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Orange Bowl: Jayhawks Return Kansas Football 2007 Year in Pictures Destructive Beauty
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Polls
With KU's historic 12-1 football season in the bag, what do you predict will be the Jayhawks' regular season mark against a tougher 2008 schedule?

Poll results

Response Percent
9-3
 
39%
10-2
 
35%
8-4 or below
 
10%
12-0
 
7%
11-1
 
7%
Total 2246
What impact do the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire presidential primary have on you?

Poll results

Response Percent
I’m already into presidential politics.
 
36%
I’m just not interested.
 
24%
I don’t pay attention until the conventions next summer.
 
16%
I’m paying more attention now to the presidential campaigns.
 
13%
I’ll start paying more attention after Super Tuesday.
 
8%
Total 188
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6Sports video: After third-quarter scare, Lady Lions come out on top
January 4, 2008
The LHS girls locked up against the Olathe Northwest Ravens tonight.
6Sports video: KU women edge past Xavier
January 4, 2008
The Kansas women were on the road earlier this afternoon. The Hawks fought their way past Xavier to a 62-60 finish.
6Sports video: Bulldogs dominate
January 4, 2008
The Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week tonight saw the Baldwin High boys trounce the Eudora High Cardinals, 46-38.
6News video: Back home, fans go wild
January 4, 2008
Moments after the Jayhawks clenched the victory, fans poured out of downtown bars to celebrate.
6News video: Jayhawk Nation celebrates victory
January 4, 2008
The Orange Bowl champs received a heroes’ welcome upon their return to today to the Sunflower State.
6News video: Victory redeems generations of Jayhawks
January 4, 2008
KU’s sweet win in Miami helps erase the foul taste that generations of Jayhawks endured.
6News video: Bowl shirts going fast
January 4, 2008
A hot item on the streets of Lawrence today: Orange Bowl championship t-shirts.
6Sports video: Manning shines in Firebird-Eagle matchup
January 4, 2008
The Free State High School girls’ basketball team took on Olathe North tonight.
6News video: Pregnant woman abducted at gunpoint, forced to drive through NE Kansas
January 4, 2008
A 21-year-old woman is home safe after being abducted from a Topeka grocery store and forced to drive to Kansas City before her captors let her go in Lawrence.
6Sports video: Guess we finally played somebody — and won
January 4, 2008
For the first time in nearly 40 years, last night the Jayhawks returned to the Orange Bowl to put a cap to the season they’ll never forget.
6Sports video: Lions battle Ravens in first game of 2008
January 4, 2008
The Lawrence High boys were looking for their fourth win against Olathe Northwest tonight as the prepster basketball season resumed.
6Sports video: Amidst football hype, hoops still going strong
January 4, 2008
Lost in the middle of all the Orange Bowl celebration is the Kansas men’s basketball team. Tomorrow morning the Jayhawks look to stay unbeaten at Boston College.
KU women close non-con slate with 62-60 win at Xavier
January 4, 2008
Behind 24 points from sophomore Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women’s basketball team avenged last year’s home loss to Xavier Friday night in Cincinnati with a 62-60 win. The victory puts the Jayhawks at 11-2 with Big 12 conference play now on the horizon. The women open the league slate Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse against Oklahoma State, who the Jayhawks defeated last season in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
Virginia governor: Ham’s on its way
Sebelius wins Orange Bowl wager
January 4, 2008
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine told Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius “the ham is on its way.”
6News Now: ‘Hawks come back home
January 4, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the Jayhawks arrive as heroes in the Sunflower State, and fans flocked to Forbes to greet them.
No parade planned - yet
Some Jayhawk football players didn’t return to Lawrence
January 4, 2008
The Kansas University athletics department currently has no immediate plans for a Lawrence parade to celebrate Thursday’s Orange Bowl victory.
Topeka woman reports kidnapping
Suspects forced her to drive to Kansas City, left her in Lawrence
January 4, 2008
Police are on the lookout for two kidnappers today after a woman reported being forced at gunpoint to drive them to the Kansas City area.
Jayhawks land at Forbes Field in Topeka
09:31 a.m., January 4, 2008 Updated 03:12 p.m.
KU Jayhawks football team landed at Forbes Field this afternoon.
The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21
January 4, 2008
Tying up loose ends from possibly the biggest win in KU football history. The Jayhawks silenced several critics who had questioned the team’s schedule this season, and the defense, which returns at least 10 starters next season, ended 2007 with possibly its best performance yet.
Deciphera backs out of East Hills expansion
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
The deal is dead. Deciphera Pharmaceuticals has nixed plans to expand at the East Hills Business Park following community outcry over how the city approved a package of economic development incentives for the startup company.
Lawmakers face hotbed of political drama in ‘08
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
An explosive sex scandal, tough-to-solve problems, and election year politics will be the main ingredients mixing it up this year at the state level.
Obama, Huckabee win in Iowa
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Sen. Barack Obama swept to victory in the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, pushing Hillary Rodham Clinton to third place and taking a major stride in a historic bid to become the nation’s first black president. Mike Huckabee rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to win the opening round among Republicans in the 2008 campaign for the White House.
