Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Reesing troubled to miss ZZ Top

Kansas QB to be busy when 'Little ol' band from Texas' plays Miami


KU football squad worries about long layoff

The Kansas men's and women's basketball teams will play a combined 17 games between November 24th and January 3rd. In that same 40-day period, the KU football team will worry about only one opponent - Virginia Tech.

Kansas University football quarterback Todd Reesing likely will have a few people from his home state of Texas in attendance at the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl in Miami.

But one group of Texans will be the center of attention while the Jayhawks and Virginia Tech aren't on the field.

ZZ Top, the "little ol' band from Texas," is slated to headline the halftime festivities at the Orange Bowl. To his dismay, KU's quarterback won't get to enjoy the salty sounds of his Texas brethren.

"I've been known to listen to some 'Top,'" Reesing said. "But I'm not going to be out there to listen to them. I'll be in the locker room. That's too bad, because that would be an awesome thing to top off a great trip."

Instead, Reesing and his teammates will be busy dealing with the Hokies on that particular night. But leading up to the game, the quarterback will have time to savor the Miami experience as well as everything leading up to it.

"It's been awesome so far," Reesing said. "It's been great walking around town and having people say, 'Hey we got our tickets, and we're going to Miami.' And to see people making plans to go down there and see us in Miami and try to find hotels is great. It's awesome to see that kind of support for the football team."

The Jayhawks will get a week in South Florida and have every opportunity to soak up the sun and smell the Atlantic Ocean. But those times will be mixed with business, of course, and maintaining the balance is something Reesing feels the Jayhawks are prepared for.

"With coach (Mark) Mangino, I doubt there's going to be a whole lot of room for us to get out-of-hand," Reesing said. "At the same time, it's going to be a great experience, and he's going to want us to have fun and take in everything that we've earned and the fun that comes with. But the bottom line is that we're there to win the game, and we're not going to just show up and lollygag around and lose the game."

The schedule leading up to the trip indeed will be business as usual. But since the revealing of the BCS selections, there has been an issue that has had nothing to do with the task at hand.

Reesing has had to answer questions about the Jayhawks' invitation to the Orange Bowl over other more "deserving" teams such as Missouri, KU's rival. Reesing gave a nod to Missouri for its victory against the Jayhawks in Kansas City, Mo., but made no apologies for their bowl destination.

"A lot of people have doubted us all year," Reesing said. "But we don't listen to that or take it to heart. We're a good team. We've won 11 games, and if that's not good enough for some people, then forget them."

While Reesing sounded sure about all things concerning the game and those leading up to it, he did have to pause when asked about whether he would grow his beard out to honor the Texas trio playing at halftime.

"I don't know," he said. "I'm sure I'll have to trim it at some point. But as long as I'm here and it's cold, maybe I'll get to grow it out."


Mangino_Maniac 12 years, 11 months ago

Who writes the headlines for the LJW? 'Troubled'? Come on...

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

distraught, concerned, saddened?

the copy editor probably did it ... I have been trying all morning to think of a witty remark for this story, and frankly ... I'm stumped!

Mike Crosbie 12 years, 11 months ago

Should read: "Reesing thrilled fellow Texans on the field while he's not." ????????? I'm sure he's seen them before, come on.

Mike Crosbie 12 years, 11 months ago

Oops, should have had a comma after thrilled? I only got a C in ENG 101

sm5561 12 years, 11 months ago

Headlines aside, I'm just glad to see a football article on the front page! Even if it's not really about football.

bmcmich1 12 years, 11 months ago

And if it's not about football, I have NO problem with it being about zed zed top. "a haw haw haw haaww..."

CasperCorps 12 years, 11 months ago

Great headline, I read troubled and thought something was up, but then realized I was duped into reading an article that really meant nothing.

jayhawkr34 12 years, 11 months ago

zz top is an awesome band, one of my top 3, but they suck live

Mangino_Maniac 12 years, 11 months ago

"Reesing thrilled to be sharing same venue as ZZ Top" would make for a much better, and positive, headline.

