Friday, September 18, 2009

WWII cannon tested, ready for Saturday’s KU game

Officials from KU Army ROTC, KU Public Safety Office and the KU Athletics Department got together Friday to test a cannon that will be used to celebrate touchdowns and field goals during Saturday's game against Duke.


The cannon is ready, now it's up to the Jayhawks to score in Saturday's game against Duke.

Members of Kansas University's Army ROTC and the Public Safety Office and the Athletics Department were on hand Friday afternoon for the firing of a blank test shot near the football practice fields.

Army Capt. Will Chuber said KU Athletics had approached the Army ROTC program for ways to make this football season special and exciting for fans. After coming up with the idea of firing a cannon after touchdowns and field goals, Chuber who is also a battery commander in the Kansas National Guard, worked with the guard to bring the cannon to KU.

The 75mm howitzer saw action in World War II, but has been out of commission and only used for ceremonial purposes in recent years.


Phoggin_Loud 11 years, 2 months ago

Awesome video! I loved the way the camera panned across the stadium as to seek any damage that the "blank" round may have caused. Also, notice the Duke Football truck in the line of fire. Outstanding!

Michael Leiker 11 years, 2 months ago

Looking at the end of the video, they might want to run by Cabela's and pick up another box of shells!!!

Rivethead 11 years, 2 months ago

Ok, there were 15 shells in that ammo case. 15 scores worth of cannon shots.

I agree - pick up some more shells.

sammyjhk 11 years, 2 months ago

Sorry, but every mediocre high school and college shoots a cannon during a football game. This is not a KU tradition nor should become one.

Code_2008 11 years, 2 months ago

You two fail to realize that it is Armed Forces day tomorrow... that is the reason why they are shooting off the shells.

sammyjhk 11 years, 2 months ago

I congratulate KU and the ROTC for supporting our troops. That needs to happen every game day! I just feel that KU could find a more unique way to give tribute.

Josh Freeman 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure anyone is failing to realize it is Armed Forces day. What's being talked about is making the cannon a permanent fixture. What a sh*tty idea!

Robert Brock 11 years, 2 months ago

How about a fly-over with a napalm drop? Seriously, why do something cheezy like the canon? I think that it would be better to introduce plenty of brave men and women at halftime with some words of memory for those who lost life and limb in service to our country.

gardenjay 11 years, 2 months ago

A fly over would be a serious celebration, but seriously we would need a nearby airstrip (with a track around it?) with standby pilot(s) in order to celebrate each KU touchdown and field goal. Putting reality aside, that would indeed be awesome, especially a jet or jet bomber like the B1, have it go vertical about midfield in a column of flame.

I thought Brock used the perfect word for this canon idea - cheezy. Waggishness points out this idea is headed for 'tradition status', because if all you want to do is support Armed Services Day then perhaps do it with a WWII canon, perhaps at halftime, and make it about the services not interwoven with the football game.

People at this game are fans. They are not a captive receptive audience, and this canon thing needs to make sense.

Dirk Medema 11 years, 2 months ago

What happens if there is a replay review that overturns a TD?

That being said, I haven't seen the cannon being fired after every score at any other FB game, so it doesn't seem cheesy to me. Oh well.

prairie_dog 11 years, 2 months ago

How about some grenades for the Duke bench!!

Or maybe some surplus LAWs from the Vietnam era.

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