Not sure who first came up with it, but the new nickname circulating on the joke circuit for former Kansas University basketball players Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers is "Cheech and Chalmers."
They were expelled from NBA Orientation reportedly because their room smelled like what Dragnet's Joe Friday might have called "grass, pot, weed, Mary Jane, hooch, hemp, ganja, the match" and because there were a couple of women in their hotel room at NBA Orientation, where players are taught to stay away from drugs and date cautiously.
Typical college kids? Not really. While Arthur and Chalmers were at basketball practice, the non-athletes who broke similar rules learned how to stuff a towel into the crack of the door to contain the odor. If they lived on one of the first floors, they learned how to sneak a woman in through the window. Part of NBA Orientation involves bringing basketball players up to speed on what most college students already know. Now "Cheech and Chalmers" must wait a year for the next NBA Orientation to learn life lessons.
Or, here's a thought, they both could have returned to Kansas for one more year, won one more national title, matured a year, and arrived a little more worldly to the NBA.
This week's football picks:
Kansas 28, Louisiana Tech 14: Tech is closer to being of the caliber of KU's Week 3 foe South Florida than to Week 1 opponent, Florida International. Coming off of an upset victory against Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech will keep it interesting, but should have trouble scoring against the Jayhawks.
Kansas State 41, Montana State 7: Speed can make up for a lot and the Wildcats have plenty of it. This should be another confidence-builder for Ron Prince's junior college-heavy team.
Missouri 51, Southeast Missouri 0: Cocky Mizzou quarterback Chase Daniel won't miss this opportunity to help his Heisman Trophy candidacy by padding his stats. Daniel threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns last week against Illinois.Brigham Young 38, Washington 13: As usual, BYU has a quarterback who can put up huge numbers and compensate for shortcomings in other areas. In Week 1, Max Hall made up for four fumbles by passing for 486 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-17 victory against Northern Iowa. Hall completed 34 of 41 passes.
Rice 42, Memphis 40: Owls senior quarterback Chase Clement threw six touchdown passes last week and will have another big week to edge Memphis, which also has an explosive offense.
Wyoming 24, Air Force 23: This one pits Wyoming's rushing defense (Ohio gained only 39 yards) against Air Force's always strong running game (433 yards from 13 different runners). The Air Force system is so strong it almost seems irrelevant who's running the ball. Quarterback Shea Smith led the team with 91 rushing yards last week.
Congratulations to Donna Kennedy of Clay Center, Neb., who was the Week 1 winner in the Kream Keegan contest. Kennedy correctly picked all six games and was closest on the tiebreaker, predicting that KU would score 38 points (the Jayhawks scored 40). Will you be this week's winner? Sign up using the entry form below.
(The contest is currently closed. Good luck to all who entered.)