Wednesday, June 27, 2012

KU’s Border War win up for ESPY

Kansas head coach Bill Self raises up the fieldhouse following the Jayhawks' 87-86 overtime win over Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Kansas head coach Bill Self raises up the fieldhouse following the Jayhawks' 87-86 overtime win over Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.


The Kansas men's basketball 87-86 overtime victory over Missouri on Feb. 25 has been nominated for "Game of the Year" in this year's ESPY awards, ESPN announced Wednesday.

Then-No. 4 KU overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to beat No. 3 MU at Allen Fieldhouse. The contest also was the final conference battle against the two schools following a 105-year league history.

The win gave the Jayhawks at least a share of their eighth-straight Big 12 regular-season title — a championship they would win outright two days later.

An ESPY nomination special will air Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, and fans can vote for the contest on ESPN's site.

Other "Best Game" nominees are Game 6 of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals and the NFL Playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.


Jace FitzGibbon 8 years, 7 months ago

well living in STL and being a die hard cardinals fan, I hope game 6 wins and it probably will. but this game was awesome too!

jartiv 8 years, 7 months ago

Ditto. But on top of my STL bias, Game 6 was just ridiculously awesome for anyone watching... except Ranger fans.

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone actually watch is a pass time.

Cameron Cederlind 8 years, 7 months ago

Some interesting stats. For a NFL football game, there are 60 min of playing time compared to a 4 hour game, roughly 50% of the time a player is playing (offense/defense). For a college basketball game, 40 min of playing time and a starter is playing for about 32-35 minutes for a 2 hour game. In baseball, the average actual playing time for a 4 hour game is 9-10 min. Take in to account that is full playing time, I think each individual player plays for about 1 min, unless you're a pitcher or catcher. This is why baseball is so boring. Also the fact that there are 160 games and losing a game doesn't matter. College and NFL football are so popular because losing actually matters.

april28 8 years, 7 months ago

A friggin' world series game? You've got to be kidding.

Jace FitzGibbon 8 years, 7 months ago

did you watch that game? cardinals were down to 1 strike two times and came through. then won on a walk off home run

Dan Pawlowski 8 years, 7 months ago

And Kansas fans should favor that game over the Kansas game really expect that.....please.

Steve Gantz 8 years, 7 months ago

Yes, I agree 110%. Not a Cards fan either, but that was great theater for sure!

clevelandjayhawker 8 years, 7 months ago

I like the Norfolk State vs Missery game as another that should be mentioned as "Game of the Year" :)

RJ King 8 years, 7 months ago

Well, I love my 49-ers, but if I have but one vote, it will be cast for the college rivalry that flew under the radar in most parts of the country for over a century.

KU fans better get out the vote though, because typically football rules, and pro sports typically take a front seat with fans in the espy voting.

machinegun 8 years, 7 months ago

Let Tyshawn accept the ESPY after his outstanding effort in OT to secure the KU victory!

Jace FitzGibbon 8 years, 7 months ago

so if we're going down the drain, where does that leave mizzou? i mean we made it to the final 4, you lost in the first round. are you already in the treatment plant?

clevelandjayhawker 8 years, 7 months ago

we go down the drain (NOT) and they go up the nose

rtwngr 8 years, 7 months ago

Really, missouricat, really? You wish. Missouri is going to be a little fish in a big pond. Their recruiting days in Texas have come to and end because they'll be lucky if they play there once every other year in football. That's not much to entice the recruits that the Texas and Oklahoma schools don't get. As far as basketball is concerned, you stink. The rivalry was what sold your school in basketball because the also ran recruits you got always wanted a shot at beating the KU program. Leave already and good riddance.

Vernon Riggs 8 years, 7 months ago

Cat, thanks for your continued support of Kansas Basketball! Come back often.

omng392 8 years, 7 months ago

I don't really get the Doc Sadler comment, maybe you could enlighten us? Doc, has over 20 years of coach exeperience with 6 of it being as a head coach. If you look at great leaders, coaches, etc... You will find that they are not affraid to surround themselves by highly sucessfull people. Even though Doc hasn't won as many games as maybe NU would have liked, I don't lay blame squarely on his shoulders. Unlike KU or MU, the recuiting pool of local talent isn't nearly what it is in KC or even Witcha.

Let's face the facts NU is a football school. Not unlike the job that KU football has/had. Unlike NU KU went and got a top football coach to try and turn KU into a basketball and football school.

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 7 months ago

I'm not sure missouricat responds to rational arguments or thoughts.

Ron Prichard 8 years, 7 months ago

Wow, missouricat, not much material to work with, huh? If you're going to come troll on this site, at least make it something worthwhile. This is about as lame as they come.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the last time KU received a nomination for "Game of the Year" the 2008 title game?

RJ King 8 years, 7 months ago

I think perhaps we were also nominated (and may have won) upset of the year for either or both UNI or vacuum cleaner university. Ouch. Time to replace that with a quality win.

tolawdjk 8 years, 7 months ago

The important thing to recognize is that Missouri is nominated twice this year for Outstanding Achievement in Failure.

