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Scot Topic: Jayhawk and NBA star Scot Pollard sounds off on everything from Twitter to Tiger

My understanding was that the planning commission nixed highway 10 because Lawrence developers were pushing for project approval before a required EPA/wetlands study was performed. My understanding was also the conspiracy seemed to be more on the developers' side than with some 23rd street protectionist conspiracy, especially since the vote against the highway came from someone much more loyal to downtown than to 23rd and south Iowa development. If I am also not mistaken, although the same commission vote predicted the Turnpike outlet mall would destroy the river front outlet mall and be bad for the downtown Mass community, he did not vote against it. Here too, was the real conspiracy not with the developers and the power of the lobbyist they hired?

History has demonstrated that there are two defunct outlet malls instead of one successful one, although the bushes along the route between them live on. Voters on the planning commission have come and gone over the years. One has to wonder whether the required study was ever completed, and if it was, why highway 10 doesn't go through.

And yes, Scot, my sources also tell me that your blue nail polish was a gift from a now middle aged "blonde" fan from Topeka who occasionally sat behind Bob and Max before the seating was rearranged in the Perkins era.

I have no confirmation of what I have personally heard from those who voted and vocalized the issues after the meetings I am just a reader, not paid to be a professional journalist. But then, did the LJW staff have evidence that there is truth to Mr. Pollard's theory before they decided to print his comments about regional affairs on the sports page? I just have to ask, was Pollard just used to provide something to fill space. or is there for some reason, no professional responsibility to get to the bottom of a regional issue reported in print, just because it is reported by jocks?

January 8, 2010 at 2:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No zeros on All-’00s team

This kind of idiotic exercise is to deny the team nature of the sport for the mere selfish purpose of selling a list for one's supper.

Ask yourself how well Simien and Collison played in all the games they played together. It should surprise nobody to remember that Graves and Collison and Moody were more potent than Nick and Wayne. You must be willing to vacate an area that you occupy underneath, so someone else can flash in and post harder and stronger to receive a diagonal pass with angle to shoot.

It should also be remembered that in Self's first year, his seniors didn't really run his offense. The stuck their lower lips out, pouted, then ran his offense only until they could get off individual shots. Simien's turnarounds with Moody rebounding were as successful as Raef's turnarounds without Pollard or Ostertag to rebound the misses. They were turnovers fifty percent of the time.

Self's offense was predicated on the notion that he had to find ways to feed the post in position to score and have the right people taking the wide open 3's set, so they could drain them. Lists are more of an expression of the author's limited understanding of the game, than a real estimate of the best team. Some coaches promise playboy AA's like Chenowith that they will start when such one dimentional players don't screen, or pass, or vacate so someone else can shine. Such coaches can be successful, with enough talent. However they may lose to Matt D's freshmen from UNC because they cannot get everyone to play to a level more than the sum of the parts. To judge players, we must know how they responded to the attempts of a coach who can get the best out of a contact avoidant Arthur, A walk-on named Moody, and 2 twin airgun slingers that came without Midwestern attitudes.

It is however, a slow day for hoops, and I guess someone thought he could post junk to earn his supper. Perhaps, it would have been easier to simply wish everyone a Merry Christmas, That too migh not be universally appreciated.

December 25, 2009 at 7:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayer: Bruins trouble in tourney

"...reasons for KU not to stalk the Bruins for a while - certainly not early in tournament play."

Do you even think when you write? There are no "bracketology gods" placing KU against UCLA early in Tournament play.

Kansas has enough challenges ahead of them as they seek to get guards to play between their man and the goal. This team is finding out that Big 12 guards are more than the pre-conference players whose pockets could be picked as they were allowed to go by. Good guards can penetrate when given a step and an angle, and KU defenders have resembled matadors as the missed steal attempts and allowed their men to score or dish deeper inside. Film, instruction, and defense drills all day long (like yesterday) will either teach our players to defend against Bears, Bruins and Tigers, or KU will stop growing and be another early flash in the pan like many Williams teams. Quite simply, KU will finish where KU deserves to finish. They have a lot to learn before the dance. The have 5 weeks of daily lessons and lab simulations before attacking their third and fourth goals for the year.

