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Would you support a new tradition of Kansas University firing a cannon after the team scores at football games?

Asked at Kansas University campus on September 18, 2009

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Photo of Dan Lierz

“Yeah, I think it would be a good way to get the crowd fired up and support our troops as well.”

Photo of Christie Van Allen

“I think it would be cool. I think it sounds like a good tradition to start.”

Photo of Michael Garofalo

“I think it would be because I think KU is all about traditions. So why not try to start a new one?”

Photo of Amy Penney

“I don’t think it’s that good of one because (other teams) do that. If we are going to start a new tradition, we should start an original one.”


Robert Rauktis 8 years ago

Firing a cannon at a football game supports the troops? This kid should run for school board or join Kansas Athletics, Inc.

RoeDapple 8 years ago

First we should have the mud races,

Followed by the keg toss,

Next up, the motorized lawn chair races,

Then for the grand finale, the pumpkin cannon

Ah, the good times.....


gccs14r 8 years ago

Our dog hides from thunderstorms and has to be dragged outside against his will around Independence Day because of all the fireworks. Now you're telling us that he's going to be cowering in fear every other Saturday during football season, too. Fabulous.

MeAndFannieLou 8 years ago

Instead of asking just students, why don't they survey the people who live in the neighborhood and are trying to go about their lives?

trinity 8 years ago

i agree amy. how about a new 'Hawk tradition of shooting a clown with a handful of balloons out of a cannon? friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! :)

mickeyrat 8 years ago

I'm with the rooster, three cheers for Amy. Why not be original?

And "three jeers" for the LJWorld, as I don't think there can be such a thing as a "new tradition." Are the OTS people getting paid by the word?

roger_o_thornhill 8 years ago

That's what I was thinking--what the hell is a "new" tradition?

Matt Warman 8 years ago

Shoot a cannon?! Heck no. That is not original. Dang, how lame. Let MU do it, they are allready a copycat school with their original "tiger" mascot. I'm with Milk_man Dan... Dude you rock. I want to sit near him. All a cannon would do is start some NRA debate.

thepianoman 8 years ago

LOL. Yeah, hillbilly is what came to mind when I read this. I know...following the cannon, they could hire some banjo pickers to play dueling banjos....LOL.....

pace 8 years ago

They should blow the cannon up, then have a yearly memorial for it. So, no the idea seems stupid.

1029 8 years ago

I kind of like spacehog's idea of the leprechan. A leprechan probably is more closely associated with a Jayhawk than a cannon is.

Or, perhaps fans could receive big foam tomahawks at the gate and then do some chant while they make a chopping motion with the foam tomahawk.

Or maybe after every KU touchtown the PA could play the sound effect of a Jaguar growl or something.

Or maybe we could get a cowboy on horseback or a guy leading a buffalo to run across the field after every touchdown.

1029 8 years ago

Shooting off a cannon makes sense for a team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not for KU.

beatrice 8 years ago

Yes, for every score, but only at basketball games.

parrothead8 8 years ago

1) A "new" tradition is an oxymoron. Something isn't a tradition until it's been done for a while, and by then it's not new anymore.

2) Amy is right. We need to be original. It should be something spontaneous, started by the students in the stadium, that catches on and eventually becomes a tradition. Let's go students...think of something timeless!

whynaut 8 years ago

Let us make ceremonial effigies of the opponent mascots for every game. For every score, we hack off a limb, light it on fire, and use it as a torch to lead the flag bearers around the field. Save the cannon blast for victory, in which we fire the remaining head of the effigy through the uprights to an awaiting crowd of fans. Whoever comes away with it may present it at the next home game for a free hot dog and soda or plate of nachos.

Steve Miller 8 years ago

Cannon is cool, it gets the blod pumping. Now punkin chunkin.. that may be an original tradition to start. Hill billy we are and proud of it. Stay home if you don't like it and stay on the proch if yo can't run with the big dogs.. I think i'll go get a corn dog and set on the proch until the second quarter and then listen for the cannon.

beatrice 8 years ago

"Amy is right. We need to be original. It should be something spontaneous, started by the students in the stadium, that catches on and eventually becomes a tradition. Let's go students…think of something timeless!"

I know. At every kickoff, the student section should yell something about ripping heads off. That would work.

Shane Garrett 8 years ago

Or maybe a John Brown guy with a big sword chopping up opponents mascots?

Boosh 8 years ago

Only if it aimed at my neighbors house.

KansasPerson 8 years ago

I don't get the comments equating "cannon" with "hillbilly" (cannon were being used throughout the colonies/states in the early daze) but I don't much like replacing the ringing of the campanile bells with a loud cannon booming.

I like the bells.

estespark 8 years ago

We could simply blog our delight.

MeAndFannieLou 8 years ago

Be3 - don't you like the advance notice those of you in the neighborhood have been given about this?

oldvet 8 years ago

Let the cannon get into the game... shoot it off just as the opposing team is kicking a punt, a fieldgoal, an extra point, or kicking off after a score... that ought to cause their kicker to flinch...

Paul Geisler 8 years ago

Hitme and others on here ought to note that the KU Football plays in Memorial Stadium, as in a memorial to fallen soldiers from KU who fought in WWI. That is why firing a cannon after each touchdown is a fitting celebration, whether it be from a WWII era cannon or otherwise. I say Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!! Let them fire that damn cannon!!!

I copied this from the Athletics website under Memorial Stadium Facts. "Memorial Stadium is dedicated to the University of Kansas students who fought and died in World War I."

KansasPerson 8 years ago

oldvet (Anonymous) says…

"Let the cannon get into the game… shoot it off just as the opposing team is kicking a punt, a fieldgoal, an extra point, or kicking off after a score… that ought to cause their kicker to flinch…"

How about letting the cannon REALLY get into the game? Instead of kicking the ball, the players get to fire the cannon at it. Kinda like croquet!

Mandie Eutsler 8 years ago

Is waving the wheat not good enough? We freaking wave the wheat! I thought that was the tradition.

FarmerBoy 8 years ago

Best comment of the night:

"Who keeps coming up with these dumb ideas? Tell me how a cannon connects to anything Jayhawk? It doesn't. It's the same as techno music in the field house. We may be Kansas, but we don't have to be hillbillies. (yeehaw, we got us a cannon). Give us a pregame fly-over.

No. A cannon has no place here"


Boosh 8 years ago


"18 September 2009 at 3:52 p.m. be3 (Anonymous) says… They had better not. My dog couldn't handle it, I will be sending all future vet bills to the city for allowing this to happen and stress out my dog."

"10 September 2009 at 1:06 p.m. be3 (Anonymous) says… Dogs should be illeagal within city limits. Far too many dog owners in this town are deadbeats, letting their dogs bark and run around at will."

BabyBear 8 years ago

What about the bells? Campanile ringing the bells after every score is a great tradition. I say keep the one we have!

remember_username 8 years ago

At least there will be a warning. I wish somebody could warned me about the fireworks launched at Royals stadium. I was eastbound on I-70, just about perpendicular to the stadium when they went off - funny how that PTSD sticks with you after all these years.

Jim Fisher 8 years ago

I agree with KansasPerson that the bell sounding after a score is a much better tradition. The way the sound of it hangs in the air is haunting and menacing at the same time

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