I admit it.
My sons are field and court stormers.
Of course, our oldest sons were 9 and 13-years old when they crashed the football field at KSU Stadium, long before it was renamed Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Kansas State broke a three-year losing streak when quarterback Carl Straw completed a game-winning touchdown pass to Frank Hernandez against North Texas State. Yes, the goalposts were torn down before a half-full stadium.
Our youngest son waited until he had a front row seat at Bramlage Coliseum with TV announcer Dick Vitale in the house until he strolled onto the basketball court.
Our sons still treasure the memories they shared with their friends.
For the most part, storming onto the field or court is harmless fun — an entertaining memory of a important victory shared with your friends.
Virtually every one of those fans treasures memories of the time when they’ve broken past their inhibitions and stormed the court or the field. All of those fans were happy to celebrate a victory together.
Most field and court stormings are pure fun by college students that provide a lifetime of treasured memories.
Kansas State’s basketball team gave its fans a reason to celebrate by shocking No. 8 ranked Kansas 70-63 Monday, triggering a wild court storming that is bound to have repercussions.
Television, particularly ESPN, loves these types of celebrations because they are perfectly crafted for TV. They are filled with high energy, entertaining and lively. Sure enough, K-State’s post-game celebration led ESPN’s coverage.
Some misguided Kansas State fanatic ruined it for everyone in Manhattan, maybe for every basketball team in the country. He proved that even in a crowd of 12,000 friendly fans, there is always one crazy guy out there.
Nathan Power, the charging fan, directly targets Jayhawk Jamari Traylor, who is elbowed. The fact that K-State Public Enemy No. 1 elbows a player 6-foot-8, weighing 220 pounds proves his questionable mindset at the time. Fortunately, Traylor did not retaliate by dumping Power into a nearby trash can where he belonged.
Kansas coach Bill Self was completely oblivious to the mayhem, strolling leisurely to halfcourt to shake hands with K-State coach Bruce Weber. In a moment, both coaches were jostled by the oncoming crowd. Fortunately, Self is OK except for his wounded pride.
Inadequate security was also provided for the Big 12 officials, who are viewed barely escaping harm’s way.
It’s too bad the scary scene will likely curb such celebrations.
Most fans just want to have fun.