OTC: KU Crushes KSU Again / DGBlunt Arrested Again / Hip-Hat Scandal Ignites Twitter

“KU wipes out KSU. Who’s going to stop them from getting 10th straight Big12 title? Short answer, no one.”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, Twitter
GH: Can things be this different one weekend into the Big 12 basketball season? On Friday I was all prepared to call KU’s first five conference games successful if they could navigate a 3-2 record. One game into the conference and it looks like KU could put a death grip on their tenth straight Big 12 title with a win in Ames tonight. Just as it was hasty to predict the Jayhawks demise, it’s equally too early to hand the crown to KU as well. But…the stars are sure lining up for Bill Self’s boys.

“Kansas may have caught a break when Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane sprained his ankle in the Cyclones’ 87-82 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. Kane, a transfer from Marshall, entered Saturday averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists, leading Iowa State to a 14-0 start before its first loss.”
Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star
GH: All Kane has done so far this season is place himself as the favorite for the Player of the Year in the Big 12. His ankle injury in the final seconds of the Clones loss at Norman could not have come at a better time for Kansas.

“I think Kansas is going to get Iowa State’s best shot tonight even without Kane.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: How? There is no way ISU gives KU their best shot with their best player in street clothes or playing on one ankle. That’s just crazy talk. Iowa State will play hard and be juiced but they’ll miss one of college basketball’s best players immensely.

“The ease with which they hammered Kansas State was both stunning and impressive.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, 810 AM

“It’s tradition,” Wiggins said of beating K-State.”
Rustin Dodd’s game story in The Kansas City Star
GH: The way Kansas dominated K-State has me reevaluating the entire Big 12. Oklahoma State lost at K-State and they now appear to be nowhere near as formidable as earlier suspected. The season-ending injury to Michael Cobbins and the arrest of Stevie Clark has them looking very beatable – as did their one-point win this weekend at West Virginia.

“Time to clean the garage. Worst “rivalry” ever.”
Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, in a tweet during the KU win, Twitter
GH: Kansas fans hate the Sunflower Showdown during football season and K-State fans hate it during basketball season.

“People say he’s one of the best freshmen so it’s always fun to match up and see where you stand.”
Andrew Wiggins, on guarding K-State’s Marcus Foster and holding him to seven points and a 3-for12 shooting game in Lawrence, Kansas City Star
GH: It appears Wiggins responds to a challenge. His defensive play against of the best scorers in the Big 12 was stifling. It made the Cats appear lost on offense when their leading scorer was shut down. I really don’t think KSU is as bad as Kansas made them look. So how good then is Kansas?

“I think I’m just having fun. Like Coach (Self) mentioned today in the locker room, we’ve got eight more games left to play in Allen Fieldhouse, so I’m just trying to enjoy every one of them.”
Andrew Wiggins, Kansascity.com
GH: If Wiggins and Wayne Selden continue to “enjoy themselves” as they have the past couple of games, this Big 12 race might be over.

“I took a little flyer on KState +10.5 at KU. Feels like too many.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, prior to the game, Twitter

“It wasn’t anything that would cause any damage but it was a cheap shot.”
Nate Bukaty, on the intentional and flagrant elbow to the face that Joel Embiid threw at K-State’s Nino Williams and caused him to be ejected from the game, 810 AM
GH: What? If Gipson had connected with the exact same intentionally thrown elbow at Embiid’s face at Allen Fieldhouse the locals would have gone all Weatherwax on him.

“Is it wrong to say this? I like the toughness it showed.”
Aaron Swarts, on Embiid’s ejection, 810 AM
GH: Bukaty quickly told Swarts he was wrong to think this showed any signs of toughness. What this showed is that Embiid is a young player who has a lot to learn in how to handle rough play. You can bet he will be seeing a lot more of it after he showed he lacks composure.

“Kansas State’s Jevon Thomas may be the best, small, quick player in the country. Super-fast. Can really play.”
Rex Chapman, @rexchapman, Twitter
GH: High praise from Chapman. Bruce Weber has some nice recruits on his team. They just don’t seem to play well against Kansas. He should have never buried the memory of Bill Self when he was at Illinois.

