A bad weekend on the road, not dissimilar from each the 42 bad weekends on the road before it. I missed the entire first half, and I’m not that upset, because had I watched the first quarter live, I would’ve decided to devote my life to something else for the rest of the day and the rest of my life, which, knowing how I generally be would’ve probably meant me sitting in a thrift store meticulously calculating which pair of khakis to buy from open to close ending with me leaving the store buying nothing repeated day after day after day instead of doing this blog post that I’m writing right now.
But instead, I watched only the second half of this game from a pizza place in downtown Lawrence, and boy was I already numb.
“A Solid Beginning May Lead to a Perfect Ending”
This was the mantra restated at the beginning of every fight in the Dreamcast game “Power Stone 2”, a consistent phrase, which didn’t sense to me or any of my friends when we played the game because this consistent of a path was never really followed in actual gameplay. Defining what was a “solid beginning” in that game was impossible because defining quality in that game basically until the end of the match was impossible. One of the main gameplay mechanics involved picking up telephone poles and swinging them at each other, and really most of your success depended upon randomly finding power-ups. We never played it enough to discern a strategy from it – and I don’t know that there was room for strategy in that sort of fighting game mudslide – so there was never a consistent winner every game. There’s no hammer and nail relationship in Power Stone 2, everyone’s a hammer and we’re constantly swinging at everyone else.
On the road, Kansas football has never had a solid beginning (outside of the time Chaz Weis got two fake punts to work in the first half of the K-State game once) and has never had a perfect ending. Kansas football on the road since 2009 has committed itself to being smashed in the face by so many uprooted telephone poles and has solidified itself as the proverbial nail to everyone else’s hammer.
The road losing streak has been horrible, but what is worse is less the fact that KU has lost 42 games in a row, but more the fact that they’ve been competitive in only like nine of those 42 games. Since I’ve been in school, I can remember three games where the fourth quarter even needed to be played in order to determine the outcome of the game (Rice in 2013, Rutgers and TCU in 2015), and the rest were all some form of blowout.
The first loss of 42 ended with goalposts torn down, which is ridiculous in retrospect.
Beating Kansas at home and storming the field in 2009 was probably the moment that kickstarted a love of football in the heart of many CU freshmen back in 2009. Who would’ve guessed that “defeated Kansas at home”, at the time a goalpost-worthy win, would put the 2009 CU Buffs on the same list as Duke, Rice, Rutgers, and now the Ohio Bobcats.
THE WEEKLY AWARDS
Khalil Herbert (2 TDs, 137 Yards rushing)
Khalil Herbert has a knack for random 50+ yard touchdown runs, which is a positive in any running back. Having him, Williams, and Thompson in the backfield will help KU in the long run. We have had at least one running back step up in each of the first three games, but Khalil’s the first to have over 100 yards on the ground so far this season by himself.
Chase Harrell (5 Catches, 58 Yards, This touchdown catch)
THE KID’S GOOD THROW HIM THE BALL
Mike Lee (1 INT)
KANSAS FOOTBALL HAS INTERCEPTED A PASS
Sometimes… things are just… a way. Maybe not “bad” necessarily… but, a away.
Daniel Wise, who has pulled a man’s head clean off
We can’t keep doing this, Daniel. Unfortunately, due to the very clear facemask penalty, this didn’t count as the sack that it was. I feel that destruction upon this level should be void of penalty, but whatever, the refs can do what they want. Daniel Wise should be allowed to do the Motaro fatality from Mortal Kombat Trilogy if he wants
The Tackling on this Play
My hand keeps cramping up and I can’t ease the pain unless I write “FIRE CLINT BOWEN” on notecard after notecard after notecard
Oh good and we get West Virginia next week
Next week is… uh… it’s West Virginia. The ‘Neers have won the last two meetups with the Jayhawks by a score of 97-21, and they’re coming in to this game will all of the momentum in the world and the Jayhawks have none of the momentum in the world. The tough thing about the Mountaineers is that they’re so far away that I never hear about them until they’re up 28-3 in the second quarter and David Beaty’s already calling the third down QB punt.
I loved that game in 2013 when we won and the fans tore the goalpost down and just sorta snapped it at the curve of the goalpost so it ended with like half a post sticking up from the ground and everybody posed with the lil half goalpost. This game will be the opposite of that.
With Eyes Averted…
This is a little bit of a shorter post because there just isn’t that much to say about this game that hasn’t been said 41 times before. Kansas can’t win on the road, and they can barely compete on the road. The Ohio offense destroyed the KU defense so early on that they were behind all day, and nothing ended up coming from this game. Kansas has this frustrating problem on the road where they come out flat and don’t get going until they’re already losing by three scores.
When I got to the restaurant, the majority of people around me didn’t pay attention to the game, and I understand that. It was a pleasant Saturday in Lawrence, why burden yourself with a bad football team? Upon looking at the score in the third quarter, the sentiment was “Oh, we’re getting our asses kicked again”, with maybe like a hint of sadness but mostly with a pragmatic complacency that develops over 42 straight losses. I wonder if people will care once a road game is won, because it’s not going to happen this season, and I doubt it’ll happen next season.
The Jayhawks scored 9 more points in this game than they did against Ohio last year, and broke the thirty point barrier against an FBS team (though it was at the buzzer when the final touchdown was scored) for the first time since the TCU game in 2014. For as little as that’s worth, there is some progress there. But that doesn’t make anything better, and it’s clear that the fanbase has, for the most part, given up. Standing at that restaurant and being even somewhat engaged in the game, I felt like I was just supporting on my own…
and I can’t make it on my own…
BECAUSE MY HEART IS IN OHIOOOOOOOOOO
SO CUT MY WRISTS AND BLACK MY EYES
(SO CUT MY WRISTS AND BLACK MY EYEEEEEEEEEEES)
SO I CAN FALL ASLEEP TONIGHT…
BECAUSE YOU KILL ME
YOU KNOW YOU DO YOU KILL ME WELL
YOU LIKE IT TOO AND I CAN TELL
YOU NEVER STOP UNTIL
YOU’VE LOST TO TWO MAC TEAMS IN A ROW EACH BY DOUBLE DIGITS
I’ll see you Saturday.
Several gifs came from the Big XII Digital Network’s Youtube page, but others were recorded from the ESPN3 replay by myself. I would like to apologize to Hawthorne Heights and all affiliates even though technically your show on the Nintendo Fusion Tour in 2006 was the first concert I ever attended. The Mortal Kombat clip came from ThatVideoGameShow on Youtube.