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Episode 106 – Let’s Get Ready for Roundball!

Posted on: January 29th, 2017 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The fellas are back to talk about a CRAZY week for KU basketball. From the WVU ugliness to the McCarthy Hall investigation to the Bragg news to the huge Kentucky win, the guys hit it all. They also try to reset after this week and gauge where the team is at and where they’re going. Tons of Big 12 talk as well, including previews for the monster Baylor game and Iowa State game this week. They also peek into the future and the tough remaining 6 games in this brutal 8 game stretch. Also — why every team needs a Brannen Greene.

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Episode 105 – Schedulegeddon

Posted on: January 22nd, 2017 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The guys are back to talk about the #SCHEDULEGEDDON KU is about to embark upon. They get you and the team ready with the various ways to “prep to go into battle.” They also talk about Kevin’s experience in Ames, recap the Texas game, talk about the keys to beating West Virginia and Kentucky and do another #GoGoPowerRankers for the Big 12. Huge week for the Hawks, and a huge week for the Jayhawk Talk Podcast. Come on in, grab a beer, and have a listen.

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Episode 104 – Schedule Gets Interesting

Posted on: January 15th, 2017 by jayhawktalk No Comments

The fellas are back to talk KU hoops and the 2-0 sweep against the Oklahomas. They get into the week that was in the Big 12 and preview the next week’s games, including a lot of talk on ISU and Texas. They also dive into the race for the Big 12 and have another edition of America’s fastest growing podcast segment, Naismith Court.

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Nine straight

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by jayhawktalk No Comments

By: @tc_erickson

After being thoroughly worked-over by Baylor, I contemplated how exactly to handle the loss. Like all KU fans, I was pissed that we squandered an opportunity to win the Big 12 outright, and more than likely cost ourselves a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. We’re forced to share the Big 12 title, although we probably helped the Kansas economy considering the number of t-shirts K-State will manufacture and sell.

But amidst all my negativism, I also couldn’t help but think back to the season that was, and how wildly entertaining and successful it has been up and to this point for a team that was without question one of the least talented teams Coach Self has had at KU. In a year where we struggled at times, we still found a way to win difficult games down the stretch in Stillwater and Ames to extend our Big 12 title streak to nine years.

The gloomy weather today also got me thinking. You know the old adage that’s thrown around when describing the Kansas climate… “Oh you don’t like the weather? Well, just hang around for a few hours and it’s bound to change.” I mean, it’s pretty damn accurate. It wasn’t but a couple weeks ago we hit 60 degrees on Sunday, and followed that with a foot of snow on Thursday. Today, 36 degrees and rain after pushing mid 60 yesterday. I guess what I’m saying is the variation in weather you experience living in this state is quite remarkable.

Kansas basketball, on the other hand, is quite different from the weather. In fact, almost completely opposite. Variation in Kansas basketball doesn’t really exist… at least not in the last nine years. As a fault to KU fans, we don’t know any different. Streaks like this don’t exist at other schools from power conferences. Teams aren’t supposed to continuously perform at an incredibly high level without experiencing the ebbs and flows of college basketball. ‘One and done’ players happen, missed recruits here and there happen, and suddenly a “Blue Blood” program happens to lose a few more games than anticipated.

Except this hasn’t happened at KU. We’re spoiled rotten, and when we experience a three game losing streak that threatens our quest for a ninth straight Big 12 title, or blow an opportunity to win that title outright, we throw a fit. I’ll put myself to the top of this list.

It’s statements like mine above that probably add fuel to the claim that KU fans are arrogant, and I’m fine with that. I have no problem recognizing this season as a “shared” title as by the law of the Big 12, K-State did fulfill their requirements to also stake claim as Big 12 champs. But shared or not, nine in a row is a unbelievable streak, and doesn’t happen in any other conference. Anyone who argues otherwise will claim it’s a “senseless” opinion in their efforts to diminish the accomplishments of the program. That’s fine and all, but KU’s streak is abnormal, and that’s a fact. There’s examples all over the country, from Lexington to Chapel Hill, that justify this. They have down years, and it’s normal… Just not normal in Lawrence, KS.

