Archive for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Give us names

November 16, 2011


To the editor:

An open letter to coach Turner Gill and the Lawrence Journal-World. Coach, before the 2010 season you announced that there would be no players’ name on jerseys. I can’t remember your exact nonsensical words of explanation, but they were to the effect that football is a team sport that doesn’t need or require individual identification. I thought (hoped) you would remedy your mind-set this year, but no. The J-W Sound Off tells us “never.”

In prior years the J-W printed a complete list of all players, their names, numbers and positions. This permitted us to identify a player by looking at the TV, then the list. But no, not this year. Now all we get is an abbreviated roster.

Coach, you’re out of touch. Seventy million “baby boomers” between the ages of 46 to 64, many more than in the past with hearing loss because of loud music, are affected. Our increasing numbers of aging experience slowness of recognition/cognition.

Coach, you are short-changing many of our football fans. On behalf of myself and so many others of similar circumstances, I just hope to see changes made in 2012.


irvan moore 6 years, 7 months ago

i agree, the change i'm looking for will involve a new coach too

Getaroom 6 years, 7 months ago

+1 - to the sentiment of the article. Maybe Gill could get a do-over on that coaching class he skipped on third down play calls.

At least bring back the numbers coach Gill, even if you can't call a winning game plan. At most that would only add a few thousand dollars to the 58 million Athletic Dept. debt load anyway and it even that could be deducted for an already inflated salary.

While on the subject of football: Got a great idea for the Varsity House issue. Coach Gill could move in there and keep a birds eye view over his football flock and have short walk to work no less. Put a gate around it, Fritzelize the house and voila, a nice fancy granite kitchen counter topped hacienda for coach Gill and family. Just think of it as the KU football team rectory. That would keep it a beautiful representation of days gone by and functional, instead of simply a memorial to days gone by and at the same time, a freebie perk.

How about the LJW doing one of those side bar "YES/NO" polls on: The Missing Football Jersey Names?

kef104 6 years, 7 months ago

Here is a simple way to view the names debate. High school teams do not use names on the jerseys. Professional teams do. Which does Gill prefer us to emulate? Personally I think he would be a great high school coach, just not in Lawrence.

mr_right_wing 6 years, 7 months ago

If you played for the KU football team would you want people to know your name??

Considering the last few seasons....not me!!

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