• I know there are a few folks here who don’t appreciate talk about anything other than KU Basketball. Not music, not football, not gardening, not cars. Nothin.


    KUBUCKETS is my Facebook. It’d be great if you expand your horizons just a bit and join us in some of these NBA (Non Basketball Associated) threads, but if you really don’t like the subject that is being discussed click “Mark as Read”. That will solve your problems.

    I don’t DO Facebook. I don’t DO any other social media sites. Heck, I don’t even own a cell phone. My personal opinion is that technology (ie; too much of it) is ruining our society. We’re going to continue to get stupider and stupider (SEE? It’s happening already!) A hundred years from now, we will have lost the ability to speak out loud. If your cell phone goes dead and you have an emergency, you’re basically just screwed. And God have mercy on the poor child who is born with no thumbs…

    Maybe we can carry the big posters like the football teams have, with the pictures on them - you know - like George Clooney, Big Bird, a Double Whopper with no cheese and three quarters (two heads, one tails). It should mean something to someone somewhere.

  • @nuleafjhawk said:

    " I know there are a few folks here who don’t appreciate talk about anything other than KU Basketball. Not music, not football, not gardening, not cars. Nothin.


    KUBUCKETS is my Facebook. It’d be great if you expand your horizons just a bit and join us in some of these NBA (Non Basketball Associated) threads, but if you really don’t like the subject that is being discussed click “Mark as Read”. That will solve your problems. "

    = = = = = = = = = =

    Amen … Brother, You are talking to me and YOU EXPRESS MY FEELINGS QUITE WELL !!! Thank YOU !!

  • @nuleafjhawk First of all, I can’t hardy type from laughing so much! I’m wearing out the backspace button! Way to much funny stuff to quote! But MAN…“And God have mercy on the poor child who is born with no thumbs…” I’ll be laughing about that tomorrow!

    I’m with you and @RedRooster. I appreciate some other conversation as well. I’m always a little hesitant about what others might be interested in. Personally, I like reading about different stuff posted by all you guys even if it’s something I have never shown interest in before.

  • I have just had a thumb-ectomy.

    I am typing with my flipping teeth!

    Nothing will keep me from my kubuckets!


  • Or as Moe used to say: ANACONAPUNAR!

    “Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fein, Dr. Howard…”

  • I do agree, as some of the best post I’ve read were health based and about what you guys ate and what affect it had on your body. Then how it would apply to the diets of these kids on the court. I’m sure there is some type of nutrition system for these kids if they actually follow it. Another post I remember was Jaybate’s post about Duke hand checking. I to enjoy reading these post but may not be qualified to comment although I did play some basketball years ago and love the game. I especially love the development of the Kids and the way Bill Self makes a difference in their lives.

  • @KU-Flyer said: “I to enjoy reading these post but may not be qualified to comment”

    If you love KU and you can type - you’re qualified, my friend.

  • Ditto Flyer, I knew very little about KU sports before I got to KU in the 70’s. Mostly Track,some bBall, and football, but fortunately KU success in all three of.those sports raised NCAA/Big 8 recognition while I was there.

    I’ve learned through osmosis for several decades but this site has done wonders to elevate my bBall IQ over the past year.

    We have some serious talent here. The nice thing is we have a civil forum and sometimes we learn a thing or two that isn’t 100% bBall. I’m sure even HCBS doesn’t think 100% bBall all day long.

  • It still feels a little creepy to me when I discuss sports with other non-ku sports fans and I tell them about my online friends. I tell them, yes some of them are creeps! But most just love KU basketball and, like me, aren’t surrounded by such like minded people, and we need an outlet.

    I wonder what the demographics of our group is? I’d guess half of us are not living in Kansas. I’d guess most are men firmly in the middle portion of life. I’d guess most of you are successful at what you do. Your intellect comes through to me.

