife and I watched all three seasons of “Deadwood,” the former HBO series about the wild, wild west. This summer, I’m going to propose doing the same with “Sons of Anarchy.” But my wife, of course, will have the final say on the matter. Because that’s how I roll (over).

* I spend more time than I should looking at weather maps, although I’m never sure what I’m looking for. Low-pressure systems, maybe?

* John Stewart is funny. Stephen Colbert is funny. Who is funniest? I’d go with Stewart, but it’s close.

* Speaking of funny, I haven’t seen Don Rickles on one of the late-night shows in a while. I hope he’s doing OK.

* I just checked Rickles’ website and he’s scheduled for an appearance in Tucson on Dec. 7. I’m relieved. He also has six shows scheduled for early 2013.

* I first saw Rickles on the Dean Martin celebrity roasts back in the day. He killed it and I have been a huge fan ever since. Going on close to 50 years now, hard as that is to fathom.

* Thanks, everyone, for reading. I enjoy the Friday musings, which are as shoot-from-the-hip as they can be. Have a great weekend.