Can Lawrence compete with the likes of Boston, Los Angeles and Detroit? What about Ann Arbor, Mich., Williamsport, Pa., and Valdosta, Ga.? ESPN thinks it can, and to prove it, the sports network today named Lawrence a finalist in its "TitleTown USA" competition, which seeks to name the country's top championship city.
Well, you knew it was coming, didn't you? When Kansas University captured the NCAA men's basketball championship last April in San Antonio, you knew a boost in next season's ticket prices was as inevitable as death, taxes and asphalt.
Nobody - not even the leader of the free world - knows just how rich the soon-to-be-professional members of Kansas University's men's basketball team will strike it. But none other than President Bush himself is sure at least some of the Jayhawks will be rolling in it. "I wish those of you going into pro ball the very best," Bush said in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday recognizing the Jayhawks for their 2008 national championship. "Some of us are going to be out of work soon. I may be looking for loans."
Question his policies or debate his legacy all you want. At least give President Bush props for this: He knows his Jayhawks. Or at least his speech writers do. During a brief ceremony Tuesday at the Rose Garden, Bush honored the 2008 men's basketball national champions.
President Bush welcomed Kansas University's men's basketball national champions to the White House.
Players on Kansas University's national-champion men's basketball team have a busy, carefree couple of days in store in the nation's capital. There are monuments to visit and heads of state to meet. First, though, came a sobering trip to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the self-described "clinical center of gravity of American military medicine."
There are many perks to winning a national championship - and one of them is meeting the president of the United States.
You may not have worked it off yet, but those series of March Madness celebrations are beginning to pay off for the city's coffers. Sales tax collections for the late March and early April period - the heart of the Jayhawk's National Championship run - were more than $160,000 higher, or about 9 percent greater, than they were a year ago, city leaders recently learned.
The city of Lawrence appears to be reaping another benefit from KU basketball's National Championship run.
Bill Self was impressed with the focus of Kansas University's basketball players on their postseason trips to Omaha, Detroit and San Antonio.
I wasn't there for Bob Hemenway's commencement address, but I know many folks who heard it weren't pleased with the Kansas University chancellor. Hemenway, they felt, put too much emphasis on the Jayhawks' football and men's basketball accomplishments and not enough on academics.
Journal-World Web sites LJWorld.com and KUsports.com have given fans of Kansas University a place to go from now until the end of time to relive the 2007-08 national-championship season.
The 2008 Final Four floor soon will belong to Kansas University's athletic department.
The Kansas University athletics department won't be able to count on a $6,400 check from Downtown Lawrence Inc. to cover the cost of canceling its basketball banquet at the Lawrence Holidome.
The weeklong celebration that engulfed Lawrence after the Kansas University Jayhawks won the national basketball championship didn't come without a price. The final tally: more than $130,000 for the city and KU, most of it spent on police.