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Larry Sinks, owner of the T-shirt company, is embroiled in an ongoing legal
battle with the Ku athletics department. In July, a jury ordered sinks to pay more than $127,000 in a
copyright infringement suit filed by the university. sinks, who says he has spent more than $350,000
in legal fees, says he believes that the university is unfairly targeting him.
meet Larry sinks, the man behind
and its controversial T-shirts
His glass on the bar is nearly empty. It held
miller Lite. But thats gone and half-melted ice
is all thats left. Its only 10 p.m. and Kid Rock is
playing on the jukebox and he has more stories
to tell. of course, his glass is empty.
Larry sinks orders another drink. miller Lite
on the rocks.
Its all I drink, he says.
He leans back in his chair and takes a drink.
Larry sinks is living.
This is my favorite Kid Rock song, he says.
Hes partied with Kid Rock. Hes sipped on
miller Lites with him. Hes got the pictures
to prove it. He was there when the american
Badass punched a dJ in the face. Guy didnt
want to play Kid Rock, sinks says.
you dont believe me, do you? sinks says, as
he drops a few more ice cubes into his beer.
He leans back from the bar and crosses his arm
against his chest. Its time for another story.
He sits here in this dimly lit bar in West
Lawrence a place where locals play pool and
old friends reminisce about better days.
He orders another drink. Because each miller
Lite means another story. another opportunity
to lean across the bar to one of his best friends,
Jamie Woolard, and tell one more incredible
tale about a dinner with muhammad ali, or a
backstage visit with Hank Williams Jr., or a wed-
ding proposal on the set of nyPd Blue.
We have a motto,Woolard says, sitting next
to sinks. We never let any opportunity pass us
The man with the miller Lite in front of him
has spent a lifetime saying yes to grand adven-
tures. But the man with the miller Lite in front
of him has spent the past two years saying no to
the university of Kansas.
sinks T-shirt company,, 734
massachusetts st., has been mired in a two-
and-a-half year legal battle with the university
and the athletics department over T-shirts.
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Graduate students with con-
cerns about vague laws regard-
ing the raising of live fowl within
Lawrence spoke at the city commis-
sion meeting Tuesday. The com-
mission debated the laws regarding
chickens and domestic hedgehogs
for about an hour and heard tes-
timony from Lawrence groups
such as CLUCK, the Coalition of
Lawrence Urban Chicken Keepers. A grant awarded to the Spencer
Museum of Art is helping to
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and researchers will all benefit
from the award.
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on students minds during finals
week and right before the holi-
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The Lawrence City Commission
has dealt with a lot of tough issues
from infrastructure improve-
ments during a tough economic
downturn to a growing homeless
But nothing could prepare them
for the chickens.
Or the hedgehogs.
During Tuesdays commission
meeting, commissioners were
asked to address concerns about
the vagueness
of Lawrences
laws regard-
ing live fowl
and domesti-
cated hedge-
hogs kept
within city
limits. Midge
Gr i n s t e a d ,
e x e c u t i v e
director of
the Lawrence
Humane Society, initiated the
discussion with a list of concerns
about the laws.
Grinstead said she was not try-
ing to get the city to outlaw live
chickens within the city limits, but
rather she wanted the city to clarify
its stance.
If theres a chicken at large,
what is animal control going to
do with it? They cant bring them
here, Grinstead said.
Grinstead said she was also con-
cerned that a dog or cat owner
might lose his or her pet if the
animal attacked someone elses
Anna Kern, a Memphis gradu-
ate student who spoke at the com-
mission meeting, said that resi-
dents should keep any disruptions
a chicken coup might cause in per-
People are allowed to have dogs.
My neighbor has a dog and it can
poop on my front yard, where my
3-year-old does somersaults, Kern
said. But with the chickens, you
know where they are, you know
where the waste is, you can regulate
your exposure to it as long as
you dont have
roosters, theres
really no noise
... Its noth-
ing like hav-
ing a German
Shepherd next
to you that barks
every time you
come out your
back door.
Kern, who
raised two flocks
of 20 chickens within city limits
earlier this year, also said concerns
about health issues related to fowl
were overinflated.
I think any sort of negative
health impact for people is really,
really low, Kern said. People talk
about avian flu, but for that sort
of disease to mutate into a strain
that people can get, you have to
have thousands of chickens in one
small area. You dont get that sort of
mutation in a backyard flock.
Several Lawrence citizens in
attendance addressed the com-
mission during the public com-
ment portion of the discussion.
Andrea Rapinsky, a member of
the Coalition of Lawrence Urban
Chicken Keepers, or CLUCK,
asked commission members to
remember that many local citizens
become involved in chicken raising
because of concern for the humane
treatment of
We knew
all along that
the city ordi-
nances control-
ling chickens
were unclear,
Rapinsky said.
Thats why we
got together,
to address that
lack of chicken
security. Were
happy to work
with the city address the concerns
of its citizens, and also look out for
chicken welfare.
Brian Azcona, Louisiana grad-
uate student, quoted Thomas
Jefferson at the commission meet-
ing, citing use of the Homestead
Act and the U.S. governments offer
of 160 acres of land on the condi-
tion that owners farm it.
There is a rights issue here,
Azcona said. Within reasonable
bounds, I believe every person pos-
sesses a right to grow their own
Americans are now shamefully
ignorant of the process of food
production, Azcona said. I think
if there were any serious disruption
to our food system, this ignorance
would make our population sig-
nificantly more vulnerable.
Additionally, there were some
concerns that domesticated hedge-
hogs, which are not native to
Kansas, could become a threat to
native rodent species like squirrels
if released into the wild.
Judson King, 11, presented his
case in defense
of domesticat-
ed hedgehogs.
He pre-
sented each of
the commis-
sion members
with a bound
10-page book-
let of informa-
tion on the
animal, and
included pho-
tos of himself
with his own
pet hedgehogs.
Although it is illegal to sell
the animals within city limits, no
one threatened to interrogate the
11-year-old about where he pur-
chased the hedgehogs.
After nearly an hour of debate,
city commission members voted
to direct city staff to redraft and
clarify the city ordinances in favor
of letting people keep chickens and
hedgehogs within the city, while
addressing relevant concerns such
as noise and animal control.
I dont see any problems if
somebody wants to have a couple
of chickens, commissioner Mike
Amyx said.
Edited by Ramsey Cox
City stops chicken from crossing road
My neighbor has a dog and
it can poop on my front yard,
where my 3-year-old does
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A man looks at animals for sale at a livestock market for the Eid al-Adha MuslimFeast in the town of Valchi Dol east of the Bulgarian capital Sofa on Sunday. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid
al-Adha by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels and cows to commemorate Prophet Abrahams willingness to sacrifce his son on Gods command.
We knew all along that the city
ordinances controlling chickens
were unclear. Thats why we got
together, to address that lack of
chicken security.
Member of CLUCK
Seen the blue shirt with Hawk
Football on the front and Our
Coach Can Eat Your Coach on the
back? Seen the one that says Muck
Sinks company prints those
shirts and many more and
the University and the Athletics
Department contend the shirts
infringe on their trademarks.
In July, a jury agreed, ruling that
some of Sinks shirts did violate the
Universitys trademarks. The court
ordered Sinks to pay the University
more than $127,000. The University
had wanted $509,000 $476,000 in
profits and $33,000 in royalties.
Now the University has filed a
post-trial motion. Sinks battle with
the University, it seems, is not over.
Now, he wants to tell another
Sinks is angry. He believes the
University is targeting him. He says
hes spent more than $350,000 in
legal fees protecting his business. He
believes its personal.
As he takes another sip, he makes
it clear whom he blames: Kansas
Athletics Director Lew Perkins.
I hate the guy, Sinks says. Hes
the only guy in the world that I hate.
I dont care what happens to that
man, ever.
Growing up, the Sinks family had
a little concrete patch in its back-
yard. Not too big, but big enough
for a basketball goal. Thats all Larry
Sinks needed. He was a feisty point
guard with a competitive streak and
basketball was his game, says Sinks
father, Lawrence.
Hed go outside in the winter and
shovel snow off that concrete patch
so he could shoot baskets. That was
at the house on 25th. Thats where
the Sinks kids grew up. The family
lived on the west side of Lawrence
for a while, then moved to East 19th
Street, before settling on that house
on 25th Street.
They shuffled between houses,
but the Sinks family could never
leave town. They had too many con-
nections in Lawrence, too much
family. Lawrence was home.
Lawrence Sinks worked at the
Lawrence Journal-World for 20
years. He watched his kids grow
up in this town. He watched Larry
play basketball at Lawrence High for
future Kansas Athletics Director Bob
He was a really good shooter,
Lawrence says, tossing in that his
son was All-League. He scored
30-some points against Leavenworth
one game.
Back at the bar, another Kid Rock
tune blares, and Larry Sinks round
face starts to smile. Hes wearing jeans
and a white button-down shirt.
So my father told you about my
basketball career, he says.
Lawrence High basketball seems
like a distant memory. One story he
doesnt tell often. Hes been through
too much, seen too many things,
lived too many nights since that
I had some offers to play junior
college ball, he says calmly.
But college wasnt part of the plan.
