I’m starting this post with a picture of one of the skydivers that flew into Memorial Stadium before the game. For KU fans, this was about the only thing we had to cheer about in this ridiculously pathetic and embarrassing display of football that we were forced to sit through for another week.
I have to be honest. It’s hard for me to spend ANY time writing about the KU-KSU game because I already feel like I wasted enough time driving down from Kansas City, sitting through a half (yes, Missy and I left shortly after half and spared ourselves from any additional suffering), and then driving back to Kansas City.
The saving grace was that I LOVE being in Lawrence in the Fall, the weather was gorgeous, the view from The Oread Hotel’s 5th Floor was awesome, and of course the pre-game bloody marys at Louise’s West were as mouth-wateringly delicious as they’ve ever been.
Ok, back to the misery. You know that absolutely nauseating feeling you get when you spent your good, hard earned money on something and then realize you got totally ripped off? That is exactly how I feel about my KU Football Season Tickets right about now. I sat at my computer last night after the game and looked at the remaining tickets I have for the rest of the season and felt like I got “PUNK’d”. I looked at the poster that I got from KU before the season that had a huge image of Turner Gill on it and thought “Good guy…but he’s got a long way to go.” I also thought of Terry Allen and wondered if, like Allen, Gill is in way over his head. It took 6 years before KU finally got rid of Allen. Turner Gill won’t have that luxury, especially with a new Athletic Director soon to be hired and a fan base that is pissed after back to back humiliations at the hands of Baylor and KSU.
I’m not going to bother breaking down the game. If you want to relive that misery, I recommend heading over to www.kusports.com and reading the stories from the guys that get paid to write.
After the game, Turner Gill said “We’re not a very good football team at this point in time.” Yeah, thanks Coach Gill. I’m pretty sure we already knew that. That said, I give him credit for saying something that he should have told all of us at the BEGINNING of the season. Of course then none of us suckers would have bought season tickets! Right now, Coach Gill is a confused, walking cliche’ that looks completely out of sync. The saying goes “nice guys finish last” and Coach Gill, his staff, and his team have a death grip on last place in the Big 12 right now and will very likely still be there when this season is finally, and mercifully, done.
Honestly, after the game, I’m surprised KU didn’t do what they always do when there is a catastrophe of any kind….Trot out Bill Self to tell Jayhawk Nation that everything is going to be alright. I’m not even sure Jayhawk Nation would have believed Coach Self after last night’s disaster.
Fortunately, with Late Night in the Phog and basketball season right around the corner, normalcy, winning, being competitive, and having something that Jayhawk fans can be proud of….is right around the corner.
As for Turner Gill, his coaching staff, and his team, they have A LOT of work to do, not just to get better on the field, not just in explaining to recruits why they got their asses handed to them in back to back weeks, but also to win back fans that are nauseously embarrassed when they think about the current state of the KU Football program.
Keep Rockin’ and Chalkin’.
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