    As for your cell phone rant, I teach tough kids. Somehow tough kids all have better phones than my dumb phone. They have iphones, I have an earphone. Some kids with great phones have failed my class because they don’t put away their dumb smartphones. (our school has little administrative backbone to back us up when these phones become a nuisance) My cell phone is a tool for my work and a great way to connect with my kids who live in Illinois and Louisiana where I live.

    And I love being here, basketball or non-basketball, but I do Facebook too. Steve Gantz is my name if you’d like to send a friend request. I have too many friends but I’ll add more!

    God bless and Rock Chalk!

  • @wissoxfan83 lol - I have not yet begun to rant when it comes to cell phones!

    I honestly don’t do Facebook. I don’t know how. I don’t have an account.

    But IF I did, I would put you on my list right now. Thank you very much for offering, I truly do appreciate it.

  • I set one up for my family a few years ago, so my kids moved on from there,so neither my wife or I have seen it for years and I don’t know how to look at it.

  • I read somewhere that if you are not easily found on Facebook you were not legit as a professional, and such a person might not have credentials or something to hide.

    I for one have nothing to hide, but I think moving to a new location in a market I wasn’t well known in has hurt me because I am not on Facebook. Previously I was always on our company website as a staff member but never set myself up with a personal page and I know others who didn’t either.

    I will say I was a bit of an expert in another market previously with 30 years under my belt-I miss being one of the smartest guy in the room-but at least I am still putting bread on the table for my family

  • @KU-Flyer Don’t worry about being qualified. If you read my first post, then you know the humble beginnings of my KU experience. Once I started following all the posters here on this site and the old one, it really opened my eye to what I was seeing on my TV. I got to the point where I wasn’t going to learn more or be any more involved unless I started posting here. I throw out my ideas and if people agree then I know I’m on the right track, and when they prove me wrong then I know I’m on the wrong track. Honestly I learn more from being wrong and listening and taking in what these guy have to say.

    But aside from that, there are great people on this site and they are fun to be around and have conversations about anything with online. So jump in and enjoy, it will expand your overall Jayhawk experience.

  • @nuleafjhawk I’m with you man! I have a cell phone but it’s a dumb phone. I had a month where I literally used 3 mins on it!

    As for Facebook, when it became popular, I was working in a profession that doesn’t lend itself to people knowing personal information about you. So I never bothered. Heck, I’m still trying to figure out all this site has to offer! Maybe I’ll catch up someday.

  • @wissoxfan83 It would be cool to know some of the demographics of this group. It would be interesting to know what different things we all have in common and not in common.

    Something that may be surprising about me, is that I have never been to AFH or ever watched a game live! And I’ve spent the last 15 years within an hour and a half drive from Lawrence! (So…if anyone has some tickets they can’t use hit me up! :))

  • @jayhawkbychoice

    You need to plan a trip to AFH for a game. It is an experience that is hard to describe and even harder to forget; it stands to reason that it is called the Cathedral of Basketball. The 60th aniversary celebration is coming up and it would be a good one to attend.

  • I have been to a ton of games, but none at AFH in the Bill Self era. I have got to get that done.

    I used to go frequently in the late 70s (JR HS and HS) and then in college in the 80s. I’ll never forget going to some of the December games in the 70s when the Field House was about 40% empty and you could go walk around the upper sections and pick your seat – just not the wooden ones with backs.

    Anyway, here’s a little prediction. After the 60th anniversary, I predict a Home and Home with UNC. Roy and Bill will do it for the tradition. Anyone think that’s utterly ludicrous? I know Roy’s been on record saying he wouldn’t want to play KU, but, you know those things sometimes don’t hold true 😉

  • @bskeet

    I think it is something that could happen and would be beneficial for booth schools.

    Coach William has always been very respectful of the KU program and its traditions and at times it has gotten him in trouble at his new home; you have got to respect him for that. I have lot of respect for him and I am thankful for what he did at KU. I do not begrudge him for leaving, since we all knew it was a matter of time; I do however have a problem with the way he left, and for that most of the blame falls on KU alum and former player Dean Smith.

