With a potential No. 1 ranking on the line Saturday when their team heads west to face rival K-State, you would think Kansas basketball fans would have their attention focused on the tough test that looms in Manhattan. Alas, you would be wrong. Not when they have Eddie Money and Lacie Reed to discuss.
While we generally try to avoid college football and basketball message boards as much as humanly possible, we couldn’t resist heading over to KUSports.com to peruse the local reaction to the Money Man’s hair-raising National Anthem performance during Monday’s nationally televised rout of Missouri. Jayhawk yokels reported that during the radio pregame show, the 70s/80s pop rocker managed to creep out listeners AND freak out broadcasters (note to aging rockers: please refrain from commenting on the attractiveness of the coeds and/or point spread), all before managing to sneak in his own — you guessed it — “Two Tickets to Paradise” reference. Outstanding.
But the topic that seems to have generated the most interest of late among KU message board faithful has nothing to do with Eddie Money or Frank Martin or John Calipari, but instead focuses on the *ahem* physical attributes *cough* of young Lacie Reed — KU team manager and sister of sharp-shooting reserve guard Tyrel Reed. Not surprisingly, the discussion of Ms. Reed quickly disintegrates into a “Hot or Not” debate among the boardies. We say it’s a moot point really, when you consider the fact that team managers in most programs look like the offspring of Spaz from “Meatballs”.
In general, though, this is exactly why many college basketball fans can’t help but loathe programs like Duke, Kentucky and Kansas. It’s bad enough that you have McDonald’s All-American talent sitting on your bench — do you really need talent behind the bench as well? Just sayin’.
(And yes, the requisite Lacie photos are below, as well as this link to the Reed family portrait.