Fun Fact Friday

by Leila Dayne


Tho I was and always will be a gypsy who finds more comfort in travel than settling down in one place, there was one place I spent a great deal of time in and that will always hold my heart…Lawrence, Kansas. Yup, you heard me right. Solely because through and through I will always be a Jayhawk. The town and school hold so many memories of good times that I will never forget. It’s such a wonderful town and I try to get back and visit as often as possible. I like sports, but I become a die-hard when basketball season rolls around. Every season is fun but this season is especially great!! I was crying from laughing so hard at this awesome GIF, so I had to share!!

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So much to like here. Almost everything about this celebration is perfect, and it shows that the Kansas Jayhawks know exactly who they are this season. If I was a non-Kansas fan, I’d be very scared of this group. But let’s just break down the main players.

Ben McLemore – It’s always a good dynamic when the main man on the court is also the main man in the locker room. This GIF might have just granted #23 alpha dog status over the entirety of college basketball.

Jeff Withey – #5 (ie, the big white guy) in the background. The one who looks like he’s doing a sitting jig on the bench. Some guys play angry, but Withey plays annoyed, swatting balls like flies.

Rio Adams – You always hope that role players will know their role. #2 knows his role. He comes in hot from the left side of the screen throwing alternating points with exuberance and precision. And if there were any doubts about him trying to steal the scene in this GIF, Adams dashes the thought by being “blown away” by McLemore’s finishing moves.

Elijah Johnson – I like him. #15′s been a good guy for us. Unlike Withey, EJ jumps up immediately, eager to be part of the game. You can tell he’s got talent, but he’s overshadowed by McLemore, and he dances a little too long. Unlike Rio, he does not know his role. His dance moves are difficult to interpret. But like Coach Eric Taylor said, “Character’s in the trying.”

Kevin Young – He does nothing but smile on the right side of the screen. With his 70s-esque afro, you’d have expected him to be the first one up dancing. But no. Kevin Young is not dancing. Kevin Young is enigmatic.

Travis Releford – Completely pulling off the “only shirtless guy in the locker room” look. He can’t wait to go into a finished-dip stance while throwing Russian leg kicks. He’s doing what other guys won’t. That’s a glue guy.

Mystery White Guy (Pretty sure it’s Manning) – Yep, this is a team right down to the last guy on the bench. Sure, MWG sports hip slaps and hand claps as his signature dance moves. And sure, no unremoved warmup can hide a white man’s overbite, but MWG is there, and because he is, all the other players shine a little brighter.

It’s going to be a fun season, and if you’re tired of rooting for guys that are boring, then jump on board the KU bandwagon. How do you not like a team with all the parts? Superstar. Shirtless glue guy. Guy straddling line between underacheiving talent and high character. Bench jigs. MWG. An enigma. A role player actually numbered #2. Together they are, unquestionably, THE COOLEST TEAM IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL.

All My Love,

LD