Carpenter: Kansas fans should be happy with elite basketball program
- Oct. 3, 2012
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It’s a scene that’s been duplicated for years. Football season starts, Kansas isn’t any good, and rival fans recycle what I guess they consider to be a good old-fashioned zinger.
“It’s OK, it’s almost basketball season,” people say while pointing and laughing at the scoreboard or a Kansas fan with the “win or lose, we still booze” shirt still prevalent on Jayhawk Boulevard.
I’m just wondering why that’s considered an insult from our friends at Kansas State or Missouri.
I guess it’s all a matter of opinion, but does being average instead of awful really do much for a school or fan base?
What advantages does Wisconsin’s 28th all-time ranked basketball team have over Pittsburgh’s team, ranked 60th in the same ESPN rankings?
What about Iowa football, which is ranked 25th in the all-time AP rankings over Oklahoma State, which is 51st on the same list?
There aren’t any major advantages, because in college football and basketball, you have a group of a dozen or so elite programs and then everyone else.
The only school who could claim elite all-time status in both sports is probably Ohio State.
And Kansas fans are supposed to be embarrassed that they aren’t on par with the Buckeyes?
Don’t run from your one-program dominance.
Embrace it. For a lot of schools across the country, they’re stuck hoping for one of their sports to escape the prison of average for a season or two while only dreaming they had a top-five football or basketball program to follow.
This probably reads like one of those columns that rivals love to point to while making those clever taunts. I don’t care, and neither should you. Late Night in the Phog is eight days away, and Kansas basketball is a top-10 team once again.
Bill Self just signed a contract extension that will likely keep him on the sidelines for another decade. He’ll bring another national championship and a few more Final Four banners to the Fieldhouse in that span while rival programs hope to accomplish a tenth of what Self has already accomplished at Kansas.
As for Kansas football, Charlie Weis may turn things around in a few years and guide Kansas to a few middling bowls before his contract is up. History tells us he won’t, though.
And so what?
It’s OK for fans to hope for better while expecting the same. Last time I checked, fans don’t have a say in the outcome of games. If they did, I’d be writing this column from Vegas.
So when you hear those taunts from K-State fans as the Wildcats score another touchdown on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, take it as a compliment. They know you’re going to experience this winter what they only hope to experience in their lifetimes.