misterbrain's Editorial note: I was going to edit out Mike's rant here and let him choose how to pick his words in the morning, but on second thought, I'm not really sure if they would really change that much. Plus, it's a useful lesson on the dangers of posting while drunk...
Ok, so, full disclosure... I'm pretty hammered right now. It's literally 1 AM, and I'm scheduling this to post in the morning because I sure as hell ain't getting up to do this in the morning and still making it to work on time. Frickin Madison Bumgarner. Frickin Giants. Gosh darn it to heck. That's not really what I'm saying out loud. But if I can't let fetch curse, then neither can I curse either. Or something like that. Whatever. Let's just get to the links.
But before we do that - illmitch, Sixth, and fetch, you are dead to me. I blame you for the Royals loss.
In case you missed it, the Giants won the World Series. Otherwise, I would still be partying instead of putting together links. Geez, SBN really needs to give me a raise. You guys don't deserve me!!
There might not be a lot here, but I know you'll make do. You're good people, Jayhawk Nation.
FYI, I only got a couple of articles from KUSports.com; I'm not sure if they haven't updated their site as of 1 AM or what, so whatever. Don't believe the dates posted on their articles, whenever they show up.
Please help me out and FanShot any articles you see that might interest the readership of RCT,. Did I mention I'm feeling pretty good right now despite the outcome of Game 7? Yeah. Help a brother out.
- Kansas Sports -
Despite being winless since the change, it’s clear Bowen has given the Jayhawks (2-5, 0-4 Big 12) a spark. Their last two games, against then-No. 16 Oklahoma State and at Texas Tech, have been decided by less than two touchdowns. (Weis’ final two losses, at Duke and against Texas, were decided by a combined score of 64-3.) At a minimum, those close to the program say they’re hopeful Bowen would stay on the new staff as a defensive coordinator. Beyond Bowen, who is Kansas considering? And who should it consider?
Through this campaign, fans will have the opportunity to "lock-in" 2014 prices for the 2015 season, which includes an additional home game, resulting in a decrease in per-game ticket prices. The "loyalty pricing" campaign is open to everyone and will end on January 18, 2015. (Mr. Ed says: They better not be raising season ticket prices for football unless there's a Harbaugh in the coaching office.)
Kansas: When interim head coach Clint Bowen says running back Corey Avery isn't being properly appreciated, he might be right. Avery's 417 rushing yards rank No. 11 in FBS among true freshmen on Power 5 conference teams and second most in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, and he's already surpassed 500 total yards in his debut season.
Entering the football season, first-year Kansas University safety Fish Smithson knew he had his work cut out for him to break into a secondary that returned five starters from a season ago and had high hopes for becoming one of the top units in the Big 12. It never fazed him.
The Kansas Jayhawks are set to close out its regular season slate with a trip to Norman, Oklahoma to take on the Sooners on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. KU will look to clinch a second-place finish in the Big 12 with a win or draw in the match set to be televised on Fox Sports Southwest+ and Fox College Sports Central.
- Jayhawks in the NBA -
- College Sports -
"I'm very angry about that," Williams said in an exclusive interview with ESPN.com. "I try to keep away from the anger part of it. I know what we've done and what we didn't do, and I'm proud of what I've done and I'm proud of what I didn't do. I'm 64, so I'm not close to being ready to quit, but you also think, 'God, I don't want this to be what people remember about me.'"
Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown of SMU, the only coach to win both an NCAA national championship (Kansas, 1988) and an NBA championship (Detroit, 2004), said Wednesday he’s against shortening the college shot clock from 35 seconds to the pro and international game’s 24.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expects the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to continue the one-and-done draft rule because he isn't convinced the players' union would be in favor of moving the draft rule to two years out of high school when the issue next comes before the union and the league.
- World Series -
In an era of hyperbole and overreaction, Bumgarner's performance in this series needed no beautification. It truly was one of the greatest World Series pitching performances. In World Series history, Bumgarner just became the sixth man to pitch at least five innings in three different World Series games while allowing no more than one earned run per contest. The others: Christy Mathewson, Sandy Koufax, Waite Hoyt, George Earnshaw and Stan Coveleski. Four of those cases came in 1930 or earlier, with Koufax doing it in 1965.
Alex Gordon's ninth-inning, two-out single left Kansas City with the tying run 90 feet from home plate thanks to Gregor Blanco's colossal misplay in the outfield. Some, however, have begun the hand-wringing that maybe Gordon could have scored, had he sprinted the entire way and been sent from third. We're here to put that idea to bed; no, he could not have scored.
(Mr. Ed says: I dunno... I would have rather had Game 7 end on a play at the plate than on Salvador Perez flailing at Madison Bumgarner. But that's just me.)
"I don't know if the relationship was ever broken between the Royals and our fans," manager Ned Yost said after Game 7. "They just wanted us to be good again so that they could come out and support us. ... What our fans did and the excitement in the city here for this last month, it's just been absolutely unbelievable."