  • @JayHawkFanToo I agree with what you say-- I love Roy. I was hurt when he left, but that’s because he was so heroic. It’s easy to lose site of what he did-- forget the way things were when he came to Lawrence… but the program was on eggshells in the summer of 88.

    Yes we had the recently minted NC, (i’ll add that to the glossary) but we were still considered a fringe power. Our status could be considered flukey, credited as much to Larry Brown as to the school… A month or two after the parades, Larry was leaving and we were going on probation.

    Roy came in and did not let the program miss a step despite the sanctions. He never missed the NCAA after that first year.

    Those who remember the magical run when we beat Indiana and Arkansas to go to the FF with Mark Randle (91) and then a few years later (93). Young Roy was taking down the kings (Bob Knight and Dean Smith) with his tough-nosed teams.

    He was a gem of a person and a gem of a coach. We really could not have asked/dreamed for a better scenario or a better 7th coach in our history.

  • @jayhawkbychoice I’ve told this story before, maybe on the “other” site, so I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version:

    Several years ago, I had a spare ticket to the KU vs Ohio St game in AFH. Both teams were ranked high (in the top 10 I believe) I had an “acquaintance” (not really a friend) who was a big Buckeye fan so I took him. We go there early and spent a lot of time taking it all in… by tipoff (after all the alma mater’s and rock chalk chants and videos and 16,300 people screaming) he looked kind of pale and I asked what was wrong.

    He said something to the effect of " Man, I have goosebumps. I didn’t know what to expect, but Ohio St doesn’t have anything like this! "

  • @bskeet That takedown of Arkansas in their prime was awesome! They were top 5 all season (I’m guessing they were anyway, they were that good). 40 minutes of hell they called it and most teams felt like it afterwards. Well they gave us 20 minutes of it and Roy said let’s give it back to them in the 2nd half. They were up by around 10 at the half. And then we stomped them. When the Jayhawk chanters were warming up, Arkansas’ version of the round mound of rebound Oliver Miller was ‘hurt’. He was gassed. He laid on the court for 5 minutes and took a nap. He got up, unhurt, went to the bench I suppose and Dean was next. That Arkansas game is still one of my favorite Jayhawk games.

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  • @wissoxfan83 Amen!

  • @nuleafjhawk at the beginning of each season, you should repeat this story. I love hearing AFH stories. My son gets 2 tickets(very top row), and he is so busy he rarely gets to go. My first time to go was 4 years ago, even at the very top, I had the best time! Everyone needs to experience it! My favorite AFH story was the last time we played Missouri. I went w/youngest son. I bought some cool blue adidas socks, like the players wore. Down 19 at half, my son told me to take them off, the rest is history!! Can’t tell you how fun that was! Never wore those socks again! I can get those tickets about any time I want. I live about 3 hours from Lawrence, so I don’t go to all of them. If someone isn’t using the tickets would love to share w/any one of you!

  • @Crimsonorblue22 I live about 3 hours away too - but I’d go ANYTIME !! lol

  • Favorite game I did attend - KU-Texas game in 2003 when Collison (24 points, 23 rebounds) fouled out in overtime and gets a standing ovation from the crowd including “Duke” Vitale who indicates was only the the second time he has done that in his career (the other was for David Robinson); both teams made it to the Final Four that year. My son, who is a very introverted and quiet person, was 16 at the time and attended the game with me, and he was on his feet screaming at the top of his lungs along with the crowd the entire game…never had see him that excited before or since; it was that special.

  • @ JF2 What a special memory for you. I have a similar one. My kids first trip to AFH was during the holidays a few years back-Many KU kids were out of town & we sat right above the chute the team runs in and out of. My daughter saw Withey dominate and fell in love with him and Jayhawk bball.

