“Around 11 a.m. Thursday morning, [Michael] Dixon posted a phone number that had called him persistently throughout the day on his Twitter account. .. Dixon went on to tweet seven [phone] numbers of Kansas State fans who had been pestering him. According to a phone directory on the Kansas State university website, two of those numbers appeared to belong to the recruiting chair and vice president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Kansas State.”
Laura Oberle, writer, Missourian
GH: Dixon reportedly had received “hundreds of prank calls and messages” from K-State fans as Mizzou and KSU prepare for their basketball game Saturday in Manhattan. In the old days students would send pizzas to the opposing players’ hotel rooms at 2:00 AM or play loud music in the hotel hallway to bother the team’s sleep. Technology has opened up player harassment to new venues. It has also allowed the targeted players to fight
back. Read on.
“After tweeting the first two numbers, Dixon tweeted the Antlers, an MU student fan group, telling them to, ‘get it done.’ ”
Laura Oberle, writer, Missourian
GH: The Antlers are probably guiltier of shenanigans like this than all the other Big 12 schools combined. Dixon knew who to go to for expert assistance.
“He (Dixon) knows he can come to us and say, ‘This guy’s an idiot. Take care of it.’ They were trying to distract him from his main goal, trying to get him off his game. We wanted to let him know we would do everything to make sure that didn’t happen.”
Mason Bartlett, a sophomore at MU and a member of the Antlers, Missourian
GH: Who better to be able recognize an idiot than one of the head idiots? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…
“The tweets went viral. Antlers and other fans alike responded by calling and texting the seven numbers Dixon tweeted to his 6,260 followers.”
Laura Oberle, writer, Missourian
GH: I would suggest that the next time the recruiting chair and vice president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Kansas State devises a plan to text the opposition, he entrust the services of a few on-campus IT nerds. Go see any Mission Impossible movie and you’ll immediately know that you don’t send a direct communication without bouncing it off an alternate server or three.
“When we do it, we get our facts. Before each game we get stat sheets on every player. We do our research.”
Mason Bartlett, who argued that the K-State fans did a poor job of researching Dixon’s importance to the Tiger team, Missourian
GH: Well, as long as your prank calls are well researched – have at it young man!
“I don’t know that we can ever prevent this stuff from happening. It’s what makes college athletics so interesting, these rivalries. We’re never going to be able to completely control
what happens on Twitter. It’s a tool of promotion that we use all the time, so we
can’t tell our guys they can’t be on Twitter.”
Shawn Davis, member of MU’s athletics media, Missourian
GH: Twitter has been credited with toppling government regimes. It is not your father’s pay phone.
“How many Mizzou players would start for KU? Three; Denmon, English, and Ratliff–Flip would battle Tyshawn. Tyshawn has more game, Flip turns it over less.”
Doug Gottlieb, of ESPN, responding to a question on Twitter
GH: When was the last time any ESPN analyst thought three players from MU would start for KU? The 1993-94 season? A few of those Tigers on that roster included Melvin Booker, Jevon Crudup, Derek Grimm, Julian Winfield, Kelly Thames, Jason Sutherland, Paul O’Liney, Chris Heller, Jed Frost and Marlo Finner.
“Height is so overrated. [Rebounding] is much more about desire and position.”
Gabe DeArmond, on Mizzou’s four-guard lineup competing against taller teams, 810 AM
GH: I still like height when it comes to hoops. Gabe made the point that Mizzou’s smaller players only give up a couple of inches in most cases. While a couple of inches might not seem like a lot when you’re reading a program, it means quite a bit on the court. Mizzou will likely struggle against a tall, long team like Baylor. It will be interesting
to see if MU’s quickness is enough to counter the Bear’s length.
“Kansas has executed some really nice half court sets [against K-State], and Jayhawk defense solid. Not a vintage Self team, but could still win the Big 12.”
Jay Bilas, Twitter
“Love how Self’s team loses in Elite 8 and suddenly he can’t coach — 7 league titles in a row — that is insane.”
Doug Gottlieb, Twitter
GH: Is anyone saying/writing that Self can’t coach? When you make close to $4-milion a year to coach college basketball, you need to expect a little heat. If KU loses nine or ten games this season that is exactly what Coach Self will feel.
“The Kansas Jayhawks better not go into Norman Oklahoma drunk on the success they had against Kansas State. They’re more talented than OU but not so talented that they can just roll the ball out on the floor.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The MU/K-State game is at 12:30 Saturday and the KU/OU game is at 1:00. Not the best scheduling for us Kansas City-based fans – and we don’t even have Dan Beebe to blame for it!
“Funny thing about class not in session. Student section is full at KU, Place is on fire.”
Blair Kerkhoff, on the KU crowd at Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night, Twitter
GH: 20,000 Kansas State fans are expected in Dallas tonight for the Cotton Bowl. At least some of those fans would typically be at Bramlage for the MU game on Saturday. It will be interesting to see if the Lair of the Glare can live up to its reputation, despite the migration to Dallas. I’m betting it will be as loud and packed as ever.
“Some of you actually missed me in my absence.”
Kevin Kietzman, mentioning he heard from some listeners during his year-end vacation, 810 AM
“I ain’t going anywhere! I just signed a new contract.”
Jack Harry, in how he responds to those viewers/listeners who tell him to go away and retire, 810 AM
GH: The OTC just released a long sigh of relief.
“I always love it when people call up and asked me, ‘Do you want to take this back?’ No! I don’t want to take anything back! I want to live my life! We’re going to have a lot of this over the years. Missouri fans, you’ve got to get over it. … I’m not taking back what
Kevin Kietzman, after a caller upset him when he reminded Kietzman that he criticized Gary Pinkel for voting Stanford over Oklahoma State in his post-season poll, 810 AM
GH: These are the kind of immature comments I missed while Leabo and Clinkscale filled in for KK. The OTC is glad you’re back, Kietz.
“Fescoe can kiss my ass! I’m focusing on my show.”
Nick Wright, when informed on the air by his producer that Fescoe is unhappy with how messy Wright leaves the host work area each night, 610 AM
GH: Apparently, Nick didn’t miss his buddy Fescoe too much either while on break.
“Holly Rowe WILL beat the hell out of anybody who tries to steal her interview.”
Jake Gutierrez, 810 AM
GH: Here is the video of Rowe hip-checking and applying a forearm flipper to a much smaller blonde reporter in pursuit of Michigan’s head coach, Brady Hoke following the Sugar Bowl. Somebody give Charlie Weis Holly phone number. KU could use that kind of aggressiveness in their defensive line.
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