Friday, September 11, 2015


Column: Beak Attack II a distinct possibility

A drum major leads the Kansas University marching band onto the field prior to kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

A drum major leads the Kansas University marching band onto the field prior to kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.


Saturday is band day at Memorial Stadium, where Kansas University plays Memphis for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Do you suppose the Jayhawks’ marching band will unveil a formation of a Wildcat blowing a layup?

On a more serious matter, if you can’t watch Memphis play KU Saturday and can only make it to one home game this season, make it Nov. 28, aka Thanksgiving weekend, when Kansas State visits. Stay seated to watch at least the beginning of the second half.

Here’s why: Kansas State football fans no doubt already have started plotting to obtain tickets. What if they get their hands on so many that purple outweighs blue in the stands?

That could lead to the low moment in the history of Kansas football, which is saying a mouthful.

Worst moment in the history of Memorial Stadium? Think I’m embellishing? Keep reading.

Try to picture it: At kickoff, half the crowd wears purple. K-State takes a big lead heading into the locker room. Half of KU’s spectators stand up and leave, meaning three-quarters of the remainder of the crowd is purple. And the unthinkable happens.

The K-State band, without its fearless leader, who is back in Manhattan serving his one-game suspension, does it again. Three-quarters of the fans stand up and roar approval.

Think it can’t happen again? Well, did you think it could happen the first time?

Nobody expected Gen. George Washington to lead 2,000-plus men on a Christmas march across the frozen Delaware River to Trenton to attack British-sponsored German mercenaries. That’s why the sneak attack worked so well. And that’s why Beak Attack II could become a reality.

Everyone will expect K-State’s marching band to be on its best behavior in Lawrence.

Kansas fans can’t take the chance of the Purple Phallic Phormation getting cheered in Lawrence.

It’s on every Kansas fan to make sure that the game is sold out by the end of next week.

Tickets to the in-state football contest can be obtained by calling

864-3141. That’s 864-3141. Repeat 10 times after me: 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141, 864-3141.

Call today. If you don’t call and the Cat band does it again and gets an ovation for it, don’t say I didn’t warn you. And whatever you do, don’t turn purple with rage or 100 percent of the crowd will be wearing the color.

Thus far, Kansas has ridden the high road in the wake of Band Porn 2015. Sure, KU students and alumni expressed disgust, but what were they supposed to do, swallow hard and take it?

— Tom Keegan can be seen on The Drive, Sunday nights on WIBW TV.


Michael Ebner 7 years, 2 months ago

Bordering on illiteracy over time, I vowed never to open your confused musings. Broke code. The price? Samaritilly execute myself.

Joe Joseph 7 years, 2 months ago

This, at the very least, has added some intrigue and excitement to a game that would have virtually none otherwise.

Jay Krueger 7 years, 2 months ago

Wildcat blowing a layup... I see what you did there...

Brett McCabe 7 years, 2 months ago

Keegan's right, of course, you can expect the worst from the purple pussycats. Buy your ticket today, even if you can't come - just buy a ticket and that will be one less shirt in the stadium.

As far as our meek administration - why would the KSU band be in our stadium? I know Zenger doesn't like to stand up for his own players, but I would think that the administration would.

Show the team and fans that you've got their backs and that you've got some backbone.

Michael Ebner 7 years, 2 months ago

Brett, you're right, of course. At least you believe in something. Therefore, you will buy all the tickets and won't go. Further, you need to admit that you are the meek one that fears invertebrates. Zenger is the man that rocks the chalk. You small ignorant child, you. Pathetic.

Brad Farha 7 years, 2 months ago

Michael -- why you are slamming Brett and Lance so hard? Not a sarcastic query, just genuinely curious.

Michael Ebner 7 years, 2 months ago

Simple: "As far as our meek administration.. "

Offensive to me, and I see it as: No respect. No code. No honor.

As a rep for our fine institution and part of the admin for 40+ years, I feel entitled to defend. Standing down now.

Apologies to those that don't understand.

Lance Cheney 7 years, 2 months ago

After sifting through your diarrhea of the mouth (or in this case, keyboard), I still can't figure out what your original point was. After separating out the personal attacks, which was a majority of your content, it leaves us with a couple of points I think you were making: 1) Don't bad-mouth our administration - okay I guess I can agree with that, 2) Brett and I are apparently not going to the KSU game - I wasn't aware of that yet, but thanks for taking care of my scheduling for me, and 3) something about giving tickets to kids in Lawrence, who also aren't able to go to the game - even sure what to make of that...

I think Brett's point was for KU fans to buy up all the tickets, and if they can't go, just waste them rather than selling them to KSU fans. The point being it's better to have nobody in those seats than have KSU fans in those seats.

Michael Ebner 7 years, 2 months ago

Do I need to adjust my attitude? Maybe you should meet with me and we can talk about it. I would love the opportunity to listen to you telling me about diarrhea of your man pleaser. Dolt.

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 2 months ago

This guy is exactly why guns are so dangerous. Mentally unstable without a direct cause.

