Monthly Archives: November 2014

Bad times

Sorry I haven’t posted since Monday afternoon from Morse-McCarthy Chevrolet. But other than Tuesday night, when I covered the football game at Victoria and the elections went the way I hoped, it’s been pretty bad since.

I should have stayed away from Buffalo Wild Wings Monday. Would have saved gas. May have been able to get some work done. Instead, I went up there and stayed for less than two hours, the shortest visit I’ve made there in a very, very, very long time. I was going to stay through at least 8 p.m., when Buzztime’s The Pulse, the sports trivia game played every Monday evening from 7-8, is on, but I did not like what was coming my way. None of my favorites were working that night, and even worse, the crew in the bar was nobody I really cared for. As for the dining room, I could not plug in my computer, and besides, other than Raymie, there was nobody there I really wanted to see, either. I deicded it was best I get the hell back to the other side of town.

Of course, it rained all the way back to Overland Park, and it was raining pretty good by time I got back to the hotel. I got takeaway from the Outback near Oak Park Mall and ate most of it when I got back to the room. I was in no mood to work, however, and I slept through most of the Colts-Giants game.

It set me back Tuesday, and I had to stay until 2 p.m. to get everything done. Fortunately, the football game in Victoria wasn’t until 7, and I got to the school just before 6, enough time to use the restroom well before the game.

The game was better than I expected. Hoxie had only 13 players dressed, but it scored on a six-minute drive to open the game, then tallied again on the first play of the second quarter to increase its lead to 12-0. Victoria woke up and scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 20-12 halftime lead, only to give it up when the Indians scored midway through the third quarter.

The Knights’ superior depth finally wore Hoxie down, and Victoria pulled away to win 34-20. Next up for the Knights is a trip to MInneola Saturday at 5 p.m. I’m not happy with the late kickoff, because it means I’ll get no good pictures. Why can’t they start at 3 p.m.?

When I got home, I was scared to turn on the election results. I was afraid Sen. Pat Roberts would lose to the lying “independent” Greg Orman, who wasn’t man enough to admit he is nothing more than a left-wing Democrat who supports Obama’s agenda and would fall in line with whatever Harry Reid told him if elected. I was more scared Gov. Sam Brownback would lose to far left state Rep. Paul Davis, who never laid out a single policy of his own, but instead attacked Brownback with every chance he got.

Thankfully, the GOP turned out their voters across Kansas, and Roberts and Brownback both were re-elected, as were all four members of the Kansas U.S. House delegation, all of whom are Republicans as well..

That’s been the bright spot. I hardly went anywhere Wednesday and Thursday. I have a football playoff game tomorrow at Phillipsburg, and then it’s back south and west Saturday.

Darkness arrives, I haven’t departed

Typical Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings. Nothing really special to report. Morgan Tomec has done wonderful serving me.

I heard from Lisa today on Facebook. She’s been really busy with her new job, and of course, wanted to hear all about what I was doing.

I saw something I hope never to see again. As I was exiting the restroom, a man was using the urinal and drinking his beer at the same time. Wow.

The Broncos are losing 27-7 to the Patriots. There’s a guy with a faux Tom Brady jersey enjoying it, while a couple in a booth to my right is cringing. They’re not hiding the fact they’re Broncos fans. Oops, make that 27-14 because Payton Manning just threw a TD pass to Julius Thomas.

It’s going to be dark in about an hour, thanks to the time change. I’m still here because Liz came in at 5. I’ve already cashed out, and I doubt I’m going to order any more food here. I’ve got some candy back at the hotel, and besides, I’ve got to get stuff done early so I can get my car worked on tomorrow at 11.

Sunday rambling

I did go to Buffalo Wild Wings yesterday, and it turns out I was missed.

Brittany was behind the bar when I got there. I didn’t sit up there at first, but I finally made my way over there. It turns out there was a man who was playing trivia like me, and we chatted throughout. Brittany’s fiancee, Zach, showed up, and we went back and forth about college football and the Royals.

I moved into the dining room when Liz showed up. For some reason, I was not fully into it, but I stayed long enough to play Buzztime’s music trivia game from 7 to 8. I left at 8:30 and went back to Overland Park.

It was quite a day in college football. The big news came from Oxford, where Auburn upended Ole Miss 35-31, handing the Rebels their second consecutive loss. Ole Miss led 24-14 in the third quarter, but the Tigers took the lead by the end of the period.

Ole Miss appeared on its way to the winning touchdown when a tragic play happened. The Rebels’ top receiver, Laquon Treadwell, was running unmolested towards the end zone, but he was caught at the 1-yard line. He was forced to fumble, which Auburn recovered, but even worse, Treadwell broke his right leg. It was gruesome to watch, ranking right up there with the broken legs suffered by Washington Redskins legends Charley Taylor in 1971 and Joe Theismann in 1985.

In the Big 12, TCU fell behind 13-0 at West Virginia, but rallied to a 31-30 victory. This sets up a huge matchup at Fort Worth this Saturday between the Horned Frogs and Kansas State, which is the only team still undefeated in the conference. The Wildcats have to be kicking themselves for losing at home to Auburn, a game in which K-State turned the ball over three times and missed three field goals. Had the Wildcats won, they would easily be in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings.

The clocks turned back to standard time this morning at 2 a.m. I’m not complaining. I don’t mind it getting dark just after 5 p.m. I don’t like daylight savings time. I don’t like the sun being out so late in the summer. I would rather it get dark earlier than stay dark longer in the morning.

Ended a day early

Four Kansas State High School Activities Association state volleyball tournaments resumed at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, I am still in room 1123 at the Overland Park Marriott, not ready to go out.

Smith Center was eliminated after pool play yesterday at the Class 2A state tournament by going 1-2. The Lady Red lost to Wabaunsee in three sets, beat Chase County in two, but could not overcome Central Plains, which prevailed 25-19, 25-18.

The Lady Red ended the season 34-8, the fifth time in the last six years they have won at least 30 matches. Coach Nick Linn has a 736-266 career record, a .735 winning percentage, in 28 seasons at Smith Center. Excellent.

Linn and former Smith Center football coach Roger Barta (1978-2012) hold the Kansas record for most combined wins between a volleyball and football coach. Barta, a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, was 323-68 in 35 seasons.

The Mid-Continent League will have to wait at least another year to produce a volleyball state champion. League champion TMP-Marian went 1-2 in the Class 4A-Division II state tournament at Salina. The Monarchs won their first match over Holcomb, but they lost to Baldwin and Royal Valley. TMP finished the year 23-16, and it returns every player except one, Kaylor Gottschalk. I would expect the Monarchs to come back and return to state, whether it be in 4A Division II or in 3A. TMP was the smallest of the 64 Class 4A schools, and could easily be back in 3A next year.

Strangely enough, this is the first time since 2009 the MCL doesn’t have a team in the final four of the Class 2A state tournament. Smith Center was there in 2011 (3rd) and 2013 (4th), Plainville in 2010 (4th) and Hill CIty in 2012 (3rd). The 2A tournament moved from Hays to Emporia in 2010 because Class 1A split into two divisions.

Northwest Kansas had two teams left playing in state volleyball tournaments, both in Class 1A. Logan was in the final four of the Division II tournament, which began at 10 a.m., and Hoxie is in the Division I semis, which get underway at 2 p.m. Both 1A tournaments are at Fort Hays State University’s Gross Memorial Coliseum.

It’s down to football for the fall. There are only three teams remaining for Main Street Media papers: Osborne, Phillipsburg and Victoria. The Bulldogs and Knights play their 8-man openers Tuesday, while the Panthers have to wait until Friday to host Sacred Heart.

This is the first time since 2009 the lights will be dark in Smith County at playoff time. Smith Center is not in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and Thunder Ridge is out for the first time since 2009 in the 8-man ranks. The Longhorns went 6-3, but two of those losses were to district foes Victoria and St. John’s/Tipton. Thunder RIdge’s other loss was to Osborne, last year’s 8-man Division I state champion.

Speaking of Osborne, the Bulldogs saw their 20-game winning streak end Thursday when they lost at Hanover. Osborne opens the playoffs at undefeated Peabody-Burns, which will be itching to avenge their loss at Osborne three years ago.

Victoria is favored in its first game vs. Hoxie. The Knights are also on the short list to win the Division II state championship when all is said and done.

Gotta decide if I’m going to Buffalo Wild Wings or not. The long drive makes me lean towards no, but it’s a nice day despite the low temperatures. Do I really want to sit here all day?