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Happy Festivus KC – Our Top Grievances for Sports in 2016

DECEMBER 2016Happy Festivus KC! Among all the celebrations each holiday season, this might be one of my favorites to recognize and celebrate. For those of you who don’t know what Festivus is, I’ve included a link here from the episode of “Seinfeld” that created this holiday.

One of this holiday’s traditions is the airing of grievances, in which you tell people all the ways they have disappointed you this year. While this year has had some great moments for Kansas City teams, there have been some disappointments.

To honor this tradition, here are the top five grievances about our local sports teams and players I would like to air on this day of Festivus (Just a note, I have nothing against these players/teams, they have just been disappointing this year). In the words of Frank Costanza, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people! Now you’re going to hear about it!”

Josh Jackson has a chance to be a special KU freshman

DECEMBER 2016 Josh Jackson has heard the hosannas and rave reviews since he began tearing up the AAU, USA Basketball, and high school scene. Jackson, a 6-8 Kansas guard, was rated the No. 1 player in the 2016 class and named co-MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game while averaging 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game at Prolific Prep in Napa, California, in 2015-16.

KU coach Bill Self was the latest to magnify the hype when he signed Josh Jackson last May after a long and intense recruiting battle in which the Detroit native chose the Jayhawks over Michigan State and Arizona, which immediately lifted Kansas into a sexy Final Four pick.

Jayhawks need a consistent Selden to succeed in March

Wayne Selden Jayhawks

MARCH 2016 – It has been two and done for Kansas basketball in the past two NCAA Tournaments. That’s right, the Jayhawks have had a quick exit and lost their second game (round of 32) in 2014 and 2015.

KU was not completely whole and healthy as it entered the Big Dance the past two seasons, one reason why the team went home so early.

Traylor goes from homeless in Chicago to earning KU degree

Jamari Traylor KU

FEBRUARY 2016 – Jamari Traylor is about survival, perseverance, hope and triumph of the human spirit.

Traylor, a 6-8 Kansas senior forward, grew up in the South Side of Chicago, where his father, Jesse, was ultimately taken from his home and imprisoned for life on federal drug trafficking charges. Traylor, who was very close to his dad, became an angry and defiant teenager, finding time in juvenile detention centers and even enduring the harsh realities of life in the bitter Windy City cold, homeless and living in cars and stealing food.

In his darkest moment painfully trying to sleep one night, Traylor wondered if he’d ever survive.

Devonte Graham overlooked out HS, develops into KU starter

Devonte Graham KU

JANUARY 2016 – Devonte Graham can still close his eyes and remember those wonder years growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and dreaming of competing at a big-time college and playing in Final Fours and national championship games.

And sure, Graham can also recall those holiday tournaments watching teams playing in Hawaii. He hoped one day that could be him in paradise.

In November before the 6-2 KU sophomore boarded a plane with his teammates and coaches to Hawaii for the prestigious Maui Invitational, Graham talked about living his childhood hoop dreams.

Perry Ellis joining elite names in KU basketball lore

Perry Ellis KU

DECEMBER 2015 – Perry Ellis feels like it was about yesterday when he arrived at Kansas in 2012 after winning four-straight state championships at Wichita Heights and becoming a four-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and City League’s all-time leading scorer.

“It went by so fast, so fast,” said Ellis, a 6-8 KU senior forward. “I’m excited about it. I’ve been getting better each season and having more fun.”

David Beaty working energetically to turn around KU football

David-Beaty-KU

NOVEMBER 2015 – David Beaty didn’t hesitate when offered the Kansas football head coaching job last December by athletic director Sheahon Zenger.

Beaty, who served as an assistant at Texas A&M (2012-14) and previously two terms as a KU assistant coach (2008-09; 2011), knew how special it was at Mount Oread.

“We have an excellent genuine love for this program,” Beaty said. “We are humbled to be here, and I’ll tell you this: It took us no time because we absolutely love this place. The community is great. My wife and kids absolutely love it here. We have friends, we have a lot of different relationships already developed.

A healthy Tre Parmalee would bolster KU Jayhawks receiving unit

KU-Tre-Parmalee

SEPTEMBER 2015 – Kansas wide receiver Tre Parmalee can still close his eyes and remember those dreamy days as a kid in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the living room with his dad, Bernie, and sharing their love for football.

“My dad was sitting on the couch throwing me the ball, tossing the ball,” Parmalee said. “I would catch it and throw it back to him.”

It was their sanctuary, their own little world.

“We would enjoy father, son time,” the younger Parmalee said.

KU, K-State and MU college football teams have many questions entering season

KU-MU-KSU football

AUGUST 2015 – With the college football season kicking off in September, a quick glance at the area teams brings up a lot of questions. Unfortunately for David Beaty, Bill Snyder and Gary Pinkel, there aren’t nearly as many answers.

KU’s Brannen Greene good as gold when he shoots

KU-Greene

MARCH 2015 – He’s a 6-7, 215-pound rangy sophomore guard at Kansas. He wears No. 14. And he’s from Juliette, Georgia.

His name is Brannen Greene, and he’s one of the best shooters in the country who will need to come up huge in KU’s quest to make a deep run in March and make the Final Four.