Thoughts from the past week or so outside of remembering what god-awful Kansas City Royals baseball feels like …
– Jordan Willis was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday, and the Kansas State Wildcats extended their streak to 24 straight years of having a player selected.
– That’s the good news.
– Third in K-State history with 26 sacks, Willis was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.
– That part … well …
– You hope for the best, but there are some teams out there that just make you cringe when you hear them draft guys you like.
– In any case, here’s to the Kansas City, Missouri, native surviving Cincy and having a productive pro career.
– This year’s K-State spring game had a different feel to it, and I don’t know if it’s good or bad.
– Pregame hype, game day news, and postgame discussion all seemed to be left wanting for more.
– It’s a chicken/egg thing, I suppose. Did most media not cover it the same because outlets felt like fans don’t prioritize it like they did in the past (attendance)? Or, did most media limit their coverage because they internally don’t feel it is worth the effort, and the lack of coverage led to limited talking points and discussion for fans?
– Regardless, did anyone notice the same thing? If you did, do you care?
– Personally, though I felt it was lacking some, I’ve never felt the spring game mattered much unless you were Nebraska or Oklahoma, so it doesn’t bother me one way or the other.
– Jesse Ertz is going to be the K-State starting quarterback, and for good reason.
– Neither Skylar Thompson nor Alex Delton showed enough for me to think it would benefit K-State to have them in the first-string conversation at this point.
– And, that’s okay.
– I’m pretty okay with the Kansas City Chiefs taking Pat Mahomes in the manner they did.
– It’s hard to get mad at a team’s decision to use extra picks to move up and get the guy it really wants. As for analysis …
– I’ll go the Bill Snyder route and have you check back in with me in three years or so. I mean, it’s such a crapshoot how someone will respond to being asked to be the future face of a franchise. Who knows?
– So … the Royals — ah, I held out on this as long as I could in this column.
– Lineups with Mike Moustakas leading off. Young guys getting goat-ed and sent down because the supposed stars aren’t producing (Raul Mondesi). No sense of roles in the bullpen. Pointing at things like playing at home versus on the road as if that is the real issue (Eric Hosmer).
– It’s all seems so anti-Royals, at least based from the past three seasons.
– It reeks of panic.
– It makes me wonder if Royals management badly misjudged who was responsible for the winning attitude and culture in the clubhouse.
– Let’s end on a winning note.
– Kansas State Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Mittie was named 2017 Coach of the Year by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
– Kansas State concluded the 2016-17 season with 23 wins, the most since the 2008-09 season, and Mittie became the first KSU WBB coach to make the NCAA Tournament in two of their first three seasons.