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So many of you made good arguments (in response to my anti-college-sports post) about how athletics help universities. I buy it, though I still don't like how much energy colleges expend on such non-academic activity.

Last Saturday, I did watch - with starstraf, Pooch, Jony and Chelsie, and jamer_31 and his girls - KU trounce all over North Carolina, and I'll be watching as KU plays their final enemy of the year (Memphis, I believe).

Rock Chalk Jayhalk! Go KU! (Click to hear the history of the chant.)

Click the Jayhawk to see the story of the name, "Jayhawk."

(There, am I absolved? *g*)




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Apr. 7th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Now you can be a man once more. Here's your card, I kept it for you. Beer is in the fridge ;)
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Is there a baskbetball game tonight...? ;-)

(I suppose since KU is Big 12, I'll have a mild interest in them winning over Memphis, but I won't actually be watching the game, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out the outcome.)
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, living in Lawrence, I could learn who wins without watching the game. Just walk outside, and listen to the crowd noise (at least I live further away now. As a kid, I lived a few blocks down Naismith from the fieldhouse. I knew who won with every home game just by the noises as the crowd left).
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
To me it just makes practical sense to have school do sports.

I swam in high school and practiced at a YMCA instead of the high school. The drive was 1 hour a day at least. This is because my school didn't have a pool or nearly as good of a swimming program as the YMCA I went to.

Imagine if the high school had a pool and a good program. Would've saved tons of money, gas, etc.

As soon as you put sports out of school this would be the analogy for all sports.
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)

Cooome to the daaaark siiiiiide!

Hey, if even I get excited over it, and I'm an ignorant dork on most if not almost all team sports, then it's a dark side worth visiting ;)

Besides... there's Beer. And chips. And BBQ. And I have a gearhead gene in me, so I got's to watch *something* testosterone-laden, right?

I wish that scholars could get as good of scholarships as athletes too, .. and I've seen how they FEED those athletes, .. but that's another argument, isn't it?

Enjoy the game, hopefully they'll give us a celebration to be had later.

R, who still finds it funny that for the first TEN years I lived here I never saw a game, owned a KU ANYthing, and thought the Jayhawk was a weird mascot. Now I have four sweatshirts, watch games, even tailgate some. (psst..But I still think the Jayhawk is a funny choice for a mascot)
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
I think the Jayhawk makes an awesome mascot! Just look at its history. It's actually one of the very few mascots that mean something in real life, historically. I'm proud to have that name associated with where I work, despite that most people just associate it with sports *g*
Apr. 8th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh,that's true, I never thought of the history.

I do remember having a third grade teacher who very earnestly told us that the Jayhawk was the Kansas state bird.

*I don't think she wuz from around here*

*G* Luv the astro-Hawk.
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Despite the tone of my post in the other topic concerning how much money colleges get from tv contracts for sports, I have a radical opinion/idea concerning pro sports and how they recruit from universities.

In how I see things, every college athletic scholarship recipient that goes pro before graduation is money wasted. I would like to see the pro sports associations, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, etc. be forced to repay all scholarship monies given to any athletes that are drafted by these organizations. If pro sport organizations want to use the NCAA as a farm team system, then they should have to pay for the privilege.
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I am completely behind this idea. In terms of pro sports, the reimbursement would be negligible.
Apr. 9th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
The Seattle Mariners have a policy that anyone who plays for them, even once, even if they're traded, can go back to school on the team's tab. (Maybe the rules are a bit tighter than that, but that's how it was reported. I'd guess they'd hesitate if someone played one game, washed out, and wanted to go all the way through grad school at an expensive private school.)
Apr. 9th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool.
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