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Thursday, April 10, 2008

The college season’s over - now what?

Jayhawk fans' guide to biding time until next season

Preschoolers from the Lawrence Arts Center pause to examine Joseph Ducreux's painting 'Le Discret' (The Silence) as they tour the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University in this file photo.  Visiting a museum is one way to fill time now that the college basketball season is over.

Preschoolers from the Lawrence Arts Center pause to examine Joseph Ducreux's painting 'Le Discret' (The Silence) as they tour the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University in this file photo. Visiting a museum is one way to fill time now that the college basketball season is over.

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KU fans get back to reality

KU holds the title to two championships this year: the NCAA basketball tournament and the Orange Bowl. But what do fans do now? 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more.

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What a college basketball season it's been. The Jayhawks have taken their fans on the most exciting of rides by rolling through Omaha, Detroit and San Antonio to claim the 2008 National Championship.

On Sunday, fans can cheer for their beloved Jayhawks one last time - at a 3 p.m. parade in downtown Lawrence and then again at a 6 p.m. awards ceremony at Allen Fieldhouse.

But - as the saying goes - all good things must come to an end. While the sights and sounds of "One Shining Moment" will live on forever, next season's first game is still seven months away.

So for all of you basketball junkies out there, here's a quick look at some ways to fill your time while you await the Jayhawks' attempt to defend their title:

More than a basketball school

Most would agree that the other athletic seasons at Kansas University don't hold a candle to the thrill and excitement of basketball season, especially this season. But this Saturday, KU football will host the highly anticipated spring game, and less than a week later the starting gun will fire for track and field's Kansas Relays, which run April 17-19. Toss on top of that KU baseball and plenty of KU softball and women's soccer games, and you're staring at a full slate of sports for the next few months. If that's not enough, get your fix by following former Jayhawks Paul Pierce and Scot Pollard (Boston Celtics), Jacque Vaughn (San Antonio Spurs) and Julian Wright (New Orleans Hornets) as they make their runs at an NBA championship. By the time the NBA Finals end in June, it should be time to talk about the 2008-09 KU hoops season again anyway.

Visit a museum

It's a safe bet that Allen Fieldhouse is the most popular landmark on the KU campus, but Mount Oread also is home to a few other shrines worth visiting. The Spencer Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections for a museum its size, and the Museum of Natural History displays a variety of exhibits that chronicle the inhabitants, past and present, of this planet. For those who still need a basketball fix, the Booth Family Hall of Athletics on the east side of the fieldhouse is open year round and provides a thorough look at KU basketball throughout the years. Also, the newly opened College Basketball Experience near the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo., is just a short car ride away.

Get outdoors already

One of the best things about the end of the college basketball season is the arrival of spring weather. As temperatures continue to rise each day so does access to the outdoor world. Golf fanatics who have been cooped up all winter will be able to break out their drivers. Those who favor the cheaper alternative can grab their discs and head out to one of Lawrence's Frisbee golf courses. In addition, leisure activities such as bike riding, tennis, skateboarding, bird watching and fishing are kicking into high gear.

A family affair

For die-hards and casual fans alike, the commitment of following your favorite team often interferes with other aspects of life. If social outings to watch KU hoops - or the need to be secluded in a certain room so as not to be disturbed during games - have taken you away from time with friends and family, why not use the offseason to get reacquainted. Dinner and a movie with your spouse is always a good idea. How about taking the kids out for pizza with a few of their friends? What about planning that summer vacation? No matter what you choose, make sure you use the time to rediscover what it is about your companions that makes them an important part of your life. And if you must, hosting a few of these excursions at a sports bar is absolutely acceptable.

Get moving

Lawrence recently was named the most walkable city in Kansas, so why not get on out there? More hours of sunshine provide a great opportunity to go for a walk during the time you previously would have spent rooting on the Jayhawks. Just think, walking for even half of the first half can do wonders for your body and mind. Psychologists say that people who exercise regularly are generally in better moods. If a leisurely walk isn't enough, Lawrence has several gyms and fitness centers you can join and there's always Don Gardner's Red Dog's Dog Days for those looking to establish more of a routine.

Read a book

There's nothing quite as relaxing as taking a good book to a park and flipping through a few pages in the warm sunshine. With the list of literary options stretching into the millions, we won't tell you what to read. But one good option would be Chuck Woodling's book "Against All Odds," which chronicles KU's magical run to the 1988 national championship, led by Danny Manning, now an assistant KU basketball coach. For those more interested in Manning's current exploits, log on to www.store.ljworld.com to pre-order a copy of "An Incredible Year," the Journal-World's soon-to-be-released recap of the Jayhawks' rise to the 2008 national title.

Shopping spree

Few things get the senses going like picking up some new threads, hitting a bookstore or purchasing that one item you've been saving to buy. Lawrence offers unique and popular stores. Don't feel like fighting the crowds? Log onto ljworld.com/marketplace, which provides an alternative for those who would rather do their shopping from the comfort of their air-conditioned abodes.

How about a show?

Although it doesn't always provide the same rush as a last-second jump shot or a big-time block to seal the game, performing arts can help fill the void. Many performances run about the same length as a basketball game and most are filled with similar drama and storylines that are familiar to fans of the hardwood. In Lawrence, both KU and the city programs provide numerous opportunities to take in a show. A variety of shows are offered by the Lied Center, University Theater, and Lawrence Community Theater. In addition, the Lawrence Arts Center and Lawrence Children's Theater also keep full slates.

