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Monday, February 14, 2011

Purple passion: Bramlage sure to be rockin’ tonight for Sunflower Showdown

Kansas forward Marcus Morris pulls up for a three-pointer in front of the Bramlage Coliseum crowd during the first half Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris pulls up for a three-pointer in front of the Bramlage Coliseum crowd during the first half Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at Bramlage Coliseum.

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Kansas forward Marcus Morris pulls up for a three-pointer in front of the Bramlage Coliseum crowd during the first half Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at Bramlage Coliseum.

— Some will be armed with rubber chickens, others merely with creative signs.

Rest assured, almost all of the early-arriving Kansas State University students who attend tonight’s Sunflower Showdown will let Kansas University’s basketball players know what they think of ’em during pre-game drills.

“Yeah, they are probably the worst (as far as yelling insults),” fifth-year KU senior Brady Morningstar said of the Wildcat faithful, sure to be energized for today’s 8 p.m. battle between soon-to-be-No. 1 KU (24-1, 9-1) and unranked KSU (16-9, 4-6).

“They’re also the best. Why wouldn’t you want that, you know?” Morningstar added with a wry smile.

He’s been part of three victories and one defeat heading into his final go-round in the Little Apple.

“I’d have to say playing at K-State in conference play, other than Allen Fieldhouse, is my favorite place to play. They’ve been the best games I’ve had since I’ve been here, just because their fans are the most rowdy,” Morningstar said.

“And it always comes down to a last possession. Beating everybody who’s wearing purple is awesome. Just shooting shots ... I know they just hate seeing us hit shots. It’s awesome. Watching us make threes or do whatever in that game, you just think back it’s so much fun.”

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Morningstar actually used last year’s K-State game as inspiration earlier this year when he was slumping from beyond the arc.

“There was an ESPN Classic — us against K-State — at K-State. I think I had two or three threes,” Morningstar said. He hit two of three threes and scored 14 points in KU’s 81-79 overtime victory over the ’Cats last season in Bramlage.

“It’s fun to watch those because you remember what you’re thinking as you were shooting the ball. It feels good to see your shot go through the net (saying), ‘I know I can shoot.’”

Someday, Morningstar figures to chat with his own children and grandchildren about the KU-KSU rivalry, just as his dad, former KU guard Roger, raised Brady on the rivalry.

“I think it means a lot to everyone here just because it’s another in-state school. Since my dad played here, he has a lot of stories about playing them — their old players and old coaches,” Morningstar said. “Growing up, coming to games here, being a fan, watching K-State and saying, ‘Please don’t beat us, please don’t beat us,’ because you don’t want to go to school all mad the next day because everyone hates K-State or some of your friends might like K-State. It’s pretty good going in their house and winning.”

KSU senior guard Jacob Pullen, who is 1-7 versus KU, will never forget the victory — an 84-75 victory on Jan. 30, 2008, in Manhattan. That would be his freshman season.

“We brought the fight to them, I remember that. I remember from the jump ball, we were excited. We played with passion,” Pullen said. “And when you’re having a night like that, a lot of things went our way, whether it was Clent (Stewart) falling on the floor and slapping the ball to Michael (Beasley) for a three, or throwing a touchdown pass to Bill (Walker) for a dunk. There were a lot of things went our way, and that’s what happens when you play with a lot of passion. The game starts to fall your way.”

KU, which has won seven straight in the series and 26 of the last 27 overall in Manhattan, thumped the Wildcats, 90-66, on Jan. 29 in Allen.

What does KSU need to do better this time?

“A lot,” Pullen said. “That game we didn’t rebound. We didn’t guard. We didn't handle ball screens at all. Defensively, we were atrocious.

“We really shouldn’t even have played defense. We should have stayed on the offensive side and try to cherry-pick and get layups or something, because defensively we didn’t do anything well. As far as guarding the post, guarding the screens, we just gave up open shot after open layup after offensive rebound. When you play like that, you have no chance of being in the game, so for us it’s a mind-set.

“It's also a mentality that we’ve really got to bring the fight to them and not wait for them to bring the fight to us,” Pullen added.

Coach Frank Martin, who is 1-7 versus KU, was asked after Saturday’s 58-56 loss at Colorado if he feels like KSU “owes” KU.

“I don’t know if we owe them. (They’re) the No.1 team in the country after today,” Martin said. “And they’re the No. 1 team in our league. I understand Texas is in first place. But no one has beaten (Kansas) for a conference title in my years in this league. So they’re the best team in our league. Until someone does so, they will stay that way.”

KU coach Bill Self, who is 16-2 against KSU as KU coach, respects Martin and the ’Cats.

