Friday, January 18, 2008

Missouri lawmaker wants open season on Jayhawks


Missouri shooting for new bird?

A bill proposed in the Missouri Senate would make the Kansas Jayhawk the official game bird of the "Show Me" state.

Before entering Missouri, Jayhawks beware.

A Missouri senator has introduced a bill to make the Kansas Jayhawk the official game bird of the state of Missouri.

What's a game bird, you might ask? It's the official bird to be hunted throughout the state. A Jayhawk, remember, is a mythical creature.

"Jeeze, I really don't know what to say to that," said KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony when told of the legislation. "I don't know whether to be proud, afraid or outraged."

The bill was introduced Thursday afternoon by Sen. Dan Clemens, a Republican from Marshfield, Mo., just two days before the Jayhawks and the Tigers meet on the basketball court. Clemens, who holds two degrees from the University of Missouri, couldn't be reached for comment Thursday night.

While the legislation may seem a bit harsh, one Jayhawk fan said he wasn't the least bit surprised Missourians would stoop to such a level.

"People criticize me a lot because I get after them a lot," said former KU football coach Don Fambrough, an outspoken critic of all things Missouri. "But they justify that. They're not very nice people to start with. As long as I've been here, I could tell you a list of things like this they've done over the years."

But Fambrough has a suggestion. "I'm going to recommend that our people make the Tiger our most wanted. I have no love for those people."

If the Jayhawk were to become the state game bird, it would replace the bobwhite quail, which was selected as the state game bird last year. The KU-MU game is 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU, Sunflower Broadband Channel 141.

The bill is No. 971.


choffman 12 years, 10 months ago

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Toto_the_great 12 years, 10 months ago

I despise the Univ of Misery as much as the next guy, but come on... no need to get fussy about this issue. It is a creative way to have a little fun. I highly doubt that this bill would pass, because too much is at stake (they would have to put the Jayhawk in their hunting regs and I am pretty sure Dept of Conservation doesn't want that because it would make them look foolish too and DOC is one of the best Dept Natural Resources around).

What is the Jayhawk a symbolic logo of for the state of Kansas? I would fail if I were on "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"

kc_wildfire 12 years, 10 months ago

Ladies and gentlemen...our tax dollars at work!

12 years, 10 months ago

Something tells me the "NAD's" are behind this brilliant piece of legislation...

rockchalk5588 12 years, 10 months ago

That bill lets me know just how smart Missouri really is. If a Jayhawk is a mythical bird, how do you hunt it? That's just stupid.

kevbo 12 years, 10 months ago

Glad to hear the Missouri state legislature is hard at work fixing the taxing problems of the state... Perhaps they should focus a little bit more on their terrible roads and general ignorance.


fansincewilt 12 years, 10 months ago

I can't imagine a greater compliment to the Jayhawks. However, in reality, it will be the Jayhawks after the Tigers rather than the other way around. Come Saturday, the Jayhawks will be crossing the Border, the Tigers will be running for cover and any bill in the legislature won't change that.

jaybate 12 years, 10 months ago


Does Missouri protect autosodomists like this state legislator?

tis4tim 12 years, 10 months ago

Actually, the Jayhawk is real. Very real. And from what I hear, its favorite delicacy is Tiger meat.

Displayhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

You know the old saying .......Two degrees from Missouri is worth one from .......Actually, two degrees from Mizzery is WORTHless! Just shows you the intelligence level of this dude! All kinds of real problems he should be working on as an elected official, and he's pulling this crap! Kind of ticks me off because I live in Missouri and my tax dollars are being wasted on this!

nicka 12 years, 10 months ago

jaybate -

why don't you take a trip and find out??

I can't believe you label me a misery fan just because I don't agree with everything you think. Trust me, I'm not the only one who skips right past your overzealous rants.

nicka 12 years, 10 months ago

this legislation comes as no surprise. remember, misery has elected a corpse to office.

v3rnondotcom 12 years, 10 months ago

If I were a Missouri resident I'd be calling my own state senator wanting to know exactly what this publicity stunt is costing the state coffers. That bill had to get typed, proofed, reviewed by a legislative staff attorney, be printed who knows how many times, etc. That isn't free and if it were my tax dollars I'd be livid! Aren't there any real issues in his district that he could more wisely invest this time and money?

KUbsee69 12 years, 10 months ago

I'm employeed at a large KCMO business that has a significant number of KU, KSU, MU and other Missouri (Rolla) grads. Over the years, I've heard some really stupid statements from the MU folks. For instance, once when KU was defeated in Columbia, one of the MU guys said that the only thing that would have been better was if "the KU plane crashed on their way back home". That shows some real smarts because it was a bus. But what do you expect from an MU guy, but anyway ...

Overall, rivalries are fun. Without them, what would be the point of sports. However, the Missouri crowd is just downright hateful. So, this bill does not surprise me. I've even seen a report about a MO judge that you don't dare wear any KU identifier into his court or you're toast.

So, let's once again seek revenge for Quantrill's dastardly deed and crush the tiggers. And let the MU crowd speak with the thunder of their tongues while the Hawks speak with the lightning of their actions!

