Phog Allen Fieldhouse
While the Jayhawks were trailing on the court by seven at halftime, their fans were setting a Guinness world record for the loudest roar at an indoor sporting event. And they did it during a
– I mean win. It’s a record I’m not sure those fans deserve, though.
With 2:43 left in regulation, Kansas fans started heading for the exits. West Virginia was up 64-50 at the time, but Kansas point guard Frank Mason was at the charity stripe with two upcoming shots. Before those early-goers reached their cars, Kansas had made an 8-0 run, closing the gap to a manageable six points with 1:46 to go. Hall of Fame announcer Dick Vitale made it a point to call out the Kansas fans who left early.
“People leaving early, people leaving early,” an upset Vitale plead to his viewers. “I can’t believe it! What are these Jayhawk fans doing? With all the quality basketball they’ve given them over the years, you stay here and support these kids…People exiting, call them back! They can’t do that, walk out on the kids. Can’t be just a front-runner!”
I might’ve mis- or over-used the exclamation points, but you can never really tell if Dickie V is yelling.
A front-runner, for those in the dark, is one who only supports or plays well when their team is winning. He’s entirely right, though. How can you leave that game early? What else is there to possibly do on a Monday night in Kansas? A bunch of front-runners. You don’t deserve that record. What else do we have on tap, though?