Conference Realignment Update Oct 5, 2011: Bill Self comments on MU-KU rivalry’s future if Mizzou bolts for SEC

7:35 am: Bill Self had some strong comments in regards to what could happen to the MU-KU rivalry if MU and KU would no longer be in the same conference. "To me it’s a great rivalry, one of the best in college basketball without question, but I don’t think I would be interested in having a once a year game like I did when I was at Illinois, playing Missouri,” the Kansas basketball coach told the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday night. "I could probably change my mind (but) trust me, we would have no trouble finding another nonleague game to play. I love the rivalry. Playing home and home in the league is great and all those things ... (but) I can’t imagine, why would we continue playing? If they choose to be somewhere other than with us and with the other schools that they’ve been a part of and could jeopardize the future of the other schools ... I’m not going to make a commitment now that we’d ever play again. I’m not saying we won’t. I’m certainly not going to pretend that we [Read more...]

Conference Realignment Update: Oct 4, 2011: Missouri’s BOC votes unanimously to give Chancellor Deaton power to explore conference affiliation

10:29 pm: Remember when everyone bashed Nebraska, then Texas A&M for leaving the Big 12, saying they "couldn't compete?" Well Missouri fans, it will be thrust upon you now after the Missouri Board of Curators gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to explore conference affiliation. To me, this is the last major hurdle Missouri has to leap to leave the Big 12. Officially, MU hasn't stated it is leaving the Big 12. But it sure as hell doesn't sound like they're staying. Missouri had two choices today, "We are proud members of the Big 12" or today's result. You tell me, what you think today's decision means. If they are posturing for more leverage, they can't posture any further. But, remember Oklahoma did the same thing and everyone thought they were headed to Pac-12 and didn't leave. This doesn't mean Missouri is gone, but it sure seems that way. I think Missouri is gone. I'd say its about a 80-90% chance. More telling signs: 1) It doesn't take four hours to [Read more...]

The Very Unofficial Transcript of Cassel vs. Haley

    Andrew Cangelose, KC SportsNation   Lip reading is of course an inexact science (see Seinfeld Season 5: The Lip Reader).  With that said, here is my unofficial transcript of the heated exchange between Cassel and Haley: Cassel jogs off the field after throwing a ball into the ground after a busted screen play.  Haley gestures with his finger for Cassel to come hither. Haley:  Matt are you alright?  I thought I saw your penis and balls fall off on the field somewhere.  We should probably call a time out, check the replay, get an usher out there to look for them. Cassel: What? Haley: Your dong and donuts.  You lost 'em?  Cause your playing like a (bleep) ! Cassel:  (Bleep) you! Cassel goes to the bench to retrieve his hat.  He’s obviously been practicing placing the hat on his head since last week, as he successfully gets it to stick on the first try.  He walks back up to Haley. Cassel:  Don’t call me a (bleep)!  Haley:  [Read more...]

Chiefs Grade Card – Oct. 2nd vs. Vikings

Chiefs Grades vs. Vikings Matt Cassel – C Looked a little like Matt Cassel from last year.  Would be good enough to win more games if we still had Jamal Charles, but even Cassel’s best efforts aren’t going to lead this team to very many victories. Dexter McCluster – C Nothing spectacular still.  But no fumbles. Thomas Jones – D+ Doesn’t seem to be hitting the hole as hard this year.  For as tough as he’s advertised, he sure does go down easily.

This is what happens when you lose to the Chiefs

Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian engages in Twitter war with lawmaker/handicapped war veteran Courtesy: It's fair to say that frustration is boiling over in Minnesota, after the Vikings dropped to 0-4 Sunday with a 22-17 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs. After the game, reported that veteran Minnesota receiver Bernard Berrian engaged in a Twitter war with a few people, among them a state lawmaker who has co-authored a bill to aid the construction of a new stadium for the team. After Berrian responded angrily to fans who criticized his production -- he has just two catches for 37 yards this season -- Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, chimed in. "If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try @B_Twice (Bernard Berrian) who says that he's open a lot and should get the ball more," Kriesel wrote on [Read more...]

Kansas Grade Card: Kansas blows early 20-point lead, falls to Tech

              Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation LAWRENCE—After declaring Kansas’ defense the worst in Big 12 history, Texas Tech did their best to prove me wrong Saturday. The Red Raiders allowed 20 points in a matter of 11 minutes, while Kansas slowed down Tech’s potent offense to the matter of 16 yards and three punts in their first three possessions. Then both teams woke up and the game went about how I expected. Tech, who entered the game as the nations seventh best scoring offense at 48 points per game, finally scored with 1 minute, 35 seconds left, and took the lead with two scores in the first five minutes of the second quarter, and never looked back cruising to a 45-34 win. Tech (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) outscored Kansas 45-14 after falling behind 20-0.

Chiefs Grade Card – Sept 25th vs. Chargers

    Andrew Cangelose, KC SportsNation CHIEFS GRADES - Game 3 vs Chargers Matt Cassel - F Fumble on the play.  The coaches are consistently calling running plays on 3rd and long.  You don’t do that if you have a good quarterback.  He played decently in the 2nd half but erased everything with a bullet pass into Eric Weddle’s crouch to end the game.

Big 12 Power Rankings

Power Rankings Team (Rec) (Pts)  (Last Week) 1. Oklahoma (3-0) (50) (1) Unanimous selection. Oklahoma was said to be "emotionally drained" heading into their 38-28 win over Missouri. The Sooners fell into a 14-3 hole before scoring 28 unanswered to take a 31-14 lead into the fourth quarter. Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles went off. Jones picked apart a Missouri defense that couldn't get to Jones and despite throwing two picks, threw three TD's, all to Broyles, and 448 yards, setting a new school record for most 300-yard passing games (15) and Jones topped 1,000 yards in just three games. The Missouri rush defense played well again, holding Dominique Whaley to 68 yards rushing, but finished with 150 total yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma's quick-pace no-huddle attack wore down Missouri's defense, who didn't get any help from its offense, which punted eight of nine possessions after taking the 14-3 lead. Oklahoma's defense did its job shutting Missouri down after [Read more...]

Conference Realignment Update: Sept 29, 2011

Another day, more twist and turns in the continuing, exhausting saga known as conference realignment/expansion. The major news of the day comes from the Big 12 expanding. Indications are, via twitterverse, that BYU will become the Big 12's 10th member, and an announcement could come as early as Saturday. The Upset Blog first broke it, "Our source confirms BYU has accepted to join the Big 12 in principle. Then BYUDeep Throwt (AWESOME NAME) confirms it, "Decision to accept was made last night (Wednesday)." Baylor's paid website reported that BYU's announcement will come Saturday. As some others began reporting, such as Cincy's paid site, that TCU, Louisville, Cincinnati and West Virginia will also join, giving the Big 12 14 teams.

MLB, I want to kiss you. Thanks for the Amazing Night.

  Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation   Can anyone else remember a more dramatic end to the MLB regular season? I deemed last night on twitter that it was one of most amazing sports nights of my lifetime, and definitely the most riveting regular season baseball EVER. Two nights before the playoffs, baseball fever swept the nation. And I was glued to it, and I didn't even have a dog in the fight. Four teams, fighting for two spots, tied on the last night.