Larry Sinks was going to be a racecar
Sinks leans forward. The white of
his shirtsleeve bunches around his
shoulder as he fingers his drink.
Its time for another story.
Sinks packed up all his things
after high school and headed west
for Colorado.
He was going to race sprint cars
and midgets, high-powered little cars
that run on short oval tracks.
His father had spent years in the
racing business. Now it was his turn.
It was the Sinks way.
Sinks grandfather had owned a
quarter-mile speedway east of town.
And in 1954, years before Sinks was
born, Lawrences brother lost his life
in a racecar.
Lawrence was undeterred. He
started racing jalopies in the 1960s.
A few years later, he was racing
sprint cars, dragging his kids to
country outposts in western Kansas,
Oklahoma and parts of Missouri
and Iowa.
One summer, we ran Dodge City
every Saturday night and Wichita
every Sunday night, Lawrence says.
Larry Sinks loved it. The dirt
tracks, the excitement, the people.
Sometimes hed clean mud off the
tires. Sometimes hed help fuel the
I wasnt much help. Sinks says.
It didnt matter. Sinks knew what
he wanted.
He loves racing, Lawrence says.
But in this story, Sinks learned the
fragility of dreams. And Sinks racing
dreams would die hard.
He was out in Colorado for six
months, not even 20 years old, and
trying to find his way. He was work-
ing construction to make some
money, and one day, in an attempt
to impress a girl, he put on a pair
of skis.
Dumb move, Sinks admits.
He was a novice, hardly knew
what he was doing, and he broke his
arm on those damned skis.
Sinks headed back home to
Lawrence to recuperate. His father
put him to work on his Lawrence car
lot, and soon Sinks made a decision
that would change his life. A decision
that would lead to a legal throw-
down with the University of Kansas
more than 20 years later.
Larry Sinks T-shirt story begins
on a mechanics car lift in a small car
garage at 23rd and Barker.
Sinks was back from Colorado
and digging into the car business.
From a chance encounter, he had
learned a lesson in printing T-shirts.
The car business is slow in the
winter. And Sinks saw a money-
making opportunity in front of him.
He went to his father. What if we
bought some equipment and made
T-shirts in the winter? What if?
Lawrence was skeptical. His
son was still young. And it was his
I can make them both work,
Sinks told his dad.
Just like that, Larry Sinks was in
the T-shirt business in August 1982.
He built his first company,
Midwest Graphics, into a multi mil-
lion dollar-a-year company. The
company printed shirts for small col-
leges, local bars, restaurants, compa-
nies anybody who wanted shirts.
Larrys pretty good at selling,
Lawrence says.
Sinks says, I got lucky in the
T-shirt business.
After almost 15 years, Sinks sold
Midwest Graphics in 1996 and signed
a five-year no-compete clause.
But in 2002, Sinks reentered the
T-shirt business with the company
Victory Sportswear.
In February 2006,
opened on Massachusetts Street.
And three months later, Sinks
found a letter from the University of
Kansas sitting in his mailbox.
Sinks sips on his Miller Lite and
says those same words again.
You dont believe me, do you?
he says, smiling. He pulls a photo
out of a folder. Hes serious about
this. He doesnt want people to think
hes lying. Sinks is in the photo. So
is Hank Williams Jr. So is former
Chief s player Neil Smith. Its one of
his favorites.
Listen to Sinks talk long enough,
and the name dropping begins. He
laughs when people call him out for
casually dropping, say, Muhammad
Ali into a conversation about
T-shirts. He doesnt do it on purpose,
he says. And all these people really
do fit together. Just dont blame him
if it takes another round of drinks to
piece his celebrity network of friends
It started with the late legend-
ary sportscaster Dick Schaap. Schaap
had connections in Lawrence.
In 1988, the year of Danny and
the Miracles, Sinks T-shirt business
was going gangbusters.
The Final Four was in Kansas City
that year, and Schaap interviewed
Sinks on ABC Nightline News. Sinks
and Schaap stayed close for years,
meeting up nearly every year at the
Super Bowl.
Through Schaap, he met Tony
and Huey Rodham yes, Hillary
Clintons brothers.
And yes, Sinks visited the
White House, and yes, hes met Bill
But he doesnt want his famous
friends to define him, he says.
I met Derrick Thomas, he says
calmly. And Derrick Thomas intro-
duced me to Hank Williams Jr. And
Hank Williams Jr. introduced me to
Kid Rock.
Theres a story behind every name,
and a new name in every story.
So many adventures. A dinner with
Schaap and Ali in Orlando on Super
Bowl weekend. A chance encounter
with actor Tommy Davidson on the
streets of Washington, D.C. And then
theres his greatest adventure. The
one when he met his wife, Connie.
Sinks was in Dallas on a Sunday
in 1994. He was there to watch the
Cowboys. He ended up finding his
wife, too.
They met in a restaurant,
exchanged numbers, and a week
later, Sinks was flying Connie in to
see him.
Usually when you meet some-
body in a bar, you dont expect them
to call, Connie says.
But of course, Connie had never
met anyone like Larry.
Shed never met anyone who
would fly her to New York, take her
to the set of NYPD Blue, get actor
Dennis Franz to get down on one
knee for a fake proposal, before step-
ping in his place and saying, Well,
will you marry me?
With Larry, nothing is small.
Nothing is easy, Connie says.
They were married in 1995. Then
came two children. First a son, then
a daughter.
Jamie Woolard says he knows
why people love Larry Sinks.
Theres nobody better than
Larry, Woolard says. Hes real.
Lets have one more drink, Sinks
says, interrupting Woolard.
Its time for another story. Theres
still plenty of night to live.
This one is about Kid Rock. But
Sinks and Woolard struggle to tell
it clearly.
Seems they have more than one.
Which story is which? The stories
blend together, merged in classic
barstool oratory tradition.
Was this the story where Kid
Rock and Pamela Anderson flew to
Kansas City on Hank Williams Jr.s
plane to hang out?
Or the one when Kid Rock
punched the DJ and got arrested?
I was six feet away, Willard
Was it the weekend at the Country
Music Awards?
Was former Chief Jared Allen
hanging out with them that time?
And there are those words again.
You dont believe me, do you?
Sinks fiddles with his phone.
Hes just received a text from former
NASCAR driver and Indy Car driver
Larry Foyt, one of his many friends
in the racing world.
His suite at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway helps with that.
Foyt puts it like this: Hes just
really genuine. Any time Ive needed
something, hes been there.
Sinks has another take on his
famous friends.
Theyre just regular people, he
The phone rang in Larry Sinks
house on June 28, the night of the
NBA Draft. The following day, Sinks
would be back in a courtroom in
Topeka, back fighting the University
of Kansas. It had been two years
since that letter appeared in Sinks
mailbox. It was from the University,
and it asked Sinks to stop selling cer-
tain shirts shirts the University
thought infringed on its registered
Our request was to stop selling
infringing and offensive shirts and
shirts that had players names on it,
KU Associate Athletics Director Jim
Marchiony says.
Sinks refused. The feisty point
guard from Lawrence, the aggressive
business man that guy was going
to fight.
Larrys never been one to roll
over and play dead when he thinks
hes right, Lawrence says.
For the next year and half, Sinks
and the University would engage in a
seemingly never-ending legal tango.
Every time we created a new
T-shirt, they added it to the lawsuit,
Sinks says.
When Sinks refused the
Universitys final settlement offer
Sinks says it was $900,000, but the
University says settlement negotia-
tions should remain confidential
the case went to trial on June 24.
Four nights later, on June 28,
Sinks turned on the television and
tried to forget about the lawsuit.
Sasha Kaun, a center on Kansas
2008 NCAA Championship team,
was coming over to watch the NBA
Draft. Sinks, Kaun and a group
of Kauns friends watched as five
Jayhawks were drafted. Kaun would
be taken in the second round by the
Cleveland Cavaliers.
Actually Sasha left about 20 min-
utes before he was drafted, Sinks
Back at the bar, Sinks explains.
Hes been a supporter of KU
sports for more than 25 years. He
had a great relationship with for-
mer basketball coach, Larry Brown,
he says. He says Victory Sportswear
employed numerous KU athletes,
including a handful of basketball
It was all by the book, he says.
They would clean screens, stack
shirts, fold shirts, do a little bit of
The Sinks family became espe-
cially close to Kaun.
Connie Sinks says Kaun still stays
in touch with text messages.
Sasha babysat my kids, Sinks
says, as he looks forward at his glass.
Sinks has one more story to tell.
The jury found some of Sinks
shirts to be infringing.
But Sinks didnt think the rulings
were consistent. The jury found a
shirt that said Our Coach Can Eat
Your Coach, to be infringing. But
it deemed many other shirts blue
shirts that read Hawk Football and
Hawk Basketball on the front to
be okay.
It didnt make any sense, Sinks
Those shirts are still sitting on
racks in his store, next to dozens of
the signs warning customers that
the shirts are not licensed by the
The court ordered Sinks to pay
the University more than $127,000.
Neither side was exactly thrilled by
the ruling. The University is asking
the judge to set aside parts of the
jury ruling.
Sinks says hes had to hand over
another $20,000 dollars for legal fees
to keep fighting the University. He
says hes spent more than $350,000
so far.
