Letters to the Editor

Letter: Television rules

September 14, 2013


To the editor:

On the field at Memorial Stadium during home football games are the football players and the game officials. On the sidelines are dozens more football players and their coaches. In the stands are thousands of fans who have bought tickets to watch a live football game.

On the home team side of the field around the 20-yard line stands an individual who wears a red shirt. On one arm is an orange sleeve.On the other arm is a timekeeping device. He represents TELEVISION. I call TELEVISION “Mr. Red Shirt.”

Everyone — teams, coaches, game officials, bands, spirit squads, fans — obey TELEVISION. TELEVISION tells the players when they can play and when they have to stand around in the heat (or the cold). TELEVISION tells the coaches when their teams can execute the plays they send in from the sidelines during time-outs. TELEVISION orders the game officials on the field and those in the boxes high above the stadium to keep quiet until TELEVISION’S magnificent timekeeping device permits the game to continue.

It was TELEVISION that canceled the downtown Band Day Parade this year by ordering Kansas University to play its next home football game at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION has become college football’s Alpha and Omega.

From my seat in the stands I yell, “Get off the field, Red Shirt.”


skinny 4 years, 7 months ago

Get real! It's all about he money and you know it!!

Ken Lassman 4 years, 7 months ago

But how many kids over the years have come to participate in Band Day, fallen in love with KU and everything it represents, and came here for ctollege, got good jobs and became a lifelong contributing member of the Jayhawk family? It also always draws in a good downtown crowd who spends money there as proud parents, grandparents and even folks who live in the area and remember being part of the hoopla when they were in high school and come to watch

Talk about being penny-wise and pound foolish.....

I understand that fewer and fewer high schools have the resources to come to Band Day to participate, but I think that folks from nearby would continue to participate if the call goes out again next year. Hopefully, someone in charge will wake up and draw the line to where Band Day will be a protected part of the Jayhawk tradition in the future.

friendlyjhawk 4 years, 7 months ago

Yep, TV is the controller of all college sports. It is very sad that the Band Day parade can't be held. It takes away from the fun of coming to KU Band. Most of the bands that would attend have played at their own high school game the night before the trip. Considering the expense that it costs to put any large or small band on a bus, ensure they are hydrated, fef and transported just to stand on a field and sit in the stadium will be a big consideration for each district this year. The crowd along Mass generates such a positive response to these bands and that is what makes the parade so important. The logistics didn't work this year for a big band day but the tradition will remain intact. This is not the fault of the KU Band program.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 7 months ago

It was TELEVISION that canceled the downtown Band Day Parade this year by ordering Kansas University to play its next home football game at 11 a.m.

-not quite right. KU agreed to the schedule. if they really cared about Band Day, they'd have held the Day/parade and insisted on a different time, or figured some other way.

once again KU sells out the community.

parrothead8 4 years, 7 months ago

State (community) funding dries up more and more every year. Why should KU insist on a different time or figure some other way to accommodate the community when television funds more and more of the university each year?

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