“Kansas State is a place that is always tough, and they are going to want to put a little something back on us for that game here,” Self said, well aware KSU is 12-2 in Bramlage this season. “They are a good team. If we are ranked No. 1, it will add to the interest of the game, and we have to be ready to play. We know we will get a great effort from them, and it will be a great rivalry game for us. In order for us to have any desire to win the league, we cannot let any games slip by.”

Texas holds a one-game lead over the Jayhawks in the league standings. Yet it’s the Jayhawks who figure to be No. 1 today.

“Not that it makes any difference in people’s minds, but when you knock off the No. 1 team regardless of whether it’s deserved or not, there’s a shot of adrenaline you get nationally from media across America, and stuff like that would definitely breed confidence in their team,” Self said.

The Jayhawks will enter as a confident team tonight.

“It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a tough environment like it always is, but hey, that’s what you play for,” Morningstar said. “It’ll be intense ... so intense. I can’t wait to play.”

Comments

oregonjhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

I can't wait! Bring on the growl towels...hicks..

kusayzone 3 years, 10 months ago

It may not seem like a fair fight but that is why they play the game.

Rodney Stice 3 years, 10 months ago

Go into the little apple and get a win. Can't wait for the game.

HOPESHAWKS 3 years, 10 months ago

The Octagon of Doom is sure to be the loudest arena in the nation tonight. As for getting a KU win, those Kitty Cats are limping and will likely choke up a fur ball.

captku 3 years, 10 months ago

I asked a Cat-alum last year what was up with that goofy moniker. He said he was pretty embarrassed by that whole attempt at more notoriety. I told him that if the team was better, they would get all the notoriety they would want, but I guess they decided instead to go with the internal problems path to headlines! Octagon of Doom --- give me a break. Sounds like a bad video game.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

I think it was Owen @ rockchalktalk.com that referred to it best as the "Octagon of Mild Discomfort".

From the sounds of things, the whole place is already littered with fur balls, along with discarded pre-season, pre-performance, rankings. As long as our guys can avoid injury from the debris I'll be happy, though it would also be great to hear the Chant with a minute or two to go. That's always nice.

KU_FanSince75 3 years, 10 months ago

1 here we come, whether you like it or not! K-State has spent all their nine lives this season. Time to go to Kitty Kat heaven. Time to hear my co-workers (and there are a lot of them) who are K-State fans and former alums to cry, bitch and moan after another sweet Octagon of Dominance Jayhawk victory! rcjhgoku!

saad007 3 years, 10 months ago

My fellow jayhawks. Please don't forget to vote for Tyrel. He's still in first place but the Ohio State dude is getting closer. Please vote evryday http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_basketball_2010-11/

clevelandjayhawker 3 years, 10 months ago

Win one for the guys who are injured and cant be out there, by the way kstate.....YOU LET THE WHOLE STATE DOWN

RockCaCO3 3 years, 10 months ago

“And they’re the No. 1 team in our league. I understand Texas is in first place. But no one has beaten (Kansas) for a conference title in my years in this league. So they’re the best team in our league. Until someone does so, they will stay that way.”

Frank should work for ESPN. He understands what those knuckleheads don't.

oldrocker 3 years, 10 months ago

I predict another Jayhawks victory in the Hawktagon of Doom. Rock Chalk!

Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 10 months ago

we are 26-1 in their building the last 27 years.....hard pressed to find a more dominant major college on the road intra state league rival.. Plus, the kitties are 8-63 against us, in the last 28 years.....unbelievable.

basically, we hound Pullen and pound it inside...we'll win easily again. it's that simple. if we stray from the formula, it's our own fault.

KU 79 KSU 67

Go Jayhawks!

Kurt Eskilson 3 years, 10 months ago

Since 1984, the number of … K-State victories over KU in Manhattan = 1 KU National Championships = 2 (I never get tired of that stat!)

sprayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

I love this. Two of my employees bleed purple and all they do is make excuses - kinda like what Kelly does when he fouls. Today it is about the clock at the end of the game against CU. Tomorrow will be more of the same - all I'll need to say is SCOREBOARD!

LeBo 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey Coach Self, red uniforms tonight for the ladies!

741hawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey LeBo -- They are CRIMSON uniforms. Remember. Crimson and Blue!

Mike Joseph 3 years, 10 months ago

After the Hawks beatdown the Power Pussies tonight they can rename the place "The Chalktogon of Gloom"

jayhawkinATL 3 years, 10 months ago

And to be sure, some idiots will still bring in live chickens.

Alohahawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Which means K State will lay another egg.

keith horinek 3 years, 10 months ago

At Allen fieldhouse they almost "pat" you down before you enter. They have a very good security system. How does a live chicken get into bramlage every year? Do they not have any type of security? Or does security look the other way? Or maybe they have a poultry research unit in the building? Oh well, it should be a good game. Stay focused and execute guys, the cats will be giving it all they got tonight. If KSU loses, they can kiss the ncaa tournement goodbye and their only hope is for an NIT bid. Pullen may have to eat some crow.

RockCaCO3 3 years, 10 months ago

"How does a live chicken get into bramlage every year?"

You can get'em at the concessions stand. Standard fare in Manhattan. "Dem's good eet'n"

KULA 3 years, 10 months ago

It's easy--they keep them in their pants.

Khauser 3 years, 10 months ago

In the defense of Bramlage security, it's pretty tough to spot the difference between farm animals and dates in Manhattan. You really have to error on the side of caution because you may be trying to kick something out that has a paid season ticket!

Justin Carlson 3 years, 10 months ago

Just some observations from a nervous KU fan!

Just to preface "We as a team are firing on all cylinders!!" (without JS!)

  1. Will selby play? (how will TT play when he comes back?) TT has been a lot more effective with selby on the bench! A. Will this adversely affect the current jugernaut offensive rotation we have going? B. How will brady respond when Josh takes his minutes? (how do take min. away from brady the way he is playing?) C. Do we really need Selby on the floor with the way the bench (Mario TR) is playing? D When JS returns will it really make us better or worse?

  2. No Question when T-Rob returns we dominate the middle again because noway withey and Morris twins can stay out of foul trouble like that did against a weak front line of the clones. I would even say one of the twins picks up 2 before the under 12 media timeout!

Kurt Eskilson 3 years, 10 months ago

Brady will be fine whether he starts, plays 25 minutes or 10. He is the ultimate roleplayer. Whatever Coach Self decides, Brady will give his best effort – every time. (He was incredible Saturday – offensive rebounds in particular!)

Scott Smetana 3 years, 10 months ago

Please, Please Wildcats give us a tough game. We could use a decent practice. The last game our guys didn't break a sweat.

kerbyd 3 years, 10 months ago

Hopefully, they don't spit on our guys like they did with Sully when he was at Wisconsin. Not cool.

JayhawkBigXII 3 years, 10 months ago

To make matters worse, the majority of K-Staters chew tobacco.

Gil Ek 3 years, 10 months ago

02/14/2011 Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Rank School Conf W-L RPI SOS Rank SOS 1-50 W-L 51-100 W-L 101-200 W-L 201+ W-L
1 Kansas Big 12 24-1 0.6813 11 0.5953 7-1 6-0 6-0 5-0 2 Brigham Young MWC 24-2 0.6771 14 0.5918 7-1 4-1 9-0 3-0 3 Ohio State Big 10 24-1 0.6727 33 0.5729 6-1 6-0 9-0 3-0 4 Georgetown Big East 20-5 0.6723 2 0.6298 8-5 5-0 5-0 2-0 5 San Diego State MWC 25-1 0.6713 35 0.5703 4-1 8-0 9-0 2-0 6 Pittsburgh Big East 23-2 0.6634 20 0.5872 6-2 7-0 6-0 4-0 7 Duke ACC 23-2 0.6594 37 0.5652 6-2 8-0 4-0 5-0 8 Texas Big 12 22-3 0.6570 17 0.5886 7-2 2-0 8-1 5-0 9 Notre Dame Big East 21-4 0.6476 26 0.5793 7-3 5-1 3-0 6-0 10 Purdue Big 10 20-5 0.6433 24 0.5805 4-4 7-1 7-0 2-0 11 North Carolina ACC 18-6 0.6427 5 0.6020 3-5 9-0 4-1 2-0 12 Florida SEC 20-5 0.6394 6 0.6018 8-1 3-1 6-3 3-0 13 Connecticut Big East 19-5 0.6364 16 0.5903 6-5 5-0 2-0 6-0 14 Kentucky SEC 17-7 0.6356 10 0.5974 5-5 1-2 7-0 4-0 15 Vanderbilt SEC 18-6 0.6289 13 0.5941 4-4 5-0 8-2 1-0 16 Arizona Pac-10 21-4 0.6286 54 0.5537 1-3 4-0 13-0 3-1 17 St. John's Big East 15-9 0.6279 1 0.6314 5-6 3-2 6-0 1-1 18 Wisconsin Big 10 19-5 0.6274 36 0.5661 6-4 4-1 4-0 5-0 19 Xavier A10 18-6 0.6238 29 0.5768 3-2 6-2 7-2 2-0 20 West Virginia Big East 16-8 0.6193 4 0.6056 4-5 4-3 5-0 3-0 21 Villanova Big East 19-6 0.6185 27 0.5785 5-4 5-1 5-1 4-0 22 Syracuse Big East 20-6 0.6181 25 0.5801 4-4 6-2 6-0 4-0 23 George Mason CAA 21-5 0.6142 74 0.5421 2-1 5-3 10-1 4-0 24 Louisville Big East 19-6 0.6100 34 0.5712 6-4 3-1 3-1 7-0 25 Tennessee SEC 15-10 0.6099 3 0.6274 6-4 4-3 1-3 4

