Thursday, November 27, 2014

‘Shockers’ success

By The Herald Staff | 3/17/2014

I read various news reports speculating on reasons behind the Wichita State University men’s basketball team’s success.

Being a native of Kansas, as well as a Wichita State alumna myself, I believe I can speak with some authority on the subject. The team’s name “Shockers” is derived from a shortened version of wheat-shockers — since Kansas is normally the wheat producing capital of the world. Swathing down, shocking into bundles and separating the wheat from the chaff is what makes any harvest a bountiful success.

I read various news reports speculating on reasons behind the Wichita State University men’s basketball team’s success.

Being a native of Kansas, as well as a Wichita State alumna myself, I believe I can speak with some authority on the subject. The team’s name “Shockers” is derived from a shortened version of wheat-shockers — since Kansas is normally the wheat producing capital of the world. Swathing down, shocking into bundles and separating the wheat from the chaff is what makes any harvest a bountiful success.

Similarly with athletics: Wichita State’s team has, so far, an undefeated streak: swathing-down opponents, shocking them (and fans) like cordwood and reaping a steady continual harvest. I am proud of my Alma Mater and I always say: There are “Dreamers, Thinkers, Doers, Movers, Shakers and ‘Shockers’ who change-the-world.”

Back in the early 1980s, when I was a student at Wichita State, the men’s basketball program was also riding high, nationally. The motto then was “M.T.X.E.” — standing for “Mental Toughness and  Xtra Effort.” I think the new “Shocker Nation craze” is merely the next-generation of the M.T.X.E. philosophy.

I wasn’t an athlete, but that same philosophy helped me in academics — and in “the real world” of life itself.

 

— James A. Marples,

Longview, Texas

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