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A Very Merry Wildcat Christmas
While the team will spend some time this afternoon practicing and preparing for this weekend's game, the rest of the day will be filled with excitement for the Wildcats.
From Christmas services last night and this morning to a fun event this afternoon to a dinner for all, this Christmas will be one to remember for the team.
"It can be hard, especially coming out here because you've got practice and stuff like that, so sometimes you forget what day it is," wide receiver Tyler Lockett said last night after the team's dinner. "But we've got the schedule, and some guys today were like, 'What! Today's Christmas Eve?' It's one of those things once you hear 'Today is Christmas Eve!' it makes it exciting to think that tomorrow's Christmas."
Now in its third day of preparation for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, K-State spent yesterday, Christmas Eve, relaxing, practicing and... eating.
After an afternoon practice at Corona Del Sol High School, the team loaded the busses and headed for a special dinner at Scottsdale's Fogo de Chao.
A restaurant known for its endless amounts of steak, sausage and chicken, the team was in heaven as it tried out over 13 different meats.
"The filet mignon was good, the house special was good, the flank steak was good, I don't know what was my favorite," laughed offensive lineman B.J. Finney.
While it may have been difficult for Finney to decide his favorite, a few of his teammates knew exactly what they liked best.
Quarterback Daniel Sams' favorite was the bacon-wrapped chicken and linebacker Blake Slaughter's favorite was the bacon-wrapped steak - anything with bacon, they said. Linebacker Jonathan Truman, wide receiver Kyle Klein and running back Robert Rose all agreed that they enjoyed the house special steak the best, while wide receiver Tramaine Thompson's favorite were the ribs.
"I have no idea what it was," Klein said about the house special steak. "It just tasted really good."
While most of the players said it doesn't quite feel like Christmas since they are away from home, they did say they have been enjoying the opportunity to spend quality time with their teammates.
"My favorite part so far is really just relaxing with these guys," Sams said. "This time of year it's all about bonding, and that's just going to make game day easier for us."
Off the field, the team is enjoying its time in Arizona, and on the field K-State has conducted some of the best practices it's had all year.
"We're feeling good," continued Sams. "Coach Snyder said we had a good practice today, and that's something he never tells us, so I guess we're making good strides."
There's only three days until kickoff between K-State and Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and, so far, this team has shown they are ready for this year's final game.
For more information on the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, check out K-State's Bowl Headquarters.
Merry Christmas, Wildcat fans, from K-State Sports Extra!