  • @nuleafjhawk&@jaybate 1.0 Fast Eddie would be screwed as a lagbolt. When Woodrow became ill last Feb I deleted his facebook page & that’s the only one I’d ever had. My boy desparately set it up when Woody ran off in 2011, presumably after a coyote in season, to help get him returned. He drove his H3 all night, about 10 hrs from Southbend, to come home & help us search. He also helped me with his grave in July.

    Actually the networking with rural neighbors, local vets, lassie alerts, & endlessly searching & asking door to door + posting hundreds of waterproof printed color posters or any combination of the variables, did the trick. After 6 days on his own in the middle of February, we miraculously were able to rescue him. A neighbor 1/2 mi down the road came flying in the driveway at 12:30 am as he had wandered to her back door crying to come in. It took another 1/2 hour & four, four wheel drive trucks to track him down, but what a sweet moment. And she would not let her teenage children accept our sizeable reward either. We did send them Honeybaked turkey & hams & Tippins pies for Easter a month or so later. Needless to say, they are some of my most favorite people on God’s green earth. Woody had lost 15 lbs, was badly scraped up, & absolutely terrified. He was able to make a complete recovery & since Boxers cannot regulate their body temp, was a revelation he survived hypothermia for a week. It snowed like hell the very next day. Vet said he likely would’ve just holed up & froze to death. So with all that schpiel, this really is the only networking site that I participate on. Used to post occasionally on other sports blogs, but they’re rampant with “decendants from cactus trees”.

    …So all you rats should know how I view them without having to just say it outright. LOL.

  • @globaljaybird Great story! My only comment is, despite what they did, I’m willing to bet that they have better neighbors than you do…

  • @nuleafjhawk I remember reading that story before. Still a great story. I’ll get there someday. I’ll probably get there a couple hours before to go through the all the museum stuff before a game. (if they let you?) I can’t wait!

  • @JayHawkFanToo Yeah, I can’t wait for the opportunity to go check it out. Like a kid in a candy store!

  • @JayHawkFanToo Awesome game!! I watched it on TV of course, but last month I watched it again on Youtube.

  • @JayhawkRock78 Great memory!

    In 2012, when we lost to Michigan, my then 6 year old started crying because he was never going to watch Withey, Releford, and Young again. The next day my boys created characters on their wii sports game that looked like those players and named them Stankface, Rele, and Fro. Now those guys play forever on my kids wii! 🙂

  • @jayhawkbychoice he wasn’t the only one crying! How did you explain the punch by EJ?

  • @Crimsonorblue22 HAHA, I don’t think he noticed it. My oldest two boys would run down stairs during commercials and play on the nerf goal. I’m not sure they watched a first half all season long. But by halftime they were tired and ready to sit down and watch. 😉

  • I forgot about UTube. I was in Dallas for the game and the first thing I did when I got home from the game was look on my DVR to see what preceeded it. Not defending EJ for the smack but if you watch closely a minute or two before you will see EJ’s defender blindside him by shoving into a very hard pick to McGary that gave him whiplash and would have sent many a player crashing to the floor out of control and hurt. I don’t hate many athletes but I hate dirty plays and cheats and McGary and his team mate cooked that play up. I will always hate Mitch for that unless he has some Mother Teresa moment going forward.

  • @JayhawkRock78 Youtube is great for that. My boys are too young to remember the 08 champ game so I pulled it up a couple weeks ago for them. They have always heard me talk about those players, so it was pretty cool for them to see it.

  • @nuleafjhawk Thanks leaf, but I’m not sure of that. People in general kinda look out for each other a little more when you live outside the city limits.

    Mon morning of this week I got a text at 6:30 am from my boy warning me of a manhunt in South Jo Co for a dude that shot at sheriffs officer about midnight. TV said stay inside don’t leave if unnecessary, but if you let the bad guys change your quality & way of life, guess what? They win. EFF that-I did walk the wife out to the car that morning with heat, but that’s the krap we moved out here to get away from.