Into the storm

This idea, perhaps more than any of the others, has the potential to provide the same rush as watching your favorite team charge back from a double-digit deficit. With storm season set to hit the Midwest there's no better time to pick up the hobby of becoming a storm chaser. It's easy to get started. All you need is a video camera, a vehicle, a little curiosity and a lot of bravery. Don't need the thrill of staring a tornado square in the face? Another option is to become a storm spotter, which can satisfy the need to know and provide a valuable service to your community. For more information on the ins and outs of storm chasing, log onto www.stormtrack.org.

Comments

sevenyearhawk 13 years, 6 months ago

Easy there, killer!!***GET OUT AND SUPPORT COACH RICH PRICE AND THE BASEBALL TEAM!!!!!!http://www2.kusports.com/baseball/schedule/2008/Only two programs have ever played in a bowl game, a Final Four and the College World Series:Texas in 2002 and KANSAS in 1993 ...Beak 'em, Hawks!

yates33333 13 years, 6 months ago

Hard to imagine KU basketball without Jackson. Robinson, and Kaun and maybe Rush and Arthur. Good Luck. You will be missed.

justinryman 13 years, 6 months ago

I was lucky enough to see this team play its first game of the tourny here in Omaha. That Iam thankful for. Yes it is time to get outside, let my kids take that lest second Mario shot, over and over and over again in the driveway!

KUbsee69 13 years, 6 months ago

1) The Parade2) Savor the moment ... I can ride this high for awhile3) Wear KU championship gear a lot ... especially when I'm around any MU or KSU fans4) The Fighting Manginos5) Wow, it's time for Late Night already!!!When you're my age, time seems to fly, so it'll be here before we know it. I'm looking forward to seeing the new recruits, Cole's continued improvement, Super Sherron, and all the other returning players, especially Brandon, Mario, and Darrell (all hopeful thinking). If two or all three should somehow return, we can repeat!Here's to a great summer!Rock Chalk.

ohjayhawk 13 years, 6 months ago

The J-W is actually endorsing people chasing storms? That's a bit unbelievable. I graduated from KU with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, and even for people in the program the chase team had some guidlines. Chasing without proper knowledge (which the link above does not appear to give) is not only stupid, but completely dangerous. Storms, especially those containing tornados can move in unpredictable ways. I won't tell people who want to chase storms not to do it, but I surely won't condone it like the J-W has.

ohjayhawk 13 years, 6 months ago

txrockchalk - now THOSE, I'd condone ;)

13 years, 6 months ago

Activity suggestions for KSU and MU fans posing as disgruntled KU fans on our message boards: Freefalling without a parachute Poisonous snake handling

Ben Kane 13 years, 6 months ago

I couldn't agree more with sevenyearhawk, go KU baseball!!!

Michael Auchard 13 years, 6 months ago

Wow. I think I'll just go to ESPN.com and pray for a new article about Chalmers instead. Read a book? Ha! What, are you mad? Spend your next few weeks writing better articles, please. Talk about filler. I'm sorry your editor (big douche) assigned you this crap. We all know how the dumb boss story goes, though.

Dr. Robert s. Mosser 13 years, 6 months ago

NOW WHAT? Get rid of Billy Packer. He's old enough to have little memory of past events. i.e. he was worried that Collins would not get the ball over mid-court in five seconds(the rule is 10.) He pushed the idea of fouls on KU but rather ignored some of the muggings under the basket. He's tired, he's boring and it's time for him to go.

speedy 13 years, 6 months ago

yahewh get a life!!!!!!!!! go watch the womens softball team play! they have more fun playing than everyone. young women having the time of their lives playing like 10 yrs old schoolgirls.its very watchable. i wish they had more coverage on tv. big 10 is all i get. go girls!!!!!!!!!

kc_wildfire 13 years, 6 months ago

Couldn't agree more docnchg!Let Vitale call the game. All his passion for basketball and the kids who play it is infectious.

pmohr13 13 years, 6 months ago

Buy 7 championship shirts, one for each day of the week.

Jim Pendleton 13 years, 6 months ago

As much as I would hope otherwise, I am guessing we will not see a repeat of the Bowl Game, Final Four, and College World Series this year. Doubtful that baseball will even make the Big 12 Tourney. Hopefully they will turn it around soon.Great to see so many Hawk fans in San Antonio. We definitely had the most there, and we had even more on Monday. Congrats to Coach Bill and the team for another great year, and an unbelievable experience this past weekend. Maybe all those Coach Bill naysayers will get off his back now.

Rick Arnoldy 13 years, 6 months ago

No more DV courtside, either. When he sticks to analyzing the game in front of him he's good. But I'm tired of hearing about Italian food, Duke, one eye, bald heads, etc.

KUbsee69 13 years, 6 months ago

Katz and Dickie V have their top 5 lists for next year already. Dickie V doesn't have KU in his top 5, but has Roy's boys at #1 again. Surprise, surprise.Katz has KU in the top 5, assuming Mario returns.

Drew Alan 13 years, 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure Florida did the "triple threat" thing one of the past two seasons. They won the national title, they played in a bowl game for sure, and I'm pretty sure they were in the college world series one of those seasons...

Drew Alan 13 years, 6 months ago

Dickie V's #1 of north carolina is contingent on Tyler Hansbrough and others returning, as is Andy Katz having them in his top 5 as well.its dumb to predict until after the draft, which Katz even admits

CaramelMacchMan 13 years, 6 months ago

I still dont understand why We love him when he comes to Allen.I guess. KU fans show some class to him.

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