Retired Jerseys And Fat Coaches
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The weather in the Midwest is insane. I grew up in New York where we don't have hurricanes, earthquakes, or any other freakish weather phenomena, so weather like this really weirds me out.
Yesterday, Matt and I were walking around in T-shirts as it was 73 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. This morning we woke up and it was 34 degrees and snowing. Not a pleasant day to be on a road trip, especially considering this is one of the biggest travel days of the year.
The day wasn't all bad, as I got to tour the legendary Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas. At the front they have a sports museum set up, where you can see all the retired basketball jerseys and read all about the history of sports at the University of Kansas.
Wilt was tall.
While we were there we had the pleasure of talking with John Hadl (rhymes with Dreidel), who is one of the best Football players to ever attend KU. You can check out our conversation with him in today's video titled "The Truth About Mizzou."
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We tried to get a peak at the basketball court as practice was going on, but it was guarded and me and Matt couldn't sweet talk our way in. From the peeks that we were able to get, all of the athletic facilities at KU are top notch.
Seeing their facilities and also seeing pictures of their portly coach brought up a question in my mind that I have never been able to answer. I'm not going to go on a big rant here, but I have always been perplexed by seriously overweight football coaches. Whether it be KU's Mark Mangino, Ralph Friedgen at Maryland or Charlie Weis at Notre Dame, I just don't get it. These coaches have 24-hour access to the nicest and best workout facilities in the entire world. Not only do they have "keys" to the gym, but the gym is usually attached or adjacent to their office. They are sitting down next to the finest physical training equipment in the world all day every day and yet remain in sub-par physical shape. Maybe I'm being insensitive, but I'm really just baffled more than anything.
Another thing that stood out to me as we walked around the outside of the basketball fieldhouse was the amount of basketball jersey's retired. I am of the opinion that only the best of the best should have the right to get their jerseys retired. In the last 10 years alone Kansas has retired the jerseys of Jacque Vaughn, Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz, Drew Gooden and Nick Collison. Nick Collison???
Here's the thing though, they don't actually retire the numbers, just the jerseys. So I guess that means if someone else named Pierce played basketball at KU he would not be allowed to wear 34 even though anybody else on the team theoretically could? Also, could our theoretical Pierce solve this problem by putting his first initial on the jersey thus making it not the same jersey?
If you need something to think about on Thanksgiving, I've just given it to you.