Remembering the plane crash
When the plane crashed in Colorado on this date 43 years ago, the Wichita State University football program was not exactly on firm footing. The previous season the Shockers won two games. And the season before that – 1968 – the Black and Gold went winless.
31 people … including 14 players … died when the plane crashed in 1970. The surviving players and coaches finished the season without a victory. What else could they do?
The program struggled on for another 16 years. The Shockers played some tough teams over that span, with flashes of excellence. But the lack of a powerful, winning program over the years meant fewer and fewer fans in the seats at Cessna Stadium.
With different leadership the program might have survived. But Shocker football is a nearly-unavoidable game of “what if” … beginning with “what if that plane hadn’t crashed?”
Kansas State football made a tremendous comeback when they found Bill Snyder to lead the way. W-S-U never found a Bill Snyder, I guess.
Our thought for today is from Sophocles:
“To revive sorrow is cruel.”