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Archive for Sunday, October 11, 1992

GAME-DAY PROBLEMS IN CITY LIMITED TO TRAFFIC, POLICE SAY

October 11, 1992

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Traffic was nightmarish but football fans were heavenly on Saturday, law enforcement officers said.

Lawrence police Lt. Dan Affalter said traffic started backing up hours before Saturday's game between Kansas University and Kansas State University.

He said Kansas Turnpike Authority workers reported that traffic was piling up on McDonald Drive with cars that were getting off the West Lawrence Interchange of the Kansas Turnpike. To the east, Affalter said, traffic coming into Lawrence was backed up on Kansas Highway 10 about 1 miles east of town.

Affalter and KU Police Director Jim Denney said there were no major problems stemming from the game.

"It reminded me of the KU football games of the '60s and '70s," Denney said, "except that today's crowd was better behaved. Back in those days, we'd have 10, 15 major fights a game."

Denney said there were no fights reported Saturday.

Traffic, Denney said, was another matter. Asked where traffic had backed up, Denney said, "You mean other than the entire city of Lawrence?"

Police could do little about traffic problems, he said.

"You have to understand that we're moving cars hauling 70,000 (people) along streets made in 1920s and on traffic patterns that were not designed for that kind of load," he said.

Affalter said traffic was equally hectic after the game. However, he reported no accidents that blocked traffic and no injury accidents.

"Overall it went pretty smooth," he said.

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During a halftime reception at KU's Memorial stadium, Gov. Joan Finney was being careful not to show favoritism toward either KU or KSU. Finney, who wore a neutral brown dress, said the rivalry was "extremely intense, even within my own family. But I tried to stay out of it and remain neutral."

"My 5-year-old grandson is saying `Go Wildcats,' and my husband is saying, `Now Randy,' " Finney said. "Spencer (the governor's husband) gets a little carried away when he gets over here."

Finney said she will invite KU, the winner, to Cedar Crest, the governor's mansion, for a cookout.

"Last year I had the K-State team," Finney said. "Looking at the size of these teams, we're going to have to cook a whole lot more. . . . We're going to be prepared with plenty of food."

TWENTY-SEVEN members of the 1948 KU football team, which played in the Orange Bowl, were honored at halftime. KU lost that game 20-14 to Georgia Tech. Among the former football players attending were All-Americans Otto Schnellbacher and Ray Evans.

Police standing on the sidelines noted that there weren't as many oranges tossed onto the field as there were during KU's last home football game on Sept. 26 against California.

Douglas County Democrats held a pre-game tailgate party for KU and KSU fans that was attended by several candidates from Douglas and Riley counties. It was held in a parking lot in the 1000 block of Illinois. Almost every Democratic Douglas County candidate and several Riley County candidates attended the event.

The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, known as the Fiji's, from both KU and KSU carried the game ball from KSU's campus to Memorial Stadium in honor of Rod Morgan, a Fiji who died of leukemia in 1974. It was the 19th time the fraternity had run the ball as a fund-raising effort to fight leukemia. The Fijis raised $24,000 in donations in the relay-style run.

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