Sunday, March 25, 2007

Downtown deflated after regional-final loss


Moments after Saturday night's Kansas University basketball game ended, Massachusetts Street suddenly clogged with honking cars.

Drivers sounded their horns, not for KU basketball, but instead for the lone man on Ninth and Massachusetts streets holding a sign that read "Honk for hemp."

Unlike 2002 and 2003, when the Jayhawks made it to the Final Four, the cars filling Lawrence's downtown strip carried downtrodden fans elsewhere following KU's fourth-round loss to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.

For one KU fan downtown, a Jayhawk victory seemed like a sure thing.

But when Aaron Dopf watched UCLA pull away late in the game, he and other fans at Red Lyon, 944 Mass., realized there would be no celebration Saturday night.

"When it got under 3 minutes, the crowd got real deflated," Dopf said.

It was easy for Dopf, a KU graduate student, to pinpoint the reason for KU's loss.

"It was an ugly game," he said. "We turned the ball over too many times. We missed easy baskets."

The game's outcome wasn't entirely unexpected for Dana Pauzauskie, another KU student who watched the game downtown.

"I had a feeling we would lose," she said, standing outside the Red Lyon. "But I'm not a sports buff."

A group of 11 devoted KU basketball fans could be found across town at Drury Place at Alvamar, a retirement home near Kasold Drive and Bob Billings Parkway.

Among those seated around a television in the center's reception area was Marnie Argersinger, Lawrence's second female mayor in 1977.

She's watched many great KU basketball teams, and she said this year's team was among the best.

"But tonight, the intensity isn't there," she said. "But I think the Salukis took away their zip."

Fan reactions

Dan Skolink, Cristalle Jones, Corey Sargent and Emily Carkhuff react to the KU loss.

Seated nearby, Ala Nyman offered her analysis of KU's performance.

"I don't know what the matter is tonight," said the 1939 KU graduate and member of the long-defunct Jay Janes pep club. "They just met a better team tonight."


fitted_shirt 15 years, 4 months ago

I'm going to give it to you people straight...i've fought in Iraq, i've seen my mother and father die...but after that huge loss...I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN GO ON??

I mean, first of all, it was just so heartbreaking. I was riding so high, God. And for what? Holy crap! This is it. This is the end. It's all over. Time to finish it all...3...2....1.....err! game over... (i've just blown my brains out)

lunacydetector 15 years, 4 months ago

all landlords that cater to the KU student had a welcome sigh of relief when KU lost. KU's loss prevented thousands upon thousands of dollars in damaged property across our city had KU won. it is unfortunate since KU is such an exciting team, but the level of immaturity displayed by our collegiate transients leaves this writer wishing KU teams falter near the end. how sad these know-it-alls on the hill can't act like adults when good things happen.

cyclelust 15 years, 4 months ago

hear hear lunacy detector. Most KU brats just expect somebody else to pick up after their drunken messes.

I am so, so glad the basket ball team that has a university attached to it has lost. It gives me great satisfaction.

sourpuss 15 years, 4 months ago

Wow, aren't you two joyless people. I hope you enjoy your money-counting, prejudice existences.

Sports don't matter, but they are fun. They do bring people together. As for destructiveness, anyone who damages rented property is required to fund the repairs, as I am sure every lease in the world stipulates. Oh, the POOOOOR landlords. And as for the basketball team, give the kids a break. They are doing what they enjoy doing and will make a lot of money doing it in the future. Should we all be so lucky to be that good at something.

And if you think KU kids are "brats," try milling around at a truly expensive school. Many people at KU are simply trying to better their lives and give themselves a fighting chance in the world. Colleges are not just for 18 year olds (many of whom are not "brats" either).

If you two hate basketball and the university so much, I hear there are many communities in the world that have neither.

trvlronda 15 years, 4 months ago

Excuse me? Where am I reading these comments? In Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas? I do not know from where the 2 of you came, but you do have a choice. KU haters can leave Lawrence. As far as celebrants being brats, do you remember the last crowd? When I was downtown, I saw entire families piled into the vehicles honking and screaming for their beloved Jayhawks, octogenarian to infants. It was NOT just drunk students. In addition, this IS spring break.

pity2bu 15 years, 4 months ago

WAY TO GO UUCCLLAAA? Boy to think I was born and raised here..... 49 years in Lawrence and I love K-State.


kataboom 15 years, 4 months ago

yeah wtf are these two hippie douchebags doing posting comments. if it wasnt for the university & the students you would still be living in hemp hammocks & sniffing patchouli oil NOT surfing the internet! die hippies!

oh & the k-state fan? grow up. i was rooting for k-state to get into the tourney because they are big 12. learn where your loyalties lie. once conference play is done, i root for all big 12 teams in the dance as you should. i guess brain cells really dont regenerate if you have 49 years on the earth & dont realize that if ku looks bad, k-state looks bad too. get a clue...oh & some maturity.

lunacydetector 15 years, 4 months ago

i love KU basketball, i just hate the students who trash private property after they do well.

maxcrabb 15 years, 4 months ago

anyone who knows me knows that my favorite memory of lawrence IS downtown after the final four win a couple years ago. And EVERYONE was down there, students, adults, kids, families, not to mention lots of cops. I saw some borderline immature behavior, but everyone was in a good mood and enjoying themselves.

