It’s a known fact that men will engage in any number of ridiculous behaviors on account of a woman. Well, straight men anyway, though I suspect the general sentiment holds true even for alternative sexual preferences. We’ll say the most ridiculous things (poems? really?), buy expensive crap, don stupid-looking clothes and try silly grooming products, among other things, all in an attempt to impress and woo the opposite sex.
It’s all patently silly when you stop and think about it, but then when it comes to the opposite sex, thinking often takes a back seat to hormones and, um, more primal urges. That’s gotta be the explanation for why Kansas Jayhawks (basketball) guard Tyshawn Taylor ended up in the hospital last night at the hand of an as-yet-unnamed (we’ll get to that) Kansas Jayhawks football player. Lawrence is such a happy place, fellas. Can’t we all just get along?
Before we jump into the world of rumormongering and fingerwagging, here are the facts as reported in the LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD:
A source said several people witnessed a skirmish between members of the KU football team and basketball team. The identities of the other players involved were not known as of Tuesday night.
It is believed no players except Taylor sustained injuries that would require any missed playing time.
Them’s the facts. Thankfully, the cops aren’t treating any of this as a criminal matter. After all, boys will be boys and the concept of fighting over a girl is certainly nothing new. Now, to get into more murky waters - this is not the first time players from the two teams have gone toe-to-toe in the parking lot. For many years, KU’s basketball team was the undisputed heavyweight on campus. Football players, if they were recognized at all, were mostly ignored. They weren’t celebrities, that’s for sure. But now, with the basketball team ranked #1 in the country and the football team not far behind at #19, basketball players are having to share the spotlight…and the choicest talent…with their football-playing compadres.
The University has done a remarkable job of keeping these issues out of the papers. No one will go on the record to admit that these things happen. Last year, former KU running back Jocques Crawford had a knock-down, drag-out brawl with superstar (basketball) guard Sherron Collins. Again, women make men do crazy stuff. There have been other incidents that have been whispered about around town, but no one wants to put to print for obvious reasons. Anything that might harm the teams’ fortunes is undesirable.
But this time, the football players (allegedly) involved don’t focus strictly on backup running backs. Rumors are flying all over the place, but let’s just say that if star receiver Dezmon Briscoe happens to miss a game or two for “undisclosed violation of team rules,” few KU fans will be surprised. With a big nonconference game against Southern Miss this weekend, it will be interesting to see how coach Mark Mangino responds with roster moves.
But for crying out loud, Jayhawks - if you’re going to beat the crap out of each other, at least make sure no one ends up in the hospital. There’s over 10,000 women between the ages of 18-23 within a Todd Reesing pass of the athletes’ apartments; not a single one is worth jeopardizing both football and basketball season for.