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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 2.3.14

Post Super Bowl and pre-Baylor look around the Internet.

A whole lotta standin' and watchin'
A whole lotta standin' and watchin'
Stacy Revere

Kansas Jayhawks

Recap: Why didn't KU basketball shoot more 3-pointers against Texas? |
Only 14 of 65 shots were 3-pointers (21.5 percent), and final numbers show the Jayhawks probably should have let more long ones fly. KU actually shot it better from 3 (43 percent) than it did from 2 (37 percent), and for any made outside shot, it also would have received the extra reward of a bonus point.

KU’s Naadir Tharpe stews over loss on bench |
Kansas University starting point guard Naadir Tharpe had plenty of time to reflect on his performance as he sat the final 9 minutes, 42 seconds of Saturday’s 81-69 loss to Texas in Austin. "Just how I didn’t contribute or help the team," the 5-foot-11 junior said of the source of his greatest frustration as he rode the pine while cheering on backup Frank Mason. "How my man was getting too many easy shots."

Hot-and-cold KU women seek focus |
After dropping three games to open Big 12 Conference play but responding with an upset of No. 7 Baylor and a near-upset of No. 8 Oklahoma State, the first half of the conference schedule was a bit of a wild ride for the Kansas University women’s basketball team.KU swimming splits double dual |

Column: Seattle QB evokes Reesing |
The question might seem crazy to some, probably most, but I couldn’t purge it from my thoughts: Had he been given a shot, could that have been Todd Reesing leading his team to a Super Bowl victory? We’ll never know the answer to that. (...classic Keegan)

Super Bowl

Peyton Manning: The Sad Face of Super Bowl XLVIII - Hampton Stevens - The Atlantic
Seattle's defense was fast, mean, and seemed to be everywhere. They blew up screens. They tipped balls in the air and ripped them to the ground, creating four fumbles and recovering two. They got in Manning's face and danced all over the Denver backfield.

Obsession with Manning shouldn’t overshadow Seattle’s defensive triumph -
Very first snap. Peyton Manning was doing his Peyton Manning thing, walking toward the line of scrimmage to yell OMAHA!!! or some other pre-snap code word that may or may not mean something when Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball right past Manning’s ear hole and into the end zone.

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A Simmons Mailbag

Jerry Seinfeld reunites with George Costanza in Super Bowl ad | The Verge
Jerry Seinfeld made good on the rampant speculation surrounding his and Jason Alexander's appearance at Tom's Restaurant by running an ad for his Crackle series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee during the Super Bowl.

Fox teases Jack Bauer's return with '24: Live Another Day' Super Bowl ads | The Verge
24 is coming back in May, four years after the conclusion of its eighth and "final" season. During tonight's Super Bowl, Fox aired several teasers for the upcoming 12-episode run.

Super Bowl Ads: Incredibly Cheap or an Incredible Waste of Money? - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
For the second straight year, advertisers are willing to pay about $4 million for a 30-second Super Bowl spot, and for the umpteenth straight year, there are questions about whether Sunday represents a sensational steal or an insane rip-off. Compared to another primetime TV commercial, there's no question: Super Bowl ads are cheap.

Light humor, emotional ads rule Super Bowl -
There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable story lines were all but missing. And in their place, much more sedate ads.


NWS issues winter storm warning |
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Monday morning that will last from midnight until 6 a.m. Wednesday. The warning cautions of heavy and blowing snow across much of northeast Kansas.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Great Gift: Understatement - Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Writing my end-of-the-year prizes a month and a half ago, I included among them "The ‘Philip Seymour Hoffman Makes Any Movie Better’ Award," for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It was jokey commendation, of course, but not really a joke. Of the nearly three dozen performances of Hoffman’s that I have witnessed onscreen, I can’t think of a single one that failed to elevate the film in question. I had assumed that there would be many more such performances to come, and it is devastating to learn otherwise.

Down With Textbooks - David Cutler - The Atlantic
When it comes to teaching history, nothing destroys student interest faster and more completely than a heavy reliance on textbooks.

the blog
Overtime games can produce strange results. On January 15, Mississippi beat LSU by 14 after going to an extra period when the Tigers’ Anthony Hickey missed a 15-foot shot at the end of regulation. If Hickey makes the shot, one might view LSU as two points better than the Rebels on that night. Instead, we got five more minutes of data and it turns out that LSU was 14 points worse. In a way, it defies logic.  (Sagehen posted in the fanshots)