Mike Rigg

At what moment did you realize you wanted to become a journalist? And if there wasn't a specific point in time, what was the motivating factor?
When I was growing up in Denver, I used to go to Nuggets games all the time (what can I say, I enjoy pain). I always dreamed of how cool it would be to cover those games for a living.

When you really want to relax and let your hair down in Lawrence, where do you go and what do you do?
I'm one of those people who always has to be doing something. I love going on long runs, playing basketball, or just walking through downtown Lawrence.

What comes to your mind as the most memorable local story you've covered?
Roy Williams "I'm Stayin'" press conference in 2000. Who knew that he meant "I'm stayin' until something better comes along!"

If you couldn't be a reporter, what occupation would you want to try? A rocket scientist. Or a ski bum.

Which two people do you admire most? One should be someone you know. The other, someone you've never met.
My mother, because of her strength and enthusiasm, and Mickey Mantle, who I never had the chance to meet, but have long admired.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one song to listen to and one book to read for the duration, what would they be?
Song: anything by Tim McGraw. Book: "Bringing Down The House," while dreaming about Las Vegas.

If they were going to execute you tomorrow, rightly or wrongly, what would your last meal consist of?
A hot dog on a warm spring day at Hoglund Ballpark.

Recent stories

East beats West in Native American All-Star game
July 1, 2005
The top Native American football players from across the country were in town for the Native American All-Star game Friday at Haskell Stadium. The East shut out the West, 42-0.
Firebirds school 6Sports on basketball court
June 9, 2005
6Sports reporters Kevin Romary, Mike Rigg and DJ Whetter participated Wednesday in this year’s Free State High’s girls basketball camp.
Free State baseball tumbles
May 27, 2005
The Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars beat the Firebirds, 5-4, Friday afternoon in the Class 6A state tournament at Hoglund Ballpark.
Firebirds softball prevails, 5-3
May 27, 2005
The Firebirds beat the Grizzlies, 5-3, Friday night at Clinton Lake Sports Complex to advance in the Class 6A state tournament.
Free State prepares for state championship
May 26, 2005
Free State High’s baseball team will face Shawnee Mission Northwest in the state championship at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
No word on possible charges for Moon Bar fight
May 23, 2005
The Lawrence Police Department has not indicated if J.R. Giddens will be charged in the stabbing incident last week. However, it is likely that even if Coach Bill Self chooses to punish Giddens, that the details of the punishment will not be made public.
Big 12 finalizes replay system
May 23, 2005
The conference will use the replays on an experimental basis this season.
LHS diver West places fourth at state
May 22, 2005
Lawrence High freshman Mallory West placed fourth in diving at the Kansas state meet Saturday at Hummer Sports Complex Natatorium in Topeka.
Swimmers Robinson, Jackson get top honors at state meet
May 22, 2005
Free State High junior Ashley Robinson placed first in the 500 freestyle at the Kansas state meet Saturday in Topeka. Also, senior Ashley Jackson finished fourth in the 200 free and took third in the 500.
Firebirds take league title
May 10, 2005
Free State High’s baseball team clinched its third consecutive Sunflower League championship with a 13-3 six-inning run-rule victory over Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday at FSHS.

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