Fiesta Bowl Watch Wrap - January 2, 2004
A great group of 23 K-State almni and friends ventured to Ricky's to cheer on the Cats. Considering the game was played on a Friday afternoon and the game was broadcast locally on television K-Staters came out strong to support their team. See Bowl Games link for images from the Fiesta

Bowl.Big XII Championship Watch Wrap - December 6, 2003
The Kansas State Wildcats are the Champions of the Big XII and the best team in the conference after walloping the Oklahoma Sooners 35-7, the consensus best football team in the entire country coming into the Saturday evening game. Forget where K-State ends up in the polls this week. The Kansas State Wildcats are playing the best football in the country.

On a wet Saturday evening, CaliforniaCats fans gathered for the best football Watch Party of the year and were treated to an historic football game as it was Kansas State's first football championship since 1934. There was so much cheering and yelling that I believe everyone went home happily hoarse.

On to Phoenix and the Fiesta Bowl.

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Missouri Watch Wrap - November 22, 2003
This year the CaliforniaCats, for the sixth time this year, met for a Watch Party at Ricky's to cheer the Wildcats to victory. We have had over 120 fans in attendance throughout the regular season cumulating in the last game of the season against Missouri. K-State was victorious over Missouri 24-14. This win was particularly important to Kansas State and it's fans as the Cats emerged as Big XII North Champions for the third time in the past six years.


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Nebraska Watch Wrap - November 15, 2002
If only Ell Roberson would not had gotten injured earlier in the season we would be fighting for #1 in the country. However, Ell was injured and the team, after a tremendous effort against Nebraska, has started the climb back up in the polls to #18 in the Coach's poll. As all K-Staters must know by now the Cats dominatedNebraska in Lincoln defeating NU 38-9. WOW!

After a month with no televised games the CaliforniaCats met once again at Ricky's in San Leandro. Our Watch Party spread into two rooms with Cat fans being heard everywhere cheering wildly.

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Oklahoma State Watch Wrap - October 11, 2003
A gathering of fifteen K-State fans met at Ricky's to join fellow CaliforniaCats in watching the Cats lose a close one to a very good Oklahoma State team 38-34. However, cheer up as you have company as many other solid football teams took a fall this weekend, as five of the top ten teams lost. Not much can be said about where our team is going other than watch and see how the season plays out. Our destiny is still in our hands as the Big XII championship game is still possible if we win our remaining games.

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Texas Watch Wrap - October 4, 2003
Last week I commented that how we played against Texas would reveal a lot about the teams character - we showed a lot yesterday even though Texas had more points than we did at the games conclusion. At the end of last season everyone spoke about how we were seven points from being undefeated. After yesterday, we may be saying something very similar this December - but we will push that to eleven points. Both the offense and defense played great in the second half. Early in the season the offense would go to sleep in the second half against everyone. Yesterday they played with emotion throughout the game. The defense played the swarming defense that they excel at playing.

Not to be outdone by the game itself, we had a great crowd of over forty delirious fans coming as far as Salinas at Ricky's in San Leandro. Of the forty fans, two families of current players, #9 Randy Jordan and #28 David Rose joined the party! At halftime a drawing was held that included gifts provided by Varney's Bookstore in Manhattan.

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Marshall Watch Wrap - September 20, 2003
I went back to Manhattan to see the Marshall game and saw a very confusing effort by our team and coaches in a 27 - 20 loss. How the team responds against Texas will tell a lot about their character. Roberson would have been the difference, but the ineffectiveness of our defensive line was a surprise, this may be attributed to the defense being keyed to defend a strong passing team. The sun will rise again.We had another great watch party that was hosted by Dwayne Kroening '70. We had some extra Wildcat fans in attendance, the family of defensive back #9 Randy Jordan! Randy did his part making an interception in the game making his family proud.

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California Watch Wrap - August 23, 2003
We started the Football Watch Party season with a strong showing of 20 alumni and friends in attendance at Ricky's. This team's offense had been predicted to be quite strong, and their showing handily defeating the Cal Bears 42-28 attests to the predictions. Quarterback Ell Roberson through the ball hard and soft, long and short quite accurately. He was the victim of some dropped passes and a touchdown called back on a long bomb to James Terry in the second half. Darren Sproles had a great rushing night of 275 yards. These guys are the real deal. The defense was a little soft, but it is a rebuilding year, and we have some easy games coming up which should help the defense get it together.

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