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MrHappyMushroom

  • joined Jan 20, 2010
  • last login Aug 29, 2014
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High school history teacher in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma). [Exciting update--in Surabaya, Indonesia since August of 2013!!!] Can still taste the congealed nacho cheeze I bought at the Silverdome during Game Four against the Lakers in "88.

On the K-State side of things, my lunch room supervisor at Bluemont Elementary in 1973-74 was Steve Grogan's girlfriend. True story!

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  • NCAAF Kansas St. Wildcats
  • NCAAB Kansas St. Wildcats
  • Winter Olympics Mali
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Has Bill Snyder Finally Come of Age

I was never fully comfortable with some of the conventional wisdom concerning Bill. During his first run, there was a sense that his teams didn't make mistakes and that he was likely to outcoach...

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Joe Dumars and the Thirteen Months

Much as has been the case for the past half decade, there’s been a recent spate of commentary about Joe Dumars. Some maintain that, despite a bad stretch, the Pistons are lucky to have him,...

Wildcats and Race

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With all the discussion about the USM's idiocy in regards to Angel, I read elsewhere an unhappy tale about some ugly responses of a few of this year's Wildcat fans to a Puerto Rican Wildcat who brought the PR flag to a game. Shows we all have a lot to learn. It got me to wondering, though how K-State has responded to racial challenges over the years. A Wikipedia entry says some nice things: Racial integration at Kansas State Kansas State historically has been welcoming to all races. As far back as the 1940s and 1950s (a time regarded by many for its lack of civil rights in the United States), the leadership of K-State athletics took a strong stance in support of racial integration. [edit] Football In 1949, African American Harold Robinson played football for Kansas State with an athletic scholarship. In doing so, Robinson broke the decades-long "color barrier" in Big Seven Conference athletics. Harold Robinson later received a letter of congratulations from Jackie Robinson, who had integrated major league baseball in 1947 while playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.[12] [edit] Baseball In the spring of 1951, the conference color barrier in baseball was broken by Kansas State's Earl Woods (the father of golf great Tiger Woods). An indicator of the controversial nature of this position is reflected in an article published in The Tulsa World about an incident that occurred in the early 1950s during a baseball game:[13] " Former teammate Larry Hartshorn recalled an instance when the Wildcats were scheduled to play a spring game against a team from Mississippi. During warm-ups, the Mississippi coach took notice of Earl, and according to Hartshorn, the coach said his team would play the game only if the black player stayed on the bus. Instead, K-State coach Ray Wauthier put everybody on the bus. "We just left," Hartshorn said. " [edit] Men's Basketball Finally, in the winter of 1951–1952, Kansas State's Gene Wilson broke the conference color barrier in basketball, along with LaVannes Squires at the University of Kansas.[14]

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Brandon Knight and What the One-and-Dones Have Done

As we've worked our way through Brandon Knight's rookie season, the more hopeful among us have pointed to his promise, his much-ballyhooed intelligence and work ethic, and his youth and...

Jordy in the New York Times

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I just didn't see this happening when he was a walk on freshman...;-)

CFN on Collin

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2. Kansas State QB Collin Klein Klein is not a serious Heisman contender for 2011. He could, however, be on a lot of short lists when 2012 begins. The junior has sort of snuck up on a lot of people this fall, his first as a regular. He became a 1,000-yard rusher in the quadruple-overtime win against Texas A&M, and has accounted for 34 total touchdowns on the season. A throwback because of his powerful, north-south running style, he’ll be even more dangerous next year after spending an entire offseason sharpening his throwing motion.

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Bill Snyder, the Greatest: A Criterion We Can ALL Agree Upon...

It's a thrill for all of us to see nationwide discussion of the possibility that Bill Snyder could be the "Greatest College Football Coach of All-Time". Typically, some of us opine "yes!", others...

CBS Love

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One more corporate believer. ;-)

We're not hot?