I live day to day, just like every-
body else does. Times are tough for
me. Ive had to borrow money to pay
these legal fees, Sinks says. Its not
like I just have money lying around
to do it.
Lawrence says its taken a toll on
his son and his family.
Theres been nights he hasnt
slept, Lawrence says.
Sinks adds, Whats frustrating
to me, is that I went to court, there
was a ruling, and theyre not satis-
fied with that ruling, so now they are
coming after me for more stuff.
Sinks takes a sip from his glass. Its
nearly empty. The ice is half-melted.
Hed rather talk about better days.
Good times with his dear friend
Schaap, who died in 2001, or trips
to the Indianapolis 500. Times filled
with family and good music and
auto racing and cold beer.
But if the subject comes up, if
someone asks about the trial, hes
going to speak his mind. No doubt
about it. He feels wronged. He feels
victimized. And he blames Lew
Hes an asshole, Sinks says. I
wouldnt wish what hes done to me
on anybody.
Perkins refused interview requests
for this story.
But Marchiony says the case boils
down to a simple fact.
He willfully infringed on the
Universitys trademarks, Marchiony
As for Sinks animosity toward
Marchiony said the Athletics
Department didnt pay much atten-
tion to comments in the media.
It doesnt mean very much to
us, he says.
Theres another aspect of the case
that doesnt get brought up much,
Marchiony says.
Theres a considerable amount of
money that goes directly to student
scholarships, he says. Thats one
of the major reasons we are fighting
this so hard. Every time an unli-
censed shirt is sold, we believe that
takes money from student scholar-
ship support.
He adds, We have asked a judge
to set aside parts of the jury verdict
that we believe are confusing and
The legal war over T-shirts con-
The glass on the bar is empty.
The ice is gone, and Sinks drops $20
on the bar. He has to get going. Hes
heading to California in the morn-
ing to meet Foyt, his old autoracing
friend. Another adventure awaits.
For now, Sinks is awaiting the
judges ruling on the post-trial
motion. And then, theres possibility
of an appeals process.
Sinks says hell keep fighting.
Hell keep raising a family. Hell keep
making edgy T-shirts. And hell keep
ordering Miller Lites on the rocks.
Larry Sinks will keep living.
Hes mellowed a bit, Connie says
of her husband. He works hard for
what he has, and life is short. He
should enjoy it.
The bar is quiet, and the jukebox
is worn out. Larry Sinks needs to go
home. But he has one more story to
tell. This one has Kid Rock in it too.
You put a guitar in that guys
hands and hell play for hours, Sinks
I told Kid Rock, I got an idea
for a song, Sinks says. Everyone
dies but not everyone lives. He said,
Yeah, I could make that song.
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entertainment 4a monday, december 8, 2008
10 is the easiest day, 0 the
most challenging.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Today is an 8
You can see for miles and miles.
Everything seems possible. Get
over there and check it out.
Projects begun now have a bet-
ter chance of success.
TAurus (April 20-May 20)
Today is a 7
Your status in the community
is rising, but not from what you
say. People are noticing what
youre doing and that it actually
works. Even keeping a low pro-
fle, youre attracting attention.
GeMini (May 21-June 21)
Today is an 8
You and your friends have what
it takes to win at this competi-
tion. They provide the energy
and you provide the plan. Bet-
ter have something fgured out.
CAnCer (June 22-July 22)
Today is a 7
A complicated request causes
temporary consternation. You
end up doing very well at this
task, however, so dont even
worry. Youll perform brilliantly.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Today is a 10
Make big plans and start on
them now. Push your agenda
forward. This goes for fun as
well as for business. One great
idea leads to another.
VirGo (Aug. 23-sept. 22)
Today is a 5
The smart moneys staying
hidden away until the best bar-
gains appear. This works in your
business as well as your private
life. Its becoming fashionable
to appear that you have less
than you have.
LibrA (sept. 23-oct. 22)
Today is an 8
Your partner has a great idea
and lots of good suggestions.
Be kind and listen attentively,
even if you dont agree. You
may be convinced to change
your mind.
sCorpio (oct. 23-nov. 21)
Today is an 8
Make your career move now.
Show people what you can
do for them, how well and by
when. Your success is not about
advertising, its about produc-
ing results.
sAGiTTArius(nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You have a way with words,
especially now. Youre so charm-
ing, you can get just about
whatever you want. Use your
power responsibly. No trickery.
CApriCorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Today is a 7
Go ahead and buy those few
things youve been wanting
for your home. Get yourself a
few special treats while youre
out there, too. Scented candle?
Fancy chocolates? Yes.
AquArius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Today is an 8
You have a talent for making
complex subjects seem almost
simple. At least, its apparent
you understand them, and
thats a comfort. Help out a
confused friend.
pisCes (Feb. 19-March 20)
Today is a 7
Youre better at giving than
receiving. Youre charming that
way. But dont get stuck fretting
about what you deserve; just
cheerfully take what you get.
Its expected, and its polite.
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starting next week.
The 38-year-old chief White
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stepped in as temporary host
last June after the death of Tim
Russert, the programs moderator
since 1991.
Ive thought a lot about what
it means to succeed somebody
like Tim Russert, Gregory told
viewers. Im not Tim. But along
with this great team, I can just
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A ratings leader with enor-
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greatest jobs there is, he said in
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Its a place where account-
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come to understand how the
government works and try to
understand the important issues
of the day.
In addition to his Meet the
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will be a regular contributor for
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When a newspaper in Balti-
more had douchebag on its
front cover
in Septem-
ber, you can
how many
complaints it
felded from
the older
But does the
relatively young insult really ft
into the bad word category yet?
Our generation views profan-
ity a lot diferently than our par-
ents generation. My mother still
cringes if I say the word crap, so I
can only imagine how she would
react to the word douchebag.
For some reason the word is
not held to the same standard as
other forms of profanity. Publica-
tions have used the word, and it
does not seem to fall under the
umbrella of obscenity that other
words have.
The word is less of an insult
than other profanities, and de-
spite fak the word douchebag
might get, I will continue to use it.
Douchebag is a giggle word
that kids love to say when they
frst discover its existence and
love to hear from the mouths of
grown-ups, who are supposed to
be, well, grown up.
So its no surprise that when a
club owner in Las Vegas named
Michael Minelli sued the author
of a book called Hot Chicks
With Douchebags, the result
was some of the most beauti-
fully absurd legal paperwork in
the history of the United States
judicial system.
Pictures of Minelli, accom-
panied with a description of his
alleged douchebaggery, were
published in the book without his
consent. In response, Minelli sued
the publisher for libel. The com-
plaint, available for viewing on, features
a douchetastic list of allegations.
Allegation 18 simply states: The
Publication refers to the Plaintif
as a Douchebag.
Thats the issue with any bad
word: context. On the play-
ground, theyre no big deal. But
when a judge has to preside over
a case where a bad word plays
a prominent role, it becomes a
spectacle. A wonderful, hilarious
Mothers of River City, heed the
warnings before its too late! Are
certain words creeping into your
childs language? Stuf like swell,
and sos your old man? Well
then, youve got trouble, with a
capital T and that rhymes with
P and that stands for pool!
The standards for what is
profane and what isnt change all
the time. Every now and then, a
new term is used as profanity. Its
place in the modern vernacular is
changed, at least for a while, into
something seemingly inappro-
priate. Douchebag is a fun term
now, but Id be surprised if it still
is in 20 years. By then, some other
hygiene product will have taken
its place as many peoples insult
of choice.
A few days ago, a student
used the insult douchebag to
describe a character we were
reading about in front of an entire
English class, including the pro-
fessor. Everyone laughed, and no
one seemed to be ofended. And
there wasnt any need to be.
Even the feminist movement
has started to embrace the word
as an insult. A feminist magazine
started a blog called douchebag
decree. It is a weekly post about
people the writer deems to be
Some protested this word used
as an insult, but a word that came
from the idea that women are
dirty and need cleansing is better
used in that sense.
Douchebag isnt so bad. Like
all words, it has to be dictated by
the audience. Printing the word
in The University Daily Kansan is
more acceptable than printing it
in The New York Times or Wash-
ington Post because its used in
the everyday lives of its audience.
We can call our friends
douchebags because they know
there is no ill will behind it. But
this does not mean we should
ignore the real world.
Douchebag is the new fuck. Its
the new all encompassing word
that can mean anything and be
everything. You can throw it into
any part of a sentence.
A friend used the word
douchebag in front of my parents
over Thanksgiving break. When
my parents tried to use another
word to explain what my friend
had said about someone, my
friend stopped them and said,
No, hes just a douchebag.
Its the new be-all-end-all
word. Its time to embrace it.
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I think it is really pretentious
that ONeil Nissan commer-
cials compare itself to KU
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Why didnt anybody tell me
that South Park wasnt new
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The campanile bells were
playing the Alma Mater, and I
decided that I want it to play
at my wedding.
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I really like KJHK, but its sports
talk radio is terrible.
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We just found out one of our
friends is in gay porn.
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Corbin is the only place where
it is acceptable to walk around
in your underwear.
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Last night I ordered McDon-
alds and had it delivered.
Yeah, thats right.
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Hey girl hey. We just had a
party. And my friends truck
window just got punched out.