Come on LJW... go with the flow, not against it. ;-)

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

Texas two-step: Reesing, ZZ Top to share field

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

I kinda used to do that for a living ... ;)

100 12 years, 11 months ago

LJW Staff: There is a football team/ game to break down. VT is a solid football team. What type of things will KU's team have to prepare for? How is KU doing with injuries? Certainly we might have done a lot better against MU if we had two of our key players able to play. Will they be able to play against VT? Also, did Mangino and his staff learn about the importance of making it to a neutral site on time? What are his feelings (now) on how being late affected the MU game? Again, as happened by accident (traffic jam) at Arrowhead, we can't "show up" literally at the start of the game(running off the bus) while the other team has been there ready for 2 hours. Right? How about a story on the planning for gametime timeliness in Miami? Also, how many tickets are left for KU fans? If we have more to sell, how about a story/ challenge to the KU fan base? Obviously the trip to Miami is harder than Dallas, but we, the fanbase, should stand up and support the football team. Perhaps we need to hear it from the paper. Challenge the KU fan base. Certainly Columbus, OH papers are full of Buckeye headlines and VT papers are full of football articles which translates into ticket sales. Let's give the Jayhawk football team some respect. It has been nearly 30 years since we've been in the Orange Bowl. This is BIG NEWS. These "leadup" to the game FOOTBALL story lines are important for the fan base, the coaching staff and the team -- believe it or not, by writing them as lead articles, more KU fans will go and the actual outcome of the game could be more fun to watch for us KU people. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

Easy there ...

it is still THREE WEEKS until the game!!!

Once finals are finished, perhaps more of the players will be available for interviews and such ...

and we don't want to give too much away, Virginia Tech fans are here on this site, their coaching staff certainly may be as well!

scootja32 12 years, 11 months ago

come back tomorrow to find out what jake sharp's top 5 favorite romance novels are.

100 12 years, 11 months ago

Re: (sevenyearhawk). You said, "Easy there... it's still three weeks until the game!!!" I guarantee Columbus papers are not waiting 3 weeks to write solid articles on college football. My over-the-top comment was only to get the LJW to get off it's lazy tail and write some good football stories. Would be nice if it has to do with KU but it doesn't have to. Keep us in football mode, that's all I ask. Perhaps you could support this cause instead of thinking we have a big secret to hide. That's 3 weeks for the local paper to get the fan-base pumped up. Let's face it, even if you're in deep denial, we are all still ticked about the MU game. Most of us know, in our hearts, we could still be undefeated. We sucked for the first time this year in the first half, and chose the wrong game. Most of us are a little bit ticked we aren't getting any respect nationally even after a near-come-back win against MU while it's OK for USC to lose at home to Stanford and OU to lose to Texas Tech. Most of us haven't forgotten that we were actually being talked about for the national championship game if #1 and #2 lost the last week of the season. Of course we knew it was a longshot but we were still in the national debate. Suddenly we were punished in the BCS rankings 2 weeks in a row when we should have at least jumped to 4th if not 3rd (and fell again, this time to 8th), while Ohio State did the exact same thing (not play) and jumped to #1. Let's get real. KU football has a lot to prove. Finally, for the first time this season national perception really does count. Most of us don't want to "wait 3 weeks" until good stories come out by the LOCAL PAPERS...

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

100, there's no doubt we're all excited ...

and I really enjoyed your posts earlier in the season!

But, I got over the Border War loss by 11:59 p.m. the next day ...

So, relax and try using your return key!

Thank you ... :D

p.s. I expect the Browneyes of an Ohio State to lose by three touchdowns!!!

Larry Smith 12 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, we better rush on over to the VTech site to see all the news. This is all the news for the day at Man, how can we possibly keep up. First fb article since the 7th btw.

DarthJayhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

When all you have is lemons, you have to make lemonade. There just isn't a lot to write about during this span of time. Since we haven't had a wait this long for a bowl game in recent memory, we don't know what to expect as far as coverage of our team goes. This is certainly no worse than the article telling us that Cole Aldrich is goofy and likes dill pickles on his pizza. Plus, there is a lot more going on in basketball right now, which makes the article on Cole all the more pointless.

sm5561 12 years, 11 months ago

<p> is the athletic depts site, check out the Roanoke Times instead ( Not a lot there, but there is one article "Mixed emotions for Hokies", in which they say "Of course, they knew Kansas ... wasn't going to the big [championship] game".

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