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2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Oh my God, this is awesome’

Chaotic joy reigns in city after big win


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Ryan Greene and Ryan Wood talk about KU's 40-minute attack on North Carolina Saturday night in San Antonio, which propels the Jayhawks into the NCAA title game for the first time since 2003. The guys talk about how the Final Four's two biggest stars looked pretty ordinary, just what were ...

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Fireworks were crackling over the Saturday night sky as fans celebrated in the streets, on the sidewalks, inside cars and everywhere else in Lawrence.

They were toasting Kansas University's 84-66 victory over North Carolina.

"Oh my God, this is awesome," said KU graduate Matt Unger, watching the game at Quinton's Bar and Deli, 615 Mass.

Many fans who watched the game at Allen Fieldhouse walked up to Wescoe Beach on the KU campus and straight to Massachusetts Street to join the festive crowds.

"They didn't even slow down," said Capt. Schuyler Bailey of the KU Public Safety Office.

"They were determined," said Carissa Orth, 20, a KU junior who was among the approximately 1,600 fans at Allen Fieldhouse watching the game on the scoreboard screens. Doors opened at 7 p.m. and hundreds of fan filed in. The sound was deafening as people cheered with the KU band, even booing North Carolina just as loudly.

"It was intense; it was just like being at a game," said Laurie Gallagher, 19, a KU freshman.

Fred Plank, 88, who has been working at Allen Fieldhouse for 50 years, said the turnout surprised him.

"I expected some, but I didn't expect this many," he said.

Fans showed up far earlier downtown, some as early as 6:15 a.m. The wait was worth it as businesses were packed with fans keeping downtown lively all day and into this morning.

You'd have thought KU had won it all when North Carolina called a time-out with 7:32 to go in the first half, the way the crowd inside Quinton's reacted.

"Roy never calls time-out," yelled Jimmy Chavez as he made the time-out gesture to no one in particular.

Ardy Vanderpol, a KU fan who can recall the Wilt Chamberlain years, wanted to thank the police officers patrolling the downtown streets Saturday night.

"I think they do a good job," she said as she gave hugs to five different officers on the corner of Seventh and Massachusetts streets.

Vanderpol said she felt she could take just a little bit of credit for KU's victory because of the Jayhawk bracelets she makes and wears.

"I rubbed these bracelets all night," she said. "I probably rubbed them 20 times."

For some fans, the game was sweet revenge against Roy Williams, the former KU coach.

But come Monday, it's on to bigger and better things: Memphis.

"It's been a long time coming," said Grant Kaufman, 38, and a 1992 KU graduate. "Twenty years has been way too long; I'm glad to be back in the championship game."


Katie Van Blaricum 12 years, 11 months ago

1600 people in the Fieldhouse? I think that number is WAY low....I was there and the place was half full. That would figure to be somewhere around 7,000-8,000 people. 5,000 MINIMUM. Where are they coming up with 1600?

Jarrod Morgenstern 12 years, 11 months ago

The KC Star had it at 7k and that seemed way more like it.

bbeckum 12 years, 11 months ago

Gee, where are all the Bill Self haters and basketball experts that have been so critical of coach and team all season?

rccoleon 12 years, 11 months ago

you would put jimmy in the article, kealing.

William Cormode 12 years, 11 months ago

hey gameday get your spammer butt out of here.

classfan 12 years, 11 months ago

KU basketball fans have no class and are cursed. KU will never when a championship because of the curse. You can't blame Roy for taking the step up and getting away from that, and Bill Self will do the same. He's as good as gone....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....Rock Caulk Chokehawk

hawaiijayhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

Obviously, classfan is classLESS. Can't really spell, so must be Mizzou or KSU fan! It's Rock Chalk Jayhawk, GO KUUUUUU!!!!!! Oh, but I'm sure you know.

classfan 12 years, 11 months ago

The jayhawks always choke in the big game. They have won just two National Championships in the last 60 years, but they still think they are one of the nations top programs. Florida has won that many in the past two years. No, the jayhawks are chokehawks and if they forgot about ol Roy before he left why is that all they have talked about this week, and after KU chokes Monday night and Bill leaves a few weeks later we will all have to listen to the whining again. KU has no class, so the great coaches search for better schools with more class and to get away from the KU curse.....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....

CaramelMacchMan 12 years, 11 months ago

I dont know what the hell classfan is SMOKING but whatever it is... its dammm good and i want some.

Dan Harris 12 years, 11 months ago

He's smoking pussycat dung and I don't want any

classfan 12 years, 11 months ago

lol....Just tell what part of that last comment is not jayhawk fans you have to realize the truth sooner or later....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....Rock Caulk Chokehawk....

CaramelMacchMan 12 years, 11 months ago

51 conference title... most in nation3rd winningest school in nation4th winningest school in NCAA tourney13 final foursI dont know Do the Math.

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