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Nov. 20.

First Woman to do Color Commentary in a Football Game

 

Be part of history, listen to the Wildcat World of Sports as we talk to our own Lindsay McNary about being the first woman to do color commentary in a football game for The Wildcat 91.9. Color commentary is post-play analysis, in which one talks about what happened in the previous play.

 

Aug. 12.

Wildcat Sports Report: Interview with Josh Vernier

Josh Vernier from 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City stopped by the The Wildcat Sports Report during the second segment of the show tonight.  Vernier is the Royals Reporter for the station and hosts both the station’s pre-game and post-game shows.

If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here by simply clicking on this link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/y3jht8mo0c2cdzc/Segment_2_081213.mp3

Aug. 01.

MLS All-Stars 1-3 AS Roma – MLS Stars dimmed in friendly

By: Steven Seib

Before the kickoff of Wednesday’s much anticipated MLS All-Star Game, the 21,175-strong crowd at Sporting Park turned their attention to the pre-game video on the stadium’s video boards.  As music blared throughout the stadium, the video proclaimed, “Rome wasn’t built in a day…But it can fall in 90 minutes.” A clever quip, but it was the visitors from Rome who would have the last laugh, defeating the MLS All-Stars by full-time a score of 3-1.

Roma, no doubt fueled by the hype surrounding the match, looked ready to play and controlled the ball from the opening whistle.  Just four minutes into the match the Italian side took advantage of the poor organization of the All-Stars’ back line. With Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler and Aurelian Collin keeping a high line for the MLS, Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi was able to slip a lovely through ball past Besler, finding Kevin Strootman who, despite a last-ditch effort from Collin, was able to slot his shot into the bottom right corner of the net to give Roma a 1-0 lead.

The All-Stars’ woes continued as the half progressed, struggling to keep up with the organized, methodical build up from the Romans.  Just three minutes on from the opening score, Roma’s Francesco Totti collected the ball on the left side of his own half before making a delightful pass across the field, finding Florenzi who had made a run behind MLS’ out of position left back Corey Ashe. Florenzi was able to dribble into the right side of the All-Star’s penalty area, one-on-one with goalkeeper Raul Fernandez before squandering the chance, pulling a shot left across the face of goal as it rolled across the endline for a goal kick.

With just 24 minutes elapsed, MLS manager Peter Vermes made a precautionary substitution, taking off Sporting’s Graham Zusi who suffered cramps early on in the match, and bringing on Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvesso.

Without the midfield presence of Zusi, the All-Stars continued to struggle against the composed Roma midfield and defense.  By the end of the first period, the MLS had failed to put a shot on target, with the away side creating two opportunities on goal, and controlling 54 percent of possession. 

Manager Peter Vermes made four substitutions at the break, hoping to reverse the first half trends, but as the second half started, it would be more of the same for the home side. 

Just two minutes into the final half, Roma’s wide, organized attack continued to give the All-Star defense fits.  Federico Balzaretti got the ball along the left touchline in the attacking third before looking up and firing a low, left-footed cross to a wide-open Florenzi who had again slipped past the out of position Ashe before tucking his shot low and hard into the left of the goal past a helpless Nick Rimando to give the Italians a 2-0 lead. 

In the 48th minute, the record-breaking crowd looking on at Sporting Park thought the MLS had found a response.  Thierry Henry found himself on the left side of the attacking third, dribbling past two Roma defenders before managing to hit a left-footed cross towards Chris Wondolowski, who narrowly missed getting his head to the ball under intense pressure from Roma’s Balzaretti.

MLS continued to press the issue, and in the 52nd minute, the first-half substitution Sanvesso was able to get past Roma centerback Mehdi Benatia, dribbling to the byline before sending in a dangerous near-post cross.  Roma’s defense was able to handle the effort, however, clearing the cross out for a corner, which amounted to nothing for the All-Stars.