    Then at 1:00pm my phone rings & it’s the wife saying the oldest boy’s place has been robbed. He’s out of town on a nuke refurb so I’m taking care of all the details with that now. They got jewelry, guns, knives, cash & his Gibson SG 11. Check this? They took a cheap ass 22 cal pistol & left a Remington 870 Express 12 ga. pump, duck gun right on the bed in the case. Also left his PSE bow & golf clubs. Took an inexpensive Vizio big screen & left a Yamaha 300w, 7.1 channel amp right beside it. He has his dive gear & Remington 30.06 with him as when he’s finished in GA the next stop is the gulf side of FLA & is going to hunt hogs while there. Bottom line is-No one’s immune anymore & no one is out of range from idiots cause no matter how far you go they’re everywhere. Has only been a few weeks since my friend was murdered with his Mother in her driveway. We moved out of Olathe 10 years ago & has only been 2 or 3 instances when we have been on high alert, but you have to be alert & vigilant. I know we sure miss our watchdogs & are at a significant disadvantage without them.

  • @globaljaybird maybe it’s time to get another dog!!

  • @Crimsonorblue22 Don’t know about the other half, but I’m starting to think about it now.

  • I have a wonderful German Shepherd that alerts us anytime someone is around. She is ready for a piece of them when they come up to our home. If we open the door with a friendly tone she is relaxed. She even knows our car engines so well she perks up when they are 1/2 block away and waits at the door very happy. But if we aren’t at ease like yelling out during a game on TV she comes running to double check on us, quiet. But ears up. I have never had so much confidence in a dog to protect my wife and kids,

  • And she is a loving friendly dog everyone around loves. But I have 100% confidence if there is ever a threat she will be 100% after the bad guy.

  • @JayhawkRock78 not breaking into your place!!🐶

  • Thanks, I want to clone her but my kids will be off to college soon and the wife doesn’t like that she sheds. Maybe I can start with my relatives and go fri. There.

  • @JayhawkRock78 My youngest has a Belgian Malinois & a Pit. He would let me keep one out here if I would ask, but they’re just far too undisciplined to be house dogs. They destroy way too much property. Belgians are hard to distinguish from Shepherds, but are on average 30lbs lighter & have a slightly darker head with ears that look almost too large for the head. Was a Belgian with SEAL team six on the op that nailed Bin Laden. HOOYAH !!

    [link text](link url)https://www.google.com/search?q=Belgian+Malinois&hl=en&gl=us&authuser=0&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ei=WI4jVIC_FMu_ggSGgIGQBA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ

  • Love police/service dogs and am thinking once my kids are off to college maybe I raise them in pup times till they are ready to move to a fantastic cooperation with our service people. To think God was on top of things so much as to offer partnerships with dogs going back so far till today.

  • @JayhawkRock78 We raised AKC Boxers for almost 14 years. Is a lot of work when you have litters, but man what fun !! I’ll have to get out the archives & post some pics of the little darlings. This is the first Autumn since 2001 I don’t have a Boxer for my road dog.

  • I doubt I am smart enough to raise more than one at a time but I’ve heard there is a need to get these dogs from A to B early on.

  • @globaljaybird I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s bad news. (and of course, your friend and his mother) Just about daily you hear of things happening and it makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with people. Have we always been like this and just didn’t know it (before the media / internet / cell phones, etc ), or is our whole world just falling apart?

    I know there are still many good, decent people out there but it just makes me sick. Like you though, I refuse to let the bad guys win. I’m not changing one damn thing about the way I live, at least not out of fear.

    There’s been a lot of talk about the Ten Commandments in the media over the past few years. (Not the movie! lol) People even argue over that, but if they would just pay attention to the first two, the rest of them would happen automatically.

  • @nuleafjhawk I think things have always been rough but is so much more common to be “informed” so quickly with technology. Have to get out the door to work now, but will IM you later. So we can “win the war on acronyms !!”

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