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Nov. 12, 2007

By Brian Jones

Special to CSTV.com



Brian Jones is a football analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com.
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This rant is about the Kansas Jayhawks. I must admit, there was some compunction on my part when I decided to write this particular rant. Why you ask? Well, this last week I felt a bit jinxed. Yep, I felt like Brian Curtis feels all the time. In addition, the last time I defended a specific team in my rant, South Florida, let's just say I didn't receive any thank-you letters from the Tampa area. They were No. 2 at the time, and then proceeded to get walloped by Rutgers the week of my defense.


Last week, I revealed my "Heisman Hosses." Dennis Dixon was off; Colt Brennan held up his end of the bargain going 28 for 39, 396 yards, 2 TDs and a pick. My main man Darren "McFooten" McFadden netted 117, but nothing even remotely close to the immortal 321 he got a week earlier. And Michael Hart didn't play and Michigan lost. Hail to the victors my ass, my Heisman list just went to hell! 




Furthermore, about my game picks on the best college football show ever, Crystal Ball. Although I was above .500, my partners in crime, Trev Alberts and Greg Amsinger, went 5-0 and 4-1, respectively. That just sucks folks!


Do you Kansas folks understand now why there was a momentary hesitation on my part to defend your incredible season? Well, Jayhawks fans, the train has left the station and I must come to the defense of the Jayhawks football team. I would give head coach Mark Mangino a pat on the back, but let's be honest -that's a lot of back to pat and it could take a while.


This is a solid football team and they have proven that they are a legitimate and viable championship team. Of course, there are still significant tests down the road with Missouri and possibly Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. This team is in the top 10 in the nation on offense and just outside the top ten on defense, sitting at No.  12. And they don't beat themselves, leading the country in turnover margin. They whipped up on Kansas State after the Wildcats went down to Austin and showed out. Many thought this past weekend's game versus Oklahoma State would be difficult. I have no idea why. The Cowboys' head coach may be a man, but their defense has none.


So, let's sit back, relax and recognize that this Kansas team is pretty freakin' good. Kansas fans, if you would, please read the small print accompanying this rant which indemnifies me if your season goes to hell!