Kansas State fans are ubiquitous, wearing their purple proudly, posting a Powercat decal in the center of their license plates and cheering for the Wildcat athletic teams - for better and worse. And there have been plenty of both in football and basketball.
The Kansas State fans have been instrumental in the success of their sports teams from the Old Barn where they sat so close to the sidelines that they could personally harass opponents with dead chickens or pop guns to the raucous crowd that saw the 30-year losing streak to Nebraska end on a cold November night in 1998 at KSU Stadium. Th ey have been euphoric after finally beating the hated Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum in 2008 and winning the Big 12 football championship against Oklahoma in 2003. And distraught when the chance to play for the BCS football championship slipped through their fingers on the field of the Edward R. Jones Dome in the Big 12 title game in 1998.
Read their stories in For Wildcats Fans Only!, the first-person accounts of some of those fans who live and die with their school.
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About the Author
Kent Pulliam spent more than 30 years as a sports journalist at The Kansas City Star, reporting on the Kansas City Chiefs, auto racing, Olympic sports, and Kansas State during the football team's glory years of 1997-2001. He won several writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Missouri Press Association. During his time covering Kansas State, he discovered the passion that K-State fans have for their school, the pride they take in the success of their teams - and the ferocious protective feelings they display when they believe their teams aren't getting the respect they deserve.
Rich Wolfe is the author of 25 books, which have sold well over a million copies in the United States. Wolfe has authored the best-selling books in the history of Notre Dame and the Chicago Cubs. The Iowa native is the only person to appear on both Jeopardy! And ESPN's Two-Minute Drill. In 2006 he was inducted as one of Leahy's Lads at Notre Dame.