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Sound Off: During the Lawrence High School vs. Free State football game, the student sections for both schools threw baby powder into the air on several occasions. What is the significance of this? Why does the school district allow this?

According to district officials, professional basketball player LeBron James of the Miami Heat started doing this as part of his introduction before tip-off. James describes it as a pre-game ritual. Some say it’s for good luck. Others believe it’s meant to get the team and the crowd excited. Medical experts, however, note that it is also potentially dangerous, especially for people with asthma who could inhale the dust. “Our schools do not permit it,” said district spokeswoman Julie Boyle. “It’s a safety concern. Both high schools are working with student leaders to discourage this fad from continuing. As we move into basketball season, we want our fans to be aware that under (Kansas State High School Activities Association) rules, any disruption or delay of game results in a technical foul.”

Comments

Jack McEnaney 2 years ago

WHAT! Do a little research district officials. Lebron James started doing this? Lebron stole this idea from Kevin Garnett. KG stole this idea from Michael Jordan who used to use rosin on his hands not baby powder. Read a book district officials!

d_prowess 2 years ago

MJ would put the powder on his hands and then clap them in front of the radio/tv crew. It was a ritual but fairly tame. LeBron however puts a ton of it on his hands and emphatically toss it up in the air for the crowd causing loud cheers. A little different in my mind so I think you can credit LJ with what the High School students are doing.

rockchalker52 2 years ago

Next season, take your babies to the games & throw them in the air. If you time your tosses right, you can get their butts powdered for free!

classclown 2 years ago

With all due respect to the controversy over who started the "tradition" I feel credit should be given to Lebron James. Simply because due to their age, if you mention Micheal Jordan to a high school student they'll probably hit you with "Who's that?". Although you might get an occasional "Oh, that's that old dude right?". While they all know who Lebron is.

Since Lebron is the one they see doing it, then in their minds, he's the one that started it.

Or to be more succinct, it doesn't matter who started it, they're copying Lebron James.

Suck on that old dudes.

Jack McEnaney 2 years ago

this is very true. Also the "tradition" of championship basketball at KU should really be attributed to the 08 team because no one today remembers the 88 team. The winning tradition didnt really begin until Bill Self got there.

Shardwurm 2 years ago

Throwing it in the air is better than snorting it.

Deb Engstrom 2 years ago

I can't believe that someone is concerned about this and is wasting their time complaining about it. So many more dangerous things than talcum powder.

Eddie_Haskell 2 years ago

"Unless the powder is really bath salts."

You read my mind again, BoB......

SoundMind 2 years ago

I never cease to be amazed by the things people choose to be offended about. Lighten up, Francis.

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