Published on March 30th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson0
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?