Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas, Antlers Come Up Huge on Big Monday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas, Antlers Come Up Huge on Big Monday

Article excerpt

The cable sports folks call it Big Monday.

That's untruth in advertising.

A KU-Mizzou basketball game at the Hearnes Center is BIG Monday.

By definition, any game is large if Alton's Ed Hightower, alias The Ref, is summoned to officiate.

A contest moves into upper-case bigness when fan lunacy goes the extra kilometer.

The Antlers jeering section, those fine young MU scholars with the world's worst barber, sunk to the occasion.

One wore a replica of a Jayhawk basketball jersey. The name on the back was Quantrill. Above the Kansas on the jersey front was the word BURN.

Nearby behind press row, Kay Lindner, 44, a mother of two from Columbia, sported a Spalding basketball helmet-mask over her spectacles, making a spectacle of herself in front of her 14-year-old son, Jay.

Kay is president of Mizzou's local Tail Twisters fan club.

When asked if his mother was embarrassing him, Jay said, "Yeah." And rolled his eyes.

Mom didn't care.

"I got this from Jeff Warren's dad when we were in Pontiac for the Great Eight game with Purdue," she said. "You know Jeff Warren, who used to play for us. He's from Michigan, and his dad was at the game. This was a birthday present.

"It doesn't look that bad, does it?"

Put it this way. The Antlers, sitting nearby, featured warpaint, spiked Mohawk hairdos, oand that sick tribute to Quantrill's Raiders.

And people were staring at Kay.

The weirdest sighting came from the Mizzou bench during warm-ups.

There was Norm Stewart of Mizzou, dean of Big Eight coaches and champion of all that is anti-KU, sitting next to Roy Williams, the dapper little Jayhawks coach.

They were not jawing. They were not swapping elbows. They were, of all things, chatting amiably and smiling like frat brothers.

First runner-up in the "Huh?" competition was the pregame presentation of an MU hoops garment to Roy Jones of Pensacola, Fla.

That would be the Roy Jones who was named outstanding boxer at the 1988 Olympics at Seoul, even though he came home with only a silver medal after several judges admitted giving the fight to his Korean opponent. …

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