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Road to Game Day: Week 9, Lawrence

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Words by Keith Arnold, who ↵is touring the country with his brother Phil as they invade a different ↵college campus each Saturday during the football season. They’ll be reporting back in this space with their various adventures. You can also keep tabs on their vagabonding over at RoadtoGameDay.com. This weekend, they were in Lawrence for the KU-Kansas State game.
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So we screwed up. Sure, we’re glad we didn’t drive to Jacksonville to watch Georgia get absolutely manhandled by Super Tebow and company, but I’m just kicking myself that we weren’t in Lubbock. Kansas? Kansas! Kansas?!? What were we thinking? ↵

↵(Meltdown over.) ↵

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↵Instead of storming the field in Lubbock three times with this season’s leading candidate for DUMBEST CROWD IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE SPORTS, I watched the Texas-Texas Tech game from an empty hotel room, screaming at the TV as the Raiders blew a game that it dominated, yet miraculously supplied us with a Bruckheimer movie ending, down to the last second touchdown by the star player as the clock (almost) expires. Good stuff. ↵

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↵But let’s not be too tough on Lawrence. (God knows I’m still getting hate mail from half of Morgantown ...) It’s a first-rate college town that would be perfect if this were a college basketball tour. And the hometown Jayhawks held up their end of the bargain and absolutely pounded visiting Kansas State. Maybe they won’t have a future in professional football, but Todd Reesing and Jake Sharp torched K-State all day, and when these guys graduate and get normal people jobs after college, they have a chance at becoming the greatest flag football tandem in the history of rec sports. Meanwhile, a week after he threw for 478 yards and 3 TDs again Oklahoma, Kansas State QB Josh Freeman couldn’t have looked any worse than he did on Saturday, when he literally gave the game away in the first half. Maybe he was the 6’6” giant that we saw wandering around Massachusetts Street the night before dressed as The Rock. ↵

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↵Speaking of Halloween, KU was a great place to celebrate it. Mass Street rivals State Street in Madison, Mill Ave in Tempe, and the cluster of bars that line the streets of downtown Athens, as the best scenes on our tour. Wandering from spot to spot, it was great fun checking out costumes (and the lack there of) on co-eds everywhere. ↵

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↵Even if the costume store was sold out of sumo suits, ruining my chance at being Mark Mangino, we still managed to have some fun. Anytime you get to see two sisters dressed as twin Tila Tequilas (see photo above), a guy lugging around an air canister and wearing a pageboy wig to play Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men, and a skinny Asian kid eating plastic hotdogs dressed as Kobayashi, it almost doesn’t matter that the game sucked. ↵

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↵Who would’ve wanted to see that game in Lubbock anyway? ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.