12 years, 10 months ago

jaybate -

Autosodomists??? I can't stop laughing! :o)

JayViking 12 years, 10 months ago

Isn't it just a joke?

I think it's kind of funny.

63Jayhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

I think it is funny! I guess they just can't find anything in the state of misery worth recognizing...had to branch out to Kansas. Besides, is there anyone who thinks a Misery hunter stands any chance at all of bagging a Jayhawk?

KGphoto 12 years, 10 months ago

You better bring more than quail shot if you plan on bringing down a 6 foot, hybrid, predatory hawk.

My money is on the bird.

KUAlum2000 12 years, 10 months ago

I'd be careful going over there wearing jayhawk stuff cause some hillbilly might try and shoot you and claim it was legal.

To back my point; until 1976 it was legal to kill a Mormon in the state of Missouri, look it up.

andersonalex 12 years, 10 months ago

Seems like a bad idea to me... who knows when some lunatic fan will decide to take it to the next level and shoot someone...

tdub 12 years, 10 months ago

Seems symbolic, doesn't it? Considering the mythical stance of the Jayhawk, Moo fans can hunt it until they drop and they will never prevail; a true immitation of our dominance.

The Jayhawk is an idea, one that symbolizes tenacity and perserverance previously exerted to fight the evils of slavery. I'm sure this legislator is proud to represent a state apparently hellbent on destroying the ideals of freedom for all.

Seth Peattie 12 years, 10 months ago

Amen, Coach!

SUCK IT, MISSOURA TRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LAJayhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

Tell that to UNLV

No, I understand your point, but I have to think it sits in a players mind, this historical factor. God knows every media member within 1000 yards will remind them....

nocaljayhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

The Missouri Legislature: Squabbling about a neighboring state's university's mythical mascot while ignoring our state's awesome crystal meth-iness. Way to work, legislators.

And what's this about it being legal to kill Morons in MO up until 1976?

Oh, MorMons--my bad. But don't THEY believe Jebus lived in MO or somesuch thing?

okjhok 12 years, 10 months ago

LA...where ya been?! I've been waiting a while to get my LAJayhawk5 "SUCK IT" fix. I'm going to go to your archive and look up all the "SUCK IT"s from the past. Always a classic, especially before the Mizzou game.

LAJayhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

And if you don't believe that go ask any member of the Patriots..........

okjhok 12 years, 10 months ago

Okay, did my research. LA is the best. Most of the references are aimed toward MU, but there is actually a "suck it" list and a "suck it" corner that LA can send you to if you're bad.
LA...will you do me the honor of giving me a "SUCK IT"? I would be honored.

12 years, 10 months ago

okjhok -

You don't want to be held in the same company as the screen name tripartite that is "NAD's", do you? I think LA reserves said distinction for those who truly deserve it.

sdoyel 12 years, 10 months ago

They could be spending time talking about ways to improve roadways, weed out meth, and tear down XXX Video stores. Instead, they are trying to deal with a mythical bird....

Maybe THEY are on meth?

prairie_dog 12 years, 10 months ago

Fix the dam* roads and forget about the birds, you blithering idiots!!

actorman 12 years, 10 months ago

"Jeeze, I really don't know what to say to that," said KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony when told of the legislation. "I don't know whether to be proud, afraid or outraged."

I believe that deserves to be listed as one of the all-time great quotes. Perfect response from Marchiony.

And as for you toto, you need to brush up on your history. Jayhawkers were northerners who helped Kansans fight off the southern hordes trying to make Kansas into a slave state. They were called Jayhawkers because it was that thought that they had the dexterity of a bluejay and the fierceness of a hawk. Thus, we have a proud history and meaning behind our mascot -- just like our "neighbors" to the east who no doubt have a good reason for picking the unique mascot of a tiger.

Mr_Sandman 12 years, 10 months ago

I agree with some of the posts above, there has got to be something else Missouri officials can be talking about. I am pretty sure every single state has problems that need fixing, especially good ole Missoura. Great point made above, this state elected a dead guy!

JayCeph 12 years, 10 months ago

I think I figured it out... it isn't about hunting a Jayhawk in Missouri. The legislation is all about acquiescing to the dominance of KU in not only sports but all facets of decent living.

By making the Jayhawk their state's official "game" bird, they are stating that the Jayhawk is the only mascot/school/state that has 'game.'

Good call, Missouri. It takes a lot of guts to own up to one's own inadequacies. Now, it is time for the rest of the nation to pass similar legislation declaring KU the only school that has 'game.'

We got GAME! (everyone else is playing for seconds... and that's only if we are feeling generous)

Michael Leiker 12 years, 10 months ago

OK, anybody a little concerned about some redneck mizzou fans taking this a little out of context?

okjhok 12 years, 10 months ago

Well, tx, I really don't believe in the whole "NAD's" conspiracy some of you are pushing. I think they're different people, and I'm pretty sure nicka really is a fan. APD is just a punk having a perpetually bad day. But you're probably right, I shouldn't be asking for a "SUCK IT."

Michael Leiker 12 years, 10 months ago

Or, maybe we should be worried about some backwards KS redneck taking the tiger comment out of context. Guard the Tiger Pits Sedgwick County Zoo.