It is certainly OK for the ignorant to get their panties in a bunch worrying about an early round matchup with a team that will be seeded at the opposite end of anyone's bracket at the closest. However, until Memphis falters, they will deserve the easiest 2 seed. Certainly Georgetown, UCLA, and Tennessee are far from cupcakes to have opposite Kansas in a bracket. In 1997, young UofA players learned enough to beat 3 number one seeds on their way to the title. If KU looks past their conference foes towards UCLA, they might have to do the same. Any way it is sliced, they will have to beat some good teams and play well in the tournament. One thing is certainly obvious to the lucid, '71, '74, & '78 have exactly zero to do with an '08 matchup. How you get paid fo saying so reflects poorly on those in charge of your newspaper.

Finally, It would be appropriate if you would remember your journalism classes that taught you not to write in the second person ... "You need direction, talent and desire, but you also need lots of good, if not great, guys." With editors with do not care or know enough to catch this stuff, it is no wonder we hear of the Lawrence Urinal World.

February 8, 2008 at 6:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayer: Jayhawks have 'big' problem

It is you at your typewriter who is a careless two fingered butcher. Not only is this a pot of ridiculous concepts, but it streams incoherently from one misconception to another. Were you drunk when you wrote it?

You would be wise never to presume to tell a reader what he thought. It is the media who over hypes these kids to sell soap. That's you. They are who they are. If they don't live up to your over hyped expectations as the number three team in the nation, then stay home and scream at your television until your wife tells you to grow up.

In the mean time, reread your interview notes about how our guards are not hitting the bigs when open underneath. Then study the three Bill Self video's about his offense. I mean really study them! Then ask yourself whether the teacher has taught the guards how to read how the bigs are sealing their man as the ball begins to reverse. Have they made it a priority to develop that immediate reentry to the low post with a defender pinned out of position? Have they even bothered to take an extra dribble to establish a good diagonal passing angle to the low post (see Ty Reed doing it correctly as you watch the replay of Wednesday's game)?

My point is that it is much more difficult to be a responsible well informed fan, than it is to be a two fingered typewriter butcher hacking up these kids for profit. In your profession, you are what you write. This a typical mayer column. Have you thought again recently about pursuing an alternate career?

December 7, 2007 at 4:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gary Bedore's KU hoops notebook

The growth process is alive and well. Add LaSalle, Rutgers, 'Nova, and Huggies to your shopping lit and you may just grow from 6'8 to 6'10 in one day. Wander for 40 days and 40 nights across the desert and you may see the Albuquerque mirage with your head swelled big enough to become the "face of the program" at the pit.

To increase one's skill, one need only travel an hour wets of Lawrence to the Blackout hole city of guaranteed victory, and one can instantly become as skilled as Bill Walker. In such a land of make believe, a juco recruit who might contribute well as a senior in other programs, can be assured that he will have major impact as he arrives on campus two years after the departure of Huggins, and one year after the departure of the two best players recruited at K State since Mich Richmond.

We can only hope that another month or so doesn't leave all these gullible lads permanently disfigured.

September 13, 2007 at 6:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayer: Injury will cost Kansas

Is there a contest to see which LJW columnist can best illustrate stupidity?How can a cob get so sideways? I read half way through this drivel, and decided that again, that until the editorial leadership hands back these ridiculous rants of as the unacceptable intellectual incompetence of junior high journalist want-to-be's without extending a paycheck, the Lawrence Urinal World deserves a complete ban from the KU locker room and press privileges.

Mr Perkins, it is time for you to exercise your power to chance the direction or the personnel that infest this cheap fish wrapper. In a time of increasing CO2, it is better to save the trees than to allow them to peddle this poop. I recommend zero access to KU sports for anyone but Bedore. If the others remain on the UJW payroll, deny Gary too.

I'll be damned if I will finish this article, but this article should finish Mayer.

June 1, 2007 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Keegan: With ACL torn, will Rush play for KU again?

Has there ever been an article by a LJW sportswriter that received this many complaints for the authors incompetence? Rush is only half as lame as Keegan. Thank goodness he is not as Lazy. He will be back. He will work hard through the pain, because he wants it to heal strong, because he loves the game, because he wants to use this opportunity to do something meaningful with his teammates, and because it is the right thing to do. Why did Keegan have to call all the way to Florida to find someone who would support his contention otherwise?

It is high time that the the LJW review the duties of the sports editor. Somebody has to be responsible for the ineptitude of what this paper puts out. It is long past the time to replace Keegan. Is the problem above that?

