The big game is coming, and this time…. the Sunflower Showdown is truly meaningful, and home grown. The number of native Kansans, or former Kansas Junior College players who will play key roles in Saturday’s contest is large.
For starters… how about K-U’s “Thunder and Lightning” as well as K-State's “the people’s champ” and “five thousand Watts”.
That’s the Jayhwks starting backfield of Brandon McAnderson and Jake Sharp with K-State’s Jordy Nelson and Marcus Watts. Of course, K-State’s legion of former walk-ons turned stars is inspiration for every player in this state who ever had a dream, and K-U has utilized plenty of local talent as well. In fact, I think the game will be a showcase for the ever growing numbers of talented players to come out of this state’s high school programs. Long maligned for not having as much to choose from as elsewhere, Kansas is undefeated --- and the Wildcats just showed five star recruit hotbed Texas --- again --- that it’s not the size of the Cat in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the Cat.
K-U’s eye-popping numbers, and K-State’s charge into the national rankings have made the Governor’s Cup a coveted prize to win.... not just something to make somebody's season.
It’s good to know that the proud winner will have home grown talent on their side. What does it all mean? That this rivalry will be played with as much emotion as you can imagine ---- just like it should be.
That’s “On the Mark”.
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