Daily Archives: Feb. 7, 2014

Friday musings

* I don’t like February. I never have. Nothing good happens in February. If you like February, there’s something wrong with you.

* OK, got that off my chest.

* I also am now officially tired of talking about Wichita State’s strength of schedule, the Shockers’ non-conference opponents, etc., etc., etc. We should be talking about the WSU-Northern Iowa game coming up Saturday night in Cedar Falls. Or about the potential traps that are set up between the Shockers and unbeaten season. Unfortunately, the Missouri Valley Conference doesn’t provide many challenges this season. That’s unfortunate because it’s forced us to talk about stuff that doesn’t really matter.

* We’ll learn more about Wichita State in March, during the NCAA Tournament. For now we know this: The Shockers are as capable as most other teams of advancing far in the tournament. Another Final Four certainly is within reason. Maybe more. Or maybe less. It’s futile to attempt to guess. Maybe it’s fun for some. And since I’m a newspaper columnist and sports talk show host, I suppose it should be fun for me. And it was until it wasn’t.

* I didn’t watch the send-off for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on Thursday night. I just don’t watch much late-night television at the moment. And I haven’t consistently watched Leno in years. Nothing against the man. Anyone who can last 22 years on a show like that deserves respect. I don’t watch David Letterman, either. When I’m watching late at night, it’s usually a show we’ve recorded on our DVR or a sporting event. I doubt I watch much of Jimmy Fallon, either.

* I will miss Seth Meyers on Saturday Night Live. I was very excited for Melissa McCarthy’s appearance as host last week, but was underwhelmed by the skits and sketches. Then again, they happened in February. And we all know how I feel about February. I can’t tell you the last time I was amused in February.

* Entertainment Weekly, which just arrived in my mailbox as it has been doing for many, many years, has given The Lego Movie an A. I just thought you should know.

* I was shocked last weekend when I learned of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. What a great actor. How does someone become so troubled? I haven’t even been able to read about his life and times yet, but I will. And it will make me sad.

* Kansas State needs to figure out a way to beat Texas at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday. The Wildcats are not a lock yet for the NCAA Tournament at 15-7 and 5-4 in the Big 12. That gets them in today. But K-State is at home against Kansas on Big Monday, then is at Baylor next Saturday. After that: TCU, at Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Iowa State, at Oklahoma State, Baylor. Going 5-4 probably gets them in. Maybe even 4-5. But outside of the home games with TCU and Texas Tech, there are no gimmes.

* Kansas should handle West Virginia. The Mountaineers are playing better, but now enter a brutal stretch in their schedule. The mountain could be about to collapse. I just made that up.

* I went out and watched Friends play at Garvey Gym on Thursday night with my wife. It was enjoyable. Joe Mitchell is a fantastic player. I hope you read my column on him in Saturday’s paper and soon appearing at Kansas.com.

* Pitchers and catchers are in the process of reporting to spring training. This is the one aspect of February that I enjoy. Baseball can’t get here soon enough.

* I think I need to binge-watch season one of The Americans, since the second season begins soon. Right? Is that something I need to do? I feel this enormous pressure to watch television shows that I’ve been missing. There are so many of them. Stop pressuring me, people. I can’t watch everything.

* I bought a new iPhone 6s this week. The process was worse than buying a car or house. And I’m not kidding about that. I feel trapped by technology. As I write my Friday musings, my new phone sits in front of me, just to the right. It’s being ominous at the moment; I think it’s going to make a noise soon. I have it charging because My God, what would I do if my iPhone 6s ran out of juice? I hate my iPhone, but I love it so much.

* Something else I do more than I should is check my checking account balance. Of course, we have online banking now (have you heard?), so my money – at least on paper – is always just a few clicks away. I used to keep my balance in my checkbook, where it was always a few hundred dollars off. Those were the good old days.

* I hope a bunch of Shocker fans show up at Side Pockets for the Shocker Invitational next Sunday, the 16th. We’ll start when the place opens, at 11 a.m., with eight first-round games going late into the night. We’re playing this out on an XBox gaming system with the help of Derek Pruett and Jamin Anderson, two big WSU basketball fans. We’ll continue the tournament on March 2 and March 16. On the 16th, we’ll pause at 4 p.m. so Shocker fans can watch the WSU-Evansville game on one of the huge Side Pockets big screens. Really looking forward to this.

* One of the ways I knew my parents were aging was because their signature started to look different. That’s starting to happen to mine. There are some jagged edges in there. I always prided myself on the craftsmanship of my signature and my penmanship. Both are beginning to deteriorate.

* Great Super Bowl, huh? There should have been a running clock in the second half.

* My plan Saturday is to watch college basketball all day – and night – long. I think the Shockers will take it to Northern Iowa defensively. Put a little D on those Panthers and they’ll fold like a cheap accordion. Wichita State 70, Northern Iowa 57.

* Thanks for reading. I’m off to read about Philip Seymour Hoffman. So sad.