Get the Weak Stuff out of Here!

During my college years at K-State, the guys I hung out with were all former very good high school basketball players. The guys were from Lyons, Topeka, Dighton, Scott City, Parsons and Shawnee Mission South as I recall. That guy from SM South was recruited by every college in the state to come play basketball out of high school.

They were all forwards and post players who were just awesome basketball players and I was a bench warmer in high school. They would come get me and tell me they needed a guard to distribute the ball to them. So I would go with them, just because I loved to watch them, once they got the ball in their hands.

Now this was in the days before Bramlage Coliseum and before K-State had the new Recreation building (Chester Peters building). All we had was Ahearn Fieldhouse upper and lower gyms. Every basketball goal had a half court basketball game going on, every night of the week except on Wildcat game nights during basketball season. The only court and goals that were allowed to be full court was the main court floor in Ahearn where the Cats played.

To get some court time, you had to challenge the team who won the last game at that particular goal. That meant you sat and waited until it was your turn to play and challenge. You could go anywhere in the building, but all the goals had games going on and a challenger waiting to play.

My group of guys only wanted to play in one place in Ahearn and that was the main court floor where we could play full court. The only problem was the main court was ruled by the K-State football players. The football players, who played on center court, were also former very good high school basketball players. I don’t remember any team ever beating them, but we kept trying.

Being lazy college kids we always played a zone defense. The over aggressive football players always played man to man defense, which we used against them with back door plays.

One night I crossed half court quickly with the ball. My defender, who I had got a step or two on him, was just too my left and behind me a little. As we approached the top of the key, my teammates saw what had happened and they all four broke to the outside at once. Their defenders all followed, so I went right down the lane for what I thought would be an uncontested lay-up. About the time I released the ball, a defender, who was guarding the post player to my left, on the baseline ran back into the lane and jumped and blocked my shot just before it touched the backboard at about eleven feet off the ground.

The shot blocking defender and myself landed on our feet just to the right of the basket in the lane. The defender immediately put two hands to my chest and shoved me out of the lane and yelled at me, “Get the Weak Stuff out of Here!”

The moment that it happened, I was not angry, I was just amazed at how quickly he got to the spot, how high he jumped and I had a new appreciation of how athletic these K-State football players were. But also over the years I have thought about a Bible scripture that seems to fit the situation well.

Hebrews 4: 15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We are weak, but we must approach the throne of grace boldly.

Rankings September 19, 2017

What a weekend of football! When Nebraska and Missouri pulled out of the Big 12, every week since then, I hope they lose. I used to pull for each school, back when they were our brothers in league, when they played out of conference, but not any more.

Then KU and K-State were both defeated over the weekend and it was disappointing.

The KC Chiefs won, but I don’t follow pro football much anymore.

I like the local game of high school football our guys against your guys and lets see who has more talent or who has worked harder in the off season.

Now for the rankings this week, there was some movement. In class 6A, 5A, 4A D-I and 8-man D-II the ranking team is pretty sure who should be the number one team. In the other classifications there is not a clear cut unanimous choice of who should be number one. And you know what that makes it exciting.

So this week, my wish for high school football is, may every game be decided by less than a touchdown. Exciting football brings out the people and keeps the folks in the stands to the end of the game.

This weeks rankings can be found at this link.

Rankings September 12, 2017

The best weeks of football are when some teams from our state of Kansas get to compete against teams from other states or we have some outstanding matchups of in-state teams. We have both this week. These out of state games are going to be big news just before the games and immediately after. Everyone who follows football will want to know the score of these games this week. Let the Border War continue on the playing fields of high school football!

Shawnee Mission East vs Rockhurst, Missouri

Bishop Miege vs St. Thomas Aquinas

Garden Plain vs Kearney Catholic, Nebraska

Blue Valley vs Blue Valley North

Lees Summit West, Missouri vs Lawrence

North KC, Missouri vs Leavenworth

Olathe East vs Liberty, Missouri

Olathe North vs Blue Springs South, Missouri

Olathe Northwest vs Lees Summit North, Missouri

Olathe South vs Lees Summit, Missouri

Park Hill, Missouri vs Free State

Pittsburg vs Webb City, Missouri

Shawnee Mission Northwest vs Grandview, Missouri

Shawnee Mission West vs Blue Springs, Missouri

Winnetonka, Missouri vs Shawnee Mission South

Now for the Kansas Media Team Rankings this week click here.


Rankings September 5, 2017

My first thoughts on rankings for the start of this year is that I hope if your team falls behind at anytime this year that you play like UCLA did as they defeated Texas A&M. Trailing by 34 points late into the third quarter, the UCLA Bruins never gave up.

That is exactly what I would like to see out of every high school football team the entire season this year………..NEVER GIVE UP…. because you don’t know what will happen with that strange shaped ball we call a football during the next play.

The rankings are for fun or discussion or for cussing. Some coaches never want ranked until the end, thinking the bullseye has been put upon their backs. Well we have to put the bullseye on some team, so the rest of you can take your best shot.

