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25 years ago: KU fans swear by their superstitions

April 3, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 3, 1988:

  • Another impromptu parade and party on the campus of Kansas University had materialized as fans had gathered by the thousands just minutes after the previous night's Jayhawk victory over Duke, which earned KU a shot at the NCAA basketball championship. "This is a miracle year for the Hawks," screamed one fan from the back of a pickup truck on Jayhawk Boulevard. "We believe here at KU." Many fans added that they had done their best to "help" the team along to their 66-59 win by their wearing of lucky shirts, socks, underwear, and similar charms. True believer Steve Newman, a bartender at Becerros Mexican restaurant, 2515 W. Sixth, had been betting against the Hawks, feeling sure that this would ensure their winning. "I've been losing a lot of money, but they've been doing OK," he said with a grin, adding that he would continue to place his contrary bets so that his beloved Jayhawks could win it all.
  • About 700 Douglas County families who had come to depend on a special federal commodities program were facing the possibility of the program's end. Because of federal cutbacks, monthly distributions of surplus stocks of cheese, rice, and honey were expected to end by June. Kansas would continue receiving some flour, powdered milk, cornmeal, and butter, but the shipments were expected to be reduced by as much as 80 percent.

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