Sunday plans? You may have to put them on hold.
Legions of Shockers fans say they are skipping out on anything that doesn’t involve black and yellow.
Most of Wichita is expected to be on pause for about three hours after the Wichita State men’s basketball team tips off its second round of NCAA tournament play in Sunday afternoon’s game against Kentucky.
The game is expected to start around 1:45 p.m.
Fans on Saturday said they’ve changed their plans – everything from forgoing naps and postponing meetings to planning watch parties – just so they don’t miss cheering on their favorite team.
“I’ll be taking a break from work to WATCH it,” Susan Ekey Ackeridge said in a Facebook post about Sunday’s game.
“Only got to listen ... on Friday and it just ain’t the same.”
Tiffany Vincent is arguably luckier when it comes to uninhibited Shocker watch-time on Sunday. She scheduled the day off from work, she said on Facebook, “to make sure that I had the day open to watch the games!”
Even Joe Petty, who’s due in Texas for a meeting by 6 p.m., said there is no way he’ll be missing the game.
“I’m scheduling an extra three hours of drive time so I can stop at some place that has a television,” he said, adding, “I have to allow extra time to stop and watch.”
Carole Jacobs, on the other hand, is just hoping her Sunday meetings wrap up quickly.
“I need to get home to cheer on the Shox,” she wrote on Facebook. “May wear jeans and WSU shirt to church.”
Even St. Joseph Parish plans on serving up its 54th annual German sausage dinner with a side of black and yellow.
Janet Walsh said the church, 132 S. Millwood, will have three TVs playing the Shockers game during its all-you-can-eat feast from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and scores will be announced over the intercom throughout the afternoon.
Carry-out meals, she said, will also be available for those who want to “pick up a meal and take it home to watch the game.” An adult meal ticket costs $8.
“We planned it last year, so there was nothing we can do about the date,” Walsh said of the dinner.
“So it (having the game playing on TV) will make the workers happy as well as the people partaking in it.”