Kyle Crenshaw 12 years, 10 months ago

AMEN KEVBO!!! these roads are horrible! i hate it everytime i have to drive back and forth from topeka to school in springfield! and you can tell once you enter missouri too! there is constant road construction with noone even working! there are all these signs that say they will be completed in like spring of 06 and they are still working on them... its pathetic! this really is low. maybe us in kansas should spend time trying to find a way to turn poop yellow... that way we can say the only yellow in our lives is crap! haha

12 years, 10 months ago

You may be right, okjhok. I must say, I did agree with nicka the other day in his assessment of Erin Andrews :o)

BigJayGreg 12 years, 10 months ago

Give the senator the encouragement and support he deserves:

Toto_the_great 12 years, 10 months ago

Actorman - that is not the question. I know what Jayhawk and Jayhawker are. In, oh maybe 3rd grade or so, we learned the Kansas' symbols... flower = sunflower, bird = western meadowlark, etc. The Jayhawk was one of them, but what category?

Brian Skelly 12 years, 10 months ago

As a native St. Louisan (and current resident), and a KU alum I find this legislation outrageous. Not because of what it is. But because of what it isnt.

There is an elected official sending this to try to pass into legislation. Holy #$@%.

We've got a list of problems that this state needs resolved, or at least addressed, and this eFn moron sees fit to put this "entertaining" legislation forward.

If anything should make folks aware of the "state" that we are here in Missouri right now, jack arses like this one explain quite a lot.

Morons. And a Mizzou Graduate. Go figure.

LAJayhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

Well, I'm the original LAJayhawk, so it'd be great, okjhok, if you called him by his full name -- or at least LA5 -- so as to not confuse him with me. Beyond that, though, picking out the "suck its" is pretty funny. Nice work.

As for this legislation, it is done to be humorous. However, I find it funny (in the ironic way, not so much the ha ha funny way) that with St. Louis schools failing (they have to bus kids out of town) and the roads literally the worst in the country that the state wastes its time and money with this. Even when missboo fans are trying to be comical they shoot themselves in the ass. Maybe THAT should be their state game bird..............

ku11 12 years, 10 months ago

i agree with the terrible roads. i am originally from kansas (lived near lawrence) and now live in st. louis where the roads terrible. the stupid mizz-who "tigger" fans at work think that if they beat KU at least once they had a great season.

ku11 12 years, 10 months ago

i also hate those stupid mizzou billboards on I-70 east of columbia.

jaybate 12 years, 10 months ago


Your name is not nicka.

It is APDnickabenton6fizzou.

smitty33 12 years, 10 months ago

I lived in St. Louis driving back to KC nearly every month for 3 years... what a hole. Actually Missouri was a beautiful state until the Missourians moved in. I was told I-70 in MO is 3 times as old as it was designed with no plans for an update. People with ANY kind of money in MO send their kids to private school starting in grade school because the public schools suck so bad. NO construction takes place on weekends, anytime past 3 pm, and if there's a cloud in the sky. Billboards, billboards, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and porn stars on all highways. I can't remember how many corrupt MO politician stories I read while there. I think this lawmaker has plenty of other stuff to do!!

ralsterKUMed95 12 years, 10 months ago

Im not really worried about the KU-Fizzou outcome, and actually, Mike Anderson's (I do respect him personally) 40-min "of hell" pressure should be good practice for RR and Mario and Sherron should we ever face Memphis. Russell seems unfazed by the whole thing, and we know nothing on-court fazes DJack. I also disagree that going undefeated into March is 'too much weight' on the team--how can it be, as every player, coach, fan knows that it doesnt matter in the least what your record prior to March Madness was if you lose in the 1-loss-and-done NCAA Tourney. The only way 'undefeated' means anything for the history books is if you win the NChampionship.

actorman 12 years, 10 months ago

Please accept my apologies, toto. I should never have doubted your fanhood.

ralsterKUMed95 12 years, 10 months ago

Im sure they think about it, but during game intensity with the crowd and whistles and trying to beat/swipe the guy in front of you, and with coach yellin', I do not think it is an on-court distraction. Now if an undefeated team is down by 15 with 2 min. to go, the realization may be a ton of weight on the shoulders (we've all seen those down faces on the losing bench), and it may be harder to execute. So far KU has shown a lot of poise and intensity. I am reminded of the USC and GaTech games--close games against decent foes on the road. Now we all get to see more such tests. If we are gonna lose, lose in conference play, but it is HIGHLY doubtful that this group needs to "feel the sting" from a loss in order to learn what they have to do better--Im sure UCLA memories are vivid fodder for motivation. And they are definitely improving the FT% and rebounds and aggressiveness without needing to take a loss to learn the lesson--that was last year. What else is there, but to beat (and enjoy) each new opponent/challenge.

Michael Auchard 12 years, 10 months ago

Go ahead, go around outlawing mythical birds, and go ahead and shoot us... if you can. You guys shot 17-percent from 3 against us! Now, I know most of you Missouri fans even count that high, nor do they allow calculators in your cells, but, I say unto you: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

What, too soon?

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