What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Remember the movie “The Day After?” In case you don’t, this 1983 classic cultural phenomenon was a brutally graphic, entirely disturbing account of the effects of a nuclear war on the people of Lawrence, Kansas. It was no accident the makes of this film picked Lawrence; anybody who has been that close to the meltdown known as Jayhawk basketball are well versed in the effects of thermonuclear implosion and toxic radioactive fallout.
This is why the level of denial in Jayhawk is at once admirable and pathetic; noble yet completely blind. After all, if you lived in such a wasteland, you would need a serious set of coping mechanisms as well, but to invest so much in such a fraudulent program as Kansas basketball is just sad beyond all description. This is because there are only two types of Jayhawk seasons. There’s the ones where they win (there have only been three of those), and there’s the ones when they don’t; the ones in which Kansas fans go through some seriously torturous mental gymnastics to atone for not winning.
The fundamental problem is that Kansas fans believe that they should win every single year, and when the Jayhawks don’t, their fans cocoon themselves in this layer of false history. Jayhawk fans think the entire sport is their birthright; that its history is proprietary to Kansas simply because their legendary coach Phog Allen was rumored to be Dr. James Naismith’s gay lover.
To understand this fraudulent nature, let’s break down that history they love so damn much. First of all, while Naismith was the inventor of basketball, he didn’t invent it in Kansas. Do you know what did get invented in Kansas? Shooting people over slavery. But that’s not as “feel-good” as believing your basketball team is historically elite.
Then there’s the championships, all three of them. In the grand scheme of college basketball, that put’s you one notch above such traditional hoops powerhouses like Cincinnati, Louisville, San Francisco, and Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State). As far as history is concerned, there are four historically elite programs: UCLA, Kentucky, Indiana, and North Carolina; with Duke on the verge of joining that group. Kansas is just in the discussion for “best of the rest.”
Let’s say you don’t want to talk about history; let’s talk about this year’s Jayhawk squad. Let’s talk about how over-rated KU basketball really is. This isn’t a #1 quality team; they are certainly a decent team, but they aren’t top-level good.
1) This year’s team only has two above-average players; the Morris Twins. Take those two guys off the table what’s left? A bunch of guys who play less than seven minutes per game, and of the guys who actually get on the floor more than that, there’s only one who has a FG% over 55%, and there’s only one who snags more than five rebounds a game.
2) Bill Self is the one of the worst “big-time” coaches I’ve ever seen. This past week represented the fifth time during his eight seasons at KU in which the Jayhawks have been ranked #1. In fact, Kansas spent 15 weeks ranked at the top last season. How did that end again? Two words: Northern Iowa.
3) Never play K-State on the day KU gets named to the #1 spot. KU has done that twice, and is 0-2 in those games.
4) When it comes to the tournament, look at the AP top 25 poll last week in which Kansas was #1. Of the teams in the top 5, you’ve already lost to Texas, there’s no way KU could beat Ohio State or Pittsburgh away from Allen Fieldhouse, and while Duke doesn’t impress me, Coach K could coach circles around Bill Self.
5) Still don’t believe Kansas is over-rated? Look at recent history under Bill Self. Sure, there is an NCAA Championship in 2008, but that is off-set by what are three of the most embarrassing early-round losses in tournament history:
The bottom line: regardless of whether you are talking yesterday or today, be careful when quoting history as a KU fan; there’s a lot of it that doesn’t work in your favor.
If it weren’t for Memphis letting Mario Chalmers get off a decent look with two seconds left in regulation, Kansas would have as many basketball national championships as Florida.
The whole rankings are a mess at present not one team can realy stand out with any authority ! See my piece on the Buckeyes and let me know what you think ?
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I love this article!!! Their three national championships took a span of 56 years to accomplish! let’s see UNC won it in 2005 and 2009, hmmm 4 years. they brag about winning the big 12 every year too. the big 12 is garbage with maybe two decent teams besides kansas. if you put them in the big east which is a real conference they would finish in the middle of the pack every year and might get lucky and win it once. and every year they choke in the tournament they think their oppenent was a very good team. Oh and every season they play a bunch of cupcake teams out of conference play. theyre afraid to play a decent team. I can’t stand KU!
It’s college basketball. It’s not something I let ruin my day. Q.Q
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Your criteria for success is laughable, this article could replace Kansas with any other top BB program, except Kansas is 2nd in All-Time wins and 1st in All-Time Conf. wins, no school goes to the tourney more than Kansas. Bill Self winning % over the last 10 yrs – Top Shelf. Has this translated into Tournament Championships? No, but is it on Kansas to cover your losing, gambling rearend, no, no it is not.
I am attending the University of Kansas (KU) and even I found truth to this article. It also seems that if you go here you have to have this pathetic, overdone, dramatic love for jayhawk basketball… I mean its bad when they are all already talking about ku basketball during the football season and it is all because they know we won’t do well in football. lol
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I only wish we had a we has a Witness Protection Program.
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