The next opportunity would occur in the 67th minute as Landon Donovan, playing in his 13th consecutive All-Star game, took advantage of Roma’s Daniele De Rossi, dispossessing the midfielder just outside of the 18 yard box.  Cutting past the attempted tackle of Benatia, Donovan had an opportunity one-on-one with Morgan DeSanctis, but fired the shot right at the goalkeeper’s chest for an easy save.

Just moments later, a failed cross from Aurelian Collin fell to the feet of Mike McGee inside the penalty area, but McGee’s left footed full-volley was again right at DeSanctis. 

Sensing that the MLS were on the verge of breaking through, Roma immediately pushed forward, and in the 68th minute, a string of beautiful one-touch passes between Strootman and American Michael Bradley found Junior Tallo in front of the six-yard box where he was able to finish the chance despite a hard, sliding challenge from MLS’ Tony Beltran to extend the lead to 3-0. 

The MLS’ confidence a shambles by this point, they struggled to find opportunities as the Roman side continued to hold an edge on possession.  The All-Stars would finally find some consolation in the 90th minute, however.  A free kick surrendered in Roma’s defensive third allowed Camilo to hit a perfect ball in, finding the head of the 6-foot-5 Omar Gonzalez who snapped the ball into the bottom right corner to make the score 3-1.   It would be the last touch of the ball for the MLS, as referee Hilario Grajeda blew his whistle moments later to signal full time. 

Check out the post-game press conference of Manager Peter Vermes and All-Star Matt Besler here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/tu92bdkkco63t6c/VermesBesler_All-Star.mp3

Check out the post-game press conference of AS Roma Manager Rudi Garcia and AS Roma Midfielder Michael Bradley here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/0n716gsi4be8t8d/GarciaBradley_All-Star.mp3

Jul. 14.

Sporting KC 3, Toronto FC 0: Saad’s Big Night

By: Steven Seib and Eric Nehm

Soony Saad hadn’t been able to do it all season, but last night he was able to do it twice.

With a record-breaking crowd of 21,126 fans looking on at Sporting Park, Saad was able to deliver the first two goals of the match and his first two goals of the season in Sporting Kansas City’s 3-0 victory over Toronto FC.

“It’s definitely amazing.  It felt right especially hearing the crowd erupt,” said Saad after the game.  “We had a record-breaking crowd tonight and hats off to them they were fantastic from before the game to right now.”

From the opening kickoff, Sporting KC dominated the game.  The first 20 minutes of the game featured great possession from Sporting KC with multiple chances, including a Claudio Bieler shot in the 14th minute that required a nice save from Joseph Bendik, but ultimately there would be no goal.

Despite overwhelming possession, Sporting KC did look vulnerable to the counter-attack and Toronto took advantage in the 18th minute when Jeremy Brockie found himself alone to the right of the goal and tried to put one past Jimmy Nielsen.  Nielsen parried the first attempt away from the goal, but only to the feet of Brockie, whose second effort Nielsen secured.

With Sporting KC on the attack again in the 21st minute, defender Seth Sinovic brought the ball up the left wing and drew two defenders.  He then found Saad alone in the middle of the field.  Saad composed himself and took a powerful shot that found its way into the lower left corner of the net to give Sporting KC the first goal of the game.

“I was able to pull my run back and Seth slipped it in to me,” Saad said.  I took a touch and I just kept my head down and tried to hit it with my laces.  I made good contact and soon as I hit it, I knew it was goal bound.”

Though Kansas City continued to dominate possession, the rest of the first half remained relatively quiet with very few threatening chances from either side.

The second half started very similar to the way the first half ended with Sporting KC once again dominating possession and threatening the Toronto FC goal.

Then, in the 51st minute, Saad attacked from the left wing and passed to Graham Zusi open near the top of the box.  Zusi took a shot that was parried away by Bendik, but Saad, finishing his run, was right there for the rebound and his second goal of the game.

“We always talk about getting runners in the box,” said manager Peter Vermes.  “The more numbers we have there, the more opportunities falling back to us and we’ll get those goals.”