“Big thx to @RobRiggle for coming by The Wheel and @thesandbar The register balanced but where should we send your W-2?”
The Wagon Wheel, @TheWagonWheel, famous tavern in Lawrence, where Riggle playfully tended bar for a bit on Saturday following the K-State game, Twitter

“Jabari Brown traveled AND was out of bounds on the last play. No call. Missouri hangs on. Good lord…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, as Mizzou pulled out a 70-68 win at Auburn, Twitter
GH: Mizzou fans rightfully considers their Tigers the most jinxed athletic program in the country. The list of atrocities that have befell them are well known. But things may be changing since the Tigers moved to the SEC. Brown got away with one of the dumber plays of the season when he grabbed the ball and ran out of bounds on Auburn’s end of the court with at least .6 of a second on the clock. Mizzou rarely gets this call and no team gets this call on the road. For some reason the officials never blew their whistles and then never looked at a replay. Maybe the Tyus Edney curse can be finally put to rest.

“Apparently you have to ‘pay your bills’ to keep your radio license so you can’t listen today but we’ll be broadcasting on the WAC network.”
K-Roo Sports, @KRooSports, tweeted out Saturday afternoon before the Roos game against Chicago State, Twitter
GH: I have no idea what this tweet was about but it sure sounds serious. Somebody get me an update on the Roos Radio Network and their financial woes.

“People judge before knowing what happen. Let’s not judge me for what happen and don’t saying anything to me to try and bring me down.”
Dorial Green-Beckham, @DorialGB5, after he was arrested over the weekend for being in a vehicle in Springfield that was found to contain a pound of marijuana, Twitter
GH: We will know eventually what DGBlunt’s role was and was not in this incident. What we do know is this is his second arrest with where marijuana was involved – and he’s only been in school for three semesters. Like it or not Dorial, you be judged.

“You don’t phase me.”
Dorial Green-Beckham, @DorialGB5, in another tweet following his arrest, Twitter

“Grown men attacking the grammar of kids on Twitter is one of the more pathetic things I see. Times have changed, old dudes.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
GH: I get that DeArmond covers DGBlunt for PowerMizzou and he probably likes the kid. But a sophomore in college should be smart enough not to tweet in Neilbonics shortly after being arrested. If old dudes take to Twitter to make fun of him, let’s hope that’s the worst thing that happens to DGBlunt the remainder of his college career.

“My retired reporter father: I’d tell Kaepernick to reverse that hat or I’m not doing the interview.”
Kris Burke, @KrisLBurke, Writer at ALLGBP.com , Co-Host Packers Talk Radio Network, after Colin Kaepernick appeared on network television with his ball cap backward and askew for a postgame interview, Twitter
GH: This seemingly non-incident touched off a bit of a Twitter war Sunday afternoon. Read on.

“Kaepernick. Always so media friendly. Turn your cap around and act like a professional quarterback.”
Sal Maiorana, Buffalo Bills beat writer for Rochhester Chronicle, @salmaiorana, Twitter
GH: I watched Kaepernick’s interview live and when I saw his Hip-Hat act I smiled and thought of how each new generation has their own style. I sure didn’t think the reporter should have knocked it from his head and chastised him for his unprofessional behavior.

“Andrew Luck looks like Tom Hanks halfway through ‘Castaway’ at a press conference, but Kap is unprofessional for a backward hat?”
Matt Miller, @nfldraftscout, Twitter

“I mourn a more innocent time when quarterbacks missed practices because they were hung over but gosh dang it, they knew how to dress.”
Doug Farrar, @SI_DougFarrar, Twitter
GH: Farrar was poking fun at the Hip-Hat Scandal but it reminded me that even the old days had some QBs with questionable clothing choices. I remember Joe Namath wearing pantyhose and a gaudy fur coat. You can bet the old surly reporters of the ‘60s were just as outraged over the youngsters of their day. 

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28 Responses to OTC: KU Crushes KSU Again / DGBlunt Arrested Again / Hip-Hat Scandal Ignites Twitter

  1. Jim says:

    I get the biggest kick out of KK’s completely defeated attitude about the KU/KSU basketball “rivalry”. You can just hear the absolute disgust in his voice when discussing the rivalry that isn’t. KU’s complete dominance of these games for decades has just taken everything out of him. Funny.

    Side Note: Was listening to TJ Carpenter Saturday morning discussing the well-worn subject of KU not playing MU or WSU. totally lazy topic, but it was entertaining. He made a statement that should have landed him on page one of OTC. He said, “KU should beg, BEG!, WSU and MU to play them every year.”

