* I liked the midnight basketball game played earlier this week between Wichita State and Western Kentucky at Koch Arena. But I’m glad it’s the only midnight game of the season. My sleep pattern has been off all week.
* Kansas-Duke was one of the most entertaining college basketball games I’ve seen in a while. I just wish players like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins were in college longer. Then again, it’s a free out there. Why shouldn’t they get the big bucks? The one-and-done aspect to college basketball is one of the most confusing, conflicted rules in sports. I think I hate it, except that getting to see these great players in college basketball for one season is better than none.
* Or is it? I didn’t want to get bogged down in this confusing issue today; it just happened. Are one-and-done players really representing a university? Do they even attend many classes at a university? And if they do, do they pay attention? Wiggins, Parker and others like them know their fate: They’re gone after one season for a huge NBA contract. One year of college is a necessary component to achieving that status.
* Would a one-and-done player ever merit a retired number? Take Michael Beasley at Kansas State, for instance. He was the player most responsible for the Wildcats’ turnaround in basketball fortunes a few years back. But he was never going to be in Manhattan for more than one year. There is no doubt he is one of the most dynamic players in K-State history. But should his number be retired? I say no. He wasn’t around long enough and that should be one of the determining factors for those types of honors.
* I’m looking forward to seeing the Wichita State basketball team on the road and at neutral sites over the next few weeks. The Shockers are at home against Tennessee State on Saturday at noon. That game should be a walkover. But WSU is at Tulsa on Wednesday night before playing in the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Nov. 25-26. Then comes a road game at Saint Louis on Sunday, Dec. 1. Good stuff.
* Kansas State’s basketball team has to do something to get my attention this season. And maybe some of Bruce Weber’s freshmen will do so. We’ll see.
* Speaking of K-State, the football team can continue a nice recovery from a 2-4 start with a win over TCU on Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. It’s been a little bit of a lost football season in the state of Kansas, but K-State could pull to 6-4 with a win, with games remaining against Oklahoma (in Manhattan, Nov. 23) and Kansas (in Lawrence, Nov. 30.) An 8-4 record looks like more than a possibility.
* Meanwhile, Kansas is just playing out the string in football. Another lost season. Another wasted opportunity. Charlie Weis will enter the 2014 season on the hottest of hot seats.
* Here’s the most troubling thing about Kansas football: There’s nothing to be excited about. The defense, especially the secondary, has improved. But Weis is known for being an offensive guru and the KU offense has stunk. It has stunk ever since Todd Reesing departed as the Jayhawks’ quarterback. And that’s been a while now.
* I’m disappointed with “The Walking Dead” season so far. But the Governor returns this week so business could be picking up.
* I said to my wife last night, as we were watching two new episodes of “Parks and Recreation,” that it was the best-written comedy on television. Now, I don’t watch every comedy. I don’t even watch “Big Bank Theory,” I’m ashamed to admit. But I watch a few comedies and “Parks and Recreation” is the most consistently-funny of those I watch. I’d love your feedback on this one. What are the best comedies out there. I would also throw “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” into the mix. I’m kind of over “Modern Family,” although not completely. We still watch and it certainly has its moments, thanks mostly to Ed O’Neill and Ty Burrell.
* Going to hit a movie double feature sometime this weekend. I’m thinking “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave,” although I will certainly listen to my wife if she has any different ideas. I’m that kind of guy. And I’m not sure she’s up for “12 Years a Slave,” which is by all accounts a terribly hard movie to watch.
* The most difficult movie I’ve ever seen, emotionally speaking, was “Marley and Me,” a few years back. I sobbed uncontrollably and for a good 20 minutes. While trying, of course, to hide my sobbing from my fellow movie-goers. It was a miserable experience.
* A tough day for KU hoops, losing center Jahlil Okafor and point guard Tyus Jones to Duke. But the Jayhawks land on their feet as No. 3 recruit (according to ESPN) Cliff Alexander, a power forward from Chicago, commits to Bill Self. KU could lose as many as four or five players to the NBA after this season, conceivably. But the Jayhawks are in the process of reloading. Alexander is the second 5-star recruit to commit. Kelly Oubre, a forward from Henderson, Nev., announced his intentions of playing for Kansas in early October.
* Didn’t Okafor and Jones watch Kansas beat Duke on Tuesday night?
* I did. And I came away feeling like Jabari Parker is the next NBA superstar. KU’s Andrew Wiggins will probably be one, too, but Parker looks like he could play a prominent role on a championship team right now. I think it will take Wiggins a bit longer to develop.
* I need to put up Christmas lights this year. But I want to hire the right person to do a good job. I do not do a good job when it comes to things like this. I just don’t. Everyone has a skill set and mine is limited. It does not include doing handy stuff. I don’t install, build, tear down, paint, read instructions, pull, lift, push or reach. And I don’t have a tool box. That would be a waste of money. I do have a few screwdrivers, but I always forget where they are. And I do hammer from time to time. But not well.
* I often crave pancakes. Then, after I eat them, I wonder why I craved them. This has been going on for 40 years, at least. And it’s one of the great mysteries of my life. I’m craving pancakes at this very moment but they would be entirely unsatisfying to eat.
* I’ve been doing post-game videos with Paul Suellentrop after every Wichita State home game. I have to say, they’re kind of fun. And kind of mindless. Paul, of course, carries the videos. All I can think of when I do them is that that unsightly spittle is forming at the intersection of my lips. You’ve seen that with people, right? And they don’t seem to know it.
* I miss my dad. My mom, too. But I think about my dad a lot because we had sports in common. He died in 1986 and I can’t remember what his voice sounded like. I wish I had a recording of his voice.
* It looks like a warm, windy Saturday coming up. Maybe I’ll see you at the Shocker game tomorrow. Have a great weekend.