Scorsese resurrects Hitch in stylish new Web movie
January 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
In 2007, Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese decided to “embark on a secret experiment in filmmaking.” Scorsese revealed he had come across a lost project by the master of suspense himself: Alfred Hitchcock.
PM apologizes for lost pension records scandal
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Japan’s prime minister apologized Friday for a growing scandal over millions of lost pension records and promised to deliver policies focusing on consumers and everyday people.
How they scored
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B6
Minute-by-minute Orange Bowl analysis
B-C-Yes indeed
Talib sets tone as KU gets signature win
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
It was an early warning - albeit an illegal one - that Kansas University was here to win a football game and do so with a little spunk. Aqib Talib, after jumping in front of a Virginia Tech pass, high-stepped his way into the end zone in the first quarter of KU’s 24-21 Orange Bowl victory on Thursday.
Chiefs likely to see changes
Edwards: K.C. planning youth movement in ‘08
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B4
Scaffolding and boarded-up windows mask the exterior of Arrowhead Stadium as tractors and workers with shovels tear up the ground around the 35-year-old building. It’s a massive renovation project, one that will dramatically transform one of the NFL’s loudest stadiums.
Woman tells of ordeal at preliminary hearing
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence woman claims she was held for 15 hours and her fingers were struck with a meat-tenderizing hammer after she stole money from her boyfriend to buy drugs.
Kansans support decision to nix coal plants, want focus on wind energy
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
Kansans support the state’s recent rejection of coal-fired power plants by a 2-1 margin, according to new poll results. “This is a crucial moment in our history,” Nancy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Climate and Energy Project of The Land Institute, which commissioned the poll, said Thursday. The poll also found that three out of four Kansans want the state to increase its commitment to wind-powered energy.
Casino gamble
There seems to be no shortage of developers willing to gamble on new Kansas casinos.
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A6
Although many Kansas residents may doubt that the market can support four new casinos in the state, multiple proposals from companies that want to build and operate them seems to say otherwise.
Preschoolers treated to tree maze
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
On their first day back from winter break, students at the Lawrence Arts Center preschool had something new to be excited about.
Jayhawk heaven
Kansas defeats Virginia Tech in historic Orange Bowl victory
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A1
As oranges flew into the crowd Thursday night and with their favorite players on the grandstand, fans of the Kansas University Jayhawks danced in their seats. And fans in Lawrence crowded downtown, screamed for joy and shot off fireworks.
Game doesn’t ‘fit’ for Tech
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B6
Virginia Tech has earned a reputation under coach Frank Beamer as being a program that thrives on forcing opponents to make mistakes. The emphasis, heavy on special teams and defense, even has a nickname familiar to many college football fans: “Beamerball.” On Thursday night at the Orange Bowl, however, the Hokies got beat at their own game.
Commodities
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B11
Agricultural futures traded higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 30 cents to $9.45; March corn added 3.5 cents to $4.66; March oats gained 13.5 cents to $3.255; January soybeans rose 19 cents to $12.515.
Sens. Biden, Dodd drop out of race
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd abandoned their bids for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after poor showings in the state’s caucuses.
China limits online video to state-controlled firms
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
China has moved to restrict videos online, allowing only state-controlled sites to post any - including those shared by users - and requiring Internet providers to delete and report a variety of content.
Senior center protests funeral home plan
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Several older residents of Coeur D’Alene are protesting plans to open a funeral home across the street from a senior center, saying it would be a little too close for comfort.
State plans to have youths sterilize monkeys
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
A northern Indian state said Thursday it planned to use unemployed youths to sterilize monkeys to try to combat aggressive primates who have been raiding farms.
Man using GPS drives into path of train
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Global Positioning System can tell a driver a lot of things - but apparently not when a train is coming.
Butterflies trick ants into adopting young
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Call it the cuckoo of butterflies. Like the well-known birds, the Alcon blue butterfly has found a way to get others to raise its offspring.
Zoo reopens with safety improvements
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A8
Nine days after a tiger mauled three visitors, the San Francisco Zoo reopened Thursday with safety improvements and more signs warning people not to pester animals such as the 350-pound Siberian tiger that killed a teenager.
NASA delays Atlantis shuttle launch again
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A8
