Tuesday, May 14, 2013

HI NOTES: UK Is Not KU; Baseball in Colorado

The Wildcat Grill in Oxford, Kansas
photo from prairiedust.net
  • KU's legendary basketball coach was Phog Allen; UK's was Adolph Rupp.  Rupp actually played for Phog Allen at KU.

  • UK Coach Gary Henderson and KU Coach Ritch Price are both from the West Coast, Henderson from Southern California and Price from Oregon.

  •  UK's colors are blue and white; KU's are blue and red

  • UK's mascot is an actual animal;  KU's mascot is a ridiculous imaginary dodo bird
  • UK fans' favorite cheer is a back-and-forth "Blue!" "White", which is is just as annoying but makes more sense than KU's nonsensical "Rock Chalk Jayhawk!"

  • UK recognizes the value of a geographic and historical rivalry with a team from a different conference. The Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry dates back to 1912, somewhat short of the Missouri-Kansas rivalry's Civil War roots.

    The yearly men's basketball game is called the Battle for the Bluegrass and the yearly football game is played for the Governor's Cup trophy. Many of the schools' other sports teams also play annually despite the fact that the teams are not in the same conference. (Wikipedia).

    Kentucky and Louisville Baseball play a home-and-away 2-game series each  year, much like Missouri and Missouri State.  The two teams split the series this year, each winning the game at their opponent's home park.
  • Mizzou fans have yet to form a strong opinion about UK.  On the other hand, KU still sucks.


CU Buffs, CSU Rams should bring back baseball (Denver Post)
I've become more militant about this in the past few years because after Colorado joined the Pac-12 Conference, the time seemed ripe ... and nothing happened.

This still is the reality:

CU is the only school in the Pac-12 without an official intercollegiate baseball program. The only one.

Colorado State is one of three schools (joining Wyoming and Boise State) in this academic year's Mountain West Conference without baseball...

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