By John Helsley
Folks, I enjoy my job. Enjoy what I do. Consider myself blessed to be paid to go to games.
And yet, a lot of days/nights, because I’ve spent a lot of days and nights going to games, the thrill is gone.
Bad games. Bad opponents. Uninspiring performances. Travel. Weather. Long drives home in the wee hours.
Yeah, I know it sounds like whining. Probably is. And when I start feeling sorry for myself, I remind myself that I once was an accountant (no offense, bean counters, it just wasn’t for me).
Well, I want you to know, Saturday at Kansas State was FUN.
Great opponent. Great atmosphere. Great drama.
As I wrote in the paper, everything seemed to be stacked against the Cowboys.
Everything but one key factor: Guts.
The Cowboys showed a toughness against the Wildcats that should serve them well through the remainder of Big 12 play. They kept taking shots, from the loss of point guard Ray Penn to foul trouble and strong rallies from a really good K-State team.
And the Pokes came through with some blows of their own.
A week ago in this space, I said I was souring on OSU’s chances to make the NCAA Tournament.
I stand corrected.
These Cowboys — Saturday’s Cowboys — can win games. At home. On the road, in places like Columbia and Ames and College Station and who knows where else, if they can win at Bramlage Coliseum.
Now, it’s never going to be easy. The Cowboys have limitations. But they also have maybe the Big 12′s most valuable player in James Anderson.
And if they also have toughness, they’ve got a chance.