After a rough tackle on Saad in the 56th minute, Reggie Lambe of Toronto FC was sent off in the 56th minute with a red card.  For a team struggling to keep up with the attack of Sporting KC, playing with one less player on the field was the last thing Toronto FC needed.

Sporting KC didn’t waste much time before taking advantage of the extra room Lambe’s red card had afforded them.  In the 63rd minute, Saad once again attacked from the left wing and passed off to Kei Kamara, who deftly pushed the ball on to Benny Feilhaber in front of goal.  Feilhaber, with terrific awareness, gently tapped the ball off to Bieler, who tapped the ball into the back of an empty net.

“I think the third goal was one of the best combination play goals we’ve scored since I’ve been here,” Vermes said.  “We’ve been working on it for, I don’t know, five years to try to get there, but we finally did.”

Vermes’ joking in the press conference was indicative of the kind of game Sporting KC played last night.  From whistle to whistle, Sporting KC dominated.  At game’s end, Sporting KC had possessed the ball a staggering 67% of the game and outshot Toronto FC 24 to 4.

With the victory and Montreal’s loss to New York last night, Sporting KC took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.  They will look to remain in first place next Saturday when they go on the road to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium at 9 p.m. CDT.

Listen to the post-game comments of Soony Saad and manager Peter Vermes here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/x4qiu0ie4ano9qe/PostGame_071313.MP3

 

Apr. 30.

K-State Spring Review

Manhattan, KS– The 2012 K-State football season brought a heisman trophy finalist, and a second Big 12 conference title. With many starters are role players now graduated, Head Coach Bill Snyder will have one of his bigger rebuilding jobs. Saturday provided K-State fans first glimpse at the 2013 football team.

 

1.) Sams or Waters? The main question going into the spring game was who will be K-States new starting quarterback? That question remains unanswered, as expected. So. Daniel Sams showed his wheels, in addition to showing his improved passing ability. While JUCO transfer, Jake Waters displayed his hyped up passing ability, and showed speed on the ground. Both quarterbacks combined to complete 32 of 46 passes, throwing for 640 yards and seven touchdowns. Neither quarterback did much to separate himself from the other. But both made a strong case to be Collin Klein’s successor.

 

2.) Miller Making Strides- The same day Chris Harper was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the NFL draft, Senior Torell Miller put on a dazzling performance in the K-State spring game. Bill Snyders Cats return two of their top three players from a year ago, but neither Tramaine Thompson or Tyler Lockett can provide a true physical presence down the field. 6-2, 216 pound Miller can provide the physical downfield presence that Harper has provided for the past two years. Miller caught five passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

 

3.) Gronk Nation- Glenn Gronkowski also made an appearance. Replacing sixth round draft pick Braden Wilson as the starting fullback, the 6-3 Gronk looked like a very valid replacement to the four year starter Wilson. In addition to showcasing his blocking ability, Gronk caught a TD pass and converted a two point conversion.

 

4.) Andre McDonald Sighting- After a breakout sophomore season in the 2011 Cotton Bowl season, disciplinary reasons caused McDonalds playing time to decrease a year ago. Some had questioned whether or not he was still on the team. McDonald displayed the physicality that made him known among K-State faithful in the 2011 season. McDonald had an efficient eight catches for 80 yards, in addition to barreling over a handful of white team defenders.

 

5.) Defense Beginning to Take Form- K-State graduates nine of their eleven defensive started from the 2012 Big 12 Champion team. Tre Walker Ty Zimmerman are the only returning starters. Although not much can be taken away from the spring as far as defense is concerned, K-State fans did get to see a glimpse of what the 2013 defense will look like. The defense looked fairly strong against the run, but struggled at defending the pass, Snyder mentioned in the post game press conference.

In the end, it was a normal K-State spring game. The offense dazzled, the defense dominated, and many questions remain unanswered. There is still a long way to go, and more players to see before the 2013 football season gets underway. Only a certain amount can be learned from the intrasquad scrimmage. One this is for certain, the race to be K-States next quarterback is anything but decided.

