Archive for Friday, May 29, 1998

WOODLING COLUMN

May 29, 1998

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Notes and quotes while wondering if you realized Jacque Vaughn is just a John Stockton or Howard Eisley sprained ankle away from playing in the NBA Finals. ...

After a handful of years in early August, the Kansas Open, a Lawrence and Alvamar golf tradition since 1976, will move back to the last week in July this year. The Open will follow the Nike Wichita Open on July 23-26 and precede the Southwest Kansas Open in Garden City. ...

By the way, Alvamar will also play host to a KGA event this year. Next week, in fact. The KGA Four-Ball championship will run Wednesday through Sunday with stroke play the first two days followed by match play the last three days. ...

I know how difficult it is for you to keep track of the sponsors of the college football bowl games. Unfortunately, there's another new one. The Holiday Bowl signed a four-year deal with Culligan Water Technologies, Inc. Shouldn't be too hard to remember, though. Just say: Hey, Culligan Holiday Bowl man! ...

Jeff Berblinger, a mainstay at second base on Kansas' 1993 College World Series team, is the only former KU position player still in professional baseball. Berblinger plays second base for the Tacoma Rainiers, Class AAA farm of the Seattle Mariners. ...

Are you traveling to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday so you can score a Ty Beanie Babie? Better arrive early. Only 13,000 ``Roarys'' will be given away and only to kids 14 and under. The Royals are one of 15 major league teams using the popular toys as attendance boosters. If you prefer ``Smoochie,'' you can go to Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Aug. 14. ...

Will the hapless Denver Nuggets trade the third pick in the June 24 NBA draft to Toronto for Chauncey Billups? That's one scenario playing in the Mile High City. Billups is from Denver and would probably hype the crowds, but the former Colorado standout hardly set the NBA on fire as a rookie, averaging 11.2 points, 3.9 assists and 2.2 turnovers a game with Boston and Toronto. ...

Then again, Denver might take either Paul Pierce or Raef LaFrentz, the two former KU All-Americans, with that third pick. Pierce is scheduled to work out with the Nuggets on Saturday. Denver GM Dan Issel is also expected to bring in LaFrentz, although a Denver Post writer penned that LaFrentz ``doesn't do much'' for Issel. ...

Two newsworthy items were reported from the Big 12 Conference meetings in Colorado Springs last week. One, Luke Axtell was denied an extra year of eligibility at Kansas. Two, the league volleyball format was switched from Friday-Saturday to Wednesday-Saturday. Wouldn't a conference call have been cheaper? ...

One rumor out of the league meetings linked former Kansas chancellor and current American League president Gene Budig with the vacant commissioner's job. Anything's possible, I guess, but Budig has about four years remaining on a contract that pays him at least twice as much as deposed Big 12 boss Steve Hatchell was earning. ...

Clint Wyrick, a transfer from New Mexico who led Kansas' baseball team in batting average (.369) and stolen bases (27), is a son of Danny Wyrick, a pitcher-outfielder for the Lawrence Legion Hawks back in the late 60s. The Wyricks now call Lakewood, Colo., home. ...

Have you see the new Kansas football posters around town? They're really great. Except for one thing. You need binoculars to see the schedule. ...

-- Chuck Woodling's phone message number is 832-7147. His e-mail address is cwoodling@ljworld.com.

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