Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2003

Opinion: Ode to the Man in Black

September 18, 2003

In remembrance of Johnny Cash, the rocker, the rebel, the outlaw and the original Man in Black, I'm going to put a little spin on this week's sports column.

Truth be told, I've been putting a lot spin on things recently in lieu of some outraged K-State fans bombarding me with complaints for my anti-Wildcat diatribe last week.

You could say I Fell into a burning Ring of Fire.

For the record Wildcat fans, please accept my apologies. I meant what I said, but there will be no further denunciations from me on the subject. From now on, I Walk the Line when it comes to K-State football. Let me compliment K-State on really great performances against Troy State, McNeese State and UMASS.

Please detect absolutely no sarcasm in my comment. Absolutely none.

Now, we'll interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for some more on Johnny. Here's a little did-you-know tidbit: Over the course of his career, Johnny Cash scored more hit singles than Michael Jackson, the Four Seasons, Roy Orbison, B.B. King and Simon and Garfunkel.

The man knew how to rub some funk on it.

Back to football. It was refreshing to see Texas take its annual nosedive so early this year.

On Saturday the 'Horns hooked themselves right out of the national championship race with an embarrassing 38-28 home loss to Arkansas. That's a previously unranked Arkansas team by the way.

UT usually finds a way to choke. Typically, it's not so early and most often it's against Oklahoma. Maybe they're starting a new tradition by collapsing in the season's first month (In September when it Comes).

A lot of people are excited about the Chiefs 2-0 start this season, including me. ESPN's Sean Salisbury ranked Kansas City the second best team in pro football, a close second behind the Buffalo Bills. On Pardon the Interruption, the Chiefs were also mentioned in the top 2.

Anyone who didn't pick Priest Holmes for the fantasy football team is probably Hurt right about now.

After two consecutive 100-yard games and five touchdowns scored, it's obvious the Priest put in the Blood, Sweat and Tears for his comeback during the off-season and that the Chiefs need little more than to play sound defense and Ride This Train right to the Super Bowl.

Another interlude: If one thing was apparent about Johnny Cash, it was his loyalty to friends and down-on-their- luck musicians.

In addition to helping launch the careers of Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison, he also aided icons such as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.

Heck, he even helped out ol' buddy Jerry Lee Lewis when Jerry Lee was about as welcome as a hemorrhoid at a proctologists convention.

The man knew who his friends were and never forgot them.

Whether he's Live from San Quentin or Folsom, singing from albums such as Mean As Hell or The Christmas Spirit, Johnny Cash was an original. A singer and a storyteller, a rambler, gambler and a highwayman.

We'll see you around Johnny. Don't forget to look down on us from The Holy Land.

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