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Look at those poor saps back on land with their ‘laws and ethics’. They’ll never know the simple joys of a monkey knife fight

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The Rock Chalkboard

Previewing No. 6 KU basketball's showdown with No. 1 Gonzaga
March 7, 2020 was the last time the KU basketball team played a game. Of course, there was no postseason for KU — with the Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament being called off — and thus it's been eight months and two weeks since the program participated in a live game.

Could 3-star QB Conrad Hawley be late add to Kansas' 2021 class?
With signing day less than a month away — and 21 names committed to Kansas for the 2021 class — any offer that goes out should sound some alarm bells, and not for a negative reason. If the Jayhawks are extending an offer this late in the 2021 class, it's likely indicative of two things:

Bossi's Breakouts: 10 to watch in their second season of college
We are only one day away from the start of the 2020-21 season. If the last few weeks leading up to the season have been any indication, we are about to be in for a wild ride of game cancellations and on the fly matchups being added.

What Kansas gets in offensive line commit Corey Robinson II
Robinson announced his commitment this past Tuesday to Kansas, which originally offered Robinson on Nov. 11. Kansas represented the first Power Five program to offer Robinson, who has reported additional FBS offers from Coastal Carolina and Liberty. That trio of schools joins more than a dozen FCS offers, including four Ivy League programs.

Kansas Athletics will not allow fans for KU hoops home opener
"I write today to inform you that we will continue to not host fans during the first week of December, which includes all events through and including Saturday, Dec. 5," wrote Griod. "For contests after that week, we will make decisions about attendance on a week-by-week basis so we can be responsive to the most current circumstances and medical guidance."

Bits o Chalk

UConn Huskies women's basketball pauses activities after positive COVID-19 test
UConn women's basketball temporarily suspended team activities for at least 14 days Monday after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19.

Golden State Warriors' Kelly Oubre Jr. thrilled to play for an owner in Joe Lacob 'who actually cares about the organization'
"You just hit the nail on the head," Oubre said during an appearance on "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky," on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. "I can play for an owner -- somebody who actually cares about the organization and not just the perception of the organization on the media end of it. It's all about the foundation for me, man. You have a beautiful foundation, can build a beautiful [future]."

DeMarcus Cousins, Houston Rockets reach agreement on contract
The Rockets were limited to offering the veteran's minimum to Cousins, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered after he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Torn ACL, MCL, plus more knee damage for Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow, sources say
"He's been in great spirits," Taylor said Monday. "On the bus, on the plane, you know, in the facility today, he's responded as well as he could possibly do it and we've all noticed that."

Eraser Dust

John Kerry: Biden prioritizes climate crisis by naming special envoy - CNNPolitics
President-elect Joe Biden on Monday appointed John Kerry as his special presidential envoy for climate, underscoring his commitment to tackling the global crisis and offering a symbolic rebuke to President Donald Trump's lack of leadership on the issue.

Utah monolith: Helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert - CNN Style
And there it was -- in the middle of the red rock was a shiny, silver metal monolith sticking out of the ground. Hutchings guessed it was "between 10 and 12 feet high." It didn't look like it was randomly dropped to the ground, he told KSL, but rather it looked like it had been planted.

COVID-19 forces changes in annual Kalispell Thanksgiving dinner
Sykes Diner in downtown Kalispell will not be hosting their annual Thanksgiving feed for the first time in more than 40 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic Crowds Bring ‘Rivergeddon’ to Montana’s Rivers - The New York Times
Some say floating the jammed river feels like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland; a writer in a Montana wilderness journal recently coined another name for it: “Rivergeddon.”

10 Most Hated Grunge Albums Of All Time
As opposed to something like Nevermind by Nirvana or Dirt by Alice in Chains, these albums were treated with absolute hatred from the moment it came across fans' eardrums. But what really makes these all that bad? Well, some of it might come down to the fact that some of the grunge acts' lack of talent, with cuts that feel like they're almost intentionally kneecapping themselves. On the other side of the spectrum, there was also the faint whiff of the older generation of rock, whose attempt at grunge made for some of the most cringey riffs of all time

John Boyega opens up about "transparent" talk with Star Wars boss
"I think these types of conversations you can go into the realm of sounding like you're just trying to save your own career, but what is great is that it is now a conversation that anyone has access to.