Bringin’ It Back

Spring time is here! To the standard Kansas college student this time of year is perfection. Babes laying out in bikini’s, grilling steaks with the boys, perfect weather…sometimes, and last but not least, the Spring Game. Of course, every college has a spring game showing off the new players, plays, offenses, and defenses. To be honest, Kansas State University’s Spring Games is a JOKE. The attendance is low, the excitement is lower, and Bill Snyder is flat boring.

As far as I’m concerned I could care less about the spring game, a.k.a. snooze fest. It’s time for something new, time for something different, and time for some excitement to revolve around this time of year. My question as a student and a KSU Athletics fan is what can we do to make the spring game something to look forward to? Schools like Alabama and Arkansas nearly fill their stadiums for the Spring Game every year. How do they do it?

I know there isn’t much we can do to make the Spring Game more exciting, thank you Bill Snyder, but I believe  there is a way to get the fans more involved. Bill Snyder Family Stadium holds nearly fifty thousands fans, while about three thousand attend the Spring Game. Talk about empty seats and crickets chirping…

Memorial Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, seats three thousand  fans comfortably and four thousand if they try pretty hard to cram people in. This was the site of all KSU football games several years ago and now the site of KSU rugby games, thrilling. Why don’t we play the game here?

Here are some reasons why we should hold the game here:

  • Stadium would fill every time
  • Students and fans would be closer to the players
  • We would be showing off our new alumni center
  • Walking distance from all on and off campus housing (unlike BSFS)
  • Parking surrounding stadium
  • Locker rooms in Natatorium fifty feet off the field

To me it seems like there is no reason not to try it. Tradition is something that makes teams who they are. Not only would this be something to look forward to, but it may actually draw the alumni in to their old turf. If I was A.D. I know I’d make it happen, but I’m not so I guess I can just voice my opinion.

Cheers,

Alex Carney

Kansas State University student of the School of Business Administration. Contact me on Twitter, @Carney316, or email me at ks.wordpress@yahoo.com. I would love to hear what you think.

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A Tradition Unlike Any Other

August, Georgia is famous for a few things such as Pimento cheese sandwiches, great southern hospitality, and a golf course that is on every golfers bucket list to play, AUGUSTA NATIONAL!!! Fortunately, I was able to go for wednesday’s practice round last week, I nearly fainted when I found out I was going. It was not only the opportunity of a lifetime but an experience unlike any other. Contrary to my fellow bloggers belief (Dylan!), golf is a sport that displays the beauty of landscapes across the country on the PGA Tour. Augusta National Golf Club is the landscape the golf course architects dream of. Not a single misplaced bunker, creek, or even flower on the property displays stunning beauty and unmatchable serenity.

Well all of that was besides the point. The Masters is a major that everyone dreams of winning, including us “average joe’s”. This seems to be the century of the young guns. The ultimate example may be the Thursday/Friday pairing of twenty year old Rickie Fowler, twenty-one year old Rory McIlroy, and twenty-two year old Jason Day. Two of the three finishing in the top 20 while all three were in contention through three rounds. This makes us ask, what generation has the upper hand? The experienced or the athletic?

Rory McIlroy was competing in his third Masters this year and held the lead from start till….not quite the finish. You may recall last year when Rory set a record at the Old Course at St. Andrews at the British Open, shooting a crazy sixty-three and following with an eighty. A stunning change of pace you may say. Well, this year the nerves set in a few rounds later. Rory held the lead till the final day were he dropped another eighty. As a true fan I would love to see one of our young kids win the Green Jacket, at the other end of the spectrum how sweet would it be to see Freddy Couples win or another old timer. Being a fan of golf is easy right now. From the amount of times I heard the name Tiger last week, I can still assume people are on his bandwagon. Even if you are not a Tiger fan, there are plenty of stars to follow. The young generation introduces a new name monthly it seems and the older generations continue to snap back to the top right when you think their gone.

Could it be any more perfect? My list of favorites has grown increasingly as the years go by. It’s fun to watch this game when more people can contend, and honestly who likes to see Tiger run away with victories by ten?? I’m kidding, of course, I can’t wait to see that happen again soon! Who do you like? Who motivates you? What generation will you cling to?  Who deserves a Green Jacket?

Peace, love and green jackets,

Alex Carney