Tony Bandle 3 years, 10 months ago

Just for fun recalling, some of the "printable' nicknames for Bramlage:

The Octagon of Dumb The Octagon of Dung. The Octagon of Douche The Sheronagon The Octagon of Crap We Lost to Kansas Again Allen Fieldhouse West Plains [Coors is Allen Fieldhouse West Mountains] The Octa-Kitty of Pity The Annual Manhattan Massacre The Octagon of Domestic Animals Collison Coliseum The Crapagon of Losers Barn-Lage Corral The Eight-sided Monument To Futility Frank's Tank

RockCaCO3 3 years, 10 months ago

+1 Sheronagon.

Along those lines:

Moriiagon TRobagon Tyrellagon Tyshawnagon Bangagong (get it on!)

kerbyd 3 years, 10 months ago

Couldn't we just call it "The Cat Box"? (along with Mizzory's place)

Michael Auchard 3 years, 10 months ago

The Octagon of Domesticated Animals and Sherronagon were my favorites. Good work here.

Chris Shaw 3 years, 10 months ago

I would take this "Bracketology" in a heart beat. My only concern is that if KU gets shipped out West (Which would be likely if they keep winning) they will get pitted for a "Revenge" game against Zona or UCLA. I hated the fact that last year KU had already played like 6 or 7 teams in their bracket.

As far as Lunardi's decision making, I love it. If only it was the true bracket. I actually like having the opportunity to potentially play BYU. We'll see, but I like this bracket.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

RockCaCO3 3 years, 10 months ago

As much as I tire of Lunardi, he's "usually" pretty accurate, at least with respect to KU. I like his West bracket.

KGphoto 3 years, 10 months ago

I'd like to see the winning sign for the contest happen tonight!

Oakville, get out there with your list of nicknames on a big sign with the KUsports.com logo on it and win this thing.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

"Some Little Known Features of the Wildkiitties' Bramlage Coliseum"

~Eight-Sided to represent the number of ways KSU finds to lose to KU.

~Home locker room floor is covered with a 12 inch layer of clumping kitty litter.

~Soap dispensers in women's restrooms are filled with essence milked from Cougar scent glands.

~Bramlage is an amazingly versatile structure shared by KSU men's and women's basketball and KSU's renowned Institute for Advanced Cattle Sphincter Studies.

~The new Kansas State University Hall of Lame will feature a robotic model of KSU great Nick Pino running the floor at the rate of the sun rising and setting.

~The KSU Hall of Lame will be located in the sub basement of the proposed KSU Farm Implement Mall addition to Bramlage, which by the way is designed to wrap around Bramlage, thus turning an octagonal structure into a square one!

~Seats in the KSU student section have labels reading "Sit here, stupid."

~The food concessions offer gastronomic delicacies such as, "Experimental tripe Landon, Cow Lips Tuttle Creek, Pig Hair Souffle on a bed of Nine Toed Chicken feet, Strontium 90 Radiated Ribs of Experimental Sow, Genetically Modified Soy Burger on Genetically Modified Wheat Flour Buns with bio-engineered purple pickle relish, 3-week fertilized Experimental Chicken Egg Scrambles stuffed in a genetically modified tortilla wrap, and the traditional Manhattan favorite--hotdogs made from the lips, organs and fur of coyote crossed with Pekinese aka Pekinotes.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

~The Bramlage parking structure has an entire level dedicated to KSU alums arriving in tractor drawn manure spreaders.

~The games are in fact still played at old Ahearn, but all fans sit in Bramlage and wear 3-D glasses and watch the game via state of the art HD/3D TV screens on the Bramlage scoreboard.

~All KSU players must wear specially fitted, photoblack contact lenses to prevent retinal burn from Frank Martin's death ray glare.

~Signs are posted at the KSU end of the court that read: Please, Do Not Feed the Cheerleaders.

