Nice piece on Kansas Jayhawks

Discussion in 'Social Club' started by Booches, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Booches

    Booches Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Columbia, Missouri
    This guy gets it.

    Phil Luciano


    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    What the heck is a Jayhawk?

    I investigated this silly nickname in my quest to present here a comprehensive analysis of Bradley's upcoming game against the University of Kansas.

    Mind you, I won't trifle with breakdowns of athletes or game strategy. That's not necessary, as Bradley will surely win.

    How do I know this? Bradley always beats Kansas.

    Granted, they've played only once, way back in 1950. But that game was also in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Bradley not only won but went on to the championship.

    That's what you call a half-century's worth of momentum. BU's on a roll, baby!

    With that all settled, let's get back to this Jayhawk nonsense.

    The term arose from settlers from Illinois (ironical, ain't it?). Its origin isn't clear, but "jayhawk" came to refer to ruffians with the habit of robbing, looting, and general lawlessness.

    Charming, eh? The perfect team logo would feature a whiskey-sodden cattle-rustler swinging from a noose. Then again, such imagery might not engender much in the way of alumni donations.

    Instead, the school mascot is a goofy-grinned, color-streaked bird - one that could star in an animated movie, "Heckle and Jeckle Visit Brokeback Mountain."

    The school's Web page says the jayhawk is a fearsome combo of two birds: "The blue jay, a noisy, quarrelsome thing known to rob other nests, and the sparrow hawk, a stealthy hunter. The message here: Don't turn your back on this bird."

    Scared to death, I checked out these species a little further. The blue jay, indeed, is known for attacking other birds' nests - to nibble eggs. Possible slogan: "Look out for us Jayhawks - we suck eggs!"

    Then again, a Cornell University study showed that just 1 percent of blue jays eat eggs. Instead, they eat bugs. Wow. They can outmuscle a cricket.

    As for sparrow hawks, they live in less than majestic perches: the tops of telephone poles. As for being "stealthy hunters," they boast the uncanny ability to outwit and snatch the likes of worms. As birds of prey, they're bug-eaters.

    If you watch the game Friday, you'll hear the Jayhawk fight song, known as the Rock Chalk chant. I won't bore you with the history of this droning babble, which essentially pays homage to the most exciting thing on campus: a big chunk of limestone (hey, it's Kansas).

    The school calls the tune "world famous," but I don't get it. The song sounds like monks either chanting in prayer or moaning from torture. If I had a hound dog that wailed so miserably, I'd shoot it.

    Still, KU alumni are rabid about the school, especially its environs of Lawrence, Kan. I took a peek at Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, to get a glimpse at the town's heritage.

    Apparently, Lawrence's most famous son is Hugh Beaumont, aka Ward Cleaver from "Leave It to Beaver." Impressive, eh?

    How much did Hugh Beaumont love Lawrence? As soon as he got out of high school, he blew right out of town and went to a far more cosmopolitan hamlet: Chattanooga, Tenn.

    He couldn't be persuaded to go to KU, even with its mystique of the Jayhawk. That's what happens when your school mascot is an egg-sucking bug-eater that sings like a dying monk.

    That's pathetic. In a fight with Bradley's mascot, the Jayhawk would get creamed.

    (Note to KU: Bradley has no mascot. That's the point).

    PHIL LUCIANO is a columnist with the Journal Star. He can be reached at, 686-3155 or (800) 225-5757, Ext. 3155.
  2. JackJr

    JackJr New Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    Land Of BLAHS



  3. membergone

    membergone New Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    OM Freaking G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is AWESOME! :hysterical::hysterical::hysterical::hysterical::hysterical:

    AND Spot on!
  4. 90acres

    90acres The good ole days

    Mar 4, 2003
  5. MoBowman

    MoBowman Active Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Lee's Summit

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  6. Booches

    Booches Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Columbia, Missouri
    C'mon RBH - this one's for you!
  7. membergone

    membergone New Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    The thing that is lost in all the humor is that what dude is saying is DEAD ON! Yip! :eek:

    A "Jayhawk" is not a stupid blue and red bird with huge beak. But then who would expect a bunch of silly forkers from Kansas to get it right? :bangin:
  8. Hayzer

    Hayzer New Member

    Nice Avatar DSG

    AND, nice post Booches
  9. Booches

    Booches Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Columbia, Missouri
    Thank you, Hayzer!

    Still waiting on RBH to offer a comment on behalf of the Gayhawk Nation.
  10. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    Sorry I've been away from the computer all day.
    What is a Jayhawk you ask? Not really sure, but it can kick the snot out of a tiger so it must be a pretty bad :ass: critter.
    First co- big 12 champion.
    Then big 12 tournament winners
    All thats left is to win the big dance.
    Don't you tiger fans worry. One of these years you can see what this march madness is all about.
    You do know what MU calls the NCAA tournament don't you............................
  11. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    Booches you sure are being awful quiet. Figured you would have responded to this by now since you don't have any basketball games to watch the rest of the year.:cheers:
  12. Booches

    Booches Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Columbia, Missouri

    I see you've incorporated the fearless Jayhawk into your Avitar. That's cute.
  13. Whitemarsh

    Whitemarsh New Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Greene Co.

    Gig 'em Aggies!
  14. Lefty

    Lefty New Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    I really enjoyed that article!
  15. Booches

    Booches Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Columbia, Missouri
    KU - Home of Brokeback basketball