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  • Why We Should All Love Fred Van Vleet

    Loyalty, strength, perservence those words define Coach Marshall and our Shockers. The degree of loyalty exhibited by Fred Van Vleet makes me get a lump in my throat when I think about it. The article below is about how good the Shockers really are, but the most touching portion of this article is the story of Fred Van Vleet's loyalty and his understanding of what the word "committment" means. The whole article is great, a little long, but definitely worth the time....don't miss the Van Vleet story near the end.~Jan

  • So THAT'S Why I am watching so many Shocker Games on my Kindle!

    No amount of being told that the wave of the future for watching sports is portability rather than visibility will convince me. We did not invest in a big screen TV at our house in order to watch the number 4 team in the country, the WSU on a 12" screen. According to a great article in the Wichita Eagle, the MVC contract with ESPN mandates a certain number of games be available only on to help promote small screen watching on the go. What was even harder to swallow was the idea that Shocker fans should not expect to be on TV as much as the teams that are "regulars" on national TV...Oh, like the fabulous Canisius Griffins or Iona Gaels that I was able to watch play on a big screen the other night !??!!

  • A Caption on a picture of the Shockers is Worth a Thousand (more) Words

    Peter G. Aiken of USA TODAY Sports impressed me when he wrote the caption for this photo. Reminds me of dialog that might have been spoken by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

  • Something to Make You Smile, Unless You're a Southeast Fan

    No disrespect to Wichita Southeast High School, but I was pretty darn happy for Ealy Bell of Heights when his quick thinking, last minute lob of a basketball made all the difference...check it out:

  • Peyton Manning wins no matter what

  • Looking for Listeners Van Halen in Wichita or Great Bend in 1978

    Do you have ticket stubs or newspaper articles from Van Halen at Pogo's in 1978 or Van Halen at Monster Jam I in Great Bend on August 5, 1978? Author Dr. Gregory J. Renoff is looking for those items for a book he is writing. Be famous, be published...Email us at or post on our facebook page: and we will hook you up with the author!

  • Mile Marker 420 is no more!

    I must admit, I used to live in a party pad that had a garage full of signs. Stop signs, street signs, Railroad Crossing signs, yield signs, etc. I was not the one who procured these nor do I know which one of my roommates did, I just remember they were always there adorning the walls of the fourplex garage.

  • Wichitans on TV this Sunday and Monday

    Animal Planet will be airing the story they filmed here in Wichita on searching for "Bigfoot". They apparently searched the Cheney Lake area, the El Dorado Lake area, the Kingman area and My favorite place they searched was the Big many places to hide there. Then on Monday's Jeopardy program...Wichitan Matthew Linnabary competes! He's a Kapaun-Mt. Carmel grad and a Creighton (?!!?!) grad. We'll have to see how he does.

  • He's 11 years-old?

    Are guitar gods born rather than made? It's easy to believe this kid has inherent talent and could make music his career! Enjoy!

  • Of course! Why didn't I think of this: Mountain Dew flavored Cheeto's!

    Do these really need to exist? Mountain Dew flavored Cheetos???? Well just in case you can't go on until you have tried this irresistable treat, click on the photo and order yours today!

  • That awkward moment when your teleprompter goes down

  • Odd Realization...KU Could be the lowest Ranked Team in Kansas later today

    So KSU knocked off 6th ranked OSU and will surely be ranked this week. WSU just won an historical 15th consecutive game and is ranked 8th, KU unfortunately lost at home to San Diego State over the weekend and may slip from their number 16 ranking. Sad to see KU's 68 game "at home" winning streak come to an end. It's a good day though, when you can say Kansas has three such talented basketball teams!

  • A Show of Team Spirit or Frozen Bloody Crime Scene?

    “It looks like something horrible happened here.”

  • The largest vinyl L.P. ever built!! Watch this video of it's construction:

    The Eagles have released some big records during their long career, but nothing like this: A gigantic vinyl replica of 1977's Hotel California album has been erected on the roof of the newly renovated Los Angeles-area venue The Forum in honor of the band's upcoming six-show residency there. It is said to be the largest vinyl LP ever built -- which is 407 feet in diameter and covers a total of 5.7 acres. It actually spins around at 17 mph Check out this video of it's construction, how cool is this?

  • The Price Is Right gives away $157,000 Audi!!!!

    I love this kinda stuff! A woman from Tacoma, Washington won the biggest prize in "The Price Is Right" history!! An Audi R8 V8 Spyder Quattro S Tronic, valued at a cool $157,300. Here's how it all went down:

  • Even a Bad Egg Roll Could Not Stop the Shockers

    Fans could see from the rafters that the Shocker's rythmn was a bit off during yesterday's WSU-Davidson game. Turns out an egg roll was to blame. Cleanthony Early managed to be the "player of the game" yesterday, despite battling food poisoning. The Shockers showed they had grit and determination as they went on to 13 and 0 yesterday. That was some MTXE for sure. GO SHOCKS as you enter conference play on the road!

  • Last Minute Christmas Gift For The Person Who Will Try Anything!

    Do you have a friend who is one of those people who says: "Sure! I'll try it!" Well, here's the perfect Christmas Gift: The "Sure, I'll Try It" gift basket.

  • Save a Life, Save Some Time and Money

    If you are not a fan of wrapping presents, but are a fan of saving lives...let volunteers do the gift wrapping while you donate blood this Friday from 7am to 4pm. at the American Red Cross, 707 North Main. Just bring along up to 10 presents you want wrapped!

  • Looking Forward to The Shockers Beating Tennesse

    When the Shockers beat Tennesse they will move to 10 and 0...a school record. The Shockers were denied the record last year, as they were 9 and 0 when they played Tennesse in Tennesse and lost. Be part of what is expected to be the largest crowd to date at IBA tomorrow and let's help the Shocker men set two records at once! GO SHOCKS!

  • Boston re-works Christmas Classic

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