Phil Leister 7 years, 2 months ago

Did I honestly just read, on a real professional website from a real professional writer, the words "swallow hard and take it"?

Bville Hawk 7 years, 2 months ago

Funny column, Tom. I laughed out loud twice while reading it!

Jay Beakum 7 years, 2 months ago

And then there's the legitimate possibility some fans are so outraged by the attempt that they rush the field to stop it and all hell breaks loose.

A band-wrecking posse could be forming as we speak.


That band does not belong in our stadium. Period.

Mick Allen 7 years, 2 months ago

Showing my age, but the only double entendre Tom didn't use was one referencing Linda Lovelace.

Joel Hood 7 years, 2 months ago

In 2011 when realignment talk was at its peak, many people suspected that the Kansas Board of Regents would require KSU to be included in any potential deal that included KU if the Big 12 fell apart. As I understand things, the KBOR is very concerned about the national recognition gap between KU and KSU.

Darin McDaniel 7 years, 2 months ago

They will not be. They would like us for to be but if KU gets an Big Ten or PAC invite they will not prevent us from going. The last time this around the chancellor and the BOR stated they were not linked. KU also has a new alum on the board. Within the next ten years I believe KU will be in the Big Ten and KSU will be in a very different looking Big XII or in the MWC.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm holding out hope that the Big 12 can survive but if it's going to happen I'd rather it be sooner than later. Let's get it over with.

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 2 months ago

Keegs, you kill me man. And I agree, we need supporters there. Not just because the football team needs us, but because the University needs us. They deflowered our beautiful Jayhawk, and a 2nd time would look as if the Jayhawk enjoys it, or at least submits to it. And to be honest, the only legit retaliation is to beat KSU in football, and twice this year in basketball. If we don't win any other game this year in football other than the KSU game, everything I've done in my life would be totally worth it. And I'm not particularly proud of at least 60% of it.

Patrick Leiker 7 years, 2 months ago

This inspired me. I just bought ticks to the KSU game.

Lucas Town 7 years, 2 months ago

It's unfortunate that this is how to get people in the stands at the football games. An action from an outside force, an action that I think was an honest mistake in how it all came together. Not the team, coaches or university putting fans in the stands. I was extremely disappointed that the attendance was just over 30,000. So the stadium was around 2/3rds full, but I hope that the opponent had something to do with that. K-State's marching band probably just helped KU sell out senior day.

W Keith Swinehart II 7 years, 2 months ago

Your column doesn't inspire me. This is old, childish news. Only a desperate media attempt to get attention. Try to rouse support for the team, not for your column.

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 2 months ago

Should I give you the cyanide and razor blades now or.... ?

Terry N Tom Denner 7 years, 2 months ago

Why in the heck would KST band be in the KU stadium in the first place? The last thing Ku needs is to stoop to KST's standards by showing such BS on the field. Pay backs are hell when you show up in force and stick around to the end of the game. Plus this may just be what it will take to fire up KU and whip their A$$ at home this year. They sure as heck did not look that great against South Dakota !!!

Lucas Town 7 years, 2 months ago

K-State never looks great in their opening games. They either barely win or lose to NDSU, but we can't say anything there.

Gregor Southard 7 years, 2 months ago

Common people! After all these years, you still don't get that he is being intentionally provocative?

Brad Farha 7 years, 2 months ago

I love the Jayhawks, and I'll be there. Initially I did not consider that the KSU band would do it again, but I think Keegan has a point. The more I think about it, I think it or something related to it is likely. The original stunt got major traction and coverage for KSU , and the subsequent self-imposed fine is a joke. Why not do another stunt? Even if the fine goes up to $50K, it would be worth it.

I hope this is not a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this. I wouldn't be surprised if the KSU students are already planning to come in mass and storm the KU football field again (can't remember the year). After all, the new Big 12 rules I saw regarding court storming specified basketball courts and the home team. Not football fields and the visiting team....

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

If they wanna do something stupid in Memorial in November, then let them. All it's going to do is make them.look worse because they would probably get suspended from performing and bring even more negative PR to KSU.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 2 months ago

KSU could never get away with doing something like that in Memorial Stadium. Jayhawks fans would be extremely irate and just walk from KSU. A practical response would be like Jayhawk support to insist they come along to the a power conference once realignment re-commences. This kind of stunt would probably increase KSU chances of landing in the AAC or WAC while the Hawks go to the BIG.

What would be our reactions if the Missouri band was doing this?

Brad Farha 7 years, 2 months ago

Suzi -- maybe it won't happen again, but I was there when it happened in 1994.

To your point, I think the reaction would be stronger had it been the Mizzou band pulling the stunt. The Rivalry/Hate Triangle has always tilted far more towards KU/Mizzou than than it has for KU/KSU. Much the same for Michigan/Ohio State vs. Michigan/Mich State and UNC/Duke vs. UNC/NC State.

Jerry Walker 7 years, 2 months ago

Ye gods...what a bumbling, slapdash attempt at journalism.

Reading a Keegan column is like gawking at a car wreck scene...and I'm guilty.

Kent Richardson 7 years, 2 months ago

That was quite a mouth full of a column. Nice

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