Sports Opinion

Talking turkey, Lions

Thanksgiving and the Detroit Lions go together like pumpkin pie and pecan pie, with whipped cream on one and melting vanilla ice cream on the other, all mushed into one delightful meal finale.Subtracting Barry Sanders from the Thanksgiving Day experience was a blow akin to stopping the meal ...

KU sports legend Wes Santee will be missed

Friends, family members, fellow Kansas University sports legends and American Legion officials assembled Monday afternoon at Plymouth Congregational Church to bid farewell to a father, a grandfather, a Marine and one of the all-time great milers.Wes Santee never claimed to be perfect, nor did ...

Brady Morningstar’s quickness helps KU basketball win games

Late Night, 2010, freshman Royce Woolridge has the ball on the right wing, snaps off a smooth fake and takes it to the hoop for a bucket. Most of us in Allen Fieldhouse were wowed by the move. Woolridge’s coach, Bill Self, shook his head and wore a disgusted look inspired by how easily Tyrel ...

KU can’t adjust, keep up

KU vs. Oklahoma StateCowboys prolong KU's painQB-turned-WR Kale Pick quickly adjusting to new positionBox scoreFrom the opening play on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Kansas University football team’s offense screamed, “Let me entertain you; let me make you smile.” It ...

Josh Selby missing piece for Kansas

KU vs. North TexasBox ScoreJosh Selby nets nine-game suspensionFit to be tied: KU matches homecourt streakMean Green lean on threesIt’s not Josh Selby’s No.1 ranking in his recruiting class that made Friday night’s news so significant. It’s that he’s precisely what Kansas lacked to be ...

KU’s Brady Morningstar mired in shooting slump

Brady Morningstar’s high school coach at Free State, Jack Schreiner, has a good laugh when he thinks back to his former star player coming into the gymnasium all fired up, convinced he finally had found the perfect jump shot.“Yeah,” Morningstar confirmed. “I wasn’t the strongest guy ...

Let’s talk KU women’s sports

Meaningful, eyeball-to-eyeball conversations rank as the No. 1 victim of the mass shift to those so-impersonal communication methods, e-mails and texts. So what do we all do? Talk about the weather. Surely, we can do better, so let today be city-wide, “Don’t Talk About the Weather Day.”I ...

To be fair, BCS poll voters should actually watch football games

Let me make a suggestion, if you will, to all the coaches and Harrises who vote in the BCS polls:Watch the games. For once.Don’t just read the scores as they crawl by on the bottom of the TV screen.TCU’s 40-35 victory over San Diego State on Saturday didn’t pass the crawl test, as ...

KU’s Marcus and Markieff Morris are double trouble for opposing teams

KU vs. ValparaisoJayhawks pay heed: Wary KU rips ValpoJayhawks’ Mario wins battle of LittlesGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookBox scoreHis team had just shot .105 from three-point range and .274 overall and was run out of Allen Fieldhouse, 79-44, by Kansas University, the nation’s ...

Monday’s KU basketball game against Valparaiso no gimme

Richmond, Nevada, Oral Roberts. Half of eighth-year Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s six Allen Fieldhouse losses have come in nonconference games against opponents nobody in the stands believed had any chance of beating the Jayhawks.Funny things happen early in college ...

Like Opurum, Jayhawks making strides

Kansas vs. NebraskaBox scoreGoing nowhere: KU offense sputtersNU undaunted by KU's wrinklesMatt Tait's KU football notebookLincoln, Neb. ? From the opening-week loss to North Dakota State to Saturday night’s 20-3 setback to Nebraska, Toben Opurum’s growth has mirrored that of Turner ...

Self channels Wooden, Carson

KU vs. LongwoodBox scoreWithey helps KU make short work of LongwoodTaylor a 'wow guy,' in both sensesLancers play fast, lose fastGary Bedore's KU hoops notebookOn his best days, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s postgame news conferences are something of a cross between John ...

Beer pong highlights UCLA trip

Los Angeles ? A so-called colleague — sensing a dearth of topics perhaps, or just trying to get me killed — suggested I set up a footrace against this superstar horse, Zenyatta, and write about the experience, though he cautioned against injury.“Columnist put down after breaking leg in ...

Kansas defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey shows interest in coaching

Turner Gill cited continuity of the coaching staff as one key to Nebraska establishing itself as a consistent national powerhouse that he intends to bring to Kansas University. Consider the position coaches of Patrick Dorsey, a junior defensive tackle for KU: Bill Young during Dorsey’s 2007 ...

Propaganda not the same as news

It is seldom a good thing when the news becomes the news.We’ve seen that twice in recent weeks. First there was ABC News’ ill-fated flirtation with blogger Andrew Breitbart.In the face of heavy criticism, ABC backed off its decision to make Breitbart part of its election night coverage. How ...

Do Florida fans love Meyer’s personality?

Every year at this time, before the “new” ballcoach plays the ol’ ballcoach, we always try to draw comparisons between the two greatest coaches in University of Florida history.In my book, as a sportswriter, there is no comparison. I miss Steve Spurrier. I wish he were still coaching at ...

KU’s Josh Selby circling, waiting on NCAA to tell him to land at Allen Fieldhouse

KU vs. Emporia StateBig things to come? Robinson powers JayhawksHornet ‘proud’ of KU’s RobinsonKaun on hand for blowoutGary Bedore’s KU hoops notebookIt’s such a weird dynamic, watching a college basketball team play exhibition games without having a clue if or when a player who might ...

Fayyad’s focus: Palestinian statehood

Ramallah, West Bank ? Serious efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been on hold until after the U.S. elections. Both sides thought President Obama couldn’t focus on the peace process until then, although people here are debating whether he will engage more deeply after his ...

Michigan representative is a freshman, not a rookie

Grand Rapids, Mich. ? Rep.-elect Bill Huizenga, is a freshman Republican congressman who will assume the seat held for 18 years by Rep. Peter Hoekstra. Their Western Michigan district is mostly Republican, white, and Protestant.In an interview, I asked Huizenga what he thinks of Speaker Nancy ...