You stick with what works. A year after Kansas University's football team vaulted to its most successful season in decades - with 12 wins and its first Orange Bowl title - Jayhawk fans vow to continue using the lucky rituals and charms they picked up last year.
Police watched over an even larger downtown crowd Monday following the championship game than had turned out to celebrate Saturday's Final Four victory against North Carolina. Nearly 40,000 people came out to celebrate the historic victory.
Lawrence is no longer on Earth. It's on Cloud Nine. "It's unbelievable," said Ryan Owens, manager of Jock's Nitch, 837 Mass. "The buzz - it's electric here in town." The Jayhawks' stomping of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday night drew people to the streets, where a general state of glee continued Sunday.
Productivity slowdown? Things are only picking up at some local businesses these days as employees and customers alike get swept into March Madness.
As sweet as the Kansas University football team's Orange Bowl victory was, the team has bigger goals, coach Mark Mangino reminded fans Saturday.
The thunder inside Allen Fieldhouse grew even more deafening Monday night as Jayhawk fans saluted their seniors.
Alex Schmitthenner's cheeks flushed with anticipation. Members of the Kansas University men's basketball team were coming to visit the second-graders of Corpus Christi Catholic School. And for some, the experience was akin to seeing real superheroes.
There was no time for employees to even put the new Orange Bowl champion shirts on hangers. "We've just lined up the boxes, and people are going through them," Ryan Owens, manager and buyer at Jock's Nitch, said Friday as customers of all ages streamed through the downtown store.
Bob Nelson's 85-year-old body may be slowing, but his handshake is as strong as a vise. It is a grip that reveals the passion of a man widely considered to be one of the greatest sports fans in Kansas University history. "Arguably, there's never been a better Jayhawk fan," men's basketball coach Bill Self said.
Former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough on Monday gave a group of Lawrence tykes what could be their first lesson in how to handle the rival Missouri Tiger.
At the top of Naismith Hill, squeezing inside the aisles of Jayhawk T-shirts, fleece pullovers, football jerseys and hundreds of other crimson-and-blue products, Bill Muggy knows that for at least one weekend this fall, he'll be stuck with more of his merchandise than he can stomach.
Don Fambrough loathes Missouri. That's why some say it's fitting that a portion of Missouri Street - too close for comfort to the football stadium - be renamed to honor the Kansas University football icon.
Kansas University's "happy" Jayhawk has an identical twin in the small western Pennsylvania town of Jeannette.
Sitting courtside at Allen Fieldhouse, a play-by-play man announced the usual Kansas University basketball action. "NÃ¡ lÃ¡nban, Brandon Rush," he said. "ZÃ¡ntÃ-ng, Dartmouth." The play-by-play man, Zhiqun "James" Liang, broadcast Tuesday night's Kansas University-Dartmouth basketball game entirely in Chinese - for the first time in KU history.
Today's football game between Kansas and Kansas State is more than a contest between the red and blue and the purple. It is the clash of two rival universities: the farm kids versus the preps, the country versus the city, the friendly versus the not-so-friendly. At least, that's the word on the street.
It used to be you could hardly give away Kansas University football tickets. But they aren't free anymore - even for babies.
Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has a dream for Allen Fieldhouse.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A chance to be one of the most-recognized faces in Kansas, a celebrity, adored by young and old. Strangers will rush to hug you. They'll want your autograph. "How many people can say they're Big Jay?" said Annie Thompson, among the many vying for a chance to be Kansas University's Big Jay mascot.
Kansas University's football team ranked 47 out of 56 for its academic progress when compared with other teams headed to bowl games.
There's only one thing that could come between Chris Love and Kansas University's second bowl game in three years -- his wife.
Hal Sandy drew Kansas University's happy Jayhawk in 1946 and later sold the rights to KU for $250.
Kansas University basketball fans view J.R. Giddens' departure as the end of a sad chapter, and many are ready to turn the page.