- Kansas Sports -
“He threw a behind-the-back pass. I was on the wing. I hit a jump shot. That was fun,” Ellis said Monday in Allen Fieldhouse. “He (James) told me ‘good job’ out there. It was good.”
Oubre, a 6-7 wing from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, has his foot in a walking boot. No surgery is necessary.
“I talked to the Cavaliers a lot through this whole draft process concerning Andrew (Wiggins) and Joel (Embiid) and other things,” Self told the Journal-World. “We visited about the job. At no point in time was there any serious discussion about anything. We visited in general but no serious discussions about it or anything like that.”
Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney added two more preseason recognitions to his resume as the senior landed on both the Rotary Lombardi Award and Butkus Award Preseason Watch Lists, announced by each award committee Monday morning.
Although Kansas is a ways away from the kind of success Stuckey had during his college career, the former all-conference team captain believes the program is on the right track. “I think it’s gonna be good,” Stuckey said. “They’re going through the same thing we went through when I first got here. The biggest thing for us is we just have to keep things in perspective. And I say ‘us’ because I’m always a Jayhawk.” (Mr. Ed says: I just love Stuckey. Seems like he's a good representative for KU to have in the NFL.)
- College Sports -
This is the inaugural year for the College Football Playoff, and with the season just over a month away, most of the logistics have been announced. The games will take place in New Orleans, Pasadena and Arlington, and there's a new logo for the event. On Monday, we got the final missing piece ... the trophy.
Michigan and Oklahoma, two of the most accomplished programs in college football history, have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2025-26.
The investigation stems from a five-part series by Sports Illustrated in September that alleged improprieties in the program. After the report, Oklahoma State appointed Charles E. Smrt, a former NCAA official, to conduct an internal investigation. That investigation is nearing an end.
From SB Nation's Cowboys Ride For Free: Half of the beauty of writing for a blog is the freedom to say what you want. That being said, it's pretty evident that a particular team with the chant "Rock, Chalk," will more than likely finish last in the Big 12. (Mr. Ed says with all due sarcasm: My, what a surprising, bold prediction.)
Every year teams try to go out and buy wins against their brethren from the Championship Subdivision. There are clear mismatches each year that are embarrassingly easy for schools that will be competing for a conference championship and a potential playoff berth and yet, like clockwork, there they are every year. (Mr. Ed says: CCM ranks SEMO @ KU as the #2 worst scheduled game. This makes no sense. A program like KU needs games like SEMO even though a program like OU (or even KState these days) does not.)
- Professional Sports -
Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star skills contest in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati's Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round Monday night. The only player shut out? Dodgers sparkplug Yasiel Puig. He was the first homerless participant since Robinson Cano two years ago in Kansas City. (Mr. Ed says: Robbie Cano getting shutout was soooooooo awesome, words can't even describe.)
Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star Game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League. Hernandez, the first Venezuela pitcher to start for the All-Stars, is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA. He is the second Seattle pitcher to start an All-Star Game following Randy Johnson in 1995 and 1997.
Watson has played in the tournament every year but three since 1975, and he lifted the Claret Jug as champion five times (1975, ’77, ’80, ’82 and ’83). But as he prepares to play this year’s Open starting Thursday, Watson rates one of his wins above the others.
Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and Univision.
Former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins converted a huge dunk off a spin move on his way to 10 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 86-77 win over Philadelphia, Monday in Las Vegas summer-league action. (Mr. Ed says: Videos included in the link.)
- In The News-
The nation’s fleet of B-2 stealth bombers, the pride of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, is poised to get nearly $10 billion in upgrades over the next several years to ensure it remains the most fearsome attack platform in the U.S arsenal.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have allowed specially trained teachers to carry concealed guns, asserting that the move could jeopardize student safety in public schools.
There are rules we must all adhere to in order to maintain a functional society. Foremost among them is this: If you enter a fantasy league/pick 'em group/tournament pool, you must pay up before it starts, or at the very least promise to pay at the next available opportunity, or you do not get to claim the prize money if you win.
- Videos of the Day -
Mr. Ed says: GIFs of Wiggs in action (I think in Vegas).
It was perhaps lost on the homebound viewer that during Monday night's Hootenanny of Well-Struck Baseballs a rarely glimpsed high-capacity T-shirt cannon made an appearance at Target Field. (Mr. Ed says: Gosh, I hope everyone is ok. That looks like it could be dangerous if you weren't paying attention.)
You will be surprised to learn that, according to Greg Rajan of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, alcohol was involved. The fan, an unidentified 35-year old Houston man, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and criminal trespass at a sporting event.
- Daily Trivia -
Yesterday's answer: Elvis Patterson started at cornerback for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXI.
Today's question: What Kansas product did the Cincinnati Bengals take in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft?