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KU will fire a cannon when Jayhawks score this weekend against Duke

The National Guard ceremonial cannon will likely stay around for home games this season

A new Howitzer cannon will debut in KU's football game Saturday. The cannon will be sounded after every KU score.

September 17, 2009

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Those large booms echoing through Lawrence on Saturday won’t mean some kind of foreign invasion is afoot — they’ll just be a sign of happy Jayhawk football fans.

A 75 mm Howitzer cannon will be a part of touchdown and field goal celebrations at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The Army ROTC program will test the cannon at noon on Friday in preparation for the 11 a.m. kickoff against Duke on Saturday.

It’s part of a Kansas University football commemoration of the armed forces on Saturday, said Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletics director.

The cannon might stick around after the Duke game, too, he added.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Marchiony said. “And then we’ll decide on the rest of the season.”

The idea came from discussions with KU’s ROTC program, he said.

“They seem very enthusiastic about it, and we certainly are excited,” he said. “So we’re going to try it.”

The Kansas Army National Guard is loaning the Army ROTC the Howitzer, which is used in ceremonial events.

Army Capt. William Chuber, a member of the Kansas National Guard and a KU Army ROTC instructor, is supervising the cannon’s use.

The cannon will be set up in a roped off area next to the football practice facility and will be in the stadium for home games this season.

Comments

Lars Larson 5 years, 10 months ago

Make sure it gets a vasectomy so it shoots blanks.

I like the idea!

Practicality 5 years, 10 months ago

Aim it at the Eldridge for old times sake.

puddleglum 5 years, 10 months ago

aim it at the new fritzel/city commission tax break-deal hotel on the hill, and let ol' lew pull the trigger....seriously, this is cool!

Steve Jacob 5 years, 10 months ago

Against Duke, it might go off 10 times or more.

Andrew Boyd 5 years, 10 months ago

im a little shocked that it has taken ku this long to get a cannon at the games. most schools that have a sizable rotc use a cannon during their games

hujiko 5 years, 10 months ago

Wait a second, if KU is allowed to fire off a cannon, why are historical re-enactments part of our history not allowed to? Lawrence, get your city codes in order.

1029 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow, this is one of the stupidest ideas I've heard in a long time.

Perhaps members of the baking club would like to slam dunk a cake over the crossbar after every touchtown? Or the chemistry department could erect a giant baking soda/vinegar volcano behind the end zone, and it could "erupt" after every touchdown?

Or, if weapons must be involved, maybe KU can have a "Gun Day" where fans are encouraged to bring their favorite firearm and blast off a few rounds into the air after every KU touchdown?

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 10 months ago

Personally, I like 1029's idea of slam-dunking a cake. Or, Big Jay could walk across the field and kick the Duke coach in the nuts for each point we score.

Practicality 5 years, 10 months ago

I agree with hujiko,

What about the noise? Why won't this cannon scare the neighbors and the dogs? Is it a silent cannon?

puddleglum 5 years, 10 months ago

must be a bad day.... should get yur hands on a taurus judge and fire off some buckshot at annoying k-state "hall of fame can wait" signs on turnpike. that would turn that frown upside down!

puddleglum 5 years, 10 months ago

Big Jay could walk across the field and kick the Duke coach in the nuts for each point we score

only if it was the duke basketball coach. well, either way it would be great

Brandon Devlin 5 years, 10 months ago

Back in the early 90s, we did that at home games. We had a field cannon we borrowed from the KSARNG, fired it when the 'Hawks scored, and all of us from the Army ROTC would do pushups in the in-zone. It will be good to see it from the stands this time.

Of course, we didn't do very many. . .and the cannon didn't go off too much. ;-)

Keith 5 years, 10 months ago

"The Army ROTC program will test the cannon at noon on Friday in preparation for the 11 a.m. kickoff against Duke on Saturday."