Apr. 28.

Former Wildcats Picked up by NFL Teams

  • 2nd Round, Pick 24 (56th Overall), Arthur Brown to the Baltimore Ravens
  • 4th Round, Pick 26 (123rd Overall, Chris Harper to the Seattle Seahawks
  • 6th Round, Pick 36 (204th Overall), Braden Wilson to the Kansas City Chiefs
  • UDFA, Collin Klein to the Houston Texans
  • UDFA, Justin Tuggle to the Houston Texans
  • UDFA, Nigel Malone to the Indianapolis Colts
  • UDFA, Angelo Pease to the Green Bay Packers
  • UDFA, Travis Tannahill to the Cleveland Browns
  • UDFA, Ryan Doerr to the Denver Broncos
  • UDFA, Jarell Childs to the Oakland Raiders
  • UDFA, Anthony Cantele to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last Updated, 3:00PM, 4/29,13

Apr. 27.

K-State Spring Game First Half Notes

  • Waters starts with Purple squad, Sams with the 2nd string White squad
  • Dante Barnett, Ty Zimmerman, Dorian Roberts, and Randall Evans start in the secondary
  • Evans moves to nickel corner in nickel package, Kip Daily comes into Corner
  • Jonathan Truman and Blake Slaughter start at Linebacker
  • Waters looks strong in 1st quarter with the Purples, 7-9 for 104 yards and a TD
  • Waters 4 carries for 28 yards and read option TD
  • Sams extremely hindered by green jersey
  • Joins purple team in the 2nd quarter and looks strong
  • 10-15 for 222 yards and 2 TDS
  • 2 Carries 19 yards and a TD
  • QB Race still up in the air

Apr. 03.

Shane Southwell Talks NBA on Sports Talk

Mar. 09.

#13 OSU 76 #9 K-State 70, Initial Reaction

Stillwater, OK– K-States hopes of a conference championship now lie in the hands of the Baylor Bears. Oklahoma State ended the Cats hopes at an outright share of the Big 12 title with a 76-70 victory in Stillwater.

K-State trailed the Pokes 36-30  at halftime, and used a 20-5 run to take a 9 point lead midway through the second half. But through the efforts of Le’Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart, the Cowboys answered with a 12-2 run of their own to regain the lead over K-State.

Nash was solid all night scoring 24 points, and dominated down low for the majority of the game. K-State consistently gave up easy baskets to the Pokes, including Nash who was able to get a handful of easy dunks in the paint. Oklahoma State outscored K-State 36-24 in the paint.

K-State looked to be in control and on pace to their 1st Big 12 title, when McGruder buried a 3 in response to Marcus Smart alley oop which had cut the K-State lead to 5.

Nino williams, who scored 17 in the first meeting with the Cowboys, only managed 2 points in fifteen minutes on 1-4 shooting.

McGruder completed an old fashioned 3 point play with 4:45 to go, but K-State would not score from the field again until Spradling hit a three at the 20 second mark when the game was already out of reach.

Mar. 06.

#9 K-State Holds on Against TCU

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Angel Rodriguez had 21 points and 10 assists and Shane Southwell and Martavious Irving both added 15 points as No. 9 Kansas State beat TCU 79-68 on Tuesday night.

With the Senior Night victory, the Wildcats (25-5, 14-3 Big East) stayed tied with No. 4 Kansas for first place in the Big 12 with one regular season game to play.

Kansas State seniors Jordan Henriquez, Irving and Rodney McGruder extended their career win total to 99, more than any class in school history.

Kyan Anderson had 29 points for the Horned Frogs (10-20, 1-16), while Devonta Abron added 10.

The Wildcats kept their distance for most of the game, but the Horned Frogs made it interesting early in the second half by slashing into a 42-27 halftime deficit with a 12-2 run.

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