Sunday, January 14, 2007

Please remain calm...

By Tiger Fan

Ladies and gentlemen of Tiger nation, I implore you: Take a deep breath and calm down. I'm well aware that we have started 0-3 in conference play. I'm aware that ISU and KSU are not good teams. I'm aware that this may be a long season. But didn't we already know this was going to be a long season? How quickly we forget...

Cruising Tigerboard, I'm reading that Hannah (our best player, mind you) should be benched. Anderson (who has coached 16 games) should be fired. His system (which is being run by a very average team) will never work. It's a ridiculous reaction to a few tough games.

Let's a take a step back. The only reason we have these expectations for Anderson is that he came in and started off 9-0. No one expected that, but as soon as it happened, many Tiger fans somehow shifted their expectations from "first-year coach in a rebuilding year" to "conference contender." If you look at this objectively, we have one of the worst teams in the Big XII from a talent perspective. We finished 11th last year, and we lost our top two scorers and only legit big man from that team. Now, we have six new players on the roster and everyone is learning a new system. We have no inside presence. Our best player is in his first D-I season. Our best pure shooter (Matt Lawrence) can't create his own shots.

If anything, Anderson should be lauded for getting to 11-5 with this team. People are all worked up about the five losses, but three of those five games could have gone either way. Illinois came down to the final shot. ISU needed some questionable officiating and a lucky tip-in to win. KSU won by 4 despite shooting 43 free throws. If a few bounces had gone our way, this team could be 14-2, with Tiger fans declaring CMA coach of the century. I'm not trying to make excuses for this team... the losses to Purdue and Texas were ugly, and ISU and KSU should have been wins. But I can promise you this: With this talent, Quin would have lost all these games and probably would have lost to Arkansas, Davidson and at least one other patsy.

The point is, everyone needs to calm down. Before the season started, we all knew it would be a tough year. Then these guys got off to a hot start and everyone determined that Anderson was the second coming. Now Missouri fans have expectations that are impossible to meet with the talent we have.

I also have some bad news: It's not likely to get much better this season. We will get killed on Monday in Lawrence. We may only win 4 or 5 games in conference. We probably won't make either postseason tournament. But you all knew that was likely when the year started... you just got caught up in the hype and wanted to believe Anderson could work miracles. CMA is good, but he's not that good. We're heading in the right direction, but it's going to take time. So everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax. Things will get better eventually.


Anonymous said...


A Hex from an Ottawa Medicine Man to revenge the attack on an Indian Princess. The Kansas Jayhawks shall not will another NCAA tournament game.

This is to inform all those that bear the name of the ancient tribe of Kanza on their chests of a Shaman’s work. He has summoned the spirits of the dead in the land that was one of their fathers in the name of Hayoka to cast back those ancient tribe evil of man. The spirit, Inyan, from Wakan Tanka, has blessed the curse. His powers were in his blood and his blood was blue. The colors the University of Kansas borrows.

Those that bear the name of this ancient tribe of Kanza on their chests have commited a vial act on an Indian Princess. A young Indian girl was savagely attacked in the City of Lawrence Kansas. The attackers were found and brought before a Judge. The Judge committed another vial act and refused justice on the violators. When the young princess sought to make this right, a representative from the Ancient Tribe (KU Broadcaster) spoke in favor of the Judge. Those who bear the name of the ancient tribe approved the Judge and this act so injured the young Princess that her heart broke from this world.

The spell was cast in a Scalp Dance under a Red Oak and the spirit of Wakan Tanka was prevailed upon. For the games that will be played by children shall fail and the spring seed they sow shall not grow for those of the ancient tribe. The Shaman called upon the spirits of the dead in the land that was her fathers.

Interpreting what the Curse has done:
Those who wear the name, “Kansas” on their chest and play a game in the spring. This is the Kansas Basketball team. The seed they try to sew each spring is the NCAA tournament. The injustice was the trial of the young girl who was gang raped. The announcer for the Kansas Jayhawks called on all fans to support the Judge. The curse has stopped the team from wining a first round game. As a seed must sprout and grow, this seed shall continue to lose. No more first round wins.

There are three ways to break the curse:

1. Remove the name “Kansas” from their jerseys when the team plays.
2. Remove the Judge from the power over others (either by removal, election or resignation)
3. The Medicine Man to lift the spell.

The heart of a young girl and the spirits of those she has summoned are powerful. A child plays a game. The players who wear the name Kansas cannot play a game in the spring without feeling this in their hearts. They play a child’s game, but they must bear the burden when they wear the name of the Ancient Tribe.

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