Test the cannon? Are they afraid it won't work?

somedude20 5 years, 10 months ago

A little more impressive than tooting your own horn I guess

beawolf 5 years, 10 months ago

It's going to drive my dog nuts ( I live 2 blocks away). I just hope he doesn't try and chew off his Jayhawk t-shirt, hat and sunglasses.

BigAl 5 years, 10 months ago

jhawks1510 (Anonymous) says… "Personally, I like 1029's idea of slam-dunking a cake. Or, Big Jay could walk across the field and kick the Duke coach in the nuts for each point we score."


My favorite post of the day..!!!

gogoplata 5 years, 10 months ago

Or, if weapons must be involved, maybe KU can have a “Gun Day” where fans are encouraged to bring their favorite firearm and blast off a few rounds into the air after every KU touchdown?

I like this idea the best.

Practicality 5 years, 10 months ago

"Or, if weapons must be involved, maybe KU can have a “Gun Day” where fans are encouraged to bring their favorite firearm and blast off a few rounds into the air after every KU touchdown?"

This would be great when we play Missouri!

swunruh 5 years, 10 months ago

This is not a smart idea. They used to shoot a cannon during the football games at a nearby Div. II school until someone was seriously injured a couple of years ago. It is only a matter of time. There are other ways to make noise.

somedude20 5 years, 10 months ago

KU should get one of those giant circus cannons and fire the other team's mascot in the stands where the KU students sit and let the kids tear em to shreds. Now that would be something to see

hujiko 5 years, 10 months ago

somedude20: Don't you mean rip their f%!$@ing head off?

somedude20 5 years, 10 months ago

everyone these days go for the head, me, I like to rip off their f@$&ing feet and watch them try to walk

GreyFootballOffical 5 years, 10 months ago

Let's get more creative....A Pack of Barking Dogs howling through a compression sound unit or amplify a scheming bunch of cackling crows...something unforgettablly unique!

Keith 5 years, 10 months ago

"be3 (Anonymous) says… This is going to bother my dog too, the city is going to hear about this. I am going to look into discrimination charges against the city."

The city is going to tell you Rock Chalk Jayhawk, call Lew.

svenway_park 5 years, 10 months ago

The gun is sticking around.

The KU press release talks about Duke being the gun's "debut."

weatherguy48 5 years, 10 months ago

jhawks1510 (Anonymous) says…

Personally, I like 1029's idea of slam-dunking a cake. Or, Big Jay could walk across the field and kick the Duke coach in the nuts for each point we score.


That would be hilarious. We'll score and hit the extra point, then the fight song will begin to play as big jay walks across the field, waving and dancing. Then, out of nowhere, he'll grab the Duke coach by the shoulders and kick him in the jewels seven times, all to the beat of the fight song.

"Ba! Ba! ba ba babababa ba!"

Mike Blur 5 years, 10 months ago

As an elitist liberal, I'll say if it bothers be3 and the other far-right nutjobs on this comment forum, I am 100 percent in favor of the cannons! I'm also in favor of the screaming F-14 flyover right before kickoff!

dukie1 5 years, 10 months ago

puddleglum (Anonymous) says…

Big Jay could walk across the field and kick the Duke coach in the nuts for each point we score

only if it was the duke basketball coach. well, either way it would be great

Hmmm, Coach K -- 3 Coach Self---1 Coach Williams- 0

Sound like sour grapes to me!

tomatogrower 5 years, 10 months ago

lynchburgsbest (Anonymous) says…

im a little shocked that it has taken ku this long to get a cannon at the games. most schools that have a sizable rotc use a cannon during their games

They always used to ring the campenile before, which is much classier than doing what all the other schools are doing. Why follow the crowd?

Alabamastreet 5 years, 10 months ago

Maybe the students can scream "blow his f****ing head off" when the cannon shoots off. Certainly will add to game day craziness on my street, but that's just part of the deal when you choose to live in this part of Lawrence.

del888 5 years, 10 months ago

city has already determined that shooting blanks is illegal, so i guess they'll shoot the real thing (that seems OK in this town)

N_Trenched 5 years, 10 months ago

Lets go with something original folks! John Brown appears after a KU touchdown and hunts down the other team's mascot with a band of raiders upon horseback. Now that would be cool!

twinetowngirl 5 years, 10 months ago

What happened to ringing the bell in the tower when we scored?