May 30, 2007 at 4:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayer: Charity shots key for KU

Jacobpaul81,

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No Mayer, while Langford, and Simien got their open shots,Miles spaced at the arc was Bill Self's idea. Last I saw, the all the penetration and dish action by Sugarland's TJ Ford, didn't get him many wins at Kansas vs Miles playing team ball. Penetration by TJ resulted in nearly 80% of the assists his team had in a whole game. Good coaching? I think it is simply a predictable behavior that Miles could stop and TJ's team scored the L, lazy coaching, if you will. What if Texas had passed enough that all players were used to make assists and score.? Penetration that results in one player getting many assists but less total team assists, or one player getting to the foul line is not necessarily the best option. I would take a 50% uncontested chance at three points in flow, any day over a 46% chance at 2 with a possibility that the 2 point shooter might have a 36% (60% x 60%) chance of scoring two freethrows. Self knows that; he teaches it. Apparently Mayer does not.

I would also suggest that Those aggressive moves into the heart of quick UCLA defenders, resulted in numerous turnovers by Julian-not ready to play three-Wright and missed contested interior shots by Mario and Brandon. KU beat the great team defense of less athletic Salukies with aggressive one on one moves to the goal. They lost to the superior athletes of UCLA, by trying the same individual aggressive moves. Where was the Kansas triple option off the screen, that brought them through the season? Where was the dish out to a squared up three point shooter? Where was the manipulation of the defense until our smalls could see our Bigs about ready to seal off their defender for a certain score?

I have no complaint with anyone suggesting KU would be wise to improve free throw shooting so they don't leave uncontested points on the court. They will win more. However any suggestion that KU needs to get to the line more, is as naive as it is mathematically incorrect.

May 11, 2007 at 5:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayer: Charity shots key for KU

Jacobpaul81,

Mayer's pattern is sadly that you must interpret what you think he meant to say. He is paid to do his homework and write it correctly the first time. Some papers have competent editors that care enough to correct his errors before they glow on the electronic screen. Other papers have experts like Mayer.

Indeed, good free throw percentage is a desirable attribute, perhaps a necessary one. Ask Collison after the Syracuse final. But the need to take more freethrows is perhaps overrated.

Self's high/low offense is predicated on the concept that Bigs get the ball where their man is sealed, so they can score underneath. It is also predicated on the concept that the correct shooters receive the ball squared up at the three point line, where they can shoot and score in rhythm. Certainly there is the stagger screen where Rush or Mario comes up from the baseline over a stagger screen on the weak side, to receive the pass at the elbow for an open J or a drive at the hoop. Certainly there is the back door and slip screen plays that result in contested shots at the rim. The major points are that bigs have the ball in such good position, that they can score contested shots in close ... and... smalls get highly makable uncontested shots in rhythm on the perimeter. Both should result in three points. If the ball is moving, our players are moving without the ball, our players are screening as they should, and especially our smaller players are reading how opposing defenders are playing our bigs, We can make passes to the appropriate location with the appropriate timing that open shots can be made without alteration by defenders. All that add up to less fouls, due to better offensive execution.

Being aggressive is not measured only by free throw attempts. It is measured in team points scored as the defense reacts and helps against a skilled aggressive move.

I would question the premise that Langford and Simien were executing to the point that last years team executed. If Keith and especially Wayne (and I loved them both,) had looked past the shots they were allowed to take within the new offense, they would have danced later into the season's final prom. Wayne's 14 foot turnarounds were as bad as Sr. Raef's 14 foot turnarounds when each was to be our stud rebounder. If those bigs made 40% of those contested turnarounds without rebounders in position, were they good team shots? If Keith forced it in traffic and missed 56% of the time, went to the line for 2 ft's that he missed 40% of the time, and an occasional and one bonus, ... was he doing the correct or high percentage thing? Numerically, one might suggest that an unselfish dish to a spotted up 3 by Hawkins (48%) and Miles (50%) or interior pass to Moody (57%) would have resulted in 50 percent more points on the board.

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May 11, 2007 at 5:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayer: Charity shots key for KU

Why not do your homework before you scribble?

KU has 6 RETURNING players who shot more freethrows last year than Boschee shot in ANY of his seasons.

No, they don't shoot 80%. However, they are guys who take off their party clothes and mix it up enough to force opponents into foul trouble, more than your Boschee example. Boschee spent three years taking the first open shot he could get. Each of those shots prevented anyone else from mixing it up and getting to the foul line. He began to learn how to pass up his open shots for better team shots a a senior. His percentage went up and the team was more successful.

If you ever attempt to be competent, you may eventually be appreciated.

May 11, 2007 at 8:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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