Sports Opinion

Clarity sought on military spending

Washington ? Tall, affable Buck McKeon sits, gavel in hand, at the turbulent intersection of two conflicting Republican tendencies. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee embodies the party’s support for a “strong” defense, which is sometimes measured simply by the size of the ...

Team owner has double standard

“In the old days we sent Christianity to the savage redskin.” — The Herald-Star (Steubenville, Ohio) Nov. 26, 1921“... and the savage redskin was thirsting for their blood ...” — United States Magazine, June, 1855“On rushed the savages, flushed with their recent victory and mad ...

Jayhawks good, entertaining, too

KU vs. Iowa StateBox ScoreKeegan ratingsThings are looking up: KU dispatches ISU, likely to be No. 1Iowa State impressed by JayhawksAngel Morris mothers ailing Thomas RobinsonVIP Bill Bradley in fieldhouseLess than a year ago, as he was discussing in his plush office what he looks for in ...

LHS grad Baba Diallo displays pride at Div. I Centenary

Two Div. I basketball games take place and all that separates two of the participating teams are 43 miles and 343 spots in the national rankings.Kansas University, ranked second in the nation, faces Iowa State, a 3 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse. Centenary College of Louisiana, ranked 345 out ...

Longhorns could be what Baylor needs

Missouri coach Mike Anderson summed up the maelstrom in the middle of the Big 12 men’s basketball standings quite nicely.“It’s all pretty much mumbo-jumbo right now,” he said.Thanks, Mike. Couldn’t have said it better. I’m still seized by a brain freeze after two days-plus in ...

Tyshawn Taylor still learning on job

The shots driving basketball players take off the dribble have many names, “floaters” and “teardrops” among them. The way Tyshawn Taylor delivered them the past couple of games, bullets and fire hoses more accurately described their velocity and trajectory.Yet, while replays of the line ...

KU softball’s Hull twins celebrate differences

For the better part of the first two decades of their lives, Kansas University softball sophomores Maggie and Rosie Hull were known simply as the Hull twins.Where you saw Rosie, you saw Maggie. And where Maggie went, Rosie usually was close behind. This held true on the softball diamond and ...

Super Bowl over, so … now what?

Minneapolis ? Just as the calendar year begins when the ball drops in Times Square, so the new sports year begins with the falling of confetti at the Super Bowl.As we belly-crawl through the briny muck of the swampy segment of the sports calendar known as February, this is a good time to fix ...

Numbers illustrate KU basketball’s depth

A basketball team doesn’t make it all the way to second in the national rankings without compiling some amazing numbers along the way. It’s time to have some fun with data created by the entertaining Kansas University basketball team.The 10 most remarkable numbers in reverse order, so as to ...

Reserves good, but Morris twins key for KU basketball — again

KU vs. MissouriBox ScoreBig-time blowout: Mario Little sparks KU routTravis Releford makes most of timeTigers lament defensive performanceKU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsThomas Robinson and Brady Morningstar, the sixth and seventh men when the team is at full strength, were a big part of the ...

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 ...