    • JP says:

      Jim, I heard the same broadcast on Saturday. It was like TJ just half assed his program and thought the best way to get any callers was to antagonize part of his audience.

      The funny part was he made this idiotic assertion after he admitted his alma mater (Arkansas) wouldn’t play any of their in-state opponents. For him to say KU has to “BEG” Wichita State is easily one of the dumbest comments by a radio personality in the last 5 years. This is why TJ will never get taken seriously in this market, if he has to resort to this topic, particularly on the day of a KU/K State basketball game.

      • Jim says:

        This whole WSU debate is such a joke. You never heard any of it 4 or 5 years ago. Why? Because they weren’t any good! WSU has a lifetime LOSING record in the MVC. That’s right. A losing record. Nobody was screaming about KU not playing them. Its just become a topic in the last year or two after their recent NCAA success.

    • BlackJack says:

      Predictably, in KK’s opening monologue today he barely said nary a word about K-State’s white-washing at KU on Saturday, choosing instead to focus on KU’s game tonite vs. ISU, and the physical play of the NFL playoffs. But you can best believe that if it had been KU that lost by 26 to K-State, he would’ve reserved the first 2 hrs of the show to nothing but talk analysis about how great KSU is, and how much in trouble the Jayhawks are.

  2. Gavin says:

    As for KU having a stranglehold on the Big XII, I’ll paraphrase Winston Wolf here. Let’s not start sucking each other’s dicks just yet. Long way to go and tonight is going to be a tough, TOUGH game with our without DeAndre Kane. And mark my words, he will play. He may or may not be hobbled, but ISU wants this game way too much for him to take the bench.

    As for the Embiid ejection, put this KU fan down as one who was just fine with it. It was a good lesson for him to learn and the lead KU had at the time was pretty much insurmountable and the call was the right call. But what I really liked seeing was that right after the ref signaled the ejection, Tarik Black was calling Embiid over and telling him to sit down next to him and counseling him like a senior should. Lots of people have been saying that this team needs leadership and, while I don’tknow what Black said to Embiid, that certainly had the LOOK of leadership. Hopefully that is lesson learned and Embiid can grow from it.

    • Lawrence Police Chief (now head of KU security) says:

      Watching him against Iowa State, looks like that lesson didn’t take. We’ll see if Bill explains it away again. “If it was a response to something, not that I know it was…?”

  3. Richard Cranium says:

    Phase. PH-

  4. JP says:

    Some in the media were burying KU last week after the SDSU loss, saying it wasn’t their year. What a difference a week makes. Honestly very little has changed since last week. This KU team has a very high peak level if they ever reach it. They are #2 in RPI, and have played the toughest schedule in the land according to RPI. That said, they looked like they were on a totally different level from K State. Conference season has a way of separating contenders from pretenders. KU still has a lot of work to do. That said, I expect this game tonight to be a dogfight. Iowa State had it circled, and I agree with Nate that they will be dangerous even without Kane, they will be prepared. However, If KU wins this game, just start working on the Conference Championship Trophy cause they will have very few loss opportunities in the Big XII after tonight. Maybe Baylor and OSU will be tough, but otherwise KU should cruise.

    On the other hand, 48-3 in the last 51 games against K State. This is no rivalry, and won’t be unless K State does something about it. Why K State pees on themselves going into Lawrence is a mystery, and I expect the Bramlage game to be closer. However KU will win that game as well, they have K State’s number and KK and the Purple Fans know it.

    • Kansas Marine says:

      Tigers vs paper tigers. Compare the schedules of the two. As you stated – Kansas has played the toughest schedule in the country. So tough, in fact, that the difference between the 1st and 2nd most challenging schedules is greater than the 2nd and 80th ranked schedules. Currently, Kansas State sits with the 135th most difficult schedule. And after conference play, KSU touted the 279th ranked schedule. One team has been hardened by playing 3 top 10 teams in the non-con, and the other’s stiffest test came at the hands of 26th ranked Gonzaga in a friendly atmosphere (Kenpom.com).

  5. Phaedrus says:

    Grown men following kids on Twitter is one of the more pathetic things I see.

