NBA free agent Jason Collins became the first player in the four Major League sports in North America to admit that he was gay. Thankfully and tellingly, I hope, the reaction to the news has generally been underwhelming. I’m not so naïve to think that we live in a tolerant society, but I do think we are much more familiar with the notion of homosexuality. Friends of mine, who twenty years ago would have damned gay people to purgatory, now seem much more …understanding. As my 14 year old said to me tonight; “who cares if a person is gay, I care that they’re nice”. Good for Jason Collins to make his declaration, good for the rest of us that so little furor was created by such an admission.
Early college hoops---
ESPN.com has Wichita State at number 12 in their pre, pre, preseason poll released yesterday—nine spots ahead of Kansas. Of course, that could change should Andrew Wiggins, brother of Wichita State’s Nick Wiggins, decides to go to KU. I don’t think he’ll go to either, but if Wiggins were really going to go to Kansas for one year---why wouldn’t he think about Wichita State? My KU friends almost scoff at the notion of a player like Wiggins going to WSU over Kansas and normally I’d get that. But for a chance to play with his brother, who he’s very close to, and on a team that might start in the top eight or higher with him—why not? Wouldn’t that be something?
Daniel Sams and Jake Waters would appear to give Bill Snyder two pretty nice options at quarterback. Both were prolific at last weekend’s Spring Game and I would expect that the competition between them will be intense right up to the opener and perhaps beyond. Snyder has never been in a hurry to announce a starter, which really makes sense when he probably doesn’t have one. Coach is a big believer in summer workouts, largely run by the team---to create leadership and unity. It’s his belief that players learn to depend and trust in one another when they have one another to answer to. Coaches can preach all they want, but the self-policing of your peers often has a more dramatic impact. That’s why a hundred and twenty guys would have run through a brick wall for Collin Klein last year.
WSU at Kansas---
I’m looking forward to calling the Wichita State-Kansas baseball game in Lawrence tonight. The Shockers have been frustratingly inconsistent. Having said that, they’ve been close against some good teams—Arizona State, K-State and Oklahoma State but don’t have a signature win. I don’t know if there’s ever been a season of Shocker baseball without a win over a ranked opponent, if so they’ve been rare. But so far this season there really hasn’t even been one good win. Shane Dennis joins me for the call on Cox-Kansas 22 (2022 in HD) at 6:30pm.