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The Rock Chalkboard

Commitment analysis: New Kansas pledge Jayson Gilliom
Recruiting: Gilliom committed Monday to Kansas, which originally offered him a week earlier. Gilliom has reported 22 offers to date, the vast majority of which have come at the Division I FCS level.

Christian Braun 'a lot more prepared' going into sophomore year
The numbers from Christian Braun's freshman season were modest — but in many ways the 6-6, 205-pound wing from Blue Valley Northwest exceeded expectations. As the Jayhawks rose to their eventual No. 1 designation, Braun was the freshman who received the most run on the court. And those minutes only increased as the season progressed.

Bill Self, KU players talk limited capacity at Allen Fieldhouse
"We’ve had the best home court in America — that's been proven out over time — for a long time," Self said. "I think a lot of that is due to the quality of players we have, but also a big portion of that is due to the support that we receive. And we’re not going to have that. I would think if you’re an opponent, you see this as an opportunity to play at Kansas and maybe not play against the sixth man near as much, which has obviously played a role in us winning a lot of games. But you know it’s the same way [for] us going somewhere else, too."

Report: Kansas, Auburn, Gonzaga to play in showcase event
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the Jayhawks, Tigers, and Bulldogs will play an event in “showcase form.” Gonzaga will go up against Kansas on Nov. 25 and Auburn on Nov. 27. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks will play the unknown team on Nov. 27, and the Tigers will do the same on Nov. 25.

Bits o Chalk

World Series 2020 -- The oddest of World Series ends with the most 2020 moment of the season
In this oddest of years, this most peculiar of baseball seasons, there was perhaps no more telling snapshot of the United States, circa 2020, than a COVID-19-positive man sitting on the ground, maskless, next to a cancer survivor, maskless as well, with indelible grins spread across their faces. Sports is and always will be a metaphor for society.

Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor gets probation from altercation in which he was stabbed
Terrelle Pryor has been given probation after pleading to a lesser charge in connection to a November incident in which the former Ohio State quarterback was stabbed and hospitalized.

Corey Seager named World Series MVP as Los Angeles Dodgers clinch first title since 1988
They might have gotten a little help from the opposing manager in Game 6, but the Los Angeles Dodgers finally won their World Series, the first for the franchise since 1988 and the first in three tries for them over the past four years.

Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell 'disappointed, upset' on early hook in Game 6
"I regret the decision because it didn't work out," Cash said after the Los Angeles Dodgers wrapped up their seventh World Series title with a 3-1 win. "But you know, I feel like the thought process was right. ... If we had to do it over again, I would have the utmost confidence in Nick Anderson to get through that inning."

Justin Turner of Los Angeles Dodgers pulled from World Series after positive COVID-19 test
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 and was pulled from the team's World Series-clinching 3-1 win in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.

Eraser Dust

A Boy's Take on Masks: Be Nice | People Newspapers
I am learning how to write essays now, and my mom is an editor, so I get better help than a lot of kids because she wins awards and is strict about it. For instance, she told me that I couldn’t say people are dumb if they don’t wear masks, which was helpful.

Is Joe Biden Toast If He Loses Pennsylvania? | FiveThirtyEight
No, not quite. It is close to being a must-win for Trump, who has only a 2 percent chance of winning the Electoral College if he loses Pennsylvania. Biden, however, has a bit more margin for error. He’d have a 30 percent chance if he lost Pennsylvania, which isn’t great but is also higher than, say, Trump’s overall chances on Election Day 2016.

How does the rest of the world feel about the US election? Like the US, polarized | Cas Mudde | Opinion | The Guardian
As Donald Trump fights to win a second term, most of the world cannot wait to see him go. A recent Pew Research poll of 13 OECD countries found Trump was the least trusted world leader. Only 16% of respondents said they had confidence in Trump “to do the right thing in terms of world affairs”, ranging from 9% in Belgium to 25% in Japan, with even Xi Jinping (19%) and Vladimir Putin (23%) scoring higher. And Trump’s incompetent Covid-19 response has pushed the reputation of both him and the US even further down.

Trump supporters stranded in freezing weather at Omaha airport when buses can't reach site - The Washington Post
The buses, the huge crowd soon learned, couldn’t navigate the jammed airport roads. For hours, attendees — including many elderly Trump supporters — stood in the cold, as police scrambled to help those most at-risk get to warmth.

​​How the Trump economy compares to economies under other presidents
Below, we’ve tracked 10 indicators to show how the economy evolved under each president from Ronald Reagan to Trump. Keep in mind, each presidency started under different circumstances. George W. Bush’s first year in office was plagued by the dot-com bust and the September 11th attacks. Barack Obama’s started with the Great Recession, following a devastating housing crash and a global financial crisis. Despite these crises, however, most recent presidents have presided over a growing economy during their time in office. The Trump presidency will be characterized by the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still playing out both as a health crisis and an economic one.

Bigfork business responds to state health department COVID-19 complaints
“I had one of my employees tell a fellow that came in ‘sir do you mind putting on a mask?’ And he put his hand on his gun and said make me, now this lad has called me and said he wants to quit,” said Your Turn Mercantile and Last Turn Casino owner Douglas White.

Butch Vig: "If Nirvana's 'Nevermind' came out this week, it would not have the same cultural impact" | NME
“I think it would be tough to repeat that zeitgeist moment,” Vig told NME. “If ‘Nevermind’ came out this week, despite being a great record, it would not have the same cultural impact. It was perfect timing coming out when there was a shift in music and it felt like a revolution. I can see that happening again, but not in the same way.”

Kalispell school board to vote on early dismissal | KECI
If approved, early dismissal on Wednesdays would begin Nov. 11 and run through Jan. 20. It would be reviewed in December to determine if it should continue for the rest of the school year.