Brew: Students want bragging rights without wins
- Sep. 3, 2013
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As we all know, the most important time of year is upon us: college football season. While many in Lawrence look forward to October and the start of basketball, we have the start of a new football season on our hands and it’s full of promise.
Last weekend, the Jayhawk nation took notice of our purple in-state rival’s surprising loss to North Dakota State — in their shiny new stadium, no less (if you didn’t hear about this, I assume you’re enjoying life under a giant rock). If you didn’t catch the game, you probably saw an influx of gloating tweets and defamatory Facebook quips from smug Kansas fans.
While there’s nothing wrong with reveling in Kansas State’s loss, Kansas fans might be talking out of turn. Before we take to social media with snide remarks, we have a couple questions to answer: Will our team win some games this year? How can the student body help our chances (and, in doing so, gain the rights to trash talk)?
Coach Charlie Weis has done a lot to improve the Kansas football team after going 1-11 last season. According to ESPN.com, Weis and the Kansas coaching staff recruited 26 players this year. While some will redshirt, many will start playing this season — especially the 18 recruits who transferred from junior colleges and could have an immediate impact on our success.
While no team is safe from a bad loss, the Kansas football team is in a completely different situation. This team is completely unproven. We have the potential to shine past our projected 4-8, (according to the Kansas City Star), but we could also do much worse. It doesn’t bode well to talk smack on a team that has out performed us in the past several years. It would be very surprising if K-State didn’t come back from this loss and have a good season.
In short, the karmic forces of college football are too unforgiving for us to mock other teams while we have yet to play.
While only time will tell how Kansas performs this season, the concern for students showing up to the games is still present. After three straight less than favorable seasons, it can be difficult for the students to care about attending the games. It’s not hard to notice the crowds tailgating outside the stadium compared to the feeble numbers in the stands. It doesn’t take a football veteran to understand that the home game atmosphere can affect the outcome of those games.
If the student body really wants football bragging rights over K-State, it’s time to start showing up to games, supporting the team and making enough noise for every Wildcat in Manhattan to hear.
If we want to earn the right to trash talk, the Kansas student body should pack the stands, and cheer its team to victory this Saturday. And hey, we might just get a W in the books, too.