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I dont care how thumping
your bass is if your bumper
is falling of, you have zero
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Im glad youre on board the
train because Im the conduc-
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Rip his fucking head of.
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Dear house on Naismith Drive:
Please put your Danger:
Cleavage sign back up. Its
the only thing that makes my
morning bearable.
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If you stole the beer out of
my front yard, that was rude.
Bring them back. We miss
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I think we should round up
all the stupid people in the
world, put them on an island
and let them play out Lord of
the Flies.
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The womens basketball team
is doing much better, and I
think they should be recog-
nized for it. Good job.
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To the guy wearing a winter
coat, hat and gloves and
shorts: You dont look like a
badass you look like a tool.
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My friend just got back from
Congo, and he said people
there have renewed faith in
America because of Obama.
My worse memory of Rudolph
the Red-Nose Reindeer coincid-
ed with my first lesson in meta-
phor. I came to kindergarten one
day after a bout of the flu with
a bright red nose, only to be
greeted by the two jerks who sat
across from me thinking that the
moniker was the most hilarious
thing anyone could ever say.
I am now in the same posi-
tion, sniffling and coughing and
trying not to cover everything I
own with an insulation of snot.
Ive been sitting in the back of my
classes. One Santa reference was
enough for my lifetime.
Self-esteem, Ive surmised, is
the main accomplice to the flu
in college. The week before my
illness started, Watkins Health
Center had even set up a type
of guerilla flu clinic in my own
workplace. I quickly scurried by.
I didnt want my co-workers to
see me cringing at a microscopic
needle, and I thought I would
be fine. After sounding like a
duck every time I spoke for a
week from nasal congestion, the
encouraging smiles of the nurses
I ignored now seem sadistic.
A flu shot at the doctor used
to be opportunities for free-range
candy-mongering and getting
cool cartoon Band-Aids my mom
would never buy but made my
ailments seem awesome, even
if they were just covering up a
bruise. Now that I am forking
over $15 for someone to stab
and swab me, it seems more like
money pit for something I could
be buying instead, like more
What I fail to realize every
year is that the flu will hunt me
down and strangle me with its
viral strands no matter how many
times I wash my hands. It seems
like a vague, empty threat until
I am lying on a couch buried
under a blanket of used Kleenex.
Yet, every year, this false confi-
dence persists. I dont need a flu
shot. I can tough it out, right?
The real problem is that
everyone has a conformation
bias toward the flu. Its hard to
imagine everyone being ill when
you arent.
Look around: Everyone is a
potential carrier just waiting to
sneeze on you or touch the same
door handle in an attempt to seek
out accompanying misery.
Dont be one of those people.
Get a flu shot. You are less likely
to give it to someone, who is less
likely to give it to someone else
you know, who will give it some-
one else, who is likely to give it to
you again.
And the financial costs dont
add up. Flu shot: $15. Kleenex,
antibiotics, soup, bad movies you
are too embarrassed to rent until
you are home alone sick and no
one sees you watching them: $40
at the least.
So go to an ATM. Withdraw
$20. Drive to Watkins. Get a shot
or nasal spray. Feel resentful for a
while and then mostly apathetic.
But youll be able to laugh at all
the sickly invalids come January.
Maybe even call them Rudolph.
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Alex Kany walked out to her
car at Meadowbrook Apartments
to discover her $150 Global
Positioning System had been sto-
Thats when Kany, Minnetonka,
Minn., junior, began to take safety
more seriously.
I realized I could have parked in
a better spot since I wasnt parked
near any lights, she said.
After the incident, Kany said,
she began to park her 1997
Nissan Ultima near street lights,
but three weeks after the first
break-in she walked out to the
parking lot and found her win-
dow smashed in.
I definitely learned my lesson,
she said. I dont keep anything
important in my car anymore
worth stealing.
Kany hasnt been the only stu-
dent affected by break-ins. But
safety issues can extend beyond
parking lot break-ins and into more
serious territory, such as abduction
or stalking.
With the pressure of impend-
ing finals, students may feel over-
whelmed this time of year, and
safety can often be something
students forget about, said Kathy
Rose-Mockry, program direc-
tor of the Emily Taylor Womens
Resource Center.
Rose-Mockry said students
needed to be more aware of what
was going on around them this
time of year.
Students think to themselves,
Can I get my paper done in time,
or Ive got to get all of this stuff
prepared before finals hit, she
said. One of the things were try-
ing to do here is to provide infor-
mation to students so they feel
According to the Emily Taylor
Womens Resource Center Web
site, 8 percent of women are
stalked in their lifetime, and most
victims are between 18 and 29
years old.
The site also says that between
26.6 percent and 35.2 percent of
female students and between 14.7
percent and 18.4 percent of male
students have been stalked.
Rose-Mockry said crimes com-
mitted were often crimes of oppor-
tunity, such as when a person is
alone, looks distracted or vulner-
able, or is easy to isolate.
Students should be aware that
there is safety in groups and in
numbers, she said. When youre
going back and forth, either
between classes or shopping,
thats when you are the easiest to
isolate and it makes you an easier
The Emily Taylor Womens
Resource Center offers a variety of
programs and services to students
concerning their safety.
As part of these services, each
semester the center offers three
self-defense workshops, which
are held at the Student Recreation
Fitness Center or in one of the six
residence halls. Rose-Mockry said
one of the three workshops was
Capt. Schuyler Bailey of the KU
Public Safety Office said the most
common crime on campus was the
theft of unattended property, such
as iPods, calculators, textbooks or
laptop computers.
Crime rates go down during
the holiday season because most
students travel home, but students
should still remember to lock their
doors and windows whether they
are on campus or not, Bailey said.
Students have to remember
they need to be aware of their
surroundings at all times, Bailey
said. While walking, studying or
jogging, you must be alert to the
people around you.
Bailey said that students
shouldnt take shortcuts and that
they needed to walk or shop with
a friend and never leave packages
in their cars in plain sight.
Rose-Mockry said more stu-
dents paid attention when tragedy
struck close to home.
In June 2007, 18-year-old
Kelsey Smith was abducted from
a Target parking lot in Overland
Park. Smiths body was found days
later near Longview Lake in south
Kansas City, Mo.
I think its very frightening
when these things happen so
close to home and they are within
your sphere, Rose-Mockry said.
She said now was the time for
students to examine their rou-
tines and find ways to increase
their safety.
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NEWS 6A monday, december 8, 2008
The works in Spencer Museum of
Art arent just for looking at. Theyre
also for learning.
Or at least thats the idea behind a
grant totaling $1.2 million from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that
will help expand the use of the muse-
ums art for research and teaching.
Bill Woodard, director of com-
munications for the museum, said
the award was a major achievement
for the University and the art muse-
um. He said the award placed the
Universitys museum in the company
of institutions such as Yale University
and Duke University as leaders of
incorporating their art collections in
teaching and research.
Sarah Crawford-Parker, associate
director of the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences and art historian,
said she used art to supplement her
teaching often. She said being in
the museum helped students under-
stand the scale of individual works
of art. The size of each work made
a different impression on students,
Crawford-Parker said.
Works of art were created to
be interacted with in a meaningful
way, Crawford-Parker said. One of
the benefits of using the Spencer
Museum collection in teaching is
that it encourages students of all
majors to practice careful looking.
Crawford-Parker said the ability
to engage in careful observation was
essential to all aspects of peoples
Ariel Tazkargy, Wellington soph-
omore, enrolled in one of Crawford-
Parkers courses last year. Tazkargy
said the use of art in the class helped
her understand some of the classs
more complex issues. She said the
class, which emphasized foreign cul-
tures, used art to help bring the focus
back to the people instead of the
country itself.
Art often represents a persons
deep connection to the issues of the
time, Tazkargy said. Having the
opportunity in class to view collec-
tions allowed me to place a physical
object with our readings.
Tazkargy said the class discussions
that stemmed from using art were
also better for the class as a whole.
She said art often highlighted differ-
ing student opinions, which helped
students engage in more meaningful
I feel that art enriches the class-
room experience, Tazkargy said.
Everyone in the class benefits.
Crawford-Parker said she placed
great value on students being able
to experience works of art firsthand.
She said it allowed students to get
a different view of the issues the
class addressed. Crawford-Parker
said she had never had a student
complain about spending time in the
Woodard said during the last aca-
demic year, more than 30 depart-
ments on campus used the museum
in their teaching and research.
Tazkargy said along with many
other benefits of teaching using art,
she found there was one aspect of the
method she really noticed.
If anything, it makes me pay
attention more, Tazkargy said. Its
always helpful in engaging me.
Editedby Rachel Burchfeld
Shaymarie Genosky/KANSAN
Jordan Wurth, Wichita senior, studies a photograph on viewin the 20/21 gallery of the Spencer Art Museum. Wurth needed to viewthe
photograph in person at the museumfor the fnal paper in his History of Photographyclass. The $1.2 million grant the University received will
help with assignments like this one by expanding the use of Spencers collections in teaching, research and learning.
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Ofcials say stressed students should stay vigilant
Call Tyrel Reed a bondsman, because
hes becoming accustomed to bailing
Kansas out of close games.
Three days after making two key three-
pointers to help Kansas escape from New
Mexico State, Reed did it again Saturday
in an 86-62 victory against Jackson State.