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We are now cfn.com's darlings!

Our Strange Standards for Athletes

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I posted this on Detroit Bad Boys and it is more Pistons-focused. But it starts off with tortured memories of Michael's fumble, and is really more about sports fandom in general. (If there's a preferred way to link to an SB Nation post, please go ahead and do so.)

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Our Strange Standards for Athletes

Ed. note: Awesome food for thought for the weekend from DBB'er MrHappyMushroom -- MW A number of years back, I began to actually offend friends of mine by stating that the greatest regret in my...

CFN's Unbelievably Inept Preview

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Okay, tell me I'm reading this wrong. "Snyder took over in 1989 and went 1-10 in his first season. That marked the end of a run of seven straight years with three losses or fewer, but that was par for the course. " Is CFN under the impression that the Cats of the mid-late 80's were a powerhouse? WTF? How embarrassing for them. (I keep rereading this to see if I'm somehow misinterpreting what they are saying...)

Detroit at 47%

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God, this ain't basketball. But it is Detroit. And it depresses me like no one's business. Maybe another war will help...

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Are the Pistons Really a Poor Second Half Team?

Oh, yes. They are. Quite bad over the course of the season.   Still, I wondered. There have been a few epic second half meltdowns this year--Toronto, Chicago, et. al.--so it seemed obvious that...

Still Looking Good for Rip Trade?

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"Nevertheless, multiple sources involved in the proposed three-team trade between the Nuggets, Nets and Detroit Pistons expect the deal to be completed next week."

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A Completely Wild, Wild Idea--Clearly Designed by a Madman

  I'm off my meds and my mind is beginning to wander into dark, dark places.  Just so ya know--last time I ceased being medicated, I did a few months as pre-incarceration Jeffrey Dahmer's "life...

MCIAFI Still Incoherent After All These Months

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"'We didn't expect it; we didn't know it,' Curry said of Collins' ailment. 'You go up and down with your fatigue, but we didn't know he was having pain with his headaches and stuff like that.' Jesus, Michael! It's a microphone! Run away! Run awaaayyyy!!!

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Medical Miracle

I'm not fully sure how I missed this remarkable scene.  I wonder who the other two were.   The University of Kansas' Freshman Quarterback Jordan Webb pees out of his chin as he walks toward the...

A Look at Bill Snyder's Impact on Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer Read more: http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/318657#ixzz12DGLVbDa

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From a couple of years ago, but perhaps others missed this as well? Also, I noticed that amazon.com has a CD by Bill Snyder called "Music for Holding Hands" I'm going to go ahead and assume that this is a different Bill Snyder. All with me on this?

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Coach Towelie

There has been on onslaught of conjecture and debate as to the reason behind the NU debacle last week.  A hidden camera and microphone, however, captured a scene on the sideline that goes a long...

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Why I Think It's Time for Sammy

I don't pretend to be an expert and from where I live, I can't even watch the games.  But it seems so apparent to me that the Wildcats have ridden Carson Coffman as far as they can. We got to a 4-1...

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Arthur Brown THIS year?

The rumors are circulating that Arthur is petitioning the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would allow him to take the field THIS year.  (Bryce's situation with Tennessee likely makes this option...

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An Ignorance-Based Theory About 'Sheed in '09-10

Okay, I'll start by acknowledging that I've been a somewhat irrational detractor of Rasheed Wallace's.  Yeah, he was a great, great player in "04 and "05.  But then there were the playoff meltdowns...

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All Ya Need Is Hate (Revised)

Just a quick update to my lengthy post of a couple months ago.  This one has been greatly streamlined.   A. "I Hate These Punk Assed Bitches and Wish Awful, Awful Tragedy Upon Them, and Their...

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"All Ya Need Is Hate..."

"Da-da-da-da-daaaa..." Fandom is such a weird concept. As I've alluded to before in a post, it's an indictment of the rationality of the human psyche that any of us could possible give a good...

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