Letters to the Editor

Purple pun

March 31, 2010


To the editor:

I noticed that when K-State won in the NCAA tournament, the story was buried in the back of the Journal-World sports section, but when they finally lost, it made the front page of the section with the oh, so clever headline: “Purple people beaters.” If a pun on the school colors was desired, a more honest one might have been “Sour grapes.”


bad_dog 7 years, 11 months ago

It was probably just an oversight, at least initially. You really can't fault the LJW given that historically no one in the Big XII ever expected to see KSU in the NCAA Men's BB tournament, much less actually win a game. j/k!

Perhaps the LTE author should consult with the Manhattan Mercury if he seeks front page exposure and prominent placement for KSU's accomplishments. I'm sure they're completely objective in their reporting of Jayhawk successes/failures. My guess is the Hawks first round NCAA victory was back page news-if at all-and their 2nd round loss was THE front page-above the crease-lead.

Perhaps we should direct an LTE to the Manhattan Mercury?

Sorry, but it just strikes me as silly, irrelevant, whining. Whatever...

John Kyle 7 years, 11 months ago

Purple? I thought KSU's color was black.

Joe Hyde 7 years, 11 months ago

As a Big 12 fan who roots for all the conference's teams once the NCAA Tournament starts, I also have been disappointed in the relative lack of coverage given in the on-line Journal-World to the successes/failures of non-KU teams.

I say "relative lack" because there has been at least some coverage. And I'm grateful for that little bit done by the J-W, because it is huge compared to what is found in the Manhattan Mercury's on-line newspaper. The Mercury may lead the league in parochial sports coverage: If it isn't K-State news, there is absolutely no mention of it in the paper whatsoever. The on-line version of the Mercury even has a totally purple color scheme. It might as well be a junior high school newsletter.

Maybe a longstanding gentleman's agreement between two Kansas newspaper publishers is what accounts for this general, if not deliberate, lack of coverage given to the success of a fellow in-state conference team. But as a fan of the various college sports that KU and K-State both participate in, come tournament time the whole state should be proud -- and that state pride should be reflected in stories run by the newspapers in both Lawrence and Manhattan.

The practice of withholding sports stories at this important time not only shows an absence of class, it is downright b-o-r-i-n-g.

bad_dog 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh come on Jane. We all know your real name is Robert Curry.

Didn't mean to hurt your feelings ;-(

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