NASA still doesn’t know when it will be able to launch shuttle Atlantis - or when it will be able to send off the four other missions that are scheduled to go to the international space station and the Hubble telescope this year.
Baker students assemble for Habitat project despite cold
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B12
At 9 a.m. Thursday, 16 students from Baker University showed up in North Lawrence ready to get working for Habitat for Humanity. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as prepared as the volunteers.
Pet Doberman pinscher kills 8-month-old boy
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A8
An 8-month-old boy was attacked and killed by the family’s pet Doberman pinscher in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon, police said.
Man wrongly convicted of rape walks free
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A8
Three times during his nearly 27 years in prison, Charles Chatman went before a parole board and refused to admit he was a rapist. His steadfastness was vindicated Thursday, when a judge released him because of new DNA evidence showing he indeed wasn’t.
On the record
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police received a missing person report from a 28-year-old Lawrence woman Wednesday. Missing is David S. Reid, a 32-year-old Lawrence man.
Water main break gives McLouth students an extra day off
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A5
McLouth students who just wanted that extra day off before going back to school after winter break got their wish Thursday.
Cervical cancer shot gains painful reputation
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A8
The groundbreaking vaccine that prevents cervical cancer in girls is gaining a reputation as the most painful of childhood shots, health experts say.
Frozen flora
Local dentist takes unique look at ‘destructive beauty’ of winter
January 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
Although Keith Jones is not a professional photographer, he utilizes a camera nearly every day in the workplace.
Texas A&M cruises, 84-53
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B5
Morenike Atunrase scored 22 points in her best game since returning from an injury last month, helping No. 13 Texas A&M to an 84-53 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday night.
Sapp reveals retirement
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B4
Warren Sapp announced his retirement on Thursday, ending the career of one of the best defensive tackles to play in the NFL.
Mountaineers stick with Stewart
Interim tag taken from West Virginia football coach
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B2
Bill Stewart didn’t need an actual job interview. His performance in the 21â2 weeks since Rich Rodriguez resigned, punctuated by West Virginia’s resounding victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, was enough.
Israel hits back for rocket fire, killing 9
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Israeli army stepped up a broad offensive in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least nine Palestinians with airstrikes and shelling attacks after militants fired a rocket that struck deep into Israel.
New law can help many homeowners
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B11
New rules signed into law by President Bush a few weeks ago could help millions of homeowners - and not just those facing foreclosure - save thousands of dollars in taxes. Q: I have heard some conflicting information about the bill that President Bush recently signed to help people who (like me) are struggling to pay their mortgage. Can you please explain the new law in “plain English”?
Oil prices fall after hitting record
Government reports decline in supplies of crude
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B11
Oil futures retreated from a new record over $100 a barrel set Thursday after the government reported a larger-than-expected decline in crude oil inventories and an unexpected increase in heating oil supplies.
Orange Bowl notebook
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B7
Kansas University offensive tackle Anthony Collins said after Thursday’s game that there will be a press conference, probably on Monday in Lawrence, with him and cornerback Aqib Talib regarding the players’ decisions on the NFL.
Big 12 tourney tickets on sale
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B3
A limited number of tickets for the 2008 Big 12 men’s basketball tournament, scheduled for March 13-16 at Sprint Center, will be available to the public.
Commentary: Bowl participants reap fringe benefits
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B2
They don’t take home the Hibachi grill or a set of steak knives. Those are the parting gifts for contestants who leave the “Wheel of Fortune” a few spins short of winning the Bermuda vacation. College football players who go to bowl games get show-up gifts, precious presents for being present, and we’re not talking about wicker fruit baskets or mere tokens of logo-emblazoned pens, trinket travel mugs or souvenir T-shirts.
DePaul stuns No. 17 ‘Nova
C.J. Giles suspended for Beavers’ loss to UA
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B5
After a disastrous non-conference season, Cliff Clinkscales and DePaul teammates were more than ready to get the Big East portion of the season under way.
Local leaders say race likely will be competitive for Kansas caucuses
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama claimed victory Tuesday night in the Iowa caucuses - the first steps in the wide open presidential race. But Kansas political pundits and party leaders said both nomination races are far from over. The Iowa results also shed light on other story lines, they said.
Why can’t we just get along?
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A6
