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Published on March 30th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson


Jayhawks – Move On

There is an eerie silence around Johnson County Ks this week. My phone has not rung. My emails are down by at least half and there are absolutely no jokes from anyone. When I awoke this morning and began “opening up” the household I couldn’t figure out what was amiss. Did we have another winter storm? Did we lose power in the night? Did the world come to an end and we were the only survivors? No, when I picked up my KC Star at my door I remembered the local disaster we suffered last weekend in San Antonio. This is the first time since the football team’s loss to Missouri that one of my Jayhawk friends has not mentioned the basketball team. These people are unbelievable. Why is it inconceivable that their team can lose? Where is it written that KU will win the NCAA tournament every year and if they don’t there has to be something wrong? There are four or five schools that have won more championships than Kansas (UCLA won eleven) but to my knowledge they don’t want to fire the coach or call the kids “chokers” each year if they lose in the tournament.

In the Star yesterday one of their reporters conducted a chat session advertised as a chance to point out who was responsible for the loss. In other words, a bunch of beer hall experts and a no-nothing newspaper reporter will decide which one or two of the young men on the team was guilty. If it were any other school than Kansas you wouldn’t believe it, would you? Bill Self is 202-43 (.824 percent) in seven seasons at Kansas .In those seven seasons he has won one national championship, six straight regular-season Big 12 titles and four league tournament championships. In his first trip to the Final Four in 2008, Self’s team won the title.

I have already made it clear that I am not an apologist for either KU or Bill Self, but give me a break. These people just look foolish making demands and evaluations that are impossible to attain for anyone in today’s sports world. No school, coach nor team can dominate any more. There are far too many good players on too many good teams to allow one team to do what UCLA did years ago.

I believe after a team reaches the Sweet Sixteen there is a combination of ability, timing and luck – with a great deal more emphasis on luck and timing. One slip, one errant pass or one three pointer that pops back out can make the difference in any ball game, but not in a season or in a career. Self’s Alma Mater is Oklahoma State. Can you imagine what T. Boone Pickens would give Self and his basketball program if he could persuade him to come home? You folks should really be thankful for what you have. I can’t tell if you are more annoying when you win or when you lose, but either way it sure is aggravating. Just take a deep breath, smile and remember as Scarlett so prophetically put it a few years ago, “Tomorrow is another day.”

One last comment about the tournament: I wonder if Kentucky is the winner, will there be a probationary period to see if they will be able to keep the trophy?

About the Author

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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