~Each game about a dozen KSU fans are reported missing at Bramlage and rumor has it they are abducted by grad students from the experimental barns, where KSU is doing above top secret DOD research on hybridizing human beings with Angus bulls to create the next generation super soldier.

~KU and KSU are often two schools separated by a common language. Where KU males would refer to an intelligent, well-endowed KU coed as a brainy beautiful woman, KSU males are most apt to exclaim in Bramlage, "Wow, she sure is bright and milkable!"

~The separation by a common language is not limited to KU and KSU males. KU females, when spying an intelligent, well endowed male student, are apt toe exclaim, "He's funny and sexy." KSU females, on the other hand are apt to exclaim, "Hey, look a those Rocky Mountain oysters."

~Messages on the Bramlage score board are written in easy to read formats for KSU fans like: "See Jacob shoot. Shoot Jacob shoot!"

~The underside of each seat at Bramlage has rack holding a Gideon's Bible and a copy of Losing for Dummies.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

Jack Wilson 3 years, 10 months ago

Some fiction, some malice .. nice post.

Some observations as a result:

KSU's renowned Institute for Advanced Cattle Sphincter Studies you refer to has but one motto .. "Don't be shy, just stick that arm all the way in." So as to keep things consistent, it is the same motto espoused by KSU's female population.

Actually, I thought Rocky Mountain oysters were a highly sought after delicacy for KSU men and women alike .. for nurishment, or otherwise.

And I think the sign was "Please, do no knead the cheeleaders" .. doughy, lumpy, etc. But I might be wrong.

They stopped posting "Shoot Jacob Shoot" over concerns KSU fans would take that literally, particularly the guys in the stands wearing the bright orange jackets.

The Losing for Dummies manual you reference has but one page .. in 72 font .. and reads, "Play KU"

KU 74 KSU 60 (In the house that Roy built)

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Great addition: 1 page. Play KU. LOL!

Chris Shaw 3 years, 10 months ago

Big 12 Power Rankings: 2/14/11

1) Texas: Playing the best ball in the country. Play Okie State and at Nebraska this week. Nebraska game will be the game I closely watch.

2) Kansas: Injuries are really hurting the Jayhawks at the moment, but they have looked really good with everyone contributing since the Texas loss

3) A&M: Back on the winning side of things and they have a pretty manageable schedule to conclude conference play. I imagine they will finish 11-5 or 10-6 in conference.

4) Mizzou: Lost to KU on the road last week is understandable, but they also have a manageable schedule to end conference play.

5) Baylor: Baylor looked really good the last 10 minutes against Texas, but they have a murderous schedule in their final 5 games. They need minimum 3 wins in their next 5 and one of them needs to come against a ranked Mizzou, A&M, or Texas squad.

6) Nebraska: I still feel the cornhuskers are playing better ball than Colorado at the moment. They have a great chance to dictate their fate in conference play this week by playing OU and at home against Texas. A "W" against Texas could get them into the NCAA tournament. Plus, as much as I hate Nebraska, I would love to see them upset Texas.

7) Colorado: Finally got back to winning after losing 1 of 6. They also have a decent schedule to finish conference play, but we'll see how that ends up.

8) Okie State: They haven't beaten anybody of substance this season and I don't expect them to to end the conference season.

9) OU: OU, I do have to admit have played better basketball than I ever thought they would. I picked them last in the Big 12 and they have far exceeded those expectations.

10) K-State: Got swept by Colorado! That pretty much explains their season. It's a "Must Win" for the cats tonight against the Jayhawks or their season is done IMO.

11) Tech: They are just bad

12) Iowa State: Can't believe they are worse than Tech. Actually, I can believe it!

Yakihawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Do the fans still wear the Pullen Beards? I'll have a hard time watching tonight if ESPN mentions it 8,000 times like last year.
Sidenote: Is it just me or does Frank Martin's in game coaching expressions look like a really angry version of Bert, of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street?

Alohahawk 3 years, 10 months ago

It's the eyebrows and the eyes. His twin brother, Bert, beat him out the ...eh, door, by 10 minutes, and Frank's been jealous ever since, cause Bert always got all the love.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Big 12 Re-Power Rankings: 2/14/11

(NOTE: jaybate's ADDITIONS ARE IN CAPS.)