The Tigers stuck with the Jayhawks
for most of the game and trailed only
48-42 with 15 minutes remaining. Reed,
a sophomore guard, proceeded to score
eight points off two three-pointers
and two free throws in the next min-
ute and a half to put the game out of the
Tigers reach.
The shots felt good today, Reed said.
All of them did, even the ones that didnt
go in.
Reed shot three-for-six from three-
point range and finished with 11 points
and four rebounds. His first three-point-
er came when Kansas was down 28-26
with four minutes left in the first half.
Reed swished a jumper at the top of the
key after a pass from freshman guard
Tyshawn Taylor. And the Jayhawks were
never behind again.
Still, there was plenty of frustration.
Kansas coach Bill Self has warned of the
possibility of Kansas not being too potent
without leading scorers Sherron Collins
and Cole Aldrich at their best.
The first half illustrated it perfectly.
Aldrich, a sophomore center, played
only 10 ineffective minutes because he
got into foul trouble. Collins, a junior
guard, missed his first seven shots, which
included an air ball on an 18-footer and a
fast break layup rejected by Tiger forward
Garrison Johnson.
With neither Collins nor Aldrich ener-
gizing the Jayhawks, they struggled.
It was a pretty stale performance,
Self said.
The Morris twins did all they could
to freshen it at the beginning of the
game. Marcus Morris scored on two con-
secutive possessions after spins from the
block to the basket and threw down an
alley-oop from Collins. Markieff Morris
hit a three-pointer in transition and
dunked a minute later.
Their energy came despite the fact
that neither of them started for the first
time since the first game of the sea-
son. Self opted to give senior center
Matt Kleinmann, who had never started
a game, the frontcourt spot alongside
Aldrich against Jackson State.
Weve got to get everybody practic-
ing at a high level, Self said. Ill leave
it at that.
If the moves purpose was to grab
the freshmen twins attention, it surely
appeared to work. Markieff finished the
game with eight points, five rebounds,
three assists and two steals.
Marcus was arguably more impressive
with 13 points on five-for-six shoot-
ing and three rebounds. Collins thought
Marcus day hinted at his maturation.
He was down on himself a little bit,
but hes doing a good job of handling
coach right now, Collins said. I think
Marcus is figuring it out a bit.
Same for Taylor. After the New Mexico
State game, Self told Taylor he needed to
record more than three assists for Kansas
to be successful.
Taylor responded by telling Self he
could handle that. He had 11 assists to
combine with 10 points against Jackson
I was just thinking about it a lot
more, Taylor said. Like if I do this, this
person will be open so feed them. I felt
like I did that.
Five of Taylors assists came in the sec-
ond half when Collins and Aldrich began
to break out of their early slump.
Collins ended up with 17 points, five
rebounds, five assists and three steals and
Aldrich contributed 13 points and eight
The majority of Collins and Aldrichs
points bookended Reeds three-point
outbreak. Typical to Reeds style, he cred-
ited teammates for finding him open in
the corner to make the shots. Reed wasnt
overjoyed with the victory.
Overall, it was a flatter performance,
Reed said. There were points and
moments in the game when we looked
good in the second half.
Most of the points and moments came
when Reed shot the ball.
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When it came to the Jayhawks bowl
destination, Nov. 29s 40-37 victory against
Missouri was meaningless the Jayhawks
were headed to the Insight Bowl even if they
had lost to the rival Tigers.
But the victory did do a lot to boost the
confidence of the 7-5 Jayhawks, who will
face the also 7-5 Minnesota Golden Gophers
on New Years Eve in Tempe, Arizona. The
Jayhawks now have 23 days to prepare for
the Gophers with the big victory against
Missouri still fresh in their minds.
Lets face it, Mangino said. When you
come off a win against your border rival,
theres a great deal of enthusiasm among the
players, coaches, everybody. The fan base
is energized. Our players and coaches are
excited. Were ready to go.
The Jayhawks were officially invited to
participate in the Insight Bowl on Friday,
but it had become the likely destination
for several weeks. Minnesota started the
season 7-1 but has lost four games in a
row including a 55-0 trouncing by Iowa
two weeks ago and finished 3-5 in the
Big 10.
Kansas faced some of the top spread
offenses in the nation in the rough Big 12,
so facing a more traditional offense will be a
welcomed sight for the Kansas defense.
I really dont know much about them,
said linebacker James Holt. I just know that
the Big 10 is well known for running the
ball and our number one thing on defense
is stopping the run, so I think that will play
to our advantage with them running the
ball a lot.
The game will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31
on the NFL Network from Tempe. They
will play at Sun Devil Stadium, the home
of Arizona State and former home of the
Arizona Cardinals.
Like last year in Miami, it means a nice
break from the chilly Kansas winter for both
the players and the fans.
Were definitely excited that we dont
have to worry about snow or anything, Holt
said. Im just really excited that its going to
be warm because Im sick of this cold.
But while the Jayhawks will be in the
background of one of the top party schools
in the country in Arizona State, they know it
will be all business once they get to Tempe.
We all know that the reason we won
last year was the way we prepared, Reesing
said. We went down to Miami and had a
good time when we were supposed to but
we were working. We were practicing hard.
We werent taking it lightly. We were very
serious about our preparation.
Kansas will arrive in Phoenix on Dec. 27
and have practices at a local high school on
Dec. 28, 29, and 30 before facing Minnesota
on New Years Eve. A group that has already
set numerous school records the last two
seasons, the Jayhawks arent just going to
Phoenix to enjoy the warm weather and
We dont want to just be in two bowl
games back-to-back, Reesing said. We
want to win two bowl games back-to-back.
We want to establish the program and prove
that we can get 20 wins in two seasons.
Thats something thats never been accom-
plished here so were playing for a lot of
things. Were definitely not going to take it
for granted.
Edited by Rachel Burchfeld
Minnesota picked as bowl opponent
Where: Tempe, Ariz.
When: Dec. 31
Kickof: 5 p.m.
tV: NFL Network
or much of Saturdays dismal and almost
boring 86-62 victory against Jackson
State, something was missing. The
Jayhawks werent making shots, they werent
grabbing rebounds and they committed nine
first-half turnovers. It was the Jayhawks worst
first-half performance of the season, but just
what was missing and why were the Jayhawks
so flat against the 1-8 Tigers?
Sherron Collins knew exactly what it was
toughness. Collins, the teams leader both on
and off the court, knows that this young team
has a long way to go if they want to smell the
success of last years magical season.
Were not tough yet, Collins said. Last
years team, we had issues with being tough
early in the season as well but its a whole
different team and a whole different group
of players. We just have to go out and be
Toughness can be many different things in
basketball. It could be stepping into the lane
to take a charge, or diving on the floor for a
loose ball.
Whatever it is, toughness can be the differ-
ence between winning and losing.
If theres a 50-50 ball between two com-
petitive guys, who gets it? coach Bill Self said.
Thats what toughness is in my book, and
were not getting near enough of those.
Self has been on the Jayhawks for the past
two weeks about their toughness. He doesnt
question the Jayhawks physical toughness, but
he does question their toughness on the court.
He hasnt been pleased with their ability to get
loose balls both on the floor and on rebounds,
and he knows they wont be a good team until
they can do that.
The key to being a good team is am I
going to get 70 percent of the 50-50 balls or
am I going to get 30 percent of them, Self
said. Those extra possessions win or lose you
games. Were a team that gets 30 percent of
those 50-50 balls right now.
Just where did coach Self learn about being
I grew up in the rough streets of Edmund,
Oklahoma, Self joked.
But to Self, the Jayhawks toughness is no
laughing matter. Doing the little things can
often win a game. Having five freshman play-
ing significant time certainly doesnt help. Its
a learning experience, and Tyrel Reed says it
needs to start on the defensive end.
Weve been really soft defensively, Reed
said. Not going after the ball with two hands,
just being really weak.
The Jayhawks will certainly get tougher
as the season goes on as they did last year
en route to the National Championship. But
with such a young team, its imperative for the
Jayhawks to grow up quickly and gain that
toughness soon especially with tough non-
conference games approaching at Arizona, at
Michigan State and at home against Tennessee.
We have to get a swagger to ourselves that
were tough, Collins said. And we have to
believe it.
Edited by Ramsey Cox
need to
toughen up
KaNSaS 86, jaCKSoN StatE 62
Kansas takes lackluster win
Self calls Jayhawks
play stale; Reeds
3-pointers propel
Kansas to victory
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freshman forward marcus morris goes up for a shot during the frst half of the game. Morris hit all three of his shots fromthe foor for six points in the frst half.
SEE morE CoVErAGE oN 3b
hen Russell Robinson
first stepped on the
court for Kansas, he
was a novelty, the first of his kind.
Robinson was an East Coast
kid. Nobody since Terry Brown
back in the 80s had hailed from
New York City.
Roy Williams didnt believe
in the East Coast. He always said
before they got to Kansas they
had to fly over Duke and North
Carolina and Kentucky and whole
bunch of other power programs.
Williams said he didnt want to
waste his time.
