WEEKEND RECAP Don’t try to make me do a recap, ‘cause I’ll say, “No, No, No.”
Who cares what happened Saturday? We have history in the making Wednesday night in Manhattan, KS.
Remember that football game that had been scheduled to be played in Lawrence on November 24? The one between No. 2 Kansas and No. 4 Mizzou? The game that would have been the biggest sporting event ever played in the State of Kansas?
With Lew Perkins’ sale of that game to the State of Missouri, some other game retains that title: No. 1 ranked KU vs. No. 2 Mizzou in basketball in 1990, perhaps. The KU/OU football game in ’68 maybe. Or even, possibly, k-state vs. Nebraska in ’98, a game that put k-state within shouting distance of a berth in the BCS title game.
Those games move to the backseat Wednesday night.
The Top Ten reasons this game has it all:
1. Two arch-rivals; 2. From the Sunflower State—no interlopers from the east or the north on this night; 3. The only two teams still undefeated in Big 12 play; 4. The top Two Teams in the REAL Standings; 5. The best team in the country; 6. The team with arguably the best player in the country and likely No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft; 7. A Home team that has never beaten its arch-rival on its Home court; 8. A Home team that has not beaten its arch-rival in its home town in the life-time of any player on either team; 9. A REAL frustrated Home team fan base (see 7 and 8); and, the piece de resistance, 10. The arguably best player in the country guaranteeing a victory for the Home team.
It doesn’t get any bigger than this for raw emotion. By approximately 9:00p.m. Wednesday night, either k-state fans will have their most exhilarating sports moment in a quarter of a century, or KU fans will have their best laugh since—well--since October 6.
Well, okay. If you insist, here is the Weekend Recap: OU +1 (BU -1); A&M +1 (OSU -1); Mizzou +.5 (CU -.5). No other movement in the RSP.
As for Baylor, their week that was brings to mind the words of George C. Scott as Gen. George S. Patton:
For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph — a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.
REAL STANDINGS: 1/27/08
KU (5-0) Projected L’s: at ksu, at UT Losable games: at OSU, at A&M
k-state (4-0) Projected L’s: at BU, at KU Losable games: at MU, at TT, at NU
Baylor (4-1) Projected L’s: at UT, at KU Losable games: at OSU, at OU, at TT
UT (3-1) Projected L: at BU, at ksu Losable games: at A&M, at OU, at TT
Mizzou (2-3) Projected L’s: at KU, at NU, at ksu, at BU, at OU Losable games: ksu
A&M (2-3) Projected L: at MU, at UT, at OU, at BU Losable games: UT, at ISU, KU
OU (2-2) Projected L’s: at A&M, at TT, at UT, at NU, at OSU Losable games: UT, at CU, BU
Tech (2-3) Projected L’s: at BU, at NU, at A&M, at KU Losable games: ksu, at CU, UT, BU
NU (0-4) Projected L’s: at MU, at ksu, at A&M, at OSU, at UT Losable games: at ISU, ksu
OSU (1-4) Projected L’s: at OU, at TT, at ksu, at A&M, at MU, at UT Losable games: Baylor, KU
ISU (2-3) Projected L’s: at NU, UT, at OU, at TT, KU, at CU, at MU, ksu Losable games: A&M, NU
CU (1-4) Projected L’s: at ISU, KU, at OSU, at KU, at MU, BU, at ksu, at NU Losable games: OU, TT
FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
Big XII Weekday Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) on a 1-4 star scale:
1. Okie St at OU (8:00p.m.)**
Okie St is going nowhere fast. With Blake Griffin back in the lineup, this should not be much of a game on Norman. The only thing this game has going for it is its name: the Bedlam Series. Maybe OSU will play over its head for 40 minutes and make this one interesting. But that’s not the way to bet.
Projected W: OU
2. Colorado at Iowa St (7:00p.m.)*
The worst game of the Big 12 season. Except for Iowa St at Colorado.
Projected W: ISU
3. KU at k-state (7:00p.m.)*****
Somewhere there is an old man, clad in purple, on his knees praying that k-state will beat KU in Manhattan in his lifetime.
Somewhere else, a young boy.
A game for the ages.
A game for all ages.
Twenty-five is a good age.
Projected W: k-state
4. Nebraska at Mizzou (7:00p.m.)**
Poor Nebraska. Survive this game, and they get ISU at Home Saturday.
Projected W: Mizzou
5. Texas at A&M (8:00p.m.)****
A&M’s chance for redemption. UT’s chance to stay relevant.
Projected W: None