Friday musings

* SIU-Edwardsville, Wichita State’s baseball opponent today to kick off the season-opening series at Eck Stadium, has possibly the worst uniforms I’ve ever seen. Sorry I can’t post a picture. Actually, you’re lucky I can’t post a picture. Check later at Kansas.com to see what I’m talking about. Suffice it to say, the pants (or sweats?) don’t match anything.

* I have a brand new iPhone and I’m pretty sure I enjoy the status it reflects. Yes, I’m that guy.

* I do not, however, drive a new car. I have a 2010 model. Remember, I’m a newspaper guy. New cars and “newspaper guy” don’t really mix.

* I did pretty well by my wife for Valentine’s Day, thanks for asking. She’s a lucky woman. Some, I understand, would dispute that assertion.

* I believe that if two people have a dispute, they should iron it out in person. Not via e-mail. Not on some anonymous message board where cowardly people gather to exchange insults. But in person. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

* I would be surprised if Wichita State has much trouble at Evansville on Sunday, although I do really like Purple Aces sophomore guard D.J. Balentine. He’s a player. But Evansville doesn’t have enough to support him. I expect the Shockers to play well.

* Kansas has a gimme at home against TCU. I’ll be curious to see how much playing time freshman guard Conner Frankamp gets in that one after 15 pretty good minutes the other night during the Jayhawks’ overtime loss at Kansas State.

* Kansas State has the toughest game of the state’s big three, a road game at Baylor. It’s a test for the Wildcats after home wins over Texas and KU. K-State can’t afford a letdown in this one and I don’t expect one.

* I’m not watching a lot of the Olympics. Not because I don’t want to; it’s just hard to find time. It’s the result of a busy lifestyle, I suppose, and a lot of other things that take precedent. But I’m hoping to take in some of the Olympics this weekend. I have watched a few hours of the figure skating coverage, which I have enjoyed. But I haven’t yet caught any curling, which disappoints me.

* I’m hoping for a St. Louis, Indianapolis and Dallas run through the NCAA Tournament this season. I prefer driving destinations.

* For Valentine’s Day, my father always gave my mother a box of chocolates. Of course, I dipped in. But I never learned which were the good chocolates and which were the bad. So I’d take a small bit out of one, discover it was nasty – coconut or something – and throw the rest of it away. All these years later, I feel bad about that now. I’m pretty sure my mom liked coconut. She got a really raw deal.

* The college baseball season starts too early. It’s Feb. 14, for crying out loud, and all of these cold people are sitting out here at Eck Stadium watching the Shockers. The weather is certainly better than it was earlier in the week. It’s 47 degrees as I write this but the wind is howling from the north. Not pleasant.

* Richie Incognito is pretty much who and what we thought he was. I really hope we never have to see this clown in the NFL again.

* I think Todd Butler will be an outstanding baseball coach at Wichita State. He has the pedigree and the “it” factor. It will be interesting to follow his recruiting and to see how it differs from the past. Remember, chief recruiter Brent Kemnitz is still on the Shockers’ staff. But already it looks like the Shockers’ recruiting territory is expanding.

* It would be great if a lot of Shocker basketball fans showed up at Side Pockets, 600 S. Tyler near the corner of Kellogg and Tyler, on Sunday for the Shocker Invitational. You know what it is by now, I hope. We’re playing eight quarterfinal games on the big screen via an XBox 360 gaming system, starting at 11. With eight to play – and with a 4 p.m. break to watch the Shockers’ game at Evansville – it’ll be a long day at Side Pockets. But a fun one, too. And remember, it’s $4.99 for a dozen boneless wings. Come on out and spend some time with us.

* American Idol remains one of our favorite shows. My wife and I, I mean. They’ve chosen their top 30 – 15 men and 15 women – and I think the talent is outstanding. I know so many of you think I’m such a geek for liking this competition. Maybe that’s why I like it – to irritate you.

* I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked the third-base coaching box today with the Shockers at the plate, expecting to see Gene Stephenson. Yes, it’s pretty weird that he’s not here. New assistant Brian Walker, by the way, is coaching third base for Todd Butler. Graduate assistant Jon Coyne is coaching first.

* With my new phone, I’ve been downloading a lot of apps. What are some of your favorites? I especially like the free ones.

* Have a great weekend. Shocker fans, enjoy this ride. A Final Four followed by a 26-0 start? Pretty incredible stuff. I think Wichita State will be 34-0 when the Shockers start play as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And 35-0 after an opening-round win. Then it gets more dicey. But more fun, too.

 

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