Rivera, Jayhawks ready to party with Wildcats again

Oct 3, 2007 Full story: Kansas City Star

“I do not want to say something (stupid)”

LAWRENCE | Hours before Tuesday's practice would begin, Kansas linebacker Mike Rivera was already wearing his football gloves.

'I'm just ready to go,' Rivera explained. 'I don't know, I'm just kind of jacked up, ready to get this party started.'

No one could blame Rivera for equating a game against Kansas State to a party. Not after last season. The Jayhawks rattled K-State quarterback Josh Freeman, sacked him four times and picked off three of his passes in a 39-20 romp.

The pre-party has shaped up identically this year. Freeman is coming off another Texas stomp, in leading the Wildcats to an upset of the highly-ranked Longhorns. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, have been cramming K-State film during a conveniently-placed bye week. Last year, that combination led to an easy Kansas win. What will it mean on Saturday? At least one Wildcat believes it will mean nothing. Read more

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ksuwild

Aurora, CO

#1 Oct 4, 2007
Oh.......it's going to be a party Rivera, and I hope your ready for it. Unlike the teams you have played thus far K-State is for real in all 3 phases. Get ready to get hit in the mouth!!!!!
Fan of winners with class

Topeka, KS

#2 Oct 9, 2007
ksuwild wrote:
Oh.......it's going to be a party Rivera, and I hope your ready for it. Unlike the teams you have played thus far K-State is for real in all 3 phases. Get ready to get hit in the mouth!!!!!
Times were so really bad for so really long in Manhattan prior to the Synder glory days, so it's almost understandable how the KSU fans let a few excellent years go to their heads. I'm not saying this is an excuse for becoming totally obnoxious like many younger cat fans have, just offering an explanation. This game is just one more example, no matter how rude and cocky you talk, you still have to win on the field. The players are the only ones with a right to talk trash, and only when they have the heart and talent to back it up. Unlike many fans who need to listen to their own voices, Rivera simply said he was ready to play the game. Maybe after KSU fans get a few more years of winning under their belts they'll develop a classier attitude. Maybe.(It hasn't worked for Missouri fans or their coaches and administration who tolerate their behavior.)
ksuwild

Richardson, TX

#3 Oct 11, 2007
Just a little friendly smack talk before the game man. Nothing to take personal. You're right that no matter how much smack you talk.........you have to back it up on the field.........and we didn't do that 2 years in a row. At least we had a chance to win the game at the end(unlike last year)although it didn't feel like we should have. You'll find that most Wildcat fans are more "classy" than others. Ask Louisville or any other team that has come into "the Bill" and they will tell you. Lastly, of course there is going to be some smack talk right before you play your rival..........if there isn't what kind of rivalry is it?

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