Nick Schwerdt, host of Rock Chalk Sports Talk in Lawrence, has a weekly segment I’ve always loved: “Let’s rank stuff.”
The concept is simple yet fun ... and I figured it might be a good theme for a blog too.
I texted Nick earlier this week to steal his idea — permission granted! — then asked folks on Twitter for topics.
Without further ado ... let’s rank some stuff.
I am normally the last person you’d want to ask for fashion advice, as my wife and Google are the only things keeping me from complete disaster.
Kansas basketball jerseys, though? I feel like we’ve all got an opinion on that.
Warning: lots of circus font ahead.
5. “Phog” uniforms
A gray jersey should be tough to pull off at Kansas, yet these have always appeared sleek to me and have stuck around long since their introduction in 2014.
4. 1952 throwbacks
These unis, worn once in 2012, look like they could be from Wilt Chamberlain’s day. The cheerleading outfits were a nice touch too.
Circus font! There’s more coming ...
2. Early 2000s
Can we consider these KU uniforms “classics” yet? I also think those KU shorts were owned by approximately half of the guys I saw at the rec center in college.
1. Late 1990s
I feel like I’m better qualified to answer this in the Self era, so let’s do that:
5. KU 81, Oklahoma State 79 (Feb. 27, 2005)
I’ve never seen a better shooting performance (by both teams) at Allen Fieldhouse. This also includes the famous Wayne Simien arms up celebration at the 24:20 mark above.
It’s still hard to fathom how KU rallied from 14 down with less than three minutes left against a top-10 team. Coach Bill Self later labeled it as “the most remarkable win” he’d been a part of.
3. KU 90, Texas 86 (March 3, 2007)
Simply known as “The Durant Game,” Self still will talk about it being one of the best individual performances in Allen Fieldhouse history.
A No. 1 versus No. 1 matchup that somehow lived up to the billing.
1. KU 87, Missouri 86, overtime (Feb. 25, 2012)
Considering how the game went and what was at stake, it’s hard to imagine a future game topping this one.
You won’t be surprised to know that I did some Basketball-Reference.com research helped with this one. Also, a caveat: I’m judging this based on each player’s college peak.
5. Marcus Fizer, Iowa State
He might be underrated at this spot, but there are a lot of guys to choose from. Averaged 23 points per game while shooting 60 percent from two-point range his final season.
4. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Two-time Big 12 player of the year who has legitimate claim as best guard in conference history.
3. Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Man, I was sure he was going to be a great NBA player (he wasn’t). Still, he averaged 26 points and a nation-leading 12 rebounds while almost single-handedly lifting Kansas State during his one year in Manhattan.
2. Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
Swept national player of the year awards in 2009 after averaging 23 points and 14 rebounds. Later was taken 1-1 in the NBA Draft.
1. Kevin Durant, Texas
Maybe I’m being swayed by his excellence against KU, and perhaps bias is creeping in because of his NBA success, but Durant seems like the most natural fit at the top of this list. The unanimous national player of the year in 2007, he averaged 26 and 11 while making more than 40 percent of his threes.
Good one to end on. I’m going to answer this question the way I think it was intended: What is the best pizza in Lawrence on a college-sized budget? I’ve had great pizza at Limestone, but I don’t think that type of fine dining is what we’re going for here.
3. Carnivore, Papa Keno’s
You’ll only need one slice (diced into about 15 pieces) to satisfy your hunger, especially if you get the variety of toppings that the carnivore provides. Cool atmosphere on Mass Street, too, where you can listen to local singers on the right night.
2. Pepperoni, Johnny’s Tavern
These New York-style pies are great, especially on half-price nights.
1. Cream cheese, Pizza Shuttle
It doesn’t sound delicious, but trust me, it is. Nothing reminds me of college like this specialty served with one black olive on the crust.