Way to go Tigers!

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 7 months ago

Seriously though, I have my ticket framed from this game... it was incredible. I've never seen Self go that nuts after winning a game. In terms of what was on the line, it easily surpasses the other two nominees.

Ron Prichard 8 years, 7 months ago

I loved the game too, but saying that in terms of what was on the line it easily surpasses the other nominees is a bit much. A world series win and a trip to the NFC Finals? I think it was probably more important than the Saints/49ers game, but I'm clearly biased. Even I can't say it was more important than game 6 (an elimination game) of the World Series. Still, for pure drama and excitement, I don't think it can be beat.

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 7 months ago

A baseball game...really? Please I betcha half of "sports fans" can't even tell you who played in the world series last year.

Steve Gantz 8 years, 7 months ago

The media, for whatever reason, has decided that baseball isn't worth covering anymore. ESPN, Fox, Yahoo treat baseball as a minor sport. That's why during spring training this year all ESPN did was talk NFL draft which was two months away. Fox treats their postseason world series games as a commercial for their NFL games and trashy shows on their network. Yahoo when the two teams were determined to play in the Series had no sports front page coverage of the world series, none! So you're right, fans don't care anymore, but they would should the media pay attention to it.

KULA 8 years, 7 months ago

Just relieved not to be part of the "Biggest Upset" category this year. Of course, if we had beat Kentucky, we probably would've got some votes in that category--especially from the east coast writers, lol.

Btw, nice article about Thomas Robinson in the LA Times today.,0,82869.story

texashawk10 8 years, 7 months ago

I just absolutely hate that Missouri is nominated twice this year at the ESPY's while KU is only nominated once. Oh wait, Missouri is on the losing end of both games they are nominated for, ignore the hate being nominated twice comment because I love it.

hawkcat 8 years, 7 months ago

Why did Self hire Sadler, the poorest coach in the big 12, got fired, can't recruit, doesn't really know the game, what a joke.

Steve Williams 8 years, 7 months ago

good thing he isnt a coach, Director of Bball operations

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

The answer seems obvious. Self was trying to get you to betray your ignorance. :-)

Jack Wilson 8 years, 7 months ago

icthawkfan316 will be very upset.

You're right, Self purposefully brought an ignoramus onto the staff. I say we start a recall petition.

741hawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Actually . . . Doc does know the game. That's exactly why Coach Self hired him. Think about it . . . YOU are criticizing Self about something like this? Next time, try to add a helpful comment.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 7 months ago

First of all, I do bleed Crimson and Blue but as a life-long baseball and Cardinal fan as well as a season ticket holder for over a quarter of a century, I have to side on Game Six.

As historic as the KU/MU game was, it was not a title game, it was not a playoff game, it was not even a post season game.

Game Six has been called by many the greatest World Series game in history. A World Championship was at stake on every pitch with more twists and turns that even Hollywood could come up with.

The best news of all??? Both my teams won!! What a great five months!!

Jack Wilson 8 years, 7 months ago

You have lived a charmed life .. KU, Cardinals. Please tell me you're football team isn't the Steelers. It simply would not be fair.

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 7 months ago

It was for the conference championship.

You are talking about baseball you realize...outside of St Louis and was it against Texas, if so, Texas, who even knows who was in the World Series?

RJ King 8 years, 7 months ago

It sounds like you were not around back in the late 70's and early 80's when Royals Stadium was frequently dressed in the red, white and blue bunting and rosettes of playoff decor. Meanwhile KU basketball was chugging through the last of the Ted Owens era including back to back losing seasons in '82 and '83.

As for the KU/MU game . . . you are talking about college basketball you realize.. .outside of Kansas and Missouri, who evens know who was fighting for the conference championship? Not many. It all comes down to perspective.

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

Pretty much dropped baseball when my Royals became a Wal-Mart.

Niners v Saints? Pff.

The rest of the country will never really understand why that last KU v MU matchup is really the game of the year, so I don't expect it to win. To me though, It was bigger than the championship game vs. Kensucky. I was more nervous before the game, and more upset during the game. What I felt after the game, and forever, is only rivaled by the two KU basketball championships during my lifetime.

Not sure any pro sport can do for me what KU does for me.

To me it was the Game of the year. Game of the decade. Game of the century.

BigAl 8 years, 7 months ago

Quit beatin' around the bush jaybate. You need to learn how to be more direct.

Alohahawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Numero Uno. Ichiban. Number One. No Ka Oi. What eva da kine language, the last Border War battle - KU vs MU - tops my list.

And I posted this before, when it appeared the day after the KU win, but I'll post it again: I love the photo at the top because it creates the illusion that a miniature KU cheerleader is standing on Bill Self's shoulder, resting her arm on top of his head.

