The Lakers have Jack Nicholson. Kentucky basketball has Ashley Judd. The Red Sox have Stephen King. And now, finally, after all these years of basketball dominance, Kansas University has a celebrity fan.
For a change, Samantha Ryan was the one doing the star-gazing Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The porn star reportedly has racked up 141 films (compared to a mere 49 for Meryl Streep) and has directed one titled, well, maybe we’ll check our swings on the title. Anyway, she’s been busy as a bee and still found time to watch her alma mater crush Kansas State. She even posed for a photo with Big Jay and posted a link to it on her Twitter page: “SammyRyRy.”
Ryan lists playing poker among her passions. Here’s hoping she makes it back into Lawrence for the poker event of the season, “Dealing With Alzheimer’s,” a Texas Hold’em benefit tournament slated for Saturday, April 17, at Lawrence Country Club. The 6 p.m. event open to the public includes a $75 donation per player. Mark your calendars and cross your fingers.