The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.
Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.
Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.
These are slogans for things I don’t drink, eat or use, yet I can never forget them.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for a catchy slogan.
Which is why for the first time, I can say that I’m a fan of K-State football. Yep, new coach Chris Klieman’s “Win the dang day” got me on board in what will be my 10th football season in town.
Not the team reaching No. 1 in the rankings. Not Bill Snyder’s 200th win. Not even the delightful annual beatdowns of KU.
Who knew four words would be all it took for me? I’m sure others have different words that you like to remember when you think about K-State.
“Family” and/or “EMAW” work for a lot of you, but I didn’t grow up in Manhattan nor did I go to K-State, so it doesn’t go very far with me.
Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of Snyder’s 16 goals. Main reason: Too many goals. I could never remember them all, but I can remember four simple words.
Will Chris Klieman match up to the legacy of Bill Snyder? We have no way of knowing that right now.
What I do know is that I’m all in on this era of K-State football.
Let me be clear. I’ve never rooted against K-State unless the team is playing Mizzou, which is my alma mater; or Texas, the best university from my home country. (Note: Texas is the greatest country in the world.)
I’ve been to plenty of games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. I cheered for them, but never from the depths of my soul. I’ve come close to declaring some level of fandom in the past, but ultimately I’ve never felt a strong connection to the team.
Then, one magical day, Klieman descended from North Dakota and spoke into our collective ears to deliver a simple message.
Now I’m here because obviously the best time to hop on any team’s bandwagon is after a legendary coach retires.
Former education reporter Emily Porter gifted me a wood plaque that sits on my desk that reads “#winthedangday.” And recently I gifted myself a K-State shirt — my first one — that reads “Win the dang day.”
I’ll be the first to admit that this relationship is purely superficial right now.
I’ve gathered a lot of information about the team from our wonderful sports page. However, I have no clue about K-State’s prospects for the season and beyond. I probably can’t name very many players, but I’m willing to learn.
Some people might call me a sheep for falling for a slogan this deeply. Well, all I have to say to those people is baa baa baa baa. (Translation: Win the dang day).
Plus, I think we can admit that we all love a good slogan.
If Nike didn’t tell us to “Just do it,” would anything get done? No.
If Kay Jewelers didn’t tell us “Every kiss begins with Kay,” would any of us know how to spell kiss? No, especially me.
And if K-State football didn’t tell you to “Win the dang day,” would any days be won? I think you know the answer.