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Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Posted on: January 12, 2009 2:58 pm

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Why would you not even mention the Kansas-Michigan State game in your Friday Look Ahead? I bet your employer was really happy about that. But it's not surprising because you hate Kansas ... Bill Self will prove you wrong again, just like always. Go Jayhawks!

-- Dan
This email obviously came Friday, and the shot about not mentioning the Kansas-Michigan State game is probably fair. Absolutely, I should've mentioned that game. But the point about my employer being upset is off-base, because that's not how things operate around here. Just so you know, none of my bosses have ever put pressure on (or even asked) me to highlight something because it's on CBS. Or to take it easy on the NCAA because it's a "business" partner? Or to do anything that might blur the line between how I report and what the network broadcasts, and I think that's worth mentioning because I do know such isn't the case for all writers who work for major media companies. But it is the case for me, and I'll just leave it at that.

And now I'll ask one question: Why would I hate Kansas?

Bill Self and his staff are among the easiest staffs to get along with. They're always accessible, always great, and I think you'd have a hard time finding anybody in my business who hates Kansas or that staff for the reasons I mentioned. But it is funny, the way fans fire off emails like this, and it comes from every region of the country, from virtually every fan base.

For instance, I got one from a Pac-10 fan last night who accused me of "East Coast" bias (even though I live in the South). I was sitting with Luke Winn of Sports lllustrated at the North Carolina-Wake Forest game, so I showed it to him, and we laughed about it, and he said he gets the same type of stuff daily. It goes with the job. But as we were sitting there waiting for tip-off, we started talking about whether there was really anybody or any program that we actually hate, and, swear to God, neither of us could name a single school that would fall under that category. We just don't think in those terms, as hard as that might be to believe. So though we all have coaches we get along with better than others, SIDs who are more helpful than others, and players who are more accessible than others, the idea that we have it in for any particular coach or program is just absurd.

My hate is used on other things -- like hotel rooms far from the elevator and rental cars with no outlet for an iPod.

Those things drive me nuts.

Specific basketball programs, not so much.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bill Self, Kansas

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 3:44 pm

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Cool. But I'm a Kentucky boy, so it's gotta be Turkey & Coke. Actually, hold the Coke. I like Kansas, even if we haven't beaten you guys in a decade. I think there are some nice surprises ahead for you guys. Self's terrific. That championship game in April was a college basketball fan's dream game.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:19 pm

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Dear Gary, I think you hate Kansas.. and Kentucky.. and Arizona State, and every other team about which you do not make a positive comment  in your daily musings.  That means you hate a couple hundred teams every day, and it varies.  So there!  Now I want to discuss East Coast bias, or media bias in general.  (Is it just me or does it seem that ESPN only recruits former ACC players to be announcers?)  I recently read an article from another outlet about apposing fans hating Tyler Hansbrough, and before him JJ Redick etc.  The premise of the article was that fans tend to root against the favorites (very true) and/or are jealous the star doesn't play for their favorite team. I think there is another reason.  The media tends to adopt their darlings and then shove them down our throats.  Now I realize there is probably data to show increased viewership or print sales by "putting a face" on the team or game.  This probably applies to the occasional fan.  But for us dedicated fans, it gets overbearing, and generates ideas of bias, which generates a negative reaction toward the team or player that is so severely hyped.  Let me give you a little data.  For interest sake, I regularly visited four college basketball web sites through October and November.  I picked four preseason all Americans, eliminating the one from the West Coast to nullify coastal bias.  I recorded the number of times the players' pictures appeared on the front page of the web sites.  I avoided days following their teams' games etc.  Here are the results: Hansbrough 66, Curry 46, Griffin 16, Harangody 1.  Now this is inspite of the fact most basketball people consider Griffin a more skilled player, Harangody's numbers last year were almost identical to Hansbrough's, and Curry is a more interesting story.  Do you think those numbers would be the same if Harangody played for UNC and Hansbrough played for ND?  I think not.  So it is easy to perceive there is media bias.  Or as my grade school age son asked me several years ago as we were watching some ACC basketball, "Does Dick Vital travel with the Duke team?"  In all fairness, CBS and SI were quite even in their coverage of the above 4 players, but ESPN and FOX were most egregiously not.  I think there are two unfortunate outcomes of this.  Fans start "hating" the overhyped player, and second, it influences the competitiveness of the game, since most high school superstars probably prefer to go where they will receive a lot of exposure.  What are your thoughts on this?  By the way, I love your poll attacks.  Keep it up.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 5:44 am

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Sorry, spinny....I was just ribbing you. A joke about your joke. No harm intended. It's a case where I took a case and made a case out of it (just in case). As a Kansas fan, might not have anything better to do this year. But if you are having a Jack'n coke...................I will take the double anyway.

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 1:47 am

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Gosh, freebird, I was lampooning the fact that Gary Parrish and many others who write for sports websites get the stupidest e-mails I have ever seen in my life. In other words, it was a joke. And I don't even care if it wasn't that funny. And looking at it again, it wasn't. But, for the love of Kiefer, it was a joke. And I certainly had every right to believe that anyone who enjoys reading Gary Parrish would understand a joke when they see one, even if it is bad. Go New Jersey Tech!

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2009 7:48 pm

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

I have been a Jayhawk fan for 30 years and I don't think you hate Kansas, but if your inbox is as nuts as some of these comments....more power to ya! I don't know what BluDevFan is even talking about in the context of hating Kansas. And Spinny66.....Houston Baptist?? Gary is a female? I don't know what you are having, but give me a double!!! These are the people in the crowd yelling, "that's a foul" when it is really a goal tending call. This so called Jayhawk fan,  Dan doesnt know what he is talking about. He probably still hates Roy Williams (oops, I guess I do too).

And Gary, I don't kow how you could be accused of "east coast" bias........don't you really hate Pitt and are undermining the Big East?

I wish to  thank them, for most of these Dear Gary Mailbag selections are choice.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2009 7:13 pm

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

I think that the ACC is stronger than the Big East, top to bottom.  16 Big East teams, 4 in each quartile.  12 ACC teams, 3 in each quartile.  Compare the quartiles.

1st Quartile:  (Wake Forest, Duke, UNC) vs (Pitt, Connecticutt, Syracuse, Marquette).  ACC wins, definitely but not by much.

2nd Quartile:  (Clemson, Miami, FSU) vs (Georgetown, Notre Dame, Louisville, Villanova).  Big East wins, definitely.

3rd Quartile:  (Va Tech, Boston College, Maryland) vs (West Va, Cincinnati, Providence, St. Johns).  ACC wins, although could be disputed.

4th Quartile:  (Virginia, NC State, Ga Tech) vs (Seton Hall, Rutgers, DePaul, South Florida).  ACC wins, definitely.

So, top to bottom, the ACC beats the Big East.

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2009 7:02 pm

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Gosh, Gary, I don't think you get enough stupid e-mails in your inbox. So here's one more:


In your profile under your picture next to Gender, it says "M." Well, screw you buddy! It's more of that "F" Gender code bias!

Man, I don't know why ANYone reads your crap. Go Houston Baptist!




Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2009 5:48 pm

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Absolutely ridiculous to say Gary hates Kansas.  I know for a fact that he has hung out with Bill Self till the early hours of the morning.  Now I know you think since Kansas beat Memphis and Gary is from the area, you can try to make that connection but it is absolutely false.  Also, myself being and OSU fan, think Self is a good guy and just wish he would have gone to Stillwater.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2009 4:11 pm

Dear Gary (on why I do NOT hate Kansas)

Or accidentally deleting your entire email in-box. 

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