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Ryan Wood

Tracking down team fun, but difficult, task
Google, cell phone indispensible
February 16, 2008
The phone rang for a man I presumed to be Lincoln Minor, the former Kansas University basketball player who played 34 games in the 1987-88 season. “Hello?” the man on the other end answered. “Hi, is this Lincoln?” I asked. “Yes,” he said. “The Lincoln who played basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks?” “No,” the man replied. “This is his father.” Hey, that’s progress.
Wood: Meier’s mugshot is pure magic
July 26, 2007
Clearing out the jam-packed notebook as Big 12 media days wrap up. Amazingly, all 12 of the league’s coaches are optimistic about the 2007 season. :
Wood: Yankee Stadium must see
July 17, 2007
As the brakes squeal, the muffled voice of the New York subway tells you the whereabouts: 161st Street. Yankee Stadium. But, really, no introduction is needed. At the same time the voice chimes in over the crackled speakers, the uptown No. 4 train emerges from the dark tunnel and comes to an above-ground stop.
Wood: Experience should give Meier edge
April 19, 2007
“Meier’s time is now.” Before I get canned for plagiarism, I confess I didn’t write that. Rather, it was the headline of a column written Aug. 17, 2005, by one Tom Keegan. So you tell me, does it make sense that I’m now arguing with this guy over who should be the No. 1 slinger this fall?
Wood: Big 12 outlook murky
October 30, 2006
The Kansas University football team’s bowl possibilities are hazy just based on what the Jayhawks need to do the next three games. But it’s even more muddled considering what the rest of the Big 12 Conference is capable of.
Wood: Close games vex KU
Jayhawks must find way to win thrillers to earn bowl berth
October 9, 2006
Whatever it is - luck, stamina, heart, pride or poise - Kansas University’s football team better find a quick remedy. And fix it quicker than anything has been fixed. Close games have never reflected well on KU in coach Mark Mangino’s five seasons in Lawrence - especially in Big 12 Conference play. The Jayhawks are 3-8 in league games that are decided by one score. Of those eight losses, Kansas had a lead in the final five minutes of six of them.
Wood: KU right not to go for two
October 2, 2006
Jason Anderson was in the minority - and he couldn’t believe it.
Wood: Great finishes galore
September 25, 2006
Just 48 hours before watching South Florida march downfield in an attempt at a last-second victory Saturday, a great book arrived in the mail documenting the 116 greatest college football finishes since 1970.
Wood: A guide to wild weekend
September 11, 2006
Get your laziness ready. This is once-in-a-lifetime stuff.
Wood: First ‘06 awards go to trio
September 4, 2006
OK, so my game balls aren’t traditional. I’m a little too weird for that. But I think it’s appropriate to recognize effort that may otherwise go unnoticed (or in some cases, wrongly scrutinized). So here are my personal heroes from Kansas University’s football-season-opening victory Saturday:
Wood: Incidents haunt Relays
August 2, 2006
Sigh. The Kansas Relays certainly has seen better days. First, a massive fight at the after-party (bearing the Relays’ name) breaks out at Abe & Jake’s Landing in April. Then, the headline act, sprinter Justin Gatlin, has a positive drug test that was conducted following his leg of the race at our hometown’s meet.
Wood: Zaniness rampant in Big 12
July 28, 2006
Three days. Twelve coaches. Thirty-five players. Some 60 million questions with the words “confidence,” “momentum,” “outlook” or “Kerry Meier” somewhere in it.
Wood: Big 12 returns to normal
Expect traditional powers to dominate this fall
June 27, 2006
Think a coaching change is a life saver from day one? History has something to say about that.
Wood: This camera never lies
June 25, 2006
Talk about sticking your neck out.
Wood: ‘Trotter Lee plays it straight
June 22, 2006
Here he was, at long last. Mr. Globetrotter, Michael Lee, in the flesh and back in Lawrence to play a pickup game for participants in Bill Self’s basketball camp Wednesday.

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