Let’s have a show of hands by people who are fed up with the way politics is practiced in America. Activists, party operatives, media guest bookers interested in conflict, not resolution of problems and all fundraisers, put your hands down. The rest of you pay attention.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A6
The new year had not been ushered in by good news in some sectors, and New York officials were still investigating what they called “four terrorist bombings” in the region. New Year’s Eve events in the city had created a number of ugly and violent incidents, and on the nation’s highways, 58 fatalities were recorded.
KU women eye aggressive road showing
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B3
The road has been a tricky place for the Kansas University women’s basketball team this season. Tonight, at 5 p.m. against Xavier in Cincinnati, KU will get a chance to add to the chapter.
Mortensen’s kick block proves huge
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B7
Virginia Tech’s football team had one tangible chance to tie Thursday’s Orange Bowl game in the second half. But Joe Mortensen’s unblocked body put a quick end to it.
Keegan: Jayhawks prove they’re best ever
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
The 21st century is young, but it already has clinched the title as the best in the history of a Kansas University football program born in 1890. Orange Bowl champions. A 12-1 record. The last of lingering doubts perished Thursday night in Dolphin Stadium.
Ads promoting Kansas run during Orange Bowl
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B11
Come back to Kansas. That’s the underlying message in television ads that ran in selected markets Thursday night during the Orange Bowl matchup between Kansas University and Virginia Tech.
Journeys can be refreshing, especially with map
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A6
The cure for nostalgia is to read history, and the cure for holiday sentimentality is to listen for 25 minutes to an old friend telling you in a deep mournful voice how desolate his life feels to him right now with the air full of sugar and spice and musical bonhomie and him stranded on an iceberg, feeling unloved, wanting to run away and start over somewhere else, and what did I think he should do?
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A6
Local school attendance was returning to normal levels after a serious pre-Christmas surge of absences due to illness, mainly flu.
Submit your arts event
January 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
Pulse editors are compiling events for the annual spring arts calendar, to be published next month.
City divers sweep top 3 spots
Firebirds snag 2nd, Lions finish 3rd at LHS Invite
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B3
Matthias Reiber was ready. The Lawrence High sophomore was set for a two-and-a-half front somersault dive, when the announcement came for him to step down so the previous diver could dive again. The break in concentration didn’t matter.
Bollywood Cookbook’
January 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
While it certainly helps, you needn’t be a fan of Bollywood films to appreciate “The Bollywood Cookbook,” by Bulbul Mankani.
Kaun finds touch at free throw line
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B3
Six games into the season, Bill Self had seen enough. It was time for a coach/player chat with Kansas University senior center Sasha Kaun, who bricked three of four free throws in a Nov. 28 rout of Florida Atlantic.
Miss America gets reality check
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B10
Friday night is the new Saturday night. Saturday used to be repeat night, but now ABC and Fox will use Fridays to give viewers another chance to see old favorites. And cable networks are crowding Friday nights with shows to appeal to the folks who stayed home on Saturday nights to watch “Trading Spaces” marathons.
Horoscopes
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B10
You will want to take a back seat more often than not this year. In this position, you will find that you grasp a better understanding of what you want. At the same time, the dynamics of situations will become a great deal more clear than in the past. If you are single, do check out those you meet. You need to know what makes them tick. If you are attached, frequent getaways together enrich your relationship.
Rally called off after violence erupts
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A7
Police used tear gas, water cannons and batons Thursday to block thousands of people from protesting Kenya’s disputed election amid a political deadlock between the president and his chief rival.
Radical Shiite cleric, rival meet to work on peace pact
January 4, 2008 in print edition on A7
Representatives of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met Thursday with officials from his chief rival’s party in an effort to cement a tenuous peace agreement the two signed in October after violent clashes between their followers.
Witty, sweet ‘Juno’ a comedic gem
January 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
Early in “Juno,” our heroine - 16, grunge-cute and hyperarticulate - flips open her hamburger phone and declares, “I’m calling to procure a hasty abortion.”
Losers get their say in ‘Barbarians’
January 4, 2008 in print edition on C2
Leave it to a Monty Python member to make history entertaining. Consisting of four episodes that aired on BBC2 in 2006, “Terry Jones’ Barbarians” takes the maxim that history is written by the victors, turns it over and looks at our past through the eyes of the vanquished societies that fell to the might of the Roman Empire.
People in the news
January 4, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ Spears briefly deposed in child custody case ¢ Dane Cook breaks club’s endurance record¢ Johnny Depp made most money at movies in ‘07¢ Lohan ‘back on track’ after sobriety setback¢ Judge: DiCaprio’s neighbors need proof¢ TV watchers embrace late night’s return