KSU teams, players have gotten some great publicity

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I was amused that Jon Ungerer wrote that the friendliness of KSU and Manhattan fans is just not as big a story as thousands of KSU students chanting the “F-bomb” on national TV. He’s right. It’s not. And will probably never be. Get over it, Jon.

A more incredible statement he made was that, “... as is typical of the media, they don’t look for the nice feel-good stories because those stories don’t sell newspapers or get listeners.”

Really Jon? Lets recount some of the big KSU sports stories in the John Currie era. 

1)  KSU was praised last year by the national media for defeating the Big Ten’s Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

2)  Collin Klein was one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy for the 2012 season. 

3)  Klein also made the cover of Sports Illustrated and was the subject of a lengthy, positive story inside it.

4)  The Wildcats were one of a rare few in teams ever to win conference championships in baseball, basketball (co-champs) and football in the same year. 

5)  Previously KSU was one of only a handful of major colleges to send its men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, football and volleyball teams to postseason play — in consec-utive years.

6)  KSU second baseman Ross Kivett this year has been named to four pre-season all-American teams.

7)  Last year he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians but elected to stay at KSU to help the team get to Omaha for the College World Series. First baseman Shane Conlin was drafted by the Kansas City Royals but also elected to stay at KSU to help lead the team. How bad can that be?

8)  Fox Sports One, after the K-State-KU basketball game, defended KSU fans for rushing the court. Rushing the court is now considered childish by most major college sports programs but the channel deemed it OK for KSU because the victory was only the fourth in more than 50 tries against KU.

9) Despite hard economic times, KSU raised $90 million to build that magnificent West Center Stadium and provide improvements for the baseball, tennis and rowing teams.

10)  Did you ever hear a local, regional or national news media outlet use the words “Bill Snyder” without saying them with the utmost reverence?

Hey, Jon, did this information not make it to Marysville, or were you too busy looking for bad news? 

In regard to the “F-bomb” that you say the media are so quick to report about, do you realize that that word is so vile and repulsive the media aren’t even allowed to print it or speak it? But you defend a bunch of childish, immature “20-year-olds” who have a right to chant it at ball games on national television.

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