Bruce's Blog - January 8

(WICHITA, Kan.)

For What it's Worth on January 7th -- ...Not much for Notre Dame, which was hopelessly outclassed against Alabama in the BCS Championship game. It’s too bad the Oregon wasn’t on call for the second half. I blame Navy, Stanford and Pittsburgh-- all of which had legitimate shots to beat the Irish during the regular season and thus spare us from last night’s carnage. The ending of the college football season continues to be the most unsatisfying thing in all of competition. Please, name me any other sport where the regular season is so much better than its post. I appreciate the tradition of the bowl system and hope that it can be incorporated into the playoff scheduled to start in 2014. But college football is forgettable after December 1st. There were 35 bowl games this season; I bet you can’t name five decent games—heck, three.

Speaking of which---

Kansas State has lost its last five bowl games dating back to the 2002 Holiday Bowl. I’m not sure what that means. Stanford’s bowl win in the Rose was its first since 1972; Northwestern hadn’t won a bowl game since the 40’s. Oregon was a particularly tough matchup for the Wildcats in terms of speed. Interestingly, it was tougher for ‘Cats offense to deal with it than it was their defense. Having said that, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if KSU had made the field goal to go into half down 15-13, with the ball to start the second. Instead, K-State misses—Oregon goes 80 yards in a minute and the ‘Cats essentially go three and out in their first three possessions of the third quarter. Looking to next year, most of the changes come on the defensive side—although you are replacing a quarterback. Daniel Sams is a compelling talent, but Junior College All-American Jake Waters didn’t choose K-State over Penn State to sit. Picked sixth this year…I can see the ‘Cats tabbed in about the same spot for 2013. Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas all have a lot back and Oklahoma is talented—although Mike Stoops has a lot of work to do with his defense.

Cotton Bowl is the early favorite---

Dallas is the likely sight for the first playoff decided National Championship in 2014. It appears as if the Rose and Sugar Bowls would host the first ever national semi-finals and that’s good with me. I’ve been to all of the BCS venues save the Sugar Bowl and it’s a non-BCS game which is best run. The Cotton Bowl at “Jerry World” is the best bowl experience I’ve ever had.

Reid to the rescue---

I’m not a Chiefs fan, but I became closer to being one with the news that Andy Reid was becoming their next coach. I know that Reid had diminishing returns his last couple of seasons in Philadelphia, but he’s a proven winner (130-93-1 in 14 years). After enduring the loss of a son just before the beginning of last season—Reid clearly needed a change of scenery and the Chiefs are fortunate Kansas City looked good to him. Beyond the actual hiring of Reid, the best thing is team owner Clark Hunt actually being able to make the move. There was a lot of concern that Hunt, like his father Lamar—was going to be loyal to a fault with General Manager Scott Pioli. But Hunt showed no hesitation in making the changes necessary for Chiefs fans to believe that he truly wants to bring back a winner to KC. It’s a very intriguing move, especially as it relates to quarterback where Reid has always been a good developer. Of course, that’s just one area in many that will keep the new coach up at night.

Wednesday---

We look forward to the Shockers matchup with Southern Illinois. Thanks for stopping by.

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