Fiesta Bowl Watch Party - January 3, 2013
CaliforniaCats watch parties were hosted at both Grant and Green Saloon and Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill
for the last football game of the season as K-State played in it's second BCS Bowl game. This year the Cats traveled to Glendale (Phoenix), Arizona to take on the Oregon Ducks. Hopes were high that the Cats would 'Pluck the Ducks' but Oregon's speed was just too much for K-State as the Cats were defeated 35-17.


Texas Watch Party - December 1, 2012
The CaliforniaCats K-State fans met for watch parties at Ricky's/San Leandro and Grant & Green/San Francisco. Both watch parties were a great success as K-Staters and friends met to cheer on Kansas State in their quest to win the Big XII. The fans were not disappointed as K-State defeated Texas for the fifth straight time. The game was close through the first three quarters before K-State finally took charge in the fourth quarter pulling away for a 45-24 victory. Collin Klien played another very good game and got better as the game progressed. The offensive highlight was a 55-yard long touchdown pass perfectly thrown by Klein to Tyler Lockett. In addition to winning the Big XII, K-State earned a spot in the BCS Fiesta Bowl against Oregon.


CaliforniaCats at Grant & Green Saloon /San Francisco

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CaliforniaCats at Grant & Green Saloon /San Francisco

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Baylor Watch Party - November 17, 2012
The Sports Illustrated jinx lives on as quarterback Collin Klein was on their cover this week and K-State was taken behind the woodshed in a, shall we say, a humiliating loss to Baylor 52-24 in Waco. The loss unfortunately ended the Cats short run as No. 1 in the country. The hallmark for the Cats this season has been their ability to play sound defense, offense, second teams, minimize turnovers and generally play penalty free. Saturday it all evaporated in a couple of hours.

The inaugural CaliforniaCats San Francisco watch party was a great success as over thirty K-Staters and friends met at Grant & Green. Though the team did not hold up their end of the deal K-Staters in San Francisco had fun cheering them on.

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TCU Watch Party - November 10, 2012
After Saturday's victory over TCU,
your K-State Wildcats are now Number One in the country as Alabama lost to our old nemesis Texas A&M earlier in the day. As expected the game was hard fought with the defenses of both teams showing up in fine style. Uncharacteristically the Cats had two turnovers, but were not threatened at any time. 

We were the sole watch party at Ricky's and our fans wildly cheered on the Cats throughout the game. At half-time we had a drawing for a CaliforniaCats sweatshirt won by Michael McGeough '81.


Oklahoma State Watch Party - November 3, 2012
The Cats keep up their winning ways as they took on the Cowboys in a prime time game. Though the final score of 44-30 seemed comfortable, the victory was not insured until Allen Chapman intercepted and OSU pass in the end zone with a couple of minutes remaining in the game. The game featured interceptions and kick-offs for touchdowns for K-State.


Texas Tech Watch Party - October 27, 2012
The Wildcats continued their great season with a very impressive win over Texas Tech 55-24 in Manhattan on Saturday. The Cats started the game very slowly and had around 20 yards offense in the first quarter. Once they got started, however, there was no holding back as they scored on eighth consecutive drives. Just like last week. The victory probably will push K-State to Number Two in the country trailing Alabama. Collin Klein keeps his Heisman Trophy hopes alive with another strong game.

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West Virginia Watch Party - October 20, 2012
K State plays most dominating game,  offensively and defensively, in years defeating West Virginia 55-14. There was no doubt from the start of the game who was the best team and the best prepared team on Saturday. Quarterback Collin Klein and linebacker Arthur Brown, Jr. had career days. Klein's performance put him deservedly as a front runner for the Heisman trophy. We had our largest watch party in several years at Rickey's with over 30 K-Staters cheering on the Cats.

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Iowa State Watch Party - October 13, 2012
As expected, K-State's game against Iowa State in Ames was a tough, nail biting affair and ultimate victory for the Cats 27-21.  Speaking of unexpected, the team uncharacteristically was guilty of penalty after penalty and actually committed more penalties in today's game than they had in their previous five games combined. Collin Klein continued his exceptional play scoring three touchdowns. He will be missed next year. 
The early morning start took a toll on our watch party attendance at Ricky's, but we still had a dozen K-Stater's cheering the team on as one happy Wildcat family. 


Kansas Game - October 6, 2012
The Cats teased their feathered friends down the Kaw like Sylvester does with Tweetie Bird. KU stayed in the game in the first half by converting a couple of trick plays. At the outset of the third quarter K-State came out fired up and the game for KU was essentially over before they new what hit them - four touchdowns in ten plays. The Cats for the third  straight year racked up over 50 points in the Sunflower Showdown winning 56-16!
Our watch party was also a success as we had twenty-seven fans cheering all of the games big plays. At halftime we had a drawing for K-State goodies including two tee-shirts.

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Oklahoma Game - September 22, 2012
I may be saying WOW a lot this season! The Cats stormed into Norman Saturday night and defeated OU 24-19. K-State's victory marked the first loss for Oklahoma coach Bobby Stoops in thirteen years to a ranked team in Norman. Oklahoma and Bobby Stoops just don't lose at home, at least until the Cats come calling on Saturday. The victory was caused by an opportunistic defense, great punting, and strong games by Collin Klein and John Hubert. The win propelled the Cats to #7 in the AP poll and into first place in the Big 12

North Texas Watch Party - September 15, 2012
The North Texas game was the complete opposite of last week's Miami game as the defense couldn't tackle anyone in a narrow Cat victory. The vanilla offense did just enough to get a 35-21 win. It will be interesting to follow North Texas to see how good they really are. They do have a nifty running back that gave our defense fits. Tyler Locket had a 96 yard kick-off return for a touchdown and Colin Klein threw some nice downfield passes that gained big yardage.

Our watch party was very well attended as we had twenty cheering fans. At half time we had a drawing for a K-State tee shirt and welcomed two fans who joined us from Arkansas and two from Arizona.


Miami Watch Party - September 8, 2012
Trouncing the University of Miami 52-13 was about the best way to start the CaliforniaCats watch party 'season' at Ricky's. Julie Deppish '80 reports that Ricky's was rocking from the start of the game and only got better as the Cats laid on the points. Probably our youngest K-State fan ever at two-months old, attended her first watch party.
The atmosphere in the stadium was electric and the weather was perfect, especially compared to the heat of last week's game. At half time K-State's Olympians were honored. Erik Kenard and his Silver Medal for the high-jump received the loudest cheers.

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Missouri State Game - September 1, 2012
The Cats took on the Missouri State Bears in Manhattan in the first game of the season. The outcome of the game was not a surprise. However, the game for almost three quarters was uncomfortably close with the score tied at three field goals. Finally, the Cats awoke and had one big play after another leading to the final rout of 51-9. Though we did not have a Watch Party, as the game was not televised, I was at the game and took these pictures. The glass atrium is part of the new Discovery Museum near the train station, the WWII memorial is near All-Faiths chapel. The two cranes on the west side of the stadium are for the addition to the stadium


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