Says Kansas: Rock, chalk, take a walk


University of Kansas officials don't appear to be taking seriously a request this week by a Missouri town to drop the Jayhawks nickname.

The Osceola Board of Aldermen drafted a resolution asking the school to drop the name and with it end the school's association with a "group of domestic terrorists."

In 1861, Kansas Sen. Jim Lane led his renegade militia of radical abolitionists, known as the Jayhawkers, on a raid that essentially decimated the then-thriving town of Osceola.

The Columbia Daily Tribune refers to the episode as "a two-day orgy of looting, arson, drunkenness and murder. A dozen men were executed on the town square. When the attackers left -- taking away all the property and livestock they could move -- the town was a smoking ruin, and fewer than 200 people remained."

The town has never rebounded to its pre-raid population of more than 2,500.

The resolution goes on to ask Missourians to stop using a capital letter in the spelling of Kansas or the school's abbreviation of KU, because capital letters are reserved for "proper" names or places.

Kansas fans need not start looking for new jerseys and memorabilia, as the school appears to be sticking with the nickname, according to a statement by the school.

"A Jayhawk is a blue bird with a red head and a big yellow beak that wears boots. It would be hard to confuse it with anyone with terrorist intent, though we admit we have been terrorizing the Tigers on the basketball court for some time. Tigers (the University of Missouri nickname) have been known to kill people."

Fair point.

Though we would expect said Jayhawk to at least get a little extra scrutiny if it were trying to board an airplane. Especially if it was bound for Osceola.

■ HARD TIMES -- Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister, a 1999 first-round pick and three-time Pro Bowler, informed the judge in his child support case that he has no income and can't afford $11,000-per-month payments.

His marriage to ex-wife Marlene ended in 2009 when she says she refused to have an abortion after becoming pregnant.

Now, he's having trouble supporting the child.

"I have been unemployed since 2009. I have no income," he wrote in court documents, according to TMZ. "I live in my parents' home. My parents provide me with my basic living expenses as I do not have the funds to do so."

McAlister signed a seven-year, $55 million contract in 2004, but was released five years into the deal.

His career ended when he could no longer stay with elite receivers on the field. Who knew covering expenses would prove to be even more difficult?

■ EFFECTIVE ADVERTISING -- Denver Broncos coach John Fox won't be swayed by fans who want to see Tim Tebow playing quarterback.

When told a group of Tebow supporters was putting up billboards in downtown Denver to lobby for its guy to take over for Kyle Orton, Fox said he won't pay the suggestion much attention.

"I've seen a lot of billboards and can't remember one that really influenced me," Fox told the Denver Post.

That's not likely to be part of the pitch the team's sales staff uses to convince companies to pony up big bucks for advertising around the stadium.

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