1) Texas: Playing the best ball of ANY THIRD WORLD COUNTRY HOUSING EX-PRESIDENTS IN DISGRACE. TEXAS IS WAITING TO BE ADMINISTERED A SEVERE BEATING BY A VASTLY SUPERIOR KU TEAM THAT UT WAS DUMB LUCKY TO MEET WHEN THAT KU TEAM WAS BEGINNING TO BE RIDDLED WITH INJURIES, WAS EMOTIONALLY DRAINED FROM THE TRAGEDY OF TROB'S AND JOSH'S LOSSES, WAS COMING OFF DIFFICULT TRAVEL WITH LATE ARRIVAL IN LAWRENCE, AND HAD ITS PRACTICE ROUTINE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVERAL DAY PRIOR TO THE GAME. NEXT FORECASTED SEVERE BEATING BY KU: 20 POINTS IN THE CONFERENCE TOURNEY.

2) Kansas: Injuries are really hurting the Jayhawks at the moment, but they have looked really good with everyone contributing since the Texas loss AND WILL RUN THE TABLE ALL THE WAY TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

3) A&M: Back on the winning side of things and they have a pretty manageable schedule to conclude conference play. I imagine they will finish 11-5 or 10-6 in conference AND TURGEON WILL JUMP TO A UNIVERSITY LOCATED IN A TOWN WITH RUNNING WATER, ELECTRIC LIGHTS AND SOME BASKETBALL TRADITION.

4) Mizzou: Lost to KU on the road last week is understandable, but they also have a manageable schedule to end conference play AND WILL BEAT ONLY THOSE WITH THE SAME LACK OF A FRONT LINE THAT PLAGUES FIZZOU.

5) Baylor: Baylor looked really good the last 10 minutes against Texas, but they have a murderous schedule in their final 5 games. They need minimum 3 wins in their next 5 and one of them needs to come against a ranked Mizzou, A&M, or Texas squad, WHICH THEY WILL GET AGAINST A MASSIVELY OVERRATED SHORTHORN SQUAD.

Mike Bratisax 3 years, 10 months ago

Ex-Presidents in disgrace? Did Jimmy move his peanut farm to Texas?

Kansas will run the table? As much as i wished you were correct, KU will finish the Big 12 w/3 losses at best.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

6) Nebraska: I still feel the cornhuskers are playing better ball than Colorado at the moment. They have a great chance to dictate their fate in conference play this week by playing OU and at home against Texas. A "W" against Texas could get them into the NCAA tournament. Plus, as much as I hate Nebraska, I would love to see them upset Texas, WHICH THEY WILL DO, IF DOC'S PLAYERS DON'T QUIT ON HIM FROM ALL THE CLOSE LOSSES.

7) Colorado: Finally got back to winning after losing 1 of 6. They also have a decent schedule to finish conference play, but we'll see how that ends up. BECAUSE THEY ARE LED BY A KU MAN THEY WILL DO BETTER THAN EXPECTED, BUT BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO ONE ABLE TO REBOUND BETTER THAN A SMURF THEY WILL STRUGGLE.

8) Okie State: They haven't beaten anybody of substance this season and I don't expect them to to end the conference season. AND TRAVIS FORD WILL REMAIN UNDERSIZED FOR A COACH AND T. BOONE PICKENS WILL MAKE ANOTHER BID FOR SELF, AFTER SELF WINS ANOTHER RING THIS SEASON.

9) OU: OU, I do have to admit have played better basketball than I ever thought they would. I picked them last in the Big 12 and they have far exceeded those expectations, BUT REMAIN MEDIOCRE AND COULD NOT HAVE RISEN EVEN TO THAT LEVEL WITHOUT ALMOST CONSTANT RELIANCE ON XTREME CHEAP SHOTTING.

10) K-State: Got swept by Colorado! That pretty much explains their season. It's a "Must Win" for the cats tonight against the Jayhawks or their season is done IMO. THERE SEASON IS DONE!!!

11) Tech: They are just bad. AND GETTING WORSE, AS PAT KNIGHT AND TECH REAPS THE BITTER VINTAGE OF NEPOTISM.

12) Iowa State: Can't believe they are worse than Tech. Actually, I can believe it! FRED HOIBERG IS GETTING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING, BUT IT IS STILL LIKE POLISHING A TURD. AFTER THE POLISHING, IT IS STILL A TURD.

jhawklifer 3 years, 10 months ago

Truly classic post. kushaw and Jaybate in 2012!

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Ooops! Apologies to KUSHAW. The caps key did not work. So: you must guess where my adds begin and where his originals leave off. Sorry!

KGphoto 3 years, 10 months ago

Yeah. The LJW caps police software is spastic. There doesn't seem be any pattern to what is allowed CAPS, and what isn't. I just capitalized LJW and CAPS. We shall see...

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

WTH!