  6. Kyle says:

    Bruce Webber after the game: “KU is not as tough defensively as they were last year”. 2 things: 1) They just held your team to 60 points and you lost by 26. What does that say about your team? 2) Even if the statement is true, what in the world is the purpose of saying it?? Bulletin board material for the rematch? Sorry the guy is a complete buffoon, and I have thought that since he was at Illinois. Seriously doubt you will ever find an Illini fan that has anything positive to say about him. I hope he is at ksu for at least another 10 years.

    • Kansas Marine says:

      The better question – what does that say about the coach? Weber has a history of playing the sore loser. Instead of expressing displeasure with his team or praising the opposition, Weber chooses to take a shot at the squad that just bested them by 26. If a weaker squad soundly defeated a team led by a player you recruited, what does that say about your ability to coach and recruit? Weber is a whiner and a hack. There’s a reason he’s despised by his peers.

  7. Biff says:

    “Time to clean the garage. Worst “rivalry” ever.”
    Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, in a tweet during the KU win, Twitter
    GH: Kansas fans hate the Sunflower Showdown during football season and K-State fans hate it during basketball season.
    KU fans don’t hate the KU/KSU football games. The last 10 years it has been KSU 6-4 over KU . In 08 KU stomped KSU 52-21. With Snyder in his last year or two the next 10 years should be about the same.

    • PJ says:

      “With Snyder in his last year or two the next 10 years should be about the same.”

      Why? What has Weis shown that makes you think he would be able to beat KSU without Snyder? Or what makes you think Weis’ replacement will be any better?

      • Biff says:

        In the 90′s Mason took KU to the top 10 and won some bowl games., in the 2000″ Mangino took KU to the top 10 and won some bowl games, You don’t have to be the greatest coach in history to win at KU. History has shown KU has an advantage over KSU.
        KSU has won only under Snyder.

    • yuri says:

      KU’s best 4 years in the last 40+ lining up with KSU’s worst 4 in the last 20+. Yep, that is the trend we should all be banking on.

      Truth of the matter is many KU BB fan’s don’t care because they have some ‘other’ team they follow (often times KSU/NUBB/etc). KSU fans (in general) have much higher expectations/aspirations for their current BB program than KU fans have for the current FB program.

      It is currently unreasonable for KSU to expect KU level success for their BB program, but beating your cross state rival occasionally would be a start. It is also currently unreasonable for KU to expect KSU level success in FB, but finishing out of last place in conference would be a good start.

      • Kyle says:

        Yuri, ksu has ZERO success in football outside of Snyder. It was astounding how quickly they sunk when he left. It is completely reasonable for someone to expect them to go downhill once he leaves again. The man is a wizard, so enjoy every game he coaches. It’s highly likely that history will repeat itself once he is gone.

        • yuri says:

          Even if that is true, part 2 of that is we assume KU leaves the cellar that they have been in recently and return to 2007 levels?

          Ron Prince had a better record than Weiss and Gill.

          • kylerohde says:

            Or…we’re back to the late 80′s where two winless teams played to a tie and KSU students tore down the goalposts to celebrate – both are awful.

            • EstoniaKat says:

              I was at that game. There were no goalposts ripped down. How old were you? 10?

              • kylerohde says:

                In 1987? I was 5. My boss was at KSU at that time and has always laughed about that game and I thought I remembered him talking about the goalposts coming down.

            • yuri says:

              Unfortunately, that was my time period as well. I believe the goalposts came down in ’86 with a KSU victory, 29-12 (and subsequent “aggieville riot”). The following year in (1987) was also in Manhattan and was the infamous “Toilet Bowl” played to a tie as no tie breaker was instituted in CFB yet. As EstoniaKat points out, no goalposts were tore down in ’87.

          • Kyle says:

            Doubt they will return to 2007 levels, but I do see both programs meeting in the middle.

            • Kansas Marine says:

              Despite all the “KSU football dominance” they trail KU 40-65 in the series and have yet to win a BCS bowl. Bill Snyder has worked wonders at Kansas State, but in his biggest moments he’s wet the bed. Which leads me to my next point – he’ll turn 75 in October. Is there a succession plan in place? And are you more likely to find the next Bill Snyder or another Ron Prince, Stan Parrish, Jim Dickey, Vince Gibson or Doug Weaver?

  8. john says:

    at least dgb hasn’t tried to marry a white girl or anything, a la rg3, eh greg

  9. Alphonse Tooty says:

    OK, Greg. We get that you’re proud of your DGBlunt joke. But counting the headline, you used it 4 times — twice in one paragraph. It’s not that funny.

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