This may not be Self's Mona Lisa — he did win a national championship, after all — but this is the year he turned finger paints into a masterpiece.

This is a great article from Grantland about the invention of basketball and KU’s vital role in the foundations of the game, all juxtaposed with the story of Bill Self’s career with the Jayhawks. It actually made me tear up toward the end, but I’m tired and kind of emotional today, so don’t hold it against me.

16 March 2012 ·

A Modest Proposal for the Big 12

There’s a lot of discussion going around about the upheaval in the Big 12. A number of programs are looking to move to other conferences, like Texas and Oklahoma State following Colorado into the Pac-10.  Of course this makes sense!  I’ve always thought of Stillwater and Austin as the Los Angeles and Tucson of the Midwest.  Look at a map!  It’s one of the great oversights in history that these teams have been prevented from playing in the more geographically accurate west coast divisions.  I only pray that UCLA’s surfing squad is keeping in shape, because, brother, you haven’t really surfed until you’ve ridden a wave on Lake Thunderbird, OK.  Can you manipulate that famous surfing gesture of waving the thumb-and-pinky-finger into an upside down ‘hook-em-horns?’  Well, you’d better learn.

While we’re making changes, shouldn’t OU be playing in the Big East?  Isn’t it time my alma mater, KU, finally made the move to China?  I can only imagine how beautiful and powerful the Rock Chalk Jayhawk chant would sound in Manderin.  Unfortunately for the conference (and for the world at large) Missouri is sticking around.  Forget the Big 12, Tigers, and the Big 10 you were feeling out earlier this year.  I think you would be more comfortable playing on the hot hardwood courts of Hell, as Columbia, MO is Earth’s closest parallel to that underworld locale. Plus, you would be even closer to your demon brethren.

It only makes sense.  And that’s exactly what the teams of the Big 12 are doing right now: making a whole lot of totally sensical sense.  If you don’t like it, blame Obama.  Why?  Because it’s easier that way.  Touchdown!  Swish!

11 June 2010 ·

About Me

A filmmaker, journalist, and freelance video producer in NYC named Ryan Jones, who also goes by K. Ryan Jones for professional and pretentious reasons. He reads books, waxes poetic about old Nickelodeon shows, and at certain times of the day has no clothes on.