This was a test. This was only a test. :-)

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Test inference: using the shift key to create a series of up to 3 capitalized letters works, but using the caps lock key does not work.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

"Some High Points of My Black Ops Insertion into Lawrence this Past Week End: or Going Gonzo in a Button Down Cardigan"

My low iProfile in recent days has been attributable to travel related to another black ops insertion into Lawrence by yours truly in which I attended the ISU game disguised as the late Fred Rogers packing a .44 magnum, wearing a bush hat and lipping a brown paper cigarette in a plastic holder Hunter Thompson-style. More about this later.

Prior to attending the ISU game I had mainlined an Elk burger at The Local Cafe a block off Mass Street and was shortly thereafter reduced to crawling on my aging knees and hands after two great beauties in exquisitely tight pants and rough out suede knee boots sashayed by like a couple of Swiss Movements in jeans. These two KU women turned, and were apparently intrigued, in a sort of twisted Daddy fantasy sort of way, with my KU blue button down cardigan, and helped me up. Steadying me, they asked me if I wanted to do a threesome at the Eldridge Hotel for lunch. Suddenly riddled with carnal fantasies the likes of which I had not experienced since my first spring on Mt. Oread, I smiled rakishly and said, "I'm old, ladies, but I'm not dead!"

They took me to the restaurant in the Eldridge's ground floor for what I thought was to be a pre orgy fuel up. They were as charming and sexy as all KU women students are in conversation. When they said they were ready to go, I said in my best ranconteur's voice, that I wanted them to wait a minute and permit me to freshen up. They giggled and said, "You're so cute," as they took my credit card to pay for their meals.

I did the late middle aged equivalent of running to the men's room in the restaurant, ducked into a stall, closed the door, removed my shirt and began applying a heavy coating of Andro Gel, a testosterone cream guarantied to imbue even ancienne men with the get up and go of a freshman on two beers at closing time.

Alas, when I returned, the lovelies said, "Its time to go to the game." Crestfallen, I agreed, realizing that my days as a satyr capable of inflaming coeds were now, even in my fantasies, officially behind me.

At Allen Field House, I witnessed the usual drubbing given a team without talent visiting a number two ranked team. I saw how wonderful KU really is and how rough the game truly has become. The rough stuff really does not show up nearly as well, even in HD broadcasts, as it does when one is sitting even 20 rows from the floor as I was.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

I swear I saw Tyrel Reed pushed from the free throw line all the way to the baseline on one play. And on another it actually appeared that an ISU big's knee actually penetrated the back fo the thigh of Markieff Morris and came out the front side. I remarked on this to the sexy coeds on both arms and they said that I was obviously in an altered state caused by acute cummidin toxicity; this impressed me. Women in my era were not so pharmacologically savvy. When I responded by saying that in my younger years I would have taken them both to levels of ecstasy some where near the now known outer limits of the universe, they responded by simultaneously turning up my hearing aids to the point that my nose hairs began to vibrate. And giggled and laughed doing so.

Afterwards, we went down to Hall of Fame area of AFH and I marveled at how well laid out everything was, even as I simultaneously watched both of the young women walk and point at me and say to some friends, "Hey, look at Mr. Rogers here; we picked him up off the side walk down on Mass Street and decided to do him a favor and take him to the game today. He's part of prehistoric KU nation."

When we approached the display with Raef LaFrentz's hand size outline I noted to the two lovelies that my hands were once that big and that there was a strong correlation between hand size and other parts of a man's anatomy. One of the lovelies laughed and put my palm into the outline area and noted that my hand was about one half the size of Raef's mitt and said, "Size still matters, Mr. Rogers."

Still, even as they amused themselves at my expense and intermittently humiliated me there was no mistaking the envy in all other men's eyes that passed as I walked weak kneed with these two KU hotties.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

After I came to my senses later that evening and found my way to the old stone house on University Drive that I had been told to use as my base of operations by my handlers in the Agency, I began hallucinating about a goat footed satyr who's lower body resembled Lono, but who's upper body looked like Bob Keeshan off the old Captatin Kangaroo show. I saw this figure in every mirror in the house, while my handlers slept peacefully.

Eventually, I walked naked out into the 20 degree weather and stood barefooted in the snow shouting "The Curse of Lono haunts me even in a continental climate in winter."

And then the insights came.

Somethings change.

Not all stories that have a gun in the first act end with it being used.

And a young man's mind trapped in an old man's body finally realizes he is a kid in a candy store no longer, when in Lawrence.

But somethings never change.

KU beats Iowa State in Lawrence.

KU women students are to die for in Lawrence.

Aging clears a path for young men to take over attending to these beautiful persons.

And men, even old ones in blue cardigans with bush hats and ebonite cigarette holders, never give up dreaming of pretty ladies.

Ever.

Rock Chalk!