Now, Bill Self s team has a dis-
tinct East Coast flavor and thats
part of the reason this reloading
project has gone smoother than
expected. Guys like Tyshawn
Taylor of Jersey City, N.J.,
Quintrell Thomas of Elizabeth,
N.J., and the Morris Twins of
Philadelphia, have already been
through their fair share of battles.
Basketball is different in the
Northeast cities. Robinson would
play at least three or four games
every Saturday and Sunday in his
spare time. It was real competi-
tion. Sometimes the other kids
would want to fight Robinson
Self knew his freshmen class
would have played those same
games and developed that same grit.
Last year, after signing the Twins,
Mario Little of Chicago, commented
on how much toughness theyd
bring because of where they grew
This class shows how much
Kansas has changed under Self.
Williams would always recruit a
banner crop of Californians and
Texans. Guys like Scott Pollard,
who painted his nails. Guys like
Eric Chenowith, who spent his
summers going to Dave Matthews
Band concerts.
I cant quite imagine Taylor
doing that.
Obscure starters
Yes, it was rather odd hearing
Erik Danielson shout over the P.A.,
A senior from Overland Park, Kan.,
Matt Kleinmann! on Saturday.
Kansas coach Bill Self said he
started him because other players
needed to learn how to practice
harder. Kleinmann turned the ball
over and allowed his man to score
within the first minute. It wasnt
exactly memorable.
But his game could have his-
torical significance, kind of. If
Kleinmann doesnt start another
game the rest of this year except
for Senior Day, hell create a dis-
tinguished triumvirate of him,
Alex Galindo and Luke Axtell.
Theyll become the only Jayhawks
of the last 10 years to finish their
career with only one start that
doesnt include Senior Day.
Some other recent players
who have started games other
than Senior Day that you might
not expect? Jeff Hawkins 11
games. Lester Earl nine games.
Ashante Johnson two games.
Bryant Nash three games.
One List
Five gifts the sporting world
needs to receive this holiday sea-
1. A holster for Plaxico Burress
(or at least a pair of pants that
dont have an elastic waist band)
2. A championship for Tony
3. Some confidence for Clark
Hunt so he finally cans Carl
4. New talent in American
mens tennis, so an American will
finally win another Grand Slam
5. A change of luck for Brian
Bannister, so he becomes a domi-
nant pitcher for the Royals next
Edited by Ramsey Cox
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By mark dent
The dust has cleared, the
scores have been settled and
the games have been played.
And now, Kick The Kansan is
going home for the winter.
But as we say goodbye, lets
honor our Week 13 winners.
Dan Holmes, Olathe senior,
fnished the week 8-2 and
took home the readers crown.
Holmes, however, was unable
to kick The Kansan.
Kansan sports editor Rustin
Dodd correctly predicted eight
of the 10 games as well.
Kansan design editor Drew
Bergman fnished at the top of
staf standings with an impres-
sive 97-43 record.
The Mighty Bergman
capped of his championship
with a 7-3
mark in
Week 13.
As we
raise our
to toast
man, wed
also like
to thank every reader who
took the time to send in their
So enjoy the holidays, enjoy
the bowl season and good luck
with fnal exams.
Kick The Kansan is out.
Jon Goering/KANSAN
Members of the Kansas football stafwatch during the player introductions before Saturdays game against Jackson State at Allen Fieldhouse. During a break in the frst half, it was
announced that Kansas had accepted an invitation to the Insight Bowl inTempe, Ariz.
Q: When was the last time
a Big 12 school and an SEC
school played each other for
the BCS Championship?
a: The 2004 Sugar Bowl.
LSU defeated Oklahoma and
split the national title with
Southern California.
Texas A&M was the frst Big
12 school to win a football
national championship. The
Aggies split the title in 1939
with Southern California.
Oklahoma is the frst Big 12
team since Texas in 2006 to
play for the national title.
Theyre one of the best
football teams Ive seen.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel
on the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma will
play Florida in the BCS Championship Game
mens BasketBall
Missouri wins 93-66
against California
Carroll is such a believer he
said it twice: Missouri is the
most unselfsh team in the
The numbers backed him up
after the Tigers combined for
22 assists, dazzling California
with their quickness on both
ends of the court in a 93-66
victory on Sunday.
It just shows how much
trust we have in each other,
Carroll said. Its a whole new
team and its a whole new era,
and were looking forward to
bigger and better things.
It starts with the senior big
men for Missouri (7-1). Carroll
had 19 points, six rebounds
and three assists, and Leo
Lyons added 18 points, eight
rebounds and three assists.
Both played pivotal roles in
an early 18-point run that put
Missouri in control. And both
fnished with big games de-
spite playing only 22 minutes
Im always looking for
quality minutes, coach Mike
Anderson said. And thats what
they gave us.
Jerome Randle had 15
points for California (6-2),
which shot a season-worst
35.9 percent and committed
20 turnovers against the Tigers
press, often creating easy
baskets on the opposite end.
Missouri also ended with 20
ofensive rebounds while out-
rebounding California 48-38.
Missouri won easily despite
hitting only one of its frst 14
3-point attempts, fnishing
strong by making fve of its
last six from long range. Four
of those were by freshman
reserve Kim English, who had
all but two of his 16 points in
the second half.
The Tigers shot 49 percent,
had a season-high seven
blocks and added 14 steals.
I think these guys enjoy
playing with each other,
Anderson said. I think they
understand what were trying
to accomplish and a lot of
credit goes to our seniors. Its
very evident.
Theo Robertson added 12
points for California, which has
dropped two of three after a
5-0 start.
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kansas 86, Jackson state 62 3B monday, december 8, 2008
Tyshawn Taylor still feels it. The
urge to attack the basket. The urge
to put it in the hole. The urge to
be a scorer.
He felt it during Kansas 86-62
victory against Jackson State on
Saturday. But then he remembered
the words of his coach. Moments
after Kansas 100-79 victory against
New Mexico State on Wednesday,
Bill Self had a message for his
freshman guard.
Hes said Im happy you scored
23 points. I want you to look to
score, but as a point guard, I need
you to drive and kick and create
shots for your teammates, Taylor
So as Kansas offense sputtered
in the first half against Jackson
State, Taylor fought his natural
instincts, and instead took on a
more giving attitude.
Taylor scored 10 points and
racked up 11 assists the first
double-double of his young career.
And by scoring 10 points, Taylor
has now scored in double figures
in six straight
I thought
he did a better
job getting the
ball to other
guys, especially
in transition,
Self said. We
had some of the best breaks weve
had all year.
Taylor added, I was more
observant of the court a little bit
more, looking for my teammates,
driving into the lane and kicking it
on fast breaks.
Self has put a lot of responsibili-
ties on Taylors young shoulders.
Hes inserted him into the starting
lineup, hes tabbed him to guard
the opposing teams best guard,
and he wants him to keep distrib-
uting the basketball.
And for Taylor, that means
continuing to think like a point
I feel like more of a point
guard than I did in high school,
said Taylor, whos averaging 11.8
points per game. My mentality is
still scoring, thats how Ive always
Of course, Self thinks Taylor
handles all the responsibil-
ity. Taylor played high school
ball at one of the top high school
programs in the country St.
Anthony High School in Jersey
City and has thus far proved
to be Kansas most ready-made
freshman talent.
But despite the 11 assists,
Self wasnt ready to rain praise
on Taylors performance against
Jackson State.
His stat line looks good, but
there were some breakdowns
today that a lot of time freshman
get, Self said, noting Taylors four
Still, Self was pleased with
Taylors increased unselfishness
and his listening skills.
It was more of my focus,
Taylor said of his 11 assists, cause
I know thats what he wanted from
Edited by Adam Mowder
Player FG-FGA 3FG-3FG Rebs A Pts
Morris, Markief 3-5 1-3 5 3 8
Aldrich, Cole 4-7 0-0 8 0 13
Collins, Sherron 6-17 5-10 5 5 17
Morningstar, Brady 2-5 2-5 0 2 6
Taylor, Tyshawn 4-10 1-4 3 11 10
Teahan, Conner 0-1 0-1 1 0 0
Bechard, Brennan 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Thomas, Quintrell 1-2 0-0 4 1 3
Reed, Tyrel 3-8 3-6 4 2 11
Morris, Marcus 5-6 0-0 3 0 13
Releford, Travis 1-1 0-0 2 0 2
Appleton, Tyrone 0-1 0-0 1 0 1
Juenemann, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Buford, Chase 1-1 0-0 0 0 2
Kleinmann, Matt 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Team 2
Totals 30-64 12-27 39 25 86
Player FG-FGA 3FG-3FG Rebs A Pts
Maxey, Grant 6-12 2-4 5 3 19
Johnson, Garrison 4-12 0-2 4 0 10
Caldwell, Jeremy 2-4 0-0 7 0 11
Melvin, Rod 0-4 0-1 0 5 0
Dixon, DeSuan 2-6 1-2 5 2 6
Burk, Cason 0-1 0-0 1 0 1
Grifn, Darrion 2-5 0-0 4 1 7
Martinez, Kay 3-8 0-2 3 1 8
Williams, Phillip 0-2 0-0 1 1 0
Team 8
Totals 19-54 3-11 38 13 62
Points Rebounds Assists
Tyshawn Taylor
Cole Aldrich
Sherron Collins
Date Opponent Result/Time
11/4 vs. Washburn (Ex.) W, 98-79
11/11 vs. Emporia State (Ex.) W, 103-58
11/16 vs. UMKC W, 71-56
11/18 vs. Florida Gulf Coast W, 85-45
11/24 vs. Washington (in Kansas City, Mo.) W, 73-54
11/25 vs. Syracuse (in Kansas City, Mo.) L, 89-81 (OT)
11/28 vs. Coppin State W, 85-53
12/1 vs. Kent State W, 87-60
12/3 vs. New Mexico State W, 100-79
12/6 vs. Jackson State W, 86-62
12/13 vs. Massachusetts 1 p.m.
