Time for a bit of our personal world. Last night our Kansas State Wildcats beat Xavier in a double overtime Sweet Sixteen game in the NCAA tournament. Unless you're a fan of college basketball, that probably doesn't mean a whole lot to you. But for the K-State fans and other college basketball fans around the USA, it was a terrific win.
The two teams were well-matched. The game was tough, physical, and exhausting. By the end of two overtimes, the players were sapped both physically and mentally. But they're young and recover so much faster than so many of us do nowdays.
Our coach, Frank Martin, was named Big 12 Coach of the Year, and these stellar wins only prove it was a well-deserved award. This is his first head coaching job at the college level, and he's doing a spectacular job with a group of young men who have committed themselves to his program and way of thinking. I am so proud of each and every one of them.
When you're a winner, the media loves you. The papers, TV and radio are filled with stories about our K-State team, its players and coaches. But come up with that one tournament-ending loss, and you're out of the limelight in a hurry. We hope that's not going to happen, but it's one game at a time in a major tournament like this.
One thing is for sure. The Wildcat team knows its thousands of fans are behind them, cheering them on from the sidelines, homes far and wide, sports bars and anywhere a TV might be found.
May they play at the top of their game on Saturday when they meet Butler University in the Elite Eight. Ken and I will be watching at home, hearts beating doubletime. Go Cats!