Sunday blog: Talking casino, Collegiate, Facebook page and, grrr… North Dakota State

first_img5. Shout out of the week…I’m giving it to that North Dakota State team which came down and beat K-State in its own yard, much to my chagrin.Craig BohlThat’s a gutsy, well-oiled machine. If I’m a BCS school looking for a coach, I’d take a hard look at Craig Bohl, the NDSU head coach. He is proof that bald people are the smartest people on this planet. 4. Facebook page…The last thing I want to do is encourage people to log onto that godforsaken time-zapping, self-esteem reducing, ignorance-promoting social network website called Facebook – which I tend to be on quite frequently.But Sumner Newscow has a Facebook business page, and I encourage you to “like” it.Why? Because if this website is down for whatever reason, you can get an explanation on our Facebook page. Also, it’s a good way to get alerts of the newest stories on our site.Just log onto https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sumner-Newscow/269583703053013 and give us a like. Stay away from the other stuff though. 2. My article…I knew this week’s Mulvane story would generate interest and reopen some wounds.But the story was relevant in that it completed a story that has been in play for more than a decade.  Today is payday. The Kansas Star is now in full operation and both the Mulvane and Wellington municipalities are adjusting their budgets accordingly. The 2014 budget was made this month and it will be the first year to reflect the full financial ramification of the casino. That fight for the casino resulted in $3 million to the city of Mulvane coffers, provided the casino continues generating its current state of revenue.The whole gambling culture perplexes me. I don’t understand why people throw good hard-earned dollars into slots and poker chips unless its for the entertainment purposes only. I’d rather watch a football game on TV. But each to their own.Still, I don’t bemoan Sumner County’s fight to bring a casino to the area in hopes of providing a little more development, providing a few jobs, and helping with our tax base. Perhaps, it was best the casino ended up in Mulvane. Wellington might have been a different town with the casino in our front yard — a town I would not have wanted to raise my children.It’s time to focus our attention on attracting other kinds of industry. If we aren’t growing, we’re dying. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Aug. 31, 2013…1. Casino afterthoughts…I didn’t cover the Sumner County casino issue as a news reporter so many of the specific details involving the decision of where to place the casino is a bit hazy.But I do know the county commissioners of the late 2000s and the Wellington city leadership are getting a bum rap on this site’s comment section (see story here). How’s that saying go… hindsight is always 20/20? It would have been political suicide for the commissioners at the time to endorse any other location than the one at Exit 19 during the first round of lottery votes.Remember, the commissioners made that recommendation based on a public resolution passed by Sumner County voters a few years earlier. To do anything differently would be in conflict of the wishes of their constituents.Also, at that point in time, Wellington was very much in the mix of landing the casino and was putting its best foot forward with a promotional package to the state. Had the commissioners made an endorsement including the Mulvane site, holy cow, they would have had hell to pay from the locals.When the commissioners made their vote, there was also no indication at the time the state lottery commission was going to turn its back on the Wellington contingency.It was apparent the lottery commission never intended to place the casino at Exit 19. Had the commissioners voted for a Mulvane site as well as Wellington’s, they would forever be blamed. A recall election would have been imminent.As far as the Wellington leadership is concerned, let’s get this straight: Had they not taken the initiative to bring a casino here, Wellington nor Sumner County would have ever been in the mix in the first place. And had Sedgwick County voters turned down a proposal to build a casino there, that thing would be sitting in downtown Wichita today — and we wouldn’t be having this discussion here in Sumner.How the casino came to be at Exit 33 is a fascinating tale. So many players were involved, so many different scenarios played out, so many twists and turns. Anything could have happened.Someone should write a book.center_img 3. Collegiate…I read the Wichita Collegiate football preview in the bird paper, and immediately took my remote control nearby and chucked it against the wall.How is Wichita Collegiate allowed to do what it does? The Spartans got a couple of transfers from Rose Hill, and an all-leaguer from Circle. Heck, they even stole from another private school. This year’s Spartan quarterback used to play for Kapaun Mount Carmel.Collegiate bullied its way into the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League, and I’ve heard the school has been actively recruiting a couple of athletes in Wellington.Collegiate also doesn’t have to worry about transfer rules. If an athlete transfers from say Winfield to Wellington, he has to sit out for a semester because of district boundaries. But you don’t have to at Collegiate because the school has no boundaries. The world is its boundary. So thus, there is no penalty moving from one school district to Collegiate.I have heard Wichita Trinity, another independent school, is getting pretty aggressive with their recruiting as well.So who is to blame? Is it the private schools for their aggressive recruiting or the public schools who are such wimps that they let it happen? Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (23) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down no bwf · 362 weeks ago Your not bald cueball.you are hair challenged. Nice try though. Report Reply 8 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 362 weeks ago “I’ve heard”…”I have heard” If you have evidence you need to take it to the KSHSAA. These are very serious allegations and there are rules against it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down SmackDaddy · 362 weeks ago Tracy I am going to be the first to run in and pop some popcorn and staying tuned in to the news cow for laughs. I dont believe I have ever seen you post one of your thoughts more on spot than this one about Collegiate. The State of Kansas has got to put an end to private schools being in the same classes as public schools because they do play by different rules. PRIVATE SCHOOLS can and do buy state championships. Its nothing uncommon for them to offer $10,000.00 scholarships to very good athletes. Put them in their own classification and leave our public schools to their own. Report Reply 1 reply · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Property Taxpayer · 362 weeks ago Cue: You need to understand the intent of Senate Bill 66. It was never intended to allow a County commission to choose the site. The intention was for the County Commission to examine all applications, make sure the minimum standards were met and forward ALL applications that met the minimum to the gaming commission to choose the site. Gracy, Marten, Newell decided to take the job of the gaming commission into their own hands. The end result was, for this past year, a loss to Sumner County of 3 million dollars. Had they done what the Senate Bill ask we could have no property tax in Sumner County today. But then again the School Boards and City Commissions would just reach into our pockets and take that away too! Report Reply 1 reply · active 362 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down oldlady · 362 weeks ago According to that bird paper, those guys from Rose Hill, ( both starters) who transferred to Collegiate, transferred because their parents moved. Makes one wonder how many blocks west they had to go? Who do they think they are kidding? Sompin needs to be done ’bout this situation! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Nobody · 362 weeks ago Why is Wellington afraid of Collegiate? Reading some of these post you would think they was unstaoppable…Didn’t they play Conway all those years when Conway was State Champs? Report Reply 2 replies · active 362 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 362 weeks ago I am told that many states have private schools play their own leagues, regionals, state championships, etc. If KSHSAA won’t do that, why can’t they at least make the private schools play by the same rules that apply to public schools? Make it an even playing field. If players have to sit out a semester at private schools, the same should apply to private. It is plain and simple. Look how Collegiate got into the AVCTL. They bullied and bought their way in. Many schools out west have and had the same problem for many years and yet the KSHSAA turned their backs on them. COME ON KSHSAA, LET’S MAKE IT FAIR FOR ALL!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 362 weeks ago how bout no students have to sit out a semester when transferring. This is highschool I would propose that no high school athlete in Kansas shall be provided montetary incentives be it scholarship or personal funds for the sole purpose of participation of athletics in any school public or private. I see no problem moving to a school you feel like you will be successful at as long as your parents are within the district. This isn’t pee wee football a lot of these kids get better expose to college recruiting by going to different schools who could blame them for chasing their dreams? Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Iceman318 · 362 weeks ago What a lot of people are missing out on about Collegiates ability to recruit from anywhere puts them into the same category as a 6A team and that is the division they should be playing in if they want to play in a public playoff system. Smaller schools have to do with kids from a smaller base of players to draw from. When a small private school can selectively choose who they want to play for them when they can recruit from say 100,000 students you damn straight they are going to be able to field great teams. When a school like Wellington can only field a team from 150 boys you have to get damn lucky to have a remote chance to make the playoffs. I want to see the likes of Collegiate if they want to play for public state championships to be made to play in 6A. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 362 weeks ago Not necessarily in football but when it comes to other sports watch out. They are trying their best now to buy a football championship having picked up an all league player from Circle and recruited the 2 brothers from Rose hill (receiver and QB) along with another great QB from Kapuan Mt. Carmel. I know a lot about Collegiate from being a moderator on another news papers site that talked lots on high school sports. Tracy the likes of Collegiate have no boundaries they have to follow like public schools. The majority of their student/athletes have full ride scholarships waiting for them when they graduate to continue in their choice sport when their high school careers are done. Its a shame the KSHSAA bowed down to their request to join the ARK VALLEY LEAGUE. It has a lot to do with members of the KSHSAA having their own students in private schools. Remember they take care of their own. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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