12/20 vs. Temple 1:30 p.m.
12/23 at Arizona 9:30 p.m.
12/30 vs. Albany NY 8 p.m.
1/03 vs. Tennessee 1 p.m.
1/6 vs. Siena 7 p.m.
1/10 at Michigan State Noon
1/13 vs. Kansas State 7 p.m.
1/17 at Colorado 2:30 p.m.
1/19 vs. Texas A&M 8 p.m.
1/24 at Iowa State 1 p.m.
1/28 at Nebraska 6:30 p.m.
1/31 vs. Colorado 3 p.m.
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2/7 vs. Oklahoma State 2:30 p.m.
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2/21 vs. Nebraska 3 p.m.
2/23 at Oklahoma 8 p.m.
3/1 vs. Missouri 1 p.m.
3/4 at Texas Tech 8:30 p.m.
3/7 vs. Texas 3 p.m.
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Freshman guard Tyshawn Taylor drops ofa no-look pass in the lane during the frst half of Saturday's game. Taylor recorded a double-double
in the game, scoring 10 points and 11 assists.
Taylor in a giving spirit
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Records fell repeatedly as the
Jayhawks had no difficulties in
dominating the competition. KU
finished the meet with 1,319 total
points over the three-day event and
the closest competitor finished with
870.5 points.
The KU swimming team started
the Nike Invitational with a punch.
Seniors Danielle Herrmann, Maria
Mayrovich, Anne Liggett, and junior
Emily Lanteigne took first place in
the 800-yard freestyle relay, shatter-
ing a previous
KU pool record
by nearly 10
F i n i s h i n g
Thursday nights
events was the
1 , 6 5 0 - y a r d
f r e e s t y l e .
Sophomore Alyssa Potter was
Kansas top finisher in the event
with a sixth-place finish and a time
of 17:13.10.
After the first day of events, KU
was sat in fifth place with 65 points
behind Penn, Colgate, Kenyon
College and Davidson.
KU had no problem climbing
back into first place after the second
day of prelims and finals. Eight new
pool records were set Friday night
in the eight total events by Jayhawk
The team of Mayrovich,
Herrmann, Lanteigne, and sopho-
more Amanda Maez brought home
first place in the 200-yard freestyle
relay with a time of 1:32.45. The
time was just .05 seconds shy of
the school record in the 200-yard
freestyle relay.
Senior Ashley Leidigh posted a
season-best time in the 200-yard but-
terfly, winning the event in 2:01.87.
Three other KU swimmers placed
in the top-6 of the event. Freshman
Stephanie Payne finished second,
sophomore Joy Bunting, fifth, and
sophomore Brittany Potter, sixth.
The next event the KU women
dominated the finals heat with
five out of the top six swimmers.
Mayrovich won the 200-yard
freestyle with a time of 1:48.52.
Lanteigne took second, and Liggett,
junior Erin Goetz and freshman
Shannon Garlie rounded out the
Herrmann won the 100-yard
breaststroke with a time of 1:02.67,
a season-best performance for
Herrmann. Bunting was the only
other Jayhawk in the top-6, finish-
ing fourth.
Sophomore Iuliia Kuzhil and
freshman Abi Anderson went 1-2,
in the 100-yard backstroke, both
having season-best performances.
Bunting and Payne had a tight
race in the 400-yard individual
medley as Bunting nudged her out
for first place. Alyssa Potter and
senior Rhynn Malloy placed fifth
and sixth.
KU placed four in the top-6 in
the 50-yard freestyle. Mayrovich
won her second individual event of
the day with a time of 22.82. Maez,
Lanteigne, and Goetz rounded out
the top-6.
T h e
400-yard med-
ley relay team
of Kuzhil,
He r r ma n n ,
Leidigh and
Ma y r o v i c h
closed out
Friday with
a first-place finish and led the
Jayhawks to a commanding lead.
KU finished Friday evening with
750.5 points. Kenyon was the closest
competitor with just 485.5 points.
The Jayhawks broke five more
pool records on Saturday, starting
with the 200-yard medley relay. A
team of Kuzhil, Herrmann, Leidigh
and Mayrovich finished with a time
of 1:42.21.
Garlie placed
the highest out
of KU swimmers
with a fourth-
place finish in
the 500-yard
Kuzhil, Anderson and junior
Carrah Haley went 1-2-3 in the
200-yard backstroke.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Leidigh
swam a season-best time of 54.58.
Kuzhils 200-yard backstroke per-
formance and Leidighs butterfly
performance broke pool records in
their respective events.
Herrmann and Payne placed
second and third in the 200-yard
In the 100-yard freestyle,
Mayrovich broke another pool
record with a time of 49.03, which
is also an NCAA B-cut qualifying
The Jayhawks had a 1-2 finish
in the 200-yard individual med-
ley with Herrmann taking first and
Bunting finishing closely behind in
On the last event of the invita-
tional, the KU A team that consist-
ed of Mayrovich, Goetz, Lanteigne
and Kuzhil broke one more pool
record in the 400-yard freestyle
Kansas next meet will be in
Miami, Fla., when they take on
Florida International, Jan. 10.
DIVING shows Depth
In diving action, the womens
dive team traveled to Columbia,
Mo., this past weekend for the
Mizzou Invite.
KU showed it was a deep squad
when it took three out of the top
eight places in the 3-meter div-
ing competition. Sophomore Erin
Mertz finished the day with 296.95
points and a second-place finish.
Junior Meg Proehl finished in sixth,
while senior Hannah McMacken
followed closely behind in seventh
In 1-meter
Mertz finished
in fourth place
and Proehl
found her way
into the top-8
with an eighth-place finish.
This weekends diving competi-
tion gave the Jayhawks a chance
to compete against divers from
Missouri and Arkansas, both of
which will be at the Zone Diving
Championships in March. The Zone
Diving Championships determine
which divers make it to the Division
I NCAA Championships in Texas.
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sports 5b monday, december 8, 2008
Numerous records fall as team
wins three-day Nike Invitational
Jayhawks come back from fifth place finish on first day
Eight new pool records were set
Friday night in the eight total
events by Jayhawks swimmers.
The Jayhawks broke fve more
pool records on Saturday
Broncos defeat rivals,
but lose running back
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen throws to tight endTony Gonzalez at Mile High Stadiumyesterday. The Chiefs led 17-14 at
halftime before losing to the Broncos.
cOllege fOOtBAll
Big 12, SEC champions to
square of in title game
Its ofcial: Oklahoma and
Florida will play for the BCS
national championship.
The Sooners and Gators
fnished atop the BCS standings
Sunday and will meet Jan. 8 in
Miami for the title.
Other BCS matchups are USC-
Penn State in the Rose Bowl on
Jan. 1, Cincinnati-Virginia Tech
in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1,
Alabama-Utah in the Sugar Bowl
on Jan. 2 and Texas-Ohio State in
the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5.
Both championship
contenders are 12-1 and coming
of wins in their conference title
games Saturday. The Sooners
routed Missouri 62-21 to win the
Big 12. The Gators beat Alabama
31-20 in the Southeastern
The Sooners are led by
quarterback Sam Bradford
and are the frst team to score
60-plus points in fve straight
games since 1919.
The Gators are led by
quarterback Tim Tebow and
are seeking their second title in
three seasons.
Mizzou to face Big Ten
foe Northwestern
COLUMBIA, Mo. Missouri on
Sunday accepted an invitation
to play 22nd-ranked North-
western in the Alamo Bowl, the
schools fourth straight under
coach Gary Pinkel.
Athletic director Mike Alden
confrmed the bid for Mis-
souri, and Northwestern (9-3)
confrmed on its Web site that it
would be the opponent.
The Tigers (9-4) fell to the
Alamo Bowl, set for Dec. 29 in
San Antonio, Texas, a day after
losing 66-21 to Oklahoma in the
Big 12 championship game.
Theyve lost two straight,
also falling 40-37 to Kansas in
the regular-season fnale, and
fell six spots to No. 25 in the
The Missouri-Northwestern
series is tied at four wins apiece,
with the last meeting in 1987.
Associated Press
DENVER A month ago,
Tatum Bell was hawking cell
phones and wireless plans at a
kiosk at the Aurora Mall. Now,
he's the latest leader of the Denver
Broncos' broken backfield.
The Broncos finally found a
way to win at home Sunday, ral-
lying past Kansas City 24-17, but
they lost their sixth tailback when
bulldozing rookie Peyton Hillis
went down with a strained right
Bell came in and helped the
Broncos (8-5) snap a three-game
losing skid at home by rumbling
for 52 yards on 11 carries, includ-
ing a crucial 28-yard run on
Denver's game-winning, 95-yard
touchdown drive.