I think the danger comes when we lose important games everyone was hoping we'd win, like the following week of that year when we lost the championship. THAT was an ugly night downtown...

frompekka2sasha 15 years, 4 months ago

lunacydetector- this is a fan blog for KU sports. You might try a city council website if you want to discuss topics that have nothing to do with THIS one. Anyone who wishes for a KU loss should probably go somewhere else anyway.

pity2bu- 49 years in Lawrence and you are still a child. Do you still live with your mommy and search for porn all day? I bet you lead a pathetic life... right?

Chris McIlvain 15 years, 4 months ago

Hey Fitted Shirt...sounds like the collar on that shirt is a little too tight...brain needs blood an oxygen

seattlehawk_78 15 years, 4 months ago

pity2bu, what's it like to be a fan of john deere university? Do you actually get excited when the mildcats get invited to the NIT? Whatever disappointment hawk fans are feeling today must pale in comparison to your annual exercise in mediocrity. I will bet my house that next year we will be back in the tournament with a chance, which is all any team has. And I will gladly experience the disappointment of losing over what you have, which is no chance. It must be difficult for you. We have it all, history, titles, tournament appearances, recognition, All Americans, rankings, etc.

Good luck with that NIT thing.

Chris McIlvain 15 years, 4 months ago

Roy Williams is 13 minutes from taking North Carolina to it's 2nd Final Four in 4 years. I can only imagine how heart-wrenching it's going to be for most KU fans when he wins his 2nd National Championship in 4 years with that team! But let's keep singing the praises of Bill Self! LOL!!!

jimafia 15 years, 4 months ago

How interesting it is to find these types of opinions in such an open-minded college town. I wonder if these landlords would still feel this way if there were no college kids to rent out their properties. I mean it's like any owner/renter situation, there is always going to be gripes about something. Anyhoo, as I've said on other comment blogs, if your not a (true) fan, please don't bring us down any more than we already are. Yes we get it, K.U. lost you don't care, fine. For those of us that do care, and actually follow a great team, with rich history, and storied seasons, your humble opinions just further our compassion for the game. To hell with you fair-weather fans. And you true Jayhawkers, thank you, you all are awesome. PEACE!!!!

nbnozzy 15 years, 4 months ago

Posted by APDJayhawk (anonymous) on March 25, 2007 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Roy Williams is 13 minutes from taking North Carolina to it's 2nd Final Four in 4 years. I can only imagine how heart-wrenching it's going to be for most KU fans when he wins his 2nd National Championship in 4 years with that team! But let's keep singing the praises of Bill Self! LOL!!!

Since you troll posted this in two different threads, I'll respond accordingly:

NC loses in OT. HA!

janeyb 15 years, 4 months ago


Whoops!!! Roy Williams 6th straight overtime loss!

armyguy 15 years, 4 months ago

wow, the honk for hemp guy is still alive, thought he would be dead by now.

Chris McIlvain 15 years, 4 months ago

Wow...Roy still has some Kansas left in him after all! Classic Kansas meltdown in Carolina Blue!

Brian Conrad 15 years, 4 months ago

cyclelust.. WOW you post and run even the hemp guy stands for something! APD lol lol lol lol gone again my eyes are tearing up for you.. lunacydetector.. GREAT name you are luney . every game won means millions to this town.. you are probably a high finance street cleaning machine operator GREAT YEAR HAWKS! UCLA IS VERY LUCKY WITH BEING A 2 SEED WITH HOMECOURT , AND MISSING 20 LAYUPS.. shouda couda been 20 point hawk victory I know woulda couda but true!

Brian Conrad 15 years, 4 months ago


Brian Conrad 15 years, 4 months ago


Chris McIlvain 15 years, 4 months ago

Who let this guy in front of a computer? There's a button on the left of the keyboard. It reads "Caps Lock" (which coincidentally is not printed in ALL CAPS). How was your English score on your SAT Cooonrod? If you are a Kansas fan, I'm embarassed

Chris McIlvain 15 years, 4 months ago

How 'bout them Jayhawks! #1 seed and they miss 26 shots within 10 feet of the basket! Awesome. Can't wait 'til next year!

Brian Conrad 15 years, 4 months ago

OPPS forgot the k state banners in aggieville past one hundred banners NATIONAL CHAMP HOG CALLERS again my bad .. was that one year Mizzou beat you out with the guy from Knob bobber, I mean noster MO

Brian Conrad 15 years, 4 months ago

APD go HOYAS .. you probably hate them yoo

Chris McIlvain 15 years, 4 months ago

Hoyas are a good team...thus they were supposed to get to the Final Four. Kinda like Kansas, but whoops, they didn't make it. Make it 19 years since the last championship. I wonder if the KU administration told Self not to worry about the national championship as long as he has good regular seasons. I bet he makes a hefty bonus for unmet expectations!

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