Jack Wilson 8 years, 7 months ago

Easy on Mizzou .. they did win the Big 12 wrestling title, besting the 3 other schools that have programs. Epic.

Their dream season? The worst upset in tournament history.

Their dream season? KU to championship game.

A defining difference .. no KU fan would bother purchasing a Norfolk St. shirt. MU fans swarmed Bucknell merchandise.

You're getting me riled up here.

JayHawkFanToo 8 years, 7 months ago

Wrestling? Where sweaty grown men roll on the floor grunting and holding each other's behinds? That wrestling?

Jace FitzGibbon 8 years, 7 months ago

lol have you been to their one bar in columbia? they had all of the big 12 jerseys on a wall but felt the need to add VCU, UNI, Bradley, and Bucknell. Trolls.

They also literally had the score on every fast food restaurants sign after the game in columbia. its sad really

johninkc1 8 years, 7 months ago

Seriously. I can't believe that any Jayhawk fan would consider voting for a World Series game as the best of the year. Baseball is perhaps the second most boring sport to watch behind golf. I am sure that it was a great game. Yawn! But I will stick with the KU/misery game which signaled the collapse of games to come- think Norfolk State. ROCK CHALK and may our Hawks make us proud tomorrow on the NBA selection show.

Jack Wilson 8 years, 7 months ago

No, no, my friend .. MU's win over KU at Columbia signaled what was coming. The Tigers' expectations were never greater than after that win, and that created the inevitable fall. You must know the Tigers. The higher the expectations, the more inevitable the fall.

Steve Gantz 8 years, 7 months ago

See my above post on what the sports media has done to baseball.

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 7 months ago

ahpermightaswellbeontheljwstaff here to inform you that Rob Riggle from the OP and graduate of Kansas University (see as a staff writer I have to call it that) will be the host of the espys.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 7 months ago answer to your question, the universe does have a way of balancing out life's Karma....I am also a St.Louis Ram Charter Member season ticket holder so I haven't seen decent football for almost a decade!!!

Heck, we don't even have a decent place to tailgate near the stadium. No matter how bad the Chiefs may suck, there's always great pre and post game parties. In St.Louis, all we do is get stuck in traffic!!

Sam Constance 8 years, 7 months ago

Wow, it really seems like the ESPY nomination committee stacked the deck in favor of the KU/MU game.

I'm sure the Cards/Rangers game was great. Unfortunately, there is no possible scenario in baseball that can come close the emotional charge and intensity that comes along with a barnburner college basketball rivalry game. Baseball is slow, devoid of action 90% of the time, and lasts for 162 gawd awful games, making any individual game--even one for the WS title--just a blip in the pan.

The fact that I can't even remember why the Saints/49ers game would be in the running is proof enough to me that 2011-12 was a year devoid of really great games, apparently.

PS - there is no way MU/Norfolk St. is winning the "biggest upset" category. To win that category, people have to care/notice when someone beats you. Like how KU is always a hip choice. Missuori lucked out in that the same year (day) they lost to a 2-seed in the opening round, that school everyone loves to hate (Duke) did the same exact thing.

Duke will win the "best upset" category easily, methinks.

RJ King 8 years, 7 months ago

yes - The Duke upset will win because they're usually very good, so they have more haters. MU is not consistently good enough to have a large audience of haters.

However, the espy voting audience has in the past been tilted towards pro sports - particularly football. If the KU/MU game wins, I actually think the vote will have beaten the odds.

jaybate 8 years, 7 months ago

"Somethings We Know Will Happen to MU During Its First SEC Season"

~Investigation clouds will continue to swirl around Haith.

~MU will finish fourth or lower in basketball, after its once a decade good team.

~The MU football coach will abuse a substance somewhere, sometime, don't know how, don't know when...

~MU football will finish mid pack.

~Chitlins will begin to be sold at football and basketball games.

~Alumni meth dealers from Missouri will send their sons by their mothers to open retail outlets in southern states.

~Losing margins will widen in football. Winning margins will narrow in football.

~Wrestling humans will be dropped. Wrestling alligators will be added.

~Dixie will be played at the half time of all games and confederate flags will fly in all classrooms.

~Parts of the campus will be planted to cotton.

~The columns will still stand for nothing.

(Note: all fiction. No malice.)


actorman 8 years, 7 months ago

"The contest also was the final conference battle against the two schools ..."

Why would the conference battle against both schools. I can understand the entire conference wanting to battle against Misuse, given that they got the whole realignment mess started, but I can't understand why they would want to battle against both schools ...

Seriously, that's an incredibly stupid thing to be posted by so-called professional writers. Jeez, guys, doesn't anyone actually edit these things?

Steve Brown 8 years, 6 months ago

I did vote for Norfolk as best upset, hope it gets plenty of play on the ESPY show. We don't have enough leverage to win this award, yet we should get some nice promotion in our segment. Sorry to say, Coach Cal and Unibrow and their pal Lebron may pick up some hardware that night, not best outcome for us.

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