The point is, failing to knock out Baylor last night may have fallen short of the expectations we put on KU, but those expectations from year to year are also absolutely absurd, and so incredibly awesome at the same time. So to not be forgotten in the shuffle of a disappointing Saturday, I think it’s important to remember just how good we have it as KU fans, and be thankful for that. There’s still a tremendous amount to accomplish the next month, and the ultimate success of our season will be determined by how we perform in March.

I’m just saying let’s not forget how much has been accomplished from November through February.

Until next time, Rock Chalk.

I HATE mISSOURI

Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by jayhawktalk No Comments

It is missouri [sic] week (read: HATE week), and even though the game has some huge implications for the conference title, tournament seeding, etc., I’m not really thinking about that. I’m just thinking about how much I want KU to destroy the tigers [sic] on Saturday.

I’m talking total embarrassment.

But before I get to the game, I’d like to share a few parting shots about our easterly neighbors:

Let’s start with the actual state. The whole place is a hellhole, a bastion of obscenity and suck. And don’t get me started on their roads. It’s almost as if the owners of the zillions of fireworks stands go outside once a month and blow new holes in the roads just for kicks. Remember when former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius compared Missouri roads to 9/11? I thought it was a little overboard at the time, but I admired her enthusiasm.

Now for the people of missouri. For a state so close to Kansas, you sure find a different breed of folks across the border. Sure, there are exceptions. But for every normal person, it seems like missouri is home to three bass-ackward rednecks that get more zest for life shooting shotguns and hanging rubber testicles from their trucks than getting a job. You know what I’m talking about. The ones that spend their entire government checks on belt buckles and Boone’s Farm. They have a gold and black mizzou flag hanging on their flagpole that they made out of a pillowcase. The only flag hanging higher is the confederate flag that has been passed down from the local “Sons of Confederate Veterans” chapter. Here’s the other kicker. None of these idiots attended mU. Most couldn’t point columbia [sic] out on a map.

As for the school itself. You’d think that the University of missouri would be representative of the picture I have painted thus far. It isn’t. It is primarily made up of legacies and well-to-dos. Naturally, this means most of the students are pricks. There is a huge fraternity and sorority demographic, and the entire columbia bar scene matches its students. There is no diversity. Nothing interesting. The whole place is a frameless taupe hallway.

When it comes to athletics, they care about football and…well, football. That is, unless they are hosting KU at Paige Ar…err…mizzou Arena, in which case it might sell out. Though the vast majority of students are not hillbilly rednecks like so much of the fan base, whenever missouri plays KU, these kids decide to turn into hillbilly rednecks. For some reason, against KU, it’s “cool” to embrace missouri’s slave state heritage, making light of quantrill’s [sic] raid and missouri’s role in famous slave cases like Dred Scott. Oh, and if you’re wearing a Kansas shirt at a missouri game, you better bring a change of clothes. And earmuff the kids.

As for the rivalry with KU. Just the thought of it gets my blood boiling. No other rivalry comes close. Sure, UNC “hates” Duke. And Michigan isn’t a big fan of Ohio State. Whatever. Those are cute little tiffs. Petty quarrels among the largely conciliatory fan bases.

This is sheer vitriol.

It’s not even the individual players at missouri that I despise (although I can think of a few). It’s bragging rights. It is a symbolic match of right vs. wrong. It’s USA vs. Soviet Union in 1980. The game meant a lot, but the victory over our enemies meant just as much, if not more. KU’s all-time record against mizzou in football and basketball is 226-150. Just as the Jayhawkers defeated the bushwhackers in the Civil War, good has been winning out against evil for 120 years in the field of athletics.

That game in columbia earlier this year was tough to stomach. Especially since the good guys crushed the bad guys for 95% of the game. Hopefully, though, the Jayhawks will remember that feeling. That gut-wrenching “how did that happen?” kind of feeling that we rarely feel, especially against the tigers.

And I want the Jayhawks to return the favor.

Except this time, I don’t want the tigers to feel it with only seconds to go like we did over at the paige. I want them to feel it halfway through the first half. I want them to get that feeling so many other teams have when they’ve entered the Phog — that, “Is this game over yet?” kind of feeling. The feeling where they just can’t wait to get back in the locker room and on a bus out of town with their tails between their legs. I hope this game is a blowout. Nay, an annihilation.