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

They doing a skit called "Let's Steal It in Manhattan." It's about basketball players that go on a crime spree shop lifting men's briefs.

Steve Brown 3 years, 10 months ago

Jethro Bodine math class: Naught + Naught + Double Naught = No Chance.

Heck Fire.

Steve Brown 3 years, 10 months ago

Hand out free clothes from the mall coupons.

Steve Brown 3 years, 10 months ago

Player Kelly chaperone holds seminar: how to break team rules 3X and avoid the mandatory suspension rules.

Steve Brown 3 years, 10 months ago

arnold the talking pig from green acres does the ho down.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Mondo Aggieville--the story of satanic cults exploiting innocent freshmen.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Ronlet, Prince of Denmark: a tragedy in which a successful football program collapses in mayhem, only to be saved by the ghost of the man that built it to respectability riding in at the curtain.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

A puppet show at center court that cameras feed to the overhead scoreboard screens entitled "Rosencranz and Guildenstern Get Gelded at the Experimental Barn."

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Ron Paradis will give a demonstration of how to put out a grease fire on one's head with a chemical extinguisher.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

All of KSU's former coaches will take turns explaining to the crowd why they wanted to leave.

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

NSA representatives will announce that their new short wave mind control technology called Total Information Disawareness has been successfully tested in Manhattan.

Chris Shaw 3 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if a "Flash Mob" for K-State will break out tonight?

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, but KSU's is called "Flash Bob Square Pants."

PhogAdvisory 3 years, 10 months ago

God help us if they misunderstand what the "flash" in flash mob refers to...

Steve Brown 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansas 3 pt. favorite tonight. That's odd.

Will it be Twins last game in Bramladge....'fraid so.

Jack Wilson 3 years, 10 months ago

Would have thought at least a 7-8 point favorite .. where's the college fund?

jaybate 3 years, 10 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Dateline: Manhattan, Kansas

Slug: Bulletin--Bramlage flooded with manure

Barely 3 hours before game time, reports indicate that manure pipes under Bramlage Coliseum have been ruptured and have filled the arena with over sixteen feet of solid animal waste.

Spokespersons for KSU say that the university has signed emergency contracts with over two dozen septic tank cleaning firms in the state of Kansas to try to pump the field house out in time for tonight's game with the University of Kansas.

KSU officials speaking off the record indicate that KSU basketball Coach Frank Martin triggered the crisis, when he reputedly grew enraged with Jacob Pullen for falling asleep in a pregame meeting. According to these sources, Martin reputedly unscrewed a light bulb, stuck his wetted index finger into the socket and used the electrocution that ensued to turn his usual menacing glare into an actual industrial lazer that burned through Pullen, then through the locker room floor, and thence through the sub basement of Bramlage before piercing a 24" manure main under Bramlage.

KSU officials speaking on record indicate that nearly the entire campus is honeycombed with a network of manure lines and leach fields that keep vast parts of the campus landscaping greener than green.

However, some basketball conspiracy web sites scoff at this story, calling it the "official basketball conspiracy theory." These web sites including basketballprisonplanet.com and whatreallyhappenedinhoops.com propose a chilling alternative explanation of today's rumored catastrophe at Bramlage.

Both web sites allege that the super secret Department of Vaterland Security (the Federal government does not even admit to its existence yet) hired agents of a foreign intelligence organization to dress up as University of Nebraska terrorists, calling themselves the Osborne Anti-Big 12 Jihad and set off an M-80 that ruptured the manure line under Bramlage. This is all reputedly authorized under the rubric of something called "Operation Dark Prairie."

These same conspiracy web sites predict that within two days the super secret Department of Vaterland Security will announce that order has broken down in the state of Kansas and that Kansas Governor Lamb Beigeshoulders will announce that Kansas is under martial law and that FEMA Continuity of Government officials have begun to administer Kansas as a resource directorate for China, as part of the Federal government's attempt to pay off one one-millionth of the national debt owed China.

Still another possible explanation being floated is that the Eastern Sports Network hired agents to rupture the manure main so that the game would be called off and the Eastern Sports Network would be able to substitute a Big East game.

jns stringers have not been able to confirm any version of events yet.

Developing...

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

LeBo 3 years, 10 months ago

KU had purple pumps w/ a bump! We took it raw on Valentine's Day!

LeBo 3 years, 10 months ago

Bill coached like Bonnie tonight. T Rob we need you healthy. Jeff Withey-wacka flocka?

Mike Bratisax 3 years, 10 months ago

The Valentine Massacre. I didn't understand how we could be ranked #1 when we aren't even the best team in our conference. I'm sure that mistake will be corrected.

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