• Come back, Little Sheba. It’s kind of silly for you to lurk and not comment. Because I know you’re lurking. You can’t help yourself…you’re a true blueblood Ku fan.Make your peace with your agitation and resolve you won’t allow them to make you mad, and give us one of those great recruiting updates…

  • @KUSTEVE been wondering what has happened to him myself - - come out- - -come out, where ever you are. - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • For all the young uns, " Come back, Little Sheba"is an old movie. For your viewing pleasure…

  • Definitely one of the best contributors the site has had. Wish he’d come back. But I do understand… It is quite the mix of personalities on the board.

  • @BShark is my buckets homie lol I hope he returns.

  • Have there been any sightings? It was just Shark week not too long ago, maybe he is tired and needs some rest.

    Seriously though, i hope he is ok.

  • @RockkChalkk good one! It says he hasn’t been online when I looked earlier

  • @RockkChalkk you win the internet today my friend, well played…

  • I hope he comes back too. There isn’t much going on in basketball world these days; I know he’s a bball junkie, so hopefully he’s taking a break to focus on other [less] important things [now that World Cup is over].

  • I know bshark pretty well on another site. We’ve known eachother since before we both started posting on buckets. And I play in the same fantasy football league as he does. So I’ll see if I can contact him.

  • Also I have his email.

  • Just a little spat with another prolific poster. He’s taking a break. Hopefully he comes back reinvigorated when things ramp back up. Not much going on in the world of KU hoops currently.

  • “Come Back, Little Sheba”

    By William Inge, playwright, b. 1913 in Independence, KS, graduated KU 1935, member, Sigma Nu, also wrote “Splendor in the Grass,” “Picnic,” “Bus Stop,” “Dark at the Top of the Stair” all made into successful motion pictures. KU’s theater arts building is named for him. Died 1973.

  • @jaybate-1.0 My daughter was in a couple of his plays in college.

  • @Barney

    Inge was a great, great playwright that struggled with his homosexuality, like many in those times, and with booze in all times.

    He was blessed with penetrating insight into us all and generously shared his insights into both our flaws and virtues through characters he judged as little as possible.

    Inge from Kansas and Tennessee Williams from St. Louis followed different paths and were at their best with different kinds of characters. Inge wrote best about those we know and Williams wrote best about those we fear. Inge focused more on the scarred survival of the sympathetic character from the tragic destructiveness of the antagonist, and Williams wrote more about the destructive character triumphing over the tragically sensitive character.

    Inge was over typed as too sentimental and Williams was overtyped as too twisted. Both men wrote small bodies of work each with a brief stretch of brilliance followed by quite a bit of crud that did not cohere.

    Both gay men apparently sublimated themselves in their major female characters to portray the ways they had suffered at the hands of thoughtless or cruel male lovers. Both men captured the intense sap of life—both in its burning effect on the young, and on the resultant burn out on the old. Youthful life force was a searing experience in the dramas of both and it had unexpected, often brutal effects on young and old alike. But it was simultaneously irresistible and often beautiful. These two men were perhaps as close as America’s perpetually unstable culture can ever come to producing writers of Shakespeare’s intensity of language and drama, though they fell wildly short in production volume and in greatly tracking the arc of the Renaissance’s of their times in comparison to Shakespeare. Both probably aspired more to a naturalist version of classical antiquity drama than to Shakespeare’s Elizabethan conventions. Regardless, we are a young culture, barely 4 centuries old. Shakespeare’s England was already ancient by comparison in 1500s. So: it seems unrealistic to hope for a Shakespeare for several more centuries, maybe a millennia if we make it. Shakespeare was in real time able to brilliantly and passionately and wisely portray the entire arc of his turbulent century of renaissance through existing conventions of histories, comedies and dramas. Inge and Williams were lucky just to capture a teeny sliver of the American renaissance at the moment ordinary people came under the then unprecedented black nuclear umbrella that began its spiritual eclipse.

    Both men saw their health and effectiveness dwindle with age and alcoholism that exacerbated their self destructive streaks. So what else is new?

    But they were giants that are settling into the usual critical eclipse such greatness settles into for a hundred years or so, before rediscovery and more objective appraisals arrive.

    Miller, Pinter, Mamet, and so on have left their marks also, as will many others to come, but these two came along at the turn of a parochial, regional America into a brutally subordinated international military empire and got to write about characters caught up mostly unawares in an epic transition of world history, same as Shakespeare got to do in the renaissance.

    Inge and Williams characters literally don’t know what is happening to their world. Other playwrights became very conscious of the change and so wrote less passionately and more self consciously about the predicament. They tried futilely to give insight they simply lacked, whereas Inge and Williams portrayed human beings without ideological overlays of authors.

    I was privileged to have been very young when they lived and wrote.

    It’s one of the lasting, savored joys of my life.

    Your daughters were most fortunate to have played any of Inge’s characters.

  • @BShark … I hope you realize you are missed in here! Your contributions are huge and you are well-respected and knowledgable… and friendly!

  • I’d like @BShark to return too. A summer sabbatical is cool. Good time for it. His opinions on @jaybate-1-0 were wildly misplaced, though, and he got a little hyper-focused on that. I know I have been hyper-focused on a topic (or two, or three) I should just let go of. I may be biased (an admission), but there is @jaybate-1-0, and then there is the rest of us. Breadth and depth. Been around the guy and his posts for many years, and I’ve seen a slew of posts from all corners, and he’s best in my opinion. His opinions and posts do stretch a bit far afield at times (fields many of us didn’t know existed), but that’s the total package. Hopefully @BShark will return by CBB season, and return refreshed.

  • I thought his opinions were on point and I wouldn’t blame him if he didn’t come back.

  • @HighEliteMajor

    Thanks. That means a lot to the aging emeritus coming from the current department chair.

    Rock Chalk!

  • Welcome back, Mr Shark…

  • Awesome! 💯 ready for bball to start!

  • @BShark please change your profile picture to something black, So you can be BACK IN BLACK, I HIT THE SACK, I’VE BEEN TOO LONG I’M GLAD TO BE BACK!

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