Sports Opinion

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers joins elite

Arlington, Texas ? Hey, Aaron Rodgers, now that you’ve won a Super Bowl MVP, where are you going?From here, it looks like very close to the top of that hypothetical list cherished by fantasy-league geeks and daydreaming general managers alike:If you were to start a franchise today, which guy ...

Allen Fieldhouse helps Turner Gill recruit for KU football, too

“There’s no better place to coach, there’s no better place to go to school, there’s no better place to play.” Those words about Allen Fieldhouse, uttered by former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown, have given goosebumps to thousands of Jayhawk fans. Aside from providing ...

Aaron Rodgers obvious Super Bowl MVP

Arlington, Texas ? The difference between Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XLV was punishment. Rodgers gave it; Roethlisberger took it.Roethlisberger endured a barrage of body blows and a few roundhouses that could have staggered a horse. He kept getting up off the mat and ...

Commentary: VW crafts instant classic in Super Bowl ad

For 364 days a year, we avoid commercials like an obnoxious relative. We make fridge runs while they’re on. We use our remotes to skip past them. Then, when the Super Bowl arrives, game’s off. Suddenly we’re gazing upon them with rapt attention.Sunday was no exception, even if the ads, ...

KU basketball team displays shades of ’08 national champions?

KU vs. NebraskaBox scoreA rising star: Guard Morningstar stellar against HuskersHuskers awed by KU's offensive showSelby hurting and other KU men's basketball notesLincoln, Neb. ? Balance. Efficiency. Unselfishness. Versatility. Depth. They all described Kansas University’s 2008 ...

Commentary: It’s a big game; take Steelers

Dallas ? A Wall Street superstition called the “Super Bowl predictor” yields this promise: If an old AFL team wins, the market will slump that year. If a team from the old NFL wins, stocks will go up.What this tells us about who will win today still isn’t clear, but it might explain what ...

Super Bowl (party)?primer: Go Saints!

Go Saints!Oh, the Saints aren’t in the Super Bowl this year? Never mind. I don’t really care who’s in it, I just show up to the party, over-hug the hostess, comment on all the wonderful things they’ve done with the house.“Wow, new kitchen?”“No.”“Must be all that great food, ...

Lasting KU-NU memories

Lincoln, Neb. ? Two crises apparently averted, it’s time for me to embrace the final Kansas-Nebraska basketball game to be played in cozy, underrated Devaney Center.First things first: Just making it to this game has proven to be a minor miracle. The Lubbock airport was crippled by wintry ...

Packers take high school route

Dallas ? You might have heard that it’s cold and icy in north Texas, bitter enough, in fact, that even the Green Bay Packers could not practice outside Wednesday for their first on-site Super Bowl XLV workout.So Southern Methodist University’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium was scratched.Instead, ...

5 names to keep in mind for KU football recruiting class

LUBBOCK, TEX. ? The forecast called for the temperature, without the wind-chill factor, to drop below zero during the night and I’m beginning to wonder if they have the material here to de-ice wings on airplanes. The thought occurred that just when Kansas University recruited a class of ...

Jayhawks restore normalcy

Lubbock, Texas ? Snow colored this southwestern town white, the wind-chill dropped below zero, and a Betty White story with photos was trending higher on Yahoo! than a Heidi Klum feature and photo gallery.Just when I was convinced I had either entered the opposite world Seinfeld character ...

Wanna bet? Duke the favorite to win NCAA basketball championship; Kansas 8/1

A Google of “odds to win the NCAA basketball championship” brought me to vegasinsider.com, which I guess makes me a Vegas insider of sorts.Not surprisingly, Duke has the best odds to win it all for what would be the first successful defense of a national championship since Florida did it in ...

Blowout memorable for several reasons

KU vs. KSUBox ScoreUplifting experience: Robinson heroic vs. ’CatsLopsided loss headache for WildcatsKU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsIn a building packed with so much history, so many banners and so much talent running on the hardwood through the years, calling a game played in Allen ...

KU guard Tyshawn Taylor heats up rivalry

Kansas State senior guard Jacob Pullen opened his mouth in a way that no doubt made his volcanic coach, Frank Martin, open his in a louder way. Pullen said he would not play in the NIT, if that’s where the implosion of this season of high hopes takes the Wildcats. In so doing, Pullen inspired ...

Mavericks need Griffin in 2013

Dallas ? By the start of the 2013 season Blake Griffin needs to be in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.Mavs Prime Minister Mark Cuban needs to take this from the sports-bar hypothetical to “The Decision” reality. That means clear out all necessary salary cap space and go LeBron on BGriff in the ...

KU’s Josh Selby bolder vs. Colorado

KU vs. ColoradoBox ScoreFitting tribute: KU pays ‘respect’ in winBuffs: Threes, offensive boards key for KUKU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsBoulder, Colo. ? There he was sitting on the bench and watching again Tuesday night toward the end of the game, just as he was the first nine games of ...

Pay to play isn’t the way in college

Rock Hill, S.C. ? Those vocal advocates of paying college athletes for their services can forget about it. It is not going to happen. At least that is the word from Mark Emmert, the NCAA’s new man in charge.“We’re not going to pay players to play sports,” Emmert said Friday prior to ...

Here we go again: KU women’s basketball dealing with familiar struggles

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but I really thought things would be different this year, really believed this Kansas University women’s basketball team would end the drought and make the NCAA Tournament field.And then the Big 12 portion of the schedule came along, and, so far at ...

Commentary: Super Bowl has the right ingredients

Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, the Packers have won three and that’s just the way it is. The rich get richer and the Eagles search for a defensive coordinator.For whatever it’s worth, the right two teams got through Sunday — ...

Commentary: Jay Cutler chasing Aaron Rodgers

Chicago ? If the NFC championship game were a gunfight, Jay Cutler never got his pistol out of his holster. Aaron Rodgers staggered the Bears before they knew what hit them.The duel went to Rodgers.The game went to the Packers.And the Bears were left wondering if Rodgers will keep winning these ...