If you see any of the Kansas Media Ranking Team this week thank them for continuing to send in their rankings each week during the season and participating. We could not do it with out them.

Remember that the Super 10 is a total different ranking and we may have teams listed higher or lower than teams within their own classification.

Click here for this weeks rankings.

Pat’s Preseason Rankings

Pat Strathman at KSAL Salina and his preseason rankings with comments.

The Kansas Media Ranking team will begin their combined rankings next

week. The team is listed below.

New members of the Ranking team for 2017
Arne Green Salina Journal Salina

Long time Ranking team members
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca
Pat Strathman KSAL Salina
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Freelance Journalist Hutchinson
Bob Davidson Salina Journal Salina
Taylor Eldridge Wichita Eagle Wichita

Freddie Joe Steinmark

I have not even finished this book, but have decided to put in on here today. This is a great book about a great kid who only lived until he was 22 years old. He lived by Faith, Family and Football.


Why to Pray in Pregame

As a three sport athlete back in high school, I remember one of the local pastors or one of my teammates leading us in the Lords prayer or having a prayer said before every varsity football game I ever played in. What I don’t remember is ever saying a prayer before a basketball game or a track meet. Praying before a baseball game in the summer? Never did it. Football is different. The potential for injury is real. You cannot play the game of football without blood and bruises. That is the nature of the game, it is tough to play. That is why the game is not for everyone to play.

The pregame prayer was never about winning it was always about safety for the players on the field of play. Young men think they are invincible and it (the it being the big injury) is never going to happen to them. But sure as the sun comes up in the east, someone will never get to play the game again because of something that will happen during practice or in a game situation each and every year the game of football is played.

Old guys like coaches, parents and pastors know the big injury will happen to someone this year. That is why we should pray before each and every game. We should pray that our young men play the game as hard as they possibly can, but that they go major injury free.

Several years ago I was broadcasting a local high school football game on the radio and my radio partner could not be there until about half-time, so I asked the pastor who had married my wife and me if he would come and talk on the radio for the first half of the game. This pastor was a great fan of sports and especially of football. Early in our time during the broadcast he mentioned he had a grandson that had been playing football that year in another town, but had been injured during the first game of the year and was no longer able to play.

So I asked the pastor what happened to his grandson. The pastor said his grandson was returning the kickoff at the start of the game and severely broke a leg in several places and since this was his senior year he would never play the game of football again.

I asked the pastor if this injury to his grandson had changed his mind about the game of football and would he advise young men to no longer play the game anymore. The pastor said no he would still advise young men to play the game and injuries are part of the game, it was just unfortunate that his grandson was a senior and would never again get to play the game he loved.

There is much we can learn during our time playing football. Discipline, how to become a teammate, learning about how to work hard, sacrifice, honor, to lose, to win, to love, to be focused and on and on and on. We can also learn to pray and why to pray.

So let us celebrate our faith during the game of football. Send me your pictures where you capture your team or individuals praying. There will also be other pictures where great respect will be shown during other times of the game, send those also.

If you know where other great sermons about sports and or football are on the world wide web send me the link to the sermon and we can share the link with all the other football fans of Kansas and the other states that come to this website.

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The late days of August, the heat of summer and football practice means thirsty players. A long time ago, in what seems like another dimension, football coaches would only let us have so many water breaks. We had a single solitary garden hose attached to an outside faucet to get drinks of water. This was in the days before sports drinks were available for purchase. Nobody had even heard the term sports drink.

One hot afternoon at practice, the trainers mixed up this concoction in a 30 gallon galvanized trash can. (The trainers told us after practice what they put in the trash can.) A full box of lemon-lime Kool-aid, a large sack of sugar, several pounds of salt, several bags of ice and they filled the can with water from that garden hose and then stirred it with a wooden stick that looked like a broom handle.

We saw the trainers doing this as we practiced. Everyone was looking over and watching them wondering, “What are they doing?” We also wondered, what was coach up to, because he was always coming up with something new to try on us.

When water break time came the senior linemen were always the first guys in line. The trainers were handing out paper cups and telling everyone to get one cupful and then to step back to let someone else step up for a cupful. Well those senior linemen dipped one cupful and drank it and dipped in for another. All of a sudden it was a drinking frenzy. The guys loved the taste and were just going crazy trying to get more with different players crowding in to get their first cupful.

By the time the sophomores got to the trash can it was close to being empty. There was also grass clippings and dirt in the drink. We were so thirsty we didn’t care what was in it because it was wet and we wanted some. I dipped my cup in and drank it and never had I tasted anything so good in my entire life, up to that moment, on a blazing hot day in the summer.

Man was created by God for God. But all of us at times choose to live our lives independently of God. We choose to fill our cup with everything possible except God. So we continue to be thirsty and unsatisfied with everything on this earth.

Jesus said in John 4:14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 4:4-26