Beth Ennis 5 years, 10 months ago

City codes have no affect on KU. KU is state property, hence they have their own laws and codes. That is my guess anyway. I think it is a great way to spotlight our ROTC students. In addition to the cannon, the ROTC cadets will do pushups every time we score, one for each point total on the scoreboard. It's a great thing! I'm hoping my son will be exhausted from all the pushups by the end of the game! Rock Chalk!

Practicality 5 years, 10 months ago

Can we at least aim the cannon at the Missouri sideline when we play them? Or the Missouri fan section? That would really, really be awesome.

riverdrifter 5 years, 10 months ago

H_Lector:

Multi sez "heads on pikes".

Comente por favor...

hujiko 5 years, 10 months ago

Travelinggeek:

Really?! Pushups for every point? We really have to emulate KSU?

Danimal 5 years, 10 months ago

Canon=stupid.

Seriously, just because traditional football programs like Texas, A&M, and Oklahoma have loud and obnoxious noises after every touchdown doesn't mean we have to as well. Should we get a Boomer Sooner wagon too? Better yet can we integrate the canon into basketball and blast it off everytime the Hawks score a basket. If we're desperately casting about for football traditions why don't we put some thought into it and come up with something original? How about some unfortunate fan guzzles the adult beverage of their choice until they lose consciousness after every touchdown.

Just let the band play and have the fans wave some wheat.

TopJayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

Mile Blur. Not many F-14's flying anymore. And besides, a few yrs ago Lawrence had a flyover on the fourth of July by a B-1. My how the liberals whined about that being too militaristic of a display for the 4th. Go figure.

roger_o_thornhill 5 years, 10 months ago

Not too militaristic Topper, but what about the cost? I like that kind of stuff, but I like a lot of other stuff too. Budget prioritization should factor into any display of this type. While I don't particularly like loud noises, a cannon firing is much cheaper than calling up a B-1 from Wichita. Why not a flyover of KC-135s from Top-city. Frankly, I don't see what either have to do with a game that is already over-the-top.

Shane Garrett 5 years, 10 months ago

How about when KU scores, a cannon shot followed by the Tower Bell. Then John Brown raiders circle the field. a la Jayhawkers. The more the better. The crowd could then shout and cheer and go nuts. After the game the students could tear down the goal posts and throw them into potters lake. After that the ture fans would have a great excuse to get drunk, puke, cause property damage and drive drunk.

skinny 5 years, 10 months ago

KU is exempt of the City of Lawrence ordinances. This has nothing to do with the City.

trvlronda 5 years, 10 months ago

A canon? SOOOO overdone. I like the ringing of the Campanille.

BTW, why wasn't there the regular video of the jayhawk jet flying over KS and bombing the visitors helmet ??

whynaut 5 years, 10 months ago

I addition to firing a cannon when KU scores, we should also do something when the opponent scores, like...

1) have fruit vendors ready in end zone seating to supply fans with ammo to barrage opponents who attempt to cross the goal line

2) have our ball boys run across the field and urinate in their Powerade coolers.

3) have our marching band stand right next to theirs and blare a disharmonious cacophony, thereby mitigating any effort by the opposing band to rally their team and fans with a fight song.

4) broadcast the "brown note" through the headsets of the opposing coaching staff.

whynaut 5 years, 10 months ago

Or... identify the opposing player(s) responsible for allowing us to score (if it was a team effort, then target their head coach, defensive coordinator, special teams coach, etc), and humiliate them on the jumbotron by superimposing a dunce cap on their head and flashing "FAIL" in 10,000pt Helvetica while playing their fight song on a toy piano.

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