As for missouri leaving. In many ways, it is kind of a sad departure. Not because KU shares any real love for missouri. It’s more of a “we love to hate you” feeling. Most KU fans think it’s a bad decision. But, as even most missouri fans will admit, we have all grown accustomed to missouri making terrible choices when it comes to the administration of athletics. I’m sure this decision will be a good one…you know, for us to eternally make fun of.

So anyway. Later losers. I still and will always hate you.

 

Now this is satire.

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by jayhawktalk No Comments

KU’s “SATIRICAL” response to Mizzou’s “We Are Mizzou” video. Pretty good work by these fellas:

If you’re curious what they’re responding to, try this on for size…

Going to miss this rivalry…

Missouri Losing (video highlights)

Posted on: January 26th, 2012 by jayhawktalk No Comments

I enjoyed watching these highlights so much last night that I decided to throw them up on Jayhawk-Talk. That dunk…

Video: Highlights: (2) Missouri – Oklahoma State

Banner photo courtesy of Brody Schmidt, AP

I hate Missouri.

Posted on: November 25th, 2011 by jayhawktalk No Comments

It is Missouri week, and even though the game may have lost a little luster, my hate for our neighbors has not. Here’s a few parting shots:

Let’s start with the actual state. The whole place is a hellhole, a bastion of obscenity and suck. And don’t get me started on their roads. It’s almost as if the owners of the zillions of fireworks stands go outside once a month and blow new holes in the roads just for kicks. Remember when former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius compared Missouri roads to 9/11? I thought it was a little overboard at the time, but I admired her enthusiasm.

Now for the people of Missouri. For a state so close to Kansas, you sure find a different breed of folks across the border. Sure, there are exceptions. But for every normal person, it seems like Missouri is home to three bass-ackward rednecks that get more zest for life shooting shotguns and hanging rubber testicles from their trucks than getting a job. You know what I’m talking about. The ones that spend their entire government checks on belt buckles and Boone’s Farm.  They have a gold and black Mizzou flag hanging on their flagpole that they made out of a pillowcase. The only flag hanging higher is the Confederate flag that has been passed down from the local “Sons of Confederate Veterans” chapter. Here’s the other kicker. None of these idiots attended MU. Most couldn’t point Columbia out on a map.

As for the school itself. You’d think that the University of Missouri would be representative of the picture I have painted thus far. It isn’t. It is primarily made up of legacies and well to dos. Naturally, this means most of the students are pricks. It is largely made up of fraternities and sororities, and the entire Columbia bar scene matches its students.  There is no diversity. Nothing interesting. The whole place is a frameless taupe hallway.

When it comes to athletics, they care about football and…well, football. That is, unless they are hosting KU at Paige Ar…err…Mizzou Arena, in which case it might sell out. Though the vast majority of students are not hillbilly rednecks like so much of the fan base, whenever Missouri plays KU, these kids decide to turn into hillbilly rednecks. For some reason, against KU, it’s “cool” to embrace Missouri’s slave state heritage, making light of Quantrill’s raid and Missouri’s role in famous slave cases like Dred Scott. Oh, and if you’re wearing a Kansas shirt at a Missouri game, you better bring a change of clothes. And earmuff the kids.

As for the rivalry with KU. Just the thought of it gets my blood boiling. No other rivalry comes close. Sure, UNC “hates” Duke. And Michigan isn’t a big fan of Ohio State. Whatever. Those are cute little tiffs. This is sheer vitriol. It’s not even the individual players at Missouri that I despise (although I can think of a few). It’s bragging rights. It is a symbolic match of right vs. wrong. It’s USA vs. Soviet Union in 1980. The game meant a lot, but the victory over our enemies meant just as much, if not more. KU’s all-time record against Mizzou in football and basketball is 226-149. Just as the Jayhawkers defeated the Bushwhackers in the Civil War, good has been winning out against evil for 120 years in the field of athletics.

As for Missouri leaving. In many ways, it is kind of a sad departure. Not because KU shares any real love for Missouri. It’s more of a “we love to hate you” feeling.  Most KU fans think it’s a bad decision. But, as even most Missouri fans will admit, we have all grown accustomed to Missouri making terrible choices when it comes to the administration of athletics. I’m sure this decision will be a good one…you know, for us to eternally make fun of.  So anyway. Later losers. I still and will always hate you, Missouri.


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