Musings at the mid-week:
— Not sure that we really need a selection show that drags on hours and hours regarding the College Football Playoff.
— What we could have used from analysts who kept saying hairs were being split was a voice for an eight-team playoff.
— But no, ESPN did not dare bash the setup it gets to promote.
— So, we had lengthy conjecture over the credentials of Alabama and Ohio State.
— Draw a bracket involving the Power-5 champions, two at-large picks and the best Group of Five team.
— Play the quarterfinal games in mid-December at the higher seed’s home field.
— Losers move on to a designated New Year’s Six bowl.
— Or, use all the New Year’s Six bowls as part of the six-game climb to the championship.
— Yeah, mid-December is not New Year’s.
— Still, it seems more fair than a four-team playoff.
— Now that Ohio State and the Big Ten was left out, maybe that conference will throw some weight toward expansion.
— Suppose the Cactus Bowl destination was as good as any for Kansas State.
— Except I doubt fans travel to Phoenix in great numbers for this one.
— K-State’s 7-5 record was a disappointment.
— Not so much the finish, with four wins in the last five games and the emergence of Skylar Thompson.
— Yet that trip to Nashville so many fans took part in to watch a dreadful loss to Vanderbilt was one that struck both a nerve and the wallet.
— Many differences exist in the games possessed by Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason.
— One was the consistency with which Mason could score points near his average.
— Especially when compared to Graham and the wild fluctuation in his scoring binges.
— The 35-point extremes, recorded in each of KU’s last two games, were no doubt impressive.
— If Graham goes cold, though, the contributions he provides passing, rebounding and defending must remain intact, and have through the early going.
— Just me, but I don’t see the upside in a Power-5 program scheduling a school hyphenated to Upstate.
— Talked to a couple of people last week who were irritable over what happened to John Currie at Tennessee.
— Neither of them was a Kansas State supporter willing to provide a plane.
— They were college administrators rankled by how a hiring process could go so bad from within.
— Considerable blame, however, falls on Currie.
— Sour relationships from his past probably caught up with him.
— The coaching fraternity tends to maintain bridges.
— After Kansas City toppled Denver in Arrowhead on Oct. 29, I was convinced the Chiefs would claim the AFC West. Wrote that too.
— The Chiefs have not won since.
— At this point, the only reason for believing the Chiefs can still emerge as the AFC West champion is their recent success against division rivals.
— Not sure that will influence anyone to buy tickets for the upcoming three-game homestand.
— Marcus Peters’ stunt late in Sunday’s loss was proof he truly disrespects the flag.
— Gotta admit, I stole that from a clever tweet somebody wrote.
— For a coach who desired control (remember the oddly-timed firing of John Dorsey), Andy Reid sure has little control of his team.
— Owner Clark Hunt would be wise to take ownership of the issues.
— Gotta admit, I don’t think I’ll miss the Russians at the Winter Olympics.
— The Winter Olympics are when? Where? What?
— It was good to see Roger Barta earlier this season at a Kansas State basketball doubleheader.
— Especially good to see the legendary Smith Center football coach become one of five inductees into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.
— Trisa Nickoley was another outstanding choice. Given a chance to run in high school, the Shawnee Heights great could win anywhere at any distance at any time.
— Anyone betting on Kansas adopting legalized sports wagering if the Supreme Court allows states to condone such activity?
— I know. Where can you make that bet?
— What is bet legally on sports in Vegas may not stay in Vegas (well, Nevada) exclusively. A ruling is expected in late June.
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