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Gee, I was gonna say a night with Joey Heatherton, but an ironed shirt? Damn that’s tempting.

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Kansas News

$300 million Memorial Stadium project about much more than KU's shiny new digs | Tale of the Tait |
One of the more popular groans I’ve heard throughout the years about the Kansas football program is that athletic director Sheahon Zenger and his department are not committed to football. Those who know him and have been paying attention know that could not be farther from the truth. Suggesting otherwise is laughable.

Notebook: Beaty says scholarship numbers improving for KU football |
While fielding questions from fans at a recent meet-and-greet, Beaty was asked about the Jayhawks’ roster reaching the NCAA maximum of 85 scholarship players. KU isn’t quite there yet, but the third-year coach said the program is much better off than when it played with 58 such athletes at TCU in his first season and only lost by six points.

Former Jayhawk McLemore becomes unrestricted free agent |
McLemore, who was back in Lawrence this summer to participate in Bill Self’s basketball camp games and the annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic said he planned to lock himself in the gym this summer to put in the work necessary to take the next step in his pro career. Asked what would help him get there, McLemore said simply, “Opportunity. Being in the right situation and going out there and doing what I gotta do.”

Other Sports

Chris Paul makes Rockets better; how much better depends on fit with James Harden -
An already wild NBA summer continued Wednesday with Chris Paul being traded to the Houston Rockets. Paul will opt-in for the final year of his deal with the Clippers then be moved for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell and the Rockets' 2018 first-round pick.

Deposed GM John Dorsey deserves massive amount of credit for Chiefs' success -
If I know John Dorsey, he is up in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin, on a river, in a giant inner tube, splashing around with his kids. He's trying to find a spot to ship him some authentic, Maryland-style steamed crabs (preferably from the Chesapeake Bay) for an old-school crab feast and trying not to let football consume his thoughts.

Doc Rivers: Clippers players had nothing to do with Chris Paul's move to Rockets -
Chris Paul was always going to the Rockets. He told the Clippers in a meeting with them that his plan was to sign with Houston in free agency and that they should probably try to trade him. That's what Los Angeles did and they managed to get a decent return for a superstar player.

Steve Smith faces suspension if he comes back, retiring as Panther 'not on my radar' -
When Steve Smith left football he did so as a member of the Ravens, because Baltimore was the team he played for last. There were also still some hurt feelings with the Panthers based on Smith's departure from Charlotte.

Yes, Mizzou's Cuonzo Martin thinks Michael Porter will go No. 1 in the 2018 NBA Draft -
I have Porter projected as the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft and feel comfortable with that projection. But, just to make sure, I asked first-year Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin if he believes he's enrolled the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Movie News

Ranking the best college football-based movies of all time -
The overall number of college football movies is small by comparison, but there's definitely some quality. From documentaries to comedies and stories based on real events/players, here are the college football movies that every fan should see -- at least during the summer months before college football kicks off again.

Take of the Day

In Defense of Political Correction

“Political correctness” and one’s opposition to it is one of the more common yet vague concepts in modern political discourse. People have gotten too “politically correct”, too “sensitive”, too “coddled”; these are common talking points taken for granted with large swaths of the American public.

This is absolutely true. And it’s absolutely a good thing.