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Grumblings about Dog Days


Some regular members of Don "Red Dog" Gardner's Dog Days were wondering this morning why a somewhat sizable chunk of Memorial Stadium was taken up by KU football players running drills.Some of my co-workers could be heard mumbling to themselves, questioning the point of having a brand-new state-of-the-art practice facility only to be hanging out at Memorial."Okay, I admit, it's technically their stadium," one said. "But, c'mon."Assistant athletics director Jim Marchiony said the football team wasn't on the new practice field yet because they hadn't been given the go-ahead."It's still a construction site," he said. "They're still doing some work."Marchiony said he believed the football team would be able to use the new field at some point during the next week, although there wasn't a date set in stone. So why the run-in with Dog Days?"We usually run drills on Friday," Marchiony said. "But, because tomorrow is a holiday, we moved it up."


Bevdog 9 years, 6 months ago

Thank you David, you are totally correct. The Lawrence community is VERY LUCKY to have the University of Kansas allow us to use their facilities. I don't know who is doing the grumbling but this is the quickest way to have Dog Days end. Not only could the University stop us from using the stadium, but Red Dog said that he will not continue to have people complaining. We are using the stadium thanks to Lew Perkins, and KU football has precedence over us.Bev GardnerDog Days

LTownBaby 9 years, 6 months ago

Maybe "grumbling" wasn't the greatest word choice then, ya think? No need to wake a sleeping giant. Starting next week the athletic department will probably lock us all out, and they have all the right in the world to do so. Thanks Mark, all this started because you were bored and wanted to start a little drama. Where else can you get such a great workout for free in such a great atmosphere. It was awesome this morning with the Football team, it's great to see that they can be enthusiastic about working out at 6:00 AM; no wonder they did so good last year. Hey Mark, maybe if you keep going to Red Dog's you can eventually stretch that foot all the way up to your mouth, which is where it should be!

bd 9 years, 6 months ago

want a little cheese with that wine!

kwjayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

could've gone with the football team's snide comments about people trying to get healthy..

bearded_gnome 9 years, 6 months ago

p.s.if you wanna have complainers:read the comment threads! your article doesn't really explain how your "fellow workers" were incommoded! your f fellow workers, you mean yourred dog compatriots? seriously, mark, I think this is an article better left unwritten. unfortunately, people will complain about the sunrising, some people, if they think somebody will listen!

Bunny_Hotcakes 9 years, 6 months ago

I was there this morning and didn't hear the football team utter a word. I would imagine they have better things to do than to worry about Dog Days-ers. And if they did...are you going to worry about what some punk college kid thinks of you? Really.Mark, I'll thank you and your whiny colleagues not to ruin it for the rest of us. STFU and send a note of thanks to the athletic department for allowing us to put additional wear and tear on their facilities.

1029 9 years, 6 months ago

People should just be glad that the Dog Days aren't at Burcham Park. That park is too close to the river and people will fall in, just like they do every Fourth of July.

aha 9 years, 6 months ago

I agree LTownBaby. The original headline made it sound like Red Dog was the person complaining about the team, which was not the case at all. Can we say "misleading" everyone?I was there this morning, and I heard NO rumblings, grumblings or any negative statements whatsoever. Everyone was enthusiastic to have the football team there.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 6 months ago

okay,mark, I don't get the story! the football players didn't complain. just who did complain? a few of the Reddoggers? honestly, my advice to you mark, is that it takes a great man to recognize his error and apologize. it looks like:nobody from KU complained. both groups actually coexisted in the confines of the stadium! shocking! the few that complained, should you have paid any attention to them? exercising at the stadium is a priviledge, not a right.

mvierth 9 years, 6 months ago

Certainly, the blog post wasn't intended to imply the University was in the wrong or there was some mass uprising. We had some people wondering why the football team wasn't using the practice field, I figured it might make a good "Hey, here's why" sort of post.

Confrontation 9 years, 6 months ago

That's KU Football's space. Go run somewhere else.

Ralph Gage 9 years, 6 months ago

This morning was great. I can say I was on the field warming up with the KU football team!Sort of.The only negative about it was running the Campanile hill. Twice.

Ronda Miller 9 years, 6 months ago

Mark, it doesn't sound like much of a negative article in the least - just a way to tell your story about the mix. Relax, the people on here are just feeling their oats from having a great workout - I'm jealous!!!Everyone have a nice fourth of July and be safe. Maybe when the weather cools down I'll make it to a work out - Red Dog taught me to do my first push up when I was a rookie police officer in the mid 1980's. How'd he do it? It had rained the night before and he had me place my feet on a stadium step and my nose was pointed down towards the pool of rain water - very nice incentive since I didn't want to get my face wet or drown! Ahh, the good old days. Did I ever say thank you, Red Dog? No, I'm sure I didn't because I remember what I did say got me two more laps around the track. Well, better late than never. Thanks!!!! :)

jamoca 9 years, 6 months ago

liggyon,My sentiments exactly. I was there this morning and everything went very smoothly. We were excited and happy to be there when KU Football was there too. In fact, their warmup got me fired up for my run!We love KU Football, we love Dog Days, and nothing happened.

David Lignell 9 years, 6 months ago

I think the majority of Dog Day's people understand that the University is being gracious by allowing us to use their facilities at all (Memorial Stadium in Summer and Allen Fieldhouse in Winter). It's part of what makes Lawrence unique as a community. The last thing any of us want is to be grumbling about those who are part of the University using their own facility. I know that's NOT what Don and Beverly would want, and it's not how we want to thank Lew Perkins for his generosity.

Qtown2 9 years, 6 months ago

It is unfortunate that the silly grumblings from Mark Vierthaler's co-workers would be considered newsworthy enough to post on the Lawrence Journal World's website. I am disappointed in Mark's rush to post what is nothing more than a couple of his co-workers lack of understanding that Memorial Stadium is the property of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Athletics track and football facility first and foremost. If the football or track teams need to practice inside Memorial Stadium, Red Dog will make sure we still get a good workout even if it doesn't involve stadium stairs or running laps.Dogs Days has been an integral part of the Lawrence community for 25 years, and as far as I know, Lawrence is only community in the entire country that has over 1500 people from all age groups and fitness levels who come together each day to promote physical fitness and good health. And we get to use the Kansas University's track and football facility:.and it is free! No membership fee required. That is what needs to be promoted, not the ridiculous complaints of a few of Mark Vierthaler's co-workers who don't understand that we have it pretty good here in Lawrence. The LJWorld should be celebrating the fact that Dog Days and the University of Kansas are proud supporters of each other and its journalists should not be trying to cause unnecessary friction between the Lawrence community and the athletics department. Go, Jayhawks!

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