Cornerback Dre' Bly then
stuffed Kansas City quarterback
Tyler Thigpen a yard shy of the
end zone on fourth-and-goal
to seal the Broncos' first win at
home since Oct 5 and atone for
their lopsided loss to the Chiefs
(2-11) in September.
The Broncos put themselves
on the cusp of ending a three-
year playoff drought. They lead
second-place San Diego by three
games in the middling AFC
But even when they win in this
topsy-turvy season, they lose.
Hillis had rejuvenated the
Broncos' battered backfield after
moving over from fullback last
month, and his 18-yard touch-
down run, his fifth in four games,
jump-started the Broncos' come-
back from an early 10-0 deficit.
He went to the sideline, how-
ever, after he was sandwiched
by two defenders while coming
down with a leaping first-down
catch in the second quarter.
"I think maybe a contusion,
maybe something that slight," said
Hillis, who rushed eight times for
58 yards and caught one pass for
11 yards before getting hurt.
His coach, Mike Shanahan,
wasn't so optimistic.
"Any time it's a hamstring and
they come off the field like he
did today, normally it's a month
at best," Shanahan said. "It didn't
look good. I'm hoping it's not
quite as bad as I anticipate, but
I was not pleased watching him
walk off the field."
Bell said the Broncos' run game
was in good hands: his.
"I hope Peyton will bounce
back, but I feel good being in
there doing what I can," said Bell,
who spent his first three NFL sea-
sons in Denver. "I'm excited about
the opportunity to probably get
some more carries."
Just in case Bell also got
hurt, rookie fullback/linebacker
Spencer Larsen huddled at half-
time with running back Selvin
Young to go over the playbook
and protections.
Jay Cutler said if the Broncos
lose another running back, he
might have to be the primary
ballcarrier himself.
"Might as well at this point.
It seems like we have one go
down every game," Cutler said. "I
don't know the extent of Peyton's
injury. But luckily enough we
have Tatum. He understands the
system, he knows when to cut
Center Casey Wiegmann isn't
worried about the Broncos being
down to their seventh-string run-
ning back.
"We just have to play well up
front," he said. "As long as all five
of us stay healthy, we'll be OK."
Cutler completed 32 of 40 pass-
es for 286 yards and two touch-
downs, both of them to Brandon
Marshall, including a 6-yarder for
the winner early in the fourth
quarter when he caught a bubble
screen at the line of scrimmage
and plowed his way through line-
backer Rocky Boiman at the 2.
That score gave Denver its first
lead at home in 13 quarters.
Thigpen promptly drove the
Chiefs all the way to the Broncos
5, where his draw on fourth-and-
goal was snuffed out by corner-
back Dre' Bly at the 1.
"I knew the ball had to come
out quick," Bly said. "If it didn't,
he was going to tuck it and run."
Thigpen said the play was
designed to go to tight end Tony
Gonzalez, who had five catches
for 73 yards.
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sports 6B monday, december 8, 2008
This one had an unpleasant air
of familiarity.
During Kansas media day a
time to talk about last years fail-
ures and spread optimism for the
upcoming season the Jayhawks
harped on the importance of put-
ting teams away, not allowing
them to hang around.
But against Marquette, Kansas
reverted back to the very problems
that players and coach Bonnie
Henrickson talked so much about
leaving behind. The Jayhawks let
a six-point halftime lead slip away
before losing to the Golden Eagles
67-57 on the road.
It felt like they had more
intensity then we had in the sec-
ond half, junior guard Danielle
McCray said. We should have
brought it to them. But in the
second half we were playing like
we were down by six instead of
up by six.
Perhaps the most alarming
and eye-popping trend against
Marquette took place in the
turnover column. The Jayhawks
committed a season-high 28 turn-
overs, which the Golden Eagles
converted into 29 points.
While Marquette pressed and
used traps, Henrickson said that
Kansas miscues were a result of
its own sloppy play. Throughout
the game, the Jayhawks strug-
gled with everyday plays such as
inbounds passes and throwing the
ball to a player in the post.
Of Kansas 28 turnovers, the
starting five committed 22.
You cant have 28 turnovers
and expect to beat any team, said
McCray, who scored 22 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds. It was just
sloppy play. Nothing was bother-
ing us, we were just sloppy.
But the game sure did start
promising. Facing their first
test on the road this season, the
Jayhawks led throughout the first
half and held a nine-point advan-
tage three times.
McCray scored eight of Kansas
first 10 points, while finishing the
first half with 14 points and eight
rebounds. After picking up her
third foul early in the second half,
though, McCray was forced to sit
on the bench for nearly five cru-
cial minutes during Marquettes
second-half comeback.
As a team, Kansas committed
26 personal fouls. Six Jayhawks
finished with three fouls and two
players fouled out.
We just couldnt get into a
rhythm offensively because
we kept getting in foul trouble
offensively, sophomore forward
Nicollette Smith said. We couldnt
get into that flow.
Still, the Jayhawks played well
enough to control the game in the
first half. But with seven seconds
left before halftime, Marquette
senior Krystal Ellis scored three
of her game-high 32 points to
trim Kansas lead to six.
By doing so, Ellis stole the
momentum from Kansas and
ignited the Golden Eagles come-
back hopes.
They threw a punch right
back at us going back in the lock-
er room, Smith said. Everyones
spirits went down a little.
They had the energy coming
back in. Knowing that they were
down, they brought the intensity,
McCray said.
Marquette took its first lead of
the game with less than three min-
utes into the second half. With
16:22 remaining, Ellis jumper
grabbed the Golden Eagles a
39-38 lead one they kept for
the first time.
It wasnt how they looked,
Henrickson said. It was how they
didnt look: determined to get it
back and make it a one posses-
sion game. Thats where this team
has to grow emotionally and get
through adversity.
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womens basketball
Turnovers lead to KU loss
Florida was an up-and-coming
power and Oklahoma was a declin-
ing one when Bob Stoops made his
move. He left his post as Gators
defensive coordinator to take his
first head-coaching job with the
Ten years later, both programs
are on top. On Sunday, they earned
their invitations to play for the BCS
national championship on Jan. 8
in Miami.
As expected, the final BCS stand-
ings had Oklahoma at No. 1 and
Florida at No. 2 the reverse order
of their rankings in the Associated
Press poll setting up the first
meeting between these storied pro-
Nine weeks ago our team got
together and said lets make every
game count, Gators coach Urban
Meyer said, speaking of Floridas
rebound from its only loss, in
September to Mississippi.
Tim Tebow and the Gators
did just that. So did Oklahoma,
which bounced back from a loss in
October to Texas.
Two teams with one loss each
doesnt normally make for a debate-
free lead-up to the title game, but
even President-elect Barack Obama
outspokenly in favor of a playoff
for college football might have to
agree that both these teams belong.
Florida (12-1) has averaged 49
points a game in the nine games
since its only lost. Oklahoma (12-1)
became the first team since 1919
to score 60-plus in five straight
Other teams had their chanc-
es this season, and also finished
with one loss: Texas, Southern
California, Alabama, Texas Tech
and Penn State.
Of them, Texas had the best
argument for why it shouldve been
playing for the title. The Longhorns
finished in a three-way tie in the
nations toughest division the
Big 12 South but were denied a
spot in the title game because of the
tiebreaker, which looks to the BCS
Oklahoma won the tiebreaker.
Texas protested.
They went to a system we all
agreed upon before the season,
Stoops said. If someone didnt like
it, they should have decided to
change it before the season, and Id
have played by whatever rules they
wanted to play by.
Instead, Texas finished third in
the BCS and AP rankings and will
play Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
And who outside of Texas would
argue that this title game is a dream
matchup, with tons of entertain-
ment potential?
Oklahomas a traditional power
just like Florida is now, said Steve
Spurrier, the former Gators coach
who brought Stoops on as his defen-
sive coordinator in 1996.
The winner will join LSU as the
second team with two BCS cham-
pionships this decade and will
also stake a pretty good claim on
being called the best program of
the 2000s.
The game could also include a
Heisman Trophy winner.
Tebow is in position to become
the only player to win the award
twice, following Archie Griffin in
1974 and 1975. Oklahoma quar-
terback Sam Bradford is widely
considered his biggest competition.
If either wins, it would mark two
Heismans for his respective program
this decade, as well. (Jason White
won it in 2003 for the Sooners.)
Oklahoma has the top-ranked
scoring offense in the country, scor-
ing an NCAA-record 702 points
this season. The Gators are ranked
Its the kind of game that will
send defensive coordinators run-
ning for cover. On the other hand,
Spurrier, the former Gators quarter-
back and ball coach, will probably
love this one.
I guess you naturally pull for
your alma mater, he said. But I
pull for Stoopsie all the time. Itll
be a little bit of both. Should be a
good game.
big 12 Football
Oklahoma, Florida will vie for title
Florida quarterback TimTebow(15) is stopped by Alabamas Javier Arenas (28) after a short
gain in the frst quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship game at the Georgia Dome
Saturday in Atlanta. Florida won 31-20.
Oklahoma quarterback SamBradford (14) celebrates with ofensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against
Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
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