Happy Friday y'all! Stay warm! Well, I guess that doesn't apply to you jerks living in Florida. Anyway, the basketball season officially starts tonight. The Open Game Thread will be up at 6 PM (Kansas time).
- Kansas Football -
"It's a lot easier to be the hunter than the hunted," Patterson said. "You always get everybody's best shot. You can make Kansas' season. It's just part of what you deal with. That's why you don't worry about it. I can only worry that the team I put on the field on Saturday plays the best it can."
Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen has no problems recalling his Senior Day at KU in 1993."It was against Missouri, and we shut them out 28-0. It wasn't even close. Non‑competitive," Bowen said with a wry smile.Having experienced it as a player, Bowen knows exactly what kind of excitement his 20 seniors will have as they prepare for their final home game against TCU at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Six years ago, Heeney was a lightly recruited safety playing for Hutchinson High. After a 16-tackle performance against future Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, Kansas State started to show some interest, with coach Bill Snyder meeting Heeney's family during a junior day to suggest the option of grayshirting. Heeney waited it out. Finally, after the fifth game of his senior year - one in which he earned Top 11 honors as a running back - he began to be recruited by then-KU coach Turner Gill.
Kansas WR Nigel King: The Maryland transfer is becoming a bigger part of the Jayhawks' offense, evidenced by his first 100-yard receiving game against Iowa State last week. His five receptions for 101 yards on 10 targets should serve notice that King is emerging as a weapon under new offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau.
- Kansas Basketball -
"I think our guys will be real excited to play and they shouldn’t look ahead because Santa Barbara can come in here and have success and put themselves in a position to win — or win. They are good enough to (win) and are well-coached enough (by 17th-year mentor Bob Williams). "Come Saturday they (Jayhawks will) be juiced for Tuesday, so that’ll be a different type of deal. I don’t see how your first game can be a trap game because our guys should be juiced to play. The bottom line is they definitely will have our respect."
On the eve of the 2014-15 season opener against UC Santa Barbara, Kansas head coach Bill Self welcomed reporters to the Allen Fieldhouse media room Thursday afternoon to talk starting lineups, getting after the ball and, of course, the excitement of another basketball season.
"We are pretty deep and pretty skilled at most of the positions," Self said, "and whether or not that translates to better teams, because a lot of teams, they give me two studs and three average guys and we'll go play anybody, and I'm not sure we're quite like that. I think we've got a whole bunch of really good players, a lot of balance."
According to a 1996 Sports Illustrated article, then vice-presidential candidate Ed Muskie scheduled to present a speech at Memorial Coliseum, in Lexington, Kentucky in 1968. After hearing from the Secret Service that he needed to cancel one of his practices for Muskie's speech, former legendary Kentucky Wildcats coach Adolph Rupp did not take this news lightly. "If Muskie stops Kentucky's basketball practice, he will lose votes here," Rupp told the Secret Service.
- Kansas Athletics -
Kansas softball head coach Megan Smith and her staff announced the signing of the 2015 recruiting class, which includes three outfielders, two pitchers and an infielder. Smith signed a total of six incoming freshmen to National Letters of Intent (NLI) on Wednesday.
Coming off a solid fall that had two runner-up and five top-five finishes, Kansas women's golf coach Erin O'Neil continued her momentum by signing what she believes could be her best class with Ariadna Fonesca, Victoria Chandra and Laine Evans inking National Letters of Intent to play at KU.
- College Sports -
ESPN's panel of experts predicts the 2014-15 season
"If you take their first and second teams and split them up, they'd probably have the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation," Brown told USA Today. "John should go 45-0 with that talent."
Looking beyond the ludicrous fact that there are 17 players listed on two teams, there are definitely some interesting things worth talking about on this list. Here are just a few of the things that jumped out.
"Moneyball" has come to college football, where there are only so many ways to spend lavishly on facilities and salaries. Half of the top eight teams in this week's College Football Playoff rankings live in the middle class financially -- No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 4 TCU, No. 6 Arizona State and No. 7 Baylor.
In what was one of the strangest stories involving a college football player since the Manti T'eo fake girlfriend controversy, Shaw originally told USC that he suffered his injuries while trying to save his drowning nephew in a pool. After a few days, the lie was discovered and Shaw admitted he had not told the truth. He was subsequently suspended indefinitely.
Months later, Shaw has spoken at length to the Los Angeles Times about what really happened that day. While he admitted in August he suffered the injuries after jumping from his balcony, the details of why he decided to do so had never come out. Until now.
For the third week in a row Mississippi State and Florida State are at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings. For the third week in a row, Marshall, the nation's other undefeated team has been left out of the rankings.
Mr Ed says: I love these things. Sure, the methodology is probably flawed, but they're fun nonetheless.
- Professional Sports -
Two nights after coming from 24 down to beat Sacramento, all 13 Dallas players scored and all but one had a rebound. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points in only 20 minutes to lead five players scoring in double figures. The 76ers, who scored the last five points to avoid their largest loss ever, matched Utah's 0-8 start from a year ago. The NBA's longest losing streak to start a season belongs to the New Jersey Nets, who opened 0-18 in 2009-10.
First, the notion that baseball is a locally driven business is as much feature as it is bug. That model is working just fine for MLB, thanks very much. Second, well, just ... no. To any right-thinking person, it's simply unacceptable to give up the prospect of a series-clinching dog-pile on the mound or heart-pounding walk-off in front of the home crowd in favor of what would surely be the marginal returns of trying to ape the Super Bowl. No, no and another no and no and no. No. (Mr. Ed completely agrees with the author here. Shut up, Scott Boras.)
Because the Bills are crazy, they wish Thursday's game was being played at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
- Video of the Day -
Without declaring a victor here, I will say that Tosh's version seems to use harder science than any Sport Science segment ever has.
But ESPN tells us ... "This was more of an instance of us using a common phrase than it was copying his wording." "We know that doesn't sound like the strongest explanation yet it’s the truth." The network adds, "We are looking forward to ‘